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Kolovoz 22

Job 35:1-16
1. Then Elihu said:
2. "Do you think this is just? You say, 'I will be cleared by God. '
3. Yet you ask him, 'What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?'
4. "I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you.
5. Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you.
6. If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
7. If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?
8. Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself, and your righteousness only the sons of men.
9. "Men cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
10. But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
11. who teaches more to us than to the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?'
12. He does not answer when men cry out because of the arrogance of the wicked.
13. Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.
14. How much less, then, will he listen when you say that you do not see him, that your case is before him and you must wait for him,
15. and further, that his anger never punishes and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.
16. So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words."

Job 36:1-33
1. Elihu continued:
2. "Bear with me a little longer and I will show you that there is more to be said in God's behalf.
3. I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.
4. Be assured that my words are not false; one perfect in knowledge is with you.
5. "God is mighty, but does not despise men; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.
6. He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights.
7. He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.
8. But if men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,
9. he tells them what they have done- that they have sinned arrogantly.
10. He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.
11. If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.
12. But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.
13. "The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.
14. They die in their youth, among male prostitutes of the shrines.
15. But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.
16. "He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.
17. But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked; judgment and justice have taken hold of you.
18. Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a large bribe turn you aside.
19. Would your wealth or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress?
20. Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes.
21. Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.
22. "God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?
23. Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, 'You have done wrong'?
24. Remember to extol his work, which men have praised in song.
25. All mankind has seen it; men gaze on it from afar.
26. How great is God-beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.
27. "He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams;
28. the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.
29. Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion?
30. See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea.
31. This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance.
32. He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.
33. His thunder announces the coming storm; even the cattle make known its approach.

Psalms 99:1-9
1. The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.
2. Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations.
3. Let them praise your great and awesome name- he is holy.
4. The King is mighty, he loves justice- you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right.
5. Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.
6. Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who called on his name; they called on the LORD and he answered them.
7. He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.
8. O LORD our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.
9. Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.

Proverbs 23:22-25
22. Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23. Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.
24. The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.
25. May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!

1 Corinthians 4:1-21
1. So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.
2. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
3. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.
4. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
5. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
6. Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, "Do not go beyond what is written." Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.
7. For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
8. Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have become kings--and that without us! How I wish that you really had become kings so that we might be kings with you!
9. For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.
10. We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!
11. To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.
12. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
13. when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.
14. I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children.
15. Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
16. Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
17. For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.
18. Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
19. But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.
20. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?