52 Week Bible Reading Plan
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- "I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I look upon a virgin?
- What would be my portion from God above, and my heritage from the Almighty on high?
- Does not calamity befall the unrighteous, and disaster the workers of iniquity?
- Does not he see my ways, and number all my steps?
- "If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot has hastened to deceit;
- (Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!)
- if my step has turned aside from the way, and my heart has gone after my eyes, and if any spot has cleaved to my hands;
- then let me sow, and another eat; and let what grows for me be rooted out.
- "If my heart has been enticed to a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor's door;
- then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down upon her.
- For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges;
- for that would be a fire which consumes unto Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase.
- "If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me;
- what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
- Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?
- "If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
- or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it
- (for from his youth I reared him as a father, and from his mother's womb I guided him);
- if I have seen any one perish for lack of clothing, or a poor man without covering;
- if his loins have not blessed me, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
- if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw help in the gate;
- then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket.
- For I was in terror of calamity from God, and I could not have faced his majesty.
- "If I have made gold my trust, or called fine gold my confidence;
- if I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, or because my hand had gotten much;
- if I have looked at the sun when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor,
- and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand;
- this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I should have been false to God above.
- "If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him that hated me, or exulted when evil overtook him
- (I have not let my mouth sin by asking for his life with a curse);
- if the men of my tent have not said, 'Who is there that has not been filled with his meat?'
- (the sojourner has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the wayfarer);
- if I have concealed my transgressions from men, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
- because I stood in great fear of the multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors--
- Oh, that I had one to hear me! (Here is my signature! let the Almighty answer me!) Oh, that I had the indictment written by my adversary!
- Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me as a crown;
- I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him.
- "If my land has cried out against me, and its furrows have wept together;
- if I have eaten its yield without payment, and caused the death of its owners;
- let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.
- So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
- Then Eli'hu the son of Bar'achel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry. He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God;
- he was angry also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong.
- Now Eli'hu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he.
- And when Eli'hu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he became angry.
- And Eli'hu the son of Bar'achel the Buzite answered: "I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you.
- I said, 'Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.'
- But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
- It is not the old that are wise, nor the aged that understand what is right.
- Therefore I say, 'Listen to me; let me also declare my opinion.'
- "Behold, I waited for your words, I listened for your wise sayings, while you searched out what to say.
- I gave you my attention, and, behold, there was none that confuted Job, or that answered his words, among you.
- Beware lest you say, 'We have found wisdom; God may vanquish him, not man.'
- He has not directed his words against me, and I will not answer him with your speeches.
- "They are discomfited, they answer no more; they have not a word to say.
- And shall I wait, because they do not speak, because they stand there, and answer no more?
- I also will give my answer; I also will declare my opinion.
- For I am full of words, the spirit within me constrains me.
- Behold, my heart is like wine that has no vent; like new wineskins, it is ready to burst.
- I must speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.
- I will not show partiality to any person or use flattery toward any man.
- For I do not know how to flatter, else would my Maker soon put an end to me.
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