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Job 8-11

1-2 Are you finally through with your windy speech?
God never twists justice;
he never fails to do what is right.
Your children must have sinned against God,
and so he punished them as they deserved.
But turn now and plead with Almighty God;
if you are so honest and pure,
then God will come and help you
and restore your household as your reward.
All the wealth you lost will be nothing
compared with what God will give you then.

(A)Look for a moment at ancient wisdom;
consider the truths our ancestors learned.
Our life is short, we know nothing at all;
we pass like shadows across the earth.
10 But let the ancient wise people teach you;
listen to what they had to say:

11 “Reeds can't grow where there is no water;
they are never found outside a swamp.
12 If the water dries up, they are the first to wither,
while still too small to be cut and used.
13 Godless people are like those reeds;
their hope is gone, once God is forgotten.
14 They trust a thread—a spider's web.
15 If they lean on a web, will it hold them up?
If they grab for a thread, will it help them stand?”

16 Evil people sprout like weeds in the sun,
like weeds that spread all through the garden.
17 Their roots wrap around the stones
and hold fast to[a] every rock.
18 But then pull them up—
no one will ever know they were there.
19 Yes, that's all the joy evil people have;
others now come and take their places.

20 But God will never abandon the faithful
or ever give help to evil people.
21 He will let you laugh and shout again,
22 but he will bring disgrace on those who hate you,
and the homes of the wicked will vanish.

(B)1-2 Yes, I've heard all that before.
But how can a human being win a case against God?
How can anyone argue with him?
He can ask a thousand questions
that no one could ever answer.[b]
God is so wise and powerful;
no one can stand up against him.
Without warning he moves mountains
and in anger he destroys them.
God sends earthquakes and shakes the ground;
he rocks the pillars that support the earth.
(C)He can keep the sun from rising,
and the stars from shining at night.
No one helped God spread out the heavens
or trample the sea monster's back.[c]
(D)God hung the stars in the sky—the Dipper,
Orion, the Pleiades, and the stars of the south.
10 We cannot understand the great things he does,
and to his miracles there is no end.

11 God passes by, but I cannot see him.
12 He takes what he wants, and no one can stop him;
no one dares ask him, “What are you doing?”
13 God's anger is constant. He crushed his enemies
who helped Rahab,[d] the sea monster, oppose him.
14 So how can I find words to answer God?
15 Though I am innocent, all I can do
is beg for mercy from God my judge.
16 Yet even then, if he lets me speak,
I can't believe he would listen to me.
17 He sends storms to batter and bruise me
without any reason at all.
18 He won't let me catch my breath;
he has filled my life with bitterness.
19 Should I try force? Try force on God?
Should I take him to court? Could anyone make him go?[e]
20 I am innocent and faithful, but my words sound guilty,
and everything I say seems to condemn me.
21-22 I am innocent, but I no longer care.
I am sick of living. Nothing matters;
innocent or guilty, God will destroy us.
23 When an innocent person suddenly dies,
God laughs.
24 God gave the world to the wicked.
He made all the judges blind.
And if God didn't do it, who did?

25 My days race by, not one of them good.
26 My life passes like the swiftest boat,
as fast as an eagle swooping down on a rabbit.
27-28 If I smile and try to forget my pain,
all my suffering comes back to haunt me;
I know that God does hold me guilty.
29 Since I am held guilty, why should I bother?
30 No soap can wash away my sins.
31 God throws me into a pit with filth,
and even my clothes are ashamed of me.
32 If God were human, I could answer him;
we could go to court to decide our quarrel.
33 But there is no one to step between us—
no one to judge both God and me.
34 Stop punishing me, God!
Keep your terrors away!
35 I am not afraid. I am going to talk
because I know my own heart.

10 I am tired of living.
Listen to my bitter complaint.
Don't condemn me, God.
Tell me! What is the charge against me?
Is it right for you to be so cruel?
To despise what you yourself have made?
And then to smile on the schemes of wicked people?
Do you see things as we do?
Is your life as short as ours?
Then why do you track down all my sins
and hunt down every fault I have?
(E)You know that I am not guilty,
that no one can save me from you.

Your hands formed and shaped me,
and now[f] those same hands destroy me.
Remember that you made me from clay;[g]
are you going to crush me back to dust?
10 (F)You gave my father strength to beget me;
you made me grow in my mother's womb.
11 You formed my body with bones and sinews
and covered the bones with muscles and skin.
12 You have given me life and constant love,
and your care has kept me alive.
13 But now I know that all that time
you were secretly planning to harm me.
14 You were watching to see if I would sin,
so that you could refuse to forgive me.
15 As soon as I sin, I'm in trouble with you,
but when I do right, I get no credit.
I am miserable and covered with shame.[h]
16 If I have any success at all,
you hunt me down like a lion;
to hurt me you even work miracles.
17 You always have some witness against me;
your anger toward me grows and grows;
you always plan some new attack.

18 Why, God, did you let me be born?
I should have died before anyone saw me.
19 To go from the womb straight to the grave
would have been as good as never existing.
20 Isn't my life almost over? Leave me alone!
Let me enjoy the time I have left.
21 I am going soon and will never come back—
going to a land that is dark and gloomy,
22 a land of darkness, shadows, and confusion,
where the light itself is darkness.

11 1-2 Will no one answer all this nonsense?
Does talking so much put you in the right?
Job, do you think we can't answer you?
That your mocking words will leave us speechless?
You claim that what you say is true;
you claim you are pure in the sight of God.
How I wish God would answer you!
He would tell you there are many sides to wisdom;
there are things too deep for human knowledge.
God is punishing you less than you deserve.

Can you discover the limits and bounds
of the greatness and power of God?
The sky is no limit for God,
but it lies beyond your reach.
God knows the world of the dead,
but you do not know it.
God's greatness is broader than the earth,
wider than the sea.
10 If God arrests you and brings you to trial,
who is there to stop him?
11 God knows which people are worthless;
he sees all their evil deeds.
12 Stupid people will start being wise
when wild donkeys are born tame.

13 Put your heart right, Job. Reach out to God.
14 Put away evil and wrong from your home.
15 Then face the world again, firm and courageous.
16 Then all your troubles will fade from your memory,
like floods that are past and remembered no more.
17 Your life will be brighter than sunshine at noon,
and life's darkest hours will shine like the dawn.
18 You will live secure and full of hope;
God will protect you and give you rest.
19 You won't be afraid of your enemies;
many people will ask you for help.
20 But the wicked will look around in despair
and find that there is no way to escape.
Their one hope is that death will come.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 8:17 Probable text hold fast to; Hebrew see.
  2. Job 9:3 He can ask … answer; or Someone could ask him a thousand questions, and he would not answer.
  3. Job 9:8 A reference to ancient stories in which a sea monster was killed and then trampled (see also 26.13).
  4. Job 9:13 A legendary sea monster which represented the forces of chaos and evil.
  5. Job 9:19 Probable text make him go; Hebrew make me go.
  6. Job 10:8 Some ancient translations and now; Hebrew together.
  7. Job 10:9 One ancient translation from clay; Hebrew like clay.
  8. Job 10:15 Probable text covered with shame; Hebrew see my shame.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

1 Corinthians 15:1-28

The Resurrection of Christ

15 And now I want to remind you, my friends, of the Good News which I preached to you, which you received, and on which your faith stands firm. That is the gospel, the message that I preached to you. You are saved by the gospel if you hold firmly to it—unless it was for nothing that you believed.

(A)I passed on to you what I received, which is of the greatest importance: that Christ died for our sins, as written in the Scriptures; (B)that he was buried and that he was raised to life three days later, as written in the Scriptures; (C)that he appeared to Peter and then to all twelve apostles. Then he appeared to more than five hundred of his followers at once, most of whom are still alive, although some have died. Then he appeared to James, and afterward to all the apostles.

(D)Last of all he appeared also to me—even though I am like someone whose birth was abnormal.[a] (E)For I am the least of all the apostles—I do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted God's church. 10 But by God's grace I am what I am, and the grace that he gave me was not without effect. On the contrary, I have worked harder than any of the other apostles, although it was not really my own doing, but God's grace working with me. 11 So then, whether it came from me or from them, this is what we all preach, and this is what you believe.

Our Resurrection

12 Now, since our message is that Christ has been raised from death, how can some of you say that the dead will not be raised to life? 13 If that is true, it means that Christ was not raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised from death, then we have nothing to preach and you have nothing to believe. 15 More than that, we are shown to be lying about God, because we said that he raised Christ from death—but if it is true that the dead are not raised to life, then he did not raise Christ. 16 For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is a delusion and you are still lost in your sins. 18 It would also mean that the believers in Christ who have died are lost. 19 If our hope in Christ is good for this life only and no more,[b] then we deserve more pity than anyone else in all the world.

20 But the truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised. 21 For just as death came by means of a man, in the same way the rising from death comes by means of a man. 22 For just as all people die because of their union with Adam, in the same way all will be raised to life because of their union with Christ. 23 But each one will be raised in proper order: Christ, first of all; then, at the time of his coming, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come; Christ will overcome all spiritual rulers, authorities, and powers, and will hand over the Kingdom to God the Father. 25 (F)For Christ must rule until God defeats all enemies and puts them under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be defeated will be death. 27 (G)For the scripture says, “God put all things under his feet.” It is clear, of course, that the words “all things” do not include God himself, who puts all things under Christ. 28 But when all things have been placed under Christ's rule, then he himself, the Son, will place himself under God, who placed all things under him; and God will rule completely over all.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:8 whose birth was abnormal; or who was born at the wrong time.
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:19 If our hope in Christ is good for this life only and no more; or If all we have in this life is our hope in Christ.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Psalm 38

The Prayer of a Sufferer[a]

38 O Lord, don't punish me in your anger!
You have wounded me with your arrows;
you have struck me down.

Because of your anger, I am in great pain;
my whole body is diseased because of my sins.
I am drowning in the flood of my sins;
they are a burden too heavy to bear.

Because I have been foolish,
my sores stink and rot.
I am bent over, I am crushed;
I mourn all day long.
I am burning with fever
and I am near death.
I am worn out and utterly crushed;
my heart is troubled, and I groan with pain.

O Lord, you know what I long for;
you hear all my groans.
10 My heart is pounding, my strength is gone,
and my eyes have lost their brightness.
11 My friends and neighbors will not come near me,
because of my sores;
even my family keeps away from me.
12 Those who want to kill me lay traps for me,
and those who want to hurt me threaten to ruin me;
they never stop plotting against me.

13 I am like the deaf and cannot hear,
like the dumb and cannot speak.
14 I am like those who do not answer,
because they cannot hear.

15 But I trust in you, O Lord;
and you, O Lord my God, will answer me.
16 Don't let my enemies gloat over my distress;
don't let them boast about my downfall!
17 I am about to fall
and am in constant pain.

18 I confess my sins;
they fill me with anxiety.
19 My enemies are healthy and strong;
there are many who hate me for no reason.
20 Those who pay back evil for good
are against me because I try to do right.

21 Do not abandon me, O Lord;
do not stay away, my God!
22 Help me now, O Lord my savior!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 38:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David; a lament.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Proverbs 21:28-29

28 The testimony of a liar is not believed, but the word of someone who thinks matters through is accepted.

29 Righteous people are sure of themselves; the wicked have to pretend as best they can.

Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

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