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Job 37:1-39:30

1“At this also my heart trembles,

And leaps from its place.

2“Listen closely to the thunder of His voice,

And the rumbling that goes out from His mouth.

3“Under the whole heaven He lets it loose,

And His lightning to the ends of the earth.

4“After it, a voice roars;

He thunders with His majestic voice,

And He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard.

5“God thunders with His voice wondrously,

Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.

6“For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’

And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’

7“He seals the hand of every man,

That all men may know His work.

8“Then the beast goes into its lair

And remains in its den.

9“Out of the south comes the storm,

And out of the north the cold.

10“From the breath of God ice is made,

And the expanse of the waters is frozen.

11“Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud;

He disperses the cloud of His lightning.

12“It changes direction, turning around by His guidance,

That it may do whatever He commands it

On the face of the inhabited earth.

13“Whether for correction, or for His world,

Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.

14“Listen to this, O Job,

Stand and consider the wonders of God.

15“Do you know how God establishes them,

And makes the lightning of His cloud to shine?

16“Do you know about the layers of the thick clouds,

The wonders of one perfect in knowledge,

17You whose garments are hot,

When the land is still because of the south wind?

18“Can you, with Him, spread out the skies,

Strong as a molten mirror?

19“Teach us what we shall say to Him;

We cannot arrange our case because of darkness.

20“Shall it be told Him that I would speak?

Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up?

21“Now men do not see the light which is bright in the skies;

But the wind has passed and cleared them.

22“Out of the north comes golden splendor;

Around God is awesome majesty.

23“The Almighty—we cannot find Him;

He is exalted in power

And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.

24“Therefore men fear Him;

He does not regard any who are wise of heart.”

God Speaks Now to Job

1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

2“Who is this that darkens counsel

By words without knowledge?

3“Now gird up your loins like a man,

And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Tell Me, if you have understanding,

5Who set its measurements? Since you know.

Or who stretched the line on it?

6“On what were its bases sunk?

Or who laid its cornerstone,

7When the morning stars sang together

And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8“Or who enclosed the sea with doors

When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;

9When I made a cloud its garment

And thick darkness its swaddling band,

10And I placed boundaries on it

And set a bolt and doors,

11And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;

And here shall your proud waves stop’?

God’s Mighty Power

12“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning,

And caused the dawn to know its place,

13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,

And the wicked be shaken out of it?

14“It is changed like clay under the seal;

And they stand forth like a garment.

15“From the wicked their light is withheld,

And the uplifted arm is broken.

16“Have you entered into the springs of the sea

Or walked in the recesses of the deep?

17“Have the gates of death been revealed to you,

Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?

18“Have you understood the expanse of the earth?

Tell Me, if you know all this.

19“Where is the way to the dwelling of light?

And darkness, where is its place,

20That you may take it to its territory

And that you may discern the paths to its home?

21“You know, for you were born then,

And the number of your days is great!

22“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,

Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,

23Which I have reserved for the time of distress,

For the day of war and battle?

24“Where is the way that the light is divided,

Or the east wind scattered on the earth?

25“Who has cleft a channel for the flood,

Or a way for the thunderbolt,

26To bring rain on a land without people,

On a desert without a man in it,

27To satisfy the waste and desolate land

And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?

28“Has the rain a father?

Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

29“From whose womb has come the ice?

And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?

30“Water becomes hard like stone,

And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.

31“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,

Or loose the cords of Orion?

32“Can you lead forth a constellation in its season,

And guide the Bear with her satellites?

33“Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,

Or fix their rule over the earth?

34“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,

So that an abundance of water will cover you?

35“Can you send forth lightnings that they may go

And say to you, ‘Here we are’?

36“Who has put wisdom in the innermost being

Or given understanding to the mind?

37“Who can count the clouds by wisdom,

Or tip the water jars of the heavens,

38When the dust hardens into a mass

And the clods stick together?

39“Can you hunt the prey for the lion,

Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

40When they crouch in their dens

And lie in wait in their lair?

41“Who prepares for the raven its nourishment

When its young cry to God

And wander about without food?

1“Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth?

Do you observe the calving of the deer?

2“Can you count the months they fulfill,

Or do you know the time they give birth?

3“They kneel down, they bring forth their young,

They get rid of their labor pains.

4“Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field;

They leave and do not return to them.

5“Who sent out the wild donkey free?

And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

6To whom I gave the wilderness for a home

And the salt land for his dwelling place?

7“He scorns the tumult of the city,

The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.

8“He explores the mountains for his pasture

And searches after every green thing.

9“Will the wild ox consent to serve you,

Or will he spend the night at your manger?

10“Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes,

Or will he harrow the valleys after you?

11“Will you trust him because his strength is great

And leave your labor to him?

12“Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain

And gather it from your threshing floor?

13“The ostriches’ wings flap joyously

With the pinion and plumage of love,

14For she abandons her eggs to the earth

And warms them in the dust,

15And she forgets that a foot may crush them,

Or that a wild beast may trample them.

16“She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers;

Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned;

17Because God has made her forget wisdom,

And has not given her a share of understanding.

18“When she lifts herself on high,

She laughs at the horse and his rider.

19“Do you give the horse his might?

Do you clothe his neck with a mane?

20“Do you make him leap like the locust?

His majestic snorting is terrible.

21“He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;

He goes out to meet the weapons.

22“He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;

And he does not turn back from the sword.

23“The quiver rattles against him,

The flashing spear and javelin.

24“With shaking and rage he races over the ground,

And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.

25“As often as the trumpet sounds he says, ‘Aha!’

And he scents the battle from afar,

And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.

26“Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars,

Stretching his wings toward the south?

27“Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up

And makes his nest on high?

28“On the cliff he dwells and lodges,

Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.

29“From there he spies out food;

His eyes see it from afar.

30“His young ones also suck up blood;

And where the slain are, there is he.”

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10

13But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,14knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.15For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

16Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.17For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,18while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The Temporal and Eternal

1For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.2For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,3inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.4For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.5Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

6Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—7for we walk by faith, not by sight—8we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.9Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Proverbs 22:13

13The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside;

I will be killed in the streets!”