Job 31-33New Living Translation (NLT)
Job’s Final Protest of Innocence
31 “I made a covenant with my eyes
5 “Have I lied to anyone
9 “If my heart has been seduced by a woman,
13 “If I have been unfair to my male or female servants
16 “Have I refused to help the poor,
21 “If I raised my hand against an orphan,
24 “Have I put my trust in money
26 “Have I looked at the sun shining in the skies,
29 “Have I ever rejoiced when disaster struck my enemies,
31 “My servants have never said,
33 “Have I tried to hide my sins like other people do,
35 “If only someone would listen to me!
38 “If my land accuses me
Job’s words are ended.
Elihu Responds to Job’s Friends
32 Job’s three friends refused to reply further to him because he kept insisting on his innocence.
2 Then Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the clan of Ram, became angry. He was angry because Job refused to admit that he had sinned and that God was right in punishing him. 3 He was also angry with Job’s three friends, for they made God[c] appear to be wrong by their inability to answer Job’s arguments. 4 Elihu had waited for the others to speak to Job because they were older than he. 5 But when he saw that they had no further reply, he spoke out angrily. 6 Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said,
“I am young and you are old,
11 “I have waited all this time,
Elihu Presents His Case against Job
33 “Listen to my words, Job;
8 “You have spoken in my hearing,
12 “But you are wrong, and I will show you why.
19 “Or God disciplines people with pain on their sickbeds,
23 “But if an angel from heaven appears—
29 “Yes, God does these things
2 Corinthians 3New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not! 2 The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our[a] hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 3 Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.
4 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. 5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. 6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.
The Glory of the New Covenant
7 The old way,[b] with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. 11 So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!
12 Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.
16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
Psalm 43New Living Translation (NLT)
1 Declare me innocent, O God!
5 Why am I discouraged?
Proverbs 22:8-9New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster,
9 Blessed are those who are generous,
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