Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

In his depression, David had obviously reached a point of such despair that he was sure his troubles numbered more than the hairs of his head. Paul was in a similar position in the battles he faced in Asia.

"I think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and completely overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it" (2 Corinthians 1:8).

Even in that kind of pressure, Paul found a secret that sustained him. He discovered God as the "source of every mercy and the God who comforts us" (2 Corinthians 1:3). When God comforts us and shows us His mercy, it has a double effect: we learn to rely more on Him, and others learn from our deliverance. We can never totally identify with others until we have walked their paths, and God will use our troubles to become a testimony to others in need.

Lift up your head and let the God of all comfort minister to you right now. Then "many will give thanks" (2 Corinthians 1:11) to God on your behalf, and God will be glorified in it all.

Job 20:1-22:30


20 Then Zophar the NaamathiteS Job 2:11 replied:

“My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer

because I am greatly disturbed.Ps 42:5; La 1:20

I hear a rebukeJob 19:3 that dishonors me,

and my understanding inspires me to reply.

“Surely you know how it has been from of old,Dt 4:32; S 32:7

ever since mankindOr Adam was placed on the earth,

that the mirth of the wickedPs 94:3 is brief,

the joy of the godlessS Job 8:13 lasts but a moment.S Job 8:12; Ps 37:35-36; 73:19

Though the prideJob 33:17; Isa 16:6 of the godless person reaches to the heavensS Ge 11:4

and his head touches the clouds,Isa 14:13-14; Ob 1:3-4

he will perish forever,S Job 4:20 like his own dung;

those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’S Job 7:8; S 14:20

Like a dreamPs 73:20; Ecc 5:3 he flies away,Ps 90:10; Ecc 6:12; 12:7 no more to be found,

banishedS Job 18:11 like a vision of the night.Job 27:20; 34:20; Ps 90:5; Isa 17:14; 29:7

The eye that saw him will not see him again;

his place will look on him no more.S Job 7:8

10 His childrenS Job 5:4 must make amends to the poor;

his own hands must give back his wealth.ver 15, 18, 20; S Job 3:15; 31:8

11 The youthful vigorS Job 13:26 that fills his bonesJob 21:24

will lie with him in the dust.S Job 17:16

12 “Though evilS Job 15:16 is sweet in his mouth

and he hides it under his tongue,Ps 10:7; 140:3

13 though he cannot bear to let it go

and lets it linger in his mouth,S Nu 11:18-20

14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach;Pr 20:17; Jer 2:19; 4:18; Rev 10:9

it will become the venom of serpentsS Nu 21:6 within him.

15 He will spit out the richesS ver 10 he swallowed;

God will make his stomach vomitS Lev 18:25 them up.

16 He will suck the poisonS Dt 32:32 of serpents;

the fangs of an adder will kill him.Dt 32:24

17 He will not enjoy the streams,

the riversPs 36:8 flowing with honeyDt 32:13 and cream.Dt 32:14; Job 29:6

18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten;S ver 10; S Job 5:5

he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.Ps 109:11

19 For he has oppressed the poorS Job 5:16; Ps 10:2; 94:6; 109:16 and left them destitute;S Dt 15:11; 24:14; Job 24:4, 14; 35:9; Pr 14:31; 28:28; Am 8:4

he has seized housesIsa 5:8 he did not build.

20 “Surely he will have no respite from his craving;Ecc 5:12-14

he cannot save himself by his treasure.S ver 10; Pr 11:4; Zep 1:18; Lk 12:15

21 Nothing is left for him to devour;

his prosperity will not endure.S Job 7:8

22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him;S Jdg 2:15; Lk 12:16-20

the full force of misery will come upon him.ver 29; Job 21:17, 30; 31:2-3

23 When he has filled his belly,S Nu 11:18-20

God will vent his burning angerLa 4:11; Eze 5:13; 6:12 against him

and rain down his blows on him.ver 14; Ps 78:30-31

24 Though he fleesIsa 24:18; Jer 46:21; 48:44 from an iron weapon,

a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.S Job 15:22

25 He pulls it out of his back,

the gleaming point out of his liver.

TerrorsS Job 18:11 will come over him;S Job 15:21; Ps 88:15-16

26 total darknessS Job 5:14 lies in wait for his treasures.

A fireS Job 1:16 unfanned will consume himJob 15:34; 26:6; 28:22; 31:12; Ps 21:9

and devour what is left in his tent.S Job 18:15

27 The heavens will expose his guilt;

the earth will rise up against him.S Dt 31:28

28 A flood will carry off his house,Dt 28:31; Mt 7:26-27

rushing watersOr The possessions in his house will be carried off, / washed away on the day of God’s wrath.ver 29; Nu 14:28-32; Job 21:17, 20, 30; 40:11; Ps 60:3; 75:8; Pr 16:4; Isa 24:18; 51:17; Am 5:18; Jn 3:36; Ro 1:18; Eph 5:6

29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked,

the heritage appointed for them by God.”S ver 22; S Job 15:20; 22:5; 31:2; 36:17; Jer 13:25; Rev 21:8


21 Then Job replied:

“Listen carefully to my words;S Job 13:17

let this be the consolation you give me.ver 34

Bear with me while I speak,

and after I have spoken, mock on.S Job 6:14; S 11:3; S 16:10

“Is my complaintS Job 7:11 directed to a human being?

Why should I not be impatient?S Job 6:3

Look at me and be appalled;

clap your hand over your mouth.S Jdg 18:19; Job 29:9; 40:4

When I think about this, I am terrified;S Ge 45:3

trembling seizes my body.S Job 4:14

Why do the wicked live on,

growing old and increasing in power?ver 13; S Job 9:24; 12:19; Ps 37:1; 73:3; Ecc 7:15; 8:14; Hab 1:13; Mal 3:15

They see their children established around them,

their offspring before their eyes.Ps 17:14; Mal 3:15

Their homes are safe and free from fear;S Job 5:24

the rod of God is not on them.S Job 9:34

10 Their bulls never fail to breed;

their cows calve and do not miscarry.Ex 23:26

11 They send forth their children as a flock;Ps 78:52; 107:41

their little ones dance about.

12 They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre;Ps 33:2

they make merry to the sound of the pipe.S Ge 4:21; S 1Ch 15:16; Ps 71:22; 81:2; 108:2; Isa 5:12; Mt 11:17

13 They spend their years in prosperityS ver 7; S Job 8:7; Ps 10:1-12; 94:3

and go down to the graveJob 24:19; Ps 49:14; Isa 14:15 in peace.Or in an instantS Job 3:13

14 Yet they say to God, ‘Leave us alone!S Job 4:17; 22:17; Isa 30:11

We have no desire to know your ways.S Dt 32:15; S 1Sa 15:11; Ps 95:10; Pr 1:29; Jer 2:20, 31

15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him?

What would we gain by praying to him?’S Job 5:2; 34:9; 35:3; Ps 73:13; 139:20; Isa 48:5; Jer 9:6; 44:17

16 But their prosperity is not in their own hands,

so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.Job 22:18; Ps 1:1; 26:5; 36:1

17 “Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out?S Job 18:5

How often does calamityJob 18:12 come upon them,

the fate God allots in his anger?S Job 20:22, 28

18 How often are they like straw before the wind,

like chaffS Job 13:25 swept awayS Ge 19:15; S Job 7:10; Pr 10:25 by a gale?S Ge 7:23

19 It is said, ‘God stores up the punishment of the wicked for their children.’Ex 20:5; Jer 31:29; Eze 18:2; Jn 9:2

Let him repay the wicked, so that they themselves will experience it!Jer 25:14; 50:29; 51:6, 24, 56

20 Let their own eyes see their destruction;S Ex 32:33; Nu 16:22; S 2Ki 14:6; Jer 42:16

let them drinkJob 6:4 the cup of the wrath of the Almighty.S Job 20:28; Jer 25:15; Rev 14:10

21 For what do they care about the families they leave behindJob 14:22

when their allotted monthsS Job 14:5 come to an end?S Job 14:21; Ecc 9:5-6

22 “Can anyone teach knowledge to God,Job 35:11; 36:22; 39:17; Ps 94:12; Isa 40:13-14; Jer 32:33; Ro 11:34

since he judges even the highest?S Job 4:18; Ps 82:1; 86:8; 135:5

23 One person dies in full vigor,S Ge 15:15; S Job 13:26

completely secure and at ease,S Job 3:13

24 well nourishedPs 73:4 in body,The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

bonesJob 20:11 rich with marrow.Pr 3:8

25 Another dies in bitterness of soul,S Job 10:1

never having enjoyed anything good.

26 Side by side they lie in the dust,S Job 17:16

and wormsS Job 7:5 cover them both.Job 24:20; Ecc 9:2-3; Isa 14:11

27 “I know full well what you are thinking,

the schemes by which you would wrong me.

28 You say, ‘Where now is the house of the great,Job 1:3; 12:21; 29:25; 31:37

the tents where the wicked lived?’S Job 8:22

29 Have you never questioned those who travel?

Have you paid no regard to their accounts—

30 that the wicked are spared from the day of calamity,Job 31:3

that they are delivered fromOr wicked are reserved for the day of calamity, / that they are brought forth to the day of wrath?S Job 20:22, 28; S Isa 5:30; Ro 2:5; 2Pe 2:9

31 Who denounces their conduct to their face?

Who repays them for what they have done?Job 34:11; Ps 62:12; Pr 24:11-12; Isa 59:18

32 They are carried to the grave,

and watch is kept over their tombs.Isa 14:18

33 The soil in the valley is sweet to them;Job 3:22

everyone follows after them,

and a countless throng goesOr them, / as a countless throng went before them.S Job 3:19

34 “So how can you console mever 2 with your nonsense?

Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!”S Job 6:15; 8:20


22 Then Eliphaz the TemaniteS Job 4:1 replied:

“Can a man be of benefit to God?Lk 17:10

Can even a wise person benefit him?S Job 7:17

What pleasureIsa 1:11; Hag 1:8 would it give the Almighty if you were righteous?Ps 143:2

What would he gain if your ways were blameless?Job 35:7; Pr 9:12

“Is it for your piety that he rebukes you

and brings charges against you?S Job 9:3; 19:29; Ps 143:2; Isa 3:14; Eze 20:35

Is not your wickedness great?

Are not your sinsS Ezr 9:13; S Job 15:5 endless?S Job 15:13; S 20:29; 29:17

You demanded securityS Ex 22:26 from your relatives for no reason;S 2Ki 4:1

you stripped people of their clothing, leaving them naked.S Ex 22:27; Dt 24:12-13

You gave no waterMt 10:42 to the weary

and you withheld food from the hungry,ver 9; Job 29:12; 31:17, 21, 31; Isa 58:7, 10; Eze 18:7; Mt 25:42

though you were a powerful man, owning landS Job 15:19

an honored man,Isa 3:3; 5:13; 9:15 living on it.S Job 12:19

And you sent widowsJob 29:13; 31:16; Ps 146:9 away empty-handedJob 24:3, 21; Isa 10:2; Lk 1:53

and broke the strength of the fatherless.S ver 7; S Job 6:27; S Isa 1:17

10 That is why snaresS Job 18:9 are all around you,S Job 10:3

why sudden peril terrifies you,S Job 15:21

11 why it is so darkS Job 5:14 you cannot see,

and why a flood of water covers you.S Ge 7:23; Job 36:28; 38:34, 37; Ps 69:1-2; 124:4-5; Isa 58:10-11; La 3:54

12 “Is not God in the heights of heaven?S Job 11:8; S 16:19

And see how lofty are the highest stars!

13 Yet you say, ‘What does God know?ver 14; Ps 10:11; 59:7; 64:5; 73:11; 94:7; Isa 29:15; Eze 9:9; Zep 1:12

Does he judge through such darkness?Ps 139:11; Eze 8:12; Eph 6:12

14 Thick cloudsJob 26:9; Ps 97:2; 105:39 veil him, so he does not see usS ver 13; S 2Ki 21:16

as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.’Job 37:18; Ps 18:11; Pr 8:27; Isa 40:22; Jer 23:23-24

15 Will you keep to the old path

that the wickedJob 23:10; 34:36 have trod?Job 34:8; Ps 1:1; 50:18

16 They were carried off before their time,S Job 15:32

their foundationsS Job 4:19 washed away by a flood.S Ge 7:23; Mt 7:26-27

17 They said to God, ‘Leave us alone!

What can the Almighty do to us?’Job 21:15

18 Yet it was he who filled their houses with good things,S Job 12:6

so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.S Job 21:16

19 The righteous see their ruin and rejoice;Ps 5:11; 9:2; 32:11; 58:10; 64:10; 97:12; 107:42

the innocent mockJob 21:3; Ps 52:6 them, saying,

20 ‘Surely our foes are destroyed,Ps 18:39

and fireS Job 15:30 devours their wealth.’

21 “Submit to God and be at peaceIsa 26:3, 12; 27:5; Ro 5:1 with him;S Ge 17:1; Jer 9:24

in this way prosperity will come to you.S Job 8:7; Ps 34:8-10; Pr 3:10; 1Pe 5:6

22 Accept instruction from his mouthS Dt 8:3

and lay up his wordsS Job 6:10 in your heart.S Job 15:11; 28:23; Ps 37:31; 40:8; Pr 2:6; Eze 3:10

23 If you returnIsa 31:6; 44:22; 55:7; 59:20; Jer 3:14, 22; Eze 18:32; Zec 1:3; Mal 3:7 to the Almighty, you will be restored:S Job 5:24; Isa 19:22; Ac 20:32

If you remove wickedness far from your tentJob 11:14

24 and assign your nuggetsJob 28:6 to the dust,

your goldPs 19:10 of OphirS Ge 10:29 to the rocks in the ravines,S Job 1:10; 31:25; Isa 2:20; 30:22; 31:7; 40:19-20; Mt 6:19

25 then the Almighty will be your gold,Job 31:24; Ps 49:6; 52:7; Pr 11:28

the choicest silver for you.2Ki 18:7; Isa 33:6; Mt 6:20-21

26 Surely then you will find delight in the AlmightyJob 27:10; Ps 2:8; 16:6; 37:4; Isa 58:14; 61:10

and will lift up your faceJob 11:15 to God.Job 11:17; 33:26; Ps 27:6; 100:1

27 You will pray to him,S Job 5:27 and he will hear you,S Job 5:15; S Ps 86:7; S Isa 30:19

and you will fulfill your vows.S Nu 30:2

28 What you decide on will be done,Ps 103:11; 145:19

and lightJob 33:28; Ps 97:11; Pr 4:18 will shine on your ways.S Job 11:17

29 When people are brought lowS Est 5:12 and you say, ‘Lift them up!’

then he will save the downcast.Ps 18:27; S Mt 23:12

30 He will deliver even one who is not innocent,Isa 1:18; Ro 4:5

who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”S 2Sa 22:21

Zophar’s Second Response to Job

20 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

“I must reply

because I am greatly disturbed.

I’ve had to endure your insults,

but now my spirit prompts me to reply.

“Don’t you realize that from the beginning of time,

ever since people were first placed on the earth,

the triumph of the wicked has been short lived

and the joy of the godless has been only temporary?

Though the pride of the godless reaches to the heavens

and their heads touch the clouds,

yet they will vanish forever,

thrown away like their own dung.

Those who knew them will ask,

‘Where are they?’

They will fade like a dream and not be found.

They will vanish like a vision in the night.

Those who once saw them will see them no more.

Their families will never see them again.

10 Their children will beg from the poor,

for they must give back their stolen riches.

11 Though they are young,

their bones will lie in the dust.

12 “They enjoyed the sweet taste of wickedness,

letting it melt under their tongue.

13 They savored it,

holding it long in their mouths.

14 But suddenly the food in their bellies turns sour,

a poisonous venom in their stomach.

15 They will vomit the wealth they swallowed.

God won’t let them keep it down.

16 They will suck the poison of cobras.

The viper will kill them.

17 They will never again enjoy streams of olive oil

or rivers of milk and honey.

18 They will give back everything they worked for.

Their wealth will bring them no joy.

19 For they oppressed the poor and left them destitute.

They foreclosed on their homes.

20 They were always greedy and never satisfied.

Nothing remains of all the things they dreamed about.

21 Nothing is left after they finish gorging themselves.

Therefore, their prosperity will not endure.

22 “In the midst of plenty, they will run into trouble

and be overcome by misery.

23 May God give them a bellyful of trouble.

May God rain down his anger upon them.

24 When they try to escape an iron weapon,

a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce them.

25 The arrow is pulled from their back,

and the arrowhead glistens with blood.Hebrew with gall.

The terrors of death are upon them.

26 Their treasures will be thrown into deepest darkness.

A wildfire will devour their goods,

consuming all they have left.

27 The heavens will reveal their guilt,

and the earth will testify against them.

28 A flood will sweep away their house.

God’s anger will descend on them in torrents.

29 This is the reward that God gives the wicked.

It is the inheritance decreed by God.”

Job’s Seventh Speech: A Response to Zophar

21 Then Job spoke again:

“Listen closely to what I am saying.

That’s one consolation you can give me.

Bear with me, and let me speak.

After I have spoken, you may resume mocking me.

“My complaint is with God, not with people.

I have good reason to be so impatient.

Look at me and be stunned.

Put your hand over your mouth in shock.

When I think about what I am saying, I shudder.

My body trembles.

“Why do the wicked prosper,

growing old and powerful?

They live to see their children grow up and settle down,

and they enjoy their grandchildren.

Their homes are safe from every fear,

and God does not punish them.

10 Their bulls never fail to breed.

Their cows bear calves and never miscarry.

11 They let their children frisk about like lambs.

Their little ones skip and dance.

12 They sing with tambourine and harp.

They celebrate to the sound of the flute.

13 They spend their days in prosperity,

then go down to the graveHebrew to Sheol. in peace.

14 And yet they say to God, ‘Go away.

We want no part of you and your ways.

15 Who is the Almighty, and why should we obey him?

What good will it do us to pray?’

16 (They think their prosperity is of their own doing,

but I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.)

17 “Yet the light of the wicked never seems to be extinguished.

Do they ever have trouble?

Does God distribute sorrows to them in anger?

18 Are they driven before the wind like straw?

Are they carried away by the storm like chaff?

Not at all!

19 “‘Well,’ you say, ‘at least God will punish their children!’

But I say he should punish the ones who sin,

so that they understand his judgment.

20 Let them see their destruction with their own eyes.

Let them drink deeply of the anger of the Almighty.

21 For they will not care what happens to their family

after they are dead.

22 “But who can teach a lesson to God,

since he judges even the most powerful?

23 One person dies in prosperity,

completely comfortable and secure,

24 the picture of good health,

vigorous and fit.

25 Another person dies in bitter poverty,

never having tasted the good life.

26 But both are buried in the same dust,

both eaten by the same maggots.

27 “Look, I know what you’re thinking.

I know the schemes you plot against me.

28 You will tell me of rich and wicked people

whose houses have vanished because of their sins.

29 But ask those who have been around,

and they will tell you the truth.

30 Evil people are spared in times of calamity

and are allowed to escape disaster.

31 No one criticizes them openly

or pays them back for what they have done.

32 When they are carried to the grave,

an honor guard keeps watch at their tomb.

33 A great funeral procession goes to the cemetery.

Many pay their respects as the body is laid to rest,

and the earth gives sweet repose.

34 “How can your empty clichés comfort me?

All your explanations are lies!”

Eliphaz’s Third Response to Job

22 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

“Can a person do anything to help God?

Can even a wise person be helpful to him?

Is it any advantage to the Almighty if you are righteous?

Would it be any gain to him if you were perfect?

Is it because you’re so pious that he accuses you

and brings judgment against you?

No, it’s because of your wickedness!

There’s no limit to your sins.

“For example, you must have lent money to your friend

and demanded clothing as security.

Yes, you stripped him to the bone.

You must have refused water for the thirsty

and food for the hungry.

You probably think the land belongs to the powerful

and only the privileged have a right to it!

You must have sent widows away empty-handed

and crushed the hopes of orphans.

10 That is why you are surrounded by traps

and tremble from sudden fears.

11 That is why you cannot see in the darkness,

and waves of water cover you.

12 “God is so great—higher than the heavens,

higher than the farthest stars.

13 But you reply, ‘That’s why God can’t see what I am doing!

How can he judge through the thick darkness?

14 For thick clouds swirl about him, and he cannot see us.

He is way up there, walking on the vault of heaven.’

15 “Will you continue on the old paths

where evil people have walked?

16 They were snatched away in the prime of life,

the foundations of their lives washed away.

17 For they said to God, ‘Leave us alone!

What can the Almighty do to us?’

18 Yet he was the one who filled their homes with good things,

so I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.

19 “The righteous will be happy to see the wicked destroyed,

and the innocent will laugh in contempt.

20 They will say, ‘See how our enemies have been destroyed.

The last of them have been consumed in the fire.’

21 “Submit to God, and you will have peace;

then things will go well for you.

22 Listen to his instructions,

and store them in your heart.

23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored—

so clean up your life.

24 If you give up your lust for money

and throw your precious gold into the river,

25 the Almighty himself will be your treasure.

He will be your precious silver!

26 “Then you will take delight in the Almighty

and look up to God.

27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you,

and you will fulfill your vows to him.

28 You will succeed in whatever you choose to do,

and light will shine on the road ahead of you.

29 If people are in trouble and you say, ‘Help them,’

God will save them.

30 Even sinners will be rescued;

they will be rescued because your hands are pure.”

20 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.

I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,

That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;

Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?

He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.

The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.

10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.

11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.

12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;

13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:

14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.

16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.

18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.

19 Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;

20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.

21 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.

22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.

23 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.

25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.

26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.

27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.

28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.

21 But Job answered and said,

Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.

Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?

Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.

Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.

Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.

Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.

10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.

11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.

12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.

14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

16 Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.

18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.

19 God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.

20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

21 For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?

22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.

24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.

26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.

27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.

28 For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?

29 Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,

30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.

31 Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?

32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.

33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.

34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?

22 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?

Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?

Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?

Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?

For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.

Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.

But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.

Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;

11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.

12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?

14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.

15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?

16 Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:

17 Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?

18 Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

19 The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.

20 Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.

21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.

22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.

23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.

26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.

28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.

30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.

2 Corinthians 1:1-11

Paul, an apostleS 1Co 1:1 of Christ Jesus by the will of God,1Co 1:1; Eph 1:1; Col 1:1; 2Ti 1:1 and TimothyS Ac 16:1 our brother,

To the church of GodS 1Co 10:32 in Corinth,S Ac 18:1 together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:S Ac 18:12

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.S Ro 1:7

Praise to the God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,Eph 1:3; 1Pe 1:3 the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,who comforts usIsa 49:13; 51:12; 66:13; 2Co 7:6, 7, 13 in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ,Ro 8:17; 2Co 4:10; Gal 6:17; Php 3:10; Col 1:24; 1Pe 4:13 so also our comfort abounds through Christ.If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation;2Co 4:15 if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings,S ver 5 so also you share in our comfort.

We do not want you to be uninformed,S Ro 11:25 brothers and sisters,The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 8:1; 13:11. about the troubles we experienced1Co 15:32 in the province of Asia.S Ac 2:9 We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God,Jer 17:5, 7 who raises the dead.S Jn 5:2110 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril,S Ro 15:31 and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope1Ti 4:10 that he will continue to deliver us,11 as you help us by your prayers.Ro 15:30; Php 1:19 Then many will give thanks2Co 4:15; 9:11 on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.

I am writing to God’s church in Corinth and to all of his holy people throughout Greece.Greek Achaia, the southern region of the Greek peninsula.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

God Offers Comfort to All

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.

We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters,Greek brothers. about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.11 And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:

Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Psalm 40:11-17

11 Do not withhold your mercyZec 1:12 from me, Lord;

may your lovePr 20:28 and faithfulnessS Ps 26:3 always protectPs 61:7 me.

12 For troublesS Ps 25:17 without number surround me;

my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.Ps 38:4; 65:3

They are more than the hairs of my head,Ps 69:4

and my heart failsPs 73:26 within me.

13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;

come quickly, Lord, to help me.Ps 22:19; 38:22

14 May all who want to take my lifeS 1Sa 20:1

be put to shame and confusion;S Est 9:2; Ps 35:26

may all who desire my ruinS Ps 35:4

be turned back in disgrace.

15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”S Ps 35:21

be appalled at their own shame.

16 But may all who seek youDt 4:29; 1Ch 28:9; Ps 9:10; 119:2

rejoice and be gladPs 9:2 in you;

may those who long for your saving help always say,

“The Lord is great!”Ps 35:27

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;Ps 86:1; 109:22

may the Lord thinkPs 144:3 of me.

You are my helpS Ps 20:2 and my deliverer;S Ps 18:2

you are my God, do not delay.Ps 119:60

11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.

Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.

12 For troubles surround me—

too many to count!

My sins pile up so high

I can’t see my way out.

They outnumber the hairs on my head.

I have lost all courage.

13 Please, Lord, rescue me!

Come quickly, Lord, and help me.

14 May those who try to destroy me

be humiliated and put to shame.

May those who take delight in my trouble

be turned back in disgrace.

15 Let them be horrified by their shame,

for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”

16 But may all who search for you

be filled with joy and gladness in you.

May those who love your salvation

repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”

17 As for me, since I am poor and needy,

let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.

You are my helper and my savior.

O my God, do not delay.

11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me.

14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.

16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

Proverbs 22:2-4

Rich and poor have this in common:

The Lord is the Maker of them all.S Job 31:15; Pr 29:13; Mt 5:45

The prudent see danger and take refuge,S Pr 14:16

but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.Pr 27:12

Humility is the fear of the Lord;

its wages are riches and honorS Pr 15:33 and life.S Pr 10:27; Da 4:36

The rich and poor have this in common:

The Lord made them both.

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.

The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

True humility and fear of the Lord

lead to riches, honor, and long life.

The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.

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