The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
English Standard Version (ESV)
23:1 Then Job answered and said: 2 “Today also my complaint is bitter; 8 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, 24:1 “Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty, 13 “There are those who rebel against the light, 18 “You say, ‘Swift are they on the face of the waters; 21 “They wrong the barren, childless woman,
my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3 Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his seat!
4 I would lay my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know what he would answer me
and understand what he would say to me.
6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
No; he would pay attention to me.
7 There an upright man could argue with him,
and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
and backward, but I do not perceive him;
9 on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him;
he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
10 But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
11 My foot has held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
13 But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back?
What he desires, that he does.
14 For he will complete what he appoints for me,
and many such things are in his mind.
15 Therefore I am terrified at his presence;
when I consider, I am in dread of him.
16 God has made my heart faint;
the Almighty has terrified me;
17 yet I am not silenced because of the darkness,
nor because thick darkness covers my face.
and why do those who know him never see his days?
2 Some move landmarks;
they seize flocks and pasture them.
3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;
they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
4 They thrust the poor off the road;
the poor of the earth all hide themselves.
5 Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert
the poor go out to their toil, seeking game;
the wasteland yields food for their children.
6 They gather their fodder in the field,
and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man.
7 They lie all night naked, without clothing,
and have no covering in the cold.
8 They are wet with the rain of the mountains
and cling to the rock for lack of shelter.
9 (There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast,
and they take a pledge against the poor.)
10 They go about naked, without clothing;
hungry, they carry the sheaves;
11 among the olive rows of the wicked they make oil;
they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst.
12 From out of the city the dying groan,
and the soul of the wounded cries for help;
yet God charges no one with wrong.
who are not acquainted with its ways,
and do not stay in its paths.
14 The murderer rises before it is light,
that he may kill the poor and needy,
and in the night he is like a thief.
15 The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight,
saying, ‘No eye will see me’;
and he veils his face.
16 In the dark they dig through houses;
by day they shut themselves up;
they do not know the light.
17 For deep darkness is morning to all of them;
for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.
their portion is cursed in the land;
no treader turns toward their vineyards.
19 Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters;
so does Sheol those who have sinned.
20 The womb forgets them;
the worm finds them sweet;
they are no longer remembered,
so wickedness is broken like a tree.’
and do no good to the widow.
22 Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power;
they rise up when they despair of life.
23 He gives them security, and they are supported,
and his eyes are upon their ways.
24 They are exalted a little while, and then are gone;
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are cut off like the heads of grain.
25 If it is not so, who will prove me a liar
and show that there is nothing in what I say?”
23:1 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Today also my complaint is bitter;
8 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there,
24:1 “Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,
13 “There are those who rebel against the light,
18 “You say, ‘Swift are they on the face of the waters;
21 “They wrong the barren, childless woman,
King James Version (KJV)
23:1Then Job answered and said, 23:2Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. 23:3Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! 23:4I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. 23:5I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. 23:6Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. 23:7There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge. 23:8Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: 23:9On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: 23:10But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 23:11My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. 23:12Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. 23:13But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. 23:14For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. 23:15Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him. 23:16For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me: 23:17Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
24:1Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?24:2Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.24:3They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.24:4They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.24:5Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.24:6They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.24:7They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.24:8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.24:9They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.24:10They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;24:11Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.24:12Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.24:13They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.24:14The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.24:15The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.24:16In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.24:17For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.24:18He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.24:19Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.24:20The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.24:21He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.24:22He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.24:23Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.24:24They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.24:25And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
Study Journal Questions
- In what ways can you relate to Job wanting to plead his case with God?
- How does Job describe those that hide from the light?
- When have you seen the wicked not get what they deserve?
- How do you respond when you don’t see justice served here on earth?
Use love and truth to expose one hiding from the light.