Day 126 – May 6, 2021

Job 15; Psalm 104:16–27; Proverbs 22:21–26; Luke 23:1–25

Job 15

Eliphaz Renders Job Guilty

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:†

2 “Will a wise man give as an answer a breath of understanding, And does he satisfy the pain in his belly, 

3 Arguing with sayings which are not necessary And with words wherein is no profit? 

4 Have you not moreover cast off fear And accomplished such words before the Lord? 

5 You are guilty because of the words of your mouth, Nor have you discerned the words of the mighty. 

6 May your mouth convict you, and not I; For your lips will testify against you. 

7 “What? Are you the first man who was born? Or were you made before the beaches? 

8 Have you heard the doctrine of the Lord, And has wisdom come only to you? 

9 What do you know that we do not? What do you understand that we do not also? 

10 Both the aged and the very old are among us, Much older than your father. 

11 You have been punished for only a few of your sins; You have spoken haughtily and exceedingly. 

12 Why has your heart dared, Or what are your eyes set on, 

13 That you have vented your anger before the Lord And brought forth such words from your mouth? 

14 “For who is the mortal that shall be blameless, Or who is born of a woman that shall be righteous, 

15 Since He does not trust His saints And heaven is not pure in His sight? 

16 Alas then, detestable and unclean is a man Who drinks wrongdoings like water! 

17 “But I will tell you, listen to me; I will tell you what I have now seen, 

18 What wise men say. They did not hide anything received from their fathers. 

19 To them alone the earth was given, And no stranger came among them. 

20 All the life of an ungodly man is spent in anxiety, And the years granted an oppressor are numbered.† 

21 Fear is in his ears, And when he at last seems to be at peace, His destruction comes. 

22 Let him not believe he will return from darkness, For he has already been given over to the power of the sword. 

23 He has been appointed to be food for vultures, And he knows in himself that he lives in a dead body; And a dark day will carry him away like a whirlwind. 

24 Trouble and anguish will come upon him, And like a general he will fall in the first rank. 

25 For he lifted his hands against the Lord And acted defiantly against the Almighty Lord. 

26 He ran in His sight with insolence, With the thickness of his wide shield. 

27 “For he covered his face with his fat And put a collar upon his thighs. 

28 May he lodge in deserted cities And enter uninhabited houses; And what they prepared, others will carry away. 

29 Let him not grow rich, nor let his possessions remain; Let him not cast a shadow upon the earth, 

30 Neither let him escape the darkness. Let the wind wither his blossom, and let his flower fall off. 

31 Let him not believe he will endure, For futility will be his reward. 

32 His harvest will perish before its gathering, And his branch will not flourish. 

33 May he be gathered prematurely like unripe grapes, And may he fall off like the blossom of an olive tree. 

34 For death is the witness of the ungodly man, And fire will burn the houses of those who take bribes. 

35 So he will conceive sorrows, his end will be vain, And his belly shall bear deceit.”

Psalms 104

16 And He called a famine upon the land; He shattered all their provision of bread; 

17 He sent a man before them; He sold Joseph into slavery. 

18 They humbled his feet with fetters; His soul passed into the iron 

19 Until his word came to pass; The revelation of the Lord tried him in the fire. 

20 The king, the ruler of the people, sent and released him, And he acquitted him. 

21 He made him lord of his house And ruler of all his domain, 

22 To instruct his rulers as himself And to teach his elders wisdom. 

23 And Israel came into Egypt, And Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham; 

24 He increased His people greatly, And made them stronger than their enemies. 

25 He changed their heart to hate His people, To deal craftily with His servants. 

26 He sent Moses His servant; He sent Aaron, whom He chose. 

27 He put among them the words of His signs And of His wonders in the land of Ham.

Proverbs of Solomon 22

21 And if you apply them to your heart, They will gladden you and at the same time be upon your lips; 

22 That your hope might be in the Lord, And His way might be known to you. 

23 And register them upon the breadth of your heart for yourself threefold, For counsel and knowledge. 

24 Therefore, I teach you a true word and good knowledge to be obeyed, That you might answer words of truth to those who question you. 

25 Do not rob the poor, for he is needy, And do not dishonor the helpless at the gates; 

26 For the Lord will judge his cause, And you will deliver your soul from violence.

Luke 23

Before Pilate

1 Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate.

2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”†

3 Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him and said, “ It is as you say.”

4 So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.”

5 But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”

Before Herod

6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a Galilean.

7 And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

8 Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him.†

9 Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing.

10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him.

11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.

12 That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.

Jesus or Barabbas?

13 Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people,†

14 said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him;

15 no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him.

16 I will therefore chastise Him and release Him ”

17 (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).

18 And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”—

19 who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.

20 Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them.

21 But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

22 Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”

23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.

24 So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested.

25 And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

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