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The Wisdom of Israel

(Category 9 of 16)

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CHAPTER 24 References

1 a[Acts 1:7] b[Is. 2:12]; Jer.
46:10; [Obad.
15]; Zeph. 1:7
2 a[Deut.
19:14; 27:17];
Prov. 22:28;
23:10; Hos.
3 a[Deut. 24:6,
10, 12, 17];
Job 22:6, 9
4 aJob 29:16;
Prov. 28:28
7 aEx. 22:26,
27; [Deut.
24:12, 13]; Job
22:6; [James
2:15, 16] 8 aLam. 4:5
10 aJob 31:19
14 aPs. 10:8
15 aProv.
7:7–10 bPs.
10:11 1Lit.
puts a covering
on his

Job Complains of Violence on the Earth


1 “Since atimes are not hidden from the Almighty, Why do those who know Him see not His bdays?

2 “Some remove alandmarks; They seize flocks violently and feed on them;
3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; They atake the widow’s ox as a pledge.
4 They push the needy off the road; All the apoor of the land are forced to hide.
5 Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, They go out to their work, searching for food. The wilderness yields food for them and for their children.
6 They gather their fodder in the field And glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
7 They aspend the night naked, without clothing, And have no covering in the cold.
8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And ahuddle around the rock for want of shelter.

9 “Some snatch the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge from the poor.
10 They cause the poor to go naked, without aclothing; And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
11 They press out oil within their walls, And tread winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
12 The dying groan in the city, And the souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God does not charge them with wrong.

13 “There are those who rebel against the light; They do not know its ways Nor abide in its paths.
14 aThe murderer rises with the light; He kills the poor and needy; And in the night he is like a thief.
15 aThe eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, bSaying, ‘No eye will see me’; And he 1disguises his face.
16 In the dark they break into houses

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Which they marked for themselves in the daytime; aThey do not know the light.
17 For the morning is the same to them as the shadow of death; If someone recognizes them, They are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

18 “They should be swift on the face of the waters, Their portion should be cursed in the earth, So that no one would turn into the way of their vineyards.
19 As drought and heat 1consume the snow waters, So 2the grave consumes those who have sinned.
20 The womb should forget him, The worm should feed sweetly on him; aHe should be remembered no more, And wickedness should be broken like a tree.
21 For he 1preys on the barren who do not bear, And does no good for the widow.

22 “But God draws the mighty away with His power; He rises up, but no man is sure of life.
23 He gives them security, and they rely on it; Yet aHis eyes are on their ways.
24 They are exalted for a little while, Then they are gone. They are brought low; They are 1taken out of the way like all others; They dry out like the heads of grain.

25 “Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech worth nothing?”

Bildad: How Can Man Be Righteous?


1 Then aBildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2 “Dominion and fear belong to Him; He makes peace in His high places.
3 1Is there any number to His armies? Upon whom does aHis light not rise?
4 aHow then can man be righteous before God? Or how can he be bpure who is born of a woman?

16 a[John 3:20] 19 1Lit. seize
2Or Sheol
20 aJob 18:17;
Ps. 34:16;
Prov. 10:7
21 1Lit. feeds
23 aPs. 11:4;
[Prov. 15:3] 24 1Lit. gathered

CHAPTER 25 References

1 aJob 8:1;
3 aJames 1:17
1Can His
armies be
4 aJob 4:17;
15:14; Ps.
130:3; 143:2
b[Job 14:4] 5 aJob 15:15
6 aPs. 22:6

CHAPTER 26 References

6 a[Ps. 139:8];
Prov. 15:11;
[Heb. 4:13] 7 aJob 9:8; Ps.
24:2; 104:2
8 aJob 37:11;
Prov. 30:4 1do
not break
10 a[Job
38:1–11]; Ps.
33:7; 104:9;
Prov. 8:29; Jer.
11 1amazed
12 aEx. 14:21;
Job 9:13; Is.
51:15; [Jer.
31:35] 1Lit.
13 a[Job 9:8];
Ps. 33:6 bIs.

CHAPTER 27 References

2 aJob 34:5

JOB 27:2

5 If even the moon does not shine, And the stars are not pure in His asight,
6 How much less man, who is aa maggot, And a son of man, who is a worm?”

Job: Man’s Frailty and God’s Majesty


1 But Job answered and said:

2 “How have you helped him who is without power? How have you saved the arm that has no strength?
3 How have you counseled one who has no wisdom? And how have you declared sound advice to many?
4 To whom have you uttered words?And whose spirit came from you?

5 “The dead tremble, Those under the waters and those inhabiting them.
6 aSheol is naked before Him, And Destruction has no covering.
7 aHe stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.
8 aHe binds up the water in His thick clouds, Yet the clouds 1are not broken under it.
9 He covers the face of His throne, And spreads His cloud over it.
10 aHe drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, At the WORD OR TEXT HERE of light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble, And are 1astonished at His rebuke.
12 aHe stirs up the sea with His power, And by His understanding He breaks up 1the storm.
13 aBy His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced bthe fleeing serpent.
14 Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?”

Job Maintains His Integrity


1 Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:

2 “As God lives, awho has taken away my justice, And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,

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JOB 27:3

3 As long as my breath is in me, And the breath of God in my nostrils,
4 My lips will not speak wickedness, Nor my tongue utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die aI will not put away my integrity from me.
6 My righteousness I ahold fast, and will not let it go; bMy heart shall not 1reproach me as long as I live.

7 “May my enemy be like the wicked, And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.
8 aFor what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?
9 aWill God hear his cry When trouble comes upon him?
10 aWill he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call on God?

11 “I will teach you 1about the hand of God;What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 Surely all of you have seen it; Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?

13 “Thisa is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:
14 aIf his children are multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
15 Those who survive him shall be buried in death, And at heir1 widows shall not weep,
16 Though he heaps up silver like dust, And piles up clothing like clay
17 He may pile it up, but athe just will wear it, And the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He builds his house like a 1moth, aLike a 2booth which a watchman makes.
19 The rich man will lie down, 1But not be gathered up; He opens his eyes, And he is ano more.
20 aTerrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.
21 The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; It sweeps him out of his place.

5 aJob 2:9;
6 aJob 2:3;
33:9 bActs
24:16 1reprove
8 aMatt. 16:26;
Luke 12:20
9 aJob 35:12,
13; Ps. 18:41;
Prov. 1:28;
28:9; [Is. 1:15];
Jer. 14:12;
Ezek. 8:18;
[Mic. 3:4;
John 9:31;
James 4:3] 10 aJob 22:26,
27; [Ps. 37:4;
Is. 58:14] 11 1Or by
13 aJob 20:29
14 aDeut.
28:41; Esth.
9:10; Hos. 9:13
15 aPs. 78:64
1Lit. his
17 aProv. 28:8;
[Eccl. 2:26] 18 aIs. 1:8;
Lam. 2:6 1So
with MT,Vg.;
LXX, Syr. spider
(cf. 8:14);
Tg. decay
19 aJob 7:8, 21;
20:7 1So with
MT, Tg.; LXX,
Syr. But shall
not add (i.e.,
do it again);
Vg. But take
away nothing
20 aJob 18:11
22 aJer. 13:14;
Ezek. 5:11;
24:14 1Lit.

CHAPTER 28 References

2 1Lit. dust
8 1Lit. sons of
pride, figurative
of the
great lions
9 1At the base
12 aEccl. 7:24
13 aProv. 3:15
14 aJob 28:22
15 aProv.
3:13–15; 8:10,
11, 19
17 aProv. 8:10;
16:16 1vessels

22 It hurls against him and does not aspare; He flees desperately from its 1power.
23 Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.

Job’s Discourse on Wisdom


1 “Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place where gold is refined.
2 Iron is taken from the 1earth, And copper is smelted from ore.
3 Man puts an end to darkness, And searches every recess For ore in the darkness and the shadow of death.
4 He breaks open a shaft away from people; In places forgotten by feet They hang far away from men; They swing to and fro.
5 As for the earth, from it comes bread, But underneath it is turned up as by fire;
6 Its stones are the source of sapphires, And it contains gold dust.
7 That path no bird knows, Nor has the falcon’s eye seen it.
8 The 1proud lions have not trodden it, Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.
9 He puts his hand on the flint; He overturns the mountains 1at the roots.
10 He cuts out channels in the rocks, And his eye sees every precious thing.
11 He dams up the streams from trickling; What is hidden he brings forth to light.

12 “Buta where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know its avalue, Nor is it found in the land of the living.
14 aThe deep says, ‘It is not in me’; And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15 It acannot be purchased for gold, Nor can silver be weighed for its price.
16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, In precious onyx or sapphire.
17 Neither agold nor crystal can equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for 1jewelry of fine gold.

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18 No mention shall be made of 1coral or quartz, For the price of wisdom is above arubies.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure agold.

20 “Froma where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living, And concealed from the birds of the 1air.
22 aDestruction1 and Death say, ‘We have heard a report about it with our ears.’
23 God understands its way, And He knows its place.
24 For He looks to the ends of the earth, And asees under the whole heavens,
25 aTo establish a weight for the wind, And apportion the waters by measure.
26 When He amade a law for the rain, And a path for the thunderbolt,
27 Then He saw 1wisdom and declared it; He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.
28 And to man He said, ‘Behold, athe fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’

18 aProv. 3:15;
8:11 1Heb.
19 aProv. 8:19
20 aJob 28:12;
[Ps. 111:10;
Prov. 1:7;
9:10] 21 1heaven
22 aJob 28:14
1Heb. Abaddon
24 a[Ps. 11:4;
33:13, 14;
66:7; Prov.
15:3] 25 aPs. 135:7
26 aJob 37:3;
27 1Lit. it
28 a[Deut. 4:6;
Ps. 111:10;
Prov. 1:7; 9:10;
Eccl. 12:13]

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Prayer for Safekeeping from Wickedness

A Psalm of David.

1 LORD, I cry out to You; Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.
2 Let my prayer be set before You aas incense, bThe lifting up of my hands as cthe evening sacrifice.

3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my amouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice wicked works With men who work iniquity;aAnd do not let me eat of their delicacies .

5 aLet the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it.

PSALM 141 References

2 a[Ex. 30:8];
Luke 1:10;
[Rev. 5:8; 8:3,
4] bPs. 134:2;
[1 Tim. 2:8] cEx. 29:39, 41;
1 Kin. 18:29,
36; Dan. 9:21
3 a[Prov. 13:3;
21:23] 4 aProv. 23:6
5 a[Prov. 9:8;
Eccl. 7:5; Gal.
6:1] 6 1rock
8 a2 Chr.
20:12; Ps.
25:15 1Lit. Do
not make my
soul bare
9 aPs. 119:110
10 aPs. 35:8

For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
6 Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the 1cliff, And they hear my words, for they are sweet.
7 Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave, As when one plows and breaks up the earth.

8 But amy eyes are upon You, O GOD the Lord; In You I take refuge; 1Do not leave my soul destitute.
9 Keep me from athe snares they have laid for me, And from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
10 aLet the wicked fall into their own nets, While I escape safely.




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