Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You

16 Then Job answered and said:

“I have heard (A)many such things;
    (B)miserable comforters are you all.
Shall (C)windy words have an end?
    Or what provokes you that you answer?
I also could speak as you do,
    if you were in my place;
I could join words together against you
    and (D)shake my head at you.
I could strengthen you with my mouth,
    and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.

“If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,
    and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?
Surely now God has worn me out;
    (E)he has[a] made desolate all my company.
And he has shriveled me up,
    which is (F)a witness against me,
and my (G)leanness has risen up against me;
    it testifies to my face.
He has (H)torn me in his wrath (I)and hated me;
    he has (J)gnashed his teeth at me;
    my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.
10 Men have (K)gaped at me with their mouth;
    they have (L)struck me insolently on the cheek;
    they (M)mass themselves together against me.
11 God gives me up to the ungodly
    and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, and he broke me apart;
    he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;
he set me up as his (N)target;
13     his (O)archers surround me.
He slashes open my kidneys (P)and does not spare;
    he (Q)pours out my gall on the ground.
14 He breaks me with (R)breach upon breach;
    he (S)runs upon me like a warrior.
15 I have sewed (T)sackcloth upon my skin
    and have laid (U)my strength (V)in the dust.
16 My face is red with weeping,
    and on my eyelids is (W)deep darkness,
17 although there is no (X)violence in my hands,
    and my prayer is pure.

18 “O earth, (Y)cover not my blood,
    and let my (Z)cry find no resting place.
19 Even now, behold, my (AA)witness is in heaven,
    and he who testifies for me is (AB)on high.
20 My friends (AC)scorn me;
    my eye pours out tears to God,
21 that he would (AD)argue the case of a man with God,
    as[b] a son of man does with his neighbor.
22 For when a few years have come
    I shall go the way (AE)from which I shall not return.

Job Continues: Where Then Is My Hope?

17 “My spirit is broken; my days are (AF)extinct;
    (AG)the graveyard is ready for me.
Surely there are mockers about me,
    and my eye dwells on their (AH)provocation.

“Lay down a pledge for me with you;
    who is there who will put up (AI)security for me?
Since you have closed their hearts to understanding,
    therefore you will not let them triumph.
He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property—
    the (AJ)eyes of his children will fail.

“He has made me (AK)a byword of the peoples,
    and I am one before whom men spit.
My (AL)eye has grown dim from vexation,
    and all my members are like (AM)a shadow.
The upright are (AN)appalled at this,
    and the innocent stirs himself up against the godless.
Yet the righteous holds to his way,
    and he who has (AO)clean hands grows stronger and stronger.
10 But you, (AP)come on again, all of you,
    and I shall not find a wise man among you.
11 My (AQ)days are past; my plans are broken off,
    the desires of my heart.
12 They (AR)make night into day:
    ‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’[c]
13 If I hope for (AS)Sheol as (AT)my house,
    if I make my bed in darkness,
14 if I say to the pit, ‘You are my father,’
    and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’
15 where then is my hope?
    Who will see my hope?
16 Will it go down to the bars of (AU)Sheol?
    Shall we (AV)descend together (AW)into the dust?”[d]

Bildad Speaks: God Punishes the Wicked

18 Then (AX)Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

“How long will you (AY)hunt for words?
    Consider, and then we will speak.
Why are we counted as (AZ)cattle?
    Why are we stupid in your sight?
You who (BA)tear yourself in your anger,
    shall the earth be forsaken for you,
    or (BB)the rock be removed out of its place?

“Indeed, (BC)the light of the wicked is put out,
    and the flame of his fire does not shine.
The light is (BD)dark in his tent,
    and his lamp above him is put out.
His strong steps are shortened,
    and his (BE)own schemes throw him down.
For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
    and he walks on its mesh.
(BF)A trap seizes him by the heel;
    a snare lays hold of him.
10 A rope is hidden for him in the ground,
    a trap for him in the path.
11 (BG)Terrors frighten him on every side,
    and chase him at his heels.
12 His strength is famished,
    and calamity is (BH)ready for his stumbling.
13 It consumes the parts of his skin;
    (BI)the firstborn of death consumes his limbs.
14 He is torn from the tent in which he trusted
    and is brought to (BJ)the king of terrors.
15 In his tent dwells that which is none of his;
    (BK)sulfur is scattered over his habitation.
16 His (BL)roots dry up beneath,
    and his branches (BM)wither above.
17 His (BN)memory perishes from the earth,
    and he has no name in the street.
18 (BO)He is thrust from light into darkness,
    and driven out of the world.
19 He has no (BP)posterity or progeny among his people,
    and no survivor where he used to live.
20 They of the west are appalled at his (BQ)day,
    and (BR)horror seizes them of the east.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous,
    such is the place of him who (BS)knows not God.”

Job Replies: My Redeemer Lives

19 Then Job answered and said:

“How long will you torment me
    and break me in pieces with words?
These (BT)ten times you have cast reproach upon me;
    are you not ashamed to wrong me?
And even if it be true that I have erred,
    my error remains with myself.
If indeed you (BU)magnify yourselves against me
    and make my disgrace an argument against me,
know then that God has (BV)put me in the wrong
    and closed his net about me.
Behold, I (BW)cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered;
    I call for help, but there is no justice.
He has (BX)walled up my way, so that I cannot pass,
    and he has set darkness upon my paths.
He has (BY)stripped from me my glory
    and taken the (BZ)crown from my head.
10 He breaks me down on every side, and I (CA)am gone,
    and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
11 He has kindled his wrath against me
    and (CB)counts me as his adversary.
12 His (CC)troops come on together;
    they have (CD)cast up their siege ramp[e] against me
    and encamp around my tent.

13 “He has put my (CE)brothers far from me,
    and (CF)those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.
14 My relatives (CG)have failed me,
    my close (CH)friends have forgotten me.
15 The guests (CI)in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger;
    I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
16 I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer;
    I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy.
17 My breath is strange to my (CJ)wife,
    and I am a stench to the children of (CK)my own mother.
18 Even young (CL)children despise me;
    when I rise they talk against me.
19 All my (CM)intimate friends abhor me,
    and those whom I loved have turned against me.
20 My (CN)bones stick to my skin and to my flesh,
    and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21 Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends,
    for the hand of God has (CO)touched me!
22 Why do you, like God, (CP)pursue me?
    Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?

23 “Oh that my words were written!
    Oh that they were (CQ)inscribed in a book!
24 Oh that with an iron (CR)pen and lead
    they were engraved in the rock forever!
25 For I (CS)know that my (CT)Redeemer lives,
    and at the last he will stand upon the (CU)earth.[f]
26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
    yet in[g] my flesh I shall (CV)see God,
27 whom I shall see for myself,
    and my eyes shall behold, and not (CW)another.
    My heart (CX)faints within me!
28 If you say, ‘How we will (CY)pursue him!’
    and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’[h]
29 be afraid of the sword,
    for wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
    that you may know there is (CZ)a judgment.”

Footnotes

  1. Job 16:7 Hebrew you have; also verse 8
  2. Job 16:21 Hebrew and
  3. Job 17:12 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  4. Job 17:16 Or Will they go down to the bars of Sheol? Is rest to be found together in the dust?
  5. Job 19:12 Hebrew their way
  6. Job 19:25 Hebrew dust
  7. Job 19:26 Or without
  8. Job 19:28 Many Hebrew manuscripts in me

The Collection for the Saints

16 Now concerning[a] (A)the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On (B)the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, (C)as he may prosper, (D)so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send (E)those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.

Plans for Travel

(F)I will visit you after passing through (G)Macedonia, for (H)I intend to pass through Macedonia, and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may (I)help me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now (J)just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, (K)if the Lord permits. But I will stay in Ephesus until (L)Pentecost, for (M)a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and (N)there are many adversaries.

10 (O)When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for (P)he is doing (Q)the work of the Lord, as I am. 11 So (R)let no one despise him. (S)Help him on his way (T)in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.

Final Instructions

12 Now concerning (U)our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was not at all his will[b] to come now. He will come when he has opportunity.

13 (V)Be watchful, (W)stand firm in the faith, (X)act like men, (Y)be strong. 14 (Z)Let all that you do be done in love.

15 Now I urge you, brothers[c]—you know that (AA)the household[d] of Stephanas were (AB)the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves (AC)to the service of the saints— 16 (AD)be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. 17 I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for (AE)your absence, 18 for they (AF)refreshed my spirit as well as yours. (AG)Give recognition to such people.

Greetings

19 The churches of Asia send you greetings. (AH)Aquila and Prisca, together with (AI)the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. 20 All the brothers send you greetings. (AJ)Greet one another with a holy kiss.

21 I, Paul, write (AK)this greeting with my own hand. 22 If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be (AL)accursed. Our Lord, come![e] 23 (AM)The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 16:1 The expression Now concerning introduces a reply to a question in the Corinthians' letter; see 7:1; also verse 12
  2. 1 Corinthians 16:12 Or God's will for him
  3. 1 Corinthians 16:15 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 20
  4. 1 Corinthians 16:15 Greek house
  5. 1 Corinthians 16:22 Greek Maranatha (a transliteration of Aramaic)

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

40 I (A)waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and (B)heard my cry.
He drew me up from (C)the pit of destruction,
    out of (D)the miry bog,
and (E)set my feet upon a rock,
    (F)making my steps secure.
He put (G)a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will (H)see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who (I)makes
    the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
    to those who (J)go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your (K)wondrous deeds and your (L)thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are (M)more than can be told.

(N)In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open (O)ear.[a]
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
    in the scroll of the book it is written (P)of me:
(Q)I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is (R)within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance[b]
    in (S)the great congregation;
behold, I have not (T)restrained my lips,
    (U)as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 40:6 Hebrew ears you have dug for me
  2. Psalm 40:9 Hebrew righteousness; also verse 10

22 (A)A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
    and favor is better than silver or gold.

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