Old Testament in a year – Day 13

Job 25: 1 - 28: 28

1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
2“Dominion and fear are with him.
He makes peace in his high places.
3Can his armies be counted?
On whom does his light not arise?
4How then can man be just with God?
Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean?
5Behold, even the moon has no brightness,
and the stars are not pure in his sight;
6How much less man, who is a worm,
and the son of man, who is a worm!”
1Then Job answered,
2“How have you helped him who is without power!
How have you saved the arm that has no strength!
3How have you counselled him who has no wisdom,
and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
4To whom have you uttered words?
Whose spirit came out of you?
5“The departed spirits tremble,
those beneath the waters and all that live in them.
6Sheol is naked before God,
and Abaddon has no covering.
7He stretches out the north over empty space,
and hangs the earth on nothing.
8He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,
and the cloud is not burst under them.
9He encloses the face of his throne,
and spreads his cloud on it.
10He has described a boundary on the surface of the waters,
and to the confines of light and darkness.
11The pillars of heaven tremble
and are astonished at his rebuke.
12He stirs up the sea with his power,
and by his understanding he strikes through Rahab.
13By his Spirit the heavens are garnished.
His hand has pierced the swift serpent.
14Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways.
How small a whisper do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power who can understand?”
1Job again took up his parable, and said,
2“As God lives, who has taken away my right,
the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter
3(for the length of my life is still in me,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils);
4surely my lips will not speak unrighteousness,
neither will my tongue utter deceit.
5Far be it from me that I should justify you.
Until I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6I hold fast to my righteousness, and will not let it go.
My heart will not reproach me so long as I live.
7“Let my enemy be as the wicked.
Let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8For what is the hope of the godless, when he is cut off,
when God takes away his life?
9Will God hear his cry when trouble comes on him?
10Will he delight himself in the Almighty,
and call on God at all times?
11I will teach you about the hand of God.
I will not conceal that which is with the Almighty.
12Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves;
why then have you become altogether vain?
13“This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty.
14If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword.
His offspring will not be satisfied with bread.
15Those who remain of him will be buried in death.
His widows will make no lamentation.
16Though he heap up silver as the dust,
and prepare clothing as the clay;
17he may prepare it, but the just will put it on,
and the innocent will divide the silver.
18He builds his house as the moth,
as a booth which the watchman makes.
19He lies down rich, but he will not do so again.
He opens his eyes, and he is not.
20Terrors overtake him like waters.
A storm steals him away in the night.
21The east wind carries him away, and he departs.
It sweeps him out of his place.
22For it hurls at him, and does not spare,
as he flees away from his hand.
23Men will clap their hands at him,
and will hiss him out of his place.
1“Surely there is a mine for silver,
and a place for gold which they refine.
2Iron is taken out of the earth,
and copper is smelted out of the ore.
3Man sets an end to darkness,
and searches out, to the furthest bound,
the stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.
4He breaks open a shaft away from where people live.
They are forgotten by the foot.
They hang far from men, they swing back and forth.
5As for the earth, out of it comes bread.
Underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.
6Sapphires come from its rocks.
It has dust of gold.
7That path no bird of prey knows,
neither has the falcon’s eye seen it.
8The proud animals have not trodden it,
nor has the fierce lion passed by there.
9He puts his hand on the flinty rock,
and he overturns the mountains by the roots.
10He cuts out channels amongst the rocks.
His eye sees every precious thing.
11He binds the streams that they don’t trickle.
The thing that is hidden he brings out to light.
12“But where will wisdom be found?
Where is the place of understanding?
13Man doesn’t know its price,
and it isn’t found in the land of the living.
14The deep says, ‘It isn’t in me.’
The sea says, ‘It isn’t with me.’
15It can’t be gotten for gold,
neither will silver be weighed for its price.
16It can’t be valued with the gold of Ophir,
with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17Gold and glass can’t equal it,
neither will it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
18No mention will be made of coral or of crystal.
Yes, the price of wisdom is above rubies.
19The topaz of Ethiopia will not equal it.
It won’t be valued with pure gold.
20Where then does wisdom come from?
Where is the place of understanding?
21Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living,
and kept close from the birds of the sky.
22Destruction and Death say,
‘We have heard a rumour of it with our ears.’
23“God understands its way,
and he knows its place.
24For he looks to the ends of the earth,
and sees under the whole sky.
25He establishes the force of the wind.
Yes, he measures out the waters by measure.
26When he made a decree for the rain,
and a way for the lightning of the thunder,
27then he saw it, and declared it.
He established it, yes, and searched it out.
28To man he said,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.
To depart from evil is understanding.’”