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The Wisdom of Israel

(Category 9 of 16)

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Bildad: Job Should Repent


1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2 “How long will you speak these things, And the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?
3 aDoes God subvert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert justice?
4 If ayour sons have sinned against Him, He has cast them away 1for their transgression.
5 aIf you would earnestly seek God And make your supplication to the Almighty,
6 If you were pure and upright, Surely now He would 1awake for you, And prosper your rightful dwelling place.
7 Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would aincrease abundantly.

8 “Fora inquire, please, of the former age, And consider the things discovered by their fathers;
9 For awe were born yesterday, and know 1nothing, Because our days on earth are a shadow.
10 Will they not teach you and tell you, And utter words from their heart?

11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the reeds flourish without water?
12 aWhile it is yet green and not cut down, It withers before any other plant.
13 So are the paths of all who aforget God;

CHAPTER 8 References

3 aGen. 18:25;
[Deut. 32:4;
2 Chr. 19:7;
Job 34:10, 12;
36:23; 37:23];
Rom. 3:5
4 aJob 1:5, 18,
19 1Lit. into
the hand of
their transgression
5 a[Job
11:13] 6 1arise
7 aJob 42:12
8 aDeut. 4:32;
32:7; Job
15:18; 20:4
9 aGen. 47:9;
[1 Chr. 29:15];
Job 7:6; [Ps.
39:5; 102:11;
144:4] 1Lit.
12 aPs. 129:6
13 aPs. 9:17
bJob 11:20;
18:14; 27:8;
Ps. 112:10;
[Prov. 10:28] 14 1Lit. a spider’s
15 aJob 8:22;
27:18; Ps.
18 aJob 7:10
19 aPs. 113:7
20 aJob 4:7 1reject
21 1Lit. shouts
of joy
22 aPs. 35:26;
109:29 1Lit.
will not be

CHAPTER 9 References

2 a[Job 4:17;
15:14–16; Ps.
143:2; Rom.
3:20] b[Hab.
2:4; Rom.
1:17; Gal.
3:11; Heb.
10:38] 3 1argue
4 aJob 36:5
6 aIs. 2:19, 21;
Hag. 2:6; Heb.
12:26 bJob
8 aGen. 1:6;
Job 37:18; Ps.
104:2, 3; Is.
40:22 1walks
2Lit. heights
9 aGen. 1:16;
Job 38:31;
Amos 5:8
1Heb. Ash,
Kesil, and
10 aJob 5:9

JOB 9:10

And the hope of the bhypocrite shall perish,
14 Whose confidence shall be cut off, And whose trust is 1a spider’s web.
15 aHe leans on his house, but it does not stand. He holds it fast, but it does not endure.
16 He grows green in the sun, And his branches spread out in his garden.
17 His roots wrap around the rock heap, And look for a place in the stones.
18 aIf he is destroyed from his place, Then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have not seen you.’

19 “Behold, this is the joy of His way, And aout of the earth others will grow.
20 Behold, aGod will not 1cast away the blameless, Nor will He uphold the evildoers.
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, And your lips with 1rejoicing.
22 Those who hate you will be aclothed with shame, And the dwelling place of the wicked 1will come to nothing.”

Job: There Is No Mediator


1 Then Job answered and said:

2 “Truly I know it is so, But how can a aman be brighteous before God?
3 If one wished to 1contend with Him, He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.
4 aGod is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?
5 He removes the mountains, and they do not know When He overturns them in His anger;
6 He ashakes the earth out of its place, And its bpillars tremble;
7 He commands the sun, and it does not rise; He seals off the stars;
8 aHe alone spreads out the heavens, And 1treads on the 2waves of the sea;
9 aHe made 1the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;
10 aHe does great things past finding out,

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JOB 9:11

Yes, wonders without number.
11 aIf He goes by me, I do not see Him; If He moves past, I do not perceive Him;
12 aIf He takes away, 1who can hinder Him? Who can say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’
13 God will not withdraw His anger, aThe allies of 1the proud lie prostrate beneath Him.

14 “How then can I answer Him, And choose my words to reason with Him?
15 aFor though I were righteous, I could not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge.
16 If I called and He answered me, I would not believe that He was listening to my voice.
17 For He crushes me with a tempest, And multiplies my wounds awithout cause.
18 He will not allow me to catch my breath, But fills me with bitterness.
19 If it is a matter of strength, indeed He is strong; And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court?
20 Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me; Though I were blameless, it would prove me perverse.

21 “I am blameless, yet I do not know myself; I despise my life.
22 It is all one thing; Therefore I say, a‘He destroys the blameless and the wicked.’
23 If the scourge slays suddenly, He laughs at the plight of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, who else could it be?

25 “Now amy days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.
26 They pass by like 1swift ships, aLike an eagle swooping on its prey.
27 aIf I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and wear a smile,’
28 aI am afraid of all my sufferings; I know that You bwill not hold me innocent.

11 a[Job 23:8,
9; 35:14] 12 a[Is. 45:9;
Dan. 4:35;
Rom. 9:20] 1Lit. who can
turn Him
13 aJob 26:12
1Heb. rahab
15 aJob 10:15;
17 aJob 2:3
22 a[Eccl. 9:2,
3]; Ezek. 21:3
25 aJob 7:6, 7
26 aJob 39:29;
Hab. 1:8 1Lit.
ships of reeds
27 aJob 7:13
28 aPs. 119:120
bEx. 20:7
30 a[Jer. 2:22] 1lye
31 1loathe
32 aEccl. 6:10;
[Is. 45:9; Jer.
49:19; Rom.
9:20] 33 a[1 Sam.
2:25]; Job
9:19; Is. 1:18
34 aJob 13:20,
21; Ps. 39:10

CHAPTER 10 References

1 a1 Kin. 19:4;
Job 7:16; Jon.
4:3 bJob 7:11
1Lit. leave on
4 a[1 Sam.
16:7; Job
28:24; 34:21] 8 aJob 10:3;
Ps. 119:73
b[Job 9:22] 9 aGen. 2:7;
Job 33:6
10 a[Ps.

29 If I am condemned, Why then do I labor in vain?
30 aIf I wash myself with snow water, And cleanse my hands with 1soap,
31 Yet You will plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes will 1abhor me.

32 “For aHe is not a man, as I am, That I may answer Him, And that we should go to court together.
33 aNor is there any mediator between us, Who may lay his hand on us both.
34 aLet Him take His rod away from me, And do not let dread of Him terrify me.
35 Then I would speak and not fear Him, But it is not so with me.

Job: I Would Plead with God


1 “My asoul loathes my life; I will 1give free course to my complaint, bI will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me; Show me why You contend with me.
3 Does it seem 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 ado You see as man sees?
5 Are Your days like the days of a mortal man? Are Your years like the days of a mighty man,
6 That You should seek for my iniquity And search out my sin,
7 Although You know that I am not wicked, And there is no one who can deliver from Your hand?

8 ‘Youra hands have made me and fashioned me, An intricate unity; Yet You would bdestroy me.
9 Remember, I pray, athat You have made me like clay. And will You turn me into dust again?
10 aDid You not pour me out like milk, And curdle me like cheese,
11 Clothe me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews?

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12 You have granted me life and favor, And Your care has preserved my spirit.

13 ‘And these things You have hidden in Your heart; I know that this was with You:
14 If I sin, then aYou mark me, And will not acquit me of my iniquity.
15 If I am wicked, awoe to me; bEven if I am righteous, I 1cannot lift up my head. I am full of disgrace; cSee my misery!
16 If my head is exalted, aYou hunt me like a fierce lion, And again You show Yourself awesome against me.
17 You renew Your witnesses against me, And increase Your indignation toward me; Changes and war are ever with me.

18 ‘Whya then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!
19 I would have been as though I had not been. I would have been carried from the womb to the grave.
20 aAre not my days few? Cease! bLeave me alone, that I may take a little comfort,
21 Before I go to the place from which I shall not return, aTo the land of darkness band the shadow of death,
22 A land as dark as darkness itself, As the shadow of death, without any order, Where even the light is like darkness.’ ”

Zophar Urges Job to Repent


1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

2 “Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should 1a man full of talk be vindicated?
3 Should your empty talk make men 1hold their peace? And when you mock, should no one rebuke you?
4 For you have said, a‘My doctrine is pure, And 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 they would double your prudence.

14 aJob 7:20;
Ps. 139:1
15 aJob 10:7;
Is. 3:11 b[Job
9:12, 15] cPs.
25:18 1Lit. will
16 aIs. 38:13;
Lam. 3:10;
Hos. 13:7
18 aJob
20 aPs. 39:5
bJob 7:16, 19
21 aPs. 88:12
bPs. 23:4

CHAPTER 11 References

2 1Lit. a man
of lips
3 1be silent
4 aJob 6:30
6 a[Ezra 9:13] 1Lit. forgets
some of your
iniquity for
7 aJob 33:12,
13; 36:26;
[Eccl. 3:11;
Rom. 11:33] 8 1The abode
of the dead
10 aJob 9:12;
[Rev. 3:7] 1restrain
11 a[Ps. 10:14] 12 a[Ps. 39:5];
Rom. 1:22
13 a[1 Sam.
7:3] bPs. 88:9
14 aPs. 101:3
15 aJob 22:26;
Ps. 119:6;
[1 John 3:21] 16 aIs. 65:16
17 aPs. 37:6;
Prov. 4:18; Is.
58:8, 10
18 aLev. 26:5,
6; Ps. 3:5;
Prov. 3:24
20 aLev. 26:16;
Deut. 28:65;
Job 17:5 bJob
18:14; [Prov.
11:7] 1Lit. the
breathing out
of life

Know therefore that aGod 1exacts from you Less than your iniquity deserves.

7 “Cana you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?
8 They are higher than heaven— what can you do? Deeper than 1Sheol— what can you know?
9 Their measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea.

10 “Ifa He passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment, Then who can 1hinder Him?
11 For aHe knows deceitful men; He sees wickedness also. Will He not then consider it?
12 For an aempty-headed man will be wise, When a wild donkey’s colt is born a man.

13 “If you would aprepare your heart, And bstretch out your hands toward Him;
14 If iniquity were in your hand, and you put it far away, And awould not let wickedness dwell in your tents;
15 aThen surely you could lift up your face without spot; Yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear;
16 Because you would aforget your misery, And remember it as waters that have passed away,
17 And your life awould be brighter than noonday. Though you were dark, you would be like the morning.
18 And you would be secure, because there is hope; Yes, you would dig around you, and atake your rest in safety.
19 You would also lie down, and no one would make you afraid; Yes, many would court your favor.
20 But athe eyes of the wicked will fail, And they shall not escape, And btheir hope—1loss of life!”

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Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land

1 BY the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion.
2 We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it.
3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, And those who aplundered us requested mirth, Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

4 How shall we sing the LORD’s song In a foreign land?

PSALM 137 References

3 aPs. 79:1
6 aJob 29:10;
Ps. 22:15;
Ezek. 3:26
7 aJer. 49:7–22;
Lam. 4:21;
25:12–14; 35:2;
Amos 1:11;
Obad. 10–14
1Lit. Make
8 aIs. 13:1–6;
47:1 bJer.
50:15; Rev.
9 a2 Kin. 8:12;
Is. 13:16; Hos.
13:16; Nah.

5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill!
6 If I do not remember you, Let my atongue cling to the roof of my mouth— If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.

7 Remember, O LORD, against athe sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, 1“Raze it, raze it, To its very foundation!”

8 O daughter of Babylon, awho are to be destroyed, Happy the one bwho repays you as you have served us!
9 Happy the one who takes and adashes Your little ones against the rock!




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