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Psalm 123 The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 123

A song for those journeying to worship.

I raise my eyes to fix my gaze on You,
    for Your throne resides in the heavens.
Just as the eyes of servants
    closely watch the hand of their masters,
Just as a maid carefully observes
    the slightest gesture of her mistress,
In the same way we look to You, Eternal One,
    waiting for our God to pour out His mercy upon us.

O Eternal One, show us Your mercy. We beg You.
    We are not strangers to contempt and pain.
We have suffered more than our share
    of ridicule and contempt from self-appointed critics who live easy lives
    and pompously display their own importance.

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The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

Job 20:1-11 The Voice (VOICE)

20 Zophar the Naamathite reiterated his concern for Job.

Zophar: My anguished thoughts force me to respond
        because I feel an urgency within myself.
    I caught wind of your words that dishonor me,
        but I am prompted to answer based on my own spirit and understanding.
    Don’t you know how it has always been?
        Since humankind was first put here on the earth,
    The celebrations of the wicked have been brief,
        and the joy of the profane lasts only a moment.
    Even if he were tall enough to reach into the heavens
        and his head were to reach to the clouds,
    He would still perish forever, like his own excrement;
        those who once looked upon him would wonder,
        “Where has he gone?”
    Like a dream, he flies off where no one can find him;
        he is chased away only to vanish into the air like a vision of the night.
    The eyes that saw him before see him no more;
        his home doesn’t ever welcome him again.
10     His children beg at the door of the poor;
        his hands render his wealth back to them.
11     The vigor of youth had a home, a residence in his bones,
        but it lies down in the dust with him.

The Voice (VOICE)

The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

2 Peter 1:16-21 The Voice (VOICE)

Faith does not rest upon cleverly devised fables invented by creative minds; it rests upon the testimonies of eyewitnesses who faithfully pass down what they see and hear to others.

16 For I want to remind you that when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, we were relying on what our eyes had seen of His glorious majesty, not on cleverly told fables. 17 You see, God the Father lavished honor and glory upon Jesus when the voice of the Majestic Glory echoed from heaven and said, “This is My beloved Son, and My favor rests on Him.”[a] 18 We witnessed this—we ourselves heard this voice from heaven—when we were with Jesus on that holy mountain. 19 We have a fuller confirmation of the message of the prophets. You would do well to pay close attention to this word; it is like a light that shines for you in the darkness of night until the day dawns when the morning star rises in your own hearts.

Peter and two other disciples see Jesus transfigured. This event and the heavenly voice confirm Jesus’ true identity and are a prelude to the greatest miracle of all—the resurrection.

20 But notice first that no prophecy found in Scripture is a matter of the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 Prophecy has never been a product of human initiative, but it comes when men and women are moved to speak on behalf of God by the Holy Spirit.

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The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

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