The Wisdom of Israel
(Category 9 of 16)
CHAPTER 16 References
2 aJob 13:4;
Job Reproaches His Pitiless Friends
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 “I have heard many such things; aMiserable1 comforters are you all!
3 Shall 1words of wind 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 heap up words against you, And ashake my head at you;
5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.
6 “Though I speak, my grief is not relieved; And if I remain silent, how am I eased?
7 But now He has aworn me out; You bhave made desolate all my company.
8 You have shriveled me up, And it is a awitness against me; My leanness rises up against me And bears witness to my face.
9 aHe tears me in His wrath, and hates me; He gnashes at me with His teeth; bMy adversary sharpens His gaze on me.
10 They agape at me with their mouth, They bstrike me reproachfully on the cheek, They gather together against me.
11 God ahas delivered me to the ungodly, And turned me over to the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, but He has ashattered me; He also has taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces; He has bset me up for His target,
13 His archers surround me. He pierces my 1heart and does not pity; He pours out my gall on the ground.
14 He breaks me with wound upon wound; He runs at me like a 1warrior.
15 “I have sewn sackcloth over my skin, And alaid my 1head in the dust.
16 My face is 1flushed from weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
17 Although no violence is in my hands, And my prayer is pure.
18 “O earth, do not cover my blood, And alet my cry have no resting place!
19 Surely even now amy witness is in heaven,
4 aPs. 22:7;
7 aJob 7:3 bJob
8 aJob 10:17
9 aJob 10:16,
Hos. 6:1 bJob
10 aPs. 22:13;
35:21 bIs. 50:6;
Mic. 5:1; Matt.
11 aJob 1:15,
12 aJob 9:17
13 1Lit. kidneys
14 1Vg. giant
15 aJob 30:19;
Ps. 7:5 1Lit.
16 1Lit. red
18 aJob 27:9;
[Ps. 66:18] 19 aGen. 31:50;
1 Thess. 2:5
21 aJob 31:35;
Eccl. 6:10; [Is.
22 aJob 10:21;
CHAPTER 17 References
1 aPs. 88:3, 4
2 a1 Sam. 1:6;
Job 12:4; 17:6;
30:1, 9; 34:7
3 aProv. 6:1;
4 aJob 12:20;
5 aJob 11:20
6 aJob 30:9
7 aPs. 6:7; 31:9
9 aProv. 4:18
10 aJob 6:29
Tg. all of
11 aJob 7:6
15 aJob 7:6;
16 aJon. 2:6
1The abode of
And my evidence is on high.
20 My friends scorn me; My eyes pour out tears to God.
21 aOh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his 1neighbor!
22 For when a few years are finished, I shall ago the way of no return.
Job Prays for Relief
1 “My spirit is broken, My days are extinguished, aThe grave is ready for me.
2 Are not mockers with me? And does not my eye 1dwell on their aprovocation?
3 “Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself. Who is he who awill shake hands with me?
4 For You have hidden their heart from aunderstanding; Therefore You will not exalt them.
5 He who speaks flattery to his friends, Even the eyes of his children will afail.
6 “But He has made me aa byword of the people, And I have become one in whose face men spit.
7 aMy eye has also grown dim because of sorrow, And all my members are like shadows.
8 Upright men are astonished at this, And the innocent stirs himself up against the hypocrite.
9 Yet the righteous will hold to his away, And he who has bclean hands will be stronger and stronger.
10 “But please, acome back again, 1all of you, For I shall not find one wise man among you.
11 aMy days are past, My purposes are broken off, Even the 1thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day; ‘The light is near,’ they say, in the face of darkness.
13 If I wait for the grave as my house, If I make my bed in the darkness,
14 If I say to corruption, ‘You are my father,’ And to the worm, ‘You are my mother and my sister,’
15 Where then is my ahope? As for my hope, who can see it?
16 Will they go down ato the gates of 1Sheol?
Shall we have brest together in the dust?”
Bildad: The Wicked Are Punished
1 Then aBildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “How long till you put an end to words? Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.
3 Why are we counted aas beasts, And regarded as stupid in your sight?
4 aYou1 who tear yourself in anger, Shall the earth be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be removed from its place?
5 “Thea light of the wicked indeed goes out, And the flame of his fire does not shine.
6 The light is dark in his tent, aAnd his lamp beside him is put out.
7 The steps of his strength are shortened, And ahis own counsel casts him down.
8 For ahe is cast into a net by his own feet, And he walks into a snare.
9 The net takes him by the heel, And aa snare lays hold of him.
10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground, And a trap for him in the road.
11 aTerrors frighten him on every side, And drive him to his feet.
12 His strength is starved, And adestruction is ready at his side.
13 It devours patches of his skin; The firstborn of death devours his 1limbs.
14 He is uprooted from athe shelter of his tent, And they parade him before the king of terrors.
15 They dwell in his tent who are none of his; Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.
16 aHis roots are dried out below, And his branch withers above.
17 aThe memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name 1among the renowned.
18 1He is driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world.
19 aHe has neither son nor posterity among his people, Nor any remaining in his dwellings.
20 Those 1in the west are astonished aat his day,
CHAPTER 18 References
1 aJob 8:1
3 aPs. 73:22
4 aJob 13:14
1Lit. one who
tears his soul
5 aJob 21:17;
6 aJob 21:17;
7 aJob 5:12,
8 aJob 22:10;
Ps. 9:15; 35:8;
Is. 24:17, 18
9 aJob 5:5
11 aJob 20:25;
12 aJob 15:23
14 aJob 11:20
16 aJob 29:19
17 aJob 24:20;
i.e., the distinguished
18 1Or They
19 aJob 27:14,
15; Is. 14:22
20 aPs. 37:13;
Obad. 12 1Lit.
who came after
have gone before
21 aJer. 9:3;
1 Thess. 4:5
CHAPTER 19 References
3 1shamed or
strange to me
5 aPs. 35:26;
6 aJob 16:11
8 aJob 3:23;
Ps. 88:8; Lam.
3:7, 9 1walled
off my way
9 aJob 12:17,
19; Ps. 89:44
10 aJob 17:14,
11 aJob 13:24;
13 aJob 16:20;
As those 2in the east are frightened.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, And this is the place of him who adoes not know God.”
Job Trusts in His Redeemer
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 “How long will you torment my soul, And break me in pieces with words?
3 These ten times you have 1reproached me; You are not ashamed that you 2have wronged me.
4 And if indeed I have erred, My error remains with me.
5 If indeed you aexalt yourselves against me, And plead my disgrace against me,
6 Know then that aGod has wronged me, And has surrounded me with His net.
7 “If I cry out concerning 1wrong, I am not heard. If I cry aloud, there is no justice.
8 aHe has 1fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass; And He has set darkness in my paths.
9 aHe has stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head.
10 He breaks me down on every side, And I am gone; My ahope He has uprooted like a tree.
11 He has also kindled His wrath against me, And aHe counts me as one of His enemies.
12 His troops come together And build up their road against me; They encamp all around my tent.
13 “Hea has removed my brothers far from me, And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
14 My relatives have failed, And my close friends have forgotten me.
15 Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants, Count me as a stranger; I am an alien in their sight.
16 I call my servant, but he gives no answer; I beg him with my mouth.
17 My breath is offensive to my wife,
And I am 1repulsive to the children of my own body.
18 Even ayoung children despise me; I arise, and they speak against me.
19 aAll my close friends abhor me, And those whom I love have turned against me.
20 aMy bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21 “Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has struck me!
22 Why do you apersecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh?
23 “Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!
24 That they were engraved on a rock With an iron pen and lead, forever!
25 For I know that my aRedeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is 1destroyed, this I know, That ain my flesh I shall see God,
27 Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my 1heart yearns within me!
28 If you should say, ‘How shall we persecute him?’— Since the root of the matter is found in me,
29 Be afraid of the sword for yourselves; For wrath brings the punishment of the sword, That you may know there is a judgment.”
18 a2 Kin. 2:23;
19 aPs. 38:11;
20 aJob 16:8;
22 aJob 13:24,
19:6; Ps. 69:26
26 a[Ps. 17:15];
1 Cor. 13:12;
[1 John 3:2] 1Lit. struck
27 1Lit. kidneys
God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1 O LORD, aYou have searched me and known me.
2 aYou know my sitting down and my rising up; You bunderstand my thought afar off.
3 aYou 1comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, aYou know it altogether.
5 You have 1hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.
6 aSuch knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
7 aWhere can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 aIf I ascend into heaven,You are there; bIf I make my bed in 1hell, behold,You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall 1fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, athe darkness 1shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts; You 1covered me in my mother’s womb.
PSALM 139 References
1 aPs. 17:3;
2 a2 Kin. 19:27
3 aJob 14:16;
31:4 1Lit. winnow
4 a[Heb. 4:13] 5 1enclosed
6 aJob 42:3;
7 a[Jer. 23:24;
Amos 9:2–4] 8 a[Amos
11 1Vg., Symmachus
12 aJob 26:6;
4:13] 1Lit. is
14 1So with
MT, Tg.; LXX,
15 aJob 10:8, 9;
Eccl. 11:5 1Lit.
17 a[Ps. 40:5;
Rom. 11:33] 19 a[Is. 11:4] bPs. 119:115
1Lit. men of
20 aJude 15
your cities in
21 a2 Chr. 19:2
23 aJob 31:6;
24 aPs. 5:8;
14 I will praise You, for 1I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
15 aMy 1frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
17 aHow precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.
19 Oh, that You would aslay the wicked, O God! bDepart from me, therefore, you 1bloodthirsty men.
20 For they aspeak against You wickedly; 1Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 aDo I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with 1perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.
23 aSearch me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And alead me in the way everlasting.
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