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August 11

Job 13:1-28
1. [JOB CONTINUED:] Behold, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it.
2. What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
3. Surely I wish to speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue and reason my case with God [that He may explain the conflict between what I believe of Him and what I see of Him].
4. But you are forgers of lies [you defame my character most untruthfully]; you are all physicians of no value and have no remedy to offer.
5. Oh, that you would altogether hold your peace! Then you would evidence your wisdom and you might pass for wise men.
6. Hear now my reasoning, and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
7. Will you speak unrighteously for God and talk deceitfully for Him?
8. Will you show partiality to Him [be unjust to me in order to gain favor with Him]? Will you act as special pleaders for God?
9. Would it be profitable for you if He should investigate your tactics [with me]? Or as one deceives and mocks a man, do you deceive and mock Him?
10. He will surely reprove you if you do secretly show partiality.
11. Shall not His majesty make you afraid, and should not your awe for Him restrain you?
12. Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes [valueless]; your defenses are defenses of clay [and will crumble].
13. Hold your peace! Let me alone, so I may speak; and let come on me what may.
14. Why should I take my flesh in my teeth and put my life in my hands [incurring the danger of God's wrath]?
15. [I do it because, though He slay me, yet will I wait for and trust Him and] behold, He will slay me; I have no hope--nevertheless, I will maintain and argue my ways before Him and even to His face.
16. This will be my salvation, that a polluted and godless man shall not come before Him.
17. Listen diligently to my speech, and let my declaration be in your ears.
18. Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be justified and vindicated.
19. Who is he who will argue against and refute me? For then I would hold my peace and expire.
20. Only [O Lord] grant two conditions to me, and then will I not hide myself from You:
21. Withdraw Your hand and take this bodily suffering far from me; and let not my [reverent] dread of You terrify me.
22. Then [Lord] call and I will answer, or let me speak, and You answer me.
23. How many are my iniquities and sins [that so much sorrow should come to me]? Make me recognize and know my transgression and my sin. [Rom. 8:1.]
24. Why do You hide Your face [as if offended] and alienate me as if I were Your enemy?
25. Will You harass and frighten a [poor, helpless] leaf driven to and fro, and will You pursue the chaff of the dry stubble?
26. For You write bitter things against me [in Your bill of indictment] and make me inherit and be accountable now for the iniquities of my youth.
27. You put my feet also in the stocks and observe critically all my paths; You set a circle and limit around the soles of my feet [which I must not overstep].
28. And he wastes away as a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.

Job 14:1-22
1. MAN WHO is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.
2. He comes forth like a flower and withers; he flees also like a shadow and continues not.
3. And [Lord] do You open Your eyes upon such a one, and bring me into judgment with You?
4. Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one! [Isa. 1:18; I John 1:7.]
5. Since a man's days are already determined, and the number of his months is wholly in Your control, and he cannot pass the bounds of his allotted time--
6. [O God] turn from him [and cease to watch him so pitilessly]; let him rest until he has accomplished as does a hireling the appointed time for his day.
7. For there is hope for a tree if it is cut down, that it will sprout again and that the tender shoots of it will not cease. [But there is no such hope for man.]
8. Though its roots grow old in the earth and its stock dies in the ground,
9. Yet through the scent [and breathing] of water [the stump of the tree] will bud and bring forth boughs like a young plant.
10. But [the brave, strong] man must die and lie prostrate; yes, man breathes his last, and where is he?
11. As waters evaporate from the lake, and the river drains and dries up,
12. So man lies down and does not rise [to his former state]. Till the heavens are no more, men will not awake nor be raised [physically] out of their sleep.
13. Oh, that You would hide me in Sheol (the unseen state), that You would conceal me until Your wrath is past, that You would set a definite time and then remember me earnestly [and imprint me on your heart]!
14. If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my warfare and service I will wait, till my change and release shall come. [John 5:25; 6:40; I Thess. 4:16.]
15. [Then] You would call and I would answer You; You would yearn for [me] the work of Your hands.
16. But now You number each of my steps and take note of my every sin.
17. My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and You glue up my iniquity [to preserve it in full for the day of reckoning].
18. But as a mountain, if it falls, crumbles to nothing, and as the rock is removed out of its place,
19. As waters wear away the stones and as floods wash away the soil of the earth, so You [O Lord] destroy the hope of man.
20. You prevail forever against him, and he passes on; You change his appearance [in death] and send him away [from the presence of the living].
21. His sons come to honor, and he knows it not; they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
22. But his body [lamenting its decay in the grave] shall grieve over him, and his soul shall mourn [over the body of clay which it once enlivened].

Psalms 94:12-19
12. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law,
13. That You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity, until the [inevitable] pit of corruption is dug for the wicked.
14. For the Lord will not cast off nor spurn His people, neither will He abandon His heritage.
15. For justice will return to the [uncompromisingly] righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16. Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17. Unless the Lord had been my help, I would soon have dwelt in [the land where there is] silence.
18. When I said, My foot is slipping, Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up.
19. In the multitude of my [anxious] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!

Proverbs 22:26-27
26. Be not one of those who strike hands and pledge themselves, or of those who become security for another's debts.
27. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed from under you?

Romans 11:1-18
1. I ASK then: Has God totally rejected and disowned His people? Of course not! Why, I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin! [I Sam. 12:22; Jer. 31:37; 33:24-26; Phil. 3:5.]
2. No, God has not rejected and disowned His people [whose destiny] He had marked out and appointed and foreknown from the beginning. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? [Ps. 94:14; I Kings 19.]
3. Lord, they have killed Your prophets; they have demolished Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.
4. But what is God's reply to him? I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal! [I Kings 19:18.]
5. So too at the present time there is a remnant (a small believing minority), selected (chosen) by grace (by God's unmerited favor and graciousness).
6. But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless].
7. What then [shall we conclude]? Israel failed to obtain what it sought [God's favor by obedience to the Law]. Only the elect (those chosen few) obtained it, while the rest of them became callously indifferent (blinded, hardened, and made insensible to it).
8. As it is written, God gave them a spirit (an attitude) of stupor, eyes that should not see and ears that should not hear, [that has continued] down to this very day. [Deut. 29:4; Isa. 29:10.]
9. And David says, Let their table (their feasting, banqueting) become a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a just retribution [rebounding like a boomerang upon them]; [Ps. 69:22.]
10. Let their eyes be darkened (dimmed) so that they cannot see, and make them bend their back [stooping beneath their burden] forever. [Ps. 69:23.]
11. So I ask, Have they stumbled so as to fall [to their utter spiritual ruin, irretrievably]? By no means! But through their false step and transgression salvation [has come] to the Gentiles, so as to arouse Israel [to see and feel what they forfeited] and so to make them jealous.
12. Now if their stumbling (their lapse, their transgression) has so enriched the world [at large], and if [Israel's] failure means such riches for the Gentiles, think what an enrichment and greater advantage will follow their full reinstatement!
13. But now I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I lay great stress on my ministry and magnify my office,
14. In the hope of making my fellow Jews jealous [in order to stir them up to imitate, copy, and appropriate], and thus managing to save some of them.
15. For if their rejection and exclusion from the benefits of salvation were [overruled] for the reconciliation of a world to God, what will their acceptance and admission mean? [It will be nothing short of] life from the dead!
16. Now if the first handful of dough offered as the firstfruits [Abraham and the patriarchs] is consecrated (holy), so is the whole mass [the nation of Israel]; and if the root [Abraham] is consecrated (holy), so are the branches. [Num. 15:19-21.]
17. But if some of the branches were broken off, while you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among them to share the richness [of the root and sap] of the olive tree,
18. Do not boast over the branches and pride yourself at their expense. If you do boast and feel superior, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root [that supports] you.