Day 076

The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan

Day 076

The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan

English Standard Version (ESV)


Job 21

21:1 Then Job answered and said:

“Keep listening to my words,
and let this be your comfort.
Bear with me, and I will speak,
and after I have spoken, mock on.
As for me, is my complaint against man?
Why should I not be impatient?
Look at me and be appalled,
and lay your hand over your mouth.
When I remember, I am dismayed,
and shuddering seizes my flesh.
Why do the wicked live,
reach old age, and grow mighty in power?
Their offspring are established in their presence,
and their descendants before their eyes.
Their houses are safe from fear,
and no rod of God is upon them.
10 Their bull breeds without fail;
their cow calves and does not miscarry.
11 They send out their little boys like a flock,
and their children dance.
12 They sing to the tambourine and the lyre
and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.
13 They spend their days in prosperity,
and in peace they go down to Sheol.
14 They say to God, ‘Depart from us!
We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.
15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
And what profit do we get if we pray to him?’
16 Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand?
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

17 “How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out?
That their calamity comes upon them?
That God distributes pains in his anger?
18 That they are like straw before the wind,
and like chaff that the storm carries away?
19 You say, ‘God stores up their iniquity for their children.’
Let him pay it out to them, that they may know it.
20 Let their own eyes see their destruction,
and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what do they care for their houses after them,
when the number of their months is cut off?
22 Will any teach God knowledge,
seeing that he judges those who are on high?
23 One dies in his full vigor,
being wholly at ease and secure,
24 his pails full of milk
and the marrow of his bones moist.
25 Another dies in bitterness of soul,
never having tasted of prosperity.
26 They lie down alike in the dust,
and the worms cover them.

27 “Behold, I know your thoughts
and your schemes to wrong me.
28 For you say, ‘Where is the house of the prince?
Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?’
29 Have you not asked those who travel the roads,
and do you not accept their testimony
30 that the evil man is spared in the day of calamity,
that he is rescued in the day of wrath?
31 Who declares his way to his face,
and who repays him for what he has done?
32 When he is carried to the grave,
watch is kept over his tomb.
33 The clods of the valley are sweet to him;
all mankind follows after him,
and those who go before him are innumerable.
34 How then will you comfort me with empty nothings?
There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.”

Mark 2:1-12

2:1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”


King James Version (KJV)


Job 21:1-34

1But Job answered and said,2Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.3Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.4As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?5Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.6Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.7Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?8Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.9Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.10Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.11They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.12They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.13They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.14Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.15What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?16Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.17How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.18They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.19God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.20His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.21For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?22Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.23One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.24His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.25And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.26They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.27Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.28For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?29Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,30That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.31Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?32Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.33The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.34How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?

Mark 2:1-12

1And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.2And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.3And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.4And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.5When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.6But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,7Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?8And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?9Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?10But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)11I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.12And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.


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  1. What has Job observed about the wicked?
  2. How does Jesus’ ability to perceive what is in people’s hearts affect your relationship with God?
  3. How did Jesus show He could forgive sins?
  4. Is your heart like the Scribes and Pharisees or like the paralytic’s friends? Why?
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