2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11 English Standard Version (ESV)
Paul's Change of Plans
12 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity[a] and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. 13 For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand— 14 just as you did partially understand us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.
15 Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.[b]
23 But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.
2 For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. 2 For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? 3 And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. 4 For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.
Forgive the Sinner
5 Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. 6 For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, 7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. 9 For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. 10 Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
Job 23-27 English Standard Version (ESV)
Job Replies: Where Is God?
23 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Today also my complaint is bitter;[a]
8 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there,
24 “Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,
13 “There are those who rebel against the light,
18 “You say, ‘Swift are they on the face of the waters;
21 “They wrong the barren, childless woman,
Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous
25 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “Dominion and fear are with God;[h]
Job Replies: God's Majesty Is Unsearchable
26 Then Job answered and said:
2 “How you have helped him who has no power!
Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity
27 And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2 “As God lives, who has taken away my right,
7 “Let my enemy be as the wicked,
13 “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
Psalm 41 English Standard Version (ESV)
O Lord, Be Gracious to Me
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
41 Blessed is the one who considers the poor![a]
4 As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
8 They say, “A deadly thing is poured out[e] on him;
11 By this I know that you delight in me:
13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
Proverbs 22:5-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;
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