Job 31-33 New International Version (NIV)
31 “I made a covenant with my eyes
5 “If I have walked with falsehood
9 “If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
13 “If I have denied justice to any of my servants,
16 “If I have denied the desires of the poor
24 “If I have put my trust in gold
29 “If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune
35 (“Oh, that I had someone to hear me!
38 “if my land cries out against me
The words of Job are ended.
32 So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. 3 He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.[c] 4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he. 5 But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.
6 So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said:
“I am young in years,
10 “Therefore I say: Listen to me;
15 “They are dismayed and have no more to say;
33 “But now, Job, listen to my words;
8 “But you have said in my hearing—
12 “But I tell you, in this you are not right,
19 “Or someone may be chastened on a bed of pain
29 “God does all these things to a person—
31 “Pay attention, Job, and listen to me;
2 Corinthians 3 New International Version (NIV)
3 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The Greater Glory of the New Covenant
7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Psalm 43 New International Version (NIV)
1 Vindicate me, my God,
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Proverbs 22:8-9 New International Version (NIV)
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
9 The generous will themselves be blessed,
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