Day 232 – August 20, 2022

Job 41, 42; Psalm 45; Proverbs 9:12–15; 1 Corinthians 2

Job 41, 42

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.”
  Job’s Confession and Repentance
1 Then Job answered the Lord and said:
2 “I know You can do all things,
And nothing is impossible for You.
3 For who is he who hides counsel from You?
Who keeps back his words
And thinks to hide them from You?
Who will tell me what I knew not,
Things too great and wonderful, which I did not know?
4 But hear me, O Lord, that I also may speak.
I will ask You, and please teach Me.
5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You.
6 Therefore I depreciate myself, and I waste away.
I regard myself as dust and ashes.”
The Lord Rebukes and Redeems Job’s Friends
7 So it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “You have sinned, you and your two friends, for you have not spoken before Me what is true, as My servant Job has. 8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you. For I will only accept him, but for his sake, I would have destroyed you; because you have not spoken what is true regarding my servant Job.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord commanded them; and He redeemed their sin for Job’s sake.
Job’s Wealth Is Restored
10 Then the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends, and He forgave their sin. But the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers and all his sisters heard about everything that happened to him, and they came to him. So did all who knew him from the first. They ate food and drank with him and comforted him; and they wondered at all the Lord brought upon him. Each one gave him a lamb and four drachms’ weight of uncoined gold.
12 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he named the first, Day, the second, Cassia, and the third, Amalthia’s Horn. 15 In all the land, there were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job, and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 16 After this affliction, Job lived one hundred and seventy years, and all the years he lived were two hundred forty-eight; and Job saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. 17 So Job died, old and full of days. 18 It is written that he will rise with those whom the Lord resurrects.
19 This man is described in the Syriac book as living in the land of Ausitis, on the borders of Edom and Arabia. Previously his name was Jobab. 20 He took an Arabian wife and begot a son named Ennon. But he himself was the son of his father Zare, one of the sons of Esau, and of his mother, Bosorra. Thus, he was the fifth son from Abraham.
  21 Now these were the kings who reigned in Edom, over which country he also ruled. First, there was Balak the son of Beor, and the name of his city was Dennaba. But after Balak, there was Jobab, who is called Job. After him, there was Asom, who was ruler out of the country of Teman. After him, there was Adad the son of Barad, who destroyed Midian in the plain of Moab; and the name of his city was Gethaim. 22 Now his friends who came to him were: Eliphaz, of the children of Esau, king of the Temanites; Bildad, ruler of the Shuhites; and Zophar, king of the Minians.
Psalm 45

1 For the End; for the sons of Korah; a psalm concerning hidden things.
2 God is our refuge and power;
A help in afflictions that severely befall us.
3 Therefore we will not fear when the earth is troubled,
And when the mountains are removed into the hearts of the seas.
4 Their waters roared and were troubled;
The mountains were troubled by His might.
5 The torrents of the river gladden the city of God;
The Most High sanctified His tabernacle.
6 God is in her midst; she shall not be shaken;
God shall help her early in the morning.
7 The nations were troubled; kingdoms fell;
He uttered His voice; the earth shook.
8 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our protector.
9 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
The wonders He wrought on the earth.
10 When He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth,
He will break the bow and shatter the weapon;
And He will burn up the shields in fire.
11 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations;
I will be exalted in the earth.
12 The Lord of hosts is with us,
The God of Jacob is our protector.

Proverbs 9:12–15

12 My son, if you become wise in yourself,
you shall also be wise toward your neighbor;
But if you prove to be evil, you alone will go through troubles.
13 He who supports himself with lies will shepherd winds
And chase flying birds;
14 For he abandoned the ways of his own vineyard
And strayed from paths of his own farming;
15 And he will pass through a waterless desert,
A land assigned to drought,
And he gathers barrenness with his hands.
1 Corinthians 2

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Spiritual Wisdom
6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

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