JOB 29Job’s Summary Defense 29:1 And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
JOB 3030:1 “But now they laugh at me,men who are younger than I,whose fathers I would have disdainedto set with the dogs of my flock. 2 What could I gain from the strength of their hands,men whose vigor is gone? 3 Through want and hard hungerthey gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation; 4 they pick saltwort and the leaves of bushes,and the roots of the broom tree for their food. 5 They are driven out from human company;they shout after them as after a thief. 6 In the gullies of the torrents they must dwell,in holes of the earth and of the rocks. 7 Among the bushes they bray;under the nettles they huddle together. 8 A senseless, a nameless brood,they have been whipped out of the land.
PROVERBS 2020:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life. 3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,but every fool will be quarreling. 4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;he will seek at harvest and have nothing. 5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,but a faithful man who can find? 7 The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him! 8 A king who sits on the throne of judgmentwinnows all evil with his eyes. 9 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;I am clean from my sin”? 10 Unequal weights and unequal measuresare both alike an abomination to the Lord. 11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,by whether his conduct is pure and upright. 12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,the Lord has made them both. 13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. 14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,but when he goes away, then he boasts. 15 There is gold and abundance of costly stones,but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners. 17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel. 18 Plans are established by counsel;by wise guidance wage war. 19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;therefore do not associate with a simple babbler. 20 If one curses his father or his mother,his lamp will be put out in utter darkness. 21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginningwill not be blessed in the end. 22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. 23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,and false scales are not good. 24 A man’s steps are from the Lord;how then can man understand his way? 25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”and to reflect only after making vows. 26 A wise king winnows the wickedand drives the wheel over them. 27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,searching all his innermost parts. 28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,and by steadfast love his throne is upheld. 29 The glory of young men is their strength,but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. 30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil;strokes make clean the innermost parts.
LUKE 21The Widow’s Offering 21:1 Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple5 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” 7 And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8 And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. 9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.” Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives. Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22 for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23 Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. The Coming of the Son of Man25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” The Lesson of the Fig Tree29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Watch Yourselves34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
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