Job 8-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
Bildad: Job Should Repent
8 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “How long will you speak these things,
8 “For inquire, please, of the former age,
11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
19 “Behold, this is the joy of His way,
Job: There Is No Mediator
9 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Truly I know it is so,
14 “How then can I answer Him,
21 “I am blameless, yet I do not know myself;
25 “Now my days are swifter than a runner;
32 “For He is not a man, as I am,
Job: I Would Plead with God
10 “My soul loathes my life;
8 ‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me,
13 ‘And these things You have hidden in Your heart;
18 ‘Why then have You brought me out of the womb?
Zophar Urges Job to Repent
11 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 “Should not the multitude of words be answered?
7 “Can you search out the deep things of God?
10 “If He passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment,
13 “If you would prepare your heart,
1 Corinthians 15:1-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by [a]Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have [b]fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
The Risen Christ, Our Hope
12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have [c]fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
The Last Enemy Destroyed
20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have [d]fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
Psalm 38 New King James Version (NKJV)
Prayer in Time of Chastening
A Psalm of David. To bring to remembrance.
38 O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath,
3 There is no soundness in my flesh
6 I am [a]troubled, I am bowed down greatly;
9 Lord, all my desire is before You;
11 My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague,
13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;
17 For I am ready to fall,
21 Do not forsake me, O Lord;
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