DAY 256 Job 22-24, Psalm 119:89-96

JOB
22:1
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
22:2
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
22:3
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
22:4
Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
22:5
Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
22:6
For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
22:7
Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
22:8
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
22:9
Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
22:10
Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
22:11
Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
22:12
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
22:13
And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
22:14
Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
22:15
Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
22:16
Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:
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Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
22:18
Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
22:19
The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
22:20
Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
22:21
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
22:22
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
22:23
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
22:24
Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
22:25
Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
22:26
For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
22:27
Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
22:28
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
22:29
When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
22:30
He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.
23:1
Then Job answered and said,
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Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
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Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
23:4
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
23:5
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
23:6
Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
23:7
There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
23:8
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
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On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
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But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
23:11
My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
23:12
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
23:13
But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
23:14
For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.
23:15
Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
23:16
For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
23:17
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
24:1
Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?
24:2
Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.
24:3
They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
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They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
24:5
Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.
24:6
They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
24:7
They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.
24:8
They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
24:9
They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
24:10
They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
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Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
24:12
Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
24:13
They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
24:14
The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
24:15
The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
24:16
In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
24:17
For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
24:18
He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
24:19
Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.
24:20
The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
24:21
He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.
24:22
He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.
24:23
Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.
24:24
They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
24:25
And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
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PSALMS
119:89
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
119:90
Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
119:91
They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
119:92
Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
119:93
I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
119:94
I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.
119:95
The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
119:96
I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

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