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Job 40-42

40 1-2 Job, you challenged Almighty God;
will you give up now, or will you answer?

Job

3-4 I spoke foolishly, Lord. What can I answer?
I will not try to say anything else.
I have already said more than I should.

Then out of the storm the Lord spoke to Job once again.

The Lord

Now stand up straight
and answer my questions.
Are you trying to prove that I am unjust—
to put me in the wrong and yourself in the right?
Are you as strong as I am?
Can your voice thunder as loud as mine?
10 If so, stand up in your honor and pride;
clothe yourself with majesty and glory.
11 Look at those who are proud;
pour out your anger and humble them.
12 Yes, look at them and bring them down;
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the ground;
bind them in the world of the dead.
14 Then I will be the first to praise you
and admit that you won the victory yourself.

15 Look at the monster Behemoth;[a]
I created him and I created you.
He eats grass like a cow,
16 but what strength there is in his body,
and what power there is in his muscles!
17 His tail stands up like a cedar,
and the muscles in his legs are strong.
18 His bones are as strong as bronze,
and his legs are like iron bars.

19 The most amazing of all my creatures!
Only his Creator can defeat him.
20 Grass to feed him grows
on the hills where wild beasts play.[b]
21 He lies down under the thorn bushes,
and hides among the reeds in the swamp.
22 The thorn bushes and the willows by the stream
give him shelter in their shade.
23 He is not afraid of a rushing river;
he is calm when the Jordan dashes in his face.
24 Who can blind his eyes and capture him?
Or who can catch his snout in a trap?

41 (A)Can you catch Leviathan[c] with a fishhook
or tie his tongue down with a rope?
Can you put a rope through his snout
or put a hook through his jaws?
Will he beg you to let him go?
Will he plead with you for mercy?
Will he make an agreement with you
and promise to serve you forever?
Will you tie him like a pet bird,
like something to amuse your servant women?
Will fishermen bargain over him?
Will merchants cut him up to sell?
Can you fill his hide with fishing spears
or pierce his head with a harpoon?
Touch him once and you'll never try it again;
you'll never forget the fight!

Anyone who sees Leviathan
loses courage and falls to the ground.
10 When he is aroused, he is fierce;
no one would dare to stand before him.
11 Who can attack him and still be safe?
No one in all the world can do it.[d]

12 Let me tell you about Leviathan's legs
and describe how great and strong he is.
13 No one can tear off his outer coat
or pierce the armor[e] he wears.
14 Who can make him open his jaws,
ringed with those terrifying teeth?
15 His back[f] is made of rows of shields,
fastened together and hard as stone.
16 Each one is joined so tight to the next,
not even a breath can come between.
17 They all are fastened so firmly together
that nothing can ever pull them apart.
18 Light flashes when he sneezes,
and his eyes glow like the rising sun.
19 Flames blaze from his mouth,
and streams of sparks fly out.
20 Smoke comes pouring out of his nose,
like smoke from weeds burning under a pot.
21 His breath starts fires burning;
flames leap out of his mouth.
22 His neck is so powerful
that all who meet him are terrified.
23 There is not a weak spot in his skin;
it is as hard and unyielding as iron.
24 His stony heart is without fear,
as unyielding and hard as a millstone.
25 When he rises up, even the strongest[g] are frightened;
they are helpless with fear.
26 There is no sword that can wound him;
no spear or arrow or lance that can harm him.
27 For him iron is as flimsy as straw,
and bronze as soft as rotten wood.
28 There is no arrow that can make him run;
rocks thrown at him are like bits of straw.
29 To him a club is a piece of straw,
and he laughs when men throw spears.
30 The scales on his belly are like jagged pieces of pottery;
they tear up the muddy ground like a threshing sledge.[h]
31 He churns up the sea like boiling water
and makes it bubble like a pot of oil.
32 He leaves a shining path behind him
and turns the sea to white foam.
33 There is nothing on earth to compare with him;
he is a creature that has no fear.
34 He looks down on even the proudest animals;
he is king of all wild beasts.

42 Then Job answered the Lord.

Job

I know, Lord, that you are all-powerful;
that you can do everything you want.
(B)You ask how I dare question your wisdom
when I am so very ignorant.
I talked about things I did not understand,
about marvels too great for me to know.
(C)You told me to listen while you spoke
and to try to answer your questions.
In the past I knew only what others had told me,
but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
So I am ashamed of all I have said
and repent in dust and ashes.

Conclusion

After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you did not speak the truth about me, the way my servant Job did. Now take seven bulls and seven rams to Job and offer them as a sacrifice for yourselves. Job will pray for you, and I will answer his prayer and not disgrace you the way you deserve. You did not speak the truth about me as he did.”

Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar did what the Lord had told them to do, and the Lord answered Job's prayer.

10 (D)Then, after Job had prayed for his three friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had had before. 11 All Job's brothers and sisters and former friends came to visit him and feasted with him in his house. They expressed their sympathy and comforted him for all the troubles the Lord had brought on him. Each of them gave him some money and a gold ring.

12 The Lord blessed the last part of Job's life even more than he had blessed the first. Job owned fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, two thousand head of cattle, and one thousand donkeys. 13 He was the father of seven sons and three daughters. 14 He called the oldest daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the youngest Keren Happuch.[i] 15 There were no other women in the whole world as beautiful as Job's daughters. Their father gave them a share of the inheritance along with their brothers.

16 Job lived a hundred and forty years after this, long enough to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 17 And then he died at a very great age.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 40:15 Some identify this with the hippopotamus, others with a legendary creature.
  2. Job 40:20 Verse 20 in Hebrew is unclear.
  3. Job 41:1 See 3.8.
  4. Job 41:11 Verse 11 in Hebrew is unclear.
  5. Job 41:13 One ancient translation armor; Hebrew bridle.
  6. Job 41:15 Some ancient translations back; Hebrew pride.
  7. Job 41:25 strongest; or gods.
  8. Job 41:30 These had sharp pieces of iron or stone fastened beneath them.
  9. Job 42:14 In Hebrew the names of Job's daughters suggest beauty both by their sound and by their meaning. Jemimah means “dove”; Keziah means “cassia,” a variety of cinnamon used as a perfume; and Keren Happuch means a small box used for eye make-up.
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2 Corinthians 5:11-21

Friendship with God through Christ

11 We know what it means to fear the Lord, and so we try to persuade others. God knows us completely, and I hope that in your hearts you know me as well. 12 We are not trying again to recommend ourselves to you; rather, we are trying to give you a good reason to be proud of us, so that you will be able to answer those who boast about people's appearance and not about their character. 13 Are we really insane? It is for God's sake. Or are we sane? Then it is for your sake. 14 We are ruled by the love of Christ, now that we recognize that one man died for everyone, which means that they all share in his death. 15 He died for all, so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but only for him who died and was raised to life for their sake.

16 No longer, then, do we judge anyone by human standards. Even if at one time we judged Christ according to human standards, we no longer do so. 17 Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. 18 All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also. 19 Our message is that God was making all human beings his friends through Christ.[a] God did not keep an account of their sins, and he has given us the message which tells how he makes them his friends.

20 Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God himself were making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ's behalf: let God change you from enemies into his friends! 21 Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that in union with him we might share the righteousness of God.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:19 God was making all human beings his friends through Christ; or God was in Christ making all human beings his friends.
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Psalm 45

A Royal Wedding Song[a]

45 Beautiful words fill my mind,
as I compose this song for the king.
Like the pen of a good writer
my tongue is ready with a poem.

You are the most handsome of men;
you are an eloquent speaker.
God has always blessed you.
Buckle on your sword, mighty king;
you are glorious and majestic.

Ride on in majesty to victory
for the defense of truth and justice![b]
Your strength will win you great victories!
Your arrows are sharp,
they pierce the hearts of your enemies;
nations fall down at your feet.

(A)The kingdom that God has given you[c]
will last forever and ever.
You rule over your people with justice;
you love what is right and hate what is evil.
That is why God, your God, has chosen you
and has poured out more happiness on you
than on any other king.
The perfume of myrrh and aloes is on your clothes;
musicians entertain you in palaces decorated with ivory.
Among the women of your court are daughters of kings,
and at the right of your throne stands the queen,
wearing ornaments of finest gold.

10 Bride of the king, listen to what I say—
forget your people and your relatives.
11 Your beauty will make the king desire you;
he is your master, so you must obey him.
12 The people of Tyre will bring you gifts;
rich people will try to win your favor.

13 The princess is in the palace—how beautiful she is!
Her gown is made of gold thread.
14 In her colorful gown she is led to the king,
followed by her bridesmaids,
and they also are brought to him.
15 With joy and gladness they come
and enter the king's palace.

16 You, my king, will have many sons
to succeed your ancestors as kings,
and you will make them rulers over the whole earth.
17 My song will keep your fame alive forever,
and everyone will praise you for all time to come.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 45:1 HEBREW TITLE: A poem by the clan of Korah; a love song.
  2. Psalm 45:4 Probable text and justice; Hebrew and meekness of justice.
  3. Psalm 45:6 The kingdom that God has given you; or Your kingdom, O God; or Your divine kingdom.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 45:6 : Heb 1:8; Heb 1:9
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Proverbs 22:14

14 Adultery is a trap—it catches those with whom the Lord is angry.

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