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II Samuel 5-9
Thursday, April 5, 2018
The Books of Poetry
II Corinthians 4-5
Moreover Elihu answered and said,
Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than łGod's?
For thou hast asked of what profit it is unto thee: what do I gain more than if I had sinned?
I will reply to thee in words, and to thy companions with thee.
Look unto the heavens and see; and survey the skies: they are higher than thou.
If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? If thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
If thou be righteous, what givest thou to him? or what doth he receive of thy hand?
Thy wickedness [may affect] a man as thou [art], and thy righteousness a son of man.
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry; they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty:
But none saith, Where is +God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night,
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowl of the heavens?
There they cry, and he answereth not, because of the pride of evil men.
Surely łGod will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
Although thou sayest thou dost not see him, judgment is before him, therefore wait for him.
But now, because he hath not visited in his anger, doth not [Job] know [his] great arrogancy?
For Job hath opened his mouth in vanity, and made words abundant without knowledge.
And Elihu proceeded and said,
Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet words for +God.
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Creator.
For truly my words shall be no falsehood: one perfect in knowledge is with thee.
Lo, łGod is mighty, but despiseth not [any]; mighty in strength of understanding:
He saveth not the wicked alive; but he doeth justice to the afflicted.
He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne doth he even set them for ever; and they are exalted.
And if, bound in fetters, they be held in cords of affliction,
Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions, because they have increased.
And he openeth their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
If they hearken and serve [him], they shall accomplish their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
But if they hearken not, they shall pass away by the sword, and expire without knowledge.
But the godless in heart heap up anger; they cry not when he bindeth them:
Their soul dieth in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
But he delivereth the afflicted in his affliction, and openeth their ear in [their] oppression.
Even so would he have allured thee out of the jaws of distress into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and the supply of thy table [would be] full of fatness.
But thou art full of the judgments of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold [on thee].
Because there is wrath, [beware] lest it take thee away through chastisement: then a great ransom could not avail thee.
Will he esteem thy riches? Not gold, nor all the resources of strength!
Desire not the night, when peoples are cut off from their place.
Take heed, turn not to iniquity; for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
Lo, łGod is exalted in his power: who teacheth as he?
Who hath appointed him his way? or who hath said, Thou hast wrought unrighteousness?
Remember that thou magnify his work, which men celebrate.
All men look at it; man beholdeth [it] afar off.
Lo, łGod is great, and we comprehend [him] not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
For he draweth up the drops of water: they distil in rain from the vapour which he formeth,
Which the skies pour down [and] drop upon man abundantly.
But can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the crashing of his pavilion?
Lo, he spreadeth his light around him, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
For with them he judgeth the peoples; he giveth food in abundance.
[His] hands he covereth with lightning, and commandeth it where it is to strike.
His thundering declareth concerning him; the cattle even, concerning its coming.
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