Thursday, March 31, 2016

Iyov (Job) 18



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1 Then Bildad the Shuchite answered,

2 "How long will you hunt for words? Consider, and afterwards we will speak.

3 Why are we counted as animals, Which have become unclean in your sight?

4 You who tear yourself in your anger, Shall the eretz be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?

5 "Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, The spark of his fire shall not shine.

6 The light shall be dark in his tent, His lamp above him shall be put out.

7 The steps of his strength shall be shortened, His own counsel shall cast him down.

8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he wanders into its mesh.

9 A snare shall take him by the heel; A trap shall lay hold on him.

10 A noose is hidden for him in the ground, A trap for him in the way.

11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, And shall chase him at his heels.

12 His strength shall be famished, Calamity shall be ready at his side.

13 The members of his body shall be devoured, The firstborn of death shall devour his members.

14 He shall be rooted out of his tent where he trusts. He shall be brought to the king of terrors.

15 There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his. Sulfur shall be scattered on his habitation.

16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, Above shall his branch be cut off.

17 His memory shall perish from the eretz. He shall have no name in the street.

18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world.

19 He shall have neither son nor grandson among his people, Nor any remaining where he sojourned.

20 Those who come after shall be astonished at his day, As those who went before were frightened.

21 Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, This is the place of him who doesn't know God."

Iyov (Job) 17



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1 "My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct, And the grave is ready for me.

2 Surely there are mockers with me, My eye dwells on their provocation.

3 "Now give a pledge, be collateral for me with yourself. Who is there who will strike hands with me?

4 For you have hidden their heart from understanding, Therefore shall you not exalt them.

5 He who denounces his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

6 "But he has made me a byword of the people. They spit in my face.

7 My eye also is dim by reason of sorrow. All my members are as a shadow.

8 Upright men shall be astonished at this. The innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.

9 Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.

10 But as for you all, come on now again; I shall not find a wise man among you.

11 My days are past, my plans are broken off, As are the thoughts of my heart.

12 They change the night into day, Saying 'The light is near' in the presence of darkness.

13 If I look for She'ol as my house, If I have spread my couch in the darkness,

14 If I have said to corruption, 'You are my father;' To the worm, 'My mother,' and 'my sister;'

15 Where then is my hope? As for my hope, who shall see it?

16 Shall it go down with me to the gates of She'ol, Or descend together into the dust?"

Iyov (Job) 16



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1 Then Iyov answered,

2 "I have heard many such things. Miserable comforters are you all!

3 Shall vain words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?

4 I also could speak as you do. If your soul were in my soul's place, I could join words together against you, And shake my head at you.

5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth. The solace of my lips would relieve you.

6 "Though I speak, my grief is not subsided. Though I forbear, what am I eased?

7 But now, God, you have surely worn me out. You have made desolate all my company.

8 You have shriveled me up. This is a witness against me. My leanness rises up against me, It testifies to my face.

9 He has torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me; He has gnashed on me with his teeth: My adversary sharpens his eyes on me.

10 They have gaped on me with their mouth; They have struck me on the cheek reproachfully. They gather themselves together against me.

11 God delivers me to the ungodly, And casts me into the hands of the wicked.

12 I was at ease, and he broke me apart. Yes, he has taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces. He has also set me up for his target.

13 His archers surround me. He splits my kidneys apart, and does not spare. He pours out my gall on the ground.

14 He breaks me with breach on breach. He runs on me like a Rafa.

15 I have sewed sackcloth on my skin, And have thrust my horn in the dust.

16 My face is red with weeping. Deep darkness is on my eyelids.

17 Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

18 "Eretz, don't cover my blood, Let my cry have no place to rest.

19 Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven. He who vouches for me is on high.

20 My friends scoff at me. My eyes pour out tears to God,

21 That he would maintain the right of a man with God, Of a son of man with his neighbor!

22 For when a few years are come, I shall go the way from whence I shall not return.

Iyov (Job) 15



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1 Then Elifaz the Temanite answered,

2 "Should a wise man answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind?

3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches with which he can do no good?

4 Yes, you do away with fear, And hinder devotion before God.

5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of the crafty.

6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; Yes, your own lips testify against you.

7 "Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills?

8 Have you heard the secret counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?

9 What do you know, that we don't know? What do you understand, which is not in us?

10 With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, Much elder than your father.

11 Are the consolations of God too small for you, Even the word that is gentle toward you?

12 Why does your heart carry you away? Why do your eyes flash,

13 That you turn your spirit against God, And let such words go out of your mouth?

14 What is man, that he should be clean? He who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

15 Behold, he puts no trust in his holy ones; Yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight:

16 How much less one who is abominable and corrupt, A man who drinks iniquity like water!

17 "I will show you, listen to me; That which I have seen I will declare:

18 (Which wise men have told From their fathers, and have not hidden it;

19 To whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them):

20 The wicked man travails with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

21 A sound of terrors is in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.

22 He doesn't believe that he shall return out of darkness, He is waited for by the sword.

23 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.

24 Distress and anguish make him afraid; They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

25 Because he has stretched out his hand against God, And behaves himself proudly against Shaddai;

26 He runs at him with a stiff neck, With the thick shields of his bucklers;

27 Because he has covered his face with his fatness, And gathered fat on his loins.

28 He has lived in desolate cities, In houses which no one inhabited, Which were ready to become heaps.

29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, Neither shall their possessions be extended on the eretz.

30 He shall not depart out of darkness; The flame shall dry up his branches, By the breath of God's mouth shall he go away.

31 Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness shall be his reward.

32 It shall be accomplished before his time. 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 tree.

34 For the company of the godless shall be barren, And fire shall consume the tents of bribery.

35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. Their heart prepares deceit."

Iyov (Job) 14



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1 "Man, who is born of a woman, Is of few days, and full of trouble.

2 He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down. He also flees like a shadow, and doesn't continue.

3 Do you open your eyes on such a one, And bring me into judgment with you?

4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one.

5 Seeing his days are determined, The number of his months is with you, And you have appointed his bounds that he can't pass;

6 Look away from him, that he may rest, Until he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.

7 "For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, That the tender branch of it will not cease.

8 Though the root of it grows old in the eretz, And the stock of it dies in the ground;

9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, And put forth boughs like a plant.

10 But man dies, and is laid low. Yes, man gives up the spirit, and where is he?

11 As the waters fail from the sea, And the river wastes and dries up,

12 So man lies down and doesn't rise; Until the heavens are no more, they shall not awake, Nor be roused out of their sleep.

13 "Oh that you would hide me in She'ol, That you would keep me secret, until your wrath is past, That you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!

14 If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my warfare would I wait, Until my release should come.

15 You would call, and I would answer you. You would have a desire to the work of your hands.

16 But now you number my steps. Don't you watch over my sin?

17 My disobedience is sealed up in a bag. You fasten up my iniquity.

18 "But the mountain falling comes to nothing; The rock is removed out of its place;

19 The waters wear the stones; The torrents of it wash away the dust of the eretz: So you destroy the hope of man.

20 You forever prevail against him, and he passes; You change his face, and send him away.

21 His sons come to honor, and he doesn't know it; They are brought low, but he doesn't perceive it of them.

22 But his flesh on him has pain; His soul within him mourns."

Iyov (Job) 13



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1 "Behold, my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it.

2 What you know, I know also. I am not inferior to you.

3 "Surely I would speak to Shaddai. I desire to reason with God.

4 But you are forgers of lies. You are all physicians of no value.

5 Oh that you would be completely silent! Then you would be wise.

6 Hear now my reasoning. Listen to the pleadings of my lips.

7 Will you speak unrighteously for God, And talk deceitfully for him?

8 Will you show partiality to him? Will you contend for God?

9 Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him?

10 He will surely reprove you If you secretly show partiality.

11 Shall not his majesty make you afraid, And his dread fall on you?

12 Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

13 "Be silent, leave me alone, that I may speak. Let come on me what will.

14 Why should I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hand?

15 Behold, he will kill me; I have no hope. Nevertheless, I will maintain my ways before him.

16 This also shall be my salvation, That a godless man shall not come before him.

17 Hear diligently my speech. Let my declaration be in your ears.

18 See now, I have set my cause in order. I know that I am righteous.

19 Who is he who will contend with me? For then would I hold my shalom and give up the spirit.

20 "Only don't do two things to me; Then I will not hide myself from your face:

21 Withdraw your hand far from me; And don't let your terror make me afraid.

22 Then call, and I will answer; Or let me speak, and you answer me.

23 How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my disobedience and my sin.

24 Why hide you your face, And hold me for your enemy?

25 Will you harass a driven leaf? Will you pursue the dry stubble?

26 For you write bitter things against me, And make me inherit the iniquities of my youth:

27 You also put my feet in the stocks, And mark all my paths. You set a bound to the soles of my feet:

28 Though I am decaying like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

Iyov (Job) 12



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1 Then Iyov answered,

2 "No doubt, but you are the people, And wisdom shall die with you.

3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: Yes, who doesn't know such things as these?

4 I am like one who is a joke to his neighbor, I, who called on God, and he answered. The just, the blameless man is a joke.

5 In the thought of him who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune, It is ready for them whose foot slips.

6 The tents of robbers prosper, Those who provoke God are secure; Who carry their God in their hands.

7 "But ask the animals, now, and they shall teach you; The birds of the sky, and they shall tell you.

8 Or speak to the eretz, and it shall teach you; The fish of the sea shall declare to you.

9 Who doesn't know that in all these, The hand of the LORD has done this,

10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, The breath of all mankind?

11 Doesn't the ear try words, Even as the palate tastes its food?

12 With aged men is wisdom, In length of days understanding.

13 "With God is wisdom and might. He has counsel and understanding.

14 Behold, he breaks down, and it can't be built again; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

15 Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up; Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the eretz.

16 With him is strength and wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are his.

17 He leads counselors away stripped. He makes judges fools.

18 He loosens the bond of kings, He binds their loins with a belt.

19 He leads Kohanim away stripped, And overthrows the mighty.

20 He removes the speech of those who are trusted, And takes away the understanding of the Zakenim.

21 He pours contempt on princes, And loosens the belt of the strong.

22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings out to light the shadow of death.

23 He increases the nations, and he destroys them. He enlarges the nations, and he leads them captive.

24 He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the eretz, And causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

25 They grope in the dark without light. He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

Iyov (Job) 11



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1 Then Tzofar, the Na`amatite, answered,

2 "Shouldn't the multitude of words be answered? Should a man full of talk be justified?

3 Should your boastings make men hold their shalom? When you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?

4 For you say, 'My doctrine is pure, I am clean in your eyes.'

5 But oh that God would speak, And open his lips against you,

6 That he would show you the secrets of wisdom! For true wisdom has two sides. Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.

7 "Can you fathom the mystery of God? Or can you probe the limits of Shaddai?

8 They are high as heaven. What can you do? Deeper than She'ol: what can you know?

9 The measure of it is longer than the eretz, And broader than the sea.

10 If he passes by, or confines, Or convenes a court, then who can oppose him?

11 For he knows false men. He sees iniquity also, even though he doesn't consider it.

12 But vain man can become wise If a man can be born as a wild donkey's colt.

13 "If you set your heart aright, Stretch out your hands toward him.

14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, Don't let unrighteousness dwell in your tents.

15 Surely then shall you lift up your face without spot; Yes, you shall be steadfast, and shall not fear:

16 For you shall forget your misery; You shall remember it as waters that are passed away,

17 Life shall be clearer than the noonday; Though there is darkness, it shall be as the morning.

18 You shall be secure, because there is hope; Yes, you shall search, and shall take your rest in safety.

19 Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; Yes, many shall court your favor.

20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, They shall have no way to flee; Their hope shall be the giving up of the spirit."

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Iyov (Job) 10



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1 "My soul is weary of my life; I will give free course to my complaint. I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

2 I will tell God, 'Do not condemn me, Show me why you contend with me.

3 Is it good to you that you should oppress, That you should despise the work of your hands, And smile on the counsel of the wicked?

4 Do you have eyes of flesh? Or do you see as man sees?

5 Are your days as the days of mortals, Or your years as man's years,

6 That you inquire after my iniquity, And search after my sin?

7 Although you know that I am not wicked, There is no one who can deliver out of your hand.

8 'Your hands have framed me and fashioned me altogether; Yet you destroy me.

9 Remember, I beg you, that you have fashioned me as clay. Will you bring me into dust again?

10 Haven't you poured me out like milk, And curdled me like cheese?

11 You have clothed me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews.

12 You have granted me life and lovingkindness. Your visitation has preserved my spirit.

13 Yet you hid these things in your heart. I know that this is with you:

14 If I sin, then you mark me. You will not acquit me from my iniquity.

15 If I am wicked, woe to me. If I am righteous, I still shall not lift up my head, Being filled with disgrace, And conscious of my affliction.

16 If my head is held high, you hunt me like a lion. Again you show yourself powerful to me.

17 You renew your witnesses against me, And increase your indignation on me. Changes and warfare are with me.

18 "'Why, then, have you brought me forth out of the womb? I wish I had given up the spirit, and no eye had seen me.

19 I should have been as though I had not been. I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.

20 Aren't my days few? Cease then, Leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort,

21 Before I go where I shall not return from, To the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

22 The land dark as midnight, Of the shadow of death, without any order, Where the light is as midnight.'"

Iyov (Job) 9



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1 Then Iyov answered,

2 "Truly I know that it is so, But how can man be just with God?

3 If he is pleased to contend with him, He can't answer him one time in a thousand.

4 God who is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: Who has hardened himself against him, and prospered?

5 Who removes the mountains, and they don't know it, When he overturns them in his anger

6 Who shakes the eretz out of its place; The pillars of it tremble;

7 Who commands the sun, and it doesn't rise, And seals up the stars;

8 Who alone stretches out the heavens, Treads on the waves of the sea;

9 Who makes Ayish, Kesil, and the Kima, And the chambers of the south;

10 Who does great things past finding out, Yes, marvelous things without number.

11 Behold, he goes by me, and I don't see him. He passes on also, but I don't perceive him.

12 Behold, he snatches away; who can hinder him? Who will ask him, 'What are you doing?'

13 "God will not withdraw his anger; The helpers of Rachav stoop under him.

14 How much less shall I answer him, Choose my words to argue with him?

15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer. I would make supplication to my judge.

16 If I had called, and he had answered me, Yet would I not believe that he listened to my voice.

17 For he breaks me with a tempest, Multiplies my wounds without cause.

18 He will not allow me to take my breath, But fills me with bitterness.

19 If it is a matter of strength, behold, he is mighty! If of justice, 'Who,' says he, 'will summon me?'

20 Though I am righteous, my own mouth shall condemn me. Though I am blameless, it shall prove me perverse.

21 I am blameless. I don't regard myself. I despise my life.

22 "It is all the same. Therefore I say, He destroys the blameless and the wicked.

23 If the scourge kills suddenly, He will mock at the trial of the innocent.

24 The eretz is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of the judges of it. If not he, then who is it?

25 "Now my days are swifter than a runner. They flee away, they see no good,

26 They have passed away as the swift ships, As the eagle that swoops on the prey.

27 If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and cheer up;'

28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that you will not hold me innocent.

29 I shall be condemned; Why then do I labor in vain?

30 If I wash myself with snow, And cleanse my hands with lye,

31 Yet you will plunge me in the ditch. My own clothes shall abhor me.

32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, That we should come together in judgment.

33 There is no umpire between us, That might lay his hand on us both.

34 Let him take his rod away from me, Let his terror not make me afraid:

35 Then I would speak, and not fear him, For I am not so in myself.

Iyov (Job) 8



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1 Then Bildad the Shuchite answered,

2 "How long will you speak these things? Shall the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?

3 Does God pervert justice? Or does Shaddai pervert righteousness?

4 If your children have sinned against him, He has delivered them into the hand of their disobedience;

5 If you want to seek God diligently, Make your supplication to Shaddai.

6 If you were pure and upright, Surely now he would awaken for you, And make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.

7 Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would greatly increase.

8 "Please inquire of past generations, Find out about the learning of their fathers.

9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days on eretz are a shadow.)

10 Shall they not teach you, tell you, And utter words out of their heart?

11 "Can the papyrus grow up without mire? Can the rushes grow without water?

12 While it is yet in its greenness, not cut down, It withers before any other reed.

13 So are the paths of all who forget God. The hope of the godless man shall perish,

14 Whose confidence shall break apart, Whose trust is a spider's web.

15 He shall lean on his house, but it shall not stand. He shall cling to it, but it shall not endure.

16 He is green before the sun, His shoots go forth over his garden.

17 His roots are wrapped around the rock pile, He sees the place of stones.

18 If he is destroyed from his place, Then it shall deny him, saying, 'I have not seen you.'

19 Behold, this is the joy of his way: Out of the eretz shall others spring.

20 "Behold, God will not cast away a blameless man, Neither will he uphold the evil-doers.

21 He will still fill your mouth with laughter, Your lips with shouting.

22 Those who hate you shall be clothed with shame. The tent of the wicked shall be no more."

Iyov (Job) 7



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1 "Isn't a man forced to labor on eretz? Aren't his days like the days of a hired hand?

2 As a servant who earnestly desires the shadow, As a hireling who looks for his wages,

3 So am I made to possess months of misery, Wearisome nights are appointed to me.

4 When I lie down, I say, 'When shall I arise, and the night be gone?' I toss and turn until the dawning of the day.

5 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust. My skin closes up, and breaks out afresh.

6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, And are spent without hope.

7 Oh remember that my life is a breath. My eye shall no more see good.

8 The eye of him who sees me shall see me no more. Your eyes shall be on me, but I shall not be.

9 As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, So he who goes down to She'ol shall come up no more.

10 He shall return no more to his house, Neither shall his place know him any more.

11 "Therefore I will not keep silent. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit. I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

12 Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, That you put a guard over me?

13 When I say, 'My bed shall comfort me, My couch shall ease my complaint;'

14 Then you scar me with dreams, And terrify me through visions:

15 So that my soul chooses strangling, Death rather than my bones.

16 I loathe my life. I don't want to live forever. Leave me alone; for my days are but a breath.

17 What is man, that you should magnify him, That you should set your mind on him,

18 That you should visit him every morning, And test him every moment?

19 How long will you not look away from me, Nor leave me alone until I swallow down my spittle?

20 If I have sinned, what do I do to you, you watcher of men? Why have you set me as a mark for you, So that I am a burden to myself?

21 Why do you not pardon my disobedience, and take away my iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I shall not be."

Iyov (Job) 6



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1 Then Iyov answered,

2 "Oh that my anguish were weighed, And all my calamity laid in the balances!

3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas, Therefore have my words been rash.

4 For the arrows of Shaddai are within me, My spirit drinks up their poison. The terrors of God set themselves in array against me.

5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder?

6 Can that which has no flavor be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

7 My soul refuses to touch them; They are as loathsome food to me.

8 "Oh that I might have my request; That God would grant the thing that I long for!

9 Even that it would please God to crush me; That he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

10 Be it still my consolation, Yes, let me exult in pain that doesn't spare, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

11 What is my strength, that I should wait? What is my end, that I should be patient?

12 Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh of brass?

13 Isn't it that I have no help in me, That wisdom is driven quite from me?

14 "To him who is ready to faint, kindness should be shown from his friend; Even to him who forsakes the fear of Shaddai.

15 My brothers have dealt deceitfully as a brook, As the channel of brooks that pass away;

16 Which are black by reason of the ice, in which the snow hides itself:

17 In the dry season, they vanish. When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.

18 The caravans that travel beside them turn aside; They go up into the waste, and perish.

19 The caravans of Tema looked, The companies of Sheva waited for them.

20 They were put to shame because they had hoped; They came there, and were confounded.

21 For now you are nothing. You see a terror, and are afraid.

22 Did I say, 'Give to me?' Or, 'Offer a present for me from your substance?'

23 Or, 'Deliver me from the adversary's hand?' Or, 'Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?'

24 "Teach me, and I will hold my shalom; Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

25 How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what does it reprove?

26 Do you intend to reprove words, Seeing that the speeches of one who is desperate are as wind?

27 Yes, you would even cast lots for the fatherless, And make merchandise of your friend.

28 Now therefore be pleased to look at me, For surely I shall not lie to your face.

29 Please return. Let there be no injustice; Yes, return again, my cause is righteous.

30 Is there injustice on my tongue? Can't my taste discern mischievous things?

Iyov (Job) 5



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1 "Call now; is there any who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn?

2 For resentment kills the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.

3 I have seen the foolish taking root, But suddenly I cursed his habitation.

4 His children are far from safety, They are crushed in the gate. Neither is there any to deliver them,

5 Whose harvest the hungry eats up, And take it even out of the thorns; The snare gapes for their substance.

6 For affliction doesn't come forth from the dust, Neither does trouble spring out of the ground;

7 But man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward.

8 "But as for me, I would seek God, To God would I commit my cause;

9 Who does great things that can't be fathomed, Marvelous things without number;

10 Who gives rain on the eretz, And sends waters on the fields;

11 So that he sets up on high those who are low, Those who mourn are exalted to safety.

12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands can't perform their enterprise.

13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness; The counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.

14 They meet with darkness in the day-time, And grope at noonday as in the night.

15 But he saves from the sword of their mouth, Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.

16 So the poor has hope, And injustice shuts her mouth.

17 "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: Therefore do not despise the chastening of Shaddai.

18 For he wounds, and binds up; He injures, and his hands make whole.

19 He will deliver you in six troubles; Yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you.

20 In famine he will redeem you from death; In war, from the power of the sword.

21 You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, Neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.

22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh, Neither shall you be afraid of the animals of the eretz.

23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field. The animals of the field shall be at shalom with you.

24 You shall know that your tent is in shalom. You shall visit your fold, and shall miss nothing.

25 You shall know also that your seed shall be great, Your offspring as the grass of the eretz.

26 You shall come to your grave in a full age, Like a shock of grain comes in its season.

27 Look this, we have searched it, so it is; Hear it, and know it for your good."

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1 Then Elifaz the Temanite answered,

2 "If someone ventures to talk with you, will you be grieved? But who can withhold himself from speaking?

3 Behold, you have instructed many, You have strengthened the weak hands.

4 Your words have supported him who was falling, You have made firm the feeble knees.

5 But now it is come to you, and you faint; It touches you, and you are troubled.

6 Isn't your piety your confidence, The integrity of your ways your hope?

7 "Remember, now, whoever perished, being innocent? Or where were the upright cut off?

8 According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity, And sow trouble, Reap the same.

9 By the breath of God they perish, By the blast of his anger are they consumed.

10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, The teeth of the young lions, are broken.

11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey, The whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.

12 "Now a thing was secretly brought to me, My ear received a whisper of it.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,

14 Fear came on me, and trembling, Which made all my bones shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair of my flesh stood up.

16 It stood still, but I couldn't discern the appearance of it; A form was before my eyes. Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,

17 'Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?

18 Behold, he puts no trust in his servants. He charges his angels with error.

19 How much more, those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!

20 Between morning and evening they are destroyed. They perish forever without any regarding it.

21 Isn't their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.'

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1 After this Iyov opened his mouth, and cursed the day of his birth.

2 Iyov answered:

3 "Let the day perish in which I was born, The night which said, 'There is a man-child conceived.'

4 Let that day be darkness; Don't let God from above seek for it, Neither let the light shine on it.

5 Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it for their own. Let a cloud dwell on it. Let all that makes black the day terrify it.

6 As for that night, let thick darkness seize on it. Let it not rejoice among the days of the year. Let it not come into the number of the months.

7 Behold, let that night be barren. Let no joyful voice come therein.

8 Let them curse it who curse the day, Who are ready to rouse up livyatan.

9 Let the stars of the twilight of it be dark. Let it look for light, but have none, Neither let it see the eyelids of the morning,

10 Because it didn't shut up the doors of my mother's womb, Nor did it hide trouble from my eyes.

11 "Why didn't I die from the womb? Why didn't I give up the spirit when my mother bore me?

12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breast, that I should suck?

13 For now should I have lain down and been quiet. I should have slept, then I would have been at rest,

14 With kings and counselors of the eretz, Who built up waste places for themselves;

15 Or with princes who had gold, Who filled their houses with silver:

16 Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants who never saw light.

17 There the wicked cease from troubling; There the weary are at rest.

18 There the prisoners are at ease together. They don't hear the voice of the taskmaster.

19 The small and the great are there. The servant is free from his master.

20 "Why is light given to him who is in misery, Life to the bitter in soul,

21 Who long for death, but it doesn't come; Dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

22 Who rejoice exceedingly, Are glad, when they can find the grave?

23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, Whom God has hedged in?

24 For my sighing comes before I eat, My groanings are poured out like water.

25 For the thing which I fear comes on me, That which I am afraid of comes to me.

26 I am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest; But trouble comes."

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1 Again it happened on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, that Hasatan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

2 The LORD said to Hasatan, "Where have you come from?" Hasatan answered the LORD, and said, "From going back and forth in the eretz, and from walking up and down in it."

3 The LORD said to Hasatan, "Have you considered my servant Iyov? For there is none like him in the eretz, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil. He still maintains his integrity, although you incited me against him, to ruin him without cause."

4 Hasatan answered the LORD, and said, "Skin for skin. Yes, all that a man has will he give for his life.

5 But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will renounce you to your face."

6 The LORD said to Hasatan, "Behold, he is in your hand. Only spare his life."

7 So Hasatan went forth from the presence of the LORD, and struck Iyov with painful sores from the sole of his foot to his head.

8 He took for himself a potsherd to scrape himself with, and he sat among the ashes.

9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still maintain your integrity? Renounce God, and die."

10 But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?" In all this Iyov didn't sin with his lips.

11 Now when Iyov's three friends heard of all this evil that had come on him, they each came from his own place: Elifaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuchite, and Tzofar the Na`amatite, and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and to comfort him.

12 When they lifted up their eyes from a distance, and didn't recognize him, they raised their voices, and wept; and they each tore his robe, and sprinkled dust on their heads toward the sky.

13 So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.

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1 There was a man in the land of `Utz, whose name was Iyov. That man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God, and turned away from evil.

2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.

3 His possessions also were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred she-donkeys, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the east.

4 His sons went and held a feast in the house of each one on his birthday; and they sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

5 It was so, when the days of their feasting had run their course, that Iyov sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Iyov said, "It may be that my sons have sinned, and renounced God in their hearts." Thus did Iyov continually.

6 Now it happened on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, that Hasatan also came among them.

7 The LORD said to Hasatan, "Where have you come from?" Then Hasatan answered the LORD, and said, "From going back and forth in the eretz, and from walking up and down in it."

8 The LORD said to Hasatan, "Have you considered my servant, Iyov? For there is none like him in the eretz, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil."

9 Then Hasatan answered the LORD, and said, "Does Iyov fear God for nothing?

10 Haven't you made a hedge around him, and around his house, and around all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will renounce you to your face."

12 The LORD said to Hasatan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power. Only on himself don't put forth your hand." So Hasatan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

13 It fell on a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house,

14 that there came a messenger to Iyov, and said, "The oxen were plowing, and the donkeys feeding beside them,

15 and the Seva'im attacked, and took them away. Yes, they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you."

16 While he was still speaking, there also came another, and said, "The fire of God has fallen from the sky, and has burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you."

17 While he was still speaking, there came also another, and said, "The Kasdim made three bands, and swept down on the camels, and have taken them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you."

18 While he was still speaking, there came also another, and said, "Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house,

19 and, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young men, and they are dead. I alone have escaped to tell you."

20 Then Iyov arose, and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down on the ground, and worshiped.

21 He said, "Naked I came out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD."

22 In all this, Iyov did not sin, nor charge God with wrongdoing.

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1 The words of king Lemo'el; the oracle which his mother taught him.

2 "Oh, my son!" Oh, son of my womb! Oh, son of my vows!

3 Don't give your strength to women, Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.

4 It is not for kings, Lemo'el; it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes to say, 'Where is strong drink?'

5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, And pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted.

6 Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish; And wine to the bitter in soul:

7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.

8 Open your mouth for the mute, In the cause of all who are left desolate.

9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And serve justice to the poor and needy."

10 Who can find a worthy woman? For her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband trusts in her. He shall have no lack of gain.

12 She does him good, and not harm, All the days of her life.

13 She seeks wool and flax, And works eagerly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships. She brings her bread from afar.

15 She rises also while it is yet night, Gives food to her household, And portions for her servant girls.

16 She considers a field, and buys it. With the fruit of her hands, she plants a vineyard.

17 She girds her loins with strength, And makes her arms strong.

18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp doesn't go out by night.

19 She lays her hands to the distaff, And her hands hold the spindle.

20 She opens her arms to the poor; Yes, she extends her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She makes for herself carpets of tapestry. Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is respected in the gates, When he sits among the Zakenim of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them, And delivers sashes to the merchant.

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing. She laughs at the time to come.

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom. Faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27 She looks well to the ways of her household, And doesn't eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her:

29 "Many women do noble things, But you excel them all."

30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; Let her works praise her in the gates.

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1 The words of Agur the son of Yakeh, the oracle: The man says to 'Iti'el, To 'Iti'el and Ucal:

2 "Surely I am the most ignorant man, And don't have a man's understanding.

3 I have not learned wisdom, Neither do I have the knowledge of the Holy One.

4 Who has ascended up into heaven, and descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in his garment? Who has established all the ends of the eretz? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if you know?

5 "Every word of God is flawless. He is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

6 Don't you add to his words, Lest he reprove you, and you be found a liar.

7 "Two things I have asked of you; Don't deny me before I die:

8 Remove far from me falsehood and lies. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with the food that is needful for me;

9 Lest I be full, deny you, and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or lest I be poor, and steal, And so dishonor the name of my God.

10 "Don't slander a servant to his master, Lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.

11 There is a generation that curses their father, And doesn't bless their mother.

12 There is a generation that is pure in their own eyes, Yet are not washed from their filthiness.

13 There is a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes! Their eyelids are lifted up.

14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And their jaws like knives, To devour the poor from the eretz, and the needy from among men.

15 "The leach has two daughters: 'Give, give.' "There are three things that are never satisfied; Four that don't say, 'Enough:'

16 She'ol, the barren womb; The eretz that is not satisfied with water; The fire that doesn't say, 'Enough;'

17 And the eye that mocks at his father, And scorns obedience to his mother: The ravens of the valley shall pick it out, The young eagles shall eat it.

18 "There are three things which are too amazing for me, Four which I don't understand:

19 The way of an eagle in the air; The way of a serpent on a rock; The way of a ship in the midst of the sea; And the way of a man with a maiden.

20 So is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, 'I have done nothing wrong.'

21 "For three things the eretz tremble, And under four, it can't bear up:

22 For a servant when he is king; A fool when he is filled with food;

23 For an unloved woman when she is married; And a handmaid who is heir to her mistress.

24 "There are four things which are little on the eretz, But they are exceeding wise:

25 The ants are not a strong people, Yet they provide their food in the summer;

26 The conies are but a feeble folk, Yet make they their houses in the rocks;

27 The locusts have no king, Yet they advance in ranks;

28 You can catch a lizard with your hands, Yet she is in kings' palaces.

29 "There are three things which are stately in their march, Four which are stately in going:

30 The lion, which is mightiest among animals, And doesn't turn away for any;

31 The greyhound, the male goat also; And the king against whom there is no rising up.

32 "If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, Or if you have thought evil, Put your hand over your mouth.

33 For as the churning of milk brings forth butter, And the wringing of the nose brings forth blood; So the forcing of wrath brings forth strife."

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1 He who is often rebuked and stiffens his neck Will be destroyed suddenly, with no remedy.

2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; But when the wicked rule, the people groan.

3 Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father; But a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

4 The king by justice makes the land stable, But he who takes bribes tears it down.

5 A man who flatters his neighbor, Spreads a net for his feet.

6 An evil man is snared by his sin, But the righteous can sing and be glad.

7 The righteous care about justice for the poor. The wicked aren't concerned about knowledge.

8 Mockers stir up a city, But wise men turn away anger.

9 If a wise man goes to court with a foolish man, The fool rages or scoffs, and there is no shalom.

10 The bloodthirsty hate a man of integrity; And they seek the life of the upright.

11 A fool vents all of his anger, But a wise man brings himself under control.

12 If a ruler listens to lies, All of his officials are wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.

14 The king who fairly judges the poor, His throne shall be established forever.

15 The rod of correction gives wisdom, But a child left to himself causes shame to his mother.

16 When the wicked increase, sin increases; But the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Correct your son, and he will give you shalom; Yes, he will bring delight to your soul.

18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But one who keeps the law is blessed.

19 A servant can't be corrected by words. Though he understands, yet he will not respond.

20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 He who pampers his servant from youth Will have him become a son in the end.

22 An angry man stirs up strife, And a wrathful man abounds in sin.

23 A man's pride brings him low, But one who is of a lowly spirit gains honor.

24 Whoever is an accomplice of a thief is an enemy of his own soul. He takes an oath, but dares not testify.

25 The fear of man proves to be a snare, But whoever puts his trust in the LORD is kept safe.

26 Many seek the ruler's favor, But a man's justice comes from the LORD.

27 A dishonest man detests the righteous, And the upright in their ways detest the wicked.

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1 The wicked flee when no one pursues; But the righteous are as bold as a lion.

2 In rebellion, a land has many rulers, But order is maintained by a man of understanding and knowledge.

3 A needy man who oppresses the poor Is like a driving rain which leaves no crops.

4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked; But those who keep the law contend with them.

5 Evil men don't understand justice; But those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, Than he who is perverse in his ways, and he is rich.

7 Whoever keeps the law is a wise son; But he who is a companion of gluttons shames his father.

8 He who increases his wealth by excessive interest Gathers it for one who has pity on the poor.

9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

10 Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, He will fall into his own trap; But the blameless will inherit good.

11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes; But the poor who has understanding sees through him.

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.

13 He who conceals his sins doesn't prosper, But whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

14 Blessed is the man who always fears; But one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

15 As a roaring lion or a charging bear, So is a wicked ruler over helpless people.

16 The ruler who lacks judgment is a great tyrant. One who hates ill-gotten gain will have long days.

17 A man who is tormented by life blood will be a fugitive until death; No one will support him.

18 Whoever walks blamelessly is kept safe; But one with perverse ways will fall suddenly.

19 One who works his land will have an abundance of food; But one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

20 A faithful man is rich with blessings; But one who is eager to be rich will not go unpunished.

21 To show partiality is not good; Yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.

22 A stingy man hurries after riches, And doesn't know that poverty waits for him.

23 One who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than one who flatters with the tongue.

24 Whoever robs his father or his mother, and says, "It's not wrong." He is a partner with a destroyer.

25 One who is greedy stirs up strife; But one who trusts in the LORD will prosper.

26 One who trusts in himself is a fool; But one who walks in wisdom, he is kept safe.

27 One who gives to the poor has no lack; But one who closes his eyes will have many curses.

28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous thrive.

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1 Don't boast about tomorrow; For you don't know what a day may bring forth.

2 Let another man praise you, And not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

3 A stone is heavy, And sand is a burden; But a fool's provocation is heavier than both.

4 Wrath is cruel, And anger is overwhelming; But who is able to stand before jealousy?

5 Better is open rebuke Than hidden love.

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; Although the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

7 A full soul loathes a honeycomb; But to a hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet.

8 As a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.

9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart; So does earnest counsel from a man's friend.

10 Don't forsake your friend and your father's friend. Don't go to your brother's house in the day of your disaster: Better is a neighbor who is near than a distant brother.

11 Be wise, my son, And bring joy to my heart, Then I can answer my tormentor.

12 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it:

13 Take his garment when he puts up collateral for a stranger; Hold it for a wayward woman!

14 He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be taken as a curse by him.

15 A continual dropping on a rainy day And a contentious wife are alike:

16 Restraining her is like restraining the wind, Or like grasping oil in his right hand.

17 Iron sharpens iron; So a man sharpens his friend's countenance.

18 Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit. He who looks after his master shall be honored.

19 As water reflects a face, So a man's heart reflects the man.

20 She'ol and Avaddon are never satisfied; And a man's eyes are never satisfied.

21 The crucible is for silver, And the furnace for gold; But man is refined by his praise.

22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, Yet his foolishness will not be removed from him.

23 Know well the state of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds:

24 For riches are not forever, Nor does even the crown endure to all generations.

25 The hay is removed, and the new growth appears, The grasses of the hills are gathered in.

26 The lambs are for your clothing, And the goats are the price of a field.

27 There will be plenty of goats' milk for your food, For your family's food, And for the nourishment of your servant girls.

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1 Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.

2 Like a fluttering sparrow, Like a darting swallow, So the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools!

4 Don't answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

6 One who sends a message by the hand of a fool Is cutting off feet and drinking violence.

7 Like the legs of the lame that hang loose: So is a parable in the mouth of fools.

8 As one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.

9 Like a thornbush that goes into the hand of a drunkard, So is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10 As an archer who wounds all, So is he who hires a fool Or he who hires those who pass by.

11 As a dog that returns to his vomit, So is a fool who repeats his folly.

12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion roams the streets!"

14 As the door turns on its hinges, So does the sluggard on his bed.

15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish. He is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who answer with discretion.

17 Like one who seizes a dog's ears Is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.

18 Like a madman who shoots firebrands, arrows, and death,

19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "Am I not joking?"

20 For lack of wood the fire goes out; Where there is no gossip, a quarrel dies down.

21 As coals are to hot embers, And wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, They go down into the innermost parts.

23 Like silver dross on an earthen vessel Are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.

24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, But he harbors evil in his heart.

25 When his speech is charming, don't believe him; For there are seven abominations in his heart:

26 His malice may be concealed by deception, But his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

27 Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him.

28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts; And a flattering mouth works ruin.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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1 These also are proverbs of Shlomo, which the men of Hizkiyahu king of Yehudah copied out.

2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

3 As the heavens for height, and the eretz for depth, So the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

4 Take away the dross from the silver, And material comes out for the refiner;

5 Take away the wicked from the king's presence, And his throne will be established in righteousness.

6 Don't exalt yourself in the presence of the king, Or claim a place among great men;

7 For it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here," Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.

8 Don't be hasty in bringing charges to court. What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you?

9 Debate your case with your neighbor, And don't betray the confidence of another;

10 Lest one who hears it put you to shame, And your bad reputation never depart.

11 A word fitly spoken Is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

12 As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, So is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.

13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, So is a faithful messenger to those who send him; For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

14 As clouds and wind without rain, So is he who boasts of gifts deceptively.

15 By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone.

16 Have you found honey? Eat as much as is sufficient for you, Lest you eat too much, and vomit it.

17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, Lest he be weary of you, and hate you.

18 A man who gives false testimony against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.

19 Confidence in someone unfaithful in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth, or a lame foot.

20 As one who takes away a garment in cold weather, Or vinegar on soda, So is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; If he is thirsty, give him water to drink:

22 For you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you.

23 The north wind brings forth rain: So a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.

24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than to share a house with a contentious woman.

25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, So is good news from a far country.

26 Like a muddied spring, and a polluted well, So is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

27 It is not good to eat much honey; Nor is it honorable to seek ones own honor.

28 Like a city that is broken down and without walls Is a man whose spirit is without restraint.

Proverbs 24



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1 Don't you be envious against evil men; Neither desire to be with them:

2 For their hearts plot violence, And their lips talk about mischief.

3 Through wisdom a house is built; By understanding it is established;

4 By knowledge the rooms are filled With all rare and beautiful treasure.

5 A wise man has great power; And a knowledgeable man increases strength;

6 For by wise guidance you wage your war; And victory is in many advisors.

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: He doesn't open his mouth in the gate.

8 One who plots to do evil Will be called a schemer.

9 The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men.

10 If you falter in the time of trouble, Your strength is small.

11 Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter!

12 If you say, "Behold, we didn't know this;" Doesn't he who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, doesn't he know it? Shall he not render to every man according to his work?

13 My son, eat honey, for it is good; The droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste:

14 So you shall know wisdom to be to your soul; If you have found it, then will there be a reward, Your hope will not be cut off.

15 Don't lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don't destroy his resting-place:

16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

17 Don't rejoice when your enemy falls. Don't let your heart be glad when he is overthrown;

18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, And he turn away his wrath from him.

19 Don't fret yourself because of evildoers; Neither be envious of the wicked:

20 For there will be no reward to the evil man; And the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out.

21 My son, fear the LORD and the king. Don't join those who are rebellious:

22 For their calamity will rise suddenly; The destruction from them both -- who knows?

23 These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.

24 He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous;" Peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him --

25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, And a rich blessing will come on them.

26 An honest answer Is like a kiss on the lips.

27 Prepare your work outside. Make it ready for you in the field. Afterwards, build your house.

28 Don't be a witness against your neighbor without cause. Don't deceive with your lips.

29 Don't say, "I will do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."

30 I went by the field of the sluggard, By the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

31 Behold, it was all grown over with thorns. Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down.

32 Then I saw, and considered well. I saw, and received instruction:

33 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep;

34 So shall your poverty come as a robber, And your want as an armed man.

Proverbs 23



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1 When you sit to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently what is before you;

2 Put a knife to your throat, If you are a man given to appetite.

3 Don't be desirous of his dainties, Seeing they are deceitful food.

4 Don't weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint

5 Why do you set your eyes on that which is not? For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.

6 Don't eat the food of him who has a stingy eye, And don't crave his delicacies:

7 For as he thinks about the cost, so he is. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you.

8 The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up, And lose your good words.

9 Don't speak in the ears of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10 Don't move the ancient boundary stone. Don't encroach on the fields of the fatherless:

11 For their Defender is strong. He will plead their case against you.

12 Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to the words of knowledge.

13 Don't withhold correction from a child. If you punish him with the rod, he will not die.

14 Punish him with the rod, And save his soul from She'ol

15 My son, if your heart is wise, Then my heart will be glad, even mine:

16 Yes, my heart will rejoice, When your lips speak what is right.

17 Don't let your heart envy sinners; But rather fear the LORD all the day long.

18 Indeed surely there is a future hope, And your hope will not be cut off.

19 Listen, my son, and be wise, And keep your heart on the right path

20 Don't be among ones drinking too much wine, Or those who gorge themselves on meat:

21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; And drowsiness clothes them in rags

22 Listen to your father who gave you life, And don't despise your mother when she is old.

23 Buy the truth, and don't sell it: Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.

24 The father of the righteous has great joy. Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him.

25 Let your father and your mother be glad! Let her who bore you rejoice!

26 My son, give me your heart; And let your eyes keep in my ways.

27 For a prostitute is a deep pit; And a wayward wife is a narrow well.

28 Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, And increases the unfaithful among men.

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

30 Those who stay long at the wine; Those who go to seek out mixed wine.

31 Don't look at the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly:

32 At the last it bites like a snake, And poisons like a viper.

33 Your eyes will see strange things, And your mind will imagine confusing things.

34 Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or as he who lies on top of the rigging:

35 "They hit me, and I was not hurt; They beat me, and I don't feel it! When will I wake up? I can do it again. I can find another."

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1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

2 The rich and the poor have this in common: The LORD is the maker of them all.

3 A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

4 The result of humility and the fear of the LORD Is wealth, honor, and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the path of the wicked: Whoever guards his soul stays from them.

6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

7 The rich rules over the poor. The borrower is servant to the lender.

8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, And the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed; For he shares his food with the poor.

10 Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out; Yes, quarrels and insults will stop.

11 He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully Is the king's friend.

12 The eyes of the LORD watch over knowledge; But he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the streets!"

14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit: He who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child: The rod of discipline drives it far from him.

16 Whoever oppresses the poor for his own increase and whoever gives to the rich, Both come to poverty.

17 Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise. Apply your heart to my teaching.

18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, If all of them are ready on your lips.

19 That your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.

20 Haven't I written to you thirty excellent things Of counsel and knowledge,

21 To teach you truth, reliable words, To give sound answers to the ones who sent you?

22 Don't exploit the poor, because he is poor; And don't crush the needy in court;

23 For the LORD will plead their case, And plunder the life of those who plunder them.

24 Don't befriend a hot-tempered man, And don't associate with one who harbors anger:

25 Lest you learn his ways, And ensnare your soul.

26 Don't you be one of those who strike hands, Of those who are collateral for debts.

27 If you don't have means to pay, Why should he take away your bed from under you?

28 Don't move the ancient boundary stone, Which your fathers have set up.

29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings; He won't serve obscure men.

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1 The king's heart is in the LORD's hand like the watercourses. He turns it wherever he desires.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.

3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

4 A high look, and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin.

5 The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit; And everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.

6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.

7 The violence of the wicked will drive them away, Because they refuse to do what is right.

8 The way of the guilty is devious, But the conduct of the innocent is upright.

9 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than to share a house with a contentious woman.

10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.

11 When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom; When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked, And brings the wicked to ruin.

13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, He will also cry out, but shall not be heard.

14 A gift in secret pacifies anger; And a bribe in the cloak, strong wrath.

15 It is joy to the righteous to do justice; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

16 The man who wanders out of the way of understanding Shall rest in the assembly of the dead.

17 He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man: He who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; The treacherous for the upright.

19 It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman.

20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swallows it up.

21 He who follows after righteousness and kindness Finds life, righteousness, and honor.

22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the strength of its confidence.

23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.

24 The proud and haughty man, "scoffer" is his name; He works in the arrogance of pride.

25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.

26 There are those who covet greedily all the day long; But the righteous gives and doesn't withhold.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: How much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!

28 A false witness will perish, And a man who listens speaks to eternity.

29 A wicked man hardens his face; But as for the upright, he establishes his ways.

30 There is no wisdom nor understanding Nor counsel against the LORD.

31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle; But victory is with the LORD.