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Destination: Job 1-42
Job 1-42
Skip Heitzig

Job 1 (NKJV™)
1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.
2 And seven sons and three daughters were born to him.
3 Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East.
4 And his sons would go and feast in their houses, each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
5 So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did regularly.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
7 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."
8 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?"
9 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing?
10 "Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
11 "But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!"
12 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house;
14 and a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them,
15 "when the Sabeans raided them and took them away--indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!"
16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!"
17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!"
18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house,
19 "and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!"
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.
21 And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD."
22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
Job 2 (NKJV™)
1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
2 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."
3 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause."
4 So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
5 "But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!"
6 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life."
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
8 And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!"
10 But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place--Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him.
12 And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven.
13 So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.
Job 3 (NKJV™)
1 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
2 And Job spoke, and said:
3 "May the day perish on which I was born, And the night in which it was said, 'A male child is conceived.'
4 May that day be darkness; May God above not seek it, Nor the light shine upon it.
5 May darkness and the shadow of death claim it; May a cloud settle on it; May the blackness of the day terrify it.
6 As for that night, may darkness seize it; May it not rejoice among the days of the year, May it not come into the number of the months.
7 Oh, may that night be barren! May no joyful shout come into it!
8 May those curse it who curse the day, Those who are ready to arouse Leviathan.
9 May the stars of its morning be dark; May it look for light, but have none, And not see the dawning of the day;
10 Because it did not shut up the doors of my mother's womb, Nor hide sorrow from my eyes.
11 "Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?
12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?
13 For now I would have lain still and been quiet, I would have been asleep; Then I would have been at rest
14 With kings and counselors of the earth, Who built ruins for themselves,
15 Or with princes who had gold, Who filled their houses with silver;
16 Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, Like infants who never saw light?
17 There the wicked cease from troubling, And there the weary are at rest.
18 There the prisoners rest together; They do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
19 The small and great are there, And the servant is free from his master.
20 "Why is light given to him who is in misery, And life to the bitter of soul,
21 Who long for death, but it does not come, And search for it more than hidden treasures;
22 Who rejoice exceedingly, And are glad when they can find the grave?
23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?
24 For my sighing comes before I eat, And my groanings pour out like water.
25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.
26 I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes."
Job 4 (NKJV™)
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 "If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking?
3 Surely you have instructed many, And you have strengthened weak hands.
4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you have strengthened the feeble knees;
5 But now it comes upon you, and you are weary; It touches you, and you are troubled.
6 Is not your reverence your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope?
7 "Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off?
8 Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same.
9 By the blast of God they perish, And by the breath of His anger they are consumed.
10 The roaring of the lion, The voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.
11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey, And the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
12 "Now a word was secretly brought to me, And my ear received a whisper of it.
13 In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones shake.
15 Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair on my body stood up.
16 It stood still, But I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; There was silence; Then I heard a voice saying:
17 'Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?
18 If He puts no trust in His servants, If He charges His angels with error,
19 How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before a moth?
20 They are broken in pieces from morning till evening; They perish forever, with no one regarding.
21 Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.'
Job 5 (NKJV™)
1 "Call out now; Is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn?
2 For wrath kills a foolish man, And envy slays a simple one.
3 I have seen the foolish taking root, But suddenly I cursed his dwelling place.
4 His sons are far from safety, They are crushed in the gate, And there is no deliverer.
5 Because the hungry eat up his harvest, Taking it even from the thorns, And a snare snatches their substance.
6 For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble spring from the ground;
7 Yet man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward.
8 "But as for me, I would seek God, And to God I would commit my cause--
9 Who does great things, and unsearchable, Marvelous things without number.
10 He gives rain on the earth, And sends waters on the fields.
11 He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands cannot carry out their plans.
13 He catches the wise in their own craftiness, And the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them.
14 They meet with darkness in the daytime, And grope at noontime as in the night.
15 But He saves the needy from the sword, From the mouth of the mighty, And from their hand.
16 So the poor have hope, And injustice shuts her mouth.
17 "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
18 For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.
19 He shall deliver you in six troubles, Yes, in seven no evil shall touch you.
20 In famine He shall redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword.
21 You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you shall not be afraid of destruction when it comes.
22 You shall laugh at destruction and famine, And you shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
23 For you shall have a covenant with the stones of the field, And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
24 You shall know that your tent is in peace; You shall visit your dwelling and find nothing amiss.
25 You shall also know that your descendants shall be many, And your offspring like the grass of the earth.
26 You shall come to the grave at a full age, As a sheaf of grain ripens in its season.
27 Behold, this we have searched out; It is true. Hear it, and know for yourself."
Job 6 (NKJV™)
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 "Oh, that my grief were fully weighed, And my calamity laid with it on the scales!
3 For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea--Therefore my words have been rash.
4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me; My spirit drinks in their poison; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.
5 Does the wild donkey bray when it has grass, Or does the ox low over its fodder?
6 Can flavorless food be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
7 My soul refuses to touch them; They are as loathsome food to me.
8 "Oh, that I might have my request, That God would grant me the thing that I long for!
9 That it would please God to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
10 Then I would still have comfort; Though in anguish, I would exult, He will not spare; For I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.
11 "What strength do I have, that I should hope? And what is my end, that I should prolong my life?
12 Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh bronze?
13 Is my help not within me? And is success driven from me?
14 "To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend, Even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 My brothers have dealt deceitfully like a brook, Like the streams of the brooks that pass away,
16 Which are dark because of the ice, And into which the snow vanishes.
17 When it is warm, they cease to flow; When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18 The paths of their way turn aside, They go nowhere and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema look, The travelers of Sheba hope for them.
20 They are disappointed because they were confident; They come there and are confused.
21 For now you are nothing, You see terror and are afraid.
22 Did I ever say, 'Bring something to me'? Or, 'Offer a bribe for me from your wealth'?
23 Or, 'Deliver me from the enemy's hand'? Or, 'Redeem me from the hand of oppressors'?
24 "Teach me, and I will hold my tongue; Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
25 How forceful are right words! But what does your arguing prove?
26 Do you intend to rebuke my words, And the speeches of a desperate one, which are as wind?
27 Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless, And you undermine your friend.
28 Now therefore, be pleased to look at me; For I would never lie to your face.
29 Yield now, let there be no injustice! Yes, concede, my righteousness still stands!
30 Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my taste discern the unsavory?
Job 7 (NKJV™)
1 "Is there not a time of hard service for man on earth? Are not his days also like the days of a hired man?
2 Like a servant who earnestly desires the shade, And like a hired man who eagerly looks for his wages,
3 So I have been allotted months of futility, And wearisome nights have been appointed to me.
4 When I lie down, I say, 'When shall I arise, And the night be ended?' For I have had my fill of tossing till dawn.
5 My flesh is caked with worms and dust, My skin is cracked and breaks out afresh.
6 "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, And are spent without hope.
7 Oh, remember that my life is a breath! My eye will never again see good.
8 The eye of him who sees me will see me no more; While your eyes are upon me, I shall no longer be.
9 As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, So he who goes down to the grave does not come up.
10 He shall never return to his house, Nor shall his place know him anymore.
11 "Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 Am I a sea, or a sea serpent, That You set a guard over me?
13 When I say, 'My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,'
14 Then You scare me with dreams And terrify me with visions,
15 So that my soul chooses strangling And death rather than my body.
16 I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone, For my days are but a breath.
17 "What is man, that You should exalt him, That You should set Your heart on him,
18 That You should visit him every morning, And test him every moment?
19 How long? Will You not look away from me, And let me alone till I swallow my saliva?
20 Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?
21 Why then do You not pardon my transgression, And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust, And You will seek me diligently, But I will no longer be."
Job 8 (NKJV™)
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 "How long will you speak these things, And the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?
3 Does God subvert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert justice?
4 If your sons have sinned against Him, He has cast them away for their transgression.
5 If you would earnestly seek God And make your supplication to the Almighty,
6 If you were pure and upright, Surely now He would awake for you, And prosper your rightful dwelling place.
7 Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would increase abundantly.
8 "For inquire, please, of the former age, And consider the things discovered by their fathers;
9 For we were born yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days on earth are a shadow.
10 Will they not teach you and tell you, And utter words from their heart?
11 "Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the reeds flourish without water?
12 While it is yet green and not cut down, It withers before any other plant.
13 So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish,
14 Whose confidence shall be cut off, And whose trust is a spider's web.
15 He leans on his house, but it does not stand. He holds it fast, but it does not endure.
16 He grows green in the sun, And his branches spread out in his garden.
17 His roots wrap around the rock heap, And look for a place in the stones.
18 If he is destroyed from his place, Then it will deny him, saying, 'I have not seen you.'
19 "Behold, this is the joy of His way, And out of the earth others will grow.
20 Behold, God will not cast away the blameless, Nor will He uphold the evildoers.
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, And your lips with rejoicing.
22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing."
Job 9 (NKJV™)
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 "Truly I know it is so, But how can a man be righteous before God?
3 If one wished to contend with Him, He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.
4 God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?
5 He removes the mountains, and they do not know When He overturns them in His anger;
6 He shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;
7 He commands the sun, and it does not rise; He seals off the stars;
8 He alone spreads out the heavens, And treads on the waves of the sea;
9 He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;
10 He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without number.
11 If He goes by me, I do not see Him; If He moves past, I do not perceive Him;
12 If He takes away, who can hinder Him? Who can say to Him, 'What are You doing?'
13 God will not withdraw His anger, The allies of the proud lie prostrate beneath Him.
14 "How then can I answer Him, And choose my words to reason with Him?
15 For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge.
16 If I called and He answered me, I would not believe that He was listening to my voice.
17 For He crushes me with a tempest, And multiplies my wounds without cause.
18 He will not allow me to catch my breath, But fills me with bitterness.
19 If it is a matter of strength, indeed He is strong; And if of justice, who will appoint my day in court?
20 Though I were righteous, my own mouth would condemn me; Though I were blameless, it would prove me perverse.
21 "I am blameless, yet I do not know myself; I despise my life.
22 It is all one thing; Therefore I say, 'He destroys the blameless and the wicked.'
23 If the scourge slays suddenly, He laughs at the plight of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, who else could it be?
25 "Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.
26 They pass by like swift ships, Like an eagle swooping on its prey.
27 If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face and wear a smile,'
28 I am afraid of all my sufferings; I know that You will not hold me innocent.
29 If I am condemned, Why then do I labor in vain?
30 If I wash myself with snow water, And cleanse my hands with soap,
31 Yet You will plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes will abhor me.
32 "For He is not a man, as I am, That I may answer Him, And that we should go to court together.
33 Nor is there any mediator between us, Who may lay his hand on us both.
34 Let Him take His rod away from me, And do not let dread of Him terrify me.
35 Then I would speak and not fear Him, But it is not so with me.
Job 10 (NKJV™)
1 "My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say to God, 'Do not condemn me; Show me why You contend with me.
3 Does it seem good to You that You should oppress, That You should despise the work of Your hands, And smile on the counsel of the wicked?
4 Do You have eyes of flesh? Or do You see as man sees?
5 Are Your days like the days of a mortal man? Are Your years like the days of a mighty man,
6 That You should seek for my iniquity And search out my sin,
7 Although You know that I am not wicked, And there is no one who can deliver from Your hand?
8 'Your hands have made me and fashioned me, An intricate unity; Yet You would destroy me.
9 Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay. And will You turn me into dust again?
10 Did you not pour me out like milk, And curdle me like cheese,
11 Clothe me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews?
12 You have granted me life and favor, And Your care has preserved my spirit.
13 'And these things You have hidden in Your heart; I know that this was with You:
14 If I sin, then You mark me, And will not acquit me of my iniquity.
15 If I am wicked, woe to me; Even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head. I am full of disgrace; See my misery!
16 If my head is exalted, You hunt me like a fierce lion, And again You show Yourself awesome against me.
17 You renew Your witnesses against me, And increase Your indignation toward me; Changes and war are ever with me.
18 'Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!
19 I would have been as though I had not been. I would have been carried from the womb to the grave.
20 Are not my days few? Cease! Leave me alone, that I may take a little comfort,
21 Before I go to the place from which I shall not return, To the land of darkness and the shadow of death,
22 A land as dark as darkness itself, As the shadow of death, without any order, Where even the light is like darkness.'"
Job 11 (NKJV™)
1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 "Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be vindicated?
3 Should your empty talk make men hold their peace? And when you mock, should no one rebuke you?
4 For you have said, 'My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in your eyes.'
5 But oh, that God would speak, And open His lips against you,
6 That He would show you the secrets of wisdom! For they would double your prudence. Know therefore that God exacts from you Less than your iniquity deserves.
7 "Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?
8 They are higher than heaven--what can you do? Deeper than Sheol--what can you know?
9 Their measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea.
10 "If He passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment, Then who can hinder Him?
11 For He knows deceitful men; He sees wickedness also. Will He not then consider it?
12 For an empty-headed man will be wise, When a wild donkey's colt is born a man.
13 "If you would prepare your heart, And stretch out your hands toward Him;
14 If iniquity were in your hand, and you put it far away, And would not let wickedness dwell in your tents;
15 Then surely you could lift up your face without spot; Yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear;
16 Because you would forget your misery, And remember it as waters that have passed away,
17 And your life would be brighter than noonday. Though you were dark, you would be like the morning.
18 And you would be secure, because there is hope; Yes, you would dig around you, and take your rest in safety.
19 You would also lie down, and no one would make you afraid; Yes, many would court your favor.
20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And they shall not escape, And their hope--loss of life!"
Job 12 (NKJV™)
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 "No doubt you are the people, And wisdom will die with you!
3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Indeed, who does not know such things as these?
4 "I am one mocked by his friends, Who called on God, and He answered him, The just and blameless who is ridiculed.
5 A lamp is despised in the thought of one who is at ease; It is made ready for those whose feet slip.
6 The tents of robbers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure--In what God provides by His hand.
7 "But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
8 Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
9 Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,
10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
11 Does not the ear test words And the mouth taste its food?
12 Wisdom is with aged men, And with length of days, understanding.
13 "With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.
14 If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt; If He imprisons a man, there can be no release.
15 If He withholds the waters, they dry up; If He sends them out, they overwhelm the earth.
16 With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His.
17 He leads counselors away plundered, And makes fools of the judges.
18 He loosens the bonds of kings, And binds their waist with a belt.
19 He leads princes away plundered, And overthrows the mighty.
20 He deprives the trusted ones of speech, And takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 He pours contempt on princes, And disarms the mighty.
22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings the shadow of death to light.
23 He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and guides them.
24 He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness.
25 They grope in the dark without light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
Job 13 (NKJV™)
1 "Behold, my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it.
2 What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
3 But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.
4 But you forgers of lies, You are all worthless physicians.
5 Oh, that you would be silent, And it would be your wisdom!
6 Now hear my reasoning, And heed the pleadings of my lips.
7 Will you speak wickedly for God, And talk deceitfully for Him?
8 Will you show partiality for Him? Will you contend for God?
9 Will it be well when He searches you out? Or can you mock Him as one mocks a man?
10 He will surely rebuke you If you secretly show partiality.
11 Will not His excellence make you afraid, And the dread of Him fall upon you?
12 Your platitudes are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.
13 "Hold your peace with me, and let me speak, Then let come on me what may!
14 Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hands?
15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
16 He also shall be my salvation, For a hypocrite could not come before Him.
17 Listen carefully to my speech, And to my declaration with your ears.
18 See now, I have prepared my case, I know that I shall be vindicated.
19 Who is he who will contend with me? If now I hold my tongue, I perish.
20 "Only two things do not do to me, Then I will not hide myself from You:
21 Withdraw Your hand far from me, And let not the dread of You make me afraid.
22 Then call, and I will answer; Or let me speak, then You respond to me.
23 How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.
24 Why do You hide Your face, And regard me as Your enemy?
25 Will You frighten a leaf driven to and fro? And will You pursue dry stubble?
26 For You write bitter things against me, And make me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27 You put my feet in the stocks, And watch closely all my paths. You set a limit for the soles of my feet.
28 "Man decays like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.
Job 14 (NKJV™)
1 "Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble.
2 He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.
3 And do You open Your eyes on such a one, And bring me to judgment with Yourself?
4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!
5 Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.
6 Look away from him that he may rest, Till like a hired man he finishes his day.
7 "For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease.
8 Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground,
9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.
10 But man dies and is laid away; Indeed he breathes his last And where is he?
11 As water disappears from the sea, And a river becomes parched and dries up,
12 So man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, They will not awake Nor be roused from their sleep.
13 "Oh, that You would hide me in the grave, That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past, That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes.
15 You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands.
16 For now You number my steps, But do not watch over my sin.
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And You cover my iniquity.
18 "But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place;
19 As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man.
20 You prevail forever against him, and he passes on; You change his countenance and send him away.
21 His sons come to honor, and he does not know it; They are brought low, and he does not perceive it.
22 But his flesh will be in pain over it, And his soul will mourn over it."
Job 15 (NKJV™)
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 "Should a wise man answer with empty knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind?
3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or by speeches with which he can do no good?
4 Yes, you cast off fear, And restrain prayer before God.
5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth, And you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; Yes, your own lips testify against you.
7 "Are you the first man who was born? Or were you made before the hills?
8 Have you heard the counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9 What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that is not in us?
10 Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, Much older than your father.
11 Are the consolations of God too small for you, And the word spoken gently with you?
12 Why does your heart carry you away, And what do your eyes wink at,
13 That you turn your spirit against God, And let such words go out of your mouth?
14 "What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous?
15 If God puts no trust in His saints, And the heavens are not pure in His sight,
16 How much less man, who is abominable and filthy, Who drinks iniquity like water!
17 "I will tell you, hear me; What I have seen I will declare,
18 What wise men have told, Not hiding anything received from their fathers,
19 To whom alone the land was given, And no alien passed among them:
20 The wicked man writhes with pain all his days, And the number of years is hidden from the oppressor.
21 Dreadful sounds are in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer comes upon him.
22 He does not believe that he will return from darkness, For a sword is waiting for him.
23 He wanders about for bread, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand.
24 Trouble and anguish make him afraid; They overpower him, like a king ready for battle.
25 For he stretches out his hand against God, And acts defiantly against the Almighty,
26 Running stubbornly against Him With his strong, embossed shield.
27 "Though he has covered his face with his fatness, And made his waist heavy with fat,
28 He dwells in desolate cities, In houses which no one inhabits, Which are destined to become ruins.
29 He will not be rich, Nor will his wealth continue, Nor will his possessions overspread the earth.
30 He will not depart from darkness; The flame will dry out his branches, And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.
31 Let him not trust in futile things, deceiving himself, For futility will be his reward.
32 It will be accomplished before his time, And his branch will not be green.
33 He will shake off his unripe grape like a vine, And cast off his blossom like an olive tree.
34 For the company of hypocrites will be barren, And fire will consume the tents of bribery.
35 They conceive trouble and bring forth futility; Their womb prepares deceit."
Job 16 (NKJV™)
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 "I have heard many such things; Miserable comforters are you all!
3 Shall words of wind have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?
4 I also could speak as you do, If your soul were in my soul's place. I could heap up words against you, And shake my head at you;
5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.
6 "Though I speak, my grief is not relieved; And if I remain silent, how am I eased?
7 But now He has worn me out; You have made desolate all my company.
8 You have shriveled me up, And it is a witness against me; My leanness rises up against me And bears witness to my face.
9 He tears me in His wrath, and hates me; He gnashes at me with His teeth; My adversary sharpens His gaze on me.
10 They gape at me with their mouth, They strike me reproachfully on the cheek, They gather together against me.
11 God has delivered me to the ungodly, And turned me over to the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, but He has shattered me; He also has taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces; He has set me up for His target,
13 His archers surround me. He pierces my heart and does not pity; He pours out my gall on the ground.
14 He breaks me with wound upon wound; He runs at me like a warrior.
15 "I have sewn sackcloth over my skin, And laid my head in the dust.
16 My face is flushed from weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
17 Although no violence is in my hands, And my prayer is pure.
18 "O earth, do not cover my blood, And let my cry have no resting place!
19 Surely even now my witness is in heaven, And my evidence is on high.
20 My friends scorn me; My eyes pour out tears to God.
21 Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!
22 For when a few years are finished, I shall go the way of no return.
Job 17 (NKJV™)
1 "My spirit is broken, My days are extinguished, The grave is ready for me.
2 Are not mockers with me? And does not my eye dwell on their provocation?
3 "Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself. Who is he who will shake hands with me?
4 For You have hidden their heart from understanding; Therefore You will not exalt them.
5 He who speaks flattery to his friends, Even the eyes of his children will fail.
6 "But He has made me a byword of the people, And I have become one in whose face men spit.
7 My eye has also grown dim because of sorrow, And all my members are like shadows.
8 Upright men are astonished at this, And the innocent stirs himself up against the hypocrite.
9 Yet the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.
10 "But please, come back again, all of you, For I shall not find one wise man among you.
11 My days are past, My purposes are broken off, Even the thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day; 'The light is near,' they say, in the face of darkness.
13 If I wait for the grave as my house, If I make my bed in the darkness,
14 If I say to corruption, 'You are my father,' And to the worm, 'You are my mother and my sister,'
15 Where then is my hope? As for my hope, who can see it?
16 Will they go down to the gates of Sheol? Shall we have rest together in the dust?"
Job 18 (NKJV™)
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 "How long till you put an end to words? Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.
3 Why are we counted as beasts, And regarded as stupid in your sight?
4 You who tear yourself in anger, Shall the earth be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be removed from its place?
5 "The light of the wicked indeed goes out, And the flame of his fire does not shine.
6 The light is dark in his tent, And his lamp beside him is put out.
7 The steps of his strength are shortened, And his own counsel casts him down.
8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he walks into a snare.
9 The net takes him by the heel, And a snare lays hold of him.
10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground, And a trap for him in the road.
11 Terrors frighten him on every side, And drive him to his feet.
12 His strength is starved, And destruction is ready at his side.
13 It devours patches of his skin; The firstborn of death devours his limbs.
14 He is uprooted from the shelter of his tent, And they parade him before the king of terrors.
15 They dwell in his tent who are none of his; Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.
16 His roots are dried out below, And his branch withers above.
17 The memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name among the renowned.
18 He is driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world.
19 He has neither son nor posterity among his people, Nor any remaining in his dwellings.
20 Those in the west are astonished at his day, As those in the east are frightened.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, And this is the place of him who does not know God."
Job 19 (NKJV™)
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 "How long will you torment my soul, And break me in pieces with words?
3 These ten times you have reproached me; You are not ashamed that you have wronged me.
4 And if indeed I have erred, My error remains with me.
5 If indeed you exalt yourselves against me, And plead my disgrace against me,
6 Know then that God has wronged me, And has surrounded me with His net.
7 "If I cry out concerning wrong, I am not heard. If I cry aloud, there is no justice.
8 He has fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass; And He has set darkness in my paths.
9 He has stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head.
10 He breaks me down on every side, And I am gone; My hope He has uprooted like a tree.
11 He has also kindled His wrath against me, And He counts me as one of His enemies.
12 His troops come together And build up their road against me; They encamp all around my tent.
13 "He has removed my brothers far from me, And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
14 My relatives have failed, And my close friends have forgotten me.
15 Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants, Count me as a stranger; I am an alien in their sight.
16 I call my servant, but he gives no answer; I beg him with my mouth.
17 My breath is offensive to my wife, And I am repulsive to the children of my own body.
18 Even young children despise me; I arise, and they speak against me.
19 All my close friends abhor me, And those whom I love have turned against me.
20 My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21 "Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has struck me!
22 Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh?
23 "Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!
24 That they were engraved on a rock With an iron pen and lead, forever!
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,
27 Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
28 If you should say, 'How shall we persecute him?'--Since the root of the matter is found in me,
29 Be afraid of the sword for yourselves; For wrath brings the punishment of the sword, That you may know there is a judgment."
Job 20 (NKJV™)
1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 "Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer, Because of the turmoil within me.
3 I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.
4 "Do you not know this of old, Since man was placed on earth,
5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment?
6 Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds,
7 Yet he will perish forever like his own refuse; Those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'
8 He will fly away like a dream, and not be found; Yes, he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
9 The eye that saw him will see him no more, Nor will his place behold him anymore.
10 His children will seek the favor of the poor, And his hands will restore his wealth.
11 His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it will lie down with him in the dust.
12 "Though evil is sweet in his mouth, And he hides it under his tongue,
13 Though he spares it and does not forsake it, But still keeps it in his mouth,
14 Yet his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him.
15 He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.
16 He will suck the poison of cobras; The viper's tongue will slay him.
17 He will not see the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18 He will restore that for which he labored, And will not swallow it down; From the proceeds of business He will get no enjoyment.
19 For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor, He has violently seized a house which he did not build.
20 "Because he knows no quietness in his heart, He will not save anything he desires.
21 Nothing is left for him to eat; Therefore his well-being will not last.
22 In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress; Every hand of misery will come against him.
23 When he is about to fill his stomach, God will cast on him the fury of His wrath, And will rain it on him while he is eating.
24 He will flee from the iron weapon; A bronze bow will pierce him through.
25 It is drawn, and comes out of the body; Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors come upon him;
26 Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. An unfanned fire will consume him; It shall go ill with him who is left in his tent.
27 The heavens will reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house will depart, And his goods will flow away in the day of His wrath.
29 This is the portion from God for a wicked man, The heritage appointed to him by God."
Job 21 (NKJV™)
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 "Listen carefully to my speech, And let this be your consolation.
3 Bear with me that I may speak, And after I have spoken, keep mocking.
4 "As for me, is my complaint against man? And if it were, why should I not be impatient?
5 Look at me and be astonished; Put your hand over your mouth.
6 Even when I remember I am terrified, And trembling takes hold of my flesh.
7 Why do the wicked live and become old, Yes, become mighty in power?
8 Their descendants are established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes.
9 Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them.
10 Their bull breeds without failure; Their cow calves without miscarriage.
11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance.
12 They sing to the tambourine and harp, And rejoice to the sound of the flute.
13 They spend their days in wealth, And in a moment go down to the grave.
14 Yet they say to God, 'Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?'
16 Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 "How often is the lamp of the wicked put out? How often does their destruction come upon them, The sorrows God distributes in His anger?
18 They are like straw before the wind, And like chaff that a storm carries away.
19 They say, 'God lays up one's iniquity for his children'; Let Him recompense him, that he may know it.
20 Let his eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what does he care about his household after him, When the number of his months is cut in half?
22 "Can anyone teach God knowledge, Since He judges those on high?
23 One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and secure;
24 His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moist.
25 Another man dies in the bitterness of his soul, Never having eaten with pleasure.
26 They lie down alike in the dust, And worms cover them.
27 "Look, I know your thoughts, And the schemes with which you would wrong me.
28 For you say, 'Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent, The dwelling place of the wicked?'
29 Have you not asked those who travel the road? And do you not know their signs?
30 For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom; They shall be brought out on the day of wrath.
31 Who condemns his way to his face? And who repays him for what he has done?
32 Yet he shall be brought to the grave, And a vigil kept over the tomb.
33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him; Everyone shall follow him, As countless have gone before him.
34 How then can you comfort me with empty words, Since falsehood remains in your answers?"
Job 22 (NKJV™)
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 "Can a man be profitable to God, Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous? Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?
4 "Is it because of your fear of Him that He corrects you, And enters into judgment with you?
5 Is not your wickedness great, And your iniquity without end?
6 For you have taken pledges from your brother for no reason, And stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 You have not given the weary water to drink, And you have withheld bread from the hungry.
8 But the mighty man possessed the land, And the honorable man dwelt in it.
9 You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the fatherless was crushed.
10 Therefore snares are all around you, And sudden fear troubles you,
11 Or darkness so that you cannot see; And an abundance of water covers you.
12 "Is not God in the height of heaven? And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!
13 And you say, 'What does God know? Can He judge through the deep darkness?
14 Thick clouds cover Him, so that He cannot see, And He walks above the circle of heaven.'
15 Will you keep to the old way Which wicked men have trod,
16 Who were cut down before their time, Whose foundations were swept away by a flood?
17 They said to God, 'Depart from us! What can the Almighty do to them?'
18 Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 "The righteous see it and are glad, And the innocent laugh at them:
20 'Surely our adversaries are cut down, And the fire consumes their remnant.'
21 "Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.
22 Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; You will remove iniquity far from your tents.
24 Then you will lay your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
25 Yes, the Almighty will be your gold And your precious silver;
26 For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, And lift up your face to God.
27 You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.
28 You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.
29 When they cast you down, and you say, 'Exaltation will come!' Then He will save the humble person.
30 He will even deliver one who is not innocent; Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands."
Job 23 (NKJV™)
1 Then Job answered and said:
2 "Even today my complaint is bitter; My hand is listless because of my groaning.
3 Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!
4 I would present my case before Him, And fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know the words which He would answer me, And understand what He would say to me.
6 Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me.
7 There the upright could reason with Him, And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.
8 "Look, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
9 When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.
10 But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and 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 necessary food.
13 "But He is unique, and who can make Him change? And whatever His soul desires, that He does.
14 For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such things are with Him.
15 Therefore I am terrified at His presence; When I consider this, I am afraid of Him.
16 For God made my heart weak, And the Almighty terrifies me;
17 Because I was not cut off from the presence of darkness, And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.
Job 24 (NKJV™)
1 "Since times are not hidden from the Almighty, Why do those who know Him see not His days?
2 "Some remove landmarks; They seize flocks violently and feed on them;
3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; They take the widow's ox as a pledge.
4 They push the needy off the road; All the poor of the land are forced to hide.
5 Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, They go out to their work, searching for food. The wilderness yields food for them and for their children.
6 They gather their fodder in the field And glean in the vineyard of the wicked.
7 They spend the night naked, without clothing, And have no covering in the cold.
8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And huddle around the rock for want of shelter.
9 "Some snatch the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge from the poor.
10 They cause the poor to go naked, without clothing; And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
11 They press out oil within their walls, And tread winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
12 The dying groan in the city, And the souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God does not charge them with wrong.
13 "There are those who rebel against the light; They do not know its ways Nor abide in its paths.
14 The murderer rises with the light; He kills the poor and needy; And in the night he is like a thief.
15 The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, 'No eye will see me'; And he disguises his face.
16 In the dark they break into houses Which they marked for themselves in the daytime; They do not know the light.
17 For the morning is the same to them as the shadow of death; If someone recognizes them, They are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
18 "They should be swift on the face of the waters, Their portion should be cursed in the earth, So that no one would turn into the way of their vineyards.
19 As drought and heat consume the snow waters, So the grave consumes those who have sinned.
20 The womb should forget him, The worm should feed sweetly on him; He should be remembered no more, And wickedness should be broken like a tree.
21 For he preys on the barren who do not bear, And does no good for the widow.
22 "But God draws the mighty away with His power; He rises up, but no man is sure of life.
23 He gives them security, and they rely on it; Yet His eyes are on their ways.
24 They are exalted for a little while, Then they are gone. They are brought low; They are taken out of the way like all others; They dry out like the heads of grain.
25 "Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech worth nothing?"
Job 25 (NKJV™)
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 "Dominion and fear belong to Him; He makes peace in His high places.
3 Is there any number to His armies? Upon whom does His light not rise?
4 How then can man be righteous before God? Or how can he be pure who is born of a woman?
5 If even the moon does not shine, And the stars are not pure in His sight,
6 How much less man, who is a maggot, And a son of man, who is a worm?"
Job 26 (NKJV™)
1 But Job answered and said:
2 "How have you helped him who is without power? How have you saved the arm that has no strength?
3 How have you counseled one who has no wisdom? And how have you declared sound advice to many?
4 To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit came from you?
5 "The dead tremble, Those under the waters and those inhabiting them.
6 Sheol is naked before Him, And Destruction has no covering.
7 He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.
8 He binds up the water in His thick clouds, Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
9 He covers the face of His throne, And spreads His cloud over it.
10 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, At the boundary of light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble, And are astonished at His rebuke.
12 He stirs up the sea with His power, And by His understanding He breaks up the storm.
13 By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
14 Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?"
Job 27 (NKJV™)
1 Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:
2 "As God lives, who has taken away my justice, And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3 As long as my breath is in me, And the breath of God in my nostrils,
4 My lips will not speak wickedness, Nor my tongue utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live.
7 "May my enemy be like the wicked, And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.
8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?
9 Will God hear his cry When trouble comes upon him?
10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call on God?
11 "I will teach you about the hand of God; What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 Surely all of you have seen it; Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?
13 "This is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:
14 If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
15 Those who survive him shall be buried in death, And their widows shall not weep,
16 Though he heaps up silver like dust, And piles up clothing like clay--
17 He may pile it up, but the just will wear it, And the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He builds his house like a moth, Like a booth which a watchman makes.
19 The rich man will lie down, But not be gathered up; He opens his eyes, And he is no more.
20 Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.
21 The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; It sweeps him out of his place.
22 It hurls against him and does not spare; He flees desperately from its power.
23 Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.
Job 28 (NKJV™)
1 "Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place where gold is refined.
2 Iron is taken from the earth, And copper is smelted from ore.
3 Man puts an end to darkness, And searches every recess For ore in the darkness and the shadow of death.
4 He breaks open a shaft away from people; In places forgotten by feet They hang far away from men; They swing to and fro.
5 As for the earth, from it comes bread, But underneath it is turned up as by fire;
6 Its stones are the source of sapphires, And it contains gold dust.
7 That path no bird knows, Nor has the falcon's eye seen it.
8 The proud lions have not trodden it, Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.
9 He puts his hand on the flint; He overturns the mountains at the roots.
10 He cuts out channels in the rocks, And his eye sees every precious thing.
11 He dams up the streams from trickling; What is hidden he brings forth to light.
12 "But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, 'It is not in me'; And the sea says, 'It is not with me.'
15 It cannot be purchased for gold, Nor can silver be weighed for its price.
16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, In precious onyx or sapphire.
17 Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, For the price of wisdom is above rubies.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold.
20 "From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living, And concealed from the birds of the air.
22 Destruction and Death say, 'We have heard a report about it with our ears.'
23 God understands its way, And He knows its place.
24 For He looks to the ends of the earth, And sees under the whole heavens,
25 To establish a weight for the wind, And apportion the waters by measure.
26 When He made a law for the rain, And a path for the thunderbolt,
27 Then He saw wisdom and declared it; He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.
28 And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.'"
Job 29 (NKJV™)
1 Job further continued his discourse, and said:
2 Oh, that I were as in months past, As in the days when God watched over me;
3 When His lamp shone upon my head, And when by His light I walked through darkness;
4 Just as I was in the days of my prime, When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent;
5 When the Almighty was yet with me, When my children were around me;
6 When my steps were bathed with cream, And the rock poured out rivers of oil for me!
7 "When I went out to the gate by the city, When I took my seat in the open square,
8 The young men saw me and hid, And the aged arose and stood;
9 The princes refrained from talking, And put their hand on their mouth;
10 The voice of nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
11 When the ear heard, then it blessed me, And when the eye saw, then it approved me;
12 Because I delivered the poor who cried out, The fatherless and the one who had no helper.
13 The blessing of a perishing man came upon me, And I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe and a turban.
15 I was eyes to the blind, And I was feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the poor, And I searched out the case that I did not know.
17 I broke the fangs of the wicked, And plucked the victim from his teeth.
18 "Then I said, 'I shall die in my nest, And multiply my days as the sand.
19 My root is spread out to the waters, And the dew lies all night on my branch.
20 My glory is fresh within me, And my bow is renewed in my hand.'
21 "Men listened to me and waited, And kept silence for my counsel.
22 After my words they did not speak again, And my speech settled on them as dew.
23 They waited for me as for the rain, And they opened their mouth wide as for the spring rain.
24 If I mocked at them, they did not believe it, And the light of my countenance they did not cast down.
25 I chose the way for them, and sat as chief; So I dwelt as a king in the army, As one who comforts mourners.
Job 30 (NKJV™)
1 "But now they mock at me, men younger than I, Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.
2 Indeed, what profit is the strength of their hands to me? Their vigor has perished.
3 They are gaunt from want and famine, Fleeing late to the wilderness, desolate and waste,
4 Who pluck mallow by the bushes, And broom tree roots for their food.
5 They were driven out from among men, They shouted at them as at a thief.
6 They had to live in the clefts of the valleys, In caves of the earth and the rocks.
7 Among the bushes they brayed, Under the nettles they nestled.
8 They were sons of fools, Yes, sons of vile men; They were scourged from the land.
9 "And now I am their taunting song; Yes, I am their byword.
10 They abhor me, they keep far from me; They do not hesitate to spit in my face.
11 Because He has loosed my bowstring and afflicted me, They have cast off restraint before me.
12 At my right hand the rabble arises; They push away my feet, And they raise against me their ways of destruction.
13 They break up my path, They promote my calamity; They have no helper.
14 They come as broad breakers; Under the ruinous storm they roll along.
15 Terrors are turned upon me; They pursue my honor as the wind, And my prosperity has passed like a cloud.
16 "And now my soul is poured out because of my plight; The days of affliction take hold of me.
17 My bones are pierced in me at night, And my gnawing pains take no rest.
18 By great force my garment is disfigured; It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
19 He has cast me into the mire, And I have become like dust and ashes.
20 "I cry out to You, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You regard me.
21 But You have become cruel to me; With the strength of Your hand You oppose me.
22 You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride on it; You spoil my success.
23 For I know that You will bring me to death, And to the house appointed for all living.
24 "Surely He would not stretch out His hand against a heap of ruins, If they cry out when He destroys it.
25 Have I not wept for him who was in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?
26 But when I looked for good, evil came to me; And when I waited for light, then came darkness.
27 My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest; Days of affliction confront me.
28 I go about mourning, but not in the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help.
29 I am a brother of jackals, And a companion of ostriches.
30 My skin grows black and falls from me; My bones burn with fever.
31 My harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the voice of those who weep.
Job 31 (NKJV™)
1 "I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?
2 For what is the allotment of God from above, And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3 Is it not destruction for the wicked, And disaster for the workers of iniquity?
4 Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps?
5 "If I have walked with falsehood, Or if my foot has hastened to deceit,
6 Let me be weighed on honest scales, That God may know my integrity.
7 If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart walked after my eyes, Or if any spot adheres to my hands,
8 Then let me sow, and another eat; Yes, let my harvest be rooted out.
9 "If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door,
10 Then let my wife grind for another, And let others bow down over her.
11 For that would be wickedness; Yes, it would be iniquity deserving of judgment.
12 For that would be a fire that consumes to destruction, And would root out all my increase.
13 "If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant When they complained against me,
14 What then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him?
15 Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?
16 "If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
17 Or eaten my morsel by myself, So that the fatherless could not eat of it
18 (But from my youth I reared him as a father, And from my mother's womb I guided the widow);
19 If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or any poor man without covering;
20 If his heart has not blessed me, And if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21 If I have raised my hand against the fatherless, When I saw I had help in the gate;
22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder, Let my arm be torn from the socket.
23 For destruction from God is a terror to me, And because of His magnificence I cannot endure.
24 "If I have made gold my hope, Or said to fine gold, 'You are my confidence';
25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, And because my hand had gained much;
26 If I have observed the sun when it shines, Or the moon moving in brightness,
27 So that my heart has been secretly enticed, And my mouth has kissed my hand;
28 This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment, For I would have denied God who is above.
29 "If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, Or lifted myself up when evil found him
30 (Indeed I have not allowed my mouth to sin By asking for a curse on his soul);
31 If the men of my tent have not said, 'Who is there that has not been satisfied with his meat?'
32 (But no sojourner had to lodge in the street, For I have opened my doors to the traveler);
33 If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
34 Because I feared the great multitude, And dreaded the contempt of families, So that I kept silence And did not go out of the door--
35 Oh, that I had one to hear me! Here is my mark. Oh, that the Almighty would answer me, That my Prosecutor had written a book!
36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, And bind it on me like a crown;
37 I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.
38 "If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together;
39 If I have eaten its fruit without money, Or caused its owners to lose their lives;
40 Then let thistles grow instead of wheat, And weeds instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.
Job 32 (NKJV™)
1 So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
2 Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he justified himself rather than God.
3 Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
4 Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited to speak to Job.
5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused.
6 So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said: "I am young in years, and you are very old; Therefore I was afraid, And dared not declare my opinion to you.
7 I said, 'Age should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.'
8 But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
9 Great men are not always wise, Nor do the aged always understand justice.
10 "Therefore I say, 'Listen to me, I also will declare my opinion.'
11 Indeed I waited for your words, I listened to your reasonings, while you searched out what to say.
12 I paid close attention to you; And surely not one of you convinced Job, Or answered his words--
13 Lest you say, 'We have found wisdom'; God will vanquish him, not man.
14 Now he has not directed his words against me; So I will not answer him with your words.
15 "They are dismayed and answer no more; Words escape them.
16 And I have waited, because they did not speak, Because they stood still and answered no more.
17 I also will answer my part, I too will declare my opinion.
18 For I am full of words; The spirit within me compels me.
19 Indeed my belly is like wine that has no vent; It is ready to burst like new wineskins.
20 I will speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.
21 Let me not, I pray, show partiality to anyone; Nor let me flatter any man.
22 For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.
Job 33 (NKJV™)
1 "But please, Job, hear my speech, And listen to all my words.
2 Now, I open my mouth; My tongue speaks in my mouth.
3 My words come from my upright heart; My lips utter pure knowledge.
4 The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5 If you can answer me, Set your words in order before me; Take your stand.
6 Truly I am as your spokesman before God; I also have been formed out of clay.
7 Surely no fear of me will terrify you, Nor will my hand be heavy on you.
8 "Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words, saying,
9 'I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.
10 Yet He finds occasions against me, He counts me as His enemy;
11 He puts my feet in the stocks, He watches all my paths.'
12 "Look, in this you are not righteous. I will answer you, For God is greater than man.
13 Why do you contend with Him? For He does not give an accounting of any of His words.
14 For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds,
16 Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction.
17 In order to turn man from his deed, And conceal pride from man,
18 He keeps back his soul from the Pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.
19 "Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with strong pain in many of his bones,
20 So that his life abhors bread, And his soul succulent food.
21 His flesh wastes away from sight, And his bones stick out which once were not seen.
22 Yes, his soul draws near the Pit, And his life to the executioners.
23 "If there is a messenger for him, A mediator, one among a thousand, To show man His uprightness,
24 Then He is gracious to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom';
25 His flesh shall be young like a child's, He shall return to the days of his youth.
26 He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, He shall see His face with joy, For He restores to man His righteousness.
27 Then he looks at men and says, 'I have sinned, and perverted what was right, And it did not profit me.'
28 He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit, And his life shall see the light.
29 "Behold, God works all these things, Twice, in fact, three times with a man,
30 To bring back his soul from the Pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
31 "Give ear, Job, listen to me; Hold your peace, and I will speak.
32 If you have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.
33 If not, listen to me; Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom."
Job 34 (NKJV™)
1 Elihu further answered and said:
2 "Hear my words, you wise men; Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
3 For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.
4 Let us choose justice for ourselves; Let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 "For Job has said, 'I am righteous, But God has taken away my justice;
6 Should I lie concerning my right? My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.'
7 What man is like Job, Who drinks scorn like water,
8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men?
9 For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing That he should delight in God.'
10 "Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to commit iniquity.
11 For He repays man according to his work, And makes man to find a reward according to his way.
12 Surely God will never do wickedly, Nor will the Almighty pervert justice.
13 Who gave Him charge over the earth? Or who appointed Him over the whole world?
14 If He should set His heart on it, If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,
15 All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.
16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to the sound of my words:
17 Should one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn Him who is most just?
18 Is it fitting to say to a king, 'You are worthless,' And to nobles, 'You are wicked'?
19 Yet He is not partial to princes, Nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they are all the work of His hands.
20 In a moment they die, in the middle of the night; The people are shaken and pass away; The mighty are taken away without a hand.
21 "For His eyes are on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.
22 There is no darkness nor shadow of death Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For He need not further consider a man, That he should go before God in judgment.
24 He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place.
25 Therefore he knows their works; He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.
26 He strikes them as wicked men In the open sight of others,
27 Because they turned back from Him, And would not consider any of His ways,
28 So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him; For He hears the cry of the afflicted.
29 When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble? And when He hides His face, who then can see Him, Whether it is against a nation or a man alone?--
30 That the hypocrite should not reign, Lest the people be ensnared.
31 "For has anyone said to God, 'I have borne chastening; I will offend no more;
32 Teach me what I do not see; If I have done iniquity, I will do no more'?
33 Should He repay it according to your terms, Just because you disavow it? You must choose, and not I; Therefore speak what you know.
34 "Men of understanding say to me, Wise men who listen to me:
35 'Job speaks without knowledge, His words are without wisdom.'
36 Oh, that Job were tried to the utmost, Because his answers are like those of wicked men!
37 For he adds rebellion to his sin; He claps his hands among us, And multiplies his words against God."
Job 35 (NKJV™)
1 Moreover Elihu answered and said:
2 "Do you think this is right? Do you say, 'My righteousness is more than God's'?
3 For you say, 'What advantage will it be to You? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?'
4 "I will answer you, And your companions with you.
5 Look to the heavens and see; And behold the clouds--They are higher than you.
6 If you sin, what do you accomplish against Him? Or, if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give Him? Or what does He receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness affects a man such as you, And your righteousness a son of man.
9 "Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry out for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10 But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,
11 Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?'
12 There they cry out, but He does not answer, Because of the pride of evil men.
13 Surely God will not listen to empty talk, Nor will the Almighty regard it.
14 Although you say you do not see Him, Yet justice is before Him, and you must wait for Him.
15 And now, because He has not punished in His anger, Nor taken much notice of folly,
16 Therefore Job opens his mouth in vain; He multiplies words without knowledge."
Job 36 (NKJV™)
1 Elihu also proceeded and said:
2 "Bear with me a little, and I will show you That there are yet words to speak on God's behalf.
3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
5 "Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding.
6 He does not preserve the life of the wicked, But gives justice to the oppressed.
7 He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted.
8 And if they are bound in fetters, Held in the cords of affliction,
9 Then He tells them their work and their transgressions--That they have acted defiantly.
10 He also opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they turn from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.
12 But if they do not obey, They shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge.
13 "But the hypocrites in heart store up wrath; They do not cry for help when He binds them.
14 They die in youth, And their life ends among the perverted persons.
15 He delivers the poor in their affliction, And opens their ears in oppression.
16 "Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress, Into a broad place where there is no restraint; And what is set on your table would be full of richness.
17 But you are filled with the judgment due the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold of you.
18 Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with one blow; For a large ransom would not help you avoid it.
19 Will your riches, Or all the mighty forces, Keep you from distress?
20 Do not desire the night, When people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, do not turn to iniquity, For you have chosen this rather than affliction.
22 "Behold, God is exalted by His power; Who teaches like Him?
23 Who has assigned Him His way, Or who has said, 'You have done wrong'?
24 "Remember to magnify His work, Of which men have sung.
25 Everyone has seen it; Man looks on it from afar.
26 "Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; Nor can the number of His years be discovered.
27 For He draws up drops of water, Which distill as rain from the mist,
28 Which the clouds drop down And pour abundantly on man.
29 Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds, The thunder from His canopy?
30 Look, He scatters his light upon it, And covers the depths of the sea.
31 For by these He judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance.
32 He covers His hands with lightning, And commands it to strike.
33 His thunder declares it, The cattle also, concerning the rising storm.
Job 37 (NKJV™)
1 "At this also my heart trembles, And leaps from its place.
2 Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, And the rumbling that comes from His mouth.
3 He sends it forth under the whole heaven, His lightning to the ends of the earth.
4 After it a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard.
5 God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.
6 For He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth'; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength.
7 He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.
8 The beasts go into dens, And remain in their lairs.
9 From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind, And cold from the scattering winds of the north.
10 By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters are frozen.
11 Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds; He scatters His bright clouds.
12 And they swirl about, being turned by His guidance, That they may do whatever He commands them On the face of the whole earth.
13 He causes it to come, Whether for correction, Or for His land, Or for mercy.
14 "Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know when God dispatches them, And causes the light of His cloud to shine?
16 Do you know how the clouds are balanced, Those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?
17 Why are your garments hot, When He quiets the earth by the south wind?
18 With Him, have you spread out the skies, Strong as a cast metal mirror?
19 "Teach us what we should say to Him, For we can prepare nothing because of the darkness.
20 Should He be told that I wish to speak? If a man were to speak, surely he would be swallowed up.
21 Even now men cannot look at the light when it is bright in the skies, When the wind has passed and cleared them.
22 He comes from the north as golden splendor; With God is awesome majesty.
23 As for the Almighty, we cannot find Him; He is excellent in power, In judgment and abundant justice; He does not oppress.
24 Therefore men fear Him; He shows no partiality to any who are wise of heart."
Job 38 (NKJV™)
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
2 "Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge?
3 Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
4 "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 "Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
9 When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band;
10 When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors;
11 When I said, 'This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!'
12 "Have you commanded the morning since your days began, And caused the dawn to know its place,
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It takes on form like clay under a seal, And stands out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld, And the upraised arm is broken.
16 "Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.
19 "Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,
20 That you may take it to its territory, That you may know the paths to its home?
21 Do you know it, because you were born then, Or because the number of your days is great?
22 "Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
23 Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, For the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is light diffused, Or the east wind scattered over the earth?
25 "Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water, Or a path for the thunderbolt,
26 To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one, A wilderness in which there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate waste, And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?
28 Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice? And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?
30 The waters harden like stone, And the surface of the deep is frozen.
31 "Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion?
32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?
34 "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That an abundance of water may cover you?
35 Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, And say to you, 'Here we are!'?
36 Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,
38 When the dust hardens in clumps, And the clods cling together?
39 "Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they crouch in their dens, Or lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?
41 Who provides food for the raven, When its young ones cry to God, And wander about for lack of food?
Job 39 (NKJV™)
1 "Do you know the time when the wild mountain goats bear young? Or can you mark when the deer gives birth?
2 Can you number the months that they fulfill? Or do you know the time when they bear young?
3 They bow down, They bring forth their young, They deliver their offspring.
4 Their young ones are healthy, They grow strong with grain; They depart and do not return to them.
5 "Who set the wild donkey free? Who loosed the bonds of the onager,
6 Whose home I have made the wilderness, And the barren land his dwelling?
7 He scorns the tumult of the city; He does not heed the shouts of the driver.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, And he searches after every green thing.
9 "Will the wild ox be willing to serve you? Will he bed by your manger?
10 Can you bind the wild ox in the furrow with ropes? Or will he plow the valleys behind you?
11 Will you trust him because his strength is great? Or will you leave your labor to him?
12 Will you trust him to bring home your grain, And gather it to your threshing floor?
13 "The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork's?
14 For she leaves her eggs on the ground, And warms them in the dust;
15 She forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may break them.
16 She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers; Her labor is in vain, without concern,
17 Because God deprived her of wisdom, And did not endow her with understanding.
18 When she lifts herself on high, She scorns the horse and its rider.
19 "Have you given the horse strength? Have you clothed his neck with thunder?
20 Can you frighten him like a locust? His majestic snorting strikes terror.
21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; He gallops into the clash of arms.
22 He mocks at fear, and is not frightened; Nor does he turn back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against him, The glittering spear and javelin.
24 He devours the distance with fierceness and rage; Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.
25 At the blast of the trumpet he says, 'Aha!' He smells the battle from afar, The thunder of captains and shouting.
26 "Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, And spread its wings toward the south?
27 Does the eagle mount up at your command, And make its nest on high?
28 On the rocks it dwells and resides, On the crag of the rock and the stronghold.
29 From there it spies out the prey; Its eyes observe from afar.
30 Its young ones suck up blood; And where the slain are, there it is."
Job 40 (NKJV™)
1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said:
2 "Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it."
3 Then Job answered the LORD and said:
4 "Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth.
5 Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further."
6 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
7 "Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me:
8 "Would you indeed annul My judgment? Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?
9 Have you an arm like God? Or can you thunder with a voice like His?
10 Then adorn yourself with majesty and splendor, and array yourself with glory and beauty.
11 Disperse the rage of your wrath; Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him.
12 Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low; Tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together, Bind their faces in hidden darkness.
14 Then I will also confess to you That your own right hand can save you.
15 "Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; He eats grass like an ox.
16 See now, his strength is in his hips, And his power is in his stomach muscles.
17 He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
18 His bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron.
19 He is the first of the ways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
20 Surely the mountains yield food for him, And all the beasts of the field play there.
21 He lies under the lotus trees, In a covert of reeds and marsh.
22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade; The willows by the brook surround him.
23 Indeed the river may rage, Yet he is not disturbed; He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,
24 Though he takes it in his eyes, Or one pierces his nose with a snare.
Job 41 (NKJV™)
1 "Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?
2 Can you put a reed through his nose, Or pierce his jaw with a hook?
3 Will he make many supplications to you? Will he speak softly to you?
4 Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him as a servant forever?
5 Will you play with him as with a bird, Or will you leash him for your maidens?
6 Will your companions make a banquet of him? Will they apportion him among the merchants?
7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears?
8 Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle--Never do it again!
9 Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false; Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him?
10 No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me?
11 Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.
12 "I will not conceal his limbs, His mighty power, or his graceful proportions.
13 Who can remove his outer coat? Who can approach him with a double bridle?
14 Who can open the doors of his face, With his terrible teeth all around?
15 His rows of scales are his pride, Shut up tightly as with a seal;
16 One is so near another That no air can come between them;
17 They are joined one to another, They stick together and cannot be parted.
18 His sneezings flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 Out of his mouth go burning lights; Sparks of fire shoot out.
20 Smoke goes out of his nostrils, As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21 His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes out of his mouth.
22 Strength dwells in his neck, And sorrow dances before him.
23 The folds of his flesh are joined together; They are firm on him and cannot be moved.
24 His heart is as hard as stone, Even as hard as the lower millstone.
25 When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; Because of his crashings they are beside themselves.
26 Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail; Nor does spear, dart, or javelin.
27 He regards iron as straw, And bronze as rotten wood.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee; Slingstones become like stubble to him.
29 Darts are regarded as straw; He laughs at the threat of javelins.
30 His undersides are like sharp potsherds; He spreads pointed marks in the mire.
31 He makes the deep boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 He leaves a shining wake behind him; One would think the deep had white hair.
33 On earth there is nothing like him, Which is made without fear.
34 He beholds every high thing; He is king over all the children of pride."
Job 42 (NKJV™)
1 Then Job answered the LORD and said:
2 "I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.
3 You asked, 'Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4 Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, 'I will question you, and you shall answer Me.'
5 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.
6 Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes."
7 And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.
8 "Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has."
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job.
10 And the LORD restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the LORD had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.
12 Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.
13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch.
15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.
16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations.
17 So Job died, old and full of days.

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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DESTINATION: Job 1-42

Job is the first book in the section of Poetical Books. The opening chapter of the Book of Job begins in the throne room of Heaven, where we observe a conversation between God and Satan regarding the faithfulness of a man named Job. Satan is allowed to test Job's allegiance to God by causing him to suffer the loss of his health, wealth and even family – but is forbidden to take his life. Even with the lack of comfort and support of Job's four friends – and even his wife – Job is left pondering why, yet never loses his faith.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

TRIP PLANNER:

The book of Job is a powerful story, which in the end displays God's sovereignty. Even in the midst of Job's tragic circumstances we see that God was always in control of all that was happening. Job can be divided into three parts:

1. The Dilemma - Chapters 1-2
2. The Debate of Job and his four friends - Chapters 3-37
3. The Deliverance of Job - Chapters 38-42

PLACES OF INTEREST:

Land of Uz - This is the central location in the Book of Job. The exact location of Uz is unknown, but many have speculated that it was probably near Edom. In the beginning of the book, Job 1:3 shows us that Job lived to the east of the Jordan, and some believe Uz might have been located in Syria or northwest Mesopotamia.

Heaven - As the book of Job opens, we are quickly taken into the Heavenly Throne Room of God. As the angels of God came and presented themselves, Satan also came with them and had to ask permission of God to attack Job.

PEOPLE OF INTEREST:

Job - The main character of the book that shares his name. He is characterized as being upright and blameless, one who feared God and shunned evil. Job was wealthy and the greatest of all the people of the East. Hand-picked by God, Job was allowed to be tested and tried, losing family, prosperity and his own health.

Satan - In chapter one, Satan comes with the Heavenly angels to present himself before God. Ever seeking to devour the devout, God gives permission to Satan to begin his attack on Job, hoping Job will curse God.

Job's Wife - After Job had lost his wealth, health, and his children it was his wife who asked Job the question, "Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die."

Eliphaz the Temanite - One of Job's friends, probably a descendant of Eliphaz, son of Esau (Job 4:1), who came to comfort Job, but instead discouraged him, dogmatically telling Job that all calamity is God's judgment upon sin.

Bildad the Shuhite - Job's second friend to speak. He was descended from Shuah, son of Abraham and Keturah, whose family lived in Arabia. He picked up where Eliphaz left off, trying to convince Job the destruction that had befallen his life was a result of some hidden or covered sin.

Zophar the Naamathite - The third in order of Job's friends. He too believed Job's tragedies were a result of sin and could be divine punishment. Zophar contended with Job to turn from his ways lest a heavier judgment come upon him.

Elihu the Buzite - The youngest of Job's friends and last to speak. Elihu was assertive and approached Job giving him half the truth. He condemned Job for his self righteousness and declared the glory and majesty of God. What Elihu failed to realize is that trials and tribulations can befall even the most godly of men.

FUN FACTS:

Bear, Orion and Pleiades - Mentioned in Chapter nine and chapter 38, these were three of the great constellations of the heavens. Pleiades is also mentioned in Amos 5:8 and is poetically referred to as "the seven stars." Orion was the constellation next to Pleiades and was thought to resemble the form of a hunter. In ancient mythology, Orion was killed by the goddess Diana and placed in the sky as a constellation.

Gravity - In Job 26:7, we see the existence of gravity as Job declares that the earth hangs upon nothing. The earliest known theory of gravitation was from Aristotle in the 4th century B.C. Yet Newton didn't publish his work on the universal law of gravity until 1687--showing us that God is always one step ahead of the scientific community.

Potsherd - In chapter 2, Satan strikes Job with painful boils from his feet to his head. Job uses a potsherd, also known as a "shard," to scrape the boils from his body. A potsherd was a broken piece of pottery often found in archeological digs today.

Behemoth - The name has come to be used for any extremely large or powerful creature. The word Behemoth in Hebrew means beast, but here in Job something more specific is being talked about. Some believe what is being spoken of here is a mythological creature, and others assert that it might be a brontosaurus or some other dinosaur, although mostscholars believe behemoth is nothing more than a hippopotamus.

Leviathan - Much like Behemoth, there are many thoughts as to what this mysterious creature actually is. References to Leviathan are made in Psalm 74, Psalm 104, as well as in Isaiah 27. Some have suggested Leviathan to be a whale or dolphin while others speculate that Job is referring to a crocodile. One thing is agreed upon, and that is that Leviathan is a large creature that dwells in the water.

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While the book of Job may be the Bible's oldest book, it's still is current and relevant and it will be as long as men suffer and experience grace. Watch for the pivotal peaks of trust in God during Job's journey to redemption. We'll also sweep over deep valleys of doubt that will be shrouded in darkness. Buckle in for Job's adventure in faith, it is a bumpy ride but a safe landing is ahead.

Well, listen to this. You can tell you're going to have a rotten day, when you see a 60 minutes news team in front of your office. You can tell you're going to have a rotten day, when you call the suicide prevention and they put you on hold. You can tell you're going to have a rotten day, when your twin sister forgot your birthday. You can tell you're going to have a rotten day, when your car horn goes off accidentally and remains stuck for you as you follow a group of hell's angels on the free-way. That would be bad. You know you're going to have a rotten day, when your income tax check bounces. It's getting to be that time, isn't it? You can tell you're going to have a rotten day, when you put both contact lenses in the same eye. You can tell you're going to have a rotten day, when you wake up in a hospital all trussed up and your insurance agent tells you that your accident policy covers falling off the roof, but not hitting the ground.

In the book of Job, we read about a guy who has the ultimate rotten day. Not just a day, a whole period, an episode of his life, where things go really, really south. It didn't start out that way. In fact, the book opens up with a high degree of drama. There's a guy who's very wealthy, very well off, he owns many animals, he has a great family. In fact, he has 10 children. My mom was one of 10 children. He had 10 kids, he had seven boys and three girls. He had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 head of oxen and 500 donkeys. Very wealthy, blessed man, and yet by chapter 2, verse 8, this man is sitting in a heap of ashes with a piece of pottery and he is scraping himself because of his sores. He looses it all, through natural disaster as well through a group of terrorists that killed his children. It's a horrible story, and yet it's a story of great redemption, how God uses it in this man's life, and that's the book that is before us tonight.

Now the book of Job, you'd be interested to know, is probably one of the oldest books we have, if not the oldest book in the Bible. We don't exactly know when it is written, but we can safely guess that it was written around the patriarchal age. You say, what is the patriarchal age? From the year 2000-1000 B.C. is when the book of Job was written. There's few hints in the book that, that help us out there.

Number 1, wealth is described in terms of numbers of animals, not in terms of coinage, that's a patriarchal designation. You may remember that both Abraham and Lot, their wealth was described in a similar way. Number 2, there's no reference at all to the Law of Moses, probably because the law of Moses wasn't in existence yet. Number 3, there's no reference at all to any Israelite history, because again, this probably predates Israel's history. Number 4, the patriarchal name of God, EL Shaddai appears a lot in this book. In fact, it appears more in the book of Job and Genesis than anywhere else in the scripture. That's an old reckoning of the name of God; more so than a more common, or a more updated occurrence.

And also, we discover at the end of the book that Job dies at age 140. Now that kind of longevity was seen in the patriarchal periods just after the flood, post-Diluvian. Anti-diluvians, they lived a lot longer. Post-diluvians, they lived much shorter but still longer than what is common today.

Well, Job is a book of suffering. And I know a lot of people here have felt like Job at different times, but probably, and I'm just saying probably, no one here has actually lost, what Job lost, and suffered like Job suffered. But I can almost guarantee this, I bet everybody in this room has asked the question, "Why God, why would you, if you are loving and just an wonderful, allow me, especially, to suffer?" Why do good people, godly people, suffer? How can there be a loving God, and at the same time, horrible suffering worldwide?

Now that issue, you're not the first one to struggle with it. Everybody, everyone, has struggled with it, all the way back. Theologically and philosophically, the term is known as Theodicy, T-H-E-O-D-I-C-Y, Theodicy. That's reconciling a loving God and a suffering world. And the book of Job touches, specifically on that. One thing the book of Job should end, and that is this notion that, if you really believe by faith and if you have enough faith in God, you'll never suffer, you shouldn't experience disease, you shouldn't experience hardship. All one has to do is read that book because no one deserved suffering less than Job. He's called the most righteous guy around and yet nobody, or few people have ever suffered as much as Job did.

Now here is how you can divide the book. You could divide the book in its literary form because that really is the natural division of the book. There's first prologue, chapters 1 and 2 is the setup, we call that the prologue. Then chapters 3 through chapters 26 is dialogue, as Job goes back and forth to three of his buddies about the issue of suffering. Chapter 27 through 37 is monologue. Job speaks, a guy named, Elihu, speaks. And then, God speaks, in chapter 38, that monologue could be actually taken into chapter 38 and 39. And then the final section of the book would be Epilogue. So you have Prologue, Dialog, Monologue, and Epilogue. That's really how the book is divided, but I, I don't think we care much about that. I think we really care about the spiritual issues of the book.

So here's how I divide the book. First of all, number 1, physical malady. Physical malady, Job suffers physically, the loss of his children, livestock, servants. Job suffers physical problems on a personal level. Number 2 is spiritual reality. Behind the physical malady is something going on in the spiritual realm or reality that Job has no clue about. He's not privy to it. You and I are through the author of the book, but he is not. Number 3, mental agony. Those chapters between chapter 3 and 26 is, his friends rustle with the issue of suffering as does Job who's going through it. That mental anguish of why and how, and I can't figure it out. And then finally number 4, eventual victory. There is resolution eventually and Job does get victory in understanding this problem of pain.

So let's begin in chapter 1, verse 1. And one thing you're going to notice tonight, just so you don't go, "Oh! Oh! The time is late, he'll never finish." We're going to spend a lot of time upfront, less time in the dialogue because I can quickly and easily sum them up and there is a lot of repetition. But the first two chapters are written in prose. If you have a modern translation, you can just look and notice that. It's written in prose, it's the story that is told.

Beginning in chapter 3, we have a poetic section. The rest is basically poetry and it's one of the most beautiful poetic descriptions we have in the Bible. We are beginning the books of poetry with the book of Job it's set out in poetic form. So let's, let's begin the verse 1. There was a man in the land of Uz. Remember when you went to the land of Uz. You say, "I don't think I have ever been to the land of Uz." Probably right, unless you have been to Saudi Arabia or Jordan. That area of Northern Arabia or Southern Edam, modern Jordan is that area of ancient Uz; whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and shunned evil.

He had seven sons, three daughters, they were born to him. Verse 3, also his possessions were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys and a very large household. So that this man was the greatest of all the people in the East. In Hebrew, the word greatest is the largest or heaviest. Heaviest; now don't think in terms of physical heaviness or largeness. It didn't mean that he was fat, F-A-T, but if you're familiar with the modern designation of P-H-A-T, PHAT. If, if you're familiar with that, I don't need to explain it. If you know what it is, that really fix it quite well. This guy was very great, very renowned and very wealthy. He was P-H-A-T.

Now Job is mentioned elsewhere only twice in the Bible; once in Ezekiel and once in the book of James. In Ezekiel, he's put right up there and compared to the patriarch Noah as well as the prophet Daniel. There God says, "I am going to destroy the land of Israel. And if these three men Noah and Job and Daniel were there, the only ones I would save would be them because of their righteousness. Everybody else is going into captivity." Then James, in chapter 5, mentions his endurance. "You've heard of the patience of Job", says James. He is given as an example of, of endurance. Chapter 1, verse 6, "There was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan also came among them."

Now you're going to see here. We're going behind the scenes, behind the stage, so to speak, backstage and seeing the, the reality that's going on, as we'll touch on. And we get some very important information about the devil. Number 1, he's accountable to God as you're see. There's a time when the Bar Elohim, the sons of God which are angelic creations, have to give an account before God. This is, sort of, like their, their job review. And among them is Satan, which is interesting.

And the Lord said to Satan, "From where do you come?" and Satan answered the Lord, "From going to and fro on the earth and from walking back and forth on it." Which shows us that Satan is not omnipresent, everywhere present. He's not omniscient he's not omnipotent. He can only be in one place at one time. And the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There's none like him the on the earth, a blameless man, an upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil." Verse 9,

So Satan answered and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not made a hedge around him, around his household, around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands and his possessions have increased in the land." Okay, right off the bat, you can see we have information, Job didn't have. You and I are privy to what's going on behind the scenes. Job is just living his life; he has no clue that this conversation is taking place backstage. I don't think, he would like that idea. We know it because the author tells us that Job has no clue, but verse 11, "Now stretch out your hand and touch all that he has and he will surely curse you to your face."

Do you hear what Satan is accusing Job of? He said, "Let me just tell you something, God. This Job guy that you think is blameless, he's a mercenary. He only follows you because you bless him, because, because you've given him so much. You strip that away from him and he'll curse you to your face." And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is, is in your power. Only do not lay a hand on his person. So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord." Now here's what happens. Four rapid fire disasters fall upon Job and his family, one after another, four of them. He loses his livestock, he loses his servants, he loses his children, they all die. Only four servants are left. And then eventually, Job himself will be touched physically. There will be a physical malady, where he's scraping the sores of his body.

Now I'm going to give you, by kind of reading ahead and going through Job as I did and pulling out verses. I'm going to give you different verses in Job, a composite description of the physical malady of Job. Number 1, he had inflamed lesions and intense itching because of it. Chapter 2, verse 7 and 8, "Painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. He took for himself a potsherd" (That's a little broken piece of pottery), "with which to scrape himself, while he sat in the mist of ashes." That's number 1.

Number 2, these lacerations in his skins must have either attracted worms or housed maggots. Okay, chapter 7, verse 5 says, "His body is clothed with worms and scabs. His skin is broken and festering." Number 3, Job developed some sort of osteopathy, bone disease. His bones hurt there's severe pain. "Night pierces my bones, my gnawing pain never rests."

And then also, there is a blackening of the skin and falling off of certain patches of his skin, some kind of a necrosis of the, of the tissue. Chapter 30, verse 30 says, "The skin grows black. It peels and my body burns with fever". Add on top of that night terrors, you can't sleep when you're in that, kind of, a pain and your mind goes crazy. Chapter 7, verse 14, Job says, "You frighten me, speaking to God, you frighten me with dreams and you terrify me with visions." That's the picture. It says, "If all of the forces of heaven and earth and hell were unleashed on this one man in a moment." It's like having the great tribulation in your own personal life. Job is going through it.

One minute safe, comfortable, family, trusting God, blameless, upright. The next moment, he loses it all, which is why the book of Job unsettles us. We're unnerved when we read, that could be a possibility. And we understand when we look at the whole of scripture, that just because you trust in Jesus Christ does not make you exempt from suffering. In fact, you discover that that God uses suffering for his purpose and your purpose. But it is unnerving at first.

Well, Job will go through it. And I submit to you that as he's going through it, since this is, sort of, a wager between Satan and God, that the whole host of heaven; you know maybe it's a bad analogy but picture of balcony of heaven and hell looking at Job to see what he's going to do now, that he loses everything. Verse 20, "Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head and he fell to the ground and he worshiped." Now the, the first part of that is expected. Deep grief, he tore his robe, he is lamenting, he hates what he's experiencing. Job said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and The Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of The Lord. In all of this, Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong."

Okay the first part was expected, tore his clothes, he's experiencing deep lamentation and grief, that's expected. That's what most people do, that's proper and normal and natural. But the second part of that is unexpected, it says, "He fell down and he worshiped." You see it is possible to suffer greatly and worship simultaneously, it is possible. How you feel about God, when you suffer, is how you feel about God. Now say that again, I want you to listen to that. How you feel about God, when you are suffering, is really how you feel about God. It's one thing to bless the Lord when the blessings flow, but when life takes that turn and it looks as though you have lost it all and the bottom drops out, what do you think about God now?

This is what Job thought about God now. He said, "I came with nothing, I am leaving with nothing. Blessed be the name of Lord." In all this, Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. Now anybody can say the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, because you can say it like this. "Well, the Lord gives and the Lord takes away." You're, you're just, sort of, burnt at that whole concept. But it's a whole another thing to say, and by the way, "Blessed be the name of the Lord", as Job does here.

You see you're children of God, if you have a relationship through Christ. Sometimes, God will calm the storm for His child. We love it when he does, that's what we pray for. At other times, God didn't do that. At other times, God calms the child of God in the storm. So that in the storm, unabated, still raging, the child of God says, "Blessed be the name of the Lord."

So Job knew what happened, but Job did not know why it happened. We know because we are reading it, he didn't know. So let's look at the spiritual reality. We've seen a little bit of that already, we're going to see more. Who's the main character of the book so far? It's written right at the top, Job, he's main character of the book on earth. On earth, he's the main character of the book, but he's not really the main character of the book in heavenly rooms. You go backstage, you go away from the stage of the earth, and you see that there's a couple of other hidden characters who are dealing with the script of this man's life behind the scenes that Job is not privy to. And so like a movie, what Job is doing is panning and giving you a close shot of the earth and then panning back, backstage toward heaven, in this conversation that's Satan and God are having, then back to the earth, then back toward heaven, then back to the dialogue. We're going to see that throughout the book.

Chapter 2, verse 1, "There was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said to Satan, "From where do you come?" and Satan answered the Lord and said, "From going to and fro on the earth and from walking back and forth on it." This is interesting.

If you ask the average person, where does the devil live? Where does he hang out? Most people say, "hell." You're wrong, he didn't. Satan doesn't live in hell, that's a misunderstanding. He will eventually one day be consigned there, but right now, he has freedom to roam the earth and even interestingly enough, has some, sort of, access to God, as seen here in both of these chapters. He is called, in scriptures, the god of this world, the god of this world gives you insight into where his interest lie.

So then you might ask, "Okay, so, so, so what's he up to?" Answer, people watching. He and his minions study. They already know human nature better than we do, they have been studying it for hundreds, thousands, multiple thousands of years. Same bag of tricks, pulls them out every time, but they work at every generation. Verse 3, the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job?" See the word 'considered'? It means to study, like a military general would study how to attack an opponent, that's what the word means.

And it's really not put in question form, a better translation would be, "You have been studying my servant Job, haven't you?" "You've been carefully considering this man, who I say is blameless and upright, haven't you Satan? See that's part of the spiritual warfare that there is none like him on the earth, blameless and upright, one who fears God and shuns evil and still he holds fast to his integrity. Although, you incited me against him to destroy him without cause." Boy, it's a pretty frightening thought, isn't it? That he devil has studied you.

How do you think Peter felt the day Jesus said, "Peter, Satan has been asking for you because he wants to sift you like wheat." I wouldn't want to hear that. "Come here, Skip. Come on! let me take a walk with you. Yeah, the devil has been watching you very carefully lately because he wants to destroy you." What did you tell him? What did you tell him? You said, Satan's been asking for you, that he might sift you as wheat. Jesus said, "but I have prayed for you Peter. And when you are restored, strengthen your brethren."

Okay, here's an important thing you need to understand about the devil. He's powerful, but he only operates by permission. Remember, he comes before God and God says, "Okay, you can do this but only go that far." and then the second time, "Okay, you can go that far and no more." He only operates by permission. Remember in the New Testament, the demons and the man of Gadera and all those swine in Gadera. They had to ask permission to Jesus "don't, don't, don't just cast us out and let us wander, cast us into the herd of swine." They had to ask for that. They couldn't do what they wanted.

Satan operates by only permission. So the devil's powerful he's your adversary, he studies you, but he's on a leash. Okay, now I often wonder, why God let's the leash be so long? As we all wonder, but he's on a leash. And if God allows you, at any time, to suffer His wrath, to go through a fire trial, and you say, "The devil is against me." That's not new news, he has been against you for forever. And that's never going to end, but if you are allowed to go through a period of very tough times, understand this. God will keep his eye on you and His hand on the thermostat. He's not like, He puts you in the oven and, walks away and goes on vacation and forget, "Oh! Crispy critter, I forgot all about that guy."

Okay well, we have got other humans. If He allows you to go through it, His eye is on you and His hand is on that thermostat. As Paul said in the New Testament, "He will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able to endure." So remember that, Satan works through permission. So if you are hassled by the devil and I've had people say, "The devil is coming to me, the devil is trying to get me." Have Jesus answer the door, when he comes knocking. Don't knock, don't answer yourself, don't talk to him even. I get weary of hearing Christians, "Talk to the devil, shout at the devil, rebuke the devil." Don't even engage him in a conversation. Don't waste your time, let the Lord deal with him.

Satan isn't afraid you or your rebuke, but he will tremble when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. You let Jesus answer that door. Verse 4, so Satan answered the Lord and said. "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life, but stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh and he will surely curse you to your face." And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, he's in your hand but spare his life."

Verse 7 and 8, there's boils on him and he sat in the mist of the ashes. Verse 9, his wife said to him, (listen this great godly council), "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die." Okay, you're already suffering, you lost everything. Now you got physical malady and you have a, "help mate" saying "Honey, I have just the right council. Curse God and die, get it over with." But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish woman speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this, Job did not sin with his lips.

You know that's funny, we, we look at World News and we often look at it superficially. We look at the Middle East, for example, and we just assume, "Man, can't these groups of people ever get along? What is their deal? What's all the fuss about?" You know the whole Israel, Palestinian and all these factions and divisions and they this eternal hatred for each other. What's up with it? Not even so often considering what's going on backstage. What's going on in the spiritual round?

There's an interesting scripture in Daniel, chapter 10, where an angel comes to give Daniel a revelation and he says, "Daniel, as soon as you started praying, I was dispatched from heaven to answer your prayer. But for 21 days I have been withstood by the Prince of Persia. And here I am, as a long fight, I'm answering your prayer, giving you a revelation. Now I got to go back and fight with them again, which is a demonic being, the Prince of Persia."

Inside into that is given in Ephesians 6, verse 12, "For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world." You know I've often wondered in reading Daniel 10 or Ephesians, you think that the Prince of Persia who can withstand an angel of God for 21 days, whatever demon force was controlling Persia at that time in the world situation?

If the Prince of Persia was that powerful, I just wonder what like the Prince of Las Vegas is like; or the Prince of Hollywood; or the Prince of San Francisco? What demonic influence is really back there doing a lot of this stuff? Okay, now we go to the third division of the book. After a physical malady, spiritual reality comes to this long set of poetic dialogue between Job and his three friends, mental agony, mental agony. Here's the truth. When you suffer you're not the only wonder, the only person wondering why you suffer, there's other people who are around your life, they wonder why you're suffering so much too. In fact, some of them might think, "Man, that person has really been through a lot. I, I wonder if maybe God's like judging him." See, you're not the only one wondering that, there's other people who will play Monday morning quarterback with your life and wonder why you're going through this.

So Job has three, let's call them, "friends, quote, unquote" who get around him, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. Eliphaz is a Temanite, that's an area in Jordan that was known for its wisdom. Bildad is a Shuhite, same area, east of the Dead Sea. Zophar is a Naamathite, something like that, one of those 'ites'. But chapter 3 through 26 begins his dialogue, but go back to chapter 2, verse 11. Let's, let's see these friends. "When Job's three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, Zophar the Naamathite; for they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him; (Boy, this is good so far) and to comfort him." Verse 13, "They sat down on the ground for 7 days; (I love this.) no one spoke a word to him." Actually that's beautiful. They should had just stopped while they were ahead. Really, there is a ministry in just being present. We call it the Ministry of Presence.

When somebody is suffering, you know sometimes, we feel, "I got to go in there and give him a sermon on Theodicy and why people suffer." Not while they're suffering, do it later when they can receive it. Just be there for them and listen to them and let them cry, let them mourn, hug them, pray for them. And they sat there and they were with him. And, and then they made it really bad because they opened their mouths. It goes from that to something worse. So chapter 3 through 26 begins this dialogue and here's what it is.

There's three cycles of speeches, all three of them give a speech. Job has something to say about it. He rebuts it or he responds to it. Then they give another set of speeches and he responds to it again. So the first cycle of speeches is in chapters 4 through 14. Second cycle of speeches, chapter 15 through 21, and the third cycle of speeches, chapters 23 through 26. So here's where it gets bad, verse 1, chapter 3. "After, after this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth." And Job spoke and he said, "May the day perish in which I was born." "And the night, in which it was said, a male child is conceived."

We can understand that. Person loses everything. He's saying, "You know what? Is this horrible, it'd be better if I never experience life because this is where my life has ended up. I want to die. It's sad that I was even born." So Eliphaz begins talking to him in chapter 4. Eliphaz, by the way, the first guy, probably the eldest guy. I say that because his speech to Job is a little more tempered, I've read through all of them in this week, a little more tempered, a little more balanced, though it's certainly not perfect, but he is the softest with Job. And it goes to that to more scathing as we go on. But basically he says, "Job, you have sins somewhere along the line and God is punishing you." See that's the softest.

"You've sinned, God is punishing you", verse 7 of chapter 4. He asks the question, "Whoever perished being innocent?" So this whole notion of, if you are really godly, and you have enough faith, you'll never suffer. That's so primitive. It goes far, it goes this far back to the patriarchal age. That's what Eliphaz said. Here's Job's rebuttal, chapter 6 verse 1. Job answered and said, "Oh that my grief were fully weighed and my calamity laid with it on the scales, for then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea. Therefore, my words have been rash." Chapter 6 and 7 are both chapters or Job's response to Eliphaz. Now second guy Bildad, the Shuhite chimes in.

Now another reason I think that this goes all the way back to the patriarchal age because he's a Shuhite, doesn't mean he wears shoes versus sandals. But there was a guy named Shuah and Shuah was the son of Abraham with his second wife Keturah. So this is probably just post that age of Abraham. Bildad says, "Job, you're a hypocrite and the reason your kids died is because they sinned. You're a hypocrite but the reason they dies isn't because what you did but they must have sins."

So Job retorts in chapter 10, verse 1. See I'm covering a lot. "My soul loathes my life. I will give free course to my complaint. I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. I will say to God, do not condemn me. Show me why you contend with me? Does it seem good to you that you should oppress, that, that you should despise the work of your hands and smile on the counsel of the wicked?" So he's getting a little feisty with God, but again I watch people suffer and this is not uncommon and I'm not the one to correct them and go. Excuse me, but your theology is incorrect. That will, that will be, that's a sermon for another day. For right now I want to listen to that. I want to let him weigh his grief because he's saying, you don't understand, you don't feel what I'm feeling.

Chapter 11, Zophar chimes in. Now it's been Zophar is so good but now he comes in and he makes it even worse. And he basically says, "Okay look, let me just cut to the chase. Mr. Job, repent. That's what you need to do. You need to change your ways, your thinking, your faults. You need to repent."

So okay, if physical malady isn't enough, if losing all of your children, all of your livestock and your health isn't enough, now you have got these friends who come in and counsel you like this and you're tempted to say, "With friends like you guys who needs enemies?" Monday morning quarterbacking of Job's condition.

So Job in chapter 13, verse 13 says, "Hold your peace with me and let me speak." He retorts he's responding, "Then let come on me what may." Verse 15, one of the highlights of the book. "Though He (God) though He slay me, yet I will trust Him. Even so I will defend my own ways before Him." "He also shall be my salvation for a hypocrite could not come before him." So you know what? I'm going to speak now guys. I'm going to say this, "Even if God kills me, He can kill me; I'm going to go to the grave trusting Him. If I lose it all, I'll lose my life, but He's also defending the fact that He's been morally blameless. He hasn't done anything to cause this calamity that has come upon Him. Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him." That's a great verse for you to underline, to remember. If I lose it all but I have God. That's what I need and that's all I need.

As Mother Teresa who said, "You'll never know that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have got." There's a guy who has nothing but God, and he goes, "He could kill me, I trust Him."

Now chapter 15 is Eliphaz's second speech. Job listens to it. Okay, okay Eliphaz is amping it up a little bit this time, kind of turning the volume up. Chapter 16, Job responds, Job has had enough by this time. Listen what Job says. Job answered and said, "I've heard many such things. Miserable comforters are you all." If there's any counselors in the room tonight, this is a good verse to study, to be very careful how you approach people. "Shall, (look at) shall words of wind have an end?" You know what he's saying, don't you? Would you wind bags ever shut up. That's a free translation or what provokes you that you answer? So here's Job's friends who have reduced his suffering to a cut-and-dry philosophy, to just, to just laws and formulas.

Let me give you a piece of advice. Walk softly around a broken heart. Somebody has a broken heart, be very tender, very cautious. Walk softly around a broken heart. Job's friends did not. They tried to explain it. One of the things we must do when people suffer is learn how to be a listener. A listener at that point.

In fact, I will go a step further. Be an unshockable listener because they may say certain things and have outburst at that time that could shake you a little bit. Be an unshockable listener. Imagine if the body of Christ had hundreds, thousands of unshockable listeners and the information stopped with the listener. How good that would be? How safe people would feel? Now he, Job wrestles and as he wrestles, there's flashes of great insight, chapter 19 is his defense to Bildad, the Shuhite.

Chapter 19, verse 23, again a highlight of the book. "Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!" (Little did he know) "That they were engraved on a rock with an iron pen and lead forever." First he says, "I just wish this whole thing could be recorded in a book. No, not a book because that will pass away too soon. Something more indelible like lead or inscribed in stone." Again, little did he know, that it will be a whole book with his name on the top of it, 42 chapters that follow, that describe his story for his progeny and all generations to follow.

"For I know, verse 25, for I know that my redeemer lives." You know what the hebrew there is Goel, Goel. Remember that word? Way back, a few books back. Kinsman Redeemer in the book of Ruth. A Goel was somebody related who could buy you back out of slavery; who could redeem your land if you lost it; who could fix things and make things better. "Oh for I know that my redeemer lives and he shall stand at last on the earth and after my skin is destroyed, this I know that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall for myself and my eyes shall behold and not another, how my heart yearns within me." If you're looking for Jesus Christ in the book of Job, there He is, there He is.

This is the Easter message as preached by Job, the patriarch. "For I know that my redeemer lives and even though I die and I know that I'm going to die, it's pretty evident that soon I will die, I also know that I'm going to live." Well, how do you live if you die? If you die, you're dead. How, how can you live if you are dead? Answer, Resurrection. The resurrection is pictured in the book of Job, and he says, "I know my redeemer my Kinsmen Redeemer lives." This is an anticipation of the redeemer who is Jesus Christ. So Job pierces beyond the grave into the future with great hope of immortality. He believes he's going to die. He knows he is going to live.

Chapter 23. After Eliphaz's third speech. Again Eliphaz comes in, the oldest guy turns up the volume has more to say. Now Job, Job replies to Eliphaz. Chapter 23, verse 1, Job answered and said, "Even today my complaint is bitter, my hand is listless because of my groaning. Oh that I knew where I might find Him." Now listen to this little section. Here's Job, "I want to find God. Oh that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come to His seat, I would present my case before Him and fill my mouth with arguments." Verse 8, "Look I go forward but He's not there and backward but I can't perceive Him. When He works on the left hand, I can't behold Him. When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take and when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold."

Let me sum that up. Here's what he is saying in, in brief, "I don't know where God is. I don't know what God's up to. But I know that God knows where I am and He knows what I'm up to". That is such a transforming thought. I don't know where God is. I don't know what He is up to, God knows where I am and He knows what I'm up to. Here is Job's view of the sovereignty of God. What is hidden from my eyes is not hidden from God's eyes. He knows, furthermore, He's in control. This will revolutionize your periods of pain and darkness. If you get your heart, not your mind; your heart around that. When Nate was just a little kid, a few houses back, Nate, we used to play hide-and-seek. We loved playing, he loved it, especially we play hide-and-seek, the sun would go down and we hide in closets and count and find each other.

Um, typically at first when we play hide-and-seek he got really scared because you know where is he. I'm going to jump out at any time. After a while he got very comfortable with hide-and-seek and I remember one night we were playing hide-and-seek and not only he was not afraid but he was giggling, laughing through the house trying to find to me. And, and what was good about that is it showed me that he didn't know where I was but he knew that I knew where he was. He was happy with that. He knew that I knew where he was.

Job can't find God but he knows God knows exactly what he is up to. And he's okay with that. As he's wrestling through these episodes of pain there are, there are areas where he just kind of reaches the very pinnacle of faith, God can kill me, I'll trust him. I know my redeemer lives and now this.

Years ago a lawyer from Chicago named Horatio Spafford send his family off to Europe on a vacation. He paid for it, was on a luxury-liner, he could afford it, but this wealthy man could not be prepared with all of his money for the hard ache he was about to suffer.

Horatio Spafford's entire family on this cruise-liner had a horrible accident on the way over to Europe, the ship went down and all of them were killed, wife and children. As he was going over across the sea and the captain pointed out in the ocean where his family had gone down and his children had drowned, and here he is on the deck of the ship going over to Europe, and here's the spot in the ocean where his family has died, his children have died. He writes a song, he writes a song that some of us have sung before.

"When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say It is well, it is well, with my soul." What a statement of faith at a time and a place like that.

That's a, that's a highlight of a person's faith. You see whatever you believe about God when you suffer that's what you will really believe about God.

Well, Satan is finally silenced. God can be worshiped apart from His gifts. Job is left with nothing but God but continues to follow God and continues to trust Him. No matter what whether God blesses him or buffets him doesn't matter. He said I can take it, I'm going to trust, I'm going to die but I will be resurrected. Chapter 27 through 42 is a series of monologues. Job talk's uninterrupted fourth friend named Elihu comes in and reflects back accurately what Job has said. He's probably the youngest guy, he's a little impetuous, he gives his own philosophy. Not much different from the others, but slightly, and then God gives a monologue.

So we have physical malady, spiritual reality, mental agony and now the last part of this book ultimate victory. Chapters 38 through 42 God talks. Finally the one who's backstage comes out on stage and speaks directly to Job. He ends the debate and he restores Job.

Verse 1, the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and He said, "Who is this" (speaking of him), "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?" Do you know what that means, who is this who clouds the truth with ignorant words? See it's absurd to think that a creature can criticize His creator. Yet, it happens all the time. I hear people criticizing God, shaking their fists, spouting off their philosophy and God would say, "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?" Do you really know what you're talking about? Have you gone back stage and you know everything? And basically that's where God is with Job because look at verse 3, "Now prepare yourself like a man and I will question and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding?"

Now in chapter 38 and 39 God gives Job a science quiz. Hey Job, let's just, let's just take some things that you can see in your environment and you explain the mysteries of, of those beings existence in the heavens, the earth and several creatures that he picks out here.

Verse 5, "Who, who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched out the line upon it."

So look I'm God let's get this straight Job I'm God you're not. I made everything you didn't I maintain everything you don't. In chapter 38 and 39 as that mess message basically thou garnish somewhat. Chapter 40 verse 3 listen to this, Job gets it he gets it, Job answered the Lord, and he said, "Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken; but I will not answer: yes, twice; but I will proceed no further". But God continues His monologue in the following verses following chapters. His second monologue if you will; basically stating to Job that God is sovereign and He can alone can control what seems uncontrollable. So here's sort of the bottom line message in the second monologue.

Okay, Job if you can't understand way in the physical world then you can't understand my way spiritual realm that you can not see. Here's all the things I'm asking you about that you can see you can't give me an answer. So how can you presume to think you know about what's going on behind the curtain backstage in the spiritual realm.

So Job is now chapter 42 verse 1 very humble very submissive, Job answered the Lord and said, "I know that You can do everything, and no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You" (what a statement of sovereignty is that). You asked who is this your hides counsel without knowledge therefore I have uttered to what I did not understand things too wonderful for me which I did not know. Listen please in let me speak you said I will question you and you shall answer me. I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear but now my eye sees you therefore I abhor myself and I repent in dust and ashes." Verse 10, "The Lord, restored, restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends." Interesting he had to pay first for his friends then God restored everything is it the friends that were miserable counselors remember.

"Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before." Verse 16, "After this Job lived a hundred and forty years, and he saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. So Job died old and full of days." It's a good description isn't it? What the old guy die of? Full of days ides, I mean he's just an old guy. It's time for him to go.

So he was blessed in his old age but he died with the scars of a very difficult life. Here's where we had to end this book of Job. Here's the thought we ought to have as we leave tonight. The notion that suffering in the hands of an all powerful and absolutely loving God can be a wonderful tool for us, be very careful not to assign everything that hurts you as bad that's horrible why because it hurts, that's understandable that's where you tear the garment and put sack cloth on the head like Job did. But you can't assign everything that hurts as something bad. It might seem like it's bad it could actually be very good remember Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers suffered and was thrown into prison. Didn't do anything that deserve any of that stuff suffered, suffered, suffered, suffered but eventually things turned and he became prime minister of Egypt and he saw his brothers remember when they came to see him and they thought Oh no! We're dead meat again I'm free rendering here we're dead meat, thus say it to Lord and Joseph said you meant it for evil but God meant it for good. To save many people as it is alive this day.

Yeah you call that bad and I one day I use to call that bad too. It's actually very good, God uses. There's a philosopher named Peter Kreeft of Yale University who, who gave a very helpful analogy. Okay so follow this imagine a bear trapped in a cage caught in a bear trap and a hunter who sees the plight of the bear and wants to release the bear.

Now the bear doesn't know that that's in the mind of the hunter. He doesn't have the ability to comprehend hidden thoughts of a hunter, even communicate. So the hunter wants to release the bear. The bear didn't know that the bear sees the hunter growled. The only way to calm the bear down is to shoot tranquilizing bullet a syringe into the bear to make him fall asleep. So boom syringe pelts the arm of the bear and now what is the bear think when he gets hit with that projectile? Does he think what a loving wonderful man who seeks my good or he thinks he's trying to kill me. In reality the hunter is trying to free him. In the reality the hunter has compassion upon him and once the bear is out he opens the cage takes the trap off sets the bear free.

The bear can not comprehend the motive of the hunter anymore than we can comprehend the motive of God when He allows things to happen in our life. So that's where that faith element comes in. What I know to be true about God. So don't let what you don't understand about God shake you from what you do understand about God. You know we get into this little spiral downward when we suffer. I don't why God did this I don't why God this I don't know. Okay go away from that position. What do you know about God right now? What do you--what are you certain up about God's character, camp there don't let what you don't what you don't know about God shake you from what you do know about God. Camp on all those things you know to be true about your good omniscient, omnipotent sovereign all loving God that's where you camp but I don't you don't need to, you are not seeing backstage.

So you can't comprehend his mind but know this. The mind and heart of God toward you is not destruction anymore than God's was of Job, but one of love in deep compassion.

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Destination: Genesis 1-11
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We begin The Bible from 30,000 Feet with a tour of Genesis Chapters 1-11. On this flight we'll travel all the way back to the very beginning - The Creation. We'll meet the first man and woman and their deceiver - the Serpent. We'll fly over God's new creation and meet a man named Noah, who God saved from His judgment - the Flood. We'll also take a look at "beginnings," the first time things are mentioned in the Bible a special significance should be given to them. The word Genesis itself is a Greek word that means "origin," the book describes the origins of creation.
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Destination: Genesis 12-50
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This week's flight is going to take us over the second section of Genesis, which is biographical in nature and focuses on the lives of four key people. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. We'll travel through the time era known as the Age of the Patriarchs. If you look at your window, we'll be passing over Canaan and Egypt, Canaan is modern day Israel.
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7/25/2007
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Destination: Exodus 1-18
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In our third tour, we'll be visiting the book of Exodus chapters 1-18. We'll get an overview of the central historical event contained in the book, the redemption of God's people from the bondage of Egypt. The setting for our journey is the nation of Egypt and Israel's wanderings through the wilderness. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12 and 14.
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8/1/2007
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Destination: Exodus 19-40
Exodus 19-40
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In our fourth tour, we'll again visit the book of Exodus, visiting chapters 19-40. The setting for this week's journey is the Sinai Peninsula where God reveals the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel and gives specific instructions on how He is to be worshiped. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 20, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 32.
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8/8/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 1-17
Leviticus 1-17
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In our fifth flight from 30,000 Feet, we fly over the first seventeen chapters of the book of Leviticus. This is a book on worship and describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. In this first tour of Leviticus, we'll see how the first part of the book focuses on the way to God through sacrifice and lays down the law - literally - on how man was designed to live and how man can be atoned for his sins. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus: 1-5, 10, 16, 17.
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8/15/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 18-27
Leviticus 18-27
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This week's study will take us through Leviticus chapters 18-27. The theme of Leviticus could be summed up in one word - holiness. The second section of Leviticus focuses on our walk with God through sanctification. Sanctification is the process by which we become holy or set apart for God's purposes. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus 18-20, 22, 23, and 25.
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8/22/2007
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Destination: Numbers 1-14
Numbers 1-14
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Our seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through Numbers chapters 1-14. Numbers is the fourth of the Pentateuch. In the Hebrew it is called ba-midbar, "in the wilderness." In the Septuagint version it is called Arithmoi or "numbers," and this name is now the usual title of the book. It is so called because it contains a record of the numbering of the people in the wilderness of Sinai (1-4), and of their numbering afterwards on the plain of Moab (26). The key chapters to review in advance are: Numbers 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 & 14.
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8/29/2007
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Destination: Numbers 15-36
Numbers 15-36
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In our eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give us a tour of Numbers chapters 15-36. We'll see that the second section of Numbers covers the failure of one generation to enter the Promised Land and the reorganization of a new generation that enters into the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27.
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Destination: Deuteronomy 1-34
Deuteronomy 1-34
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In our ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us on a tour through the entire book of Deuteronomy. The Hebrews called it "Elleh Haddevarim," "These are the Words," or "Devarim," (words). Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages given by Moses while the Israelites were on the plains east of the Jordan River. It occurs after the 40 years of wandering and the Israelites are now ready to enter the Promised Land. The key word of this book is covenant and speaks of the special relationship that God has established with His people. Key chapters for this flight are: 6, 7, 31, 32, 33 and 34.
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9/12/2007
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Destination: Joshua 1-12
Joshua 1-12
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Pastor Skip Heitzig will be our tour guide during our tenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week's journey will take us through Joshua 1-12. We'll get to know Joshua, son of Nun, who shared in all the events of the Exodus, and held the place of commander of the host of the Israelites. The book of Joshua describes Israel's conquest of Canaan and the first section describe how Joshua conquered the land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10.
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9/26/2007
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Destination: Joshua 13-24
Joshua 13-24
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In our eleventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the Promised Land. We will see how Joshua divides the land "as an inheritance to Israel," and we'll see different tribes and where they settle, both in and out of the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 13 and 20-24.
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10/3/2007
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Destination: Judges 1-10
Judges 1-10
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In our twelfth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will once again be our tour guide as we take our first look at the book of Judges. We'll see on this tour how the nation of Israel is caught in the cycle of sin and how each cycle results in ever worsening conditions for them. We'll meet some of the characters that God divinely appointed to the office of Judge. The key chapters to review for this flight are Judges 1–3 and 6–8.
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10/10/2007
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Destination: Judges 11-21
Judges 11-21
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Flight thirteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over Judges chapters 11-21. Pastor Skip Heitzig will guide us as we complete this overview of Judges. We will see that the second part of Judges shows the fragile nature of these Judges and a people who, "did what was right in their own eyes," that kept them in their sin cycle.
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10/24/2007
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Destination: Ruth 1-4
Ruth 1-4
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In our fourteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the little romantic book of Ruth. We'll see how the book of Ruth shows the godly courage and love of two very different women from very different backgrounds. We'll meet some amazing characters on this flight who become key people in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
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Destination: 1 Samuel 1-15
1 Samuel 1-15
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The fifteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on journey through 1 Samuel chapters 1-15. Join our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig for this exciting tour on which we'll meet a man who would be become King. This man's good looks, physical size and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but the book of 1 Samuel highlights his tragic flaw - he disobeyed God's commands. From the ashes of Saul's tragedy God raises up another man who would become King, a man after His own heart, King David. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 8-10 and 15.
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Destination: 1 Samuel 16-31
1 Samuel 16-31
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will complete our tour of the book of 1 Samuel, covering chapters 16-31. On this flight we'll meet the man who God calls, "a man after my own heart (Acts 13:22)," David son of Jesse. We'll see David as a young shepherd boy who defeats Goliath and rises to national prominence overnight. His instant popularity arouses the jealousy of King Saul and forces David into hiding.
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11/21/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 1-10
2 Samuel 1-10
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Flight Seventeen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over 2 Samuel chapters 1-10. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will show us David's triumphs as King over Israel, after the death of Saul. Join us as we see how David's faith in God leads him to be victorious politically and militarily as one by one he defeats his enemies. We will also see how David's obedience leads to a new promise from God. The key chapters to review for this flight are 1-3, 5, 7 and 9.
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Destination: 2 Samuel 11-24
2 Samuel 11-24
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In our eighteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us to our next destination, 2 Samuel 11-24. On this flight we'll see David's transgressions and the troubles that resulted from them. By presenting both the strengths and weaknesses of David, we see a complete picture of a very real person who was described as being "a man after God's own heart." The key chapters to review are 2 Samuel 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 23, and 24.
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Destination: 1 Kings 1-22
1 Kings 1-22
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Get your travel planner out for flight nineteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over 1 Kings 1-22. On this flight we will see the transition that Israel undertakes as it moves from the rule of King David to the rule of his son King Solomon after his death. After Solomon turns from the Lord, we will see how Israel is divided and moved in and out of the power of many kings such as Ahab, Jehoshaphat, and Ahaziah. These chapters will reveal a story of true loyalty and disobedience to God. The key chapters to review are 1 Kings 1-3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 18, and 19.
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Destination: 2 Kings 1-25
2 Kings 1-25
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Flight twenty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of 2 Kings. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will continue to lead us through the history of the divided nation of Israel, and how in spite of the many kings who took control of the land, we will still see a nation without true leadership. As we soar over this book, we will see first how Israel comes into captivity by Assyria, and then the triumph of Babylon over Judah. The key chapters to review are 2 Kings 1-4, and 18-21.
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Destination: 1 Chronicles 1-29
1 Chronicles 1-29
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of 1 Chronicles. On this flight we look back once again at God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through King David. Chapters 1-9 of 1 Chronicles will look in-depth at the the royal line of David and then we will see again the reign of David in chapters 10-29. Join us as we fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet and see how God fulfilled His promises to David and how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us as well. The key chapters to review are 1 Chronicles 17-18, 21-22, 25, and 28-29
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1/30/2008
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Destination: 2 Chronicles 1-36
2 Chronicles 1-36
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Get ready for our twenty-second departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us soaring over the entire book of 2 Chronicles to see the beginning of the reign of King Solomon all the way to the spiritual roller coaster after Solomon's death and the separation of the kingdoms. From the building of the temple (2 Chronicles 1-9), to the decline of the temple (2 Chronicles 10-36:16), to the destruction of the temple (2 Chronicles 36:17-23), we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint. The key chapters to review are 2 Chronicles 17-20, and 29-32.
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Destination: Ezra 1-10
Ezra 1-10
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Flight twenty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Ezra. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will point out two very important sections of this book; the restoration of the temple (chapters 1-6), and the reformation of the people (chapters 7-10). This book will continue the narrative of 2 Chronicles by showing God's faithfulness to keep His promises by returning His people to their homeland. The key chapters to review are Ezra 1-10.
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Destination: Nehemiah 1-13
Nehemiah 1-13
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Get ready for our twenty-fourth departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the entire book of Nehemiah with our pilot, Pastor Skip Heitzig. In this book, Nehemiah, the king's cupbearer, is given permission to lead third and final return to Jerusalem to repair and rebuild the city's walls. This book will show us a political construction (chapters 1-7), and a spiritual instruction (chapters 8-13). Join us as we see how Nehemiah gathers his spiritual strength from God during a time of great opposition.
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Destination: Esther 1-10
Esther 1-10
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-five over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of Esther. The flight will be divided into two highly important sections: the threat to the Jews (chapters 1-4), in which we will see Haman's attempt to completely eradicate the Jewish people from Persia, and the triumph of the Jews (chapters 5-10), where we will see a young girl's godly strength and fight to save her people. This flight will show us a whole new set of villains, heroes, and ultimately the ever abounding faithfulness of God towards those who follow Him. The key chapters to review are Esther 1-10.
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Destination: Psalms 1-72
Psalms 1-72
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Psalms 1-72. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us through the first seventy-two chapters of Psalms, which is divided into five books of songs, prayers, and poetry. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 1, 14, 23, 40, and 63.
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Destination: Psalms 73-150
Psalms 73-150
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Get ready for our twenty-eighth departure of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the last three books in Psalms as we read through chapters 73-150. We will see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 119, and 146-150.
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Destination: Proverbs 1-31
Proverbs 1-31
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Flight twenty-nine over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Proverbs. Known for the wisdom it contains, Proverbs reveals to us how to deal with every day situations; be it love and lust, life and death, friends and enemies, and what our God loves and hates. On this flight, Pastor Skip will point out some of the most noted chapters and verses of one of the most read books of the Old Testament. The key chapters to review are Proverbs 1-2, 5, 14, 22, and 31.
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Destination: Ecclesiastes 1-12
Ecclesiastes 1-12
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Join us as we continue The Bible From 30,000 Feet, taking our thirtieth flight high above the book of Ecclesiastes. This book reveals some startling truths about how King Solomon felt about finding meaning and fulfillment in life through the things of this world, and ultimately his conclusion that "all is vanity" in a life lived without God. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 5, 8, and 12.
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Destination: Song of Solomon 1-8
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Song of Solomon. This poetic book gives us a glimpse into the true love that Solomon has for a shepherdess, and the love and fulfillment they share in a marriage relationship. At an altitude of 30,000 feet we will be able to see the strong tie into the fulfillment and joy seen in the love of God for His people. The key chapters to review are Song of Solomon 1-8.
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Destination: Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39
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Our thirty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us soaring over the entire book of Isaiah. Thought to be the greatest of all the Prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years, and his prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Prophet. This book shows us a mix of both prophecies of condemnation (chapters 1-39), as well as prophecies of comfort (chapters 40-66). The key chapters to review are Isaiah 1-2, 6, 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah 40-66
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In our thirty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the second half of Isaiah. As we look through chapters 40-66, we will see the continued work of Isaiah, and how God used his gift of prophecy, both comforting and condemning, to generate change in the individuals he encountered. The key chapters to review are Isaiah 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Jeremiah 1-52
Jeremiah 1-52
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-four over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the entire book of Jeremiah. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us at an altitude of 30,000 feet to see the three writings of the book of Jeremiah. From the warning of judgment, to the promise of restoration, and finally the protective hand of God over those He loves, we will catch a glimpse of a man who openly allowed God to speak through him in unusual and sometimes bizarre ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Jeremiah 13, 18-20, 25, 31, and 52.
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Destination: Lamentations 1-5
Lamentations 1-5
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-five over the Bible From 30,000 Feet. On this departure, we will look once again at Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. We will learn why Jeremiah is referred to as "the weeping prophet," as we see him lament over the destruction of Jerusalem. This poetic book begins by revealing a man who is distressed for a nation under the consequences of its own sin, and ends with a prayer for the restoration of the nation from captivity. The key chapters to review are Lamentations 1-5.
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Destination: Ezekiel 1-48
Ezekiel 1-48
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In our thirty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the book of Ezekiel. We will witness prophecies we've seen in past books being fulfilled as we see Jerusalem at the time of the Second Babylonian Deportation. As Ezekiel the Priest is deported alongside his people, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through him, bringing the people a sense of hope in spite of their current tribulations. The key chapters to review are Ezekiel 1-3, 7, 33-34, and 38-39.
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Destination: Daniel 1-6
Daniel 1-6
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Flight thirty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on a tour of Daniel 1-6. In these chapters, we will see the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon, and witness both the prophetic history of the book, as well as the four prophetic visions of Daniel. Ultimately, the powerful stories in Daniel reveal a man of God; unwilling to compromise and full of faith. The key chapters to review are Daniel 1-2.
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Destination: Daniel 7-12
Daniel 7-12
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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.
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Destination: Hosea 1-14
Hosea 1-14
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our thirty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the entire book of Hosea, a man called to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam. As Hosea addresses the sins of the nation, we will see how God used the graphic parallel between his adulterous wife and the unfaithfulness of Israel. The key chapters to review are Hosea 1-4, 6, 9, and 11.
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Destination: Joel; Amos; Obadiah
Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Get ready for flight forty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us soaring over Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. In these three books, we take a look at the strong warnings that God gives His people against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. We'll see God's use of these ordinary men to give extraordinary messages; we'll witness His patience, and at the end, we'll see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin. The key chapters to review are Joel 1-3, Amos 1, 3 and 7, and Obadiah 1.
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Destination: Jonah 1-4
Jonah 1-4
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Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.
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Destination: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our forty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk, three prophets used by God to criticize, comfort, and encourage the people of Judah. Through these prophets, God's people confess their sins and are confident in the salvation of God's mighty acts. The key chapters to review are Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, and Habakkuk 1-3.
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Destination: Zephaniah & Haggai
Zephaniah; Haggai
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Prepare yourself for our forty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This flight will take us soaring over the entirety of both Zephaniah and Haggai. The two books cover five chapters which speak of the coming Day of the Lord, His wrath upon Judah and her neighbors, and an encouragement after their return from exile to rejoice and rebuild the Temple. The key chapters to review are Zephaniah 1-3 and Haggai 1-2.
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Destination: Zechariah and Malachi
Zechariah; Malachi
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We are about to take our forty-forth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, journeying over the final two books of the Old Testament. In ending the Minor Prophets, we'll first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple as Zechariah encourages the people to look to the future reign of the Messiah. We will then speed forward 100 years after the temple was rebuilt to the book of Malachi, where God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. After 400 years of prophetic silence, Malachi brings a message of exhortation to the people who had resettled in Jerusalem. The key chapters to review are Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi 1-4.
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Destination: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Matthew, Mark; Luke
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Get your travel planner out for our opening tour of the New Testament and flight forty-five of the Bible from 30,000 Feet! This flight will take us on a sky-high tour over the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three synoptic gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. We'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of our King as we witness the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies we have previously studied. The key chapters to review are Matthew 1-5 and 17, Mark, and Luke.
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9/10/2008
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Destination: John
John
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of John, written by the Apostle John from Ephesus between A.D. 80-90. The spiritual depth of this book and its presentation of the incarnation through the God-man Jesus Christ sets it apart from the other gospels.
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9/17/2008
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Destination: Acts
Acts
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On our forty-seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give a tour of the entire book of Acts. Acts is the history of how Christianity was founded and organized and solved its problems. The gospel writer Luke tells the story of how the community of believers began by faith in the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor and Guide, who enabled them to witness, to love, and to serve.
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9/24/2008
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Destination: Romans
Romans
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We are about to take our forty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Join us as we soar over the entire book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. This letter primarily focuses on the basic gospel message along with God's plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind, Jew and Gentile alike. In our broad overview, we'll take a look at Paul's strong emphasis of Christian doctrine and his concern for Israel. The key chapters to review are 1, 3, 4, and 9-11.
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10/8/2008
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Destination: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! As we look at 1 Corinthians, we'll see Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. His letters to the influential church confront their "religious" and arrogant mindsets and defend his ability to be an apostle of Christ. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the turnaround and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 1 Corinthians 2-3 & 12-13.
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10/15/2008
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Destination: 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
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Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
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10/22/2008
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Destination: Galatians
Galatians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of Galatians, a clear letter to the church in Galatia about the importance of remembering grace through faith and not the law. Paul's forceful letter addresses issues of legalism in the church and the false gospel of works. The key chapters to review are Galatians 1-6.
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11/5/2008
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Destination: Ephesians
Ephesians
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Who are we in Christ? Grab your travel planner for flight fifty-two as we look at the book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, Paul explains how we are the bride of Christ, a temple, and a soldier for the gospel. The unity that Paul emphasizes is described as a body working together for a common goal. The key chapters to review are Ephesians 1-6.
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11/19/2008
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Destination: Philippians
Philippians
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In our fifty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us through the book of Philippians, another of Paul's letters to the church. Referred to as "the epistle of joy," the message contained in these pages is one of long suffering and joy in the midst of Paul's time in prison. Despite his trials, we will see Paul rejoice over the church in Philippi and encourage them in unity, humility, and prayer. The key chapters to review are Philippians 1-4.
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1/7/2009
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Destination: Colossians
Colossians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-fourth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! On this flight, we will take a look at the young church in Colosse, and how they became the target of a heretical attack. The main theme in the book of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. The key chapters to review are Colossians 1-4.
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1/14/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1-5;2 Thessalonians 1-3:18
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In our fifty-fifth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Both books are written as an encouragement to the church in Thessalonica, exhorting them in the word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in the truth of the Lord. The key chapters to review are 1 Thessalonians 1-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1-3.
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1/21/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Timothy
1 Timothy 1-6;2 Timothy 1-4:22
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Join us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Timothy as we take our fifty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. These loving letters to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus, reveal Paul's true love for his brother in Christ and desire to encourage him in the Word and warn against false teachings. In these letters, Paul exhorts Timothy to stand strong and "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2). The key chapters to review are 1 Timothy 1-6 and 2 Timothy 1-4.
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1/28/2009
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Destination: Titus and Philemon
Titus 1-3:15;Philemon 1:1-25
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Get your travel planner out for flight fifty-seven of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the books of Titus and Philemon. While the letter to Titus focuses on the importance of sound doctrine and the elements of the church order, Philemon takes a more personal approach and speaks on the application of the great principles of Christian brotherhood to social life. The key chapters to review are Titus 1-3 and Philemon 1.
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2/4/2009
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Destination: Hebrews
Hebrews
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In our fifty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the book of Hebrews. Although the author of the book is not fully known, this well written letter reveals a man with a great desire to encourage Jewish believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to escape persecution by bowing to the rites and rituals of Judaism. The key chapters to review are Hebrews 1-2, 6, 11, and 13.
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2/11/2009
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Destination: James
James
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Our fifty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the distinctive book of James. Although grace through faith in the cross was vital for Jewish believer to understand, James addresses the issue of faith without a consistent lifestyle. This epistle adamantly declares that, "Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, also." (James 2:26) The key chapters to review are James 1-5.
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2/18/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Peter
1 Peter 1-5; 2 Peter 1-3
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us on a tour of the books of 1 & 2 Peter. Peter's first letter to the church exhorts Christians to remain steadfast in their faith when under persecution, and his second letter tackles the issue of false teachers and a need for discernment against the spreading apostasy. Both books contain a level of warmth in Peter's expressions, making them a great source of encouragement. The key chapters to review are 1 Peter 1-5 and 2 Peter 1-3.
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2/25/2009
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Destination: 1 John
1 John
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In our sixty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the book of 1 John. John writes to define and defend the nature of the person of Christ against heretical teachings affecting the early church. As John addresses the heretical teachings of the time, he also addresses the preeminence of God's love for us, and our duty to love others in return. The key chapters to review are 1 John 1-5.
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3/25/2009
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Destination: 2, 3 John and Jude
2 John, 3 John; Jude
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Flight sixty-two over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will give a sky high view over three small but concise books, 2 & 3 John and Jude. While all three books have a different primary focus, all are written with the purpose to encourage the church to keep a strong biblical foundation. This study will take us through the importance of biblical discernment, the need to be in fellowship with other believers, as well as the vital need to keep strong in the faith. The key chapters to review are 2 & 3 John, and Jude.
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4/1/2009
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Destination: Revelation 1-11
Revelation 1-11
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With only two more flights to go, we welcome you to get your travel planner ready for the first half of the book of Revelation and flight sixty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Considered to be one of the most powerful books in Scripture, Revelation is a direct vision from God, to John, which he was asked to record for future generations. Revelation 1:19, "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later." As the final warning to the world of the tribulation to come, it also serves as a source of hope for the Church. The key chapters to review are 1-4, 7, and 11.
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4/8/2009
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Destination: Revelation 12-22
Revelation 12-22
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Flight sixty-four brings us to the end of the scriptures and the second and final part of the book of Revelation. Chapters 12-22 lead us into some of the most thrilling text in the entire Bible, giving us a glimpse into the seven bowl judgments, the Beast, and the future tribulation, but also bringing us great hope for God's Church. The key chapters to review are Revelation 12-14, 18, and 20-22.
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4/15/2009
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Bible from 30k Final Q&A
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We have landed our flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. As we touch down and head to pick up the final baggage from our 65 flight series, our last sky-high view of the scriptures will includes this final Q&A Celebration. Pastor Skip and others answer questions from the last year, as well as on the spot questions from the audience.
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There are 64 additional messages in this series.