2 Corinthians 3 English Standard Version (ESV)
Ministers of the New Covenant
3 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our[a] hearts, to be known and read by all. 3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.[b]
4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.
12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one[c] turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord[d] is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,[e] are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.[f] For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Job 31-33 English Standard Version (ESV)
Job's Final Appeal
31 “I have made a covenant with my eyes;
5 “If I have walked with falsehood
9 “If my heart has been enticed toward a woman,
13 “If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant,
16 “If I have withheld anything that the poor desired,
24 “If I have made gold my trust
29 “If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me,
38 “If my land has cried out against me
The words of Job are ended.
Elihu Rebukes Job's Three Friends
32 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, burned with anger. He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God. 3 He burned with anger also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong. 4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were older than he. 5 And when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, he burned with anger.
6 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said:
“I am young in years,
11 “Behold, I waited for your words,
15 “They are dismayed; they answer no more;
Elihu Rebukes Job
33 “But now, hear my speech, O Job,
8 “Surely you have spoken in my ears,
12 “Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you,
19 “Man is also rebuked with pain on his bed
29 “Behold, God does all these things,
Psalm 43 English Standard Version (ESV)
Send Out Your Light and Your Truth
43 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
3 Send out your light and your truth;
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
Proverbs 22:8-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
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