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Today's reading

Reading 1

Job chapter 11

(Job 11:1) Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

(Job 11:2) Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified?

(Job 11:3) Should thy boastings make men hold their peace? And when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?

(Job 11:4) For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in thine eyes.

(Job 11:5) But oh that God would speak, And open his lips against thee,

(Job 11:6) And that he would show thee the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in understanding. Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.

(Job 11:7) Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

(Job 11:8) It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?

(Job 11:9) The measure thereof is longer than the earth, And broader than the sea.

(Job 11:10) If he pass through, and shut up, And all unto judgment, then who can hinder him?

(Job 11:11) For he knoweth false men: He seeth iniquity also, even though he consider it not.

(Job 11:12) But vain man is void of understanding, Yea, man is born [as] a wild ass`s colt.

(Job 11:13) If thou set thy heart aright, And stretch out thy hands toward him;

(Job 11:14) If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away, And let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents.

(Job 11:15) Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:

(Job 11:16) For thou shalt forget thy misery; Thou shalt remember it as waters that are passed away,

(Job 11:17) And [thy] life shall be clearer than the noonday; Though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.

(Job 11:18) And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; Yea, thou shalt search [about thee], and shalt take thy rest in safety.

(Job 11:19) Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; Yea, many shall make suit unto thee.

(Job 11:20) But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, And they shall have no way to flee; And their hope shall be the giving up of the ghost.

Reading 2

Job chapter 12

(Job 12:1) Then Job answered and said,

(Job 12:2) No doubt but ye are the people, And wisdom shall die with you.

(Job 12:3) But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: Yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

(Job 12:4) I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbor, I who called upon God, and he answered: The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.

(Job 12:5) In the thought of him that is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; It is ready for them whose foot slippeth.

(Job 12:6) The tents of robbers prosper, And they that provoke God are secure; Into whose hand God bringeth [abundantly].

(Job 12:7) But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; And the birds of the heavens, and they shall tell thee:

(Job 12:8) Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

(Job 12:9) Who knoweth not in all these, That the hand of Jehovah hath wrought this,

(Job 12:10) In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?

(Job 12:11) Doth not the ear try words, Even as the palate tasteth its food?

(Job 12:12) With aged men is wisdom, And in length of days understanding.

(Job 12:13) With [God] is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding.

(Job 12:14) Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

(Job 12:15) Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; Again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

(Job 12:16) With him is strength and wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are his.

(Job 12:17) He leadeth counsellors away stripped, And judges maketh he fools.

(Job 12:18) He looseth the bond of kings, And he bindeth their loins with a girdle.

(Job 12:19) He leadeth priests away stripped, And overthroweth the mighty.

(Job 12:20) He removeth the speech of the trusty, And taketh away the understanding of the elders.

(Job 12:21) He poureth contempt upon princes, And looseth the belt of the strong.

(Job 12:22) He uncovereth deep things out of darkness, And bringeth out to light the shadow of death.

(Job 12:23) He increaseth the nations, and he destroyeth them: He enlargeth the nations, and he leadeth them captive.

(Job 12:24) He taketh away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, And causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

(Job 12:25) They grope in the dark without light; And he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Reading 3

Job chapter 13

(Job 13:1) Lo, mine eye hath seen all [this], Mine ear hath heard and understood it.

(Job 13:2) What ye know, [the same] do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.

(Job 13:3) Surely I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.

(Job 13:4) But ye are forgers of lies; Ye are all physicians of no value.

(Job 13:5) Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! And it would be your wisdom.

(Job 13:6) Hear now my reasoning, And hearken to the pleadings of my lips.

(Job 13:7) Will ye speak unrighteously for God, And talk deceitfully for him?

(Job 13:8) Will ye show partiality to him? Will ye contend for God?

(Job 13:9) Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one deceiveth a man, will ye deceive him?

(Job 13:10) He will surely reprove you If ye do secretly show partiality.

(Job 13:11) Shall not his majesty make you afraid, And his dread fall upon you?

(Job 13:12) Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defences are defences of clay.

(Job 13:13) Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak; And let come on me what will.

(Job 13:14) Wherefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hand?

(Job 13:15) Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope: Nevertheless I will maintain my ways before him.

(Job 13:16) This also shall be my salvation, That a godless man shall not come before him.

(Job 13:17) Hear diligently my speech, And let my declaration be in your ears.

(Job 13:18) Behold now, I have set my cause in order; I know that I am righteous.

(Job 13:19) Who is he that will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace and give up the ghost.

(Job 13:20) Only do not two things unto me; Then will I not hide myself from thy face:

(Job 13:21) Withdraw thy hand far from me; And let not thy terror make me afraid.

(Job 13:22) Then call thou, and I will answer; Or let me speak, and answer thou me.

(Job 13:23) How many are mine iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin.

(Job 13:24) Wherefore hidest thou thy face, And holdest me for thine enemy?

(Job 13:25) Wilt thou harass a driven leaf? And wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

(Job 13:26) For thou writest bitter things against me, And makest me to inherit the iniquities of my youth:

(Job 13:27) Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, And markest all my paths; Thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet:

(Job 13:28) Though I am like a rotten thing that consumeth, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.