Job 34-36 New Living Translation (NLT)
Elihu Accuses Job of Arrogance
34 Then Elihu said:
2 “Listen to me, you wise men.
7 “Tell me, has there ever been a man like Job,
10 “Listen to me, you who have understanding.
16 “Now listen to me if you are wise.
21 “For God watches how people live;
31 “Why don’t people say to God, ‘I have sinned,
33 “Must God tailor his justice to your demands?
Elihu Reminds Job of God’s Justice
35 Then Elihu said:
2 “Do you think it is right for you to claim,
4 “I will answer you
9 “People cry out when they are oppressed.
36 Elihu continued speaking:
2 “Let me go on, and I will show you the truth.
5 “God is mighty, but he does not despise anyone!
11 “If they listen and obey God,
16 “God is leading you away from danger, Job,
Elihu Reminds Job of God’s Power
22 “Look, God is all-powerful.
26 “Look, God is greater than we can understand.
2 Corinthians 4:1-12 New Living Translation (NLT)
Treasure in Fragile Clay Jars
4 Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way,[a] we never give up. 2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
3 If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
5 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[b] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.
Psalm 44:1-8 New Living Translation (NLT)
For the choir director: A psalm[a] of the descendants of Korah.
1 O God, we have heard it with our own ears—
4 You are my King and my God.
Proverbs 22:10-12 New Living Translation (NLT)
10 Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.
11 Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech
12 The Lord preserves those with knowledge,
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