Job 20-22 New Living Translation (NLT)
Zophar’s Second Response to Job
20 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 “I must reply
4 “Don’t you realize that from the beginning of time,
12 “They enjoyed the sweet taste of wickedness,
22 “In the midst of plenty, they will run into trouble
Job’s Seventh Speech: A Response to Zophar
21 Then Job spoke again:
2 “Listen closely to what I am saying.
4 “My complaint is with God, not with people.
7 “Why do the wicked prosper,
17 “Yet the light of the wicked never seems to be extinguished.
19 “‘Well,’ you say, ‘at least God will punish their children!’
22 “But who can teach a lesson to God,
27 “Look, I know what you’re thinking.
34 “How can your empty clichés comfort me?
Eliphaz’s Third Response to Job
22 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2 “Can a person do anything to help God?
6 “For example, you must have lent money to your friend
12 “God is so great—higher than the heavens,
15 “Will you continue on the old paths
19 “The righteous will be happy to see the wicked destroyed,
21 “Submit to God, and you will have peace;
26 “Then you will take delight in the Almighty
2 Corinthians 1:1-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
Greetings from Paul
1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.
I am writing to God’s church in Corinth and to all of his holy people throughout Greece.[a]
2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
God Offers Comfort to All
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.
8 We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters,[b] about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. 9 In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. 11 And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.
Psalm 40:11-17 New Living Translation (NLT)
11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.
13 Please, Lord, rescue me!
16 But may all who search for you
Proverbs 22:2-4 New Living Translation (NLT)
2 The rich and poor have this in common:
3 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
4 True humility and fear of the Lord
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