52 Week Bible Reading Plan
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- Then Job answered:
- "Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be just before God?
- If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
- He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength--who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded? --
- he who removes mountains, and they know it not, when he overturns them in his anger;
- who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble;
- who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars;
- who alone stretched out the heavens, and trampled the waves of the sea;
- who made the Bear and Orion, the Plei'ades and the chambers of the south;
- who does great things beyond understanding, and marvelous things without number.
- Lo, he passes by me, and I see him not; he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
- Behold, he snatches away; who can hinder him? Who will say to him, 'What doest thou'?
- "God will not turn back his anger; beneath him bowed the helpers of Rahab.
- How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him?
- Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.
- If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.
- For he crushes me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause;
- he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
- If it is a contest of strength, behold him! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?
- Though I am innocent, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
- I am blameless; I regard not myself; I loathe my life.
- It is all one; therefore I say, he destroys both the blameless and the wicked.
- When disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at the calamity of the innocent.
- The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; he covers the faces of its judges--if it is not he, who then is it?
- "My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good.
- They go by like skiffs of reed, like an eagle swooping on the prey.
- If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer,'
- I become afraid of all my suffering, for I know thou wilt not hold me innocent.
- I shall be condemned; why then do I labor in vain?
- If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,
- yet thou wilt plunge me into a pit, and my own clothes will abhor me.
- For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.
- There is no umpire between us, who might lay his hand upon us both.
- Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me.
- Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not so in myself.
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- "I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
- I will say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why thou dost contend against me.
- Does it seem good to thee to oppress, to despise the work of thy hands and favor the designs of the wicked?
- Hast thou eyes of flesh? Dost thou see as man sees?
- Are thy days as the days of man, or thy years as man's years,
- that thou dost seek out my iniquity and search for my sin,
- although thou knowest that I am not guilty, and there is none to deliver out of thy hand?
- Thy hands fashioned and made me; and now thou dost turn about and destroy me.
- Remember that thou hast made me of clay; and wilt thou turn me to dust again?
- Didst thou not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese?
- Thou didst clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.
- Thou hast granted me life and steadfast love; and thy care has preserved my spirit.
- Yet these things thou didst hide in thy heart; I know that this was thy purpose.
- If I sin, thou dost mark me, and dost not acquit me of my iniquity.
- If I am wicked, woe to me! If I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head, for I am filled with disgrace and look upon my affliction.
- And if I lift myself up, thou dost hunt me like a lion, and again work wonders against me;
- thou dost renew thy witnesses against me, and increase thy vexation toward me; thou dost bring fresh hosts against me.
- "Why didst thou bring me forth from the womb? Would that I had died before any eye had seen me,
- and were as though I had not been, carried from the womb to the grave.
- Are not the days of my life few? Let me alone, that I may find a little comfort
- before I go whence I shall not return, to the land of gloom and deep darkness,
- the land of gloom and chaos, where light is as darkness."
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