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August 12

Job 15:1-35
1. Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:
2. Does a wise man answer with empty counsel or fill himself with the hot east wind?
3. Should he argue with useless talk or with words that serve no good purpose?
4. But you even undermine the fear [of God] and hinder meditation before Him.
5. Your iniquity teaches you what to say, and you choose the language of the crafty.
6. Your own mouth condemns you, not I; your own lips testify against you.
7. Were you the first person ever born, or were you brought forth before the hills?
8. Do you listen in on the council of God, or have a monopoly on wisdom?
9. What do you know that we don't? [What] do you understand that is not [clear] to us?
10. Both the gray-haired and the elderly are with us, men older than your father.
11. Are God's consolations not enough for you, even the words that [deal] gently with you?
12. Why has your heart misled you, and why do your eyes flash
13. as you turn your anger against God and allow such words to leave your mouth?
14. What is man, that he should be pure, or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?
15. If God puts no trust in His holy ones and the heavens are not pure in His sight,
16. how much less one who is revolting and corrupt, who drinks injustice like water?
17. Listen to me and I will inform you. I will describe what I have seen,
18. what was declared by wise men and was not suppressed by their ancestors,
19. the land was given to them alone when no foreigner passed among them.
20. A wicked man writhes in pain all his days; few years are stored up for the ruthless.
21. Dreadful sounds fill his ears; when he is at peace, a robber attacks him.
22. He doesn't believe he will return from darkness; he is destined for the sword.
23. He wanders about for food, [saying,] "Where is it?" He knows the day of darkness is at hand.
24. Trouble and distress terrify him, overwhelming him like a king prepared for battle.
25. For he has stretched out his hand against God and has arrogantly opposed the Almighty.
26. He rushes headlong at Him with his thick, studded shields.
27. Though his face is covered with fat and his waistline bulges with it,
28. he will dwell in ruined cities, in abandoned houses destined to become piles of rubble.
29. He will no longer be rich; his wealth will not endure. His possessions will not spread over the land.
30. He will not escape from the darkness; flames will wither his shoots, and he will depart by the breath of God's mouth.
31. Let him not put trust in worthless things, being led astray, for what he gets in exchange will prove worthless.
32. It will be accomplished before his time, and his branch will not flourish.
33. He will be like a vine that drops its unripe grapes and like an olive tree that sheds its blossoms.
34. For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who offer bribes.
35. They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb prepares deception.

Job 16:1-22
1. Then Job answered:
2. I have heard many things like these. You are all miserable comforters.
3. Is there [no] end to your empty words? What provokes you that you continue testifying?
4. If you were in my place I could also talk like you. I could string words together against you and shake my head at you, [but I wouldn't].
5. I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation from my lips would bring relief.
6. Even if I speak, my suffering is not relieved, and if I hold back, what have I lost?
7. Surely He has now exhausted me. You have devastated my entire family.
8. You have shriveled me up-- it has become a witness; My frailty rises up against me and testifies to my face.
9. His anger tears [at me], and He harasses me. He gnashes His teeth at me. My enemy pierces me with His eyes.
10. They open their mouths against me and strike my cheeks with contempt; they join themselves together against me.
11. God hands me over to unjust men; He throws me into the hands of the wicked.
12. I was at ease, but He shattered me; He seized [me] by the scruff of the neck and smashed me to pieces. He set me up as His target;
13. His archers surround me. He pierces my kidneys without mercy and pours my bile on the ground.
14. He breaks through my defenses again and again; He charges at me like a warrior.
15. I have sewn sackcloth over my skin; I have buried my strength in the dust.
16. My face has grown red with weeping, and the shadow of death covers my eyes,
17. although my hands are free from violence and my prayer is pure.
18. Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry for help find no resting place.
19. Even now my witness is in heaven, and my advocate is in the heights!
20. My friends scoff at me as I weep before God.
21. I wish that someone might arbitrate between a man and God just as a man [pleads] for his friend.
22. For [only] a few years will pass before I go the way of no return.

Psalms 94:20-23
20. Can a corrupt throne-- one that creates trouble by law-- become Your ally?
21. They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.
22. But the LORD is my refuge; my God is the rock of my protection.
23. He will pay them back for their sins and destroy them for their evil. The LORD our God will destroy them.

Proverbs 22:28-29
28. Don't move an ancient property line that your fathers set up.
29. Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand in the presence of kings. He will not stand in the presence of unknown men.

Romans 11:19-36
19. Then you will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."
20. True enough; they were broken off by unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.
21. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either.
22. Therefore, consider God's kindness and severity: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness toward you-- if you remain in His kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.
23. And even they, if they do not remain in unbelief, will be grafted in, because God has the power to graft them in again.
24. For if you were cut off from your native wild olive, and against nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these-- the natural branches-- be grafted into their own olive tree?
25. So that you will not be conceited, brothers, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery: a partial hardening has come to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.
26. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Liberator will come from Zion; He will turn away godlessness from Jacob.
27. And this will be My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.
28. Regarding the gospel, they are enemies for your advantage, but regarding election, they are loved because of their forefathers,
29. since God's gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable.
30. As you once disobeyed God, but now have received mercy through their disobedience,
31. so they too have now disobeyed, [resulting] in mercy to you, so that they also now may receive mercy.
32. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience, so that He may have mercy on all.
33. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways!
34. For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?
35. Or who has ever first given to Him, and has to be repaid?
36. For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.