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Thursday, January 16, 2020
The Books of Poetry
"Lo, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it.
What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.
As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless physicians are you all.
Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!
Hear now my reasoning, and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
Will you speak falsely for God, and speak deceitfully for him?
Will you show partiality toward him, will you plead the case for God?
Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
He will surely rebuke you if in secret you show partiality.
Will not his majesty terrify you, and the dread of him fall upon you?
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes, your defenses are defenses of clay.
"Let me have silence, and I will speak, and let come on me what may.
I will take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand.
Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope; yet I will defend my ways to his face.
This will be my salvation, that a godless man shall not come before him.
Listen carefully to my words, and let my declaration be in your ears.
Behold, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be vindicated.
Who is there that will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die.
Only grant two things to me, then I will not hide myself from thy face:
withdraw thy hand far from me, and let not dread of thee terrify me.
Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and do thou reply to me.
How many are my iniquities and my sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.
Why dost thou hide thy face, and count me as thy enemy?
Wilt thou frighten a driven leaf and pursue dry chaff?
For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
Thou puttest my feet in the stocks, and watchest all my paths; thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet.
Man wastes away like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.
"Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
He comes forth like a flower, and withers; he flees like a shadow, and continues not.
And dost thou open thy eyes upon such a one and bring him into judgment with thee?
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? There is not one.
Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with thee, and thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass,
look away from him, and desist, that he may enjoy, like a hireling, his day.
"For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.
Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the ground,
yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant.
But man dies, and is laid low; man breathes his last, and where is he?
As waters fail from a lake, and a river wastes away and dries up,
so man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake, or be roused out of his sleep.
Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, that thou wouldest conceal me until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my release should come.
Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee; thou wouldest long for the work of thy hands.
For then thou wouldest number my steps, thou wouldest not keep watch over my sin;
my transgression would be sealed up in a bag, and thou wouldest cover over my iniquity.
"But the mountain falls and crumbles away, and the rock is removed from its place;
the waters wear away the stones; the torrents wash away the soil of the earth; so thou destroyest the hope of man.
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passes; thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
His sons come to honor, and he does not know it; they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
He feels only the pain of his own body, and he mourns only for himself."
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