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Elihu Condemns Job 35:1 And Elihu answered and said:
2 “Do you think this to be just?Do you say, ‘It is my right before God,’
3 that you ask, ‘What advantage have I?How am I better off than if I had sinned?’
4 I will answer youand your friends with you.
5 Look at the heavens, and see;and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.
6 If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him?And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him?Or what does he receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself,and your righteousness a son of man.
9 “Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out;they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10 But none says, ‘Where is God my Maker,who gives songs in the night,
11 who teaches us more than the beasts of the earthand makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’
12 There they cry out, but he does not answer,because of the pride of evil men.
13 Surely God does not hear an empty cry,nor does the Almighty regard it.
14 How much less when you say that you do not see him,that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!
15 And now, because his anger does not punish,and he does not take much note of transgression,
16 Job opens his mouth in empty talk;he multiplies words without knowledge.”
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Elihu Extols God’s Greatness 36:1 And Elihu continued, and said:
2 “Bear with me a little, and I will show you,for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf.
3 I will get my knowledge from afarand ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words are not false;one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
5 “Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any;he is mighty in strength of understanding.
6 He does not keep the wicked alive,but gives the afflicted their right.
7 He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous,but with kings on the thronehe sets them forever, and they are exalted.
8 And if they are bound in chainsand caught in the cords of affliction,
9 then he declares to them their workand their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly.
10 He opens their ears to instructionand commands that they return from iniquity.
11 If they listen and serve him,they complete their days in prosperity,and their years in pleasantness.
12 But if they do not listen, they perish by the swordand die without knowledge.
13 “The godless in heart cherish anger;they do not cry for help when he binds them.
14 They die in youth,and their life ends among the cult prostitutes.
15 He delivers the afflicted by their afflictionand opens their ear by adversity.
16 He also allured you out of distressinto a broad place where there was no cramping,and what was set on your table was full of fatness.
17 “But you are full of the judgment on the wicked;judgment and justice seize you.
18 Beware lest wrath entice you into scoffing,and let not the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
19 Will your cry for help avail to keep you from distress,or all the force of your strength?
20 Do not long for the night,when peoples vanish in their place.
21 Take care; do not turn to iniquity,for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
22 Behold, God is exalted in his power;who is a teacher like him?
23 Who has prescribed for him his way,or who can say, ‘You have done wrong’?
24 “Remember to extol his work,of which men have sung.
25 All mankind has looked on it;man beholds it from afar.
26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not;the number of his years is unsearchable.
27 For he draws up the drops of water;they distill his mist in rain,
28 which the skies pour downand drop on mankind abundantly.
29 Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,the thunderings of his pavilion?
30 Behold, he scatters his lightning about himand covers the roots of the sea.
31 For by these he judges peoples;he gives food in abundance.
32 He covers his hands with the lightningand commands it to strike the mark.
33 Its crashing declares his presence;the cattle also declare that he rises.
« Proverbs 21 | Proverbs 22 | Proverbs 23 »
22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,and favor is better than silver or gold.
2 The rich and the poor meet together;the Lord is the Maker of them all.
3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself,but the simple go on and suffer for it.
4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lordis riches and honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go;even when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rules over the poor,and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,and the rod of his fury will fail.
9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed,for he shares his bread with the poor.
10 Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out,and quarreling and abuse will cease.
11 He who loves purity of heart,and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,but he overthrows the words of the traitor.
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!I shall be killed in the streets!”
14 The mouth of forbidden women is a deep pit;he with whom the Lord is angry will fall into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
16 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth,or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
Words of the Wise17 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise,and apply your heart to my knowledge,
18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,if all of them are ready on your lips.
19 That your trust may be in the Lord,I have made them known to you today, even to you.
20 Have I not written for you thirty sayingsof counsel and knowledge,
21 to make you know what is right and true,that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
22 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,or crush the afflicted at the gate,
23 for the Lord will plead their causeand rob of life those who rob them.
24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger,nor go with a wrathful man,
25 lest you learn his waysand entangle yourself in a snare.
26 Be not one of those who give pledges,who put up security for debts.
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,why should your bed be taken from under you?
28 Do not move the ancient landmarkthat your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man skillful in his work?He will stand before kings;he will not stand before obscure men.
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The Resurrection 24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.
5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,
7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
8 And they remembered his words,
9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles,
11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
On the Road to Emmaus13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.
18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.
22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning,
23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther,
29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.
32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!”
37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit.
38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
43 and he took it and ate before them.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.
49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
The Ascension50 And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.
51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.
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