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Psalm 33:12-22 The Voice (VOICE)

12 The nation whose True God is the Eternal is truly blessed;
    fortunate are all whom He chooses to inherit His legacy.

13 The Eternal peers down from heaven
    and watches all of humanity;
14 He observes every soul
    from His divine residence.
15 He has formed every human heart, breathing life into every human spirit;
    He knows the deeds of each person, inside and out.
16 A king is not delivered by the might of his army.
    Even the strongest warrior is not saved by his own strength.
17 A horse is not the way to victory;
    its great strength cannot rescue.

18 Listen, the eye of the Eternal is upon those who live in awe of Him,
    those who hope in His steadfast love,
19 That He may save them from the darkness of the grave
    and be kept alive during the lean seasons.

20 We live with hope in the Eternal. We wait for Him,
    for He is our Divine Help and Impenetrable Shield.
21 Our hearts erupt with joy in Him
    because we trust His holy name.
22 O Eternal, drench us with Your endless love,
    even now as we wait for You.

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

Job 21:1-16 The Voice (VOICE)

21 Then Job answered Zophar.

Job: Listen carefully to what I’m about to say,
        and let your listening be the consolation you give me.
    Suffer me to speak to you,
        and after I’ve said what I need to say,
        you may commence mocking.
    Is my complaint addressed to humanity, or has it ever been?
        Why shouldn’t I, by this point, be impatient with all of this?
    Stay with me, and be stunned at what has happened to such a righteous person;
        cover your gaping mouth with your hand.
    When I think back upon everything that has gone before, I’m terrified;
        my body is overtaken with trembling.
    Why do the wicked live
        on an ever-upward path to long life and riches?
    Their children become well-established in front of them;
        their offspring are guaranteed to grow up before their very eyes.
    Their houses are immune to approaching terrors;
        the rod of God is not on their backs punishing them.
10     Their bulls are consistent breeders;
        their cows deliver healthy calves without miscarrying.
11     They produce flocks of children and send them all out into the world;
        their young ones dance around free of care.
12     They still participate in celebration,
        raising their voices to the song of the tambourine and the harp;
        delighting in the sound of the flute.
13     They pass their time in the lap of abundance,
        and they are even permitted to pass quickly to the land of the dead,
        instead of lingering with chronic pain.
14     They tell God, “Leave us be.
        We have no interest in You or Your ways.
15     Who is the Highest One[a] anyway,
        and why should we serve Him?
    What can we possibly gain by asking favors of Him?
        Isn’t He generous enough already?
16     Look, don’t you see?
        The wicked do not control their own wealth, God does;
    I am a long way from understanding the plan for the wicked.


  1. 21:15 Hebrew, Shaddai
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The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

Romans 9:1-9 The Voice (VOICE)

In all of Paul’s letters, there is no more triumphant note than in this declaration. He has reached the climax of what it means to live em powered by God’s Spirit. We are champions, one and all. We will taste victory and sweet success made possible by His love and gifts to us. We may fear the harsh judgment of the majority. We may bristle under the scowls of others. We may even be unsettled by thoughts of death, persecution, and dark spiritual powers. But Paul celebrates the absolute assurance that no one and nothing can come between us and the love of God.

Now let me speak the truth as plainly as I know it in the Anointed One. I am not lying when I say that my conscience and the Holy Spirit are witnesses to my state of constant grief. It may sound extreme; but I wish that I were lost, cursed, and totally separated from the Anointed—if that would change the eternal destination of my brothers and sisters, my flesh and countrymen. They are, after all, Israelites who have been adopted into God’s family; the glory, the covenants, the gift of the law, the temple service, and God’s promises are their rightful heritage. The patriarchs are theirs, too; and from their bloodline comes the Anointed One, the Liberating King, who reigns supreme over all things, God blessed forever. Amen.

The tone changes abruptly. One minute Paul is celebrating the power of Jesus’ love; the next he is grieving because they are not pressing their way into the Kingdom.

Clearly it is not that God’s word has failed. The truth is that not everyone descended from Israel is truly Israel. Just because people can claim Abraham as their father does not make them his true children. But in the Scriptures, it says, “Through Isaac your covenant children will be named.”[a] The proper interpretation is this: Abraham’s children by natural descent are not necessarily God’s covenant people; what matters is that His children receive and live the promise. For this is the word God promised: “In due time, I will come, and Sarah will give birth to a son.”[b]

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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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