Job Will Hold Fast to Righteousness
1 Moreover Job continued his speech and said:
2 “As the Lord lives who thus judges me, And the Almighty who embittered my soul,
3 Surely as long as my breath is in me And the divine breath is in my nostrils,†
4 My lips will not speak lawless things, Nor shall my soul practice wrongdoings.
5 May it not be I who set forth the opinion that you are righteous. Until the day I die, I will not put away my integrity from me.
6 I hold fast to my righteousness and am not letting it go; For I am not conscious in myself of having done anything wrong.†
7 “Surely not, but rather may my enemies Be as the destruction of the ungodly, And those who rise up against me As the destruction of the lawless.
8 For what hope is there for an ungodly man that he holds to it? Will he trust in the Lord and be saved?
9 Will the Lord hear his prayer When distress comes upon him?
10 Has he any confidence before Him, Or will the Lord hear him when he calls on Him?
11 “But indeed, I will tell you what is the hand of the Lord. I will not lie concerning what is with the Almighty.
12 Behold therefore, all of you know You are adding vanity to vanity.†
13 “This is the portion from the Lord for the ungodly man, And the possession of oppressors Shall come upon them from the Almighty.
14 If their children be many, they will be for slaughter; And if they reach manhood, they will beg.
15 Those who survive him shall be buried in death, And no one will have pity on their widows.
16 Though he gathers silver like dust And shall prepare gold like clay,
17 The righteous will acquire these things, And the true ones will possess his wealth.
18 His house goes away like a moth And like a spider’s web.
19 The rich man will lie down and not continue; He opens his eyes, but is no more.
20 Pains happen to him like a flood, And thick darkness takes him away in the night.
21 A burning wind will take him up, and he will be gone; And it will scatter him from his place.
22 It will blow against him and not spare; He will try in vain to flee from its force.
23 It will strike him with its power, And whistle him from his place.
1 A psalm by David. †The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Your enemies the footstool of Your feet.”
2 The Lord shall send forth the rod of Your power from Zion, And rule in the midst of Your enemies.
3 With You is the beginning in the day of Your power, In the brightness of Your saints; “I have begotten You from the womb before the morning star.”
4 The Lord swore and will not repent, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
5 The Lord at Your right hand crushed kings in the day of His wrath;
6 He shall judge among the nations; He shall fill them with dead bodies; He shall crush the heads of many on earth.
7 He shall drink from the brook on the way; Therefore, He shall raise His head high.
1 Alleluia. †I will give thanks to You, O Lord, with my whole heart, In the council of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the Lord, Sought out in all things with regard to His will;
3 Thanksgiving and majesty are His work, And His righteousness continues unto ages of ages.
4 He made a remembrance of His wonders; The Lord is merciful and compassionate;
5 He gave food to those who fear Him; He shall remember His covenant forever.
6 He declared the strength of His works to His people, So as to give them the inheritance of the nations.
7 The works of His hands are truth and judgment; Faithful are all His commandments,
8 Established unto ages of ages, Made in truth and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption to His people; He commanded His covenant forever; Holy and fearful is His name.
10 The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord; A good understanding is in all who practice it. His praise continues unto ages of ages.
Proverbs of Solomon 24
13 My son, eat honey, for the honeycomb is good, That your throat may be sweetened.†
14 Thus you shall discern wisdom for your soul, For if you find it, there will be a good end to your life; And hope will not abandon you.
15 Do not bring an ungodly man to the dwelling of the righteous, Neither be deceived by the full satisfaction of the stomach.
16 For a righteous man will fall seven times and rise again, But the ungodly shall weaken in evils.†
17 If your enemy falls, do not rejoice over him, And do not exalt yourself at his stumbling;†
18 Because the Lord will see this, and it will not please Him, And He will turn His anger from him.
A Paralytic Is Healed
1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.†
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.†
3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.†
6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”†
7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.
10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”†
11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”
12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”
13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.
14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”†
15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.