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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 25-26 The Voice (VOICE)

25 Then Bildad the Shuhite responded.

Bildad: God rules over all things;
        dread is His domain,
    God—who makes peace and order on His own heights.
    As for His armies, can they even be counted?
        As for His light, is anyone not illuminated?
    Then tell me how can a person be right with God?
        How can someone born of a woman in blood be pure?
    If even the moon is not bright enough
        and the light of the stars is not pure in His estimation,
    How much less so a human,
        who is a mere worm—
    The offspring of humanity,
        who is a maggot!

26 Job explained.

Job (sarcastically): What a great help you are to the powerless!
        How you have held up the arm that is feeble and weak!

Thanks to commonly known Greek and Roman mythologies, it is not difficult to imagine what “the land of the dead” or sheol may be. But what is this place of “destruction,” known in Hebrew as abaddon? The Hebrew word comes from a verb that means “to become lost,” and abaddon is usually mentioned in the Old Testament in conjunction with the land of the dead, the grave, or death itself—places lost to the living world. In the New Testament Book of Revelation, abaddon is personified as the “messenger of the abyss” (9:11) who rules the locusts—horrible creatures that torture any living thing. Based on these clues, abaddon may be thought of as a place for the dead (like here in Job) or as death personified (like in Revelation) that decimates everything around it or commands the destruction of everything it sees, a primitive creature living in its own chaos where no one would ever want to visit and wreaking havoc wherever it goes outside its home.

    What sage counsel you have given to me, the unwise!
        And what immeasurable insight you have put on display for us!
    Whom did you say these words to?
        Where did you get such profound inspiration?

    The departed quiver below,
        down deep beneath the seas
        and all that is within them,
    The land of the dead is exposed before God,
        and the place where destruction lies is uncovered in His presence.
    He stretches out the northern sky over vast reaches of emptiness;
        He hangs the earth itself on nothing.
    He binds up the waters into His clouds,
        but the cloud does not burst from the strain.
    He conceals the sight of His throne
        and spreads His clouds over it to hide it from view.
10     He has encircled the waters with a horizon-boundary:
        the line between day and night, light and darkness.
11     The very pillars that hold up the sky quake
        and are astounded by His reprisals.
12     By His power, He stilled the sea, quelling the chaos;
        by His wisdom, He pierced Rahab, evil of the sea;
13     By His breath, the heavens are made beautifully clear;
        by His hand that ancient serpent—even as it attempted escape—is pierced through.
14     And all of this, all of these are the mere edges of His capabilities.
        We are privy to only a whisper of His power.
        Who then dares to claim understanding of His thunderous might?

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

John 5:19-29 The Voice (VOICE)

Jesus: 19 The truth is that the Son does nothing on His own; all these actions are led by the Father. The Son watches the Father closely and then mimics the work of the Father. 20 The Father loves the Son, so He does not hide His actions. Instead, He shows Him everything, and the things not yet revealed by the Father will dumbfound you. 21 The Father can give life to those who are dead; in the same way, the Son can give the gift of life to those He chooses.

22 The Father does not exert His power to judge anyone. Instead, He has given the authority as Judge to the Son. 23 So all of creation will honor and worship the Son as they do the Father. If you do not honor the Son, then you dishonor the Father who sent Him.

24 I tell you the truth: eternal life belongs to those who hear My voice and believe in the One who sent Me. These people have no reason to fear judgment because they have already left death and entered life.

25 I tell you the truth: a new day is imminent—in fact, it has arrived—when the voice of the Son of God will penetrate death’s domain, and everyone who hears will live. 26-27 You see, the Father radiates with life; and He also animates the Son of God with the same life-giving beauty and power to exercise judgment over all of creation. Indeed, the Son of God is also the Son of Man. 28 If this sounds amazing to you, what is even more amazing is that when the time comes, those buried long ago will hear His voice through all the rocks, sod, and soil 29 and step out of decay into resurrection. When this hour arrives, those who did good will be resurrected to life, and those who did evil will be resurrected to judgment.

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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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