Job because they were older than he. 5 And when Elihu saw that there was
no answer in the mouth of these three men, he burned with anger.
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said:
I am young in years,
and you are aged;
therefore I was
The gatekeepers, Akkub, Talmon and their brothers, who kept watch at
the gates, were 172.
And the rest of Israel, and of the priests and the
Levites, were in all the towns of Judah, every one in his inheritance.
the temple servants lived on O
the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.
A copy of what was
written was to be issued as a decree in every province, being publicly
displayed to all peoples, and the Jews were to be ready on that day to
take vengeance on their enemies.14 So the co
That very day the number of those killed in Susa the citadel was
reported to the king.
And the king said to Queen Esther, In Susa the
citadel the Jews have killed and destroyed 500 men and also the ten sons
of Haman. What then have they done in the
upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the
ground and worshiped.
And he said,Naked I came from my mother's
womb, and naked shall I return. The
together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.
they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they
raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust
on their heads toward heaven.13 And they sat w
Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them,
do they not die, and that without wisdom?
5 Call now; is there anyone who will answer you?
To which of the holy ones will you turn?
Surely vexation kills the fool,
and jealousy slays the simple.
But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
it touches you, and you are dismayed.
Is not your fear of God[f] your confidence,
and the integrity of your ways your hope?
Remember: who that was innocent ever perished?
Or where were the upright c
I would have slept; then I would have been at rest,
with kings and counselors of the earth
who rebuilt ruins for themselves,
or with princes who had gold,
who filled their houses with silver.
Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child,
Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves;
therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
For he wounds, but he binds up;
he shatters, but his hands heal.
He will deliver you from six troubles;
in seven no evil[k] shall touch you.
My appetite refuses to touch them;
they are as food that is loathsome to me.[n]
Oh that I might have my request,
and that God would fulfill my hope,
that it would please God to crush me,
that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
How forceful are upright words!
But what does reproof from you reprove?
Do you think that you can reprove words,
when the speech of a despairing man is wind?
You would even cast lots over the fatherless,
and bargain over your friend.
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.
Am I the sea, or a sea monster,
that you set a guard over me?
When I say, My bed will comfort me,
my couch will ease m
and plead with the Almighty for mercy,
if you are pure and upright,
surely then he will rouse himself for you
and restore your rightful habitation.
And though your beginning was small,
your latter days will be very great.
For inquire, please, of byg
If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty!
If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?[s]
Though I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me;
though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
I am blameless; I regard not my
Job Replies: There Is No Arbiter
9 Then Job answered and said:
Truly I know that it is so:
But how can a man be in the right before God?
If one wished to contend with him,
one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
He is wise in heart and mi
early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of
them all. For Job said, It may be that my children have sinned,
and cursed[a]God in their hearts. Thus Job did continually.
Satan Allowed to Test Job
Now there was a day when the
destroy them, and had cast Pur (that is, cast lots), to crush and to
But when it came before the king, he gave orders in
writing that his evil plan that he had devised against the Jews should
return on his own head, and that he and his so
thanksgiving. 9 And Bakbukiah and Unni and their brothers stood opposite
them in the service.
And Jeshua was the father of Joiakim, Joiakim the
father of Eliashib, Eliashib the father of Joiada,
Joiada the father of
Jonathan, and Jonathan the father
Then I brought the leaders of Judah up onto the wall and appointed two
great choirs that gave thanks. One went to the south on the wall to the
And after them went Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of
and Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam,
singers and the gatekeepers; and they set apart that which was for the
Levites; and the Levites set apart that which was for the sons of Aaron.
Nehemiah's Final Reforms
13 On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the
people. And in i
to you and do all this great evil and act treacherously against our God by
marrying foreign women?
And one of the sons of Jehoiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was
the son-in-law of Sanballat the Horonite. Therefore I chased him from me.
and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my
God and for his service.
In those days I saw in Judah people treading winepresses on the
Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys,
and also wine, grapes,
On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he
commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona,Bigtha and Abagtha, Zethar and
Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King
Ahasuerus, 11 to bring Queen Vashti before the king wi
2 After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he
remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed
against her. 2 Then the king's young men who attended him said, Let
beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king.
When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of
Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king,
she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king's eunuch, who had
charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was wi
the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.
then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.
Esther Prepares a Banquet
5 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner
court of the king
gate.14 Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, Let a
gallows[f] fifty cubits[g] high be made, and in the morning tell the king to
have Mordecai hanged upon it. Then go joyfully with the king to the feast.
This idea pleased Haman, and he had
4 When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his
clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of
the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry. 2 He went up to the
entrance of the king's gate, for no one was
told them that he was a Jew. 5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai did
not bow down or pay homage to him, Haman was filled with fury. 6 But he
disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone. So, as they had made known to
him the people of Mordecai, Haman sought to