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Job Says God Will Deal with the Wicked 21:1 Then Job answered,
2 “Listen carefully to my speech, And let this be your way of consolation.
3 “Bear with me that I may speak; Then after I have spoken, you may mock.
4 “As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?
5 “Look at me, and be astonished, And put your hand over your mouth.
6 “Even when I remember, I am disturbed, And horror takes hold of my flesh.
7 “Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?
8 “Their descendants are established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes,
9 Their houses are safe from fear, And the rod of God is not on them.
10 “His ox mates without fail; His cow calves and does not abort.
11 “They send forth their little ones like the flock, And their children skip about.
12 “They sing to the timbrel and harp And rejoice at the sound of the flute.
13 “They spend their days in prosperity, And suddenly they go down to Sheol.
14 “They say to God, ‘Depart from us! We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.
15 ‘Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, And what would we gain if we entreat Him?’
16 “Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 “How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, Or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger?
18 “Are they as straw before the wind, And like chaff which the storm carries away?
19 “You say, ‘God stores away a man’s iniquity for his sons.’ Let God repay him so that he may know it.
20 “Let his own eyes see his decay, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 “For what does he care for his household after him, When the number of his months is cut off?
22 “Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?
23 “One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and satisfied;
24 His sides are filled out with fat, And the marrow of his bones is moist,
25 While another dies with a bitter soul, Never even tasting anything good.
26 “Together they lie down in the dust, And worms cover them.
27 “Behold, I know your thoughts, And the plans by which you would wrong me.
28 “For you say, ‘Where is the house of the nobleman, And where is the tent, the dwelling places of the wicked?’
29 “Have you not asked wayfaring men, And do you not recognize their witness?
30 “For the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity; They will be led forth at the day of fury.
31 “Who will confront him with his actions, And who will repay him for what he has done?
32 “While he is carried to the grave, Men will keep watch over his tomb.
33 “The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him.
34 “How then will you vainly comfort me, For your answers remain full of falsehood?”
Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job 22:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,
2 “Can a vigorous man be of use to God, Or a wise man be useful to himself?
3 “Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, Or profit if you make your ways perfect?
4 “Is it because of your reverence that He reproves you, That He enters into judgment against you?
5 “Is not your wickedness great, And your iniquities without end?
6 “For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause, And stripped men naked.
7 “To the weary you have given no water to drink, And from the hungry you have withheld bread.
8 “But the earth belongs to the mighty man, And the honorable man dwells in it.
9 “You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the orphans has been crushed.
10 “Therefore snares surround you, And sudden dread terrifies you,
11 Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And an abundance of water covers you.
12 “Is not God in the height of heaven? Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!
13 “You say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the thick darkness?
14 ‘Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see; And He walks on the vault of heaven.’
15 “Will you keep to the ancient path Which wicked men have trod,
16 Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundations were washed away by a river?
17 “They said to God, ‘Depart from us!’ And ‘What can the Almighty do to them?’
18 “Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 “The righteous see and are glad, And the innocent mock them,
20 Saying, ‘Truly our adversaries are cut off, And their abundance the fire has consumed.’
21 “Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you.
22 “Please receive instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart.
23 “If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
24 And place your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
25 Then the Almighty will be your gold And choice silver to you.
26 “For then you will delight in the Almighty And lift up your face to God.
27 “You will pray to Him, and He will hear you; And you will pay your vows.
28 “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways.
29 “When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence, And the humble person He will save.
30 “He will deliver one who is not innocent, And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”
Job Says He Longs for God 23:1 Then Job replied,
2 “Even today my complaint is rebellion; His hand is heavy despite my groaning.
3 “Oh that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!
4 “I would present my case before Him And fill my mouth with arguments.
5 “I would learn the words which He would answer, And perceive what He would say to me.
6 “Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power? No, surely He would pay attention to me.
7 “There the upright would reason with Him; And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.
8 “Behold, I go forward but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
9 When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.
10 “But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 “My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
13 “But He is unique and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, that He does.
14 “For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him.
15 “Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence; When I consider, I am terrified of Him.
16 “It is God who has made my heart faint, And the Almighty who has dismayed me,
17 But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me.
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The Psalmist’s Profession of Uprightness.
A Psalm of David.101:1 I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.
2 I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart.
3 I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.
4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.
5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.
6 My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me.
7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.
8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, So as to cut off from the city of the LORD all those who do iniquity.
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Six Bowls of Wrath 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”
2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
3 The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died.
4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things;
6 for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.”
7 And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”
8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire.
9 Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.
10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain,
11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.
Armageddon13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs;
14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.
15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”)
16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.
Seventh Bowl of Wrath 17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.”
18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.
19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.
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