52 Week Bible Reading Plan
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- And Eliphaz the Temanite answereth and saith: --
- Doth a wise man answer [with] vain knowledge? And fill [with] an east wind his belly?
- To reason with a word not useful? And speeches -- no profit in them?
- Yea, thou dost make reverence void, And dost diminish meditation before God.
- For thy mouth teacheth thine iniquity, And thou chooseth the tongue of the subtile.
- Thy mouth declareth thee wicked, and not I, And thy lips testify against thee.
- The first man art thou born? And before the heights wast thou formed?
- Of the secret counsel of God dost thou hear? And withdrawest thou unto thee wisdom?
- What hast thou known, and we know not? Understandest thou -- and it is not with us?
- Both the gray-headed And the very aged [are] among us -- Greater than thy father [in] days.
- Too few for thee are the comforts of God? And a gentle word [is] with thee,
- What -- doth thine heart take thee away? And what -- are thine eyes high?
- For thou turnest against God thy spirit? And hast brought out words from thy mouth:
- What [is] man that he is pure, And that he is righteous, one born of woman?
- Lo, in His holy ones He putteth no credence, And the heavens have not been pure in His eyes.
- Also -- surely abominable and filthy Is man drinking as water perverseness.
- I shew thee -- hearken to me -- And this I have seen and declare:
- Which the wise declare -- And have not hid -- from their fathers.
- To them alone was the land given, And a stranger passed not over into their midst:
- `All days of the wicked he is paining himself, And few years have been laid up for the terrible one.
- A fearful voice [is] in his ears, In peace doth a destroyer come to him.
- He believeth not to return from darkness, And watched [is] he for the sword.
- He is wandering for bread -- `Where [is] it?' He hath known that ready at his hand Is a day of darkness.
- Terrify him do adversity and distress, They prevail over him As a king ready for a boaster.
- For he stretched out against God his hand, And against the Mighty he maketh himself mighty.
- He runneth unto Him with a neck, With thick bosses of his shields.
- For he hath covered his face with his fat, And maketh vigour over [his] confidence.
- And he inhabiteth cities cut off, houses not dwelt in, That have been ready to become heaps.
- He is not rich, nor doth his wealth rise, Nor doth he stretch out on earth their continuance.
- He turneth not aside from darkness, His tender branch doth a flame dry up, And he turneth aside at the breath of His mouth!
- Let him not put credence in vanity, He hath been deceived, For vanity is his recompence.
- Not in his day is it completed, And his bending branch is not green.
- He shaketh off as a vine his unripe fruit, And casteth off as an olive his blossom.
- For the company of the profane [is] gloomy, And fire hath consumed tents of bribery.
- To conceive misery, and to bear iniquity, Even their heart doth prepare deceit.
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- And Job answereth and saith: --
- I have heard many such things, Miserable comforters [are] ye all.
- Is there an end to words of wind? Or what doth embolden thee that thou answerest?
- I also, like you, might speak, If your soul were in my soul's stead. I might join against you with words, And nod at you with my head.
- I might harden you with my mouth, And the moving of my lips might be sparing.
- If I speak, my pain is not restrained, And I cease -- what goeth from me?
- Only, now, it hath wearied me; Thou hast desolated all my company,
- And Thou dost loathe me, For a witness it hath been, And rise up against me doth my failure, In my face it testifieth.
- His anger hath torn, and he hateth me, He hath gnashed at me with his teeth, My adversary sharpeneth his eyes for me.
- They have gaped on me with their mouth, In reproach they have smitten my cheeks, Together against me they set themselves.
- God shutteth me up unto the perverse, And to the hands of the wicked turneth me over.
- At ease I have been, and he breaketh me, And he hath laid hold on my neck, And he breaketh me in pieces, And he raiseth me to him for a mark.
- Go round against me do his archers. He splitteth my reins, and spareth not, He poureth out to the earth my gall.
- He breaketh me -- breach upon breach, He runneth upon me as a mighty one.
- Sackcloth I have sewed on my skin, And have rolled in the dust my horn.
- My face is foul with weeping, And on mine eyelids [is] death-shade.
- Not for violence in my hands, And my prayer [is] pure.
- O earth, do not thou cover my blood! And let there not be a place for my cry.
- Also, now, lo, in the heavens [is] my witness, And my testifier in the high places.
- My interpreter [is] my friend, Unto God hath mine eye dropped:
- And he reasoneth for a man with God, And a son of man for his friend.
- When a few years do come, Then a path I return not do I go.
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