Job 31-33 New King James Version (NKJV)
Job Defends His Righteousness
31 “I have 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 despised the cause of my male or female servant
16 “If I have kept the poor from their desire,
24 “If I have made gold my hope,
29 “If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me,
38 “If my land cries out against me,
The words of Job are ended.
Elihu Contradicts Job’s Friends
32 So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he justified himself rather than God. 3 Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
4 Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited [l]to speak to Job. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused.
6 So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said:
“I am young in years, and you are very old;
10 “Therefore I say, ‘Listen to me,
15 “They are dismayed and answer no more;
Elihu Contradicts Job
33 “But please, Job, hear my speech,
8 “Surely you have spoken [s]in my hearing,
12 “Look, in this you are not righteous.
19 “Man is also chastened with pain on his bed,
23 “If there is a messenger for him,
29 “Behold, God works all these things,
31 “Give ear, Job, listen to me;
2 Corinthians 3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? 2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
The Spirit, Not the Letter
4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the [a]Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Glory of the New Covenant
7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 10 For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. 11 For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.
12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— 13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one 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 liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as [b]by the Spirit of the Lord.
Psalm 43 New King James Version (NKJV)
Prayer to God in Time of Trouble
43 Vindicate me, O God,
3 Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
Proverbs 22:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow,[a]
9 He who has a [b]generous eye will be blessed,
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