Through the Bible – Day 178

Bible text(s)

Job's reply to Bildad

What you say is true

1Job said:

2What you say is true.

No human is innocent

in the sight of God.

3Not once in a thousand times

could we win our case

if we took him to court.

4God is wise and powerful—

who could possibly

oppose him and win?

5When God becomes angry,

he can move mountains

before they even know it.

6God can shake the earth loose

from its foundations

7or command the sun and stars

to hold back their light.

8God alone stretched out the sky,

stepped on the sea,

9and set the stars in place—

the Great Bear and Orion,

the Pleiades and the stars

in the southern sky.

10Of all the miracles God works,

we cannot understand a single one.

11God walks right past me,

without making a sound.

12And if he grabs something,

who can stop him

or raise a question?

13When God showed his anger,

the servants of the sea monster

fell at his feet.

14How, then, could I possibly

argue my case with God?

Though I am innocent

15Even though I am innocent,

I can only beg for mercy.

16And if God came into court

when I called him,

he would not hear my case.

17He would strike me with a storm

and increase my injuries

for no reason at all.

18Before I could get my breath,

my miseries would multiply.

19God is much stronger than I am,

and who would call me into court

to give me justice?

20Even if I were innocent,

God would prove me wrong.

21I am not guilty,

but I no longer care

what happens to me.

22What difference does it make?

God destroys the innocent

along with the guilty.

23When a good person dies

a sudden death,

God sits back and laughs.

24And who else but God

blindfolds the judges,

then lets the wicked

take over the earth?

My life is speeding by

25My life is speeding by,

without a hope of happiness.

26Each day passes swifter

than a sailing ship

or an eagle swooping down.

27Sometimes I try to be cheerful

and to stop complaining,

28but my sufferings frighten me,

because I know that God

still considers me guilty.

29So what's the use of trying

to prove my innocence?

30Even if I washed myself

with the strongest soap,

31God would throw me into a pit

of stinking slime, leaving me

disgusting to my clothes.

32God isn't a mere human like me.

I can't put him on trial.

33Who could possibly judge

between the two of us?

34Can someone snatch away

the stick God carries

to frighten me?

35Then I could speak up

without fear of him,

but for now, I cannot speak.

Job complains to God

I am sick of life!

1I am sick of life!

And from my deep despair,

I complain to you, my God.

2Don't just condemn me!

Point out my sin.

3Why do you take such delight

in destroying those you created

and in smiling on sinners?

4Do you look at things

the way we humans do?

5Is your life as short as ours?

6Is that why you are so quick

to find fault with me?

7You know I am innocent,

but who can defend me

against you?

8Will you now destroy

someone you created?

9Remember that you moulded me

like a piece of clay.

So don't turn me back

into dust once again.

10As cheese is made from milk,

you created my body

from a tiny drop.

11Then you tied my bones together

with muscles and covered them

with flesh and skin.

12You, the source of my life,

showered me with kindness

and watched over me.

You have not explained

13You have not explained

all your mysteries,

14but you catch and punish me

each time I sin.

15Guilty or innocent,

I am condemned and ashamed

because of my troubles.

16No matter how hard I try,

you keep hunting me down

like a powerful lion.

17You never stop accusing me;

you become furious and attack

over and over again.

18Why did you let me be born?

I would rather have died

before birth

19and been carried to the grave

without ever breathing.

20I have only a few days left.

Why don't you leave me alone?

Let me find some relief,

21-22before I travel to the land

of darkness and despair,

the place of no return.

Zophar's first speech

So much foolish talk

1Zophar from Naamah said:

2So much foolish talk

cannot go unanswered.

3Your words have silenced others

and made them ashamed;

now it is only right for you

to be put to shame.

4You claim to be innocent

and argue that your beliefs

are acceptable to God.

5But I wish he would speak

6and let you know that wisdom

has many different sides.

You would then discover

that God has punished you

less than you deserve.

7Can you understand the mysteries

surrounding God All-Powerful?

8They are higher than the heavens

and deeper than the grave.

So what can you do

when you know so little,

9and these mysteries outreach

the earth and the sea?

10If God puts you in prison

or drags you to court,

what can you do?

11God has the wisdom to know

when someone is worthless

and sinful,

12but it's easier to tame

a wild donkey

than to make a fool wise.

Surrender your heart to God

13Surrender your heart to God,

turn to him in prayer,

14and give up your sins—

even those you do in secret.

15Then you won't be ashamed;

you will be confident

and fearless.

16Your troubles will go away

like water beneath a bridge,

17and your darkest night

will be brighter than midday.

18You will rest safe and secure,

filled with hope

and emptied of worry.

19You will sleep without fear

and be greatly respected.

20But those who are evil

will go blind and lose their way.

Their only escape is death!

Job's reply to Zophar

You think you are so great

1-2Job said to his friends:

You think you are so great,

with all the answers.

3But I know as much as you do,

and so does everyone else.

4I have always lived right,

and God answered my prayers;

now friends make fun of me.

5It's easy to condemn

those who are suffering,

when you have no troubles.

6Robbers and other godless people

live safely at home and say,

“God is in our hands!”

If you want to learn

7If you want to learn,

then go and ask

the wild animals and the birds,

8the flowers and the fish.

9Any of them can tell you

what the LORD has done.

10Every living creature

is in the hands of God.

11We hear with our ears,

taste with our tongues,

12and gain some wisdom from those

who have lived a long time.

13But God is the real source

of wisdom and strength.

14No one can rebuild

what he destroys, or release

those he has imprisoned.

15God can hold back the rain

or send a flood,

16just as he rules over liars

and those they lie to.

17God destroys counsellors,

turns judges into fools,

18and makes slaves of kings.

19God removes priests and others

who have great power—

20he confuses wise,

experienced advisers,

21puts mighty kings to shame,

and takes away their power.

22God turns darkness to light;

23he makes nations strong,

then shatters their strength.

24God strikes their rulers senseless,

then leaves them to roam

through barren deserts,

25lost in the dark, staggering

like someone drunk.

Job 9:1-12:25CEVOpen in Bible reader

Saul becomes a follower of the Lord

1Saul kept on threatening to kill the Lord's followers. He even went to the high priest 2and asked for letters to the Jewish leaders in Damascus. He did this because he wanted to arrest and take to Jerusalem any man or woman who had accepted the Lord's Way. 3When Saul had almost reached Damascus, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice that said, “Saul! Saul! Why are you so cruel to me?”

5“Who are you?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus,” the Lord answered. “I am the one you are so cruel to. 6Now get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do.”

7The men with Saul stood there speechless. They had heard the voice, but they had not seen anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, and when he opened his eyes, he could not see a thing. Someone then led him by the hand to Damascus, 9and for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink.

10A follower named Ananias lived in Damascus, and the Lord spoke to him in a vision. Ananias answered, “Lord, here I am.”

11The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the house of Judas in Straight Street. When you get there, you will find a man named Saul from the city of Tarsus. Saul is praying, 12and he has seen a vision. He saw a man named Ananias coming to him and putting his hands on him, so that he could see again.”

13Ananias replied, “Lord, a lot of people have told me about the terrible things this man has done to your followers in Jerusalem. 14Now the chief priests have given him the power to come here and arrest anyone who worships in your name.”

15The Lord said to Ananias, “Go! I have chosen him to tell foreigners, kings, and the people of Israel about me. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for worshipping in my name.”

17Ananias left and went into the house where Saul was staying. Ananias placed his hands on him and said, “Saul, the Lord Jesus has sent me. He is the same one who appeared to you along the road. He wants you to be able to see and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

18Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see. He got up and was baptized. 19Then he ate and felt much better.

Saul preaches in Damascus

For several days Saul stayed with the Lord's followers in Damascus. 20Soon he went to the Jewish meeting places and started telling people that Jesus is the Son of God. 21Everyone who heard Saul was amazed and said, “Isn't this the man who caused so much trouble for those people in Jerusalem who worship in the name of Jesus? Didn't he come here to arrest them and take them to the chief priests?”

22Saul preached with such power that he completely confused the Jewish people in Damascus, as he tried to show them that Jesus is the Messiah.

23Later some of them made plans to kill Saul, 24but he found out about it. He learnt that they were guarding the gates of the city day and night in order to kill him. 25Then one night his followers let him down over the city wall in a large basket.

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