Job 23-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
Job Proclaims God’s Righteous Judgments
23 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Even today my complaint is bitter;
8 “Look, I go forward, but He is not there,
13 “But He is unique, and who can make Him change?
Job Complains of Violence on the Earth
24 “Since times are not hidden from the Almighty,
2 “Some remove landmarks;
9 “Some snatch the fatherless from the breast,
13 “There are those who rebel against the light;
18 “They should be swift on the face of the waters,
22 “But God draws the mighty away with His power;
25 “Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar,
Bildad: How Can Man Be Righteous?
25 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “Dominion and fear belong to Him;
Job: Man’s Frailty and God’s Majesty
26 But Job answered and said:
2 “How have you helped him who is without power?
5 “The dead tremble,
Job Maintains His Integrity
27 Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:
2 “As God lives, who has taken away my justice,
7 “May my enemy be like the wicked,
11 “I will teach you [n]about the hand of God;
13 “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in [a]simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you. 13 For we are not writing any other things to you than what you read or understand. Now I trust you will understand, even to the end 14 (as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Sparing the Church
15 And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit— 16 to pass by way of you to Macedonia, to come again from Macedonia to you, and be helped by you on my way to Judea. 17 Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? 18 But as God is faithful, our [b]word to you was not Yes and No. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. 20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
23 Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. 24 Not that we [c]have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.
Paul Urges Forgiveness
2 But I determined this within myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow. 2 For if I make you sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me?
Forgive the Offender
3 And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all. 4 For out of much [d]affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you.
5 But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent—not to be too severe. 6 This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, 7 so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. 8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. 9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. 10 Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For [e]if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Psalm 41 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Blessing and Suffering of the Godly
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
41 Blessed is he who considers the [a]poor;
4 I said, “Lord, be merciful to me;
7 All who hate me whisper together against me;
10 But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up,
13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
Proverbs 22:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
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