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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

How furious Satan was at Job, a man who was "blameless, a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil" (Job 1:1). Satan continually plotted, planned, and accused Job before God until God finally gave him permission to breach the protective hedge (vv. 10-12).

How could God do such a thing? He had confidence that Job would continue to serve Him, regardless of circumstances, and that Job would prevail over the enemy.

"The wicked plot against the godly . . . but the Lord just laughs, for he sees their day of judgment coming" (Psalm 37:12-13). How can God laugh when we are under such attack by the wicked? The Bible records that God laughs only when someone threatens Him: "Let us break their chains," they cry, "and free ourselves from this slavery." But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them"

(Psalm 2:3-4).

God has no problem with confidence, and He also has confidence in you, or He would not allow you to encounter trials. When you laugh at the enemy's attack, you are simply treating Satan the way God treats him. Pass on through your trial with the laughter of God in your mouth. He is not threatened, and neither should you be!

Job 1:1-3:26

Prologue

In the land of UzS Ge 10:23 there lived a man whose name was Job.Eze 14:14, 20; Jas 5:11 This man was blamelessS Ge 6:9; S Job 23:10 and upright;Job 23:7; Ps 11:7; 107:42; Pr 21:29; Mic 7:2 he feared GodS Ge 22:12 and shunned evil.ver 8; S Dt 4:6; Job 2:3; 1Th 5:22He had seven sonsS Ru 4:15 and three daughters,ver 13, 18; Job 42:13; Ps 127:3; 144:12and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys,S Ge 13:2 and had a large number of servants.S Ge 12:16 He was the greatest manver 8; Job 29:25 among all the people of the East.S Ge 25:6; Job 42:10; Ps 103:10

His sons used to hold feastsver 13, 18 in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified.S Ne 12:30 Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offeringS Ge 8:20 for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinnedJob 8:4 and cursed God1Ki 21:10, 13; Ps 10:3; 74:10 in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

One day the angelsHebrew the sons of GodS 1Ki 22:19; fn Ge 6:2 came to present themselves before the Lord, and SatanHebrew satan means adversary.S 2Sa 24:1; S 2Ch 18:21; S Ps 109:6; Lk 22:31 also came with them.Job 2:1The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”S Ge 3:1; 1Pe 5:8

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job?S Jos 1:7 There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears GodPs 25:12; 112:1; 128:4 and shuns evil.”S ver 1; S Ex 20:20

“Does Job fear God for nothing?”1Ti 6:5 Satan replied.10 “Have you not put a hedgeS 1Sa 25:16 around him and his household and everything he has?ver 12; Job 2:4; Ps 34:7 You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.ver 3; Job 8:7; 29:6; 42:12, 1711 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has,Job 19:21; Lk 22:31 and he will surely curse you to your face.”Lev 24:11; Job 2:5; Isa 3:8; 65:3; Rev 12:9-10

12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he hasS ver 10 is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”Job 2:6; 1Co 10:13

Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

13 One day when Job’s sons and daughtersS ver 2 were feastingS ver 4 and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house,14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazingGe 36:24 nearby,15 and the SabeansS Ge 10:7; S Job 9:24 attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavensS 1Ki 18:38; 2Ki 1:12; Job 20:26 and burned up the sheep and the servants,S Ge 18:17; S Lev 10:2; S Nu 11:1-3 and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The ChaldeansS Ge 11:28, 31; S Job 9:24 formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughtersS ver 2 were feastingS ver 4 and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house,19 when suddenly a mighty windPs 11:6; Isa 5:28; 21:1; Jer 4:11; 13:24; 18:17; Eze 17:10; Hos 13:15; Mt 7:25 swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead,Job 16:7; 19:13-15 and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!Eze 24:26

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robeS Ge 37:29; S Mk 14:63 and shaved his head.Isa 3:24; 15:2; 22:12; Jer 7:29; 16:6; Eze 27:31; 29:18; Mic 1:16 Then he fell to the ground in worship1Pe 5:621 and said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,

and naked I will depart.Or will return thereEcc 5:15; 1Ti 6:7

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;Ru 1:21; 1Sa 2:7

may the name of the Lord be praised.”S Jdg 10:15; Job 2:10; Ecc 7:14; Jer 40:2; S Eph 5:20; 1Th 5:18; Jas 5:11

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.Job 2:10; Ps 39:1; Pr 10:19; 13:3; Isa 53:7; Ro 9:20

On another day the angelsHebrew the sons of Godfn Ge 6:2 came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with themS Job 1:6 to present himself before him.And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”S Ge 3:1

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.S Ex 20:20; S Job 1:1, 8 And he still maintains his integrity,Job 6:29; 13:18; 27:6; 31:6; 32:1; 40:8 though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”Job 9:17; Ps 44:17

“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he hasS Job 1:10 for his own life.But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones,Job 16:8; 19:20; 33:21; Ps 102:5; La 4:8 and he will surely curse you to your face.”S Ex 20:7; S Job 1:11

The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands;2Co 12:7 but you must spare his life.”S Job 1:12

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.S Dt 28:35; S Job 16:16Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.Ge 18:27; Est 4:3; Job 16:15; 19:9; 30:19; 42:6; Ps 7:5; Isa 58:5; 61:3; Jer 6:26; La 3:29; Eze 26:16; Jnh 3:5-8, 6; Mt 11:21

His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity?Job 6:29; 13:15; 27:5; 33:9; 35:2; 1Th 5:8 Curse God and die!”S Ex 20:7; S 2Ki 6:33

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolishThe Hebrew word rendered foolish denotes moral deficiency. woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”S Job 1:21; S Ecc 2:24; La 3:38

In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.S Job 1:22; S 6:24; Jas 1:12; 5:11

11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite,S Ge 36:11 Bildad the ShuhiteS Ge 25:2 and Zophar the Naamathite,Job 11:1; 20:1 heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.S Ge 37:35; S Job 6:10; Jn 11:1912 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him;Job 17:7; Isa 52:14 they began to weep aloud,S 2Sa 15:23 and they tore their robesS Ge 37:29; S Mk 14:63 and sprinkled dust on their heads.S Jos 7:6; S 2Sa 1:213 Then they sat on the groundIsa 3:26; 47:1; Jer 48:18; La 2:10; Eze 26:16; Jnh 3:6; Hag 2:22 with him for seven days and seven nights.S Ge 50:10 No one said a word to him,Pr 17:28; Isa 23:2; 47:5 because they saw how great his suffering was.

Job Speaks

After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.Jer 15:10; 20:14He said:

“May the day of my birth perish,

and the night that said, ‘A boy is conceived!’ver 11, 16; Job 10:18-19; Ecc 4:2; 6:3; Jer 20:14-18; Mt 26:24

That day—may it turn to darkness;

may God above not care about it;

may no light shine on it.

May gloom and utter darknessJob 10:21, 22; 34:22; 38:17; Ps 23:4; 44:19; 88:12; Jer 2:6; 13:16 claim it once more;

may a cloud settle over it;

may blackness overwhelm it.

That night—may thick darknessJob 23:17; 30:26 seize it;

may it not be included among the days of the year

nor be entered in any of the months.

May that night be barren;

may no shout of joyPs 20:5; 33:3; 65:13; Isa 26:19; Jer 51:48 be heard in it.

May those who curse daysOr curse the sea curse that day,Job 10:18; Jer 20:14

those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.S Ge 1:21; Job 41:1, 8, 10, 25; Ps 74:14; 104:26

May its morning stars become dark;

may it wait for daylight in vain

and not see the first rays of dawn,Job 41:18; Hab 3:4

10 for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me

to hide trouble from my eyes.

11 “Why did I not perish at birth,

and die as I came from the womb?S ver 3

12 Why were there knees to receive meS Ge 48:12; Isa 66:12

and breasts that I might be nursed?

13 For now I would be lying downJob 17:13; 30:23 in peace;

I would be asleep and at restver 17; Job 7:8-10, 21; 10:22; 13:19; 14:10-12; 19:27; 21:13, 23; 27:19; Ps 139:11; Isa 8:22

14 with kings and rulers of the earth,Job 9:24; 12:17; Isa 14:9; Eze 32:28-32

who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,Job 15:28; Jer 51:37; Na 3:7

15 with princesJob 12:21; Isa 45:1 who had gold,

who filled their houses with silver.Job 15:29; 20:10; 27:17; Ps 49:16-17; Pr 13:22; 28:8; Ecc 2:26; Isa 2:7; Zep 1:11

16 Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child,Ps 58:8; Ecc 4:3; 6:3

like an infant who never saw the light of day?S ver 3; Ps 71:6

17 There the wicked cease from turmoil,ver 26; Job 30:26; Ecc 4:2; Isa 14:3

and there the weary are at rest.S ver 13

18 CaptivesIsa 51:14 also enjoy their ease;

they no longer hear the slave driver’sS Ge 15:13 shout.Job 39:7

19 The small and the great are there,Job 9:22; 17:16; 21:33; 24:24; 30:23; Ecc 12:5

and the slaves are freed from their owners.

20 “Why is light given to those in misery,

and life to the bitter of soul,S 1Sa 1:10; Eze 27:30-31

21 to those who long for death that does not come,Rev 9:6

who search for it more than for hidden treasure,Ps 119:127; Pr 2:4

22 who are filled with gladness

and rejoice when they reach the grave?Job 7:16; Ecc 4:3; Jer 8:3

23 Why is life given to a man

whose way is hidden,Pr 4:19; Isa 59:10; Jer 13:16; 23:12

whom God has hedged in?Job 6:4; 16:13; 19:6, 8, 12; Ps 88:8; La 2:4; 3:7; Hos 2:6

24 For sighingPs 5:1; 38:9; Isa 35:10 has become my daily food;Job 6:7; 33:20; Ps 107:18

my groansPs 22:1; 32:3; 38:8 pour out like water.1Sa 1:15; Job 30:16; Ps 6:6; 22:14; 42:3, 4; 80:5; Isa 53:12; La 2:12

25 What I feared has come upon me;

what I dreadedJob 7:9; 9:28; 30:15; Hos 13:3 has happened to me.S Ge 42:36

26 I have no peace,Isa 48:22; Jn 14:27 no quietness;

I have no rest,Job 7:4, 14; Ps 6:6; Da 4:5; Mt 11:28 but only turmoil.”S ver 17; S Job 10:18; S 19:8

Prologue

There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.He had seven sons and three daughters.He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.

Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them.When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

Job’s First Test

One day the members of the heavenly courtHebrew the sons of God. came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,Hebrew and the satan; similarly throughout this chapter. came with them.“Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.

Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”

Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God.10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is!11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

12 “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.

13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house,14 a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them,15 when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

16 While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

17 While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

18 While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home.19 Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”

20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship.21 He said,

“I came naked from my mother’s womb,

and I will be naked when I leave.

The Lord gave me what I had,

and the Lord has taken it away.

Praise the name of the Lord!”

22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.

Job’s Second Test

One day the members of the heavenly courtHebrew the sons of God. came again to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,Hebrew and the satan; similarly throughout this chapter. came with them.“Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.

Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.”

Satan replied to the Lord, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life.But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

“All right, do with him as you please,” the Lord said to Satan. “But spare his life.”So Satan left the Lord’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.

Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes.His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”

10 But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.

Job’s Three Friends Share His Anguish

11 When three of Job’s friends heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him. Their names were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite.12 When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to show their grief.13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.

Job’s First Speech

At last Job spoke, and he cursed the day of his birth.He said:

“Let the day of my birth be erased,

and the night I was conceived.

Let that day be turned to darkness.

Let it be lost even to God on high,

and let no light shine on it.

Let the darkness and utter gloom claim that day for its own.

Let a black cloud overshadow it,

and let the darkness terrify it.

Let that night be blotted off the calendar,

never again to be counted among the days of the year,

never again to appear among the months.

Let that night be childless.

Let it have no joy.

Let those who are experts at cursing—

whose cursing could rouse LeviathanThe identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient literature.

curse that day.

Let its morning stars remain dark.

Let it hope for light, but in vain;

may it never see the morning light.

10 Curse that day for failing to shut my mother’s womb,

for letting me be born to see all this trouble.

11 “Why wasn’t I born dead?

Why didn’t I die as I came from the womb?

12 Why was I laid on my mother’s lap?

Why did she nurse me at her breasts?

13 Had I died at birth, I would now be at peace.

I would be asleep and at rest.

14 I would rest with the world’s kings and prime ministers,

whose great buildings now lie in ruins.

15 I would rest with princes, rich in gold,

whose palaces were filled with silver.

16 Why wasn’t I buried like a stillborn child,

like a baby who never lives to see the light?

17 For in death the wicked cause no trouble,

and the weary are at rest.

18 Even captives are at ease in death,

with no guards to curse them.

19 Rich and poor are both there,

and the slave is free from his master.

20 “Oh, why give light to those in misery,

and life to those who are bitter?

21 They long for death, and it won’t come.

They search for death more eagerly than for hidden treasure.

22 They’re filled with joy when they finally die,

and rejoice when they find the grave.

23 Why is life given to those with no future,

those God has surrounded with difficulties?

24 I cannot eat for sighing;

my groans pour out like water.

25 What I always feared has happened to me.

What I dreaded has come true.

26 I have no peace, no quietness.

I have no rest; only trouble comes.”

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:

15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.

And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.

13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

And Job spake, and said,

Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.

Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.

Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.

Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.

Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:

10 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.

11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?

12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?

13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves;

15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:

16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.

18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.

19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.

20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;

21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.

25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.

1 Corinthians 14:1-17

Intelligibility in Worship

14 Follow the way of love1Co 16:14 and eagerly desirever 39; 1Co 12:31 gifts of the Spirit,S 1Co 12:1 especially prophecy.ver 39; S Eph 4:11For anyone who speaks in a tongueOr in another language; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27S Mk 16:17 does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them;ver 6-11, 16 they utter mysteries1Co 13:2 by the Spirit.But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening,ver 4, 5, 12, 17, 26; S Ro 14:19 encouragingver 31 and comfort.Anyone who speaks in a tongueS Mk 16:17 edifiesS ver 3 themselves, but the one who prophesiesS 1Co 13:2 edifies the church.I would like every one of you to speak in tongues,Or in other languages; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39 but I would rather have you prophesy.Nu 11:29 The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,Or in other languages; also in verses 6, 18, 22, 23 and 39 unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.S ver 3

Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelationver 26; Eph 1:17 or knowledgeS 2Co 8:7 or prophecy or word of instruction?Ro 6:17Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes?Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?Nu 10:9; Jer 4:19So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me.Ge 11:712 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit,S 1Co 12:1 try to excel in those that build upS ver 3 the church.

13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.ver 514 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays,ver 2 but my mind is unfruitful.15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit,ver 2, 14 but I will also pray with my understanding; I will singS Eph 5:19 with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer,The Greek word for inquirer is a technical term for someone not fully initiated into a religion; also in verses 23 and 24. say “Amen”Dt 27:15-26; 1Ch 16:36; Ne 8:6; Ps 106:48; Rev 5:14; 7:12 to your thanksgiving,S Mt 14:19; 1Co 11:24 since they do not know what you are saying?17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.S ver 3

Tongues and Prophecy

14 Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.For if you have the ability to speak in tongues,Or in unknown languages; also in 14:4, 5, 13, 14, 18, 22, 26, 27, 28, 39. you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit,Or speaking in your spirit. but it will all be mysterious.But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.

I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened.

Dear brothers and sisters,Greek brothers; also in 14:20, 26, 39. if I should come to you speaking in an unknown language,Or in tongues; also in 14:19, 23. how would that help you? But if I bring you a revelation or some special knowledge or prophecy or teaching, that will be helpful.Even lifeless instruments like the flute or the harp must play the notes clearly, or no one will recognize the melody.And if the bugler doesn’t sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle?

It’s the same for you. If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space.

10 There are many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning.11 But if I don’t understand a language, I will be a foreigner to someone who speaks it, and the one who speaks it will be a foreigner to me.12 And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church.

13 So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said.14 For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying.

15 Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit,Or in the Spirit; also in 14:15b, 16. and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand.16 For if you praise God only in the spirit, how can those who don’t understand you praise God along with you? How can they join you in giving thanks when they don’t understand what you are saying?17 You will be giving thanks very well, but it won’t strengthen the people who hear you.

14 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

Psalm 37:12-29

12 The wicked plotPs 2:1; 31:13 against the righteous

and gnash their teethS Job 16:9; Ps 35:16; 112:10 at them;

13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,

for he knows their day is coming.1Sa 26:10; Eze 12:23

14 The wicked draw the swordS Ps 22:20

and bend the bowPs 11:2

to bring down the poor and needy,S Ps 35:10

to slay those whose ways are upright.

15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,S Ps 9:16

and their bows will be broken.S 1Sa 2:4; Ps 46:9; Jer 49:35

16 Better the little that the righteous have

than the wealthPr 15:16; 16:8 of many wicked;

17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,Job 38:15; Ps 10:15

but the Lord upholdsPs 41:12; 140:12; 145:14; 146:7 the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,S Job 23:10; Ps 44:21

and their inheritance will endure forever.ver 27, 29

19 In times of disaster they will not wither;

in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:S Ps 34:21

Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,

they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.Ps 68:2; 102:3; Isa 51:6

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,

but the righteous give generously;S Lev 25:35; Ps 112:5

22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,

but those he cursesS Job 5:3 will be destroyed.ver 9

23 The Lord makes firm the stepsS Job 11:15; S Ps 7:9; 66:9

of the one who delightsS Nu 14:8; Ps 147:11 in him;

24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,S Ps 13:4; 27:2; 38:17; 55:22; 119:165; Pr 3:23; 10:9

for the Lord upholds2Ch 9:8; Ps 41:12; 145:14 him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,

yet I have never seen the righteous forsakenver 28; S Ge 15:1; Heb 13:5

or their children beggingPs 111:5; 145:15; Mk 10:46 bread.

26 They are always generous and lend freely;S Lev 25:35

their children will be a blessing.Or freely; / the names of their children will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or freely; / others will see that their children are blessedDt 28:4; Ps 112:2

27 Turn from evil and do good;Ps 34:14; 3Jn 1:11

then you will dwell in the land forever.S Nu 24:21

28 For the Lord loves the just

and will not forsake his faithful ones.S Dt 7:6; S Ps 18:25; S 97:10

Wrongdoers will be completely destroyedSee Septuagint; Hebrew They will be protected forever;

the offspring of the wicked will perish.S Ge 17:14; S Dt 32:26; Pr 2:22

29 The righteous will inherit the landver 9; Pr 2:21

and dwell in it forever.Isa 34:17

12 The wicked plot against the godly;

they snarl at them in defiance.

13 But the Lord just laughs,

for he sees their day of judgment coming.

14 The wicked draw their swords

and string their bows

to kill the poor and the oppressed,

to slaughter those who do right.

15 But their swords will stab their own hearts,

and their bows will be broken.

16 It is better to be godly and have little

than to be evil and rich.

17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,

but the Lord takes care of the godly.

18 Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,

and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.

19 They will not be disgraced in hard times;

even in famine they will have more than enough.

20 But the wicked will die.

The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field—

they will disappear like smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and never repay,

but the godly are generous givers.

22 Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,

but those he curses will die.

23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.

He delights in every detail of their lives.

24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,

for the Lord holds them by the hand.

25 Once I was young, and now I am old.

Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned

or their children begging for bread.

26 The godly always give generous loans to others,

and their children are a blessing.

27 Turn from evil and do good,

and you will live in the land forever.

28 For the Lord loves justice,

and he will never abandon the godly.

He will keep them safe forever,

but the children of the wicked will die.

29 The godly will possess the land

and will live there forever.

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

Proverbs 21:25-26

25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,Pr 13:4

because his hands refuse to work.

26 All day long he craves for more,

but the righteousS 2Sa 17:27 give without sparing.S Lev 25:35

25 Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin,

for their hands refuse to work.

26 Some people are always greedy for more,

but the godly love to give!

25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

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