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Job 28-30

Job’s Hymn to Wisdom

28 Surely there is a mine for silver
and a place where gold is refined.
Iron is taken from the ground,
and copper is smelted from ore.
A miner puts an end to the darkness;
he probes[a] the deepest recesses
for ore in the gloomy darkness.
He cuts a shaft far from human habitation,
in places unknown to those who walk above ground.[b]
Suspended far away from people,
the miners swing back and forth.
Food may come from the earth,
but below the surface the earth is transformed as by fire.
Its rocks are a source of sapphire,[c](A)
containing flecks of gold.
No bird of prey knows that path;
no falcon’s eye has seen it.
Proud beasts have never walked on it;
no lion has ever prowled over it.
The miner strikes the flint
and transforms the mountains at their foundations.
10 He cuts out channels in the rocks,
and his eyes spot every treasure.
11 He dams up the streams from flowing[d]
so that he may bring to light what is hidden.

12 But where can wisdom(B) be found,
and where is understanding located?
13 No man can know its value,[e]
since it cannot be found in the land of the living.
14 The ocean depths say, “It’s not in me,”
while the sea declares, “I don’t have it.”(C)
15 Gold cannot be exchanged for it,
and silver cannot be weighed out for its price.
16 Wisdom cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,(D)
in precious onyx or sapphire.[f](E)
17 Gold and glass do not compare with it,
and articles of fine gold cannot be exchanged for it.(F)
18 Coral and quartz are not worth mentioning.
The price of wisdom is beyond pearls.
19 Topaz from Cush cannot compare with it,
and it cannot be valued in pure gold.

20 Where then does wisdom come from,
and where is understanding located?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing
and concealed from the birds of the sky.
22 Abaddon and Death(G) say,
“We have heard news of it with our ears.”
23 But God understands the way to wisdom,
and He knows its location.
24 For He looks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When God fixed the weight of the wind
and limited the water by measure,(H)
26 when He established a limit[g] for the rain(I)
and a path for the lightning,
27 He considered wisdom and evaluated it;
He established it and examined it.
28 He said to mankind,
“The fear of the Lord is this: wisdom.
And to turn from evil is understanding.”(J)

Job’s Final Claim of Innocence

29 Job continued his discourse, saying:

If only I could be as in months gone by,
in the days when God watched over me,
when His lamp shone above my head,
and I walked through darkness by His light!(K)
I would be as I was in the days of my youth
when God’s friendship(L) rested on my tent,
when the Almighty was still with me
and my children were around me,
when my feet were bathed in cream
and the rock(M) poured out streams of oil for me!

When I went out to the city gate
and took my seat in the town square,
the young men saw me and withdrew,
while older men stood to their feet.
City officials stopped talking
and covered their mouths with their hands.(N)
10 The noblemen’s voices were hushed,
and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
11 When they heard me, they blessed me,
and when they saw me, they spoke well of me.[h]
12 For I rescued the poor man who cried out for help,
and the fatherless child who had no one to support him.(O)
13 The dying man blessed me,
and I made the widow’s heart rejoice.
14 I clothed myself in righteousness,(P)
and it enveloped me;
my just decisions were like a robe and a turban.
15 I was eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.(Q)
16 I was a father to the needy,
and I examined the case of the stranger.
17 I shattered the fangs of the unjust(R)
and snatched the prey from his teeth.

18 So I thought: I will die in my own nest
and multiply my days as the sand.[i]
19 My roots will have access to water,(S)
and the dew will rest on my branches all night.
20 My strength will be refreshed within me,
and my bow will be renewed in my hand.(T)

21 Men listened to me with expectation,
waiting silently for my advice.
22 After a word from me they did not speak again;
my speech settled on them like dew.
23 They waited for me as for the rain
and opened their mouths as for spring showers.
24 If I smiled at them, they couldn’t believe it;
they were thrilled at[j] the light of my countenance.
25 I directed their course and presided as chief.
I lived as a king among his troops,
like one who comforts those who mourn.

30 But now they mock(U) me,
men younger than I am,
whose fathers I would have refused to put
with my sheep dogs.
What use to me was the strength of their hands?
Their vigor had left them.
Emaciated from poverty and hunger,
they gnawed the dry land,
the desolate wasteland by night.
They plucked mallow[k](V) among the shrubs,
and the roots of the broom tree were their food.
They were expelled from human society;
people shouted at them as if they were thieves.
They are living on the slopes of the wadis,
among the rocks and in holes in the ground.
They bray among the shrubs;
they huddle beneath the thistles.
Foolish(W) men, without even a name.
They were forced to leave the land.

Now I am mocked by their songs;(X)
I have become an object of scorn to them.
10 They despise me and keep their distance from me;(Y)
they do not hesitate to spit(Z) in my face.
11 Because God has loosened my[l] bowstring and oppressed me,
they have cast off restraint in my presence.(AA)
12 The rabble[m] rise up at my right;
they trap[n] my feet
and construct their siege ramp[o] against me.(AB)
13 They tear up my path;
they contribute to my destruction,(AC)
without anyone to help them.
14 They advance as through a gaping breach;
they keep rolling in through the ruins.(AD)
15 Terrors(AE) are turned loose against me;
they chase my dignity away like the wind,
and my prosperity has passed by like a cloud.

16 Now my life is poured out before my eyes,
and days of suffering(AF) have seized me.
17 Night pierces my bones,
but my gnawing pains never rest.(AG)
18 My clothing is distorted with great force;
He chokes me by the neck of my garment.[p]
19 He throws me into the mud,
and I have become like dust and ashes.(AH)

20 I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me;(AI)
when I stand up, You merely look at me.
21 You have turned against me with cruelty;
You harass(AJ) me with Your strong hand.
22 You lift me up on the wind and make me ride it;
You scatter me in the storm.(AK)
23 Yes, I know that You will lead me to death—
the place(AL) appointed for all who live.

24 Yet no one would stretch out his hand
against a ruined man[q]
when he cries out to him for help
because of his distress.(AM)
25 Have I not wept for those who have fallen on hard times?
Has my soul not grieved for the needy?(AN)
26 But when I hoped for good, evil came;
when I looked for light, darkness(AO) came.
27 I am churning within[r] and cannot rest;
days of suffering confront me.
28 I walk about blackened, but not by the sun.[s]
I stood in the assembly and cried out for help.
29 I have become a brother to jackals
and a companion of ostriches.
30 My skin blackens and flakes off,[t]
and my bones burn with fever.(AP)
31 My lyre is used for mourning
and my flute for the sound of weeping.(AQ)


  1. Job 28:3 Lit probes all
  2. Job 28:4 Lit far from with inhabitant, things forgotten by foot
  3. Job 28:6 Or lapis lazuli
  4. Job 28:11 LXX, Vg read He explores the sources of the streams
  5. Job 28:13 LXX reads way
  6. Job 28:16 Or lapis lazuli
  7. Job 28:26 Or decree
  8. Job 29:11 Lit When an ear heard, it called me blessed, and when an eye saw, it testified for me
  9. Job 29:18 Or as the phoenix
  10. Job 29:24 Lit they did not cast down
  11. Job 30:4 Or saltwort
  12. Job 30:11 Alt Hb tradition, LXX, Vg read His
  13. Job 30:12 Hb obscure
  14. Job 30:12 Lit stretch out
  15. Job 30:12 Lit and raise up their destructive paths
  16. Job 30:18 Hb obscure
  17. Job 30:24 Lit a heap of ruins
  18. Job 30:27 Lit My bowels boil
  19. Job 30:28 Or walk in sunless gloom
  20. Job 30:30 Lit blackens away from me

2 Corinthians 2:12-17

A Trip to Macedonia

12 When I came to Troas(A) to preach the gospel of Christ, the Lord opened a door(B) for me. 13 I had no rest(C) in my spirit because I did not find my brother Titus,(D) but I said good-bye to them and left for Macedonia.(E)

A Ministry of Life or Death

14 But thanks be to God,(F) who always puts us on display[a] in Christ[b] and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.(G) 15 For to God we are the fragrance(H) of Christ among those who are being saved(I) and among those who are perishing.(J) 16 To some we are an aroma of death(K) leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life(L) leading to life. And who is competent for this? 17 For we are not like the many[c] who market God’s message(M) for profit. On the contrary, we speak with sincerity in Christ, as from God and before God.


  1. 2 Corinthians 2:14 Or always leads us in a triumphal procession, or always causes us to triumph
  2. 2 Corinthians 2:14 Lit in the Christ, or in the Messiah; 1Co 15:22; Eph 1:10,12,20; 3:11
  3. 2 Corinthians 2:17 Other mss read the rest

Psalm 42

(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

Longing for God

For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.

As a deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for You, God.(A)
I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I come and appear before God?(B)
My tears have been my food day and night,
while all day long people say to me,
“Where is your God?”(C)
I remember this as I pour out my heart:(D)
how I walked with many,
leading the festive procession to the house of God,
with joyful and thankful shouts.(E)

Why am I so depressed?
Why this turmoil within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him,
my Savior and my God.(F)
I[a] am deeply depressed;
therefore I remember You from the land of Jordan
and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.(G)
Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls;
all Your breakers and Your billows have swept over me.(H)
The Lord will send His faithful love by day;(I)
His song will be with me in the night—
a prayer to the God of my life.

I will say to God, my rock,(J)
“Why have You forgotten me?
Why must I go about in sorrow
because of the enemy’s oppression?”(K)
10 My adversaries taunt me,
as if crushing my bones,
while all day long they say to me,
“Where is your God?”(L)
11 Why am I so depressed?
Why this turmoil within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him,
my Savior and my God.(M)


  1. Psalm 42:6 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr; other Hb mss read Him, the salvation of His presence. My God, I

Proverbs 22:7

The rich rule over the poor,(A)
and the borrower is a slave to the lender.(B)

Cross references:

  1. 22:7 : Pr 18:23; Jms 2:6
  2. 22:7 : Dt 28:12-13
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