1 Then Job responded by saying:
2 Whose assistant are you? Is he weak-minded? And do you sustain the arm of him that is not strong?
3 To whom have you given advice? Perhaps it is to him that has no wisdom or prudence that you have revealed your many ideas.
4 Who is it that you wanted to teach? Was it not him that created the breath of life?
5 Behold, giant things groan under the waters, and they dwell with them.
6 The underworld is naked before him, and there is no covering for perdition.
7 He stretched out the North over emptiness, and he suspended the land over nothing.
8 He secures the waters in his clouds, so that they do not burst forth downward all at once.
9 He holds back the face of his throne, and he stretches his cloud over it.
10 He has set limits around the waters, until light and darkness shall reach their limit.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are frightened at his nod.
12 By his strength, the seas suddenly gather together, and his foresight has struck the arrogant.
13 His spirit has adorned the heavens, and his birthing hand has brought forth the winding serpent.
14 Behold, these things have been said about his ways in part, and, since we barely have heard a small drop of his word, who will be able to gaze upon the thunder of his greatness?
1 Job also added to this, using figures of speech, and he said:
2 As God lives, who has taken away my judgment, and the Almighty, who has led my soul to bitterness,
3 as long as my breath remains in me and the breath of God remains in my nostrils,
4 my lips will not speak iniquity, nor will my tongue devise lies.
5 Far be it from me that I should judge you to be right, for, until I expire, I will not withdraw from my innocence.
6 I will not forsake my justification, which I have just begun to grasp, for my heart does not find blame for me in my whole life.
7 Let the impious be as my enemy, and the sinful, as my adversary.
8 For what hope is there for the hypocrite, if he greedily plunders and God does not free his soul?
9 Will God pay attention to his cry, when anguish overcomes him?
10 Or will he take delight in the Almighty and call upon God at all times?
11 I will teach you through the hand of God, what the Almighty holds, and I will not conceal it.
12 Behold, you know all this, and so why do you speak vain things without a reason?
13 This is the portion of the impious man with God, and the inheritance of the violent, which they will receive from the Almighty.
14 If his sons should happen to increase, they will be for the sword, and his grandsons will not be satisfied with bread.
15 Whatever will remain of him will be buried in the ruins, and his widows will not weep.
16 If he will amass silver as if it were dirt and fabricate garments as if they were clay,
17 then yes, he will gather, but the just will be clothed with it and the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He has built his house like a moth, and he has made a makeshift shelter like a sentry.
19 When he falls asleep, the rich man will leave him with nothing; he will open his eyes and find nothing.
20 Destitution will surround him like water; a storm will overwhelm him in the night.
21 A burning wind will pick him up and carry him away, and, like a whirlwind, it will rush him from his place.
22 And it will hurl over him and will not spare him; fleeing from its power, he will go into exile.
23 He will clasp his hands over himself, and he will hiss at himself, while considering his situation.
1 And it happened afterwards that Alexander, the son of Philip the Macedonian, who first reigned in Greece having come from the land of Kittim, struck Darius the king of the Persians and the Medes.
2 He appointed many battles, and he took hold of all the fortifications, and he executed the kings of the earth.
3 And he passed through even to the ends of the earth. And he received the spoils of many nations. And the earth was silenced in his sight.
4 And he gathered together power, and an exceedingly strong army. And he was exalted, and his heart was lifted up.
5 And he captured the regions of nations and of sovereign leaders, and they became tributaries to him.
6 And after these things, he fell down on his bed, and he knew that he would die.
7 And he called his servants, nobles who were raised with him from his youth. And he divided his kingdom to them, while he was still alive.
8 And Alexander reigned twelve years, and then he died.
9 And his servants obtained his kingdom, each one in his place.
10 And they all put diadems on themselves after his death, and their sons after them, for many years; and evils were multiplied on the earth.
11 And there went forth from among them a sinful root, Antiochus the illustrious, the son of king Antiochus, who had been a hostage at Rome. And he reigned in the one hundred and thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.
12 In those days, there went forth from Israel sons of iniquity, and they persuaded many, saying: “Let us go and negotiate a covenant with the Gentiles that are all around us. For since we have withdrawn from them, many evils have found us.”
13 And the word seemed good in their eyes.
14 And some of the people determined to do this, and they went to the king. And he gave them the power to act according to the justice of the Gentiles.
15 And they built a sports arena in Jerusalem, according to the laws of the Nations.
16 And they made themselves uncircumcised, and they withdrew from the holy covenant, and they were joined to the nations, and they were sold into evil-doing.
17 And the kingdom was ready in the sight of Antiochus, and he began to reign over the land of Egypt, so that he might reign over two kingdoms.
18 And he entered into Egypt with an oppressive multitude, with swift chariots, and elephants, and horsemen, and a great abundance of ships.
19 And he appointed a war against Ptolemy, the king of Egypt, and Ptolemy was filled with dread before his face, and he fled, and many fell down wounded.
20 And he took hold of the fortified cities in the land of Egypt, and he received the spoils of the land of Egypt.
21 And Antiochus turned back, after he struck Egypt, in the one hundred and forty-third year, and he ascended against Israel.
22 And he ascended to Jerusalem, with an oppressive multitude.
23 And he entered into the sanctuary with arrogance, and he took the golden altar, and the lampstand of light, and all the vessels, and the table for the bread of the Presence, and the vessels of libation, and the vials, and the little mortars of gold, and the veil, and the crowns, and the golden ornament, which was at the face of the temple. And he crushed them all.
24 And he took the silver and gold, and the precious vessels, and he took the hidden treasures, which he found. And having taken all these things away, he departed into his own land.
25 And he caused a massacre of men, and he was speaking with great arrogance.
26 And there was great wailing in Israel and in all of their places.
27 And the leaders and elders mourned, and the virgins and young men became weak, and the splendor of the women was changed.
28 Every bridegroom took up lamentation, and those who sat in the marriage bed mourned.
11 Thy words have I hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy justifications.
13 With my lips I have pronounced all the judgments of thy mouth.
14 I have been delighted in the way of thy testimonies, as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on thy commandments: and I will consider thy ways.
16 I will think of thy justifications: I will not forget thy words.
17 GIMEL. Give bountifully to thy servant, enliven me: and I shall keep thy words.
1 Therefore, if you have risen together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
2 Consider the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth.
3 For you have died, and so your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Therefore, mortify your body, while it is upon the earth. For because of fornication, impurity, lust, evil desires, and avarice, which are a kind of service to idols,
6 the wrath of God has overwhelmed the sons of unbelief.
7 You, too, walked in these things, in times past, when you were living among them.
8 But now you must set aside all these things: anger, indignation, malice, blasphemy, and indecent speech from your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another. Strip yourselves of the old man, with his deeds,
10 and clothe yourself with the new man, who has been renewed by knowledge, in accord with the image of the One who created him,
11 where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, servant nor free. Instead, Christ is everything, in everyone.
12 Therefore, clothe yourselves like the elect of God: holy and beloved, with hearts of mercy, kindness, humility, modesty, and patience.
13 Support one another, and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive one another. For just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also must you do.
14 And above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection.