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5:1 “Call now; is there anyone who will answer you?To which of the holy ones will you turn?
2 Surely vexation kills the fool,and jealousy slays the simple.
3 I have seen the fool taking root,but suddenly I cursed his dwelling.
4 His children are far from safety;they are crushed in the gate,and there is no one to deliver them.
5 The hungry eat his harvest,and he takes it even out of thorns,and the thirsty pant after his wealth.
6 For affliction does not come from the dust,nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
7 but man is born to troubleas the sparks fly upward.
8 “As for me, I would seek God,and to God would I commit my cause,
9 who does great things and unsearchable,marvelous things without number:
10 he gives rain on the earthand sends waters on the fields;
11 he sets on high those who are lowly,and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty,so that their hands achieve no success.
13 He catches the wise in their own craftiness,and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end.
14 They meet with darkness in the daytimeand grope at noonday as in the night.
15 But he saves the needy from the sword of their mouthand from the hand of the mighty.
16 So the poor have hope,and injustice shuts her mouth.
17 “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves;therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
18 For he wounds, but he binds up;he shatters, but his hands heal.
19 He will deliver you from six troubles;in seven no evil shall touch you.
20 In famine he will redeem you from death,and in war from the power of the sword.
21 You shall be hidden from the lash of the tongue,and shall not fear destruction when it comes.
22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh,and shall not fear the beasts of the earth.
23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field,and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
24 You shall know that your tent is at peace,and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing.
25 You shall know also that your offspring shall be many,and your descendants as the grass of the earth.
26 You shall come to your grave in ripe old age,like a sheaf gathered up in its season.
27 Behold, this we have searched out; it is true.Hear, and know it for your good.”
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Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just 6:1 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Oh that my vexation were weighed,and all my calamity laid in the balances!
3 For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea;therefore my words have been rash.
4 For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;my spirit drinks their poison;the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass,or the ox low over his fodder?
6 Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?
7 My appetite refuses to touch them;they are as food that is loathsome to me.
8 “Oh that I might have my request,and that God would fulfill my hope,
9 that it would please God to crush me,that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10 This would be my comfort;I would even exult in pain unsparing,for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11 What is my strength, that I should wait?And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12 Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?
13 Have I any help in me,when resource is driven from me?
14 “He who withholds kindness from a friendforsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed,as torrential streams that pass away,
16 which are dark with ice,and where the snow hides itself.
17 When they melt, they disappear;when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18 The caravans turn aside from their course;they go up into the waste and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema look,the travelers of Sheba hope.
20 They are ashamed because they were confident;they come there and are disappointed.
21 For you have now become nothing;you see my calamity and are afraid.
22 Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’?Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’?
23 Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand’?Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless’?
24 “Teach me, and I will be silent;make me understand how I have gone astray.
25 How forceful are upright words!But what does reproof from you reprove?
26 Do you think that you can reprove words,when the speech of a despairing man is wind?
27 You would even cast lots over the fatherless,and bargain over your friend.
28 “But now, be pleased to look at me,for I will not lie to your face.
29 Please turn; let no injustice be done.Turn now; my vindication is at stake.
30 Is there any injustice on my tongue?Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?
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The Blessings of Wisdom8:1 Does not wisdom call?Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights beside the way,at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town,at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call,and my cry is to the children of man.
5 O simple ones, learn prudence;O fools, learn sense.
6 Hear, for I will speak noble things,and from my lips will come what is right,
7 for my mouth will utter truth;wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9 They are all straight to him who understands,and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver,and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,and I find knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.Pride and arrogance and the way of eviland perverted speech I hate.
14 I have counsel and sound wisdom;I have insight; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,and rulers decree what is just;
16 by me princes rule,and nobles, all who govern justly.
17 I love those who love me,and those who seek me diligently find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,and my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,in the paths of justice,
21 granting an inheritance to those who love me,and filling their treasuries.
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,so that the waters might not transgress his command,when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,and I was daily his delight,rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited worldand delighting in the children of man.
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,watching daily at my gates,waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds lifeand obtains favor from the Lord,
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself;all who hate me love death.”
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Repent or Perish 13:1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?
3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?
5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’
8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure.
9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
A Woman with a Disabling Spirit10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
11 And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.
12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.”
13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.
14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.”
15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it?
16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”
17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.
The Mustard Seed and the Leaven18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?
19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”
20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?
21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”
The Narrow Door22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem.
23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them,
24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’
26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’
27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’
28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.
29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.
30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
Lament over Jerusalem31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”
32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.
33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’
34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
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