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Eliphaz: Innocent Do Not Suffer 4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
2 “If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?
3 “Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.
4 “Your words have helped the tottering to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees.
5 “But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; It touches you, and you are dismayed.
6 “Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope?
7 “Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?
8 “According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.
9 “By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.
10 “The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.
11 “The lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered.
12 “Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it.
13 “Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,
14 Dread came upon me, and trembling, And made all my bones shake.
15 “Then a spirit passed by my face; The hair of my flesh bristled up.
16 “It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:
17 ‘Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
18 ‘He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error.
19 ‘How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!
20 ‘Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces; Unobserved, they perish forever.
21 ‘Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, yet without wisdom.’
God Is Just5:1 “Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
2 “For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.
3 “I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.
4 “His sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer.
5 “His harvest the hungry devour And take it to a place of thorns, And the schemer is eager for their wealth.
6 “For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
7 For man is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward.
8 “But as for me, I would seek God, And I would place my cause before God;
9 Who does great and unsearchable things, Wonders without number.
10 “He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields,
11 So that He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 “He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success.
13 “He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.
14 “By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.
15 “But He saves from the sword of their mouth, And the poor from the hand of the mighty.
16 “So the helpless has hope, And unrighteousness must shut its mouth.
17 “Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
18 “For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal.
19 “From six troubles He will deliver you, Even in seven evil will not touch you.
20 “In famine He will redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword.
21 “You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
22 “You will laugh at violence and famine, And you will not be afraid of wild beasts.
23 “For you will be in league with the stones of the field, And the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24 “You will know that your tent is secure, For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
25 “You will know also that your descendants will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 “You will come to the grave in full vigor, Like the stacking of grain in its season.
27 “Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself.”
Job’s Friends Are No Help 6:1 Then Job answered,
2 “Oh that my grief were actually weighed And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
3 “For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; Therefore my words have been rash.
4 “For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, Their poison my spirit drinks; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5 “Does the wild donkey bray over his grass, Or does the ox low over his fodder?
6 “Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7 “My soul refuses to touch them; They are like loathsome food to me.
8 “Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!
9 “Would that God were willing to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
10 “But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11 “What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should endure?
12 “Is my strength the strength of stones, Or is my flesh bronze?
13 “Is it that my help is not within me, And that deliverance is driven from me?
14 “For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty.
15 “My brothers have acted deceitfully like a wadi, Like the torrents of wadis which vanish,
16 Which are turbid because of ice And into which the snow melts.
17 “When they become waterless, they are silent, When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18 “The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish.
19 “The caravans of Tema looked, The travelers of Sheba hoped for them.
20 “They were disappointed for they had trusted, They came there and were confounded.
21 “Indeed, you have now become such, You see a terror and are afraid.
22 “Have I said, ‘Give me something,’ Or, ‘Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,’
23 Or, ‘Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,’ Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants’?
24 “Teach me, and I will be silent; And show me how I have erred.
25 “How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?
26 “Do you intend to reprove my words, When the words of one in despair belong to the wind?
27 “You would even cast lots for the orphans And barter over your friend.
28 “Now please look at me, And see if I lie to your face.
29 “Desist now, let there be no injustice; Even desist, my righteousness is yet in it.
30 “Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern calamities?
Job’s Life Seems Futile7:1 “Is not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man?
2 “As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,
3 So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble are appointed me.
4 “When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night continues, And I am continually tossing until dawn.
5 “My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, My skin hardens and runs.
6 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, And come to an end without hope.
7 “Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.
8 “The eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer; Your eyes will be on me, but I will not be.
9 “When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.
10 “He will not return again to his house, Nor will his place know him anymore.
11 “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 “Am I the sea, or the sea monster, That You set a guard over me?
13 “If I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,’
14 Then You frighten me with dreams And terrify me by visions;
15 So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pains.
16 “I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.
17 “What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him,
18 That You examine him every morning And try him every moment?
19 “Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?
20 “Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?
21 “Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, but I will not be.”
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Praise to the LORD for His Fidelity to Israel.99:1 The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!
2 The LORD is great in Zion, And He is exalted above all the peoples.
3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He.
4 The strength of the King loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He.
6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called on His name; They called upon the LORD and He answered them.
7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; They kept His testimonies And the statute that He gave them.
8 O LORD our God, You answered them; You were a forgiving God to them, And yet an avenger of their evil deeds.
9 Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God.
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The Two Witnesses 11:1 Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it.
2 Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.
3 And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.
5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way.
6 These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.
7 When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
9 Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.
10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.
12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.
13 And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.
The Seventh Trumpet--Christ’s Reign Foreseen 15 Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
16 And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,
“We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.
18 And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
19 And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.
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