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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The cry of man throughout the ages has been for someone who could act as an umpire in the game of life. Job envisioned a mediator who could be on equal terms with both God and man and could reconcile us to the Father.

In Christ's resurrection, Paul presents a picture of the man Job was looking for. "So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:21). Only a "God-man" could come to earth, die for our sin, and be resurrected as the Son of God.

Jesus, the second Adam, is the Umpire, the One who can stand between God and man to reconcile us. His resurrection has assured us that in the end, He will humble "all his enemies beneath his feet" (1 Corinthians 15:25). Let us look to Jesus as our Hope, both now and forever!

Job 8:1-11:20

Bildad

Then Bildad the ShuhiteS Ge 25:2; Job 18:1; 25:1 replied:

“How long will you say such things?Job 11:2; 18:2

Your words are a blustering wind.S 2Ch 36:16; S Job 6:26

Does God pervert justice?S Job 4:17; 34:12; Isa 29:15; Ro 3:5

Does the Almighty pervert what is right?S Ge 18:25; S Jer 12:1

When your children sinned against him,

he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.Job 1:19

But if you will seek God earnestly

and pleadJob 9:15 with the Almighty,S Job 5:8, 27

if you are pure and upright,

even now he will rouse himself on your behalfS Job 5:15; 22:27; 33:26; 34:28; Isa 58:9; 65:24

and restore you to your prosperous state.S Job 5:24

Your beginnings will seem humble,

so prosperousJob 21:13; 22:21; 36:11; Ps 25:13 will your future be.S Job 1:10; Jer 29:11; 31:17

“Ask the former generationS Dt 32:7; S Ps 71:18

and find out what their ancestors learned,

for we were born only yesterday and know nothing,S Ge 47:9

and our days on earth are but a shadow.S 1Ch 29:15; S 2Ch 10:6; S Ps 39:6

10 Will they not instructPr 1:8 you and tell you?

Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?Pr 2:1-2; 4:1

11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh?Job 40:21

Can reedsS Ex 2:3; Isa 19:6; 35:7 thrive without water?

12 While still growing and uncut,

they wither more quickly than grass.ver 19; S 2Ki 19:26; Job 18:16; 20:5; Ps 90:5-6; 102:11; Isa 34:4; 40:7, 24

13 Such is the destinyPs 37:38; 73:17 of all who forget God;Ps 9:17; 50:22; Isa 51:13; Jer 17:6

so perishes the hope of the godless.Job 6:9; 11:20; 13:16; 15:34; 20:5; 27:8; 34:30; Ps 37:1-2; 112:10; Pr 10:28; 11:7; Jer 15:9

14 What they trust in is fragileThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.;

what they rely on is a spider’s web.ver 15; Job 27:18; Isa 59:5

15 They lean on the web,S ver 14 but it gives way;

they cling to it, but it does not hold.Ps 49:11; Mt 7:26-27

16 They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine,

spreading its shootsPs 80:11; Isa 16:8 over the garden;Ps 37:35; Jer 11:16

17 it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks

and looks for a place among the stones.

18 But when it is torn from its spot,

that place disownsJob 20:9; Ps 103:16 it and says, ‘I never saw you.’S Job 7:8; S 14:20

19 Surely its life withersS ver 12; S Job 15:30 away,

andOr Surely all the joy it has / is that from the soil other plants grow.Ps 119:90; Ecc 1:4

20 “Surely God does not reject one who is blamelessJob 1:1

or strengthen the hands of evildoers.S Ge 18:25

21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughterS Job 5:22

and your lips with shouts of joy.S Ezr 3:13; Job 35:10; Ps 47:5; 107:22; 118:15; 126:2; 132:16; Isa 35:6

22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame,Job 27:7; Ps 6:10; 35:26; 44:7; 53:5; 71:13; 86:17; 109:29; 132:18; Eze 7:27; 26:16

and the tentsS Job 4:21 of the wicked will be no more.”S 1Sa 8:3; Job 18:6, 14, 21; 21:28; 27:8, 18; 34:26; 36:6; 38:13; Ps 52:5; Pr 14:11

Job

Then Job replied:

“Indeed, I know that this is true.

But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?S Job 4:17; Ro 3:20

Though they wished to dispute with him,ver 32; Job 40:5

they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.ver 12, 14, 29, 32; Job 10:2; 12:14; 13:9, 14; 22:4; 23:7, 13; 37:19; 40:2; Ps 44:21; Isa 14:24

His wisdomJob 11:6; 28:12, 20, 23; 38:36; Ps 51:6; Pr 2:6; Ecc 2:26 is profound, his power is vast.ver 19; S Job 5:9; 12:13, 16; 23:6; 24:22; 26:12; 30:18; Ps 93:4; 95:3; Pr 8:14; Isa 40:26; 63:1; Da 2:20; 4:35

Who has resistedJer 50:24 him and come out unscathed?S 2Ch 13:12; S Job 5:13

He moves mountainsMt 17:20 without their knowing it

and overturns them in his anger.Ps 18:7; 46:2-3; Isa 13:13; Mic 1:4

He shakes the earthS Ex 19:18; Isa 2:21; 13:13; 24:18-20; Am 8:8; Heb 12:26 from its place

and makes its pillars tremble.S 2Sa 22:8; Job 26:14; 36:29; 37:4-5; Ps 75:3; Hab 3:4

He speaks to the sun and it does not shine;Isa 34:4; Jer 4:28; Joel 2:2, 10, 31; 3:15; Zep 1:15; Zec 14:6

he seals off the light of the stars.Isa 13:10; Jer 4:23; Eze 32:8

He alone stretches out the heavensS Ge 1:1, 8; S Isa 48:13

and treads on the waves of the sea.Job 38:16; Ps 77:19; Pr 8:28; Hab 3:15; Mt 14:25; Mk 6:48; Jn 6:19

He is the MakerJob 32:22; 40:15, 19 of the BearOr of Leo and Orion,

the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.S Ge 1:16

10 He performs wondersDt 6:22; Ps 72:18; 136:4; Jer 32:20 that cannot be fathomed,

miracles that cannot be counted.S Job 5:9

11 When he passes me, I cannot see him;

when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.Job 23:8-9; 35:14

12 If he snatches away, who can stop him?Nu 23:20; Job 11:10; Isa 14:27; 43:13

Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’S ver 3; S Dt 32:39; Isa 29:16; 45:9; Da 2:21; 4:32; Ro 9:20

13 God does not restrain his anger;Nu 14:18; Job 10:15; Ps 78:38; Isa 3:11; 6:5; 48:9

even the cohorts of RahabJob 26:12; Ps 87:4; 89:10; Isa 30:7; 51:9 cowered at his feet.

14 “How then can I dispute with him?

How can I find words to argue with him?S ver 3

15 Though I were innocent, I could not answer him;Job 10:15; 13:19; 34:5-6; 40:5; 42:7

I could only pleadJob 8:5 with my JudgeS Ge 18:25; 1Sa 24:12; Ps 50:6; 96:13 for mercy.ver 20, 29; Job 15:6; 23:4; 40:2

16 Even if I summoned him and he responded,

I do not believe he would give me a hearing.Job 13:22; Ro 9:20-21

17 He would crush meJob 16:12; 30:16; Ps 10:10; Isa 38:13 with a stormJob 30:22; Ps 83:15; Jnh 1:4

and multiplyJob 16:14 my wounds for no reason.S Job 2:3

18 He would not let me catch my breath

but would overwhelm me with misery.S Job 7:19; S 10:1

19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!S ver 4; S Ne 9:32

And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge himSee Septuagint; Hebrew me.?ver 33; Jer 49:19

20 Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me;

if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.S ver 15

21 “Although I am blameless,S Ge 6:9; Job 34:6, 7

I have no concern for myself;ver 14; S Job 6:29; 10:1; 13:13

I despise my own life.S Nu 11:15; S Job 7:16

22 It is all the same; that is why I say,

‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’S Job 3:19; 10:8; Ecc 9:2, 3; Eze 21:3

23 When a scourgeHeb 11:36 brings sudden death,

he mocks the despair of the innocent.Job 24:1, 12; Ps 64:4; Hab 1:3; 1Pe 1:7

24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked,Job 1:15, 17; 10:3; 16:11; 21:16; 22:18; 27:2; 40:8; Ps 73:3

he blindfolds its judges.S Job 3:14; 12:6; 19:7; 21:7; 24:23; 31:35; 35:15; Ps 73:12; Ecc 8:11; Jer 12:1; La 3:9

If it is not he, then who is it?Job 12:9; 13:1; 24:12; Isa 41:20

25 “My days are swifter than a runner;S Job 7:6

they fly away without a glimpse of joy.Job 7:7; 10:20

26 They skim pastJob 24:18; Ps 46:3 like boats of papyrus,Isa 18:2

like eagles swooping down on their prey.Job 39:29; Hab 1:8

27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,S Job 7:11

I will change my expression, and smile,’

28 I still dreadS Job 3:25 all my sufferings,

for I know you will not hold me innocent.S Ex 34:7; S Job 7:21

29 Since I am already found guilty,

why should I struggle in vain?S ver 3,S 15; Ps 37:33

30 Even if I washed myself with soapMal 3:2

and my handsJob 17:9; 31:7; Isa 1:15 with cleansing powder,Job 14:4, 17; 33:9; Isa 1:18; Jer 2:22; Hos 13:12

31 you would plunge me into a slime pitPs 35:7; 40:2; 51:9; Jer 2:22; Na 3:6; Mal 2:3

so that even my clothes would detest me.S Job 7:20; 34:9; 35:3; Ps 73:13

32 “He is not a mere mortalS Nu 23:19 like me that I might answer him,S ver 3; Ro 9:20

that we might confront each other in court.Ps 143:2; Ecc 6:10

33 If only there were someone to mediate between us,S 1Sa 2:25

someone to bring us together,S ver 19

34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,Job 21:9; Ps 39:10; 73:5

so that his terror would frighten me no more.S Job 6:4; 7:14; 33:7; Ps 32:4

35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,S Job 7:11

but as it now stands with me, I cannot.Job 7:15; 13:21

10 “I loathe my very life;S Nu 11:15; S 1Ki 19:4

therefore I will give free rein to my complaint

and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.S 1Sa 1:10; S Job 7:11; 9:18, 21

I say to God:Job 13:3; 40:1 Do not declare me guilty,

but tell me what chargesIsa 3:13; Hos 4:1; 5:1; 12:2; Mic 6:2; Ro 8:33 you have against me.S Job 9:3

Does it please you to oppress me,S Job 9:22; 16:9, 14; 19:6, 21; 22:10; 30:13, 21; 31:23; 34:6

to spurn the work of your hands,ver 8; Ge 1:26; S Job 4:17; 14:15; 34:19; Ps 8:6; 95:6; 100:3; 138:8; 149:2; Isa 60:21; 64:8

while you smile on the plans of the wicked?S Job 9:24

Do you have eyes of flesh?

Do you see as a mortal sees?1Sa 16:7; Job 11:11; 14:16; 24:23; 28:24; 31:4; 34:21; 41:11; Ps 11:4; 33:15; 119:168; 139:12; Pr 5:21; 15:3; Jer 11:20-23; 16:17

Are your days like those of a mortal

or your years like those of a strong man,Job 36:26; Ps 39:5; 90:2, 4; 102:24; 2Pe 3:8

that you must search out my faults

and probe after my sinJob 14:16

though you know that I am not guiltyver 15; S Job 6:29; 11:4; 16:17; 27:5, 6; 31:6; 32:1

and that no one can rescue me from your hand?S Dt 32:39

“Your hands shapedGe 2:7 me and made me.

Will you now turn and destroy me?S ver 3; S 2Sa 14:14; S Job 30:15

Remember that you molded me like clay.S Job 4:19; Isa 29:16

Will you now turn me to dust again?S Ge 2:7; S Job 7:21

10 Did you not pour me out like milk

and curdle me like cheese,

11 clothe me with skin and flesh

and knit me togetherPs 139:13, 15 with bones and sinews?

12 You gave me lifeS Ge 2:7 and showed me kindness,S Ge 24:12

and in your providenceS Ge 45:5 watched over1Pe 2:25 my spirit.

13 “But this is what you concealed in your heart,

and I know that this was in your mind:Job 23:13; Ps 115:3

14 If I sinned, you would be watching meJob 13:27

and would not let my offense go unpunished.S Ex 34:7; S Job 7:21

15 If I am guiltyS ver 7—woe to me!S Job 9:13

Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head,S Job 9:15

for I am full of shame

and drowned inOr and aware of my affliction.Ps 25:16

16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lionS 1Sa 17:34; Ps 7:2; Isa 38:13; Jer 5:6; 25:38; La 3:10; Hos 5:14; 13:7

and again display your awesome power against me.Job 5:9; Isa 28:21; 29:14; 65:7

17 You bring new witnesses against me1Ki 21:10; Job 16:8

and increase your anger toward me;Ru 1:21

your forces come against me wave upon wave.S Job 5:7

18 “Why then did you bring me out of the womb?S Job 3:8; S Ps 22:9

I wish I had died before any eye saw me.Job 3:26; Ecc 4:2; 7:1

19 If only I had never come into being,

or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!S Job 3:3; Jer 15:10

20 Are not my few daysJob 14:1; Ecc 6:12 almost over?S Job 7:7

Turn away from meS Job 7:16 so I can have a moment’s joyS Job 9:25

21 before I go to the place of no return,S 2Sa 12:23; S Job 3:13; 16:22; Ps 39:13; Ecc 12:5

to the land of gloom and utter darkness,S Job 3:5

22 to the land of deepest night,

of utter darknessS Job 3:5 and disorder,

where even the light is like darkness.”S 1Sa 2:9; S Job 3:13

Zophar

11 Then Zophar the NaamathiteS Job 2:11 replied:

“Are all these words to go unanswered?S Job 8:2; S 16:3

Is this talker to be vindicated?S Ge 41:6; S Job 6:29

Will your idle talkEph 4:29; 5:4 reduce others to silence?

Will no one rebuke you when you mock?Job 12:4; 16:10; 17:2; 21:3; 30:1; Ps 1:1

You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawlessJob 9:21

and I am pureS Job 10:7 in your sight.’

Oh, how I wish that God would speak,Ex 20:19; Job 23:5; 32:13; 38:1

that he would open his lips against you

and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom,S Job 9:4; 1Co 2:10

for true wisdom has two sides.

Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.S Ezr 9:13; S Job 15:5

“Can you fathomS Job 5:9; Ecc 3:11 the mysteries of God?

Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

They are higherEph 3:18 than the heavensS Ge 15:5; Job 22:12; 25:2; Ps 57:10; Isa 55:9 above—what can you do?

They are deeper than the depths belowS Job 7:9—what can you know?Job 15:13, 25; 33:13; 40:2; Ps 139:8

Their measureEph 3:19-20 is longer than the earth

and wider than the sea.Job 22:12; 35:5; 36:26; 37:5, 23; Isa 40:26

10 “If he comes along and confines you in prison

and convenes a court, who can oppose him?S Job 9:12; Rev 3:7

11 Surely he recognizes deceivers;

and when he sees evil, does he not take note?S Job 10:4; 31:37; 34:11, 25; 36:7; Ps 10:14

12 But the witless can no more become wise

than a wild donkey’s coltS Ge 16:12 can be born human.Or wild donkey can be born tameS 2Ch 6:36

13 “Yet if you devote your heart1Sa 7:3; Ps 78:8 to him

and stretch out your handsS Ex 9:29 to him,S Job 5:8, 27

14 if you put awayS Jos 24:14 the sin that is in your hand

and allow no evilPs 101:4 to dwell in your tent,Job 22:23

15 then, free of fault, you will lift up your face;Job 22:26

you will stand firmS 1Sa 2:9; Ps 20:8; 37:23; 40:2; 119:5; Eph 6:14 and without fear.S Ge 4:7; S Ps 3:6

16 You will surely forget your trouble,Isa 26:16; 37:3; 65:16

recalling it only as waters gone by.Jos 7:5; Job 22:11; Ps 58:7; 112:10; Eze 21:7

17 Life will be brighter than noonday,Job 22:28; Ps 37:6; Isa 58:8, 10; 62:1

and darkness will become like morning.Job 17:12; 18:6; 29:3; Ps 18:28; 112:4; 119:105; Isa 5:20; Jn 8:12

18 You will be secure, because there is hope;

you will look about you and take your restPs 3:5; 4:8; 127:2; Ecc 5:12 in safety.S Lev 26:6; Pr 3:24; Isa 11:10; 14:3; 28:12; 30:15; 32:18; Zec 3:10

19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid,S Lev 26:6

and many will court your favor.Isa 45:14

20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail,Dt 28:65; Job 17:5

and escape will elude them;Job 12:10; 18:18; 27:22; 34:22; 36:6; Ps 139:11-12; Jer 11:11; 23:24; 25:35; Am 2:14; 9:2-3

their hope will become a dying gasp.”S Job 8:13

Bildad’s First Response to Job

Then Bildad the Shuhite replied to Job:

“How long will you go on like this?

You sound like a blustering wind.

Does God twist justice?

Does the Almighty twist what is right?

Your children must have sinned against him,

so their punishment was well deserved.

But if you pray to God

and seek the favor of the Almighty,

and if you are pure and live with integrity,

he will surely rise up and restore your happy home.

And though you started with little,

you will end with much.

“Just ask the previous generation.

Pay attention to the experience of our ancestors.

For we were born but yesterday and know nothing.

Our days on earth are as fleeting as a shadow.

10 But those who came before us will teach you.

They will teach you the wisdom of old.

11 “Can papyrus reeds grow tall without a marsh?

Can marsh grass flourish without water?

12 While they are still flowering, not ready to be cut,

they begin to wither more quickly than grass.

13 The same happens to all who forget God.

The hopes of the godless evaporate.

14 Their confidence hangs by a thread.

They are leaning on a spider’s web.

15 They cling to their home for security, but it won’t last.

They try to hold it tight, but it will not endure.

16 The godless seem like a lush plant growing in the sunshine,

its branches spreading across the garden.

17 Its roots grow down through a pile of stones;

it takes hold on a bed of rocks.

18 But when it is uprooted,

it’s as though it never existed!

19 That’s the end of its life,

and others spring up from the earth to replace it.

20 “But look, God will not reject a person of integrity,

nor will he lend a hand to the wicked.

21 He will once again fill your mouth with laughter

and your lips with shouts of joy.

22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,

and the home of the wicked will be destroyed.”

Job’s Third Speech: A Response to Bildad

Then Job spoke again:

“Yes, I know all this is true in principle.

But how can a person be declared innocent in God’s sight?

If someone wanted to take God to court,Or If God wanted to take someone to court.

would it be possible to answer him even once in a thousand times?

For God is so wise and so mighty.

Who has ever challenged him successfully?

“Without warning, he moves the mountains,

overturning them in his anger.

He shakes the earth from its place,

and its foundations tremble.

If he commands it, the sun won’t rise

and the stars won’t shine.

He alone has spread out the heavens

and marches on the waves of the sea.

He made all the stars—the Bear and Orion,

the Pleiades and the constellations of the southern sky.

10 He does great things too marvelous to understand.

He performs countless miracles.

11 “Yet when he comes near, I cannot see him.

When he moves by, I do not see him go.

12 If he snatches someone in death, who can stop him?

Who dares to ask, ‘What are you doing?’

13 And God does not restrain his anger.

Even the monsters of the seaHebrew the helpers of Rahab, the name of a mythical sea monster that represents chaos in ancient literature. are crushed beneath his feet.

14 “So who am I, that I should try to answer God

or even reason with him?

15 Even if I were right, I would have no defense.

I could only plead for mercy.

16 And even if I summoned him and he responded,

I’m not sure he would listen to me.

17 For he attacks me with a storm

and repeatedly wounds me without cause.

18 He will not let me catch my breath,

but fills me instead with bitter sorrows.

19 If it’s a question of strength, he’s the strong one.

If it’s a matter of justice, who dares to summon himAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads me. to court?

20 Though I am innocent, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty.

Though I am blameless, itOr he. would prove me wicked.

21 “I am innocent,

but it makes no difference to me—

I despise my life.

22 Innocent or wicked, it is all the same to God.

That’s why I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’

23 When a plagueOr disaster. sweeps through,

he laughs at the death of the innocent.

24 The whole earth is in the hands of the wicked,

and God blinds the eyes of the judges.

If he’s not the one who does it, who is?

25 “My life passes more swiftly than a runner.

It flees away without a glimpse of happiness.

26 It disappears like a swift papyrus boat,

like an eagle swooping down on its prey.

27 If I decided to forget my complaints,

to put away my sad face and be cheerful,

28 I would still dread all the pain,

for I know you will not find me innocent, O God.

29 Whatever happens, I will be found guilty.

So what’s the use of trying?

30 Even if I were to wash myself with soap

and clean my hands with lye,

31 you would plunge me into a muddy ditch,

and my own filthy clothing would hate me.

32 “God is not a mortal like me,

so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.

33 If only there were a mediator between us,

someone who could bring us together.

34 The mediator could make God stop beating me,

and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.

35 Then I could speak to him without fear,

but I cannot do that in my own strength.

Job Frames His Plea to God

10 “I am disgusted with my life.

Let me complain freely.

My bitter soul must complain.

I will say to God, ‘Don’t simply condemn me—

tell me the charge you are bringing against me.

What do you gain by oppressing me?

Why do you reject me, the work of your own hands,

while smiling on the schemes of the wicked?

Are your eyes like those of a human?

Do you see things only as people see them?

Is your lifetime only as long as ours?

Is your life so short

that you must quickly probe for my guilt

and search for my sin?

Although you know I am not guilty,

no one can rescue me from your hands.

“‘You formed me with your hands; you made me,

yet now you completely destroy me.

Remember that you made me from dust—

will you turn me back to dust so soon?

10 You guided my conception

and formed me in the womb.Hebrew You poured me out like milk / and curdled me like cheese.

11 You clothed me with skin and flesh,

and you knit my bones and sinews together.

12 You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love.

My life was preserved by your care.

13 “‘Yet your real motive—

your true intent—

14 was to watch me, and if I sinned,

you would not forgive my guilt.

15 If I am guilty, too bad for me;

and even if I’m innocent, I can’t hold my head high,

because I am filled with shame and misery.

16 And if I hold my head high, you hunt me like a lion

and display your awesome power against me.

17 Again and again you witness against me.

You pour out your growing anger on me

and bring fresh armies against me.

18 “‘Why, then, did you deliver me from my mother’s womb?

Why didn’t you let me die at birth?

19 It would be as though I had never existed,

going directly from the womb to the grave.

20 I have only a few days left, so leave me alone,

that I may have a moment of comfort

21 before I leave—never to return—

for the land of darkness and utter gloom.

22 It is a land as dark as midnight,

a land of gloom and confusion,

where even the light is dark as midnight.’”

Zophar’s First Response to Job

11 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied to Job:

“Shouldn’t someone answer this torrent of words?

Is a person proved innocent just by a lot of talking?

Should I remain silent while you babble on?

When you mock God, shouldn’t someone make you ashamed?

You claim, ‘My beliefs are pure,’

and ‘I am clean in the sight of God.’

If only God would speak;

if only he would tell you what he thinks!

If only he would tell you the secrets of wisdom,

for true wisdom is not a simple matter.

Listen! God is doubtless punishing you

far less than you deserve!

“Can you solve the mysteries of God?

Can you discover everything about the Almighty?

Such knowledge is higher than the heavens—

and who are you?

It is deeper than the underworldHebrew than Sheol.

what do you know?

It is broader than the earth

and wider than the sea.

10 If God comes and puts a person in prison

or calls the court to order, who can stop him?

11 For he knows those who are false,

and he takes note of all their sins.

12 An empty-headed person won’t become wise

any more than a wild donkey can bear a human child.Or than a wild male donkey can bear a tame colt.

13 “If only you would prepare your heart

and lift up your hands to him in prayer!

14 Get rid of your sins,

and leave all iniquity behind you.

15 Then your face will brighten with innocence.

You will be strong and free of fear.

16 You will forget your misery;

it will be like water flowing away.

17 Your life will be brighter than the noonday.

Even darkness will be as bright as morning.

18 Having hope will give you courage.

You will be protected and will rest in safety.

19 You will lie down unafraid,

and many will look to you for help.

20 But the wicked will be blinded.

They will have no escape.

Their only hope is death.”

Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;

If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;

If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:

(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)

10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?

11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.

13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.

16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.

17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.

18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.

19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.

20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.

22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

Then Job answered and said,

I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.

Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.

Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.

11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?

13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.

14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.

17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.

22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.

23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.

29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?

30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.

34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:

35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.

10 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.

Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?

Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,

That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?

Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.

Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.

Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?

10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?

11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.

12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

13 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.

14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.

15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;

16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.

17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.

18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!

19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.

20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,

21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

11 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?

For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.

But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;

And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.

Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?

11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?

12 For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;

14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.

15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:

16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:

17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday: thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.

19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.

20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.

1 Corinthians 15:1-28

The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospelIsa 40:9; Ro 2:16 I preached to you,S 1Co 3:6; S Gal 1:8 which you received and on which you have taken your stand.By this gospel you are saved,Ro 1:16 if you hold firmlyS Ro 11:22 to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I receivedGal 1:12 I passed on to youS 1Co 11:2 as of first importanceOr you at the first: that Christ died for our sinsIsa 53:5; Jn 1:29; S Gal 1:4; 1Pe 2:24 according to the Scriptures,S Mt 26:24; S Lk 24:27; S 24:44; Ac 17:2; 26:22, 23that he was buried,Mt 27:59, 60 that he was raisedS Ac 2:24 on the third dayS Mt 16:21 according to the Scriptures,Jn 2:21, 22; Ac 2:25, 30, 31and that he appeared to Cephas,That is, PeterLk 24:34 and then to the Twelve.Mk 16:14; Lk 24:36-43After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.ver 18, 20; S Mt 9:24Then he appeared to James,S Ac 15:13 then to all the apostles,Lk 24:33, 36, 37; Ac 1:3, 4and last of all he appeared to me also,Ac 9:3-6, 17; 1Co 9:1; Gal 1:16 as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles2Co 12:11; Eph 3:8; 1Ti 1:15 and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecutedS Ac 8:3 the church of God.S 1Co 10:3210 But by the graceS Ro 3:24 of God I am what I am, and his grace to meS Ro 12:3 was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them2Co 11:23; Col 1:29—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.S Php 2:1311 Whether, then, it is I or they,Gal 2:6 this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead,ver 4 how can some of you say that there is no resurrectionS Jn 11:24 of the dead?Ac 17:32; 23:8; 2Ti 2:1813 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.14 And if Christ has not been raised,1Th 4:14 our preaching is useless and so is your faith.15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead.S Ac 2:24 But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.S Ro 4:2518 Then those also who have fallen asleepver 6, 20; S Mt 9:24 in Christ are lost.19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.S 1Co 4:9

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,1Pe 1:3 the firstfruitsver 23; S Ac 26:23 of those who have fallen asleep.ver 6, 18; S Mt 9:2421 For since death came through a man,S Ro 5:12 the resurrection of the deadver 12 comes also through a man.22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.Ro 5:14-18; S 1Co 6:1423 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits;ver 20 then, when he comes,ver 52; S 1Th 2:19 those who belong to him.S 1Co 3:2324 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdomDa 2:44; 7:14, 27; 2Pe 1:11 to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.Ro 8:3825 For he must reignIsa 9:7; 52:7 until he has put all his enemies under his feet.ver 27; S Mt 22:4426 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.2Ti 1:10; Rev 20:14; 21:427 For he “has put everything under his feet.”Psalm 8:6ver 25; Ps 8:6; S Mt 22:44 Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.S Mt 28:1828 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him,Php 3:21 so that God may be all in all.1Co 3:23

The Resurrection of Christ

15 Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters,Greek brothers; also in 15:31, 50, 58. of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.Or unless you never believed it in the first place.

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.He was seen by PeterGreek Cephas. and then by the Twelve.After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followersGreek the brothers. at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church.

10 But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.11 So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead?13 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either.14 And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.15 And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead.16 And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised.17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost!19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.

21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.

24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power.25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet.26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.27 For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.”Ps 8:6. (Of course, when it says “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.)28 Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.

15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:

17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Psalm 38:1-22

Psalm 38In Hebrew texts 38:1-22 is numbered 38:2-23.

A psalm of David. A petition.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger

or discipline me in your wrath.Ps 6:1

Your arrowsS Job 6:4 have pierced me,

and your hand has come down on me.

Because of your wrath there is no healthPr 3:8; 4:22 in my body;

there is no soundness in my bonesS Job 33:19 because of my sin.

My guilt has overwhelmedPs 40:12; 65:3 me

like a burden too heavy to bear.S Nu 11:14; S Ezr 9:6; Lk 11:46

My woundsver 11; Ps 147:3 fester and are loathsomeJob 19:17

because of my sinful folly.Ps 69:5; Pr 5:23; 12:23; 13:16; Ecc 10:3

I am bowed downPs 57:6; 145:14; 146:8 and brought very low;

all day long I go about mourning.S Ps 35:14

My back is filled with searing pain;S Job 14:22

there is no healthver 3 in my body.

I am feeble and utterly crushed;Ps 34:18; Pr 17:22

I groanS Ps 6:6; 22:1; Pr 5:11 in anguish of heart.S Ps 6:3

All my longingsPs 119:20; 143:7 lie open before you, Lord;

my sighingS Job 3:24 is not hidden from you.

10 My heart pounds,S Job 37:1 my strength failsS Ps 31:10 me;

even the light has gone from my eyes.S Ps 6:7; S 19:8; 88:9

11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;S ver 5

my neighbors stay far away.

12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,Ps 31:4; 140:5; 141:9

those who would harm me talk of my ruin;Ps 35:4; 41:5

all day long they scheme and lie.S Ps 35:20

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,Ps 115:6; 135:17; Isa 43:8; Mk 7:37

like the mute, who cannot speak;

14 I have become like one who does not hear,

whose mouth can offer no reply.

15 Lord, I waitPs 27:14 for you;

you will answer,Ps 17:6 Lord my God.

16 For I said, “Do not let them gloatS Ps 22:17

or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”S Dt 32:35

17 For I am about to fall,S Ps 37:24

and my painver 7; S Job 6:10 is ever with me.

18 I confess my iniquity;S Lev 26:40

I am troubled by my sin.

19 Many have become my enemiesS Ps 18:17 without causeOne Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript; Masoretic Text my vigorous enemies;

those who hate meS Ps 25:19 without reasonS Ps 35:19 are numerous.

20 Those who repay my good with evilS Ge 44:4; 1Jn 3:12

lodge accusationsPs 54:5; 59:10; 119:23 against me,

though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;Ps 27:9; 71:18; 119:8

do not be farS Ps 10:1; S 22:11; 35:22; 71:12 from me, my God.

22 Come quicklyS Ps 22:19 to help me,Ps 40:13

my Lord and my Savior.S 1Ch 16:35

Psalm 38

A psalm of David, asking God to remember him.

O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger

or discipline me in your rage!

Your arrows have struck deep,

and your blows are crushing me.

Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;

my health is broken because of my sins.

My guilt overwhelms me—

it is a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and stink

because of my foolish sins.

I am bent over and racked with pain.

All day long I walk around filled with grief.

A raging fever burns within me,

and my health is broken.

I am exhausted and completely crushed.

My groans come from an anguished heart.

You know what I long for, Lord;

you hear my every sigh.

10 My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,

and I am going blind.

11 My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease.

Even my own family stands at a distance.

12 Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me.

Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me.

All day long they plan their treachery.

13 But I am deaf to all their threats.

I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.

14 I choose to hear nothing,

and I make no reply.

15 For I am waiting for you, O Lord.

You must answer for me, O Lord my God.

16 I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me

or rejoice at my downfall.”

17 I am on the verge of collapse,

facing constant pain.

18 But I confess my sins;

I am deeply sorry for what I have done.

19 I have many aggressive enemies;

they hate me without reason.

20 They repay me evil for good

and oppose me for pursuing good.

21 Do not abandon me, O Lord.

Do not stand at a distance, my God.

22 Come quickly to help me,

O Lord my savior.

38 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.

I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

21 Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.

22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

Proverbs 21:28-29

28 A false witnessIsa 29:21 will perish,S Pr 19:5

but a careful listener will testify successfully.

29 The wicked put up a bold front,

but the upright give thought to their ways.S Pr 14:8

28 A false witness will be cut off,

but a credible witness will be allowed to speak.

29 The wicked bluff their way through,

but the virtuous think before they act.

28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

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