Bible in a Year – October – 8 | Day – 281

October – 8 | Day – 281
Old Testament: Job – 1-3 | Zechariah – 3-4

1 There was a man in the land of Uz named Job, and he was a simple and honest man, fearing God and withdrawing from evil.

2 And there had been born to him seven sons and three daughters.

3 And his possession was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, along with five hundred pairs of oxen and five hundred she-donkeys, and also a very large family. And this man was great among all the people of the east.

4 And his sons went and made a feast by houses, each one on his day. And sending, they called their three sisters to eat and drink with them.

5 And when the days of their feasting had been completed, Job sent to them and sanctified them, and, getting up at dawn, he offered holocausts for each one. For he said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and have not praised God in their hearts.” So Job did all the days.

6 But on a certain day, when the sons of God came to attend in the presence of the Lord, Satan also arrived among them.

7 The Lord said to him, “Where do you come from?” Answering, he said, “I have circled the land, and walked around in it.”

8 And the Lord said to him, “Have you not considered my servant, Job? For there is no one like him in the land, a simple and honest man, fearing God and withdrawing from evil.”

9 Answering him, Satan said, “Does Job fear God to no purpose?

10 Have you not fortified him, as well as his house and every one of his belongings around him, blessed the works of his hands, and his possession has increased in the land?

11 But extend your hand a little, and touch all that he possesses, and see if he still praises you to your face.”

12 Therefore, the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, everything that he has is in your hand, only do not extend your hand against him.” And Satan departed from the face of the Lord.

13 So, on a certain day, when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine, in the house of their first-born brother,

14 a messenger came to Job, who said, “The oxen were plowing, and the donkeys were grazing beside them,

15 and the Sabeans rushed in and carried away everything, and they struck the servants with the sword; and I alone evaded them to tell you.”

16 And while he was still speaking, another arrived, and he said, “The fire of God fell from heaven, and, having struck the sheep and the servants, it consumed them; and I alone escaped to tell you.”

17 And while he also was still speaking, another arrived, and he said, “The Chaldeans organized three attacks, and advanced on the camels and took them; and not only that, but they have struck the servants with the sword; and I alone fled to tell you.”

18 He was still speaking, and behold, another entered, and he said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine in the house of their first-born brother,

19 when suddenly a severe wind rushed forth from a region of the desert and shook the four corners of the house, which collapsed and crushed your children, and they are dead; and I alone escaped to tell you.”

20 Then Job got up and tore his garments, and, having shaved his head, he collapsed on the ground, and worshipped,

21 and he said, “Naked I departed from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Just as it pleased the Lord, so has it been done. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by his lips, nor did he speak any foolish thing against God.

1 But it happened that, on a certain day, when the sons of God had arrived and they stood before the Lord, Satan likewise arrived among them, and he stood in his sight.

2 So the Lord said to Satan, “Where do you come from?” Answering, he said, “I have circled the land, and walked around in it.”

3 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you not considered my servant, Job, that there is no one like him in the land, a simple and honest man, fearing God and withdrawing from evil, and still retaining his innocence? Yet you have stirred me against him, so that I would afflict him to no purpose.”

4 Answering him, Satan said, “Skin for skin; and everything that a man has, he will give for his life.

5 Yet send your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and then you will see whether or not he blesses you to your face.”

6 Therefore, the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but even so, spare his life.”

7 And so, Satan departed from the face of the Lord and he struck Job with a very serious ulcer from the sole of the foot all the way to the crown of his head.

8 So he took a shard of earthenware and scraped the discharge, while sitting on a heap of refuse.

9 But his wife said to him, “Do you still continue in your simplicity? Bless God and die.”

10 He said to her, “You have spoken like one of the foolish wives. If we accepted good things from the hand of God, why should we not accept bad things?” In all this, Job did not sin with his lips.

11 And so, three friends of Job, hearing about all the evil that had befallen him, arrived, each one from his own place, Eliphaz the Themanite, and Baldad the Suhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had agreed to come together to visit and console him.

12 And when they had raised up their eyes from a distance, they did not recognize him, and, crying out, they wept, and, tearing their garments, they scattered dust over their heads into the sky.

13 And they sat with him on the ground for seven day and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his sorrow was very great.

1 After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed his day,

2 and this is what he said:

3 May the day perish on which I was born, and the night, in which it was said, “A man has been conceived.”

4 May that day be turned into darkness, may God not seek it from above, and may light not illuminate it.

5 Let darkness and the shadow of death obscure it, let a fog overtake it, and let it be enveloped in bitterness.

6 Let a whirlwind of darkness take hold of that night, let it not be counted in the days of the year, nor numbered in the months.

7 May that night be alone and unworthy of praise.

8 May they curse it, who curse the day, who are prepared to awaken a leviathan.

9 Let the stars be concealed with its darkness. Let it expect light, and not see it, nor the rising of the dawn in the East.

10 For it did not close the doors of the womb that bore me, nor take away evils from my eyes.

11 Why did I not die in the womb? Having left the womb, why did I not immediately perish?

12 Why was I received upon the knees? Why was I suckled at the breasts?

13 For by now, I should have been sleeping silently, and taking rest in my sleep

14 with the kings and consuls of the earth, who build themselves solitudes,

15 either with princes, who possess gold and fill their houses with silver,

16 or, like a hidden miscarriage, I should not have continued, just like those who, being conceived, have not seen the light.

17 There the impious cease from rebellion, and there the wearied in strength take rest.

18 And at such times, having been bound together without difficulty, they have not heard the voice of the bailiff.

19 The small and great are there, and the servant is free from his master.

20 Why is light given to the miserable, and life to those who are in bitterness of soul,

21 who expect death, and it does not arrive, like those who dig for treasure

22 and who rejoice greatly when they have found the grave,

23 to a man whose way is hidden and whom God has surrounded with darkness?

24 Before I eat, I sigh; and like overflowing waters, so is my howl,

25 for the terror that I feared has happened to me, and so has the dread befallen me.

26 Have I not remained hidden? Have I not kept silence? Have I not remained calm? Yet indignation has overcome me.

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1 And the Lord revealed to me: Jesus the high priest, standing in the sight of the angel of the Lord. And Satan stood before his right hand, so as to be his adversary.

2 And the Lord said to Satan, “May the Lord rebuke you, Satan! And may the Lord, who chose Jerusalem, rebuke you! Are you not a firebrand plucked from the fire?”

3 And Jesus was clothed with filthy garments. And he stood before the face of an angel.

4 He answered and spoke to those who stood before him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And he said to him, “Behold, I have taken away from you your iniquity, and I have clothed you with a change of clothing.”

5 And he said, “Place a clean diadem on his head.” And they placed a clean diadem on his head, and they clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord remained standing.

6 And the angel of the Lord contested with Jesus, saying:

7 Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, you likewise will judge my house and will keep my courts, and I will give you some of those who now attend here to walk with you.

8 Listen, Jesus the high priest, you and your friends, who dwell before you, who have been portending to men. For behold, I will lead my servant to the East.

9 For behold, the stone that I have bestowed before Jesus. Upon one stone, there are seven eyes. Behold, I will carve its engraving, says the Lord of hosts. And I will take away the iniquity of that land in one day.

10 On that day, says the Lord of hosts, every man will call his friend from under the vine and from under the fig tree.

1 And the angel who had been speaking with me returned, and he awakened me, like a man who is awakened from his sleep.

2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I looked, and behold, a candlestick entirely in gold, and its lamp was at its top, and seven oil lamps of it were upon it, and there were seven funnels for the oil lamps that were at its top.

3 And there were two olive trees upon it: one to the right of the lamp, and one to its left.”

4 And I answered and spoke to the angel who was speaking with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?”

5 And the angel who was speaking with me answered, and he said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.”

6 And he answered and spoke to me, saying: This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying: Not by an army, nor by might, but in my spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

7 What are you, great mountain, in the sight of Zerubbabel? You are among the plains. And he will lead out the primary stone, and he will give equal grace to its grace.

8 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

9 The hand of Zerubbabel has founded this house, and his hands will complete it. And you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.

10 For who has despised the little days? And they will rejoice and will see the silver and lead stone in the hand of Zerubbabel. These are the seven eyes of the Lord, which roam quickly through all the earth.

11 And I responded and said to him, “What are these two olive trees to the right of the candlestick, and to its left?”

12 And I responded a second time and said to him, “What are the two olive branches, which are next to the two golden ridges, in which are the pouring spouts of gold?”

13 And he spoke to me, saying, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.”

14 And he said, “These are the two sons of oil, who attend before the Sovereign of all the earth.”

Psalms: Psalms – 114

1 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a barbarous people:

2 Judea made his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.

3 The sea saw and fled: Jordan was turned back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams, and the hills like the lambs of the flock.

5 What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou didst flee: and thou, O Jordan, that thou wast turned back?

6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams, and ye hills, like lambs of the flock?

7 At the presence of the Lord the earth was moved, at the presence of the God of Jacob:

8 Who turned the rock into pools of water, and the stony hill into fountains of waters.

New Testament: Ephesians – 3

1 By reason of this grace, I, Paul, am a prisoner of Jesus Christ, for the sake of you Gentiles.

2 Now certainly, you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which has been given to me among you:

3 that, by means of revelation, the mystery was made known to me, just as I have written above in a few words.

4 Yet, by reading this closely, you might be able to understand my prudence in the mystery of Christ.

5 In other generations, this was unknown to the sons of men, even as it has now been revealed to his holy Apostles and Prophets in the Spirit,

6 so that the Gentiles would be co-heirs, and of the same body, and partners together, by his promise in Christ Jesus, through the Gospel.

7 Of this Gospel, I have been made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, which has been given to me by means of the operation of his virtue.

8 Although I am the least of all the saints, I have been given this grace: to evangelize among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

9 and to enlighten everyone concerning the dispensation of the mystery, hidden before the ages in God who created all things,

10 so that the manifold wisdom of God may become well-known to the principalities and powers in the heavens, through the Church,

11 according to that timeless purpose, which he has formed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 In him we trust, and so we approach with confidence, through his faith.

13 Because of this, I ask you not to be weakened by my tribulations on your behalf; for this is your glory.

14 By reason of this grace, I bend my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 from whom all paternity in heaven and on earth takes its name.

16 And I ask him to grant to you to be strengthened in virtue by his Spirit, in accord with the wealth of his glory, in the inner man,

17 so that Christ may live in your hearts through a faith rooted in, and founded on, charity.

18 So may you be able to embrace, with all the saints, what is the width and length and height and depth

19 of the charity of Christ, and even be able to know that which surpasses all knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do all things, more abundantly than we could ever ask or understand, by means of the virtue which is at work in us:

21 to him be glory, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, throughout every generation, forever and ever. Amen.

Simplest Bible in a Year plan compiled using the “Catholic Public Domain Version Bible“. This is not the Readings at the Mass. For the Mass Readings, check the Mass Readings taken from the New Jerusalem Bible or the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.
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