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Job Chides His Accusers 12:1 Then Job responded,
2 “Truly then you are the people, And with you wisdom will die!
3 “But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these?
4 “I am a joke to my friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke.
5 “He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip.
6 “The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power.
7 “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
8 “Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
9 “Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,
10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
11 “Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?
12 “Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding.
Job Speaks of the Power of God13 “With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.
14 “Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.
15 “Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.
16 “With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him.
17 “He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges.
18 “He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle.
19 “He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.
20 “He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 “He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong.
22 “He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light.
23 “He makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
24 “He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
25 “They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
Job Says His Friends’ Proverbs Are Ashes13:1 “Behold, my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it.
2 “What you know I also know; I am not inferior to you.
3 “But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to argue with God.
4 “But you smear with lies; You are all worthless physicians.
5 “O that you would be completely silent, And that it would become your wisdom!
6 “Please hear my argument And listen to the contentions of my lips.
7 “Will you speak what is unjust for God, And speak what is deceitful for Him?
8 “Will you show partiality for Him? Will you contend for God?
9 “Will it be well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?
10 “He will surely reprove you If you secretly show partiality.
11 “Will not His majesty terrify you, And the dread of Him fall on you?
12 “Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.
Job Is Sure He Will Be Vindicated13 “Be silent before me so that I may speak; Then let come on me what may.
14 “Why should I take my flesh in my teeth And put my life in my hands?
15 “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.
16 “This also will be my salvation, For a godless man may not come before His presence.
17 “Listen carefully to my speech, And let my declaration fill your ears.
18 “Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I will be vindicated.
19 “Who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die.
20 “Only two things do not do to me, Then I will not hide from Your face:
21 Remove Your hand from me, And let not the dread of You terrify me.
22 “Then call, and I will answer; Or let me speak, then reply to me.
23 “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make known to me my rebellion and my sin.
24 “Why do You hide Your face And consider me Your enemy?
25 “Will You cause a driven leaf to tremble? Or will You pursue the dry chaff?
26 “For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27 “You put my feet in the stocks And watch all my paths; You set a limit for the soles of my feet,
28 While I am decaying like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.
Job Speaks of the Finality of Death14:1 “Man, who is born of woman, Is short-lived and full of turmoil.
2 “Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.
3 “You also open Your eyes on him And bring him into judgment with Yourself.
4 “Who can make the clean out of the unclean? No one!
5 “Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; And his limits You have set so that he cannot pass.
6 “Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest, Until he fulfills his day like a hired man.
7 “For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail.
8 “Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil,
9 At the scent of water it will flourish And put forth sprigs like a plant.
10 “But man dies and lies prostrate. Man expires, and where is he?
11 “As water evaporates from the sea, And a river becomes parched and dried up,
12 So man lies down and does not rise. Until the heavens are no longer, He will not awake nor be aroused out of his sleep.
13 “Oh that You would hide me in Sheol, That You would conceal me until Your wrath returns to You, That You would set a limit for me and remember me!
14 “If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait Until my change comes.
15 “You will call, and I will answer You; You will long for the work of Your hands.
16 “For now You number my steps, You do not observe my sin.
17 “My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And You wrap up my iniquity.
18 “But the falling mountain crumbles away, And the rock moves from its place;
19 Water wears away stones, Its torrents wash away the dust of the earth; So You destroy man’s hope.
20 “You forever overpower him and he departs; You change his appearance and send him away.
21 “His sons achieve honor, but he does not know it; Or they become insignificant, but he does not perceive it.
22 “But his body pains him, And he mourns only for himself.”
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All Men Exhorted to Praise God.
A Psalm for Thanksgiving.100:1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.
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The Beast from the Sea 13:1 And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.
Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.
2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
3 I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;
4 they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?”
5 There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
7 It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.
8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.
9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
10 If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.
The Beast from the Earth 11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.
12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.
13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.
14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.
15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead,
17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
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