Elihu Upholds God’s Goodness
1 Elihu also proceeded and said:
2 ‘Wait for me yet a little while, that I may teach you, For there is yet more for me to say.
3 I will gather my knowledge from afar And truly speak of righteousness in my works.
4 You were not hearing unjust words without good reason.
5 “But know that the Lord who is mighty in strength of heart Does not cast off an innocent man.
6 He will not give life to the ungodly, But He will give judgment to the poor.
7 He will not turn away from the righteous, But will seat them on the throne with kings; For He will lift them in triumph, and they will be exalted.
8 But if they are bound in fetters, They shall be held in the cords of poverty.
9 He will tell them their works and their transgressions, For such will act with violence.
10 He also will hear the righteous, And He said they will turn from wrongdoing.
11 If they give ear and serve Him, They shall spend their days in good things And their years in dignity.
12 But He does not save the ungodly, Because they are not willing to know the Lord, And because they refused to listen when they were admonished.
13 “For the hypocrites in heart will marshal anger against themselves, And they will not cry for help, because He has bound them.
14 Therefore, may their soul die in youth, And their life be wounded by messengers of death,
15 Because they afflicted the weak and helpless; And He will make manifest the judgment of the gentle.
16 “Besides, He deceived you by the mouth of the enemy. There is an abyss and a pouring over beneath it, And your table descended full of fatness.
17 Judgment shall not fail from the righteous,
18 But there shall be anger against the ungodly Because of the ungodliness of the gifts they received for wrongdoings.
19 Let not your heart willingly turn you aside From the petition of the weak who are in distress.
20 Do not lure away all the mighty men at night So the people should go up instead of them.
21 “But guard yourself, lest you do what is wrong, For you chose this because of poverty.
22 Behold, the Mighty One shall prevail by His strength. Who is so powerful as He?†
23 Who is he who examines His works? Or who can say, ‘He has done unjustly’?
God’s Works Are Great
24 “Remember, His works are great, Because of which men began to exist.
25 Everyone has seen for himself How many mortals are wounded.
26 “Behold, the Mighty One is great, And we do not know Him. The number of His years is also endless.
27 For He numbers the drops of rain, And they shall be poured out in rain to form a cloud.
28 The ancient clouds shall drop down And overshadow innumerable mortals. He has fixed a time for cattle, And they know the appointed time for their rest. Yet your mind is not astonished by these things, Nor does your heart leap out from your body.
29 For one should perceive the outspreadings of a cloud And the measure of His tabernacle.
30 Behold, He stretches His bow against him And covers the bottom of the sea.
31 For by these He will judge the peoples. He will give food to him who has strength.
32 He has hidden light in His hands And given orders to the cloud by which it is diverted.
33 The Lord will proclaim it to His friend, But there is also a portion for unrighteousness.
17 Reward Your servant; I shall live, and keep Your words.
18 Unveil my eyes, And I shall understand the wonders in Your law.
19 I am a sojourner on the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me.
20 My soul longed to desire Your judgments in every season.
21 You rebuke the arrogant; Those who turn aside from Your commandments are accursed.
22 Take away reproach and contempt from me, For I searched Your testimonies.
23 For rulers sat and spoke against me, But Your servant meditated on Your ordinances.
24 For Your testimonies are my meditation, And Your ordinances are my counsels.
25 My soul cleaves to the earth; Give me life according to Your word.
26 I made known my ways and You heard me; Teach me Your ordinances.
27 Cause me to understand the way of Your ordinances, And I shall meditate on Your wonders.
28 My soul fainted because of its listlessness; Establish me in Your words.
29 Remove the way of unrighteousness from me, And with Your law have mercy on me.
30 I chose the way of truth; I have not forgotten Your judgments.
31 I cleave to Your testimonies; O Lord, do not disappoint me.
32 I ran on the path of Your commandments, When You enlarged my heart.
Proverbs of Solomon 25
22 As vinegar is bad for a festering wound, So calamity befalling the body grieves the heart.
23 As a moth in a garment and a worm in wood, So the grief of a man damages the heart.
24 If your enemy is hungry, feed him, And if he is thirsty, give him drink.†
25 For by doing this, you shall heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you with good things.
26 The north wind stirs up clouds, And a shameless face provokes the tongue.
The Man Born Blind Sees
1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.†
2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.†
4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.†
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”†
6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.†
7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.†
8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”
9 Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he. ”
10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”
11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”