I Am the True Vine

15 “I am the (A)true vine, and my Father is (B)the vinedresser. (C)Every branch in me that does not bear fruit (D)he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, (E)that it may bear more fruit. Already (F)you are clean (G)because of the word that I have spoken to you. (H)Abide (I)in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; (J)you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that (K)bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me (L)he is thrown away like a branch and withers; (M)and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If (N)you abide in me, and my words abide in you, (O)ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (P)By this my Father is glorified, that you (Q)bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

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Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity

27 And Job again (A)took up his discourse, and said:

“As God lives, who has (B)taken away my right,
    and the Almighty, who has (C)made my soul bitter,
as long as my breath is in me,
    and (D)the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
my lips will not speak (E)falsehood,
    and my tongue will not utter (F)deceit.
Far be it from me to say that you are right;
    till I die I will not put away my (G)integrity from me.
I (H)hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
    my heart does not (I)reproach me for any of my days.

“Let my enemy be as the wicked,
    and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
(J)For what is the hope of the godless (K)when God cuts him off,
    when God takes away his life?
(L)Will God hear his cry
    when distress comes upon him?
10 Will he (M)take delight in the Almighty?
    Will he call upon God at all times?
11 I will teach you concerning the hand of God;
    (N)what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves;
    why then have you become altogether vain?

13 (O)“This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
    and the heritage that (P)oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14 If his (Q)children are multiplied, it is for (R)the sword,
    and his descendants have not enough bread.
15 Those who survive him the pestilence buries,
    and his (S)widows do not weep.
16 Though he (T)heap up silver like dust,
    and pile up clothing like clay,
17 he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it,
    and (U)the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He builds his (V)house like a moth's,
    like (W)a booth that (X)a watchman makes.
19 He goes to bed rich, but will (Y)do so no more;
    he opens his eyes, and (Z)his wealth is gone.
20 (AA)Terrors overtake him like (AB)a flood;
    in the night a whirlwind (AC)carries him off.
21 (AD)The east wind lifts him up and he is gone;
    it (AE)sweeps him out of his place.
22 It[a] hurls at him (AF)without pity;
    he flees from its[b] power in headlong flight.
23 It (AG)claps its hands at him
    and (AH)hisses at him from its place.

Footnotes

  1. Job 27:22 Or He (that is, God); also verse 23
  2. Job 27:22 Or his; also verse 23

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