The Wisdom of Israel
(Category 9 of 16)
1 Moreover the LORD aanswered Job, and said:
CHAPTER 40 References
1 aJob 38:1
2 aJob 9:3;
bJob 13:3; 23:4
4 aEzra 9:6;
Job 42:6 bJob
29:9; Ps. 39:9
6 aJob 38:1
7 aJob 38:3
bJob 42:4 1Lit.
gird up your
8 aJob 16:11;
19:6; [Ps. 51:4;
Rom. 3:4] 1nullify
9 aJob 37:4;
[Ps. 29:3, 4] 10 aPs. 93:1;
12 a1 Sam. 2:7;
15 1A large
19 aJob 26:14
20 aPs. 104:14
2 “Shall athe one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who brebukes God, let him answer it.”
Job’s Response to God
3 Then Job answered the LORD and said:
4 “Behold,a I am vile; What shall I answer You? bI lay my hand over my mouth.
5 Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”
God’s Challenge to Job
6 aThen the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
7 “Nowa 1prepare yourself like a man; bI will question you, and you shall answer Me:
8 “Woulda you indeed
annul1 My judgment? Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?
9 Have you an arm like God? Or can you thunder with aa voice like His?
10 aThen adorn yourself with majesty and splendor, And array yourself with glory and beauty.
11 Disperse the rage of your wrath; Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him.
12 Look on everyone who is aproud, and bring him low; Tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together, Bind their faces in hidden darkness.
14 Then I will also confess to you That your own right hand can save you.
15 “Look now at the
16 See now, his strength is in his hips, And his power is in his stomach muscles.
17 He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
18 His bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron.
19 He is the first of the aways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
20 Surely the mountains ayield food for him,
And all the beasts of the field play there.
21 He lies under the lotus trees, In a covert of reeds and marsh.
22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade; The willows by the brook surround him.
23 Indeed the river may rage, Yet he is not disturbed; He is confident, though the gushes into his mouth,
24 Though he takes it in his eyes, Or one pierces his nose with a snare.
1 “Can you draw out a
2 Can you aput a reed through his nose, Or pierce his jaw with a 1hook?
3 Will he make many supplications to you? Will he speak softly to you?
4 Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him as a servant forever?
5 Will you play with him as with a bird, Or will you leash him for your maidens?
6 Will your companions 1make a banquet of him? Will they apportion him among the merchants?
7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears?
8 Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle— Never do it again!
9 Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false; Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him?
10 No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me?
11 aWho has preceded Me, that I should pay him? bEverything under heaven is Mine.
12 “I will not 1conceal his limbs, His mighty power, or his graceful proportions.
13 Who can 1remove his outer coat? Who can approach him with a double ?
14 Who can open the doors of his face, With his terrible teeth all around?
15 His rows of 1scales are his pride, Shut up tightly as with a seal;
16 One is so near another
CHAPTER 41 References
1 aPs. 74:14;
27:1 1A large
2 a2 Kin.
6 1Or bargain
1 Cor. 10:26,
12 1Lit. keep
13 1Lit. take
off the face of
15 1Lit. shields
25 1Or purify
CHAPTER 42 References
2 aGen. 18:14;
18:27] 3 aJob 38:2
That no air can come between them;
17 They are joined one to another, They stick together and cannot be parted.
18 His sneezings flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 Out of his mouth go burning lights; Sparks of fire shoot out.
20 Smoke goes out of his nostrils, As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21 His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes out of his mouth.
22 Strength dwells in his neck, And 1sorrow dances before him.
23 The folds of his flesh are joined together; They are firm on him and cannot be moved.
24 His heart is as hard as stone, Even as hard as the lower millstone.
25 When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; Because of his crashings they 1are beside themselves.
26 Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail; Nor does spear, dart, or javelin.
27 He regards iron as straw, And bronze as rotten wood.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee; Slingstones become like stubble to him.
29 Darts are regarded as straw; He laughs at the threat of javelins.
30 His undersides are like sharp potsherds; He spreads pointed marks in the mire.
31 He makes the deep boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 He leaves a shining wake behind him; One would think the deep had white hair.
33 On earth there is nothing like him, Which is made without fear.
34 He beholds every high thing; He is king over all the children of pride.”
Job’s Repentance and Restoration
1 Then Job answered the LORD and said:
2 “I know that You acan do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.
3 You asked, a‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, bThings too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, a‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’
5 “I have aheard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.
6 Therefore I aabhor1 myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”
7 And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.
8 “Now therefore, take for yourselves aseven bulls and seven rams, bgo to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall cpray for you. For I will accept 1him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had 1accepted Job.
3 bPs. 40:5;
4 aJob 38:3;
5 aJob 26:14
6 aEzra 9:6
8 aNum. 23:1
b[Matt. 5:24] cGen. 20:17
1Lit. his face
9 1Lit. lifted
up the face of
10 aDeut. 30:3
bIs. 40:2 1Lit.
Job, what was
11 aJob 19:13
12 aJames 5:11
13 aJob 1:2
14 1Lit. Handsome
3Lit. The Horn
of Color or
16 aJob 5:26;
17 aGen. 15:15;
10 aAnd the LORD 1restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job btwice as much as he had before.
11 Then aall his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the LORD had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.
12 Now the LORD blessed athe latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had bfourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.
13 aHe also had seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first 1Jemimah, the name of the second 2Keziah, and the name of the third 3Keren-Happuch.
15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.
16 After this Job alived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations.
17 So Job died, old and afull of days.
The Happiness of Those Whose Help Is the LORD
PRAISE1 the LORD!
1 aPraise the LORD, O my soul!
2 aWhile I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 aDo not put your trust in princes, Nor in 1a son of man, in whom there is no 2help.
4 aHis spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day bhis plans perish.
5 aHappy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6 aWho made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever,
PSALM 146 References
1 aPs. 103:1
2 aPs. 104:33
3 a[Is. 2:22] 1A
4 a[Eccl. 12:7] b[1 Cor. 2:6] 5 aJer. 17:7
6 aRev. 14:7
7 aPs. 103:6
bPs. 107:9 cPs.
8 aMatt. 9:30
9 aDeut. 10:18
10 aEx. 15:18
7 aWho executes justice for the oppressed, bWho gives food to the hungry. cThe LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.
8 aThe LORD opens the eyes of the blind; bThe LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous.
9 aThe LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; bBut the way of the wicked He 1turns upside down.
10 aThe LORD shall reign forever— Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!
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