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Job 34, 35, 36

Elihu Proclaims God’s Justice

34Then Elihu continued and said:
2 ‘Hear my words, you wise men,
   and give ear to me, you who know;
3 for the ear tests words
   as the palate tastes food.
4 Let us choose what is right;
   let us determine among ourselves what is good.
5 For Job has said, “I am innocent,
   and God has taken away my right;
6 in spite of being right I am counted a liar;
   my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.”
7 Who is there like Job,
   who drinks up scoffing like water,
8 who goes in company with evildoers
   and walks with the wicked?
9 For he has said, “It profits one nothing
   to take delight in God.”

10 ‘Therefore, hear me, you who have sense,
   far be it from God that he should do wickedness,
   and from the Almighty* that he should do wrong.
11 For according to their deeds he will repay them,
   and according to their ways he will make it befall them.
12 Of a truth, God will not do wickedly,
   and the Almighty* will not pervert justice.
13 Who gave him charge over the earth
   and who laid on him* the whole world?
14 If he should take back his spirit* to himself,
   and gather to himself his breath,
15 all flesh would perish together,
   and all mortals return to dust.

16 ‘If you have understanding, hear this;
   listen to what I say.
17 Shall one who hates justice govern?
   Will you condemn one who is righteous and mighty,
18 who says to a king, “You scoundrel!”
   and to princes, “You wicked men!”;
19 who shows no partiality to nobles,
   nor regards the rich more than the poor,
   for they are all the work of his hands?
20 In a moment they die;
   at midnight the people are shaken and pass away,
   and the mighty are taken away by no human hand.

21 ‘For his eyes are upon the ways of mortals,
   and he sees all their steps.
22 There is no gloom or deep darkness
   where evildoers may hide themselves.
23 For he has not appointed a time* for anyone
   to go before God in judgement.
24 He shatters the mighty without investigation,
   and sets others in their place.
25 Thus, knowing their works,
   he overturns them in the night, and they are crushed.
26 He strikes them for their wickedness
   while others look on,
27 because they turned aside from following him,
   and had no regard for any of his ways,
28 so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him,
   and he heard the cry of the afflicted—
29 When he is quiet, who can condemn?
   When he hides his face, who can behold him,
   whether it be a nation or an individual?—
30 so that the godless should not reign,
   or those who ensnare the people.

31 ‘For has anyone said to God,
   “I have endured punishment; I will not offend any more;
32 teach me what I do not see;
   if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more”?
33 Will he then pay back to suit you,
   because you reject it?
For you must choose, and not I;
   therefore declare what you know.*
34 Those who have sense will say to me,
   and the wise who hear me will say,
35 “Job speaks without knowledge,
   his words are without insight.”
36 Would that Job were tried to the limit,
   because his answers are those of the wicked.
37 For he adds rebellion to his sin;
   he claps his hands among us,
   and multiplies his words against God.’

Elihu Condemns Self-Righteousness

35Elihu continued and said:
2 ‘Do you think this to be just?
   You say, “I am in the right before God.”
3 If you ask, “What advantage have I?
   How am I better off than if I had sinned?”
4 I will answer you
   and your friends with you.
5 Look at the heavens and see;
   observe the clouds, which are higher than you.
6 If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him?
   And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him;
   or what does he receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness affects others like you,
   and your righteousness, other human beings.

9 ‘Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out;
   they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10 But no one says, “Where is God my Maker,
   who gives strength in the night,
11 who teaches us more than the animals of the earth,
   and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?”
12 There they cry out, but he does not answer,
   because of the pride of evildoers.
13 Surely God does not hear an empty cry,
   nor does the Almighty* regard it.
14 How much less when you say that you do not see him,
   that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!
15 And now, because his anger does not punish,
   and he does not greatly heed transgression,*
16 Job opens his mouth in empty talk,
   he multiplies words without knowledge.’

Elihu Exalts God’s Goodness

36Elihu continued and said:
2 ‘Bear with me a little, and I will show you,
   for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf.
3 I will bring my knowledge from far away,
   and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words are not false;
   one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

5 ‘Surely God is mighty and does not despise any;
   he is mighty in strength of understanding.
6 He does not keep the wicked alive,
   but gives the afflicted their right.
7 He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous,
   but with kings on the throne
   he sets them for ever, and they are exalted.
8 And if they are bound in fetters
   and caught in the cords of affliction,
9 then he declares to them their work
   and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly.
10 He opens their ears to instruction,
   and commands that they return from iniquity.
11 If they listen, and serve him,
   they complete their days in prosperity,
   and their years in pleasantness.
12 But if they do not listen, they shall perish by the sword,
   and die without knowledge.

13 ‘The godless in heart cherish anger;
   they do not cry for help when he binds them.
14 They die in their youth,
   and their life ends in shame.*
15 He delivers the afflicted by their affliction,
   and opens their ear by adversity.
16 He also allured you out of distress
   into a broad place where there was no constraint,
   and what was set on your table was full of fatness.

17 ‘But you are obsessed with the case of the wicked;
   judgement and justice seize you.
18 Beware that wrath does not entice you into scoffing,
   and do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
19 Will your cry avail to keep you from distress,
   or will all the force of your strength?
20 Do not long for the night,
   when peoples are cut off in their place.
21 Beware! Do not turn to iniquity;
   because of that you have been tried by affliction.
22 See, God is exalted in his power;
   who is a teacher like him?
23 Who has prescribed for him his way,
   or who can say, “You have done wrong”?

Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty

24 ‘Remember to extol his work,
   of which mortals have sung.
25 All people have looked on it;
   everyone watches it from far away.
26 Surely God is great, and we do not know him;
   the number of his years is unsearchable.
27 For he draws up the drops of water;
   he distils* his mist in rain,
28 which the skies pour down
   and drop upon mortals abundantly.
29 Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
   the thunderings of his pavilion?
30 See, he scatters his lightning around him
   and covers the roots of the sea.
31 For by these he governs peoples;
   he gives food in abundance.
32 He covers his hands with the lightning,
   and commands it to strike the mark.
33 Its crashing* tells about him;
   he is jealous* with anger against iniquity.


Psalm 7

Plea for Help against Persecutors

A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.
1Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
   save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,
2 or like a lion they will tear me apart;
   they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.

3Lord my God, if I have done this,
   if there is wrong in my hands,
4 if I have repaid my ally with harm
   or plundered my foe without cause,
5 then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
   trample my life to the ground,
   and lay my soul in the dust.

6 Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
   lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
   awake, O my God;* you have appointed a judgement.
7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
   and over it take your seat* on high.
8 The Lord judges the peoples;
   judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
   and according to the integrity that is in me.

9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
   but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
   O righteous God.
10 God is my shield,
   who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
   and a God who has indignation every day.

12 If one does not repent, God* will whet his sword;
   he has bent and strung his bow;
13 he has prepared his deadly weapons,
   making his arrows fiery shafts.
14 See how they conceive evil,
   and are pregnant with mischief,
   and bring forth lies.
15 They make a pit, digging it out,
   and fall into the hole that they have made.
16 Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
   and on their own heads their violence descends.

17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
   and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.


Galatians 3

Law or Faith

3You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified! 2The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? 4Did you experience so much for nothing?—if it really was for nothing. 5Well then, does God* supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?

6 Just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’, 7so, you see, those who believe are the descendants of Abraham. 8And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘All the Gentiles shall be blessed in you.’ 9For this reason, those who believe are blessed with Abraham who believed.

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law.’ 11Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law; for ‘The one who is righteous will live by faith.’* 12But the law does not rest on faith; on the contrary, ‘Whoever does the works of the law* will live by them.’ 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’— 14in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The Promise to Abraham

15 Brothers and sisters,* I give an example from daily life: once a person’s will* has been ratified, no one adds to it or annuls it. 16Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring;* it does not say, ‘And to offsprings’,* as of many; but it says, ‘And to your offspring’,* that is, to one person, who is Christ. 17My point is this: the law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18For if the inheritance comes from the law, it no longer comes from the promise; but God granted it to Abraham through the promise.

The Purpose of the Law

19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring* would come to whom the promise had been made; and it was ordained through angels by a mediator. 20Now a mediator involves more than one party; but God is one.

21 Is the law then opposed to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could make alive, then righteousness would indeed come through the law. 22But the scripture has imprisoned all things under the power of sin, so that what was promised through faith in Jesus Christ* might be given to those who believe.

23 Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring,* heirs according to the promise.


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