Job 27-42New King James Version (NKJV)
Job Maintains His Integrity
27 Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:
2 “As God lives, who has taken away my justice,
7 “May my enemy be like the wicked,
11 “I will teach you about the hand of God;
13 “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
Job’s Discourse on Wisdom
28 “Surely there is a mine for silver,
12 “But where can wisdom be found?
20 “From where then does wisdom come?
Job’s Summary Defense
29 Job further continued his discourse, and said:
2 “Oh, that I were as in months past,
7 “When I went out to the gate by the city,
18 “Then I said, ‘I shall die in my nest,
30 “But now they mock at me, men younger than I,
9 “And now I am their taunting song;
16 “And now my soul is poured out because of my plight;
20 “I cry out to You, but You do not answer me;
24 “Surely He would not stretch out His hand against a heap of ruins,
31 “I have made a covenant with my eyes;
5 “If I have walked with falsehood,
13 “If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant
16 “If I have kept the poor from their desire,
24 “If I have made gold my hope,
29 “If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me,
38 “If my land cries out against me,
The words of Job are ended.
Elihu Contradicts Job’s Friends
32 So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he justified himself rather than God. 3 Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
4 Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited to speak to Job.[m] 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused.
6 So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said:
“I am young in years, and you are very old;
10 “Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me,
15 “They are dismayed and answer no more;
Elihu Contradicts Job
33 “But please, Job, hear my speech,
8 “Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
12 “Look, in this you are not righteous.
19 “Man is also chastened with pain on his bed,
23 “If there is a messenger for him,
29 “Behold, God works all these things,
31 “Give ear, Job, listen to me;
Elihu Proclaims God’s Justice
34 Elihu further answered and said:
2 “Hear my words, you wise men;
5 “For Job has said, ‘I am righteous,
10 “Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding:
16 “If you have understanding, hear this;
21 “For His eyes are on the ways of man,
31 “For has anyone said to God,
34 “Men of understanding say to me,
Elihu Condemns Self-Righteousness
35 Moreover Elihu answered and said:
2 “Do you think this is right?
4 “I will answer you,
9 “Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;
Elihu Proclaims God’s Goodness
36 Elihu also proceeded and said:
2 “Bear with me a little, and I will show you
5 “Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one;
13 “But the hypocrites in heart store up wrath;
16 “Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress,
22 “Behold, God is exalted by His power;
Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty
24 “Remember to magnify His work,
26 “Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him;
37 “At this also my heart trembles,
14 “Listen to this, O Job;
19 “Teach us what we should say to Him,
The Lord Reveals His Omnipotence to Job
38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
2 “Who is this who darkens counsel
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors,
12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
16 “Have you entered the springs of the sea?
19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
22 “Have you entered the treasury of snow,
25 “Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
39 “Do you know the time when the wild mountain goats bear young?
5 “Who set the wild donkey free?
9 “Will the wild ox be willing to serve you?
13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
19 “Have you given the horse strength?
26 “Does the hawk fly by your wisdom,
40 Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said:
2 “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
Job’s Response to God
3 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
4 “Behold, I am vile;
God’s Challenge to Job
6 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
7 “Now prepare yourself like a man;
8 “Would you indeed annul My judgment?
15 “Look now at the behemoth,[z] which I made along with you;
41 “Can you draw out Leviathan[aa] with a hook,
12 “I will not conceal[ac] his limbs,
Job’s Repentance and Restoration
42 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
2 “I know that You can do everything,
5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
7 And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. 8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord commanded them; for the Lord had accepted Job. 10 And the Lord restored Job’s losses[ae] when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.
12 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch. 15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.
16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. 17 So Job died, old and full of days.
Psalm 1-4New King James Version (NKJV)
BOOK ONE: Psalms 1—41
The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly
1 Blessed is the man
4 The ungodly are not so,
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
The Messiah’s Triumph and Kingdom
2 Why do the nations rage,
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
7 “I will declare the decree:
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
The Lord Helps His Troubled People
A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son.
3 Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!
3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
5 I lay down and slept;
7 Arise, O Lord;
The Safety of the Faithful
To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
4 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
2 How long, O you sons of men,
4 Be angry, and do not sin.
6 There are many who say,
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