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Thursday, January 30, 2020
The Books of Poetry
I Corinthians 1-2
My spirit is broken, my days are cut short, the grave awaits me.
Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.
"Give me, O God, the pledge you demand. Who else will put up security for me?
You have closed their minds to understanding; therefore you will not let them triumph.
If a man denounces his friends for reward, the eyes of his children will fail.
"God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit.
My eyes have grown dim with grief; my whole frame is but a shadow.
Upright men are appalled at this; the innocent are aroused against the ungodly.
Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.
"But come on, all of you, try again! I will not find a wise man among you.
My days have passed, my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.
These men turn night into day; in the face of darkness they say, `Light is near.'
If the only home I hope for is the grave, if I spread out my bed in darkness,
if I say to corruption, `You are my father,' and to the worm, `My mother' or `My sister,'
where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?
Will it go down to the gates of death ? Will we descend together into the dust?"
Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
"When will you end these speeches? Be sensible, and then we can talk.
Why are we regarded as cattle and considered stupid in your sight?
You who tear yourself to pieces in your anger, is the earth to be abandoned for your sake? Or must the rocks be moved from their place?
"The lamp of the wicked is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops burning.
The light in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out.
The vigor of his step is weakened; his own schemes throw him down.
His feet thrust him into a net and he wanders into its mesh.
A trap seizes him by the heel; a snare holds him fast.
A noose is hidden for him on the ground; a trap lies in his path.
Terrors startle him on every side and dog his every step.
Calamity is hungry for him; disaster is ready for him when he falls.
It eats away parts of his skin; death's firstborn devours his limbs.
He is torn from the security of his tent and marched off to the king of terrors.
Fire resides in his tent; burning sulfur is scattered over his dwelling.
His roots dry up below and his branches wither above.
The memory of him perishes from the earth; he has no name in the land.
He is driven from light into darkness and is banished from the world.
He has no offspring or descendants among his people, no survivor where once he lived.
Men of the west are appalled at his fate; men of the east are seized with horror.
Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who knows not God."
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.
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