Today's reading

Reading 1

Job chapter 14

(Job 14:1) Man, born of woman! Of few days, and full of trouble!

(Job 14:2) As a flower he hath gone forth, and is cut off, And he fleeth as a shadow and standeth not.

(Job 14:3) Also -- on this Thou hast opened Thine eyes, And dost bring me into judgment with Thee.

(Job 14:4) Who giveth a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

(Job 14:5) If determined are his days, The number of his months [are] with Thee, His limit Thou hast made, And he passeth not over;

(Job 14:6) Look away from off him that he may cease, Till he enjoy as an hireling his day.

(Job 14:7) For there is of a tree hope, if it be cut down, That again it doth change, That its tender branch doth not cease.

(Job 14:8) If its root becometh old in the earth, And its stem doth die in the dust,

(Job 14:9) From the fragrance of water it doth flourish, And hath made a crop as a plant.

(Job 14:10) And a man dieth, and becometh weak, And man expireth, and where [is] he?

(Job 14:11) Waters have gone away from a sea, And a river becometh waste and dry.

(Job 14:12) And man hath lain down, and riseth not, Till the wearing out of the heavens they awake not, Nor are roused from their sleep.

(Job 14:13) O that in Sheol Thou wouldst conceal me, Hide me till the turning of Thine anger, Set for me a limit, and remember me.

(Job 14:14) If a man dieth -- doth he revive? All days of my warfare I wait, till my change come.

(Job 14:15) Thou dost call, and I -- I answer Thee; To the work of Thy hands Thou hast desire.

(Job 14:16) But now, my steps Thou numberest, Thou dost not watch over my sin.

(Job 14:17) Sealed up in a bag [is] my transgression, And Thou sewest up mine iniquity.

(Job 14:18) And yet, a falling mountain wasteth away, And a rock is removed from its place.

(Job 14:19) Stones have waters worn away, Their outpourings wash away the dust of earth, And the hope of man Thou hast destroyed.

(Job 14:20) Thou prevailest [over] him for ever, and he goeth, He is changing his countenance, And Thou sendest him away.

(Job 14:21) Honoured are his sons, and he knoweth not; And they are little, and he attendeth not to them.

(Job 14:22) Only -- his flesh for him is pained, And his soul for him doth mourn.`

Reading 2

Job chapter 15

(Job 15:1) And Eliphaz the Temanite answereth and saith: --

(Job 15:2) Doth a wise man answer [with] vain knowledge? And fill [with] an east wind his belly?

(Job 15:3) To reason with a word not useful? And speeches -- no profit in them?

(Job 15:4) Yea, thou dost make reverence void, And dost diminish meditation before God.

(Job 15:5) For thy mouth teacheth thine iniquity, And thou chooseth the tongue of the subtile.

(Job 15:6) Thy mouth declareth thee wicked, and not I, And thy lips testify against thee.

(Job 15:7) The first man art thou born? And before the heights wast thou formed?

(Job 15:8) Of the secret counsel of God dost thou hear? And withdrawest thou unto thee wisdom?

(Job 15:9) What hast thou known, and we know not? Understandest thou -- and it is not with us?

(Job 15:10) Both the gray-headed And the very aged [are] among us -- Greater than thy father [in] days.

(Job 15:11) Too few for thee are the comforts of God? And a gentle word [is] with thee,

(Job 15:12) What -- doth thine heart take thee away? And what -- are thine eyes high?

(Job 15:13) For thou turnest against God thy spirit? And hast brought out words from thy mouth:

(Job 15:14) What [is] man that he is pure, And that he is righteous, one born of woman?

(Job 15:15) Lo, in His holy ones He putteth no credence, And the heavens have not been pure in His eyes.

(Job 15:16) Also -- surely abominable and filthy Is man drinking as water perverseness.

(Job 15:17) I shew thee -- hearken to me -- And this I have seen and declare:

(Job 15:18) Which the wise declare -- And have not hid -- from their fathers.

(Job 15:19) To them alone was the land given, And a stranger passed not over into their midst:

(Job 15:20) `All days of the wicked he is paining himself, And few years have been laid up for the terrible one.

(Job 15:21) A fearful voice [is] in his ears, In peace doth a destroyer come to him.

(Job 15:22) He believeth not to return from darkness, And watched [is] he for the sword.

(Job 15:23) He is wandering for bread -- `Where [is] it?` He hath known that ready at his hand Is a day of darkness.

(Job 15:24) Terrify him do adversity and distress, They prevail over him As a king ready for a boaster.

(Job 15:25) For he stretched out against God his hand, And against the Mighty he maketh himself mighty.

(Job 15:26) He runneth unto Him with a neck, With thick bosses of his shields.

(Job 15:27) For he hath covered his face with his fat, And maketh vigour over [his] confidence.

(Job 15:28) And he inhabiteth cities cut off, houses not dwelt in, That have been ready to become heaps.

(Job 15:29) He is not rich, nor doth his wealth rise, Nor doth he stretch out on earth their continuance.

(Job 15:30) He turneth not aside from darkness, His tender branch doth a flame dry up, And he turneth aside at the breath of His mouth!

(Job 15:31) Let him not put credence in vanity, He hath been deceived, For vanity is his recompence.

(Job 15:32) Not in his day is it completed, And his bending branch is not green.

(Job 15:33) He shaketh off as a vine his unripe fruit, And casteth off as an olive his blossom.

(Job 15:34) For the company of the profane [is] gloomy, And fire hath consumed tents of bribery.

(Job 15:35) To conceive misery, and to bear iniquity, Even their heart doth prepare deceit.

Reading 3

Job chapter 16

(Job 16:1) And Job answereth and saith: --

(Job 16:2) I have heard many such things, Miserable comforters [are] ye all.

(Job 16:3) Is there an end to words of wind? Or what doth embolden thee that thou answerest?

(Job 16:4) I also, like you, might speak, If your soul were in my soul`s stead. I might join against you with words, And nod at you with my head.

(Job 16:5) I might harden you with my mouth, And the moving of my lips might be sparing.

(Job 16:6) If I speak, my pain is not restrained, And I cease -- what goeth from me?

(Job 16:7) Only, now, it hath wearied me; Thou hast desolated all my company,

(Job 16:8) And Thou dost loathe me, For a witness it hath been, And rise up against me doth my failure, In my face it testifieth.

(Job 16:9) His anger hath torn, and he hateth me, He hath gnashed at me with his teeth, My adversary sharpeneth his eyes for me.

(Job 16:10) They have gaped on me with their mouth, In reproach they have smitten my cheeks, Together against me they set themselves.

(Job 16:11) God shutteth me up unto the perverse, And to the hands of the wicked turneth me over.

(Job 16:12) At ease I have been, and he breaketh me, And he hath laid hold on my neck, And he breaketh me in pieces, And he raiseth me to him for a mark.

(Job 16:13) Go round against me do his archers. He splitteth my reins, and spareth not, He poureth out to the earth my gall.

(Job 16:14) He breaketh me -- breach upon breach, He runneth upon me as a mighty one.

(Job 16:15) Sackcloth I have sewed on my skin, And have rolled in the dust my horn.

(Job 16:16) My face is foul with weeping, And on mine eyelids [is] death-shade.

(Job 16:17) Not for violence in my hands, And my prayer [is] pure.

(Job 16:18) O earth, do not thou cover my blood! And let there not be a place for my cry.

(Job 16:19) Also, now, lo, in the heavens [is] my witness, And my testifier in the high places.

(Job 16:20) My interpreter [is] my friend, Unto God hath mine eye dropped:

(Job 16:21) And he reasoneth for a man with God, And a son of man for his friend.

(Job 16:22) When a few years do come, Then a path I return not do I go.

Reading 4

Job chapter 17

(Job 17:1) My spirit hath been destroyed, My days extinguished -- graves [are] for me.

(Job 17:2) If not -- mockeries [are] with me. And in their provocations mine eye lodgeth.

(Job 17:3) Place, I pray Thee, my pledge with Thee; Who is he that striketh hand with me?

(Job 17:4) For their heart Thou hast hidden From understanding, Therefore Thou dost not exalt them.

(Job 17:5) For a portion he sheweth friendship, And the eyes of his sons are consumed.

(Job 17:6) And he set me up for a proverb of the peoples, And a wonder before them I am.

(Job 17:7) And dim from sorrow is mine eye, And my members as a shadow all of them.

(Job 17:8) Astonished are the upright at this, And the innocent against the profane Stirreth himself up.

(Job 17:9) And the righteous layeth hold [on] his way, And the clean of hands addeth strength, And -- dumb are they all.

(Job 17:10) Return, and come in, I pray you, And I find not among you a wise man.

(Job 17:11) My days have passed by, My devices have been broken off, The possessions of my heart!

(Job 17:12) Night for day they appoint, Light [is] near because of darkness.

(Job 17:13) If I wait -- Sheol [is] my house, In darkness I have spread out my couch.

(Job 17:14) To corruption I have called: -- `Thou [art] my father.` `My mother` and `my sister` -- to the worm.

(Job 17:15) And where [is] now my hope? Yea, my hope, who doth behold it?

(Job 17:16) [To] the parts of Sheol ye go down, If together on the dust we may rest.