reading for the day 25/08/2023 ; previous day - next day ; back to index ;
1. Truly, my eye has seen all this, word of it has come to my ear, and I have knowledge of it.
2. The same things are in my mind as in yours; I am equal to you.
3. But I would have talk with the Ruler of all, and my desire is to have an argument with God.
4. But you put a false face on things; all your attempts to put things right are of no value.
5. If only you would keep quiet, it would be a sign of wisdom!
6. Give ear to the argument of my mouth, and take note of the words of my lips.
7. Will you say in God's name what is not right, and put false words into his mouth?
8. Will you have respect for God's person in this cause, and put yourselves forward as his supporters?
9. Will it be good for you to be searched out by him, or have you the thought that he may be guided into error like a man?
10. He will certainly put you right, if you have respect for persons in secret.
11. Will not his glory put you in fear, so that your hearts will be overcome before him?
12. Your wise sayings are only dust, and your strong places are only earth.
13. Keep quiet, and let me say what is in my mind, whatever may come to me.
14. I will take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand.
15. Truly, he will put an end to me; I have no hope; but I will not give way in argument before him;
16. And that will be my salvation, for an evil-doer would not come before him,
17. Give ear with care to my words, and keep what I say in your minds.
18. See now, I have put my cause in order, and I am certain that I will be seen to be right.
19. Is any one able to take up the argument against me? If so, I would keep quiet and give up my breath.
20. Only two things do not do to me, then I will come before your face:
21. Take your hand far away from me; and let me not be overcome by fear of you.
22. Then at the sound of your voice I will give answer; or let me put forward my cause for you to give me an answer.
23. What is the number of my evil-doings and my sins? give me knowledge of them.
24. Why is your face veiled from me, as if I was numbered among your haters?
25. Will you be hard on a leaf in flight before the wind? will you make a dry stem go more quickly on its way?
26. For you put bitter things on record against me, and send punishment on me for the sins of my early years;
27. And you put chains on my feet, watching all my ways, and making a limit for my steps;
28. Though a man comes to nothing like a bit of dead wood, or like a robe which has become food for the worm.
1. As for man, the son of woman, his days are short and full of trouble.
2. He comes out like a flower, and is cut down: he goes in flight like a shade, and is never seen again.
3. Is it on such a one as this that your eyes are fixed, with the purpose of judging him?
4. If only a clean thing might come out of an unclean! But it is not possible.
5. If his days are ordered, and you have knowledge of the number of his months, having given him a fixed limit past which he may not go;
6. Let your eyes be turned away from him, and take your hand from him, so that he may have pleasure at the end of his day, like a servant working for payment.
7. For there is hope of a tree; if it is cut down, it will come to life again, and its branches will not come to an end.
8. Though its root may be old in the earth, and its cut-off end may be dead in the dust;
9. Still, at the smell of water, it will make buds, and put out branches like a young plant.
10. But man comes to his death and is gone: he gives up his spirit, and where is he?
11. The waters go from a pool, and a river becomes waste and dry;
12. So man goes down to his last resting-place and comes not again: till the heavens come to an end, they will not be awake or come out of their sleep.
13. If only you would keep me safe in the underworld, putting me in a secret place till your wrath is past, giving me a fixed time when I might come to your memory again!
14. If death takes a man, will he come to life again? All the days of my trouble I would be waiting, till the time came for me to be free.
15. At the sound of your voice I would give an answer, and you would have a desire for the work of your hands.
16. For now my steps are numbered by you, and my sin is not overlooked.
17. My wrongdoing is corded up in a bag, and my sin is shut up safe.
18. But truly a mountain falling comes to dust, and a rock is moved from its place;
19. The stones are crushed small by the force of the waters; the dust of the earth is washed away by their overflowing: and so you put an end to the hope of man.
20. You overcome him for ever, and he is gone; his face is changed in death, and you send him away.
21. His sons come to honour, and he has no knowledge of it; they are made low, but he is not conscious of it.
22. Only his flesh still has pain, and his soul is sad.
1. For which reason, because we have righteousness through faith, let us be at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;
2. Through whom, in the same way, we have been able by faith to come to this grace in which we now are; and let us have joy in hope of the glory of God.
3. And not only so, but let us have joy in our troubles: in the knowledge that trouble gives us the power of waiting;
4. And waiting gives experience; and experience, hope:
5. And hope does not put to shame; because our hearts are full of the love of God through the Holy Spirit which is given to us.
6. For when we were still without strength, at the right time Christ gave his life for evil-doers.
7. Now it is hard for anyone to give his life even for an upright man, though it might be that for a good man someone would give his life.
8. But God has made clear his love to us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us.
9. Much more, if we now have righteousness by his blood, will salvation from the wrath of God come to us through him.
10. For if, when we were haters of God, the death of his Son made us at peace with him, much more, now that we are his friends, will we have salvation through his life;
11. And not only so, but we have joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we are now at peace with God.
12. For this reason, as through one man sin came into the world, and death because of sin, and so death came to all men, because all have done evil:
13. Because, till the law came, sin was in existence, but sin is not put to the account of anyone when there is no law to be broken.
14. But still death had power from Adam till Moses, even over those who had not done wrong like Adam, who is a picture of him who was to come.
15. But the free giving of God is not like the wrongdoing of man. For if, by the wrongdoing of one man death came to numbers of men, much more did the grace of God, and the free giving by the grace of one man, Jesus Christ, come to men.
16. And the free giving has not the same effect as the sin of one: for the effect of one man's sin was punishment by the decision of God, but the free giving had power to give righteousness to wrongdoers in great number.
17. For, if by the wrongdoing of one, death was ruling through the one, much more will those to whom has come the wealth of grace and the giving of righteousness, be ruling in life through the one, even Jesus Christ.
18. So then, as the effect of one act of wrongdoing was that punishment came on all men, even so the effect of one act of righteousness was righteousness of life for all men.
19. Because, as numbers of men became sinners through the wrongdoing of one man, even so will great numbers get righteousness through the keeping of the word of God by one man.
20. And the law came in addition, to make wrongdoing worse; but where there was much sin, there was much more grace:
21. That, as sin had power in death, so grace might have power through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.