DAY 255 Job 19-21, Psalm 119:81-88

JOB
19:1
Then Job answered and said,
19:2
How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?
19:3
These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.
19:4
And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
19:5
If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:
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Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.
19:7
Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
19:8
He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.
19:9
He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
19:10
He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.
19:11
He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.
19:12
His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.
19:13
He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.
19:14
My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
19:15
They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
19:16
I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.
19:17
My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's sake of mine own body.
19:18
Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.
19:19
All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
19:20
My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
19:21
Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
19:22
Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
19:23
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
19:24
That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
19:25
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
19:26
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
19:27
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
19:28
But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?
19:29
Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
20:1
Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
20:2
Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.
20:3
I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
20:4
Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
20:5
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
20:6
Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
20:7
Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
20:8
He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
20:9
The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.
20:10
His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.
20:11
His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
20:12
Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;
20:13
Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
20:14
Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
20:15
He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
20:16
He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.
20:17
He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
20:18
That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
20:19
Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;
20:20
Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
20:21
There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.
20:22
In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
20:23
When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
20:24
He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
20:25
It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
20:26
All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
20:27
The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
20:28
The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
20:29
This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.
21:1
But Job answered and said,
21:2
Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.
21:3
Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
21:4
As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?
21:5
Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
21:6
Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.
21:7
Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
21:8
Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
21:9
Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
21:10
Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
21:11
They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
21:12
They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
21:13
They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
21:14
Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
21:15
What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
21:16
Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
21:17
How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.
21:18
They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.
21:19
God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.
21:20
His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21:21
For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?
21:22
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
21:23
One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
21:24
His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
21:25
And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
21:26
They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
21:27
Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
21:28
For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
21:29
Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,
21:30
That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
21:31
Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?
21:32
Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
21:33
The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
21:34
How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?
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PSALMS
119:81
My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
119:82
Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
119:83
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
119:84
How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
119:85
The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
119:86
All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
119:87
They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
119:88
Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

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