Zophars last speech, An ancient principle

Chapter 20 Zophar’s last speech An ancient principle v1 Zophar, who belonged to the people called Naamathites, answered. He said: v2 Job, your words upset me. So, I need to reply now. v3 Your reply does not respect me. But I will answer you wisely. v4 There is an ancient principle, which you must know. This principle has been true since the first people lived: ·  v5 A wicked man is only happy for a short time. An evil man is only happy for a moment. v6 That man might…

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Job replies to Bildads second speech, Job thinks that God caused Job’s troubles

Chapter 19 Job replies to Bildads  second speech Job thinks that God caused Job’s troubles Bildads: v1 Job replied. He said: v2 You continue to upset me. Your words make me sad. v3 You have insulted me many times. You accuse me unfairly, but you are not ashamed. v4 I alone am responsible if I have done evil things. v5 You think that you are great. You accuse me because I suffer. v6 So, know this fact! God has caused my troubles. This is why I cannot escape from my problems. v7…

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Bildads second speech, Bildad warns Job not to be angry

Chapter 18 Bildads second speech Bildad warns Job not to be angry v1 Then Bildad, who belonged to the people called Shuhites, replied: v2 Eliphaz and Zophar, you should answer Job! Job, be sensible! Then, we will speak. v3 You insult us as if we were stupid animals. But you should not think that we are evil. v4 You might hurt yourself when you are angry. But the world will not change because of your troubles. The rocks will not move because of you. Chapter 18 Verses 1-3 It seems…

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My spirit suffers. My life is short. Soon, I must die. Everybody insults me. And I watch their cruel actions.

Chapter 17 Job continues his reply to Eliphaz v1 My spirit suffers. My life is short. Soon, I must die. v2 Everybody insults me. And I watch their cruel actions. Chapter 17 Verses 1-2 Job thought that he was dying. His friends were with him. But they did not speak kind words to him. Instead, they accused him of many evil deeds. Job prays v3 God, promise to be fair to me! Nobody else will protect me. v4 You have caused the people not to know the truth. So, you…

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Job replies to Eliphaz’s second speech

Chapter 16 Job replies to Eliphaz’s second speech v1 Job answered. He said: v2 I have heard many such things. You are all hopeless comforters. v3 Stop your long speeches! You have no reason to go on. v4 If you suffered like me, I could speak like you. I could oppose you with many words. And I could insult you. v5 (But I would not behave like you.) Instead, I would encourage you. And I would comfort you with my words. v6 But now, when I speak, I have no…

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Eliphaz says that Job is wrong

Chapter 15 Eliphaz’s second speech Eliphaz says that Job is wrong v1 Eliphaz, who belonged to the people called Temanites, answered. He said: v2 A wise man should not speak foolish words. He should not make sounds that mean nothing, like the wind. v3 He should check that his words are helpful. His speeches should always be good. v4 But, Job, your speeches do not respect God. You suggest that prayer has no value. v5 You have spoken evil words. Your words are clever (but they are not right). v6…

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Job continues his prayer

Chapter 14 Job continues his prayer Job thinks that he will die soon v1 I am just an ordinary man. My life is short. And my troubles are constant. v2 I am like a flower that will soon die. Or, like a shadow that cannot last. v3 But, God, you watch me. And you are my judge. v4 I am not holy. So I cannot make myself holy. v5 You have decided the length of my life. I cannot live longer. v6 So, do not watch me! Let me be…

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Job continues his reply to Zophar

Chapter 13 Job continues his reply to Zophar Job warns his friends to be careful about their words v1 I myself have seen that God does this. I have heard about this, and I know it. v2 I know the things that you know. v3 But I want to speak to God. I want to argue with God about my situation. v4 But you tell lies to hide the truth. You are like doctors who cannot cure anyone. v5 So, be silent! Then, you would be much wiser! v6 Listen…

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Job replies to Zophars first speech

Chapter 12 Job replies to Zophar’s first speech Job says that his friends’ speeches were too simple v1 Job answered: v2 You think that you are the greatest people ever! You think that nobody else is wise! v3 But I am intelligent, too. I know the things that you know. In fact, everyone already knows the things that you have said. Chapter 12 In chapter 4, Eliphaz told a story about a spirit. And he explained that nobody is perfect. In chapter 8, Bildad preferred traditional ideas. He explained that…

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Zophars first speech

Chapter 11 Zophar’s first speech God is kind v1 Zophar, who belonged to the people called Naamathites, replied. He said: v2 I must answer Job’s many words. I cannot agree that his long speech was right. v3 Job, no man should be silent when he hears your foolish words. Someone must stop you when you laugh (at our words). v4 You claim that you are innocent. You claim that you are right. v5 But if God spoke, he would accuse you. v6 He would tell you the secrets of wisdom…

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Job prays to God

Chapter 10 Job prays to God Job prays, ‘Do not punish me’ v1 I do not want to live. So, I will complain. I will speak, because my spirit is sad. v2 This is my prayer to God: Do not punish me. Tell me why you accuse me. v3 Tell me why you oppose me. You seem to oppose your own work. But you allow the plans of wicked men to succeed. v4 You are not like a man. You can see things that we cannot see. v5 And you…

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God is very great

Chapter 9 Job replies to Bildad’s first speech God is very great v1 Job replied: v2 Bildad, I know that your words are correct. But man is weak, and God is strong. So I do not know how any man could be really good. v3 A man might want to argue with God. But the man could not answer when God accuses that man. v4 God is wise. And God is powerful. Nobody who opposes God can succeed. v5 God can suddenly move mountains. And God can destroy a mountain…

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Bildads first speech

Chapter 8 Bildad’s first speech The ancient advice that God is always fair v1 Then Bildad, who belonged to the people called Shuhites, answered. He said: v2 Job, I cannot allow you to continue. Your words are not right. I would prefer to listen to the sound of the wind. v3 God is always fair. God only does the right things. v4 So, your children died because they were evil. God punished them for their evil deeds. v5 (But you are not an evil man.) So, ask God to help…

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Job continues his reply to Eliphaz

Chapter 7 Job continues his reply to Eliphaz Job wants to die v1 But in this world, men must work so hard. We are like the workers that other people employ for the day. v2 And I am like a slave who waits for the evening. Or, I am like a worker who must wait for his pay. v3 So, I have been sad for months. And I am miserable every night. v4 At night, I lie down. I think, ‘My nights are so long.’ Then, I wait until dawn.…

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Job is very sad

Chapter 6 Job replies to Eliphaz’s first speech Job is very sad v1 But Job said: v2 I am so sad. My sad feelings seem like a terrible weight. v3 And that weight feels heavier than all the sand at the seaside. So, forgive me if I spoke too soon. v4 I feel as if God shot me with arrows. There is poison on the arrows. And the poison enters my spirit. God has caused me many troubles. v5 I do not complain without a reason. You do not hear…

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The end of an evil man who was successful

Chapter 5 Eliphaz continues his first speech The end of an evil man who was successful v1 If anyone will answer you, Job, then call! See whether a holy person will reply! v2 An evil man dies because he is angry. But a stupid man dies because he is jealous. v3 I have seen an evil man who was successful. But his troubles came suddenly. v4 His children are in danger. They are in court, and nobody will help them. v5 Hungry people eat that man’s harvest. They even take…

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Eliphazs first speech

Chapter 4 Eliphazs first speech v1 Then Eliphaz, who belonged to the people called Temanites, replied. He said: v2 Job, I do not want to upset you. But I want to say something. And this is an important matter. Chapter 4 Verses 1-2 Job’s words upset Eliphaz. And Job’s troubles also upset Eliphaz. Eliphaz simply believed that a good person should have a good life. And Eliphaz thought that an evil person should have a terrible life. So, when Eliphaz saw Job’s troubles, Eliphaz had no explanation. Eliphaz was sure…

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Job’s first speech, Job regrets his own birth

Chapter 3 Job’s first speech Job regrets his own birth v1 Afterwards, Job spoke. He regretted his own birth. v2 He said: v3 I regret my own birth. I am sorry that I was ever born. v4 I would prefer if that day never existed. I would prefer if the sun never appeared on that day. I wish that God did not count that day. v5 I would prefer if a dense cloud had covered the sun. I would prefer if the daylight was darkness. v6 (And I regret the…

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Satan opposes Job again

Chapter 2 Satan opposes Job again v1 On another day, the angels (servants of God) gathered in heaven to see God. The accuser, called Satan, came with them to see God. v2 God said to Satan, ‘Where did you come from?’ Satan replied to God, ‘I have travelled across the world. I have been to many places.’ v3 God said to Satan, ‘I have a servant called Job. Nobody else in the world is like Job! Job is good and honest. He respects God. And Job refuses to do evil…

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Job, a servant of God

About the Book of Job The Book of Job tells the story of a man called Job. Job was a good man. Job trusted God. But Job had terrible troubles. The devil caused Job’s troubles (Job 1:12; Job 2:6-7). But Job did not know this fact. So Job thought that God caused the problems (Job 19:1-12). In fact, God did not cause Job’s troubles. God merely permitted Job to suffer. Still, Job trusted God. And Job refused to insult God (Job 2:9-10). Job’s friends tried to help Job. But their…

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