1 “Have you not seen him? Have you not wondered at what has been said of him?†
2 Do you not fear because I am prepared? Who then is able to stand against Me?
3 Who will stand against Me and endure, Since everything under heaven is Mine?
4 “I will not be silent because of him, Though because of his power, one shall pity his antagonist.†
5 Who will remove his outer coat? Who may enter within the fold of his breastplate?
6 Who will open the doors of his face, With his terrible teeth all around?
7 His entrails are as brazen plates, And the texture of his skin as a symrite stone.
8 One part clings to another So no air comes between them.
9 A man will be joined to his brother. They stick together and cannot be parted.
10 His sneezings flash forth light, And his eyes are like the appearance of the morning star.
11 Out of his mouth go burning lights; Sparks of fire shoot out.
12 Smoke goes out of his nostrils As from a boiling pot with fire of coals.
13 His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes out of his mouth.
14 Strength dwells in his neck, And destruction runs before him.
15 The muscles of his body are joined together. They are firm on him and cannot be moved.
16 His heart is as hard as stone, And it stands like an unyielding anvil.
17 When he turns, he is a terror To the four-footed wild animals which leap upon the earth.
18 Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail; Nor does spear or javelin.
19 He regards iron as straw, And bronze as rotten wood.
20 The arrow cannot wound him; The sling-stone becomes like grass to him.
21 Hammers are regarded as straw, And he laughs at the threat of javelins.
22 His bed is like sharp skewers, And all the gold of the sea under him Is like a great amount of clay.
23 He makes the deep boil like a brazen pot, And he regards the sea like a pot of ointment.
24 The lowest part of the deep is as a captive. He reckons the deep as his walking range.†
25 On earth there is nothing like him, Who was made to be mocked at by My angels.
26 He beholds every high thing; He is king over all that are in the waters.”
97 How I love Your law, O Lord; It is my meditation the whole day long.
98 You make me wiser than my enemies with Your commandment, For it is mine forever.
99 I understand more than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the elders, For I search Your commandments.
101 I withheld my feet from every evil way, That I might keep Your words.
102 I did not turn away from Your judgments, For You taught me Your law.
103 How sweet to my taste are Your teachings, More than honey and the honeycomb in my mouth.
104 I gained understanding because of Your commandments; Therefore, I hate every unrighteous way.
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my paths.
106 I swore and confirmed That I would keep the judgments of Your righteousness.
107 I was humbled exceedingly; O Lord, give me life according to Your word.
108 Be well-pleased with the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And teach me Your judgments.
109 My soul is always in Your hands, And I have not forgotten Your law.
110 Sinners set snares for me, But I did not wander from Your commandments.
111 I inherited Your testimonies forever, For these are the exceeding joy of my heart.
112 I inclined my heart to do Your ordinances Forever for a reward.
Proverbs of Solomon 26
The Slothful Man
14 A slothful man who is sent on his way says, “There is a lion in the way.”†
15 As a door turns upon its hinge, So does a slothful man upon his bed.
16 When a slothful man hides his hand in his bosom, He shall be unable to bring it to his mouth.
17 A slothful man appears wiser to himself Than he who satisfactorily brings back a message.
Lazarus Is Raised
38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”†
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.†
42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”
43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”†
44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”†
The Sanhedrin Plots to Kill Jesus
45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.
46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did.
47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs.
48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”
49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,†
50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”
51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.
54 Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples.
55 And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.†
56 Then they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, “What do you think—that He will not come to the feast?”
57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.