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Eliphaz Accuses: Job Does Not Fear God 15:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 “Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge,and fill his belly with the east wind?
3 Should he argue in unprofitable talk,or in words with which he can do no good?
4 But you are doing away with the fear of Godand hindering meditation before God.
5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth,and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;your own lips testify against you.
7 “Are you the first man who was born?Or were you brought forth before the hills?
8 Have you listened in the council of God?And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9 What do you know that we do not know?What do you understand that is not clear to us?
10 Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us,older than your father.
11 Are the comforts of God too small for you,or the word that deals gently with you?
12 Why does your heart carry you away,and why do your eyes flash,
13 that you turn your spirit against Godand bring such words out of your mouth?
14 What is man, that he can be pure?Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?
15 Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones,and the heavens are not pure in his sight;
16 how much less one who is abominable and corrupt,a man who drinks injustice like water!
17 “I will show you; hear me,and what I have seen I will declare
18 (what wise men have told,without hiding it from their fathers,
19 to whom alone the land was given,and no stranger passed among them).
20 The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
21 Dreadful sounds are in his ears;in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him.
22 He does not believe that he will return out of darkness,and he is marked for the sword.
23 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?’He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand;
24 distress and anguish terrify him;they prevail against him, like a king ready for battle.
25 Because he has stretched out his hand against Godand defies the Almighty,
26 running stubbornly against himwith a thickly bossed shield;
27 because he has covered his face with his fatand gathered fat upon his waist
28 and has lived in desolate cities,in houses that none should inhabit,which were ready to become heaps of ruins;
29 he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure,nor will his possessions spread over the earth;
30 he will not depart from darkness;the flame will dry up his shoots,and by the breath of his mouth he will depart.
31 Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself,for emptiness will be his payment.
32 It will be paid in full before his time,and his branch will not be green.
33 He will shake off his unripe grape like the vine,and cast off his blossom like the olive tree.
34 For the company of the godless is barren,and fire consumes the tents of bribery.
35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil,and their womb prepares deceit.”
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Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You 16:1 Then Job answered and said:
2 “I have heard many such things;miserable comforters are you all.
3 Shall windy words have an end?Or what provokes you that you answer?
4 I also could speak as you do,if you were in my place;I could join words together against youand shake my head at you.
5 I could strengthen you with my mouth,and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.
6 “If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
7 Surely now God has worn me out;he has made desolate all my company.
8 And he has shriveled me up,which is a witness against me,and my leanness has risen up against me;it testifies to my face.
9 He has torn me in his wrath and hated me;he has gnashed his teeth at me;my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
10 Men have gaped at me with their mouth;they have struck me insolently on the cheek;they mass themselves together against me.
11 God gives me up to the ungodlyand casts me into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, and he broke me apart;he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;he set me up as his target;
13 his archers surround me.He slashes open my kidneys and does not spare;he pours out my gall on the ground.
14 He breaks me with breach upon breach;he runs upon me like a warrior.
15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skinand have laid my strength in the dust.
16 My face is red with weeping,and on my eyelids is deep darkness,
17 although there is no violence in my hands,and my prayer is pure.
18 “O earth, cover not my blood,and let my cry find no resting place.
19 Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,and he who testifies for me is on high.
20 My friends scorn me;my eye pours out tears to God,
21 that he would argue the case of a man with God,as a son of man does with his neighbor.
22 For when a few years have comeI shall go the way from which I shall not return.
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12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,but he who hates reproof is stupid.
2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,but a man of evil devices he condemns.
3 No one is established by wickedness,but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are just;the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,but the house of the righteous will stand.
8 A man is commended according to his good sense,but one of twisted mind is despised.
9 Better to be lowly and have a servantthan to play the great man and lack bread.
10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,but a wise man listens to advice.
16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,but the prudent ignores an insult.
17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,but a false witness utters deceit.
18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,but those who plan peace have joy.
21 No ill befalls the righteous,but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad.
26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
28 In the path of righteousness is life,and in its pathway there is no death.
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The Parable of the Dishonest Manager 16:1 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions.
2 And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’
3 And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
4 I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’
5 So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’
7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’
8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.
9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.
10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
The Law and the Kingdom of God14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him.
15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
16 “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.
17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.
Divorce and Remarriage18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
The Rich Man and Lazarus19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried,
23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.
24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’
25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’
27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house—
28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’
29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’
30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’
31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”
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