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I Samuel 26-31
Thursday, March 21, 2019
The Books of Poetry
I Corinthians 15-16
A covenant I made for mine eyes, And what -- do I attend to a virgin?
And what [is] the portion of God from above? And the inheritance of the Mighty from the heights?
Is not calamity to the perverse? And strangeness to workers of iniquity?
Doth not He see my ways, And all my steps number?
If I have walked with vanity, And my foot doth hasten to deceit,
He doth weigh me in righteous balances, And God doth know my integrity.
If my step doth turn aside from the way, And after mine eyes hath my heart gone, And to my hands cleaved hath blemish,
Let me sow -- and another eat, And my products let be rooted out.
If my heart hath been enticed by woman, And by the opening of my neighbour I laid wait,
Grind to another let my wife, And over her let others bend.
For it [is] a wicked thing, and a judicial iniquity;
For a fire it [is], to destruction it consumeth, And among all mine increase doth take root,
If I despise the cause of my man-servant, And of my handmaid, In their contending with me,
Then what do I do when God ariseth? And when He doth inspect, What do I answer Him?
Did not He that made me in the womb make him? Yea, prepare us in the womb doth One.
If I withhold from pleasure the poor, And the eyes of the widow do consume,
And I do eat my morsel by myself, And the orphan hath not eat of it,
(But from my youth He grew up with me as [with] a father, And from the belly of my mother I am led.)
If I see [any] perishing without clothing, And there is no covering to the needy,
If his loins have not blessed me, And from the fleece of my sheep He doth not warm himself,
If I have waved at the fatherless my hand, When I see in [him] the gate of my court,
My shoulder from its blade let fall, And mine arm from the bone be broken.
For a dread unto me [is] calamity [from] God, And because of His excellency I am not able.
If I have made gold my confidence, And to the pure gold have said, `My trust,'
If I rejoice because great [is] my wealth, And because abundance hath my hand found,
If I see the light when it shineth, And the precious moon walking,
And my heart is enticed in secret, And my hand doth kiss my mouth,
It also [is] a judicial iniquity, For I had lied to God above.
If I rejoice at the ruin of my hater, And stirred up myself when evil found him,
Yea, I have not suffered my mouth to sin, To ask with an oath his life.
If not -- say ye, O men of my tent, `O that we had of his flesh, we are not satisfied.'
In the street doth not lodge a stranger, My doors to the traveller I open.
If I have covered as Adam my transgressions, To hide in my bosom mine iniquity,
Because I fear a great multitude, And the contempt of families doth affright me, Then I am silent, I go not out of the opening.
Who giveth to me a hearing? lo, my mark. The Mighty One doth answer me, And a bill hath mine adversary written.
If not -- on my shoulder I take it up, I bind it a crown on myself.
The number of my steps I tell Him, As a leader I approach Him.
If against me my land doth cry out, And together its furrows weep,
If its strength I consumed without money, And the life of its possessors, I have caused to breathe out,
Instead of wheat let a thorn go forth, And instead of barley a useless weed! The words of Job are finished.
And these three men cease from answering Job, for he [is] righteous in his own eyes,
and burn doth the anger of Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram; against Job hath his anger burned, because of his justifying himself more than God;
and against his three friends hath his anger burned, because that they have not found an answer, and condemn Job.
And Elihu hath waited earnestly beside Job with words, for they are older than he in days.
And Elihu seeth that there is no answer in the mouth of the three men, and his anger burneth.
And Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite answereth and saith: -- Young I [am] in days, and ye [are] age Therefore I have feared, And am afraid of shewing you my opinion.
I said: Days do speak, And multitude of years teach wisdom.
Surely a spirit is in man, And the breath of the Mighty One Doth cause them to understand.
The multitude are not wise, Nor do the aged understand judgment.
Therefore I have said: Hearken to me, I do shew my opinion -- even I.
Lo, I have waited for your words, I give ear unto your reasons, Till ye search out sayings.
And unto you I attend, And lo, there is no reasoner for Job, [Or] answerer of his sayings among you.
Lest ye say, We have found wisdom, God doth thrust him away, not man.
And he hath not set in array words for me, And with your sayings I do not answer him.
(They have broken down, They have not answered again, They removed from themselves words.
And I have waited, but they do not speak, For they have stood still, They have not answered any more.)
I answer, even I -- my share, I shew my opinion -- even I.
For I have been full of words, Distressed me hath the spirit of my breast,
Lo, my breast [is] as wine not opened, Like new bottles it is broken up.
I speak, and there is refreshment to me, I open my lips and answer.
Let me not, I pray you, accept the face of any, Nor unto man give flattering titles,
For I have not known to give flattering titles, In a little doth my Maker take me away.
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