Daily Bible Reading
(ESV: Through The Bible)
Elihu Rebukes Job
33:1 “But now, hear my speech, O Job,
and listen to all my words.
Behold, I open my mouth;
the tongue in my mouth speaks.
My words declare the uprightness of my
and what my lips know they speak
The Spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of the Almighty gives me
Answer me, if you can;
set your words in order before me; take
Behold, I am toward God as you are;
I too was pinched off from a piece of
Behold, no fear of me need terrify you;
my pressure will not be heavy upon you.
have spoken in my ears,
and I have heard the sound of your words.
You say, ‘I am pure, without transgression;
I am clean, and there is no iniquity in
Behold, he finds occasions against me,
he counts me as his enemy,
he puts my feet in the stocks
and watches all my paths.’
this you are not right. I will answer you,
for God is greater than man.
Why do you contend against him,
saying, ‘He will answer none of man's
For God speaks in one way,
and in two, though man does not perceive
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on men,
while they slumber on their beds,
then he opens the ears of men
and terrifies them with warnings,
that he may turn man aside from his deed
and conceal pride from a man;
he keeps back his soul from the pit,
his life from perishing by the sword.
“Man is also
rebuked with pain on his bed
and with continual strife in his bones,
so that his life loathes bread,
and his appetite the choicest food.
His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot
and his bones that were not seen stick
His soul draws near the pit,
and his life to those who bring death.
If there be for him an angel,
a mediator, one of the thousand,
to declare to man what is right for him,
and he is merciful to him, and says,
‘Deliver him from going down into the pit;
I have found a ransom;
let his flesh become fresh with youth;
let him return to the days of his youthful
prays to God, and he accepts him;
he sees his face with a shout of joy,
and he restores to man his righteousness.
He sings before men and says:
‘I sinned and perverted what was right,
and it was not repaid to me.
He has redeemed my soul from going down into
and my life shall look upon the light.’
does all these things,
twice, three times, with a man,
to bring back his soul from the pit,
that he may be lighted with the light of
Pay attention, O Job, listen to me;
be silent, and I will speak.
If you have any words, answer me;
speak, for I desire to justify you.
If not, listen to me;
be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
34:1 Then Elihu answered and said:
“Hear my words,
you wise men,
and give ear to me, you who know;
for the ear tests words
as the palate tastes food.
Let us choose what is right;
let us know among ourselves what is good.
For Job has said, ‘I am in the right,
and God has taken away my right;
in spite of my right I am counted a liar;
my wound is incurable, though I am without
What man is like Job,
who drinks up scoffing like water,
who travels in company with evildoers
and walks with wicked men?
For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing
that he should take delight in God.’
hear me, you men of understanding:
far be it from God that he should do
and from the Almighty that he should do
For according to the work of a man he will
and according to his ways he will make it
Of a truth, God will not do wickedly,
and the Almighty will not pervert justice.
Who gave him charge over the earth,
and who laid on him
the whole world?
If he should set his heart to it
and gather to himself his spirit and his
all flesh would perish together,
and man would return to dust.
“If you have
understanding, hear this;
listen to what I say.
Shall one who hates justice govern?
Will you condemn him who is righteous and
who says to a king, ‘Worthless one,’
and to nobles, ‘Wicked man,’
who shows no partiality to princes,
nor regards the rich more than the poor,
for they are all the work of his hands?
In a moment they die;
at midnight the people are shaken and pass
and the mighty are taken away by no human
“For his eyes
are on the ways of a man,
and he sees all his steps.
There is no gloom or deep darkness
where evildoers may hide themselves.
has no need to consider a man further,
that he should go before God in judgment.
He shatters the mighty without investigation
and sets others in their place.
Thus, knowing their works,
he overturns them in the night, and they
He strikes them for their wickedness
in a place for all to see,
because they turned aside from following him
and had no regard for any of his ways,
so that they caused the cry of the poor to
come to him,
and he heard the cry of the afflicted—
When he is quiet, who can condemn?
When he hides his face, who can behold
whether it be a nation or a man?—
that a godless man should not reign,
that he should not ensnare the people.
“For has anyone
said to God,
‘I have borne punishment; I will not
offend any more;
teach me what I do not see;
if I have done iniquity, I will do it no
Will he then make repayment to suit you,
because you reject it?
For you must choose, and not I;
therefore declare what you know.
Men of understanding will say to me,
and the wise man who hears me will say:
‘Job speaks without knowledge;
his words are without insight.’
Would that Job were tried to the end,
because he answers like wicked men.
For he adds rebellion to his sin;
he claps his hands among us
and multiplies his words against God.”
coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of
repentance to all the people of Israel. And as
John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What
do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but
behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of
whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
of the family of Abraham, and those among you
who fear God, to us has been sent the message
of this salvation. For those who live in
Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did
not recognize him nor understand the
utterances of the prophets, which are read
every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning
him. And though they found in him no guilt
worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him
executed. And when they had carried out all
that was written of him, they took him down
from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God
raised him from the dead, and for many days he
appeared to those who had come up with him
from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his
witnesses to the people. And we bring you the
good news that what God promised to the
fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their
children by raising Jesus, as also it is
written in the second Psalm,
“‘You are my
today I have begotten you.’
And as for the
fact that he raised him from the dead, no more
to return to corruption, he has spoken in this
“‘I will give
you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
Therefore he says
also in another psalm,
“‘You will not
let your Holy One see corruption.’
For David, after
he had served the purpose of God in his own
generation, fell asleep and was laid with his
fathers and saw corruption, but he whom God
raised up did not see corruption. Let it be
known to you therefore, brothers, that through
this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to
you, and by him everyone who believes is freed
from everything from which you could not be
freed by the law of Moses. Beware, therefore,
lest what is said in the Prophets should come
be astounded and perish;
for I am doing a work in your days,
a work that you will not believe, even if
one tells it to you.’”
As they went out,
the people begged that these things might be
told them the next Sabbath. And after the
meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews
and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul
and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them,
urged them to continue in the grace of God.
The next Sabbath
almost the whole city gathered to hear the
word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the
crowds, they were filled with jealousy and
began to contradict what was spoken by Paul,
reviling him. And Paul and Barnabas spoke out
boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the
word of God be spoken first to you. Since you
thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy
of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the
Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us,
“‘I have made
you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends
of the earth.’”
And when the
Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and
glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many
as were appointed to eternal life believed.
And the word of the Lord was spreading
throughout the whole region. But the Jews
incited the devout women of high standing and
the leading men of the city, stirred up
persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and
drove them out of their district. But they
shook off the dust from their feet against
them and went to Iconium. And the disciples
were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
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