9Then Job answered:
2 Indeed I know that this is so;
but how can a mortal be just before God?
3 If one wished to contend with him,
one could not answer him once in a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength
who has resisted him, and succeeded?
5 he who removes mountains, and they do not know it,
when he overturns them in his anger;
6 who shakes the earth out of its place,
and its pillars tremble;
7 who commands the sun, and it does not rise;
who seals up the stars;
8 who alone stretched out the heavens
and trampled the waves of the Sea;*
9 who made the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;
10 who does great things beyond understanding,
and marvellous things without number.
11 Look, he passes by me, and I do not see him;
he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12 He snatches away; who can stop him?
Who will say to him, What are you doing?
14 How then can I answer him,
choosing my words with him?
15 Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him;
I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.*
16 If I summoned him and he answered me,
I do not believe that he would listen to my voice.
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, I will follow you wherever you go. 58And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. 59To another he said, Follow me. But he said, Lord, first let me go and bury my father. 60But Jesus* said to him, Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God. 61Another said, I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home. 62Jesus said to him, No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.
1 O Lord, God of my salvation,
I have cried day and night before you.
2 Let my prayer come into your presence;
incline your ear to my cry.
3 For my soul is full of troubles;
my life draws near to the land of death.
4 I am counted as one gone down to the Pit;
I am like one that has no strength,
5 Lost among the dead,
like the slain who lie in the grave,
6 Whom you remember no more,
for they are cut off from your hand.
11 Lord, I have called daily upon you;
I have stretched out my hands to you.
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The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
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