1 “Behold, my eye has seen all these things, And my ear has heard them.†
2 What you know, I also know; I am not of lesser understanding than you.
3 Nevertheless I will speak to the Lord And will reason before Him if He wills.
4 For you are all dishonest physicians and healers of diseases.
5 But would that you were silent, For it would lead you to wisdom.
6 Hear the conviction of my mouth And heed the judgment of my lips.
7 Do you not speak before the Lord And utter deceit before Him?
8 Will you draw back? But you yourselves be judges.
9 Would it be well for you if He searched you out? For if you make every effort to join yourselves to Him,
10 He will surely rebuke you if you also secretly show favoritism.
11 Will not His terror make you dizzy And His fear fall upon you?
12 In the end, your insolence will go away like ashes And your body like clay.
13 “Be silent, that I may speak And put my anger to rest,
14 So I may take my flesh in my teeth And put my life in my hand.
15 Though the Mighty One should lay His hand upon me, And already He has begun, I will speak and reason before Him.
16 This will turn for me into salvation, For there shall be no deceit before Him.
17 Listen, listen to my words, For I will report them in your hearing.†
18 Behold, I am near my judgment: I know I shall appear righteous.
19 Who is he who will judge me, That I should now be silent and be wanting?
Job’s Prayer to God
20 “Grant me two things, Then I will not hide my face from You:
21 Withdraw Your hand far from me, And let not the fear of You terrify me.
22 Then You will call, and I will obey You; Or You will speak, then I will give You an answer.
23 How many are my sins and transgressions? Teach me what they are.
24 Why do You hide Yourself from me And regard me as Your enemy?
25 Will You take heed of me as a leaf shaken by the wind? Or will You set Yourself against me as grass blown by the wind?
26 For You wrote evil things against me And compassed me with the sins of my youth.
27 You have put my foot in the stocks, Have watched all my works, And have penetrated into the roots of my feet,
28 Which have become old like a wineskin Or like a moth-eaten garment.
19 He made the moon for seasons; The sun knows its setting.
20 You established darkness, and it was night, Wherein all the wild animals of the forest will prowl about;
21 The young lions roar and snatch their prey, And seek their food from God.
22 The sun arises, and they are gathered together; And they shall be put to bed in their dens.
23 Man shall go out to his work And to his labor until evening.
24 O Lord, Your works shall be magnified greatly; You made all things in wisdom; The earth was filled with Your creation.
25 There is this great and spacious sea: The creeping things are there without number; The living things are there, both small and great;
26 There the ships pass through; There is this dragon You formed to play therein.
27 All things wait upon You, That You may give them food in due season.
28 When You give it to them, they shall gather it; When You open Your hand, all things shall be filled with Your goodness.
29 But when You turn Your face away, they shall be troubled; When You take away their breath, they shall die And return again to their dust.
30 You shall send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created, And You shall renew the face of the earth.
31 Let the glory of the Lord be forever; The Lord shall be glad in His works;
32 He looks upon the earth and makes it tremble; He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing to my God as long as I exist;
34 May my words be pleasing to Him, And I shall be glad in the Lord.
35 May sinners cease from the earth, And the lawless, so as to be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Proverbs of Solomon 22
11 Cast out a pestilent man from the assembly, And contention will go out with him; For whenever he sits in the assembly, he dishonors everyone.
12 The Lord loves holy hearts, And all the blameless are acceptable to Him;†
13 A king governs lips.
14 And the eyes of the Lord maintain perception, But the lawless man despises His words.
15 A slothful man makes excuses and says, “There is a lion in the way, and murderers in the streets.”
Greatness Is Service
24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.†
25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’
26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.
27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
Christ Rewards His Servants
28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials.
29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me,
30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”†
Peter’s Denials Predicted
31 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.†
32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
33 But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.”
34 Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”
A Time of Crisis
35 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.”†
36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.”
38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”
Jesus Watches in the Garden
39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.
40 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed,†
42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.
46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”