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First Reading: Job Chapter 10 and 11

Job 10

10:1 Job: I Would Plead with God

"My soul loathes my life;I will give free course to my complaint,I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2 I will say to God, 'Do not condemn me;Show me why You contend with me. 3 Does it seem good to You that You should oppress,That You should despise the work of Your hands,And smile on the counsel of the wicked? 4 Do You have eyes of flesh?Or do You see as man sees? 5 Are Your days like the days of a mortal man?Are Your years like the days of a mighty man, 6 That You should seek for my iniquity And search out my sin, 7 Although You know that I am not wicked,And there is no one who can deliver from Your hand?
8'Your hands have made me and fashioned me,An intricate unity;Yet You would destroy me. 9 Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay.And will You turn me into dust again? 10 Did You not pour me out like milk,And curdle me like cheese, 11 Clothe me with skin and flesh,And knit me together with bones and sinews? 12 You have granted me life and favor,And Your care has preserved my spirit.
13'And these things You have hidden in Your heart;I know that this was with You: 14 If I sin, then You mark me,And will not acquit me of my iniquity. 15 If I am wicked, woe to me;Even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head.I am full of disgrace;See my misery! 16 If my head is exalted,You hunt me like a fierce lion,And again You show Yourself awesome against me. 17 You renew Your witnesses against me,And increase Your indignation toward me;Changes and war are ever with me.
18'Why then have You brought me out of the womb?Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me! 19 I would have been as though I had not been.I would have been carried from the womb to the grave. 20 Are not my days few?Cease! Leave me alone, that I may take a little comfort, 21 Before I go to the place from which I shall not return,To the land of darkness and the shadow of death, 22 A land as dark as darkness itself,As the shadow of death, without any order,Where even the light is like darkness.'"

Job 11

11:1 Zophar Urges Job to Repent

Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 "Should not the multitude of words be answered?And should a man full of talk be vindicated? 3 Should your empty talk make men hold their peace?And when you mock, should no one rebuke you? 4 For you have said,'My doctrine is pure,And I am clean in your eyes.' 5 But oh, that God would speak,And open His lips against you, 6 That He would show you the secrets of wisdom!For they would double your prudence.Know therefore that God exacts from you Less than your iniquity deserves.
7 "Can you search out the deep things of God?Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than heaven — what can you do?Deeper than Sheol — what can you know? 9 Their measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea.
10 "If He passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment,Then who can hinder Him? 11 For He knows deceitful men;He sees wickedness also.Will He not then consider it? 12 For an empty-headed man will be wise,When a wild donkey's colt is born a man.
13 "If you would prepare your heart,And stretch out your hands toward Him; 14 If iniquity were in your hand, and you put it far away,And would not let wickedness dwell in your tents; 15 Then surely you could lift up your face without spot;Yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear; 16 Because you would forget your misery,And remember it as waters that have passed away, 17 And your life would be brighter than noonday.Though you were dark, you would be like the morning. 18 And you would be secure, because there is hope;Yes, you would dig around you, and take your rest in safety. 19 You would also lie down, and no one would make you afraid;Yes, many would court your favor. 20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail,And they shall not escape,And their hope — loss of life!"

Second Reading: Psalms Chapter 54 and 55

Psalms 54

54:1 Answered Prayer for Deliverance from Adversaries

To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Contemplation of David when the Ziphites went and said to Saul, "Is David not hiding with us?"
Save me, O God, by Your name,And vindicate me by Your strength. 2 Hear my prayer, O God;Give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For strangers have risen up against me,And oppressors have sought after my life;They have not set God before them.Selah
4 Behold, God is my helper;The Lord is with those who uphold my life. 5 He will repay my enemies for their evil.Cut them off in Your truth.
6 I will freely sacrifice to You;I will praise Your name, O LORD, for it is good. 7 For He has delivered me out of all trouble;And my eye has seen its desire upon my enemies.

Psalms 55

55:1 Trust in God Concerning the Treachery of Friends

To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Contemplation of David.
Give ear to my prayer, O God,And do not hide Yourself from my supplication. 2 Attend to me, and hear me;I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily, 3 Because of the voice of the enemy,Because of the oppression of the wicked;For they bring down trouble upon me,And in wrath they hate me.
4 My heart is severely pained within me,And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,And horror has overwhelmed me. 6 So I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove!I would fly away and be at rest. 7 Indeed, I would wander far off,And remain in the wilderness.Selah 8 I would hasten my escape From the windy storm and tempest."
9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues,For I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 Day and night they go around it on its walls;Iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it. 11 Destruction is in its midst;Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets.
12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;Then I could bear it.Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me;Then I could hide from him. 13 But it was you, a man my equal,My companion and my acquaintance. 14 We took sweet counsel together,And walked to the house of God in the throng.
15 Let death seize them;Let them go down alive into hell,For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.
16 As for me, I will call upon God,And the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud,And He shall hear my voice. 18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,For there were many against me. 19 God will hear, and afflict them,Even He who abides from of old.SelahBecause they do not change,Therefore they do not fear God.
20 He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him;He has broken his covenant. 21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,But war was in his heart;His words were softer than oil,Yet they were drawn swords.
22 Cast your burden on the LORD,And He shall sustain you;He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
23 But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction;Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;But I will trust in You.

Bible Background



Part 4 of 4

The following is found in the book of Job:

  1. The Prologue - Job's righteousness and testing - Chapters 1-2
  2. Job's lament - Chapter 3
  3. The first cycle of speeches between Job and the three friends - Chapters 4-14
  4. The second cycle of speeches between Job and the three friends - Chapters 15-21
  5. The third cycle of speeches between Job and the three friends - Chapters 22-26
  6. Job's closing discourse and monologues - Chapters 27-31
  7. Elihu intercedes - Chapters 32-37
  8. God questions Job - Chapters 38-41
  9. Epilogue - Chapter 42



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