JOB 23Job Replies: Where Is God? 23:1 Then Job answered and said:
JOB 2424:1 “Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,and why do those who know him never see his days? 2 Some move landmarks;they seize flocks and pasture them. 3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;they take the widow’s ox for a pledge. 4 They thrust the poor off the road;the poor of the earth all hide themselves. 5 Behold, like wild donkeys in the desertthe poor go out to their toil, seeking game;the wasteland yields food for their children. 6 They gather their fodder in the field,and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man. 7 They lie all night naked, without clothing,and have no covering in the cold. 8 They are wet with the rain of the mountainsand cling to the rock for lack of shelter. 9 (There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast,and they take a pledge against the poor.) 10 They go about naked, without clothing;hungry, they carry the sheaves; 11 among the olive rows of the wicked they make oil;they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst. 12 From out of the city the dying groan,and the soul of the wounded cries for help;yet God charges no one with wrong.
PROVERBS 1414:1 The wisest of women builds her house,but folly with her own hands tears it down. 2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord,but he who is devious in his ways despises him. 3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,but the lips of the wise will preserve them. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. 5 A faithful witness does not lie,but a false witness breathes out lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. 7 Leave the presence of a fool,for there you do not meet words of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,but the folly of fools is deceiving. 9 Fools mock at the guilt offering,but the upright enjoy acceptance. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness,and no stranger shares its joy. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,but the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man,but its end is the way to death. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,and the end of joy may be grief. 14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways. 15 The simple believes everything,but the prudent gives thought to his steps. 16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,but a fool is reckless and careless. 17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly,and a man of evil devices is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly,but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil bow down before the good,the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,but the rich has many friends. 21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. 22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness. 23 In all toil there is profit,but mere talk tends only to poverty. 24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,but the folly of fools brings folly. 25 A truthful witness saves lives,but one who breathes out lies is deceitful. 26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,and his children will have a refuge. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,that one may turn away from the snares of death. 28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,but without people a prince is ruined. 29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. 30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,but envy makes the bones rot. 31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,but he who is generous to the needy honors him. 32 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,but the righteous finds refuge in his death. 33 Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation,but sin is a reproach to any people. 35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.
LUKE 20The Authority of Jesus Challenged 20:1 One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up 2 and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” 3 He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, 4 was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” 5 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘From man,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8 And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” The Parable of the Wicked Tenants9 And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written:“‘The stone that the builders rejectedhas become the cornerstone’? 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Paying Taxes to Caesar19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21 So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26 And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent. Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”
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