Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

In an illustration of a tree stump, Job saw a revelation of the resurrection. He envisioned a decaying tree stump with old roots suddenly reviving at the "scent of water" (Job 14:9). Out of the apparent deadness came tender shoots. New life sprang forth from seeming death.

Then Job asked the question of all ages: "If mortals die, can they live again? This thought would give me hope, and through my struggle I would eagerly wait for release" (v. 14). Job received the revelation that in death the physical body simply waits for its renewal to come. In the resurrection day, at the "scent of water," our dead, lifeless bodies will be quickened by the power of the Holy Spirit and made immortal like Jesus.

Need encouragement? "So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless" (1 Corinthians 15:58). The resurrection is coming!

Job 12:1-15:35

Job

12 Then Job replied:

“Doubtless you are the only people who matter,

and wisdom will die with you!Job 15:8; 17:10

But I have a mind as well as you;

I am not inferior to you.

Who does not know all these things?Job 13:2; 15:9

“I have become a laughingstockS Ge 38:23 to my friends,S Job 6:14; S 11:3; S 16:10; S 19:14

though I called on God and he answeredPs 91:15

a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!S Ge 6:9; S Job 6:29; S 15:16

Those who are at ease have contemptPs 123:4 for misfortune

as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.Ps 17:5; 37:31; 38:16; 66:9; 73:2; 94:18

The tents of marauders are undisturbed,S Job 5:24

and those who provoke God are secureS Job 9:24

those God has in his hand.Or those whose god is in their own hand

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,Job 35:11 fn

or the birds in the sky,Mt 6:26 and they will tell you;Job 18:3; Ro 1:20

or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,

or let the fish in the sea inform you.

Which of all these does not knowIsa 1:3

that the hand of the Lord has done this?S Job 9:24

10 In his hand is the lifeDa 5:23 of every creature

and the breath of all mankind.S Ge 2:7; S Nu 16:22; S Job 11:20; Ac 17:28

11 Does not the ear test words

as the tongue tastes food?Job 34:3

12 Is not wisdom found among the aged?S 1Ki 4:2; Job 15:10

Does not long life bring understanding?ver 20; Job 17:4; 32:7, 9; 34:4, 10

13 “To God belong wisdomPr 21:30; Isa 45:9 and power;S Job 9:4; S Jer 32:19; 1Co 1:24

counsel and understanding are his.S Nu 23:19; 1Ki 3:12; Job 32:8; 38:36; Pr 2:6; Isa 40:13-14; Da 1:17

14 What he tears downJob 16:9; 19:10 cannot be rebuilt;Dt 13:16; Ps 127:1; Isa 24:20; 25:2; Eze 26:14

those he imprisons cannot be released.S Job 9:3; Isa 22:22; Rev 3:7

15 If he holds back the waters,Job 28:25; Isa 40:12 there is drought;S Dt 28:22; S 1Ki 17:1

if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.S Ge 7:24

16 To him belong strength and insight;S Job 9:4

both deceived and deceiver are his.2Ch 18:22; Job 13:7, 9; 27:4; Ro 2:11

17 He leads rulers away strippedver 19; Job 19:9; Isa 20:4

and makes fools of judges.S Job 3:14; 1Co 1:20

18 He takes off the shacklesPs 107:14; 116:16; Na 1:13 put on by kings

and ties a loinclothOr shackles of kings / and ties a belt around their waist.ver 21; Job 34:18; Ps 107:40; Isa 5:27; 40:23

19 He leads priests away strippedS ver 17

and overthrows officials long established.S Dt 24:15; S Job 9:24; 14:20; 22:8; 24:12, 22; 34:20, 28; 35:9; Isa 2:22; 31:8; 40:17, 23; Jer 25:18; Da 2:21, 34; Lk 1:52

20 He silences the lips of trusted advisers

and takes away the discernment of elders.S ver 12, 24; Da 4:33-34

21 He pours contempt on noblesS ver 18; S Isa 34:12

and disarms the mighty.S Job 3:15

22 He reveals the deep things of darkness1Co 4:5

and brings utter darknessJob 3:5 into the light.Ps 139:12; Da 2:22

23 He makes nations great, and destroys them;Ps 2:1; 46:6; Isa 13:4; Jer 25:9

he enlarges nations,S Ex 34:24; Ps 107:38; Isa 9:3; 26:15; 54:3 and disperses them.S Job 5:12; Ac 17:26

24 He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason;S ver 20

he makes them wander in a trackless waste.Ps 107:40

25 They grope in darkness with no light;S Dt 28:29; Job 18:6; 21:17; 29:3

he makes them stagger like drunkards.Ps 107:27; Isa 24:20

13 “My eyes have seen all this,S Job 9:24

my ears have heard and understood it.

What you know, I also know;

I am not inferior to you.S Job 12:3

But I desire to speak to the AlmightyJob 5:17; 40:2

and to argue my case with God.S Job 5:8; 9:14-20; S 10:2

You, however, smear me with lies;Ps 119:69; Isa 9:15; Jer 23:32

you are worthless physicians,Jer 8:22 all of you!S Job 6:15

If only you would be altogether silent!ver 13; S Jdg 18:19

For you, that would be wisdom.Pr 17:28

Hear now my argument;

listen to the pleas of my lips.Job 33:1; 36:4

Will you speak wickedly on God’s behalf?

Will you speak deceitfully for him?S Job 12:16; S 16:17

Will you show him partiality?S Lev 19:15

Will you argue the case for God?

Would it turn out well if he examined you?S Job 9:3

Could you deceive him as you might deceive a mortal?S Job 12:16; Gal 6:7

10 He would surely call you to account

if you secretly showed partiality.S Lev 19:15; S 2Ch 19:7

11 Would not his splendorJob 31:23 terrify you?

Would not the dread of him fall on you?S Ex 3:6

12 Your maxims are proverbs of ashes;

your defenses are defenses of clay.S Ne 4:2-3

13 “Keep silentS ver 5 and let me speak;S Job 7:11

then let come to me what may.S Job 9:21

14 Why do I put myself in jeopardy

and take my life in my hands?S Jdg 9:17

15 Though he slay me, yet will I hopeS Job 7:6 in him;Ps 23:4; 27:1; Pr 14:32; Isa 12:2; Da 3:28

I will surelyOr He will surely slay me; I have no hope — / yet I will defend my ways to his face.S Job 5:8; 27:5

16 Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance,Ps 30:5; Isa 12:1; 54:7-8; Hos 14:4; Php 1:19

for no godlessS Job 8:13 person would dare come before him!S Ge 3:8

17 Listen carefully to what I say;Job 21:2

let my words ring in your ears.

18 Now that I have prepared my case,S ver 3; Job 23:4; 37:19

I know I will be vindicated.S Job 2:3; S 9:21

19 Can anyone bring charges against me?Job 40:4; Isa 50:8; Ro 8:33

If so, I will be silentS Job 9:15 and die.S Job 3:13; 10:8

20 “Only grant me these two things, God,

and then I will not hide from you:

21 Withdraw your handS Ex 9:3; Heb 10:31 far from me,

and stop frightening me with your terrors.S Job 6:4

22 Then summon me and I will answer,Job 9:35; 14:15

or let me speak, and you reply to me.S Job 9:16

23 How many wrongs and sins have I committed?S 1Sa 26:18

Show me my offense and my sin.Job 7:21; 9:21; 14:17; 33:9

24 Why do you hide your faceS Dt 32:20

and consider me your enemy?Job 16:9; 19:11; 33:10; Ps 88:14-15; Jer 30:14; La 2:5

25 Will you tormentJob 19:2 a windblown leaf?Lev 26:36

Will you chaseJob 19:22, 28 after dry chaff?Job 21:18; Ps 1:4; 35:5; 83:13; Isa 17:13; 42:3; 43:17; Hos 13:3

26 For you write down bitter things against me

and make me reap the sins of my youth.Job 18:7; 20:11; 21:23; Ps 25:7

27 You fasten my feet in shackles;S Ge 40:15; Job 33:11; Jer 20:2; Ac 16:24

you keep close watch on all my pathsJob 10:14

by putting marks on the soles of my feet.

28 “So man wastes away like something rotten,

like a garmentPs 102:26; Mk 2:21 eaten by moths.S Dt 28:35; Ps 39:11; Isa 50:9; 51:8; Hos 5:12; Jas 5:2

14 “Mortals, born of woman,Job 15:14; Mt 11:11

are of few daysS Job 10:20 and full of trouble.S Ge 3:17; S Job 7:2

They spring up like flowersPs 103:15; S Jas 1:10 and wither away;Ps 37:2; 90:5-6; Isa 40:6-8

like fleeting shadows,Job 8:9; Ps 39:4; 102:11; 109:23; 144:4; Ecc 6:12 they do not endure.S Job 4:20; Ps 49:12

Do you fix your eye on them?Ps 8:4; 144:3

Will you bring themSeptuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew me before you for judgment?S Job 7:18

Who can bring what is purePs 51:10 from the impure?S Job 4:17; Eph 2:1-3

No one!S Job 9:30; Jn 3:6; Ro 5:12; 7:14

A person’s days are determined;Job 24:1; Ps 31:15; 139:16

you have decreed the number of his monthsJob 21:21; Ps 39:4; 90:12

and have set limits he cannot exceed.Ac 17:26

So look away from him and let him alone,S Job 7:19

till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.Job 7:1, 2; Ps 39:13; Isa 16:14; 21:16

“At least there is hope for a tree:Job 19:10; 24:20; Ps 52:5

If it is cut down, it will sprout again,

and its new shootsIsa 11:1; 53:2; 60:21 will not fail.Isa 6:13

Its roots may grow old in the ground

and its stumpIsa 6:13; 11:1; 53:2 die in the soil,

yet at the scent of waterJob 29:19; Ps 1:3; Jer 17:8; Eze 31:7 it will bud

and put forth shoots like a plant.Lev 26:4; Eze 34:27; Zec 10:1

10 But a man dies and is laid low;ver 12

he breathes his last and is no more.S Job 10:21; 13:19

11 As the water of a lake dries up

or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,S 2Sa 14:14

12 so he lies down and does not rise;ver 10

till the heavens are no more,Ps 102:26; Rev 20:11; 21:1 people will not awake

or be roused from their sleep.Ac 3:21

13 “If only you would hide me in the graveS Job 7:9

and conceal me till your anger has passed!Ps 30:5; Isa 26:20; 54:7

If only you would set me a time

and then rememberS Ge 8:1 me!Job 6:8

14 If someone dies, will they live again?

All the days of my hard serviceS Job 7:1

I will wait for my renewalOr releaseS 2Ki 6:33 to come.

15 You will call and I will answer you;S Job 13:22

you will long for the creature your hands have made.S Job 10:3

16 Surely then you will count my stepsS Job 10:4; Ps 139:1-3; Pr 5:21; Jer 16:17; 32:19

but not keep track of my sin.Job 10:6; 1Co 13:5

17 My offenses will be sealedJer 32:10 up in a bag;S Dt 32:34

you will cover over my sin.S Job 9:30; S 13:23

18 “But as a mountain erodes and crumblesEze 38:20

and as a rock is moved from its place,Job 18:4

19 as water wears away stones

and torrentsEze 13:13 wash away the soil,S Ge 7:23

so you destroy a person’s hope.S Job 7:6

20 You overpower them once for all, and they are gone;S Job 4:20

you change their countenance and send them away.S Job 7:10; 8:18; S 12:19; 27:19; Jas 1:10

21 If their children are honored, they do not know it;

if their offspring are brought low, they do not see it.Job 21:21; Ecc 9:5; Isa 63:16

22 They feel but the pain of their own bodiesPs 38:7; Isa 21:3; Jer 4:19

and mourn only for themselves.Job 21:21

Eliphaz

15 Then Eliphaz the TemaniteS Job 4:1 replied:

“Would a wise person answer with empty notions

or fill their belly with the hot east wind?S Ge 41:6

Would they argue with useless words,

with speeches that have no value?S Ne 4:2-3; S Job 6:26

But you even undermine piety

and hinder devotion to God.Job 25:6

Your sinJob 11:6; 22:5 prompts your mouth;Pr 16:23

you adopt the tongue of the crafty.S Job 5:13

Your own mouth condemns you, not mine;

your own lips testify against you.S Job 9:15; 18:7; Ps 10:2; S Mt 12:37; Lk 19:22

“Are you the first man ever born?Job 38:21

Were you brought forth before the hills?S 1Sa 2:8; Ps 90:2; Pr 8:25

Do you listen in on God’s council?Job 29:4; Isa 9:6; 40:13; 41:28; Jer 23:18; Ro 11:34; 1Co 2:11

Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?S Job 12:2

What do you know that we do not know?

What insights do you have that we do not have?S Job 12:3

10 The gray-haired and the agedS Job 12:12 are on our side,

men even older than your father.S 2Ch 10:6

11 Are God’s consolationsS Ge 37:35; S Job 6:10; 2Co 1:3-4 not enough for you,

wordsZec 1:13 spoken gently to you?S Dt 8:3; S 32:39; S Job 5:17; 22:22; 23:12; 36:16; Ps 119:11, 72; Jer 15:16

12 Why has your heartJob 11:13; 36:13 carried you away,

and why do your eyes flash,

13 so that you vent your ragePr 29:11; Da 11:30 against God

and pour out such wordsPs 94:4 from your mouth?S Job 11:8; 22:5; 32:3

14 “What are mortals, that they could be pure,

or those born of woman,S Job 14:1 that they could be righteous?S 2Ch 6:36; S Job 4:17

15 If God places no trust in his holy ones,S Job 5:1

if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes,S Job 4:18

16 how much less mortals, who are vile and corrupt,S Lev 5:2; S Job 4:19; Ps 14:1

who drink up evilJob 20:12 like water!Job 12:4; 34:7; Pr 19:28

17 “Listen to me and I will explain to you;

let me tell you what I have seen,S Job 4:8

18 what the wise have declared,

hiding nothing received from their ancestorsS Dt 32:7

19 (to whom alone the landGe 12:1; Job 22:8 was given

when no foreigners moved among them):

20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment,ver 24; Isa 8:22; 50:11; 66:24

the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him.Job 24:1; 27:13-23; Isa 2:12; Jer 46:10; Ob 1:15; Zep 1:7

21 Terrifying sounds fill his ears;ver 24; S 1Sa 3:11; Job 18:11; 20:25; Jer 6:25; 20:3

when all seems well, marauders attack him.Job 22:10; 27:20; Isa 13:3; Jer 51:25, 53, 56; 1Th 5:3

22 He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness;ver 23; S Job 5:14; 24:17; 38:15; Ps 91:5; SS 3:8

he is marked for the sword.Job 16:13; 18:19; 19:29; 20:24; 27:14; 33:18; 36:12; Pr 7:23; Isa 1:20; Jer 44:27; Hos 9:13; Am 5:19

23 He wanders aboutPs 109:10 for food like a vulture;Pr 30:17; Eze 39:17; Mt 24:28; Lk 17:37

he knows the day of darknessS ver 22 is at hand.Job 18:12

24 Distress and anguishIsa 8:22; 9:1 fill him with terror;S ver 20

troubles overwhelm him, like a kingJob 18:14 poised to attack,

25 because he shakes his fistPs 44:16; Isa 10:32; 37:23 at God

and vaunts himself against the Almighty,S Job 11:8; 35:12; 36:9; 40:8; Ps 2:2-3; 73:9; 75:5; Pr 21:30; Isa 3:16; 45:9

26 defiantly charging against him

with a thick, strong shield.Jer 44:16

27 “Though his face is covered with fat

and his waist bulges with flesh,S Jdg 3:17

28 he will inhabit ruined towns

and houses where no one lives,Isa 5:9

houses crumbling to rubble.S Job 3:14

29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure,S Job 3:15; S 7:8

nor will his possessions spread over the land.Isa 5:8

30 He will not escape the darkness;S Job 5:14

a flamever 34; Job 16:7; 20:26; 22:20; 31:12 will wither his shoots,ver 32; Job 8:19; 18:16; 29:19; Hos 9:1-16; Mal 4:1

and the breath of God’s mouthS Ex 15:10 will carry him away.Isa 40:23-24

31 Let him not deceiveJob 31:5; Pr 1:16; 6:18; Isa 44:20; 59:7; Mic 2:11; S Mk 13:5; Jas 1:16 himself by trusting what is worthless,Isa 30:12; 47:10; 59:4; Jer 7:4, 8; S Mt 6:19

for he will get nothing in return.Job 20:7; 22:13; 27:9; 35:13; Pr 15:29; Isa 1:15; Jer 11:11; Mic 3:4

32 Before his timeEcc 7:17 he will wither,Job 22:16; 36:14; Ps 55:23; 109:8; Pr 10:27

and his branches will not flourish.S ver 30

33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes,Hab 3:17

like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.S Job 4:20

34 For the company of the godlessS Job 8:13 will be barren,

and fire will consumeS ver 30; Heb 10:27 the tents of those who love bribes.S Ex 23:8; S 1Sa 8:3

35 They conceive troubleS Job 5:7 and give birth to evil;S Job 4:8; S Isa 29:20; Gal 6:7; Jas 1:15

their womb fashions deceit.”

Job’s Fourth Speech: A Response to Zophar

12 Then Job spoke again:

“You people really know everything, don’t you?

And when you die, wisdom will die with you!

Well, I know a few things myself—

and you’re no better than I am.

Who doesn’t know these things you’ve been saying?

Yet my friends laugh at me,

for I call on God and expect an answer.

I am a just and blameless man,

yet they laugh at me.

People who are at ease mock those in trouble.

They give a push to people who are stumbling.

But robbers are left in peace,

and those who provoke God live in safety—

though God keeps them in his power.Or safety—those who try to manipulate God. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

“Just ask the animals, and they will teach you.

Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.

Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you.

Let the fish in the sea speak to you.

For they all know

that my disasterHebrew that this. has come from the hand of the Lord.

10 For the life of every living thing is in his hand,

and the breath of every human being.

11 The ear tests the words it hears

just as the mouth distinguishes between foods.

12 Wisdom belongs to the aged,

and understanding to the old.

13 “But true wisdom and power are found in God;

counsel and understanding are his.

14 What he destroys cannot be rebuilt.

When he puts someone in prison, there is no escape.

15 If he holds back the rain, the earth becomes a desert.

If he releases the waters, they flood the earth.

16 Yes, strength and wisdom are his;

deceivers and deceived are both in his power.

17 He leads counselors away, stripped of good judgment;

wise judges become fools.

18 He removes the royal robe of kings.

They are led away with ropes around their waist.

19 He leads priests away, stripped of status;

he overthrows those with long years in power.

20 He silences the trusted adviser

and removes the insight of the elders.

21 He pours disgrace upon princes

and disarms the strong.

22 “He uncovers mysteries hidden in darkness;

he brings light to the deepest gloom.

23 He builds up nations, and he destroys them.

He expands nations, and he abandons them.

24 He strips kings of understanding

and leaves them wandering in a pathless wasteland.

25 They grope in the darkness without a light.

He makes them stagger like drunkards.

Job Wants to Argue His Case with God

13 “Look, I have seen all this with my own eyes

and heard it with my own ears, and now I understand.

I know as much as you do.

You are no better than I am.

As for me, I would speak directly to the Almighty.

I want to argue my case with God himself.

As for you, you smear me with lies.

As physicians, you are worthless quacks.

If only you could be silent!

That’s the wisest thing you could do.

Listen to my charge;

pay attention to my arguments.

“Are you defending God with lies?

Do you make your dishonest arguments for his sake?

Will you slant your testimony in his favor?

Will you argue God’s case for him?

What will happen when he finds out what you are doing?

Can you fool him as easily as you fool people?

10 No, you will be in trouble with him

if you secretly slant your testimony in his favor.

11 Doesn’t his majesty terrify you?

Doesn’t your fear of him overwhelm you?

12 Your platitudes are as valuable as ashes.

Your defense is as fragile as a clay pot.

13 “Be silent now and leave me alone.

Let me speak, and I will face the consequences.

14 Why should I put myself in mortal dangerHebrew Why should I take my flesh in my teeth.

and take my life in my own hands?

15 God might kill me, but I have no other hope.An alternate reading in the Masoretic Text reads God might kill me, but I hope in him.

I am going to argue my case with him.

16 But this is what will save me—I am not godless.

If I were, I could not stand before him.

17 “Listen closely to what I am about to say.

Hear me out.

18 I have prepared my case;

I will be proved innocent.

19 Who can argue with me over this?

And if you prove me wrong, I will remain silent and die.

Job Asks How He Has Sinned

20 “O God, grant me these two things,

and then I will be able to face you.

21 Remove your heavy hand from me,

and don’t terrify me with your awesome presence.

22 Now summon me, and I will answer!

Or let me speak to you, and you reply.

23 Tell me, what have I done wrong?

Show me my rebellion and my sin.

24 Why do you turn away from me?

Why do you treat me as your enemy?

25 Would you terrify a leaf blown by the wind?

Would you chase dry straw?

26 “You write bitter accusations against me

and bring up all the sins of my youth.

27 You put my feet in stocks.

You examine all my paths.

You trace all my footprints.

28 I waste away like rotting wood,

like a moth-eaten coat.

14 “How frail is humanity!

How short is life, how full of trouble!

We blossom like a flower and then wither.

Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.

Must you keep an eye on such a frail creature

and demand an accounting from me?

Who can bring purity out of an impure person?

No one!

You have decided the length of our lives.

You know how many months we will live,

and we are not given a minute longer.

So leave us alone and let us rest!

We are like hired hands, so let us finish our work in peace.

“Even a tree has more hope!

If it is cut down, it will sprout again

and grow new branches.

Though its roots have grown old in the earth

and its stump decays,

at the scent of water it will bud

and sprout again like a new seedling.

10 “But when people die, their strength is gone.

They breathe their last, and then where are they?

11 As water evaporates from a lake

and a river disappears in drought,

12 people are laid to rest and do not rise again.

Until the heavens are no more, they will not wake up

nor be roused from their sleep.

13 “I wish you would hide me in the graveHebrew in Sheol.

and forget me there until your anger has passed.

But mark your calendar to think of me again!

14 Can the dead live again?

If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle,

and I would eagerly await the release of death.

15 You would call and I would answer,

and you would yearn for me, your handiwork.

16 For then you would guard my steps,

instead of watching for my sins.

17 My sins would be sealed in a pouch,

and you would cover my guilt.

18 “But instead, as mountains fall and crumble

and as rocks fall from a cliff,

19 as water wears away the stones

and floods wash away the soil,

so you destroy people’s hope.

20 You always overpower them, and they pass from the scene.

You disfigure them in death and send them away.

21 They never know if their children grow up in honor

or sink to insignificance.

22 They suffer painfully;

their life is full of trouble.”

Eliphaz’s Second Response to Job

15 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

“A wise man wouldn’t answer with such empty talk!

You are nothing but a windbag.

The wise don’t engage in empty chatter.

What good are such words?

Have you no fear of God,

no reverence for him?

Your sins are telling your mouth what to say.

Your words are based on clever deception.

Your own mouth condemns you, not I.

Your own lips testify against you.

“Were you the first person ever born?

Were you born before the hills were made?

Were you listening at God’s secret council?

Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?

What do you know that we don’t?

What do you understand that we do not?

10 On our side are aged, gray-haired men

much older than your father!

11 “Is God’s comfort too little for you?

Is his gentle word not enough?

12 What has taken away your reason?

What has weakened your vision,Or Why do your eyes flash with anger; Hebrew reads Why do your eyes blink.

13 that you turn against God

and say all these evil things?

14 Can any mortal be pure?

Can anyone born of a woman be just?

15 Look, God does not even trust the angels.Hebrew the holy ones.

Even the heavens are not absolutely pure in his sight.

16 How much less pure is a corrupt and sinful person

with a thirst for wickedness!

17 “If you will listen, I will show you.

I will answer you from my own experience.

18 And it is confirmed by the reports of wise men

who have heard the same thing from their fathers—

19 from those to whom the land was given

long before any foreigners arrived.

20 “The wicked writhe in pain throughout their lives.

Years of trouble are stored up for the ruthless.

21 The sound of terror rings in their ears,

and even on good days they fear the attack of the destroyer.

22 They dare not go out into the darkness

for fear they will be murdered.

23 They wander around, saying, ‘Where can I find bread?’Greek version reads He is appointed to be food for a vulture.

They know their day of destruction is near.

24 That dark day terrifies them.

They live in distress and anguish,

like a king preparing for battle.

25 For they shake their fists at God,

defying the Almighty.

26 Holding their strong shields,

they defiantly charge against him.

27 “These wicked people are heavy and prosperous;

their waists bulge with fat.

28 But their cities will be ruined.

They will live in abandoned houses

that are ready to tumble down.

29 Their riches will not last,

and their wealth will not endure.

Their possessions will no longer spread across the horizon.

30 “They will not escape the darkness.

The burning sun will wither their shoots,

and the breath of God will destroy them.

31 Let them no longer fool themselves by trusting in empty riches,

for emptiness will be their only reward.

32 They will be cut down in the prime of life;

their branches will never again be green.

33 They will be like a vine whose grapes are harvested too early,

like an olive tree that loses its blossoms before the fruit can form.

34 For the godless are barren.

Their homes, enriched through bribery, will burn.

35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil.

Their womb produces deceit.”

12 And Job answered and said,

No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:

Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?

10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

17 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.

18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.

19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.

20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.

22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.

23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.

24 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

13 Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.

What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.

Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.

O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.

Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?

Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?

10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.

11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?

12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?

15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

19 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.

20 Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.

21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.

22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.

23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.

24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?

25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.

14 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

And doth thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;

Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?

11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:

12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!

14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.

18 And surely the mountains falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.

19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.

20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.

22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.

15 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.

For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?

Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?

10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.

11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?

12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,

13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?

14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;

18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:

19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.

20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.

23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.

24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.

26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:

27 Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks.

28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.

29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.

30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.

32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.

34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.

1 Corinthians 15:29-58

29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour?2Co 11:2631 I face death every dayS Ro 8:36—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord.32 If I fought wild beasts2Co 1:8 in EphesusS Ac 18:19 with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

“Let us eat and drink,

for tomorrow we die.”Isaiah 22:13Isa 22:13; Lk 12:19

33 Do not be misled:S 1Co 6:9 “Bad company corrupts good character.”From the Greek poet MenanderPr 22:24, 2534 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of GodS Gal 4:8—I say this to your shame.S 1Co 4:14

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask,Ro 9:19 “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”Eze 37:336 How foolish!Lk 11:40; 12:20 What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.Jn 12:2437 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.Ge 1:1139 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.41 The sun has one kind of splendor,Ps 19:4-6 the moon another and the stars another;Ps 8:1, 3 and star differs from star in splendor.

42 So will it beDa 12:3; Mt 13:43 with the resurrection of the dead.ver 12 The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;ver 50, 53, 5443 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory;Php 3:21; Col 3:4 it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.ver 50

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”Gen. 2:7;Ge 2:7 the last Adam,Ro 5:14 a life-giving spirit.Jn 5:21; 6:57, 58; Ro 8:246 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.ver 4447 The first man was of the dust of the earth;Ge 2:7; 3:19; Ps 90:3 the second man is of heaven.Jn 3:13, 3148 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.Php 3:20, 2149 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man,Ge 5:3 so shall weSome early manuscripts so let us bear the image of the heavenly man.S Ro 8:29

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and bloodEph 6:12; Heb 2:14 cannot inherit the kingdom of God,S Mt 25:34 nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.ver 42, 53, 5451 Listen, I tell you a mystery:1Co 13:2; 14:2 We will not all sleep,S Mt 9:24 but we will all be changed2Co 5:4; Php 3:2152 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,S Mt 24:31 the deadJn 5:25 will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.53 For the perishablever 42, 50, 54 must clothe itself with the imperishable,2Co 5:2, 4 and the mortal with immortality.54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”Isaiah 25:8Isa 25:8; Heb 2:14; Rev 20:14

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?”Hosea 13:14Hos 13:14

56 The sting of death is sin,S Ro 5:12 and the power of sin is the law.S Ro 4:1557 But thanks be to God!S 2Co 2:14 He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.Ro 8:37; Heb 2:14, 15

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,1Co 16:10 because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.Isa 65:23

29 If the dead will not be raised, what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again?

30 And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour?31 For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you.32 And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of EphesusGreek fighting wild beasts in Ephesus.—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!”Isa 22:13.33 Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”34 Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?”36 What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first.37 And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting.38 Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed.39 Similarly there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

40 There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies.41 The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory.

42 It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever.43 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.44 They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.

45 The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.”Gen 2:7. But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit.46 What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later.47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven.48 Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man.49 Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be likeSome manuscripts read let us be like. the heavenly man.

50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,Some manuscripts add and our mortal bodies have been transformed into immortal bodies. this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.Isa 25:8.

55 O death, where is your victory?

O death, where is your sting?Hos 13:14 (Greek version).

56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?

31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?

36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.

48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Psalm 39:1-13

Psalm 39In Hebrew texts 39:1-13 is numbered 39:2-14.

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

I said, “I will watch my ways1Ki 2:4; Ps 119:9, 59; Pr 20:11

and keep my tongue from sin;S Job 1:22; Ps 34:13; Jas 3:2

I will put a muzzle on my mouthS Job 6:24; Jas 1:26

while in the presence of the wicked.”

So I remained utterly silent,ver 9; S Job 31:34; Ps 77:4

not even saying anything good.

But my anguishPs 6:3; S 25:17; 31:10 increased;

my heart grew hotLk 24:32 within me.

While I meditated,Ps 1:2; 48:9; 77:12; 119:15 the fireJer 5:14; 20:9; 23:29 burned;

then I spoke with my tongue:

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end

and the number of my days;S Job 14:5

let me know how fleetingS Job 14:2 my life is.S Ge 47:9; S Job 7:7

You have made my daysS Job 10:20; Ps 89:45; 102:23 a mere handbreadth;

the span of my years is as nothing before you.

Everyone is but a breath,S Job 7:7; Ps 62:9

even those who seem secure.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 11.

“Surely everyone goes aroundJas 1:11 like a mere phantom;Job 8:9; Ps 102:11; Ecc 6:12; S Jas 4:14

in vain they rush about,Ps 127:2 heaping up wealthS Job 27:17

without knowing whose it will finally be.Lk 12:20

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?

My hope is in you.S Ps 9:18; S 25:5

Save mePs 6:4; 51:14 from all my transgressions;Ps 32:1; 51:1; Isa 53:5, 8, 10

do not make me the scornS Dt 28:37; Ps 69:7; 79:4; Isa 43:28; Da 9:16 of fools.

I was silent;S ver 2 I would not open my mouth,Ps 38:13

for you are the one who has done this.Isa 38:15

10 Remove your scourge from me;

I am overcome by the blow2Ch 21:14; Eze 7:9; 24:16 of your hand.S Ex 9:3

11 When you rebukeS Dt 28:20; Isa 66:15; Eze 5:15; 2Pe 2:16 and disciplinePs 94:10; Isa 26:16 anyone for their sin,

you consumePs 90:7 their wealth like a mothS Job 13:28; S Isa 51:8; Lk 12:33; S Jas 5:2

surely everyone is but a breath.S Job 7:7

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,

listen to my cry for help;S Ps 17:1

do not be deafS Dt 1:45 to my weeping.S 2Ki 20:5

I dwell with you as a foreigner,Lev 25:23

a stranger,S Ge 23:4; S Heb 11:13 as all my ancestors were.S Ge 47:9; S 1Ch 29:15

13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again

before I depart and am no more.”S Job 10:21

Psalm 39

For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of David.

I said to myself, “I will watch what I do

and not sin in what I say.

I will hold my tongue

when the ungodly are around me.”

But as I stood there in silence—

not even speaking of good things—

the turmoil within me grew worse.

The more I thought about it,

the hotter I got,

igniting a fire of words:

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.

Remind me that my days are numbered—

how fleeting my life is.

You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.

My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;

at best, each of us is but a breath.” Interlude

We are merely moving shadows,

and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.

We heap up wealth,

not knowing who will spend it.

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?

My only hope is in you.

Rescue me from my rebellion.

Do not let fools mock me.

I am silent before you; I won’t say a word,

for my punishment is from you.

10 But please stop striking me!

I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.

11 When you discipline us for our sins,

you consume like a moth what is precious to us.

Each of us is but a breath. Interlude

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord!

Listen to my cries for help!

Don’t ignore my tears.

For I am your guest—

a traveler passing through,

as my ancestors were before me.

13 Leave me alone so I can smile again

before I am gone and exist no more.

39 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.

I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.

10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Proverbs 21:30-31

30 There is no wisdom,S Job 12:13; S 15:25 no insight, no plan

that can succeed against the Lord.S 2Ch 13:12; S Job 5:13; Isa 8:10

31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,

but victory rests with the Lord.Ps 33:12-19; Isa 31:1

30 No human wisdom or understanding or plan

can stand against the Lord.

31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,

but the victory belongs to the Lord.

30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.

31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

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