The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
The Chronological Cross-Reference Bible Study Reading Plan
English Standard Version (ESV)
25:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said: 2 “Dominion and fear are with God; 26:1 Then Job answered and said: 2 “How you have helped him who has no power! 27:1 And Job again took up his discourse, and said: 2 “As God lives, who has taken away my right, 7 “Let my enemy be as the wicked, 13 “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
he makes peace in his high heaven.
3 Is there any number to his armies?
Upon whom does his light not arise?
4 How then can man be in the right before God?
How can he who is born of woman be pure?
5 Behold, even the moon is not bright,
and the stars are not pure in his eyes;
6 how much less man, who is a maggot,
and the son of man, who is a worm!”
How you have saved the arm that has no strength!
3 How you have counseled him who has no wisdom,
and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
4 With whose help have you uttered words,
and whose breath has come out from you?
5 The dead tremble
under the waters and their inhabitants.
6 Sheol is naked before God,
and Abaddon has no covering.
7 He stretches out the north over the void
and hangs the earth on nothing.
8 He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,
and the cloud is not split open under them.
9 He covers the face of the full moon
and spreads over it his cloud.
10 He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters
at the boundary between light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble
and are astounded at his rebuke.
12 By his power he stilled the sea;
by his understanding he shattered Rahab.
13 By his wind the heavens were made fair;
his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
14 Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways,
and how small a whisper do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power who can understand?”
and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3 as long as my breath is in me,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4 my lips will not speak falsehood,
and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me to say that you are right;
till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6 I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.
and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8 For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off,
when God takes away his life?
9 Will God hear his cry
when distress comes upon him?
10 Will he take delight in the Almighty?
Will he call upon God at all times?
11 I will teach you concerning the hand of God;
what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves;
why then have you become altogether vain?
and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14 If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword,
and his descendants have not enough bread.
15 Those who survive him the pestilence buries,
and his widows do not weep.
16 Though he heap up silver like dust,
and pile up clothing like clay,
17 he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it,
and the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He builds his house like a moth's,
like a booth that a watchman makes.
19 He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more;
he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.
20 Terrors overtake him like a flood;
in the night a whirlwind carries him off.
21 The east wind lifts him up and he is gone;
it sweeps him out of his place.
22 It hurls at him without pity;
he flees from its power in headlong flight.
23 It claps its hands at him
and hisses at him from its place.
25:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “Dominion and fear are with God;
26:1 Then Job answered and said:
2 “How you have helped him who has no power!
27:1 And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2 “As God lives, who has taken away my right,
7 “Let my enemy be as the wicked,
13 “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
King James Version (KJV)
25:1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 25:2Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places. 25:3Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise? 25:4How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? 25:5Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. 25:6How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?
26:1But Job answered and said,26:2How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?26:3How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?26:4To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?26:5Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.26:6Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.26:7He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.26:8He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.26:9He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.26:10He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.26:11The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.26:12He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.26:13By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.26:14Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?
27:1Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,27:2As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;27:3All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;27:4My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.27:5God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.27:6My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.27:7Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.27:8For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?27:9Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?27:10Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?27:11I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.27:12Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?27:13This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.27:14If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.27:15Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.27:16Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;27:17He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.27:18He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.27:19The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.27:20Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.27:21The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.27:22For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.27:23Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
Study Journal Questions
- How do you respond when people falsely accuse you?
- As long as Job is alive, what did he declare he would do?
- How does Job describe the portion of the wicked man?
- How would you respond to Bildad’s question “How can man be right before God?”
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