Job Pronounces Judgment on the Ungodly
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Listen carefully to my words, That I may not have this consolation from you.
3 Bear with me and I will speak; Then you will stop laughing at me.
4 “What? Is there any one who does not blame me? Or why should I not be furious?
5 Look at me and be astonished, And put your hand over your mouth.
6 For even when I remember, I am alarmed, And pains take hold of my flesh.
7 Why do the ungodly live and become old, even in wealth?†
8 Their offspring is according to their desire, And their children are before their eyes.
9 Their houses flourish, and they have no cause for fear; Neither is there any affliction from the Lord upon them.
10 Their ox does not miscarry, For it is preserved safe during pregnancy And does not suffer a mishap.
11 They remain as an unfailing herd, And their children dance,
12 Taking up the psaltery and harp; And they celebrate at the sound of song.
13 They spend their life in their good things And fall asleep in the rest of the grave.
14 Yet such a man says to the Lord, ‘Depart from me. I do not wish to know Your ways.
15 What is a sufficient reason for us to serve Him? What benefit is it for us to meet Him?’
16 For their good things are in their power, For He does not take notice of the works of the ungodly.†
17 “Nevertheless, the lamp of the ungodly will be put out. Destruction shall come upon them, And the sorrows of wrath will seize them.
18 They are like chaff before the wind, And they are like dust a storm carries away.
19 May his possessions fail to supply his children. God will recompense him, and he will not know it.
20 May his eyes see his own slaughter, And may he not be saved by the Lord.
21 For is his will not in his house with himself? But the number of his months has been apportioned.
22 “Is it not the Lord who teaches understanding and knowledge? Does not He judge murders?
23 One shall die in the strength of his simplicity, And wholly at ease and prosperous.†
24 His innards are full of stiff fat, And the marrow of his bones is dissipated.
25 Another dies under bitterness of soul, Not eating any good thing.
26 They lie down together in the earth, And decay covers them.
27 Thus I know you press me recklessly.
28 You will say, ‘Where is the house of the ruler? Where is the shelter of the dwelling place of the ungodly?’
29 Ask those who travel the road, And do not overlook their signs.†
30 For the evil man makes light of the day of destruction, But they shall be led away in the day of His wrath.
31 Who will tell him his way to his face? Who will recompense him for what he has done?
32 Yet he is brought to the grave, And a vigil is kept over the coffin.
33 The pebbles of the valley have been sweet to him. Every man shall depart after him, As countless have departed before him.
34 How then can you comfort me with empty words, Since I have no rest from you?”
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His mercies, His wonders to the sons of men;
16 For He crushed the gates of bronze And shattered the bars of iron.
17 He helped them out of their lawless ways, For they were humbled because of their transgressions.
18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near the gates of death;
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their afflictions, And He saved them from their distresses;
20 He sent His Word and healed them, And delivered them from their corruptions.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His mercies And His wonders to the sons of men,
22 And let them offer a sacrifice of praise; And let them proclaim His works with exceeding joy.
23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business in many waters,
24 These see the works of the Lord And His wonders in the deep;
25 He spoke, and a stormy wind arose, And its waves were lifted up;
26 They mount up to the heavens And descend into the deep; Their soul is consumed with evils;
27 They were troubled; they were shaken like one drunk with wine, And all their wisdom was consumed;
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their affliction, And He brought them out of their distresses.
29 He also commanded the storm, and it became a breeze, And its waves were still;
30 Then they were glad, for they were silent, And He guided them to the haven of their desire.
Proverbs of Solomon 23
24 Let your father and mother be glad in you, And let her who bore you rejoice.
25 My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways;
26 For a house of prostitution is a pierced vessel And a strange and empty well;
27 For he shall perish suddenly, And every lawless man shall be destroyed.
The First Sign at Cana
1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.†
2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”†
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it. ”
6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.†
7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it.
9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.†
10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.†
12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.
Cleansing the Temple
13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.†
14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business.
15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables.
16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!”
17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”
18 So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”†
19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”
21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body.
22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.
23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.†
24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men,
25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.