Elihu continued, saying:
2 “What is this you consider as judgment? Who are you to say, ‘I am righteous before the Lord’?
3 Or will you say, ‘What did I do, if I have sinned?’
4 “I will answer you and your three friends.
5 Look up to heaven and see, And observe the cloud as higher than you.
6 If you have sinned, what will you do? If you have acted very lawlessly, what can you do?
7 Since therefore you are righteous, what will you give Him? Or what did He receive from your hand?
8 Your ungodliness may affect a man such as you, Or your righteousness a son of man.
9 “Those who are slandered by a multitude will cry out; They will cry out for help because of the strength of the many.
10 But no one says, ‘Where is the God who made me, Who appoints the night watches,
11 Who distinguishes me from the four-footed animals of the earth And from the birds of heaven?’
12 There they will cry out, but no one answers, Because of the insolence of evil men.
13 For the Lord does not desire to look on wrongdoing,†
14 For He, the Almighty, is the observer Of those who perform lawless deeds, But He will save me. Decide before Him if you can praise Him as it is now possible.
15 But now, He is not visiting His wrath, Nor even taking notice of very much transgression;
16 Yet Job opens his mouth in vain; In ignorance he burdens us with words.”
1 Alleluia. †Blessed are the blameless in the way Who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are those who search out His testimonies; They shall search for Him with their whole heart.
3 For those who work lawlessness Do not walk in His ways.
4 You commanded us regarding Your commandments, That we should be very diligent to keep them.
5 Would that my ways were led, That I might keep Your ordinances.
6 Then I would not be ashamed When I regard all Your commandments.
7 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, with an upright heart, When I learn the judgments of Your righteousness.
8 I shall keep Your ordinances; Do not utterly forsake me.
9 How shall a young man keep his way straight? When he keeps Your words.
10 I searched for You with my whole heart; Do not drive me away from Your commandments.
11 I hid Your teachings in my heart So as not to sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O Lord; Teach me Your ordinances.
13 With my lips I declared All the judgments of Your mouth.
14 I delight in the way of Your testimonies As much as in all riches.
15 I shall meditate on Your commandments, And I shall understand Your ways.
16 I shall meditate on Your ordinances; I shall not forget Your words.
Proverbs of Solomon 25
17 There is prosperity for kings in patience, And a mild tongue breaks bones.
18 When you find honey, eat what is sufficient, Lest being filled, you should vomit it up.†
19 Seldom visit your own friend’s house, Lest he become fed up with your company and hate you.
20 As a club, a sword, and a pointed arrow, So also is the man who testifies as a false witness against his friend.
21 The tooth of an evil man and the foot of a lawless man Shall perish in an evil day.
The Truth Shall Make You Free
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.†
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”†
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Sons of the Devil Reject the Son of God
37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.†
38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”
39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.
41 You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.†
43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.†
45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?
47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
48 Then the Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”†
49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.
50 And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges.
51 Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”
The Father Honors the Son
52 Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’
53 Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?”
54 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.†
55 Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”
57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”
58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”†
59 Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.