Job 14–16; 1 Corinthians 6

Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All

14  Man who is kborn of a woman

is lfew of days and mfull of trouble.

He comes out like na flower and owithers;

he flees like pa shadow and continues not.

And do you qopen your eyes on such a one

and rbring me into judgment with you?

Who can bring sa clean thing out of an unclean?

There is not one.

Since his tdays are determined,

and uthe number of his months is with you,

and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,

vlook away from him and leave him alone,1

that he may enjoy, like wa hired hand, his day.

For there is hope for a tree,

if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,

and that its shoots will not cease.

Though its root grow old in the earth,

and xits stump die in the soil,

yet at the scent of water it will bud

and put out ybranches like a young plant.

10  But a man dies and is laid low;

man breathes his last, and zwhere is he?

11  aAs waters fail from a lake

and a river wastes away and dries up,

12  so a man lies down and rises not again;

till bthe heavens are no more he will not awake

or be croused out of his sleep.

13  Oh that you would dhide me in eSheol,

that you would dconceal me funtil your wrath be 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 gservice I would hwait,

till my renewal2 should come.

15  You would icall, and I would answer you;

you would long for the jwork of your hands.

16  For then you would knumber my steps;

you would not keep lwatch over my sin;

17  my transgression would be msealed up in a bag,

and you would cover over my iniquity.

18  But the mountain falls and ncrumbles away,

and othe rock is removed from its place;

19  the waters wear away the stones;

the torrents wash away the soil of the earth;

so you destroy the hope of man.

20  You prevail forever against him, and he passes;

you change his countenance, and send him away.

21  His sons come to honor, and he pdoes not know it;

they are brought low, and he perceives it not.

22  He feels only the pain of his own body,

and he mourns only for himself.

Eliphaz Accuses: Job Does Not Fear God

15 Then qEliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

Should ra wise man answer with swindy knowledge,

and fill his tbelly with uthe east wind?

Should he argue in unprofitable talk,

or in words with which he can do no good?

But you are doing away with the fear of God3

and hindering meditation before God.

For your iniquity teaches your mouth,

and you choose the tongue of the crafty.

Your vown mouth condemns you, and not I;

wyour own lips testify against you.

xAre you the first man who was born?

Or ywere you brought forth zbefore the hills?

Have you listened in athe council of God?

And do you limit wisdom to yourself?

bWhat do you know that we do not know?

What do you understand that is not clear to us?

10  cBoth the gray-haired and the aged are among us,

older than your father.

11  Are the comforts of God too small for you,

or the word that deals gently with you?

12  Why does your heart carry you away,

and why do your eyes flash,

13  that you turn your dspirit against God

and bring such words out of your mouth?

14  eWhat is man, fthat he can be pure?

Or he who is gborn of a woman, that he can be righteous?

15  Behold, God4 hputs no trust in his iholy ones,

and the heavens are not pure in his sight;

16  jhow much less one who is abominable and kcorrupt,

a man who ldrinks injustice like water!

17  I will show you; hear me,

and what I have seen I will declare

18  (what wise men have told,

without hiding it mfrom their fathers,

19  to whom alone the land was given,

and no nstranger passed among them).

20  The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,

through all the oyears that are laid up for pthe ruthless.

21  qDreadful sounds are in his ears;

in rprosperity the destroyer will come upon him.

22  He does not believe that he will return out of darkness,

and he is marked for the sword.

23  He swanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it?

He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand;

24  distress and anguish terrify him;

they tprevail against him, like a king ready for battle.

25  Because he has stretched out his hand against God

and defies the Almighty,

26  urunning vstubbornly against him

with a thickly bossed shield;

27  because he has wcovered his face with his fat

and gathered fat upon his waist

28  and has lived in desolate cities,

in houses that none should inhabit,

which were ready to become heaps of ruins;

29  he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure,

nor will his possessions spread over the earth;5

30  he will not depart from darkness;

the flame will dry up his shoots,

and by xthe breath of his mouth he will depart.

31  Let him not ytrust in emptiness, deceiving himself,

for emptiness will be his payment.

32  It will be paid in full zbefore his time,

and his branch will not be green.

33  He will shake off his unripe grape like the vine,

and cast off his blossom like the olive tree.

34  For athe company of the godless is barren,

and bfire consumes the tents of bribery.

35  They cconceive trouble and give birth to evil,

and their dwomb prepares deceit.

Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You

16 Then Job answered and said:

I have heard emany such things;

fmiserable comforters are you all.

Shall gwindy words have an end?

Or what provokes you that you answer?

I also could speak as you do,

if you were in my place;

I could join words together against you

and hshake my head at you.

I could strengthen you with my mouth,

and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.

If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,

and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?

Surely now God has worn me out;

ihe has6 made desolate all my company.

And he has shriveled me up,

which is ja witness against me,

and my kleanness has risen up against me;

it testifies to my face.

He has ltorn me in his wrath mand hated me;

he has ngnashed his teeth at me;

my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.

10  Men have ogaped at me with their mouth;

they have pstruck me insolently on the cheek;

they qmass themselves together against me.

11  God gives me up to the ungodly

and casts me into the hands of the wicked.

12  I was at ease, and he broke me apart;

he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;

he set me up as his rtarget;

13  his sarchers surround me.

He slashes open my kidneys tand does not spare;

he upours out my gall on the ground.

14  He breaks me with vbreach upon breach;

he wruns upon me like a warrior.

15  I have sewed xsackcloth upon my skin

and have laid ymy strength zin the dust.

16  My face is red with weeping,

and on my eyelids is adeep darkness,

17  although there is no bviolence in my hands,

and my prayer is pure.

18  O earth, ccover not my blood,

and let my dcry find no resting place.

19  Even now, behold, my ewitness is in heaven,

and he who testifies for me is fon high.

20  My friends gscorn me;

my eye pours out tears to God,

21  that he would hargue the case of a man with God,

as7 a son of man does with his neighbor.

22  For when a few years have come

I shall go the way ifrom which I shall not return.


Lawsuits Against Believers

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous rinstead of the saints? Or do you not know that sthe saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, twhy do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? uI say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. vWhy not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraudeven wyour own brothers!1

Or do you not know that the unrighteous2 will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: xneither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,3 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And ysuch were some of you. But zyou were washed, ayou were sanctified, byou were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Flee Sexual Immorality

12 cAll things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 dFood is meant for the stomach and the stomach for foodand God will destroy both one eand the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but ffor the Lord, and gthe Lord for the body. 14 And hGod raised the Lord and iwill also raise us up jby his power. 15 Do you not know that kyour bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined4 to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, lThe two will become one flesh. 17 But he who is joined to the Lord mbecomes one spirit with him. 18 nFlee from sexual immorality. Every other sin5 a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person osins against his own body. 19 Or pdo you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? qYou are not your own, 20 rfor you were bought with a price. sSo glorify God in your body.