Job 20-22 New International Version (NIV)
20 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 “My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer
4 “Surely you know how it has been from of old,
12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth
20 “Surely he will have no respite from his craving;
21 Then Job replied:
2 “Listen carefully to my words;
4 “Is my complaint directed to a human being?
17 “Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out?
22 “Can anyone teach knowledge to God,
27 “I know full well what you are thinking,
34 “So how can you console me with your nonsense?
22 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 “Can a man be of benefit to God?
4 “Is it for your piety that he rebukes you
12 “Is not God in the heights of heaven?
21 “Submit to God and be at peace with him;
2 Corinthians 1:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise to the God of All Comfort
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Psalm 40:11-17 New International Version (NIV)
11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
14 May all who want to take my life
17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
Proverbs 22:2-4 New International Version (NIV)
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
3 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
4 Humility is the fear of the Lord;
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