1 Then Job, answering, said:
2 Are you, therefore, alone among men, and will wisdom die with you?
3 And I have a heart just as you also do, and I am not inferior to you. For who is ignorant of these things, which you know?
4 He who is mocked by his friends as I am, will call upon God, and he will listen to him because it is the sincerity of the just that is being mocked.
5 The lamp that is despised in the thoughts of the rich is ready for the appointed time.
6 The tabernacles of robbers are numerous, and they provoke God boldly; whereas, it is he who has given all things into their hands.
7 In truth, ask the mules, and they will teach you, and the birds of the sky, and they will reveal to you.
8 Speak with the earth, and it will respond to you, and the fish of the sea will explain.
9 Who is ignorant that the hand of the Lord has made all these things?
10 In his hand is the soul of all the living and the spirit of all the flesh of mankind.
11 Does not the ear perceive words, and the palate, when eating, perceive flavor?
12 In old age is wisdom, and in length of days is prudence.
13 With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.
14 If he tears down, there is no one who can build up; if he encloses a man, there is no one who can open.
15 If he restrains the waters, everything will dry up; and if he sends them forth, they will subdue the land.
16 With him is strength and wisdom; he knows both the deceiver and he who is deceived.
17 He leads advisors to a foolish end and judges to stupidity.
18 He removes the belt of kings and encircles their waist with a rope.
19 He leads away priests in dishonor and displaces nobles,
20 altering the lips of those who speak the truth and sweeping away the teaching of the aged.
21 He pours distain upon the leaders, relieving those who had been oppressed.
22 He reveals the depths of the darkness, and he brings the shadow of death into the light.
23 He multiplies peoples, and destroys them, and, having been overthrown, he restores them anew.
24 He transforms the heart of the leaders of the people on earth, and misleads those who in vain
25 They will grope as in the darkness, not the light, and he will make them stagger like drunkards.
1 Behold, my eye has seen all these things, and my ear has heard, and I have understood each one.
2 In conformity with your knowledge, I also know. I am not inferior to you.
3 Yet I speak this way to the Almighty, and I desire to argue with God,
4 having first shown that you fabricate lies and cultivate perverse teachings.
5 And I wish that you would remain silent, so that you would be counted among the wise.
6 Therefore, listen to my correction, and pay attention to the judgment of my lips.
7 Does God require your lie, so that you would speak deceitfully for him?
8 Have you taken his place, and do you struggle to give judgment in favor of God?
9 Or, will it please him, from whom nothing can be concealed? Or, will he be deceived, like a man, by your deceitfulness?
10 He will accuse you because in secret you have preempted his presence.
11 As soon as he moves himself, he will disturb you, and his dread will fall over you.
12 Your remembrance will be compared to ashes, and your necks will be reduced to clay.
13 Be silent for a little while, so that I may speak whatever my mind suggests to me.
14 Why do I wound my flesh with my teeth, and carry my soul in my hands?
15 And now, if he would kill me, I will hope in him; in this, truly, I will correct my ways in his sight.
16 And he will be my savior, for no hypocrite at all will approach in his sight.
17 Listen to my words, and perceive an enigma with your ears.
18 If I will be judged, I know that I will be found to be just.
19 Who is it that will go to judgment with me? Let him approach. Why should I be consumed in silence?
20 Do not do such things to me twice, and then I will not hide from your face.
21 Take your hand far away from me, and do not let your dread terrify me.
22 Call me, and I will answer you, or else I will speak, and you can answer me.
23 How many iniquities and sins do I have? Reveal my crimes and offenses to me.
24 Why do you conceal your face and consider me to be your enemy?
25 Against a leaf, which is carried away by the wind, you reveal your power, and you pursue dry straw.
26 For you write bitter things against me, and you want to consume me for the sins of my youth.
27 You have put my feet on a tether, and you have observed all my paths, and you have considered the steps of my feet.
28 I will be left to decay like something rotten and like a garment that is being eaten by moths.
1 Petition before the Lord for rain in the latter time, and the Lord will produce snows and will give showers of rain to them, to each blade in the field.
2 For the images have been speaking what is useless, and the diviners have seen a lie, and the dreamers have been speaking false hope: they have comforted in vain. For this reason, they have been led away like a flock; they will be afflicted, because they have no shepherd.
3 My fury has been kindled over the shepherds, and I will visit upon the he-goats. For the Lord of hosts has visited his flock, the house of Judah, and he has set them like the horse of his glory in the war.
4 From him will go forth the angle, from him the wooden peg, from him the bow of battle, from him every exactor at the same time.
5 And they will be like the strong, trampling the mud of the ways in battle. And they will fight, for the Lord is with them. And the riders of the horses will be confounded.
6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will convert them, because I will have mercy on them. And they will be as they were when I had not cast them away. For I am the Lord their God, and I will hear them.
7 And they will be like the strong of Ephraim, and their heart will rejoice as if by wine, and their sons will see and will rejoice, and their heart will exult in the Lord.
8 I will whistle for them, and I will gather them together, because I have redeemed them. And I will multiply them, as they had been multiplied before.
9 And I will sow them among the peoples, and from far away they will remember me. And they will live with their sons, and they will return.
10 And I will lead them back from the land of Egypt, and I will gather them from among the Assyrians, and I will lead them to the land of Gilead and Lebanon, and no place will be left that has not been found by them.
11 And he will pass over the narrow passage of the sea, and he will strike the waves of the sea, and all the depths of the river will be confounded, and the arrogance of Assyria will be brought low, and the scepter of Egypt will withdraw.
12 I will strengthen them in the Lord, and they will walk in his name, says the Lord.
11 I said in my excess: Every man is a liar.
12 What shall I render to the Lord, for all the things he hath rendered unto me?
13 I will take the chalice of salvation; and I will call upon the name of the Lord.
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord before all his people:
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
16 O Lord, for I am thy servant: I am thy servant, and the son of thy handmaid. Thou hast broken my bonds:
17 I will sacrifice to thee the sacrifice of praise, and I will call upon the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the sight of all his people:
19 In the courts of the house of the Lord, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem.
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.
2 Grace and peace to you, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I give thanks to my God, with every remembrance of you,
4 always, in all my prayers, making supplication for all of you with joy,
5 because of your communion in the Gospel of Christ, from the first day even until now.
6 I am confident of this very thing: that he who has begun this good work in you will perfect it, unto the day of Christ Jesus.
7 So then, it is right for me to feel this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, and because, in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel, you all are partakers of my joy.
8 For God is my witness how, within the heart of Jesus Christ, I long for all of you.
9 And this I pray: that your charity may abound more and more, with knowledge and with all understanding,
10 so that you may be confirmed in what is better, in order that you may be sincere and without offense on the day of Christ:
11 filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, in the glory and praise of God.
12 Now, brothers, I want you to know that the things concerning me happened for the advancement of the Gospel,
13 in such a way that my chains have become manifest in Christ in every place of judgment and in all other such places.
14 And many from among the brothers in the Lord, becoming confident through my chains, are now much bolder in speaking the Word of God without fear.
15 Certainly, some do so even because of envy and contention; and others, too, do so because of a good will to preach Christ.
16 Some act out of charity, knowing that I have been appointed for the defense of the Gospel.
17 But others, out of contention, announce Christ insincerely, claiming that their difficulties lift them up to my chains.
18 But what does it matter? As long as, by every means, whether under pretext or in truthfulness, Christ is announced. And about this, I rejoice, and moreover, I will continue to rejoice.