Old Testament

OLD TESTAMENT #1 A reading from the book of Job (19:1, 23-27)

Then Job answered and said: Oh, would that my words were written down!

Would that they were inscribed in a record: that with an iron chisel and with

lead they were cut in the rock forever! But as for me, I know that my

Vindicator lives, and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust; whom I

myself shall see: my own eyes, not another's, shall behold him, and from my

flesh I shall see God; my inmost being is consumed with longing.

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OLD TESTAMENT #2  A reading from the Book of Proverbs (30-31)

When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. She obtains wool and flax and makes cloth with skillful hands. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her fingers ply the spindle. She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy. Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD IS to be praised. Give her a reward of her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates. 

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OLD TESTAMENT #3 A reading from the Book of Sirach (3:1-ff.) 

Children listen to your father, do what I tell you, and so be safe; 

For the Lord honors the father in his children, 

and holds the rights of a mother over her sons. 

Whoever respects his father is atoning for his sins; 

he who honors his mother is like someone amassing a fortune. 

Whoever respects his father will be happy with children of his own. 

He shall be heard on the day when he prays. 

Long life comes to him who honors his father, 

He who sets his mother at ease is showing obedience to the Lord. 

He serves his parents as he does his Lord. 

Respect your father in deed as well as word, 

so that blessing may come on you from him; 

Since a father's blessing makes the houses of his children firm. 

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OLD TESTAMENT #4  A Reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes(3:1-8,11) 

There is an appointed time for everything, 

and a time for every affair under the heavens. 

A time to give birth, and a time to die; 

a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. 

A time to kill, and a time to heal; 

a time to tear down, and a time to build. 

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; 

a time to mourn, and a time to dance. 

A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; 

a time to embrace, 

and a time to be far from embraces. 

A time to seek, and a time to lose; 

a time to keep, and a time to cast away. 

A time to rend, and a time to sew; 

a time to be silent, and a time to speak. 

A time to love, and a time to hate; 

a time of war, and a time of peace. 

God has made everything suitable to its time. 

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OLD TESTAMENT #5  A reading from the book of Wisdom (3:1-9)

 The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, 

and no torment shall touch them. 

They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; 

and their passing away was thought an affliction 

and their going forth from us, utter destruction. 

But they are in peace. 

For if to others, indeed, they seem punished, 

yet is their hope full of immortality; 

chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, 

because God tried them 

and found them worthy of himself. 

As gold in the furnace, he proved them, 

and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. 

In the time of their judgment they shall shine 

and dart about as sparks through stubble; 

they shall judge nations and rule over peoples, 

and the LORD shall be their King forever. 

Those who trust in him shall understand truth, 

and the faithful shall abide with him in love: 

because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, 

and his care is with the elect. 

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OLD TESTAMENT #5  A reading from the book of Wisdom (3:1-9)

 The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, 

and no torment shall touch them. 

They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; 

and their passing away was thought an affliction 

and their going forth from us, utter destruction. 

But they are in peace. 

For if to others, indeed, they seem punished, 

yet is their hope full of immortality; 

chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, 

because God tried them 

and found them worthy of himself. 

As gold in the furnace, he proved them, 

and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. 

In the time of their judgment they shall shine 

and dart about as sparks through stubble; 

they shall judge nations and rule over peoples, 

and the LORD shall be their King forever. 

Those who trust in him shall understand truth, 

and the faithful shall abide with him in love: 

because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, 

and his care is with the elect. 

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OLD TESTAMENT #6. A reading from the book of  Wisdom 4:7-15

But the righteous one, though they die early, shall be at rest. 

For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, nor can it be measured in terms of years. 

Rather, understanding passes for gray hair, and an unsullied life is the attainment of old age. 

The one who pleased God was loved, living among sinners, was transported 

Snatched away, lest wickedness pervert his mind or deceit beguile his soul; 

For the witchery of paltry things obscures what is right 

and the whirl of desire transforms the innocent mind. 

Having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career; for his soul was pleasing to the LORD, 

therefore he sped him out of the midst of wickedness. 

But the people saw and did not understand, 

nor did they take that consideration into account. 

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OLD TESTAMENT #7 A reading from the book of Sirach (44:10-15) 

Now will I praise those godly people, 

our ancestors, each in their own time. 

These were godly people whose virtues have not been forgotten; Their 

wealth remains in their families, their heritage with their descendants; 

Through God's covenant with them their family endures, their posterity, for their sake. 

And for all time their family will endure, their glory will never be 

blotted out; Their bodies are peacefully laid away, but their name lives 

on and on. 

At gatherings their wisdom is retold, and the assembly proclaims their 

praise. 

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OLD TESTAMENT #8 A reading from the prophet Isaiah (25:6-9) 

On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food. On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples, and the shroud enwrapping all nations, he will destroy Death forever. 

The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek, he will take away his people's shame everywhere on earth, for the Lord has said so. 

That day, it will be said. See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation, the Lord is the one in whom we hoped. We exult and we rejoice that he has saved us. 

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OLD TESTAMENT #9. A reading from the book of Lamentations (3:17-26) 

My soul is shut out from peace; 

I have forgotten happiness. 

And now I say, My strength is gone 

that hope which came from the Lord. 

Brooding on my anguish and affliction 

is gall and wormwood. 

My spirit ponders it continually 

and sinks within me 

This is what I shall tell my heart, 

and so recover hope: 

the favours of the Lord are not all past, 

his kindnesses are not exhausted; 

every morning they are renewed; 

great is his faithfulness. 

My portion is the Lord says my soul 

and so I will hope in him. 

The Lord is good to those who trust him, 

to the soul that searches for him. 

It is good to wait in silence for the Lord to save. 

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