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Job 16-19 American Standard Version (ASV)

16 Then Job answered and said,

I have heard many such things:
[a]Miserable comforters are ye all.
Shall [b]vain words have an end?
Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?
I also could speak as ye do;
If your soul were in my soul’s stead,
I could join words together against you,
And shake my head at you.
But I would strengthen you with my mouth,
And the solace of my lips would assuage your grief.

Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged;
And though I forbear, [c]what am I eased?
But now he hath made me weary:
Thou hast made desolate all my company.
And thou hast [d]laid fast hold on me, which is a witness against me:
And my leanness riseth up against me,
It testifieth to my face.
He hath torn me in his wrath, and [e]persecuted me;
He hath gnashed upon me with his teeth:
Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth;
They have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully:
They gather themselves together against me.
11 God delivereth me to the ungodly,
And casteth me into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, and he brake me asunder;
Yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces:
He hath also set me up for his mark.
13 His [f]archers compass me round about;
He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare;
He poureth out my gall upon the ground.
14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach;
He runneth upon me like a [g]giant.
15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin,
And have [h]laid my horn in the dust.
16 My face is red with weeping,
And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
17 Although there is no violence in my hands,
And my prayer is pure.

18 O earth, cover not thou my blood,
And let my cry [i]have no resting-place.
19 Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
And he that voucheth for me is on high.
20 My friends scoff at me:
But mine eye poureth out tears unto God,
21 [j]That he would maintain the right of a man with God,
And of a son of man with his neighbor!
22 For when a few years are come,
I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
17 My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct,
The grave is ready for me.
Surely there are [k]mockers with me,
And mine eye dwelleth upon their provocation.

Give now a pledge, be surety for me with thyself;
Who is there that will strike hands with me?
For thou hast hid their heart from understanding:
Therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
He that denounceth his friends for a [l]prey,
Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

But he hath made me a byword of the people;
And they spit in my face.
Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow,
And all my members are as a shadow.
Upright men shall be astonished at this,
And the innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way,
And he that hath clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger.
10 But as for you all, come on now again;
[m]And I shall not find a wise man among you.
11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off,
Even the [n]thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day:
The light, say they, is near [o]unto the darkness.
13 If I [p]look for Sheol as my house;
If I have spread my couch in the darkness;
14 If I have said to [q]corruption, Thou art my father;
To the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister;
15 Where then is my hope?
And as for my hope, who shall see it?
16 It shall go down to the bars of Sheol,
When once there is rest in the dust.

18 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

How long will ye hunt for words?
Consider, and afterwards we will speak.
Wherefore are we counted as beasts,
And are become unclean in your sight?
Thou that tearest thyself in thine anger,
Shall the earth be forsaken for thee?
Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?

Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out,
And the [r]spark of his fire shall not shine.
The light shall be dark in his tent,
And his lamp [s]above him shall be put out.
The steps of his strength shall be straitened,
And his own counsel shall cast him down.
For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
And he walketh upon the toils.
A gin shall take him by the heel,
And a snare shall lay hold on him.
10 A noose is hid for him in the ground,
And a trap for him in the way.
11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side,
And shall chase him at his heels.
12 His strength shall be hunger-bitten,
And calamity shall be ready [t]at his side.
13 The [u]members of his body shall be devoured,
Yea, the first-born of death shall devour his members.
14 He shall be rooted out of his tent wherein he trusteth;
And [v]he shall be brought to the king of terrors.
15 [w]There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his:
Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
16 His roots shall be dried up beneath,
And above shall his branch [x]be cut off.
17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth,
And he shall have no name in the street.
18 He shall be driven from light into darkness,
And chased out of the world.
19 He shall have neither son nor son’s son among his people,
Nor any remaining where he sojourned.
20 [y]They that come after shall be astonished at his day,
As they that went before [z]were affrighted.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous,
And this is the place of him that knoweth not God.

19 Then Job answered and said,

How long will ye vex my soul,
And break me in pieces with words?
These ten times have ye reproached me:
Ye are not ashamed that ye deal hardly with me.
And be it indeed that I have erred,
Mine error remaineth with myself.
[aa]If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me,
And plead against me my reproach;
Know now that God hath [ab]subverted me in my cause,
And hath compassed me with his net.

Behold, I [ac]cry out of wrong, but I am not heard:
I cry for help, but there is no justice.
He hath walled up my way that I cannot pass,
And hath set darkness in my paths.
He hath stripped me of my glory,
And taken the crown from my head.
10 He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone;
And my hope hath he plucked up like a tree.
11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me,
And he counteth me unto him as one of his adversaries.
12 His troops come on together,
And cast up their way against me,
And encamp round about my tent.

13 He hath put my brethren far from me,
And mine acquaintance are wholly estranged from me.
14 My kinsfolk have failed,
And my familiar friends have forgotten me.
15 They that [ad]dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger:
I am an alien in their sight.
16 I call unto my servant, and he giveth me no answer,
Though I entreat him with my mouth.
17 My breath is strange to my wife,
And [ae]my supplication to the children [af]of mine own mother.
18 Even young children despise me;
If I arise, they speak against me.
19 All [ag]my familiar friends abhor me,
And they whom I loved are turned against me.
20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh,
And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends;
For the hand of God hath touched me.
22 Why do ye persecute me as God,
And are not satisfied with my flesh?

23 Oh that my words were now written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24 That with an iron pen and lead
They were graven in the rock for ever!
25 [ah]But as for me I know that my [ai]Redeemer liveth,
And at last he will stand up upon the [aj]earth:
26 [ak]And after my skin, even this body, is destroyed,
Then without my flesh shall I see God;
27 Whom I, even I, shall see, [al]on my side,
And mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.
My [am]heart is consumed within me.
28 If ye say, How we will persecute him!
And that the root of the matter is found in me;
29 Be ye afraid of the sword:
For [an]wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword,
That ye may know there is a judgment.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 16:2 Or, Wearisome
  2. Job 16:3 Hebrew words of wind.
  3. Job 16:6 Hebrew what departeth from me?
  4. Job 16:8 Or, shrivelled me up
  5. Job 16:9 Or, hated
  6. Job 16:13 Or, arrows. Or, mighty ones
  7. Job 16:14 Or, mighty man
  8. Job 16:15 Or, defiled
  9. Job 16:18 Or, have no more place
  10. Job 16:21 Or, That one might plead for a man with God, As a son of man pleadeth for his neighbor
  11. Job 17:2 Hebrew mockery.
  12. Job 17:5 Hebrew portion.
  13. Job 17:10 Or, For I find not
  14. Job 17:11 Hebrew possessions.
  15. Job 17:12 Or, because of
  16. Job 17:13 Or, hope, Sheol is my house; I have spread . . . I have said . . . And where now is my hope?
  17. Job 17:14 Or, the pit
  18. Job 18:5 Or, flame
  19. Job 18:6 Or, beside
  20. Job 18:12 Or, for his halting
  21. Job 18:13 Hebrew bars of his skin.
  22. Job 18:14 Hebrew it shall (or thou shalt) bring him.
  23. Job 18:15 Or, It shall dwell in his tent, that it be no more his (or, because it is none of his)
  24. Job 18:16 Or, wither
  25. Job 18:20 Or, They that dwell in the west are . . . as they that well in the east are etc.
  26. Job 18:20 Hebrew laid hold on horror.
  27. Job 19:5 Or, Will ye indeed . . . reproach?
  28. Job 19:6 Or, overthrown me
  29. Job 19:7 Or, cry out, Violence!
  30. Job 19:15 Or, sojourn
  31. Job 19:17 Or, I make supplication. Or, I am loathsome
  32. Job 19:17 Or, of my body
  33. Job 19:19 Hebrew the men of my council.
  34. Job 19:25 Or, For
  35. Job 19:25 Or, vindicator. Hebrew goel.
  36. Job 19:25 Hebrew dust.
  37. Job 19:26 Or, And after my skin hath been thus destroyed, Yet from my flesh shall I see God
  38. Job 19:27 Or, for myself
  39. Job 19:27 Hebrew reins.
  40. Job 19:29 Or, wrathful are

1 Corinthians 16 American Standard Version (ASV)

16 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I gave order to the churches of Galatia, so also do ye. Upon the first day of the week let each one of you lay by him in store, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come. And when I arrive, [a]whomsoever ye shall approve, them will I send with letters to carry your bounty unto Jerusalem: and if it be meet for me to go also, they shall go with me. But I will come unto you, when I shall have passed through Macedonia; for I pass through Macedonia; but with you it may be that I shall abide, or even winter, that ye may set me forward on my journey whithersoever I go. For I do not wish to see you now by the way; for I hope to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost; for a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

10 Now if Timothy come, see that he be with you without fear; for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do: 11 let no man therefore despise him. But set him forward on his journey in peace, that he may come unto me: for I expect him with the brethren. 12 But as touching Apollos the brother, I besought him much to come unto you with the brethren: and it was not at all [b]his will to come now; but he will come when he shall have opportunity.

13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 14 Let all that ye do be done in love.

15 Now I beseech you, brethren (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first-fruits of Achaia, and that they have set themselves to minister unto the saints), 16 that ye also be in subjection unto such, and to every one that helpeth in the work and laboreth. 17 And I rejoice at the [c]coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they supplied. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours: acknowledge ye therefore them that are such.

19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Prisca salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. 20 All the brethren salute you. Salute one another with a holy kiss.

21 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. 22 If any man loveth not the Lord, let him be anathema. [d]Maranatha. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 16:3 Or, whomsoever ye shall approve by letters, them will I send etc.
  2. 1 Corinthians 16:12 Or, God’s will that he should come now. Compare Rom. 2:18 margin.
  3. 1 Corinthians 16:17 Greek presence. 2 Cor. 10:10.
  4. 1 Corinthians 16:22 That is, O (or Our) Lord, come!

Psalm 40:1-10 American Standard Version (ASV)

A sacrifice of praise, and prayer for help.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

40 I waited patiently for Jehovah;
And he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of [a]a horrible pit, out of the miry clay;
And he set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
Many shall see it, and fear,
And shall trust in Jehovah.
Blessed is the man that maketh Jehovah his trust,
And respecteth not the proud, nor such as [b]turn aside to lies.
Many, O Jehovah my God, are the wonderful works which thou hast done,
And thy thoughts which are to us-ward:
[c]They cannot be set in order unto thee;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered.
Sacrifice and [d]offering thou hast no delight in;
[e]Mine ears hast thou opened:
Burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not required.
Then said I, Lo, I am come;
In the roll of the book it is [f]written of me:
I delight to do thy will, O my God;
Yea, thy law is within my heart.
I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great assembly;
Lo, I will not refrain my lips,
O Jehovah, thou knowest.
10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart;
I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation;
I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great assembly.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 40:2 Hebrew a pit of tumult (or destruction).
  2. Psalm 40:4 Or, fall away treacherously
  3. Psalm 40:5 Or, There is none to be compared unto thee
  4. Psalm 40:6 Or, meal-offering
  5. Psalm 40:6 Hebrew Ears hast thou digged (or, pierced) for me.
  6. Psalm 40:7 Or, prescribed to

Proverbs 22:1 American Standard Version (ASV)

22 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,
And [a]loving favor rather than silver and gold.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 22:1 Or, favor is better than etc.
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