1 Moreover the Lord God answered Job and said:†
2 “Will anyone pervert judgment with the Mighty One? He who rebukes God will answer for it.”
3 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
4 “Why am I still judged and admonished, Even if I rebuke the Lord, hear such things, and am nothing? But what answer will I give to these things? I will put my hand over my mouth.
5 I have spoken once. I will not do so a second time.”
The Lord Calls Job to Account
6 The Lord yet answered Job out of the cloud and said:†
7 “No rather, gird up your waist like a man, For I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
8 “Do you not reject My judgment? Do you think I have dealt with you in any other way Than might appear to you to be righteous?†
9 Have you an arm like the Lord’s? Or can you thunder with a voice like His?
10 Assume now majesty and power, And clothe yourself with glory and honor.
11 Send forth messengers with wrath And humble every insolent man.
12 Extinguish the arrogant man And consume at once the ungodly.
13 Hide them together in the earth And fill their faces with disgrace.
14 Then I will also admit That your own right hand can save you.
15 “But look now at the wild animals with you. They eat grass like oxen.†
16 Behold now, his strength is in his loins, And his power is in the center of his stomach.
17 He sets up his tail like a cypress; His nerves are tightly knit.
18 His ribs are like ribs of bronze, And his backbone like bars of iron.
19 This is the ruler of the Lord’s creation, Made to be mocked at by His angels.†
20 When he goes up to a rough mountain, He causes joy to the four-footed animals in Tartarus.
21 He lies under trees of every kind, Alongside the papyrus, and reed, and bulrush.
22 The great trees shade him with their branches; So do the branches of the willow.
23 If there should be a flood, he will not notice it; He is confident, though the Jordan beats against his mouth,†
24 Though he takes it in his eyes, Or one pierces his nose with a snare.†
25 Will you catch the serpent with a hook And put a halter about his nose?
26 Or will you fasten a ring in his nose Or pierce his lip with a hook?
27 Will he speak to you in prayer, Softly with the voice of a suppliant?†
28 Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him as a servant forever?
29 Will you play with him as with a bird, Or will you cage him as a sparrow for a child?†
30 Do the nations feed upon him? Will they apportion him among the nations of the Phoenicians?
31 All the ships come together would not be able To bear the mere skin of his tail, Or carry his head with fishing vessels.
32 Once you lay your hand on him, Remembering the battle waged by his mouth, Let it not be done again.
81 My soul earnestly longs for Your salvation, And I hope in Your word.
82 My eyes strained to look at Your teaching, Saying, “When will You comfort me?”
83 I am like a leather bag in a frost; I did not forget Your ordinances.
84 How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment for me upon those who persecute me?
85 Transgressors described their meditations to me, But these are not like Your law, O Lord.
86 All Your commandments are truth; They persecuted me unjustly; help me.
87 They almost ended my life on earth, But I did not forsake Your commandments.
88 Give me life according to Your mercy, And I shall keep the testimonies of Your mouth.
89 Forever, O Lord, Your word continues in heaven.
90 Your truth continues from generation to generation; You laid the foundation of the earth, and it continues.
91 By Your arrangement each day continues, For all things are Your servants.
92 If Your law were not my meditation, I would have perished in my humiliation.
93 I will never forget Your ordinances, For in them You give me life, O Lord.
94 I am Yours; save me, For I search Your ordinances.
95 Sinners waited for me to kill me; I understood Your testimonies.
96 I saw the limit of every accomplishment; Your commandment is exceedingly broad.
Proverbs of Solomon 26
10 All flesh of men without discernment grievously suffers many things, For their illusion is brought to nothing.
11 As when a dog returns to his own vomit and becomes despicable, So is a man without discernment who returns to his own evil by his own sin.
12 There is shame that brings on sin, And there is shame that is glory and grace.
13 I saw a man who seemed to himself to be wise, But a man without discernment has more hope than he.
1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.†
2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”†
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.†
7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
8 The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”†
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”†
12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.”
13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”
16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”†
I Am the Resurrection and the Life
17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.†
18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.
19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.†
20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.†
21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.†
22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”†
24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.”†
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him.
31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”
32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”†
33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.
34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
35 Jesus wept.†
36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”