Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The local church exists for two reasons: the edification of the believer and the evangelization of the unbeliever. All the gifts of the Spirit are intended to edify, or build up, both the person who is releasing the gift and those who are receiving it.

When we go to church, we should be thinking of what God has given us that day that we can share with the other believers. Do we have a song to sing, a testimony to share, money to give, or words of prophecy to speak? If we share our gifts in love, "everyone will learn and be encouraged" (1 Corinthians 14:31). And perhaps even more importantly, unbelievers present with us will be touched in their hearts and say, "God is really here among you" (v. 25).

It is imperative that we, as members of the Body of Christ, understand our gifts and move in them in love. When we release the gifts of the Spirit that are within us, we grow in grace, other believers profit, and unbelievers repent.

Which gift do you bring to your church?

Job 4:1-7:21

Eliphaz

Then Eliphaz the TemaniteS Ge 36:11; Job 15:1; 22:1 replied:

“If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?

But who can keep from speaking?Job 32:20; Jer 4:19; 20:9

Think how you have instructed many,Dt 32:2; Job 29:23; Hos 6:3

how you have strengthened feeble hands.Job 26:2; Ps 71:9; Isa 13:7; 35:3; Zep 3:16; Heb 12:12

Your words have supported those who stumbled;Job 16:5; 29:16, 25; Isa 1:17

you have strengthened faltering knees.Job 29:11, 15; Isa 35:3; Jer 31:8; Heb 12:12

But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged;S Jos 1:9

it strikesRu 1:13; Job 1:11; 19:21; 30:21; Ps 38:2; Isa 53:4 you, and you are dismayed.Job 6:14; Pr 24:10

Should not your piety be your confidence2Ki 18:19; Ps 27:3; 71:5; Pr 3:26

and your blamelessS Ge 6:9 ways your hope?

“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?Job 5:11; 36:7; Ps 41:12; 2Pe 2:9

Where were the upright ever destroyed?Job 8:20; Ps 37:25; 91:9-10; Pr 12:21; 19:23

As I have observed,Job 5:3; 15:17 those who plow evilJdg 14:18; Job 5:6; 15:35; Ps 7:14; Isa 59:4

and those who sow trouble reap it.Ps 7:15; 9:15; Pr 11:18; 22:8; Isa 17:11; Hos 8:7; 10:13; Gal 6:7-8

At the breath of GodS Ex 15:10; S Job 41:21; 2Th 2:8 they perish;

at the blast of his anger they are no more.S Lev 26:38; Job 40:13; Isa 25:7

10 The lions may roarPs 22:13 and growl,

yet the teeth of the great lionsPs 17:12; 22:21; Pr 28:15 are broken.Job 5:15; 29:17; 36:6; 38:15; Ps 35:10; 58:6

11 The lion perishes for lack of prey,Dt 28:41; Job 27:14; 29:17; Ps 34:10; 58:6; Pr 30:14

and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.Job 5:4

12 “A wordver 17-21; Job 32:13; Jer 9:23 was secretly brought to me,

my ears caught a whisperJob 26:14 of it.Job 33:14

13 Amid disquieting dreams in the night,

when deep sleep falls on people,Job 33:15

14 fear and tremblingJob 21:6; Ps 48:6; 55:5; 119:120, 161; Jer 5:22; Hab 3:16; S 2Co 7:15 seized me

and made all my bones shake.Jer 23:9; Da 10:8; Hab 3:16

15 A spirit glided past my face,

and the hair on my body stood on end.Da 5:6; 7:15, 28; 10:8; Mt 14:26

16 It stopped,

but I could not tell what it was.

A form stood before my eyes,

and I heard a hushed voice:S 1Ki 19:12

17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?Job 9:2; 13:18; Ps 143:2

Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?Job 8:3; 10:3; 14:4; 15:14; 21:14; 25:4; 31:15; 32:22; 35:10; 36:3, 13; 37:23; 40:19; Ps 18:26; 51:5; 119:73; Pr 20:9; Ecc 7:20; Isa 51:13; Mal 2:10; Ac 17:24

18 If God places no trust in his servants,Heb 1:14

if he charges his angels with error,Job 15:15; 21:22; 25:5

19 how much more those who live in houses of clay,Job 10:9; 33:6; Isa 64:8; Ro 9:21; 2Co 4:7; 5:1

whose foundationsJob 22:16 are in the dust,S Ge 2:7

who are crushedJob 5:4 more readily than a moth!Job 7:17; 15:16; 17:14; 25:6; Ps 22:6; Isa 41:14

20 Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces;

unnoticed, they perish forever.Job 14:2, 20; 15:33; 20:7; 24:24; Ps 89:47; 90:5-6; Jas 4:14

21 Are not the cords of their tent pulled up,Job 8:22; Isa 38:12

so that they dieJn 8:24 without wisdom?’Job 18:21; 36:12; Pr 5:23; Jer 9:3

“Call if you will, but who will answer you?Hab 1:2

To which of the holy onesJob 15:15; Ps 89:5, 7 will you turn?

ResentmentJob 21:15; 36:13 kills a fool,

and envy slays the simple.Pr 12:16; Gal 5:26

I myself have seenS Job 4:8 a fool taking root,Ps 37:35; Isa 40:24; Jer 12:2; Eze 17:6

but suddenlyPr 6:15 his house was cursed.Job 24:18; Ps 37:22, 35-36; 109:9-10; Pr 3:33

His childrenJob 20:10; 27:14 are far from safety,S Job 4:11

crushed in courtJob 4:19; Am 5:12 without a defender.Ps 109:12; Isa 9:17; 1Jn 2:1

The hungry consume his harvest,Lev 26:16; S Jdg 2:15; Job 20:18; 31:8; Mic 6:15

taking it even from among thorns,

and the thirsty pant after his wealth.

For hardship does not spring from the soil,

nor does trouble sprout from the ground.S Job 4:8

Yet man is born to troubleS Ge 3:17; Job 10:17; 15:35; Ps 51:5; 58:3; 90:10; Pr 22:8

as surely as sparks fly upward.

“But if I were you, I would appeal to God;

I would lay my cause before him.Job 8:5; 11:13; 13:3, 15; 23:4; 40:1; Ps 35:23; 50:15; Jer 12:1; 1Co 4:4

He performs wondersPs 78:4; 111:2 that cannot be fathomed,Dt 29:29; Job 9:4, 10; 11:7; 25:2; 26:14; 33:12; 36:5, 22, 26; 37:5, 14, 16, 23; 42:3; Ps 40:5; 71:17; 72:18; 86:10; 131:1; 139:6, 17; 145:3; Isa 40:28; Ro 11:33

miracles that cannot be counted.Ps 71:15

10 He provides rain for the earth;Mt 5:45

he sends water on the countryside.S Lev 26:4; Job 36:28; 37:6, 13; 38:28, 34; Ps 135:7; Jer 14:22

11 The lowly he sets on high,S 1Sa 2:7-8; S Job 4:7; Ps 75:7; 113:7-8

and those who mournIsa 61:2; Mt 5:4; Ro 12:15 are liftedS Mt 23:12; Jas 4:10 to safety.

12 He thwarts the plansNe 4:15; Ps 33:10; Isa 8:10; 19:3; Jer 19:7 of the crafty,

so that their hands achieve no success.Job 12:23; Ps 78:59; 140:8

13 He catches the wiseJob 37:24; Isa 29:14; 44:25; Jer 8:8; 18:18; 51:57 in their craftiness,Job 15:5; Ps 36:3; Lk 20:23; 1Co 3:19*; 2Co 11:3; Eph 4:14

and the schemes of the wily are swept away.Job 9:4; 18:7; Pr 21:30; 29:6; Jer 8:9

14 DarknessJob 15:22, 30; 18:6, 18; 20:26; 22:11; 27:20; Isa 8:22; Jn 12:35 comes upon them in the daytime;

at noon they grope as in the night.S Dt 28:29; S Job 18:5; Am 8:9

15 He saves the needyS Ex 22:23; Job 8:6; 22:27; 33:26; 36:15 from the sword in their mouth;

he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.S Job 4:10; S 31:22

16 So the poorJob 20:19; 31:16; Pr 17:5; 22:22; Isa 11:4; 41:17; 61:1 have hope,

and injustice shuts its mouth.Ps 63:11; 107:42; Ro 3:19

17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects;Dt 8:5; Job 33:19; 36:10; Zep 3:7; Jas 1:12

so do not despise the disciplinePs 94:12; Pr 3:11; Jer 31:18 of the Almighty.Hebrew Shaddai; here and throughout JobS Ge 17:1; S Job 15:11; Heb 12:5-11

18 For he wounds, but he also binds up;Ps 147:3; Isa 57:15; 61:1; Hos 6:1

he injures, but his hands also heal.S Dt 32:39

19 From six calamities he will rescueDa 3:17; 6:16 you;

in seven no harm will touch you.Ps 34:19; 91:10; Pr 3:25-26; 24:15-16

20 In faminever 22; Ps 33:19; 37:19 he will deliver you from death,

and in battle from the stroke of the sword.Ps 22:20; 91:7; 140:7; 144:10; Jer 39:18

21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue,Ps 12:2-4; 31:20

and need not fearPs 23:4; 27:1; 91:5 when destruction comes.ver 15

22 You will laughJob 8:21; 39:7, 18, 22; 41:29 at destruction and famine,S ver 20

and need not fear the wild animals.S Lev 25:18; Ps 91:13; Hos 2:18; Mk 1:13

23 For you will have a covenantIsa 28:15; Hos 2:18 with the stones2Ki 3:19, 25; Ps 91:12; Mt 13:8 of the field,

and the wild animals will be at peace with you.Job 40:20; Isa 11:6-9; 65:25; Eze 34:25

24 You will know that your tent is secure;Job 12:6; 21:9

you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.Job 8:6; 22:23

25 You will know that your children will be many,Dt 28:4; Ps 112:2

and your descendants like the grass of the earth.Ps 72:16; Isa 44:3-4; 48:19

26 You will come to the grave in full vigor,S Ge 15:15; S Dt 11:21; S Ecc 8:13

like sheaves gathered in season.Pr 3:21-26

27 “We have examined this, and it is true.

So hear itJob 32:10, 17 and apply it to yourself.”Job 8:5; 11:13; 22:27

Job

Then Job replied:

“If only my anguish could be weighed

and all my misery be placed on the scales!Job 31:6; Pr 11:1; Da 5:27

It would surely outweigh the sand1Ki 4:29; Pr 27:3 of the seas—

no wonder my words have been impetuous.ver 11, 26; Job 7:11; 16:6; 21:4; 23:2

The arrowsS Dt 32:23; Ps 38:2 of the AlmightyS Ge 17:1 are in me,Job 7:20; 16:12, 13; 19:12; La 3:12

my spirit drinksJob 21:20 in their poison;S Dt 32:32; Job 30:21; 34:6; Jer 15:18; 30:12

God’s terrorsJob 9:34; 13:21; 18:11; 23:6; 27:20; 30:15; 33:16 are marshaled against me.S Job 3:23; Ps 88:15-18

Does a wild donkeyS Ge 16:12 brayJob 30:7 when it has grass,

or an ox bellow when it has fodder?Job 24:6; Isa 30:24

Is tasteless food eaten without salt,

or is there flavor in the sap of the mallowThe meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.?Job 33:20; Ps 107:18

I refuse to touch it;

such food makes me ill.S Job 3:24

“Oh, that I might have my request,

that God would grant what I hope for,Job 14:13

that God would be willing to crushJob 19:2 me,

to let loose his hand and cut off my life!S Nu 11:15; S Ps 31:22

10 Then I would still have this consolationS Job 2:11; 15:11; Ps 94:19

my joy in unrelenting painPs 38:17; Jer 4:19; 45:3

that I had not denied the wordsJob 22:22; 23:12; Ps 119:102; Mk 8:38 of the Holy One.S Lev 11:44; S 2Ki 19:22; S Isa 31:1

11 “What strength do I have, that I should still hope?

What prospects, that I should be patient?S ver 3

12 Do I have the strength of stone?

Is my flesh bronze?Job 26:2

13 Do I have any power to help myself,Job 26:2

now that success has been driven from me?

14 “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friendJob 12:4; 17:2, 6; 19:19, 21; 21:3; 30:1, 10; Ps 38:11; 69:20; 1Jn 3:17

forsakes the fear of the Almighty.S Ge 17:1

15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,Job 13:4; 16:2; 21:34; Ps 22:1; 38:11; Jer 15:18

as the streams that overflow

16 when darkened by thawing ice

and swollen with melting snow,Ps 147:18

17 but that stop flowing in the dry season,

and in the heatJob 24:19 vanish from their channels.

18 Caravans turn aside from their routes;

they go off into the wasteland and perish.

19 The caravans of TemaS Ge 25:15 look for water,

the traveling merchants of ShebaS Ge 10:7, 28 look in hope.

20 They are distressed, because they had been confident;

they arrive there, only to be disappointed.Jer 14:3; Joel 1:11

21 Now you too have proved to be of no help;

you see something dreadful and are afraid.Ps 38:11

22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf,

pay a ransomS Nu 35:31; Job 33:24; Ps 49:7 for me from your wealth,Jer 15:10

23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy,

rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless’?S 2Ki 19:19

24 “Teach me, and I will be quiet;S Job 2:10; 33:33; Ps 39:1; 141:3; Pr 10:19; 11:12; 17:27; Ecc 5:2

show me where I have been wrong.Job 19:4

25 How painful are honest words!Ecc 12:11; Isa 22:23

But what do your arguments prove?

26 Do you mean to correct what I say,

and treat my desperate words as wind?S ver 3; S Ge 41:6; Job 8:2; 15:3; 16:3; Jer 5:13

27 You would even cast lotsEze 24:6; Joel 3:3; Ob 1:11; Na 3:10 for the fatherlessS Ex 22:22, 24; Job 31:17, 21; Isa 10:2

and barter away your friend.

28 “But now be so kind as to look at me.

Would I lie to your face?Job 9:15; 24:25; 27:4; 32:10; 33:1, 3; 34:6; 36:3, 4

29 Relent, do not be unjust;Job 19:6; 27:2; 40:8; Isa 40:27

reconsider, for my integrityS Job 2:3 is at stake.Or my righteousness still standsJob 9:21; 10:7; 11:2; 12:4; 23:7, 10; 33:9, 32; 34:5, 36; 35:2; 42:6; Ps 66:10; Zec 13:9

30 Is there any wickedness on my lips?Job 27:4

Can my mouth not discernJob 12:11 malice?

“Do not mortals have hard serviceJob 14:14; Isa 40:2 on earth?S Job 5:7

Are not their days like those of hired laborers?S Lev 25:50

Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,Job 14:1; Ecc 2:23

or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,S Lev 19:13; S Job 14:6

so I have been allotted months of futility,

and nights of misery have been assigned to me.Job 16:7; Ps 6:6; 42:3; 56:8; Ecc 4:1; Isa 16:9; Jer 9:1; La 1:2, 16

When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’Dt 28:67

The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.ver 13-14

My body is clothed with wormsJob 17:14; 21:26; 24:20; 25:6; Isa 14:11 and scabs,

my skin is broken and festering.S Dt 28:35

“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,Job 9:25; Ps 39:5; Isa 38:12

and they come to an end without hope.Job 13:15; 14:19; 17:11, 15; 19:10; Ps 37:4; 52:9

Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;ver 16; Ge 27:46; Ps 39:4, 5, 11; 62:9; 78:39; 89:47; 144:4; Ecc 7:15; S Jas 4:14

my eyes will never see happiness again.Job 10:20

The eye that now sees me will see me no longer;

you will look for me, but I will be no more.S Job 3:13; 8:18; 15:29; 20:7, 9, 21; 27:17; Ps 37:36; 103:16; Isa 41:12; Jn 16:16; Ac 20:25

As a cloud vanishesS Job 3:25 and is gone,

so one who goes down to the graveS Job 3:13; 11:8; 14:13; 17:16; 26:6; 38:17; Am 9:2 does not return.2Sa 12:23

10 He will never come to his house again;

his placeJob 18:21; 21:18; 27:21, 23; Ps 58:9; Jer 18:17; 19:8 will know him no more.S ver 8; Ps 37:10; 104:35

11 “Therefore I will not keep silent;Job 9:35; 13:13; Ps 22:2; 40:9

I will speak out in the anguishJob 10:1; Ps 6:3; Isa 38:15, 17 of my spirit,

I will complainver 13; Job 9:27; 21:4; 23:2 in the bitterness of my soul.S 1Sa 1:10; S Job 6:3

12 Am I the sea,Job 38:8-11 or the monster of the deep,S Ge 1:21

that you put me under guard?ver 20; Isa 1:14

13 When I think my bed will comfort me

and my couch will ease my complaint,S ver 11

14 even then you frighten me with dreams

and terrifyJob 9:34 me with visions,S Ge 41:8; S Job 3:26

15 so that I prefer strangling and death,1Ki 19:4; Jnh 4:3

rather than this body of mine.Job 6:9; Rev 9:6

16 I despise my life;S 1Ki 19:4; Job 9:21 I would not live forever.S Job 3:22

Let me alone;ver 19; Job 10:20; Ps 39:13 my days have no meaning.S ver 7

17 “What is mankind that you make so much of them,

that you give them so much attention,S Job 4:19; 22:2; Ps 8:4; 144:3; Heb 2:6

18 that you examine them every morningPs 73:14

and test themJob 23:10; Ps 139:23 every moment?Job 14:3; Ps 17:3; 26:2; 66:10; 139:1-6; 143:2

19 Will you never look away from me,S ver 16

or let me alone even for an instant?Job 9:18; 13:26; 14:6; 27:2; Ps 139:7

20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,Job 35:6; Jer 7:19

you who see everything we do?

Why have you made me your target?S Job 6:4

Have I become a burden to you?A few manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition and Septuagint; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text I have become a burden to myself.S ver 12

21 Why do you not pardon my offenses

and forgive my sins?Job 9:28; 10:14; 16:6; Ps 119:120; Isa 43:25; Jer 31:34; Heb 1:3

For I will soon lie down in the dust;S Ge 3:19; Job 10:9; 34:15; Ps 7:5; 22:15; 90:3; 104:29

you will search for me, but I will be no more.”S ver 8; S Job 3:13

Eliphaz’s First Response to Job

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied to Job:

“Will you be patient and let me say a word?

For who could keep from speaking out?

“In the past you have encouraged many people;

you have strengthened those who were weak.

Your words have supported those who were falling;

you encouraged those with shaky knees.

But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart.

You are terrified when it touches you.

Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence?

Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?

“Stop and think! Do the innocent die?

When have the upright been destroyed?

My experience shows that those who plant trouble

and cultivate evil will harvest the same.

A breath from God destroys them.

They vanish in a blast of his anger.

10 The lion roars and the wildcat snarls,

but the teeth of strong lions will be broken.

11 The fierce lion will starve for lack of prey,

and the cubs of the lioness will be scattered.

12 “This truth was given to me in secret,

as though whispered in my ear.

13 It came to me in a disturbing vision at night,

when people are in a deep sleep.

14 Fear gripped me,

and my bones trembled.

15 A spiritOr wind; also in 4:16. swept past my face,

and my hair stood on end.Or its wind sent shivers up my spine.

16 The spirit stopped, but I couldn’t see its shape.

There was a form before my eyes.

In the silence I heard a voice say,

17 ‘Can a mortal be innocent before God?

Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’

18 “If God does not trust his own angels

and has charged his messengers with foolishness,

19 how much less will he trust people made of clay!

They are made of dust, crushed as easily as a moth.

20 They are alive in the morning but dead by evening,

gone forever without a trace.

21 Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses,

and they die in ignorance.

Eliphaz’s Response Continues

“Cry for help, but will anyone answer you?

Which of the angelsHebrew the holy ones. will help you?

Surely resentment destroys the fool,

and jealousy kills the simple.

I have seen that fools may be successful for the moment,

but then comes sudden disaster.

Their children are abandoned far from help;

they are crushed in court with no one to defend them.

The hungry devour their harvest,

even when it is guarded by brambles.The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.

The thirsty pant after their wealth.As in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads A snare snatches their wealth.

But evil does not spring from the soil,

and trouble does not sprout from the earth.

People are born for trouble

as readily as sparks fly up from a fire.

“If I were you, I would go to God

and present my case to him.

He does great things too marvelous to understand.

He performs countless miracles.

10 He gives rain for the earth

and water for the fields.

11 He gives prosperity to the poor

and protects those who suffer.

12 He frustrates the plans of schemers

so the work of their hands will not succeed.

13 He traps the wise in their own cleverness

so their cunning schemes are thwarted.

14 They find it is dark in the daytime,

and they grope at noon as if it were night.

15 He rescues the poor from the cutting words of the strong,

and rescues them from the clutches of the powerful.

16 And so at last the poor have hope,

and the snapping jaws of the wicked are shut.

17 “But consider the joy of those corrected by God!

Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin.

18 For though he wounds, he also bandages.

He strikes, but his hands also heal.

19 From six disasters he will rescue you;

even in the seventh, he will keep you from evil.

20 He will save you from death in time of famine,

from the power of the sword in time of war.

21 You will be safe from slander

and have no fear when destruction comes.

22 You will laugh at destruction and famine;

wild animals will not terrify you.

23 You will be at peace with the stones of the field,

and its wild animals will be at peace with you.

24 You will know that your home is safe.

When you survey your possessions, nothing will be missing.

25 You will have many children;

your descendants will be as plentiful as grass!

26 You will go to the grave at a ripe old age,

like a sheaf of grain harvested at the proper time!

27 “We have studied life and found all this to be true.

Listen to my counsel, and apply it to yourself.”

Job’s Second Speech: A Response to Eliphaz

Then Job spoke again:

“If my misery could be weighed

and my troubles be put on the scales,

they would outweigh all the sands of the sea.

That is why I spoke impulsively.

For the Almighty has struck me down with his arrows.

Their poison infects my spirit.

God’s terrors are lined up against me.

Don’t I have a right to complain?

Don’t wild donkeys bray when they find no grass,

and oxen bellow when they have no food?

Don’t people complain about unsalted food?

Does anyone want the tasteless white of an egg?Or the tasteless juice of the mallow plant?

My appetite disappears when I look at it;

I gag at the thought of eating it!

“Oh, that I might have my request,

that God would grant my desire.

I wish he would crush me.

I wish he would reach out his hand and kill me.

10 At least I can take comfort in this:

Despite the pain,

I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

11 But I don’t have the strength to endure.

I have nothing to live for.

12 Do I have the strength of a stone?

Is my body made of bronze?

13 No, I am utterly helpless,

without any chance of success.

14 “One should be kind to a fainting friend,

but you accuse me without any fear of the Almighty.Or friend, / or he might lose his fear of the Almighty.

15 My brothers, you have proved as unreliable as a seasonal brook

that overflows its banks in the spring

16 when it is swollen with ice and melting snow.

17 But when the hot weather arrives, the water disappears.

The brook vanishes in the heat.

18 The caravans turn aside to be refreshed,

but there is nothing to drink, so they die.

19 The caravans from Tema search for this water;

the travelers from Sheba hope to find it.

20 They count on it but are disappointed.

When they arrive, their hopes are dashed.

21 You, too, have given no help.

You have seen my calamity, and you are afraid.

22 But why? Have I ever asked you for a gift?

Have I begged for anything of yours for myself?

23 Have I asked you to rescue me from my enemies,

or to save me from ruthless people?

24 Teach me, and I will keep quiet.

Show me what I have done wrong.

25 Honest words can be painful,

but what do your criticisms amount to?

26 Do you think your words are convincing

when you disregard my cry of desperation?

27 You would even send an orphan into slaveryHebrew even gamble over an orphan.

or sell a friend.

28 Look at me!

Would I lie to your face?

29 Stop assuming my guilt,

for I have done no wrong.

30 Do you think I am lying?

Don’t I know the difference between right and wrong?

“Is not all human life a struggle?

Our lives are like that of a hired hand,

like a worker who longs for the shade,

like a servant waiting to be paid.

I, too, have been assigned months of futility,

long and weary nights of misery.

Lying in bed, I think, ‘When will it be morning?’

But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn.

My body is covered with maggots and scabs.

My skin breaks open, oozing with pus.

Job Cries Out to God

“My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle.

They end without hope.

O God, remember that my life is but a breath,

and I will never again feel happiness.

You see me now, but not for long.

You will look for me, but I will be gone.

Just as a cloud dissipates and vanishes,

those who dieHebrew who go down to Sheol. will not come back.

10 They are gone forever from their home—

never to be seen again.

11 “I cannot keep from speaking.

I must express my anguish.

My bitter soul must complain.

12 Am I a sea monster or a dragon

that you must place me under guard?

13 I think, ‘My bed will comfort me,

and sleep will ease my misery,’

14 but then you shatter me with dreams

and terrify me with visions.

15 I would rather be strangled—

rather die than suffer like this.

16 I hate my life and don’t want to go on living.

Oh, leave me alone for my few remaining days.

17 “What are people, that you should make so much of us,

that you should think of us so often?

18 For you examine us every morning

and test us every moment.

19 Why won’t you leave me alone,

at least long enough for me to swallow!

20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,

O watcher of all humanity?

Why make me your target?

Am I a burden to you?As in Greek version; Hebrew reads target, so that I am a burden to myself?

21 Why not just forgive my sin

and take away my guilt?

For soon I will lie down in the dust and die.

When you look for me, I will be gone.”

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.

11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.

12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,

14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:

19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.

21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?

For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.

I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.

Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;

Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:

10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:

11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

14 They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

15 But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.

16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.

21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.

25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.

27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.

But Job answered and said,

Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.

For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

10 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

11 What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?

12 Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?

13 Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

14 To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

15 My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;

16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

17 What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.

18 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

19 The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

20 They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

21 For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.

22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?

23 Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?

24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

25 How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

26 Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

27 Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

28 Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.

29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.

30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work:

So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.

When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.

My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good.

The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.

As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

12 Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints;

14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:

15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

19 How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?

21 And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

1 Corinthians 14:18-40

18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.ver 6

20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children.1Co 3:11; Eph 4:14; Heb 5:12, 13; 1Pe 2:2 In regard to evil be infants,Jer 4:22; Mt 10:16; Ro 16:19 but in your thinking be adults.21 In the Lawver 34; S Jn 10:34 it is written:

“With other tongues

and through the lips of foreigners

I will speak to this people,

but even then they will not listen to me,Dt 28:49; Isa 28:11, 12

says the Lord.”Isaiah 28:11,12

22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy,ver 1 however, is not for unbelievers but for believers.23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?Ac 2:1324 But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all,25 as the secretsRo 2:16 of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”Isa 45:14; Zec 8:23

Good Order in Worship

26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters?S Ro 7:1 When you come together, each of you1Co 12:7-10 has a hymn,S Eph 5:19 or a word of instruction,ver 6 a revelation, a tonguever 2 or an interpretation.1Co 12:10 Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.S Ro 14:1927 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

29 Two or three prophetsver 32, 37; S 1Co 13:2 should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.1Co 12:1030 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.1Jn 4:133 For God is not a God of disorderver 40 but of peaceS Ro 15:33—as in all the congregationsS 1Co 7:17; S 10:32 of the Lord’s people.S Ac 9:13

34 WomenOr peace. As in all the congregations of the Lord’s people, 34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak,1Co 11:5, 13 but must be in submission,S Eph 5:22; 1Ti 2:11, 12 as the lawver 21; Ge 3:16 says.35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.In a few manuscripts these verses come after verse 40.

36 Or did the word of GodS Heb 4:12 originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?37 If anyone thinks they are a prophetS Ac 11:27; 1Co 13:2; 2Co 10:7 or otherwise gifted by the Spirit,1Co 2:15; S 12:1 let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command.1Jn 4:638 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.Some manuscripts But anyone who is ignorant of this will be ignorant

39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eagerver 1; 1Co 12:31 to prophesy,ver 1; S Eph 4:11 and do not forbid speaking in tongues.40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderlyver 33; Col 2:5 way.

18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than any of you.19 But in a church meeting I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.

20 Dear brothers and sisters, don’t be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature in understanding matters of this kind.21 It is written in the ScripturesGreek in the law.:

“I will speak to my own people

through strange languages

and through the lips of foreigners.

But even then, they will not listen to me,”Isa 28:11-12.

says the Lord.

22 So you see that speaking in tongues is a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is for the benefit of believers, not unbelievers.23 Even so, if unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your church meeting and hear everyone speaking in an unknown language, they will think you are crazy.24 But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say.25 As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.”

A Call to Orderly Worship

26 Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.

27 No more than two or three should speak in tongues. They must speak one at a time, and someone must interpret what they say.28 But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately.

29 Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said.30 But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop.31 In this way, all who prophesy will have a turn to speak, one after the other, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged.32 Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns.33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.The phrase as in all the meetings of God’s holy people could instead be joined to the beginning of 14:34.

34 Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says.35 If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings.Some manuscripts place verses 34-35 after 14:40.

36 Or do you think God’s word originated with you Corinthians? Are you the only ones to whom it was given?37 If you claim to be a prophet or think you are spiritual, you should recognize that what I am saying is a command from the Lord himself.38 But if you do not recognize this, you yourself will not be recognized.Some manuscripts read If you are ignorant of this, stay in your ignorance.

39 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking in tongues.40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:

25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.

26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

Psalm 37:30-40

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,Ps 49:3; Pr 10:13

and their tongues speak what is just.

31 The law of their God is in their hearts;S Dt 6:6; S Job 22:22

their feet do not slip.S Dt 32:35

32 The wicked lie in waitS Ps 10:8 for the righteous,Ps 11:5

intent on putting them to death;

33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked

or let them be condemnedJob 32:3; Ps 34:22; 79:11 when brought to trial.2Pe 2:9

34 Hope in the LordPs 27:14

and keep his way.S Ps 18:21

He will exalt you to inherit the land;

when the wicked are destroyed,ver 9 you will seePs 52:6 it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man

flourishingS Job 5:3 like a luxuriant native tree,

36 but he soon passed away and was no more;

though I looked for him, he could not be found.ver 10; Pr 12:7; Isa 41:12; Da 11:19

37 Consider the blameless,ver 18; S Ge 6:9; Ps 18:25 observe the upright;Ps 11:7

a future awaits those who seek peace.Or upright; / those who seek peace will have posterityIsa 57:1-2

38 But all sinnersS Ps 1:1 will be destroyed;S ver 2; Ps 73:19

there will be no futureOr posterity for the wicked.ver 9

39 The salvationS Ps 3:8 of the righteous comes from the Lord;

he is their stronghold in time of trouble.S Ps 9:9

40 The Lord helpsS 1Ch 5:20; S Ps 20:2 them and deliversS Ps 34:7 them;

he delivers them from the wicked and savesS Ps 18:48 them,

because they take refugePs 2:12 in him.

30 The godly offer good counsel;

they teach right from wrong.

31 They have made God’s law their own,

so they will never slip from his path.

32 The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,

looking for an excuse to kill them.

33 But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed

or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.

34 Put your hope in the Lord.

Travel steadily along his path.

He will honor you by giving you the land.

You will see the wicked destroyed.

35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people

flourishing like a tree in its native soil.

36 But when I looked again, they were gone!

Though I searched for them, I could not find them!

37 Look at those who are honest and good,

for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.

38 But the rebellious will be destroyed;

they have no future.

39 The Lord rescues the godly;

he is their fortress in times of trouble.

40 The Lord helps them,

rescuing them from the wicked.

He saves them,

and they find shelter in him.

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

Proverbs 21:27

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestableS 1Ki 14:24

how much more so when brought with evil intent!S Pr 15:8

27 The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable,

especially when it is offered with wrong motives.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

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