The Word of God: Job 29:1, 31:24-40 – September 11, 2020

1 Job again took up his discourse and said:

24″If I have made gold my trust, or called fine gold my confidence; 25if I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, or because my hand had gotten much; 26if I have looked at the sun when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor, 27and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand; 28this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I should have been false to God above.

29″If I have rejoiced at the ruin of those who hated me, or exulted when evil overtook them – 30I have not let my mouth sin by asking for their lives with a curse – 31if those of my tent ever said, ‘O that we might be sated with his flesh!’ – 32the stranger has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the traveler – 33if I have concealed my transgressions as others do, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom, 34because I stood in great fear of the multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors – 35Oh, that I had one to hear me! (Here is my signature! let the Almighty answer me!) Oh, that I had the indictment written by my adversary! 36Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me like a crown; 37I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him.

38″If my land has cried out against me, and its furrows have wept together; 39if I have eaten its yield without payment, and caused the death of its owners; 40let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended.

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