The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
English Standard Version (ESV)
6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle 7 “Remember that my life is a breath; 11 “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; 8:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said: 2 “How long will you say these things, 8 “For inquire, please, of bygone ages, 11 “Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? 20 “Behold, God will not reject a blameless man,
and come to their end without hope.
my eye will never again see good.
8 The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more;
while your eyes are on me, I shall be gone.
9 As the cloud fades and vanishes,
so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;
10 he returns no more to his house,
nor does his place know him anymore.
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 Am I the sea, or a sea monster,
that you set a guard over me?
13 When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me,
my couch will ease my complaint,’
14 then you scare me with dreams
and terrify me with visions,
15 so that I would choose strangling
and death rather than my bones.
16 I loathe my life; I would not live forever.
Leave me alone, for my days are a breath.
17 What is man, that you make so much of him,
and that you set your heart on him,
18 visit him every morning
and test him every moment?
19 How long will you not look away from me,
nor leave me alone till I swallow my spit?
20 If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind?
Why have you made me your mark?
Why have I become a burden to you?
21 Why do you not pardon my transgression
and take away my iniquity?
For now I shall lie in the earth;
you will seek me, but I shall not be.”
and the words of your mouth be a great wind?
3 Does God pervert justice?
Or does the Almighty pervert the right?
4 If your children have sinned against him,
he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.
5 If you will seek God
and plead with the Almighty for mercy,
6 if you are pure and upright,
surely then he will rouse himself for you
and restore your rightful habitation.
7 And though your beginning was small,
your latter days will be very great.
and consider what the fathers have searched out.
9 For we are but of yesterday and know nothing,
for our days on earth are a shadow.
10 Will they not teach you and tell you
and utter words out of their understanding?
Can reeds flourish where there is no water?
12 While yet in flower and not cut down,
they wither before any other plant.
13 Such are the paths of all who forget God;
the hope of the godless shall perish.
14 His confidence is severed,
and his trust is a spider's web.
15 He leans against his house, but it does not stand;
he lays hold of it, but it does not endure.
16 He is a lush plant before the sun,
and his shoots spread over his garden.
17 His roots entwine the stone heap;
he looks upon a house of stones.
18 If he is destroyed from his place,
then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’
19 Behold, this is the joy of his way,
and out of the soil others will spring.
nor take the hand of evildoers.
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter,
and your lips with shouting.
22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,
and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”
6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle
7 “Remember that my life is a breath;
11 “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth;
8:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “How long will you say these things,
8 “For inquire, please, of bygone ages,
11 “Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?
20 “Behold, God will not reject a blameless man,
King James Version (KJV)
7:6My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope. 7:7O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good. 7:8The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. 7:9As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. 7:10He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. 7:11Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. 7:12Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me? 7:13When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint; 7:14Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions: 7:15So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life. 7:16I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity. 7:17What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 7:18And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? 7:19How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? 7:20I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? 7:21And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.
8:1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,8:2How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?8:3Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?8:4If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;8:5If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;8:6If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.8:7Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.8:8For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:8:9(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)8:10Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?8:11Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?8:12Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.8:13So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:8:14Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.8:15He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.8:16He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.8:17His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.8:18If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.8:19Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.8:20Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:8:21Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.8:22They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.
Study Journal Questions
- In what ways can you relate to Job’s feeling?
- How did Bildad respond to Job?
- How did Job question God?
- How does Job feel about his relationship with God?
Spend time with someone who is suffering.