DAY 259 Job 31-33, Psalm 119:113-120

JOB
31:1
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
31:2
For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
31:3
Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
31:4
Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
31:5
If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
31:6
Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.
31:7
If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
31:8
Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.
31:9
If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;
31:10
Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
31:11
For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.
31:12
For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
31:13
If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
31:14
What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
31:15
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
31:16
If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
31:17
Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;
31:18
(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)
31:19
If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;
31:20
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
31:21
If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:
31:22
Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.
31:23
For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
31:24
If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;
31:25
If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;
31:26
If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
31:27
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
31:28
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.
31:29
If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:
31:30
Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
31:31
If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
31:32
The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.
31:33
If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
31:34
Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?
31:35
Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
31:36
Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
31:37
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
31:38
If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
31:39
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
31:40
Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
32:1
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
32:2
Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
32:3
Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
32:4
Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.
32:5
When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.
32:6
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.
32:7
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
32:8
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
32:9
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
32:10
Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.
32:11
Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.
32:12
Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:
32:13
Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
32:14
Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
32:15
They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
32:16
When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)
32:17
I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.
32:18
For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
32:19
Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
32:20
I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
32:21
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
32:22
For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.
33:1
Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
33:2
Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
33:3
My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
33:4
The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
33:5
If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
33:6
Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
33:7
Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
33:8
Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,
33:9
I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.
33:10
Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
33:11
He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
33:12
Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
33:13
Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
33:14
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
33:15
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
33:16
Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
33:17
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
33:18
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
33:19
He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
33:20
So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
33:21
His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
33:22
Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
33:23
If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
33:24
Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
33:25
His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:
33:26
He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
33:27
He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
33:28
He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
33:29
Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,
33:30
To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
33:31
Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
33:32
If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.
33:33
If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.
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PSALMS
119:113
I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
119:114
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
119:115
Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
119:116
Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
119:117
Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
119:118
Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
119:119
Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
119:120
My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

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