Job Sets Forth His Integrity
1 “I have made a covenant with my eyes, And I will not think upon a virgin.†
2 What has God apportioned from above, And what is the inheritance of the Mighty One from on high?
3 Is not destruction for the wrongdoer, And alienation for those who do lawlessness?†
4 Will He not see my way and count all my steps?
5 “If I have walked with scorners, Or if my foot has hastened to deceit,
6 May He weigh me therefore with a just scale, For He knows my integrity.†
7 If my foot has turned from the way, Or if my heart has followed after my eyes, Or if gifts have touched my hands,
8 Then may I sow and others eat. Yes, may I be uprooted on the earth.
9 “If my heart has followed after another man’s wife, Or if I have laid wait at her door,
10 Then also may my wife please another, And may my children be humiliated.
11 For the rage of anger is uncontrollable In defiling another man’s wife.
12 For it is a fire burning on every side, And whomever it comes upon, it destroys at the roots.
13 If I have despised the judgment of my servant or handmaid When they judged me,
14 What then will I do when the Lord brings me to trial and visits me? How shall I answer Him?
15 Did not He who made me in the womb make them? So we were fashioned in the same womb.
16 “But the weak did not miss whatever they happened to need, And I did not cause the eyes of the widow to fail.†
17 If I ate my morsel by myself And did not share it with the orphan
18 (But from my youth I nourished them as a father, And from my mother’s womb I guided the widow);
19 If I have neglected the naked as he was perishing And did not clothe him;
20 If the weak did not bless me, And if their shoulders were not warmed with the fleece of my lambs;
21 If I raised my hand against the orphan, Trusting that my strength was far superior to his,
22 Then let my shoulder fall from my collarbone; Let my arm be torn from its socket.
23 For the fear of the Lord seized me, And I cannot endure His burden.
24 If I have made gold my strength Or trusted the precious stone,
25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, And if I, too, laid my hand on countless treasures
26 (Or do I not see the shining sun eclipsed and the moon waning? For this does not depend upon them);
27 If my heart has been secretly deceived, And if I have laid my hand upon my mouth and kissed it,
28 Then may this also be reckoned to me As the greatest lawlessness; For I have lied against the Lord most high.
29 “If I, too, was glad at the fall of my enemies, And my heart said, ‘Good! Well done!’
30 Then may my ear hear my curse, And may I be a byword among my people in my affliction.
31 If my handmaids have often said, ‘Who may give us his meat to be satisfied?’ (But I was very kind.
32 For the stranger did not spend the night outside; And my door was opened to everyone who came);
33 If I sinned involuntarily, then covered my sin,
34 (For I did not stand in awe of great multitude, So as not to confess before them); And if I permitted a poor man to go out of my door With an empty bosom
35 (Who may listen to me?); And if I had not feared the hand of the Lord, And as to the document I had against someone,
36 I would place it as a crown on my shoulders and read it,
37 And if I did not tear it up and return it, Having taken nothing from the debtor;
38 “If at any time the land groaned against me And its furrows wept together,
39 If I have eaten its strength alone without paying, Or if I also grieved the soul of the owner of the land By casting him out,
40 Then may the nettle come to me instead of wheat, And bramble instead of barley.” Thus Job ceased speaking.
1 Alleluia. †I have loved, because the Lord Shall hear the voice of my supplication;
2 For He inclined His ear to me, And in my days I shall call upon Him.
3 The pains of death surrounded me; The dangers of Hades found me; I found affliction and grief.
4 Then I called upon the Lord’s name, “O Lord, save my soul.”
5 The Lord is merciful and righteous, And our God has mercy.
6 The Lord is He who watches over children; I was humbled, and He saved me.
7 Return, O my soul, to your rest, Because the Lord showed you kindness;
8 For He delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from slipping.
9 I shall be well pleasing before the Lord in the land of the living.
Proverbs of Solomon 24
35 A man without discernment is like a field, And a man in need of discernment is like a vineyard;
36 If you leave it alone, it will remain dry and barren, Altogether covered with grass and forsaken, And its stone walls will be razed to the ground.
37 Afterward, I repented; I observed that I might choose instruction.
38 I doze a little, and I sleep a little, And I fold my arms across my chest a little.
39 If you do this, your poverty shall go before you, And want, like a strong runner.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”†
52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”
53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.†
54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.
The Words of Eternal Life
60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”†
61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?
62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?
63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.
65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.†
69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.