Indeed, you do away with reverence
And hinder meditation before God.
5For your guilt teaches your mouth,
And you choose the language of the crafty.
6Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;
And your own lips testify against you.
7Were you the first man to be born,
Or were you brought forth before the hills?
8Do you hear the secret counsel of God,
And limit wisdom to yourself?
9What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that we do not?
10Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us,
Older than your father.
11Are the consolations of God too small for you,
Even the word spoken gently with you?
12Why does your heart carry you away?
And why do your eyes flash,
13That you should turn your spirit against God
And allow such words to go out of your mouth?
14What is man, that he should be pure,
Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones,
And the heavens are not pure in His sight;
16How much less one who is detestable and corrupt,
Man, who drinks iniquity like water!
What Eliphaz Has Seen of Life
17I will tell you, listen to me;
And what I have seen I will also declare;
18What wise men have told,
And have not concealed from their fathers,
19To whom alone the land was given,
And no alien passed among them.
20The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,
And numbered are the years stored up for the ruthless.
21Sounds of terror are in his ears;
While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
22He does not believe that he will return from darkness,
And he is destined for the sword.
23He wanders about for food, saying, Where is it?
He knows that a day of darkness is at hand.
24Distress and anguish terrify him,
They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
25Because he has stretched out his hand against God
And conducts himself arrogantly against the Almighty.
26He rushes headlong at Him
With his massive shield.
27For he has covered his face with his fat
And made his thighs heavy with flesh.
28He has lived in desolate cities,
In houses no one would inhabit,
Which are destined to become ruins.
29He will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure;
And his grain will not bend down to the ground.
30He will not escape from darkness;
The flame will wither his shoots,
And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.
31Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself;
For emptiness will be his reward.
32It will be accomplished before his time,
And his palm branch will not be green.
33He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine,
And will cast off his flower like the olive tree.
34For the company of the godless is barren,
And fire consumes the tents of the corrupt.
35They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity,
And their mind prepares deception.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Yea, thou doest away with fear, And hinderest devotion before God.
As much as is in thee, thou hast made void fear, and hast taken away prayers from before God.
Darby Bible Translation
Yea, thou makest piety of none effect, and restrainest meditation before �God.
English Revised Version
Yea, thou doest away with fear, and restrainest devotion before God.
Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.
World English Bible
Yes, you do away with fear, and hinder devotion before God.
Young's Literal Translation
Yea, thou dost make reverence void, And dost diminish meditation before God.
LibraryJuly 26 Evening
Give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.--PSA. 97:12. The heavens are not clean in his sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?--Yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm? Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness?--Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts. As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
Restraining Prayer: is it Sin?
"Thou restrainest prayer before God."--JOB xv. 4. "What profit should we have, if we pray unto Him?"--JOB xxi. 15. "God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you."--1 SAM. xii. 23. "Neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you."--JOSH. vii. 12. Any deep quickening of the spiritual life of the Church will always be accompanied by a deeper sense of sin. This will not begin with theology; that can only give expression to what God works …
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession
Of Meditation Upon the Hidden Judgments of God, that we May not be Lifted up Because of Our Well-Doing
Thou sendest forth Thy judgments against me, O Lord, and shakest all my bones with fear and trembling, and my soul trembleth exceedingly. I stand astonished, and remember that the heavens are not clean in thy sight.(1) If Thou chargest Thine angels with folly, and didst spare them not, how shall it be unto me? Stars have fallen from heaven, and what shall I dare who am but dust? They whose works seemed to be praiseworthy, fell into the lowest depths, and they who did eat Angels' food, them have …
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ
All are Sinners.
Some time ago we overheard from a person who should have known better, remarks something like these: "I wonder how sinners are saved in the Lutheran Church?" "I do not hear of any being converted in the Lutheran Church," and such like. These words called to mind similar sentiments that we heard expressed long ago. More than once was the remark made in our hearing that in certain churches sinners were saved, because converted and sanctified, while it was at least doubtful whether any one could find …
G. H. Gerberding—The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church
Whether Six Daughters are Fittingly Assigned to Anger?
Objection 1: It would seem that six daughters are unfittingly assigned to anger, namely "quarreling, swelling of the mind, contumely, clamor, indignation and blasphemy." For blasphemy is reckoned by Isidore [*QQ. in Deut., qu. xvi] to be a daughter of pride. Therefore it should not be accounted a daughter of anger. Objection 2: Further, hatred is born of anger, as Augustine says in his rule (Ep. ccxi). Therefore it should be placed among the daughters of anger. Objection 3: Further, "a swollen mind" …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Meditations to Stir us up to Morning Prayer.
1. If, when thou art about to pray, Satan shall suggest that thy prayers are too long, and that therefore it were better either to omit prayers, or else to cut them shorter, meditate that prayer is thy spiritual sacrifice, wherewith God is well pleased (Heb. xiii. 15, 16;) and therefore it is so displeasing to the devil, and so irksome to the flesh. Bend therefore thy affections (will they, nill they) to so holy an exercise; assuring thyself, that it doth by so much the more please God, by how much …
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety
Whether Pride is the Most Grievous of Sins?
Objection 1: It would seem that pride is not the most grievous of sins. For the more difficult a sin is to avoid, the less grievous it would seem to be. Now pride is most difficult to avoid; for Augustine says in his Rule (Ep. ccxi), "Other sins find their vent in the accomplishment of evil deeds, whereas pride lies in wait for good deeds to destroy them." Therefore pride is not the most grievous of sins. Objection 2: Further, "The greater evil is opposed to the greater good," as the Philosopher …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
VIII. Let us consider the proper method of accounting for the universal and total moral depravity of the unregenerate moral agents of our race. In the discussion of this subject, I will-- 1. Endeavor to show how it is not to be accounted for. In examining this part of the subject, it is necessary to have distinctly in view that which constitutes moral depravity. All the error that has existed upon this subject, has been founded in false assumptions in regard to the nature or essence of moral depravity. …
Charles Grandison Finney—Systematic Theology
The Redeemer's Return is Necessitated by the Lamentation of all Creation.
The effects of the Fall have been far-reaching--"By one man sin entered the world"(Rom. 5:12). Not only was the entire human family involved but the whole "Kosmos" was affected. When Adam and Eve sinned, God not only pronounced sentence upon them and the Serpent but He cursed the ground as well--"And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it, Cursed is the ground for thy sake; …
Arthur W. Pink—The Redeemer's Return
Whether There is Hope in the Damned
Whether there is Hope in the Damned We proceed to the third article thus: 1. It seems that there is hope in the damned. For the devil is damned, and the prince of the damned, according to Matt. 25:41: "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." Yet the devil has hope, according to Job 41:9: "Behold, the hope of him is in vain." It seems, therefore, that the damned have hope. 2. Again, just as faith can be formed and unformed, so can hope. Now there can …
Aquinas—Nature and Grace
Whether Hope is in the Damned?
Objection 1: It would seem that there is hope in the damned. For the devil is damned and prince of the damned, according to Mat. 25:41: "Depart . . . you cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels." But the devil has hope, according to Job 40:28, "Behold his hope shall fail him." Therefore it seems that the damned have hope. Objection 2: Further, just as faith is either living or dead, so is hope. But lifeless faith can be in the devils and the damned, according …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
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