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The Wisdom of Israel

(Category 9 of 16)

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CHAPTER 12 References

3 aJob 13:2
1Lit. a heart

Job Answers His Critics


1 Then Job answered and said:

2 “No doubt you are the people, And wisdom will die with you!
3 But I have 1understanding as well as you; I am not ainferior to you.

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JOB 12:4

Indeed, who does not know such things as these?

4 “Ia am one mocked by his friends, Who bcalled on God, and He answered him, The just and blameless who is ridiculed.
5 A 1lamp is despised in the thought of one who is at ease; It is made ready for athose whose feet slip.
6 aThe tents of robbers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure— In what God provides by His hand.

7 “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
8 Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
9 Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,
10 aIn whose hand is the 1life of every living thing, And the bbreath of 2all mankind?
11 Does not the ear test words And the 1mouth taste its food?
12 Wisdom is with aged men, And with 1length of days, understanding.

13 “With Him are awisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.
14 If aHe breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt; If He imprisons a man, there can be no release.
15 If He awithholds the waters, they dry up; If He bsends them out, they overwhelm the earth.
16 With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His.
17 He leads counselors away plundered, And makes fools of the judges.
18 He loosens the bonds of kings, And binds their waist with a belt.
19 He leads 1princes away plundered, And overthrows the mighty.
20 aHe deprives the trusted ones of speech, And takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 aHe pours contempt on princes, And 1disarms the mighty.

4 aJob 21:3
bPs. 91:15
5 aProv. 14:2
1Or disaster
6 a[Job 9:24;
21:6–16; Ps.
73:12; Jer.
12:1; Mal.
3:15] 10 a[Acts
17:28] bJob
27:3; 33:4 1Or
soul 2Lit. all
flesh of men
11 1palate
12 1Long life
13 aJob 9:4;
14 aJob 11:10;
Is. 25:2
15 aDeut.
11:17; [1 Kin.
8:35, 36] bGen. 7:11–24
19 1Lit.
priests, but
not in a technical
20 aJob 32:9
21 a[Job
34:19]; Ps.
107:40; [Dan.
2:21] 1loosens
the belt of
22 aDan. 2:22;
[1 Cor. 4:5] 23 aIs. 9:3;
26:15 1Lit.
spreads out
24 aPs. 107:4
1Lit. heart
25 aJob 5:14;
15:30; 18:18
bPs. 107:27

CHAPTER 13 References

2 aJob 12:3
3 aJob 23:3;
4 aJob 6:21;
[Jer. 23:32] 5 aJob 13:13;
21:5; Prov.
7 aJob 27:4;
36:4 1unrighteously
11 1Lit. exaltation
13 1Be silent
14 aJob 18:4
15 aPs. 23:4;
[Prov. 14:32] bJob 27:5
16 aJob 8:13

22 He auncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings the shadow of death to light.
23 aHe makes nations great, and destroys them; He 1enlarges nations, and guides them.
24 He takes away the 1understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, And amakes them wander in a pathless wilderness.
25 aThey grope in the dark without light, And He makes them bstagger like a drunken man.


1 “Behold, my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it.
2 aWhat you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
3 aBut I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.
4 But you forgers of lies, aYou are all worthless physicians.
5 Oh, that you would be silent, And ait would be your wisdom!
6 Now hear my reasoning, And heed the pleadings of my lips.
7 aWill you speak 1wickedly for God, And talk deceitfully for Him?
8 Will you show partiality for Him? Will you contend for God?
9 Will it be well when He searches you out? Or can you mock Him as one mocks a man?
10 He will surely rebuke you If you secretly show partiality.
11 Will not His 1excellence make you afraid, And the dread of Him fall upon you?
12 Your platitudes are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

13 “Hold1 your peace with me, and let me speak, Then let come on me what may!
14 Why ado I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hands?
15 aThough He slay me, yet will I trust Him. bEven so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
16 He also shall be my salvation, For a ahypocrite could not come before Him.

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17 Listen carefully to my speech, And to my declaration with your ears.
18 See now, I have prepared my case, I know that I shall be avindicated.
19 aWho is he who will contend with me? If now I hold my tongue, I perish.

Job’s Despondent Prayer

20 “Onlya two things do not do to me, Then I will not hide myself from You:
21 aWithdraw Your hand far from me, And let not the dread of You make me afraid.
22 Then call, and I will aanswer; Or let me speak, then You respond to me.
23 How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.
24 aWhy do You hide Your face, And bregard me as Your enemy?
25 aWill You frighten a leaf driven to and fro? And will You pursue dry stubble?
26 For You write bitter things against me, And amake me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27 aYou put my feet in the stocks, And watch closely all my paths. You 1set a limit for the 2soles of my feet.

28 “Man1 decays like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.


1 “Man who is born of woman Is of few days and afull of 1trouble.
2 aHe comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.
3 And ado You open Your eyes on such a one, And bbring 1me to judgment with Yourself?
4 Who acan bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!
5 aSince his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.
6 aLook away from him that he may 1rest, Till blike a hired man he finishes his day.

18 a[Rom.
8:34] 19 aJob 7:21;
10:8; Is. 50:8
20 aJob 9:34
21 aJob 9:34;
Ps. 39:10
22 aJob 9:16;
24 a[Deut.
32:20]; Ps.
13:1 bLam. 2:5
25 aIs. 42:3
26 aJob 20:11
27 aJob 33:11
1Lit. inscribe
a print 2Lit.
28 1Lit. He

CHAPTER 14 References

1 aJob 5:7;
Eccl. 2:23
2 aJob 8:9; Ps.
90:5, 6, 9;
103:15; 144:4;
Is. 40:6; James
1:10, 11; 1 Pet.
3 aPs. 8:4;
144:3 b[Ps.
143:2] 1LXX,
Syr.,Vg. him
4 a[Job 15:14;
25:4; Ps. 51:2,
5, 10; John
3:6; Rom.
5:12; Eph. 2:3] 5 aJob 7:1;
21:21; Heb.
6 aJob 7:16,
19; Ps. 39:13
bJob 7:1 1Lit.
10 aJob 10:21,
22 1lies prostrate
12 aPs. 102:25,
26; [Is. 51:6;
65:17; 66:22];
Acts 3:21;
[2 Pet. 3:7, 10,
11; Rev. 20:11;
21:1] 14 aJob 13:15
15 aJob 13:22
16 aJob 10:6,
14; 13:27;
31:4; 34:21;
Ps. 56:8;
139:1–3; Prov.
5:21; [Jer.
32:19] 17 aDeut.
32:32–34 1Lit.
plaster over
21 aEccl. 9:5;
Is. 63:16

CHAPTER 15 References

1 aJob 4:1

JOB 15:1

7 “For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease.
8 Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground,
9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.
10 But man dies and 1is laid away; Indeed he 2breathes his last And where is ahe?
11 As water disappears from the sea, And a river becomes parched and dries up,
12 So man lies down and does not rise. aTill the heavens are no more, They will not awake Nor be roused from their sleep.

13 “Oh, that You would hide me in the grave, That You would conceal me 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 hard service aI will wait, Till my change comes.
15 aYou shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands.
16 For now aYou number my steps, But do not watch over my sin.
17 aMy transgression is sealed up in a bag, And You 1cover my iniquity.

18 “But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place;
19 As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man.
20 You prevail forever against him, and he passes on; You change his countenance and send him away.
21 His sons come to honor, and ahe does not know it; They are brought low, and he does not perceive it.
22 But his flesh will be in pain over it, And his soul will mourn over it.”

Eliphaz Accuses Job of Folly


1 Then aEliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

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JOB 15:2

2 “Should a wise man answer with empty knowledge, And fill 1himself with the east wind?
3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or by speeches with which he can do no good?
4 Yes, you cast off fear, And restrain 1prayer before God.
5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth, And you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6 aYour own mouth condemns you, and not I; Yes, your own lips testify against you.

7 “Are you the first man who was born? aOr were you made before the hills?
8 aHave you heard the counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9 aWhat do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that is not in us?
10 aBoth the gray-haired and the aged are among us, Much older than your father.
11 Are the consolations of God too small for you, And the word spoken 1gently with you?
12 Why does your heart carry you away, And 1what do your eyes wink at,
13 That you turn your spirit against God, And let such words go out of your mouth?

14 “Whata is man, that he could be pure? And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous?
15 aIf God puts no trust in His saints, And the heavens are not pure in His sight,
16 aHow much less man, who is abominable and filthy, bWho drinks iniquity like water!

17 “I will tell you, hear me; What I have seen I will declare,
18 What wise men have told, Not hiding anything received afrom their fathers,
19 To whom alone the 1land was given, And ano alien passed among them:
20 The wicked man writhes with pain all his days,

2 1Lit. his
4 1meditation
or complaint
6 aJob 9:20;
[Luke 19:22] 7 aJob 38:4,
21; Ps. 90:2;
Prov. 8:25
8 aJob 29:4;
Rom. 11:34;
[1 Cor. 2:11] 9 aJob 12:3;
10 aJob 8:8–10;
12:12; 32:6, 7
11 1Or a secret
12 1Or why do
your eyes
14 aJob 14:4;
Prov. 20:9;
[Eccl. 7:20;
1 John 1:8, 10] 15 aJob 4:18;
16 aJob 4:19;
Ps. 14:3; 53:3
bJob 34:7;
Prov. 19:28
18 aJob 8:8;
19 aJoel 3:17
1Or earth
20 aPs. 90:12
21 aJob 20:21;
1 Thess. 5:3
22 aJob
23 aPs. 59:15;
109:10 bJob
24 1attack
27 aPs. 17:10;
73:7; 119:70
29 aJob 20:28;
27:16, 17
30 aJob 4:9
31 aJob 35:13;
Is. 59:4
32 aJob 22:16;
Ps. 55:23;
Eccl. 7:17
35 aPs. 7:14; Is.
59:4; [Hos.

aAnd the number of years is hidden from the oppressor.
21 1Dreadful sounds are in his ears; aIn prosperity the destroyer comes upon him.
22 He does not believe that he will areturn from darkness, For a sword is waiting for him.
23 He awanders about for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?’ He knows bthat a day of darkness is ready at his hand.
24 Trouble and anguish make him afraid; They overpower him, like a king ready for 1battle.
25 For he stretches out his hand against God, And acts defiantly against the Almighty,
26 Running stubbornly against Him With his strong, embossed shield.

27 “Thougha he has covered his face with his fatness, And made his waist heavy with fat,
28 He dwells in desolate cities, In houses which no one inhabits, Which are destined to become ruins.
29 He will not be rich, Nor will his wealth acontinue, Nor will his possessions overspread the earth.
30 He will not depart from darkness; The flame will dry out his branches, And aby the breath of His mouth he will go away.
31 Let him not atrust in futile things, deceiving himself, For futility will be his reward.
32 It will be accomplished abefore his time, And his branch will not be green.
33 He will shake off his unripe grape like a vine, And cast off his blossom like an olive tree.
34 For the company of hypocrites will be barren, And fire will consume the tents of bribery.
35 aThey conceive trouble and bring forth futility; Their womb prepares deceit.”

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The LORD’s Goodness to the Faithful

A Psalm of David.

1 I WILL praise You with my whole heart; aBefore the gods I will sing praises to You.
2 aI will worship btoward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have cmagnified Your word above all Your name.
3 In the day when I cried out,You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.

4 aAll the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, When they hear the words of Your mouth.

PSALM 138 References

1 aPs. 119:46
2 aPs. 28:2
b1 Kin. 8:29
cIs. 42:21
4 aPs. 102:15
6 a[Ps.
113:4–7] bProv. 3:34;
[Is. 57:15];
Luke 1:48;
[James 4:6;
1 Pet. 5:5] 7 a[Ps. 23:3, 4] 8 aPs. 57:2;
[Phil. 1:6] bJob 10:3, 8

5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, For great is the glory of the LORD.
6 aThough the LORD is on high, Yet bHe regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.

7 aThough I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
8 aThe LORD will 1perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; bDo not forsake the works of Your hands.




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