52 Week Bible Reading Plan
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- "Call now; is there any one who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn?
- Surely vexation kills the fool, and jealousy slays the simple.
- I have seen the fool taking root, but suddenly I cursed his dwelling.
- His sons are far from safety, they are crushed in the gate, and there is no one to deliver them.
- His harvest the hungry eat, and he takes it even out of thorns; and the thirsty pant after his wealth.
- For affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble sprout from the ground;
- but man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.
- "As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause;
- who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number:
- he gives rain upon the earth and sends waters upon the fields;
- he sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
- He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.
- He takes the wise in their own craftiness; and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end.
- They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope at noonday as in the night.
- But he saves the fatherless from their mouth, the needy from the hand of the mighty.
- So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts her mouth.
- "Behold, happy is the man whom God reproves; therefore despise not the chastening of the Almighty.
- For he wounds, but he binds up; he smites, but his hands heal.
- He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven there shall no evil touch you.
- In famine he will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword.
- You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue, and shall not fear destruction when it comes.
- At destruction and famine you shall laugh, and shall not fear the beasts of the earth.
- For you shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
- You shall know that your tent is safe, and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing.
- You shall know also that your descendants shall be many, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
- You shall come to your grave in ripe old age, as a shock of grain comes up to the threshing floor in its season.
- Lo, this we have searched out; it is true. Hear, and know it for your good."
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- Then Job answered:
- "O that my vexation were weighed, and all my calamity laid in the balances!
- For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; therefore my words have been rash.
- For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
- Does the wild ass bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder?
- Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the slime of the purslane?
- My appetite refuses to touch them; they are as food that is loathsome to me.
- "O that I might have my request, and that God would grant my desire;
- that it would please God to crush me, that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
- This would be my consolation; I would even exult in pain unsparing; for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
- What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?
- Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?
- In truth I have no help in me, and any resource is driven from me.
- "He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
- My brethren are treacherous as a torrent-bed, as freshets that pass away,
- which are dark with ice, and where the snow hides itself.
- In time of heat they disappear; when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
- The caravans turn aside from their course; they go up into the waste, and perish.
- The caravans of Tema look, the travelers of Sheba hope.
- They are disappointed because they were confident; they come thither and are confounded.
- Such you have now become to me; you see my calamity, and are afraid.
- Have I said, 'Make me a gift'? Or, 'From your wealth offer a bribe for me'?
- Or, 'Deliver me from the adversary's hand'? Or, 'Ransom me from the hand of oppressors'?
- "Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have erred.
- How forceful are honest words! But what does reproof from you reprove?
- Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind?
- You would even cast lots over the fatherless, and bargain over your friend.
- "But now, be pleased to look at me; for I will not lie to your face.
- Turn, I pray, let no wrong be done. Turn now, my vindication is at stake.
- Is there any wrong on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern calamity?
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