52 Week Bible Reading Plan
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- Then Eli'phaz the Te'manite answered:
- "Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill himself with the east wind?
- Should he argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good?
- But you are doing away with the fear of God, and hindering meditation before God.
- For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
- Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; your own lips testify against you.
- "Are you the first man that was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills?
- Have you listened in the council of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
- What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that is not clear to us?
- Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, older than your father.
- Are the consolations of God too small for you, or the word that deals gently with you?
- Why does your heart carry you away, and why do your eyes flash,
- that you turn your spirit against God, and let such words go out of your mouth?
- What is man, that he can be clean? Or he that is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?
- Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones, and the heavens are not clean in his sight;
- how much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks iniquity like water!
- "I will show you, hear me; and what I have seen I will declare
- (what wise men have told, and their fathers have not hidden,
- to whom alone the land was given, and no stranger passed among them).
- The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
- Terrifying sounds are in his ears; in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him.
- He does not believe that he will return out of darkness, and he is destined for the sword.
- He wanders abroad for bread, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand;
- distress and anguish terrify him; they prevail against him, like a king prepared for battle.
- Because he has stretched forth his hand against God, and bids defiance to the Almighty,
- running stubbornly against him with a thick-bossed shield;
- because he has covered his face with his fat, and gathered fat upon his loins,
- and has lived in desolate cities, in houses which no man should inhabit, which were destined to become heaps of ruins;
- he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure, nor will he strike root in the earth;
- he will not escape from darkness; the flame will dry up his shoots, and his blossom will be swept away by the wind.
- Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; for emptiness will be his recompense.
- It will be paid in full before his time, and his branch will not be green.
- He will shake off his unripe grape, like the vine, and cast off his blossom, like the olive tree.
- For the company of the godless is barren, and fire consumes the tents of bribery.
- They conceive mischief and bring forth evil and their heart prepares deceit."
- Then Job answered:
- "I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all.
- Shall windy words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?
- I also could speak as you do, if you were in my place; I could join words together against you, and shake my head at you.
- I could strengthen you with my mouth, and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.
- "If I speak, my pain is not assuaged, and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
- Surely now God has worn me out; he has made desolate all my company.
- And he has shriveled me up, which is a witness against me; and my leanness has risen up against me, it testifies to my face.
- He has torn me in his wrath, and hated me; he has gnashed his teeth at me; my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
- Men have gaped at me with their mouth, they have struck me insolently upon the cheek, they mass themselves together against me.
- God gives me up to the ungodly, and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
- I was at ease, and he broke me asunder; he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces; he set me up as his target,
- his archers surround me. He slashes open my kidneys, and does not spare; he pours out my gall on the ground.
- He breaks me with breach upon breach; he runs upon me like a warrior.
- I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and have laid my strength in the dust.
- My face is red with weeping, and on my eyelids is deep darkness;
- although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.
- "O earth, cover not my blood, and let my cry find no resting place.
- Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and he that vouches for me is on high.
- My friends scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God,
- that he would maintain the right of a man with God, like that of a man with his neighbor.
- For when a few years have come I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
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