Today's Reading

Job 13-15

Job Chapter 13
1 - Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.
2 - What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.
3 - Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
4 - But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.
5 - O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.
6 - Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
7 - Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?
8 - Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?
9 - Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?
10 - He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.
11 - Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?
12 - Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.
13 - Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
14 - Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?
15 - Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
16 - He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.
17 - Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.
18 - Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.
19 - Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
20 - Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.
21 - Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.
22 - Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.
23 - How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
24 - Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?
25 - Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?
26 - For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
27 - Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.
28 - And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.

Job Chapter 14
1 - Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.
2 - He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
3 - And doth thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
4 - Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
5 - Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
6 - Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.
7 - For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 - Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9 - Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
10 - But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
11 - As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
12 - So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
13 - O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 - If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
15 - Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
16 - For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
17 - My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
18 - And surely the mountains falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
19 - The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
20 - Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21 - His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
22 - But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.

Job Chapter 15
1 - Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,
2 - Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
3 - Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
4 - Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.
5 - For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
6 - Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
7 - Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?
8 - Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
9 - What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?
10 - With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.
11 - Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?
12 - Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,
13 - That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?
14 - What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15 - Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.
16 - How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
17 - I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;
18 - Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:
19 - Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.
20 - The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
21 - A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
22 - He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.
23 - He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
24 - Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
25 - For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.
26 - He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:
27 - Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks.
28 - And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
29 - He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
30 - He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
31 - Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.
32 - It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.
33 - He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
34 - For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
35 - They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.