Proverb 21

Pro 21:1 As streams of waters, the king’s heart is in the hand of Jehovah; He turns it wherever He desires.
Pro 21:2 Every way of a man is upright in his own eyes, but Jehovah measures the hearts.
Pro 21:3 For Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice is to be chosen more than sacrifice.
Pro 21:4 High eyes, a proud heart, and the uncultivated mind of the wicked, is sin.
Pro 21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty, but those of every hasty one only to poverty.
Pro 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapor driven by those who seek death.
Pro 21:7 The violence of the wicked drags them down, because they refuse to do justice.
Pro 21:8 The way of a guilty man is perverted; but the pure, his way is upright.
Pro 21:9 It is better to dwell on a corner of a housetop, than with a contentious woman, and to share a house.
Pro 21:10 The soul of the wicked desires evil, his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
Pro 21:11 The simple is made wise when the scorner is punished, and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
Pro 21:12 The Righteous One wisely considers the house of the wicked: He overthrows the wicked for his evil.
Pro 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he himself shall also call, and shall not be answered.
Pro 21:14 A gift in secret subdues anger; yea, a bribe in the bosom quiets great fury.
Pro 21:15 It is joy to the just to do justice, but ruin shall come to the workers of iniquity.
Pro 21:16 The man who wanders out of the way of prudence shall rest in the congregation of departed spirits.
Pro 21:17 A man who loves pleasure shall be poor, he who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
Pro 21:18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the just, and the treacherous in the place of the upright.
Pro 21:19 It is better to live in a land of the wilderness than with a woman of strivings and anger.
Pro 21:20 A desirable treasure and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man swallows it.
Pro 21:21 He who pursues righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness and honor.
Pro 21:22 A wise one ascends the city of the mighty and topples the strength in which it trusts.
Pro 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from distresses.
Pro 21:24 Proud, haughty scorner is his name, he who deals in proud wrath.
Pro 21:25 The lust of the lazy man kills him, for his hands have refused to work.
Pro 21:26 He lusts with lust all the day long, but the righteous gives and does not withhold.
Pro 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is hateful, how much more when he brings it with an evil intent!
Pro 21:28 A false witness shall perish, but the man who attends will speak forever.
Pro 21:29 A wicked man hardens his face, but the upright establishes his way.
Pro 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel before Jehovah.
Pro 21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but to Jehovah belongs deliverance.

Psalm 30

Psa 30:1 A Psalm; a Song of Dedication of the House of David. I will exalt You, O Jehovah; for You have lifted me up and have not allowed my foes to rejoice over me.
Psa 30:2 O Jehovah my God, I cried to You, and You have healed me.
Psa 30:3 O Jehovah, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, from going down into the Pit.
Psa 30:4 Sing praises to Jehovah, O saints of His; and give thanks to the memory of His holiness.
Psa 30:5 For His anger is only a moment; in His favor is life. Weeping may endure in the evening, but joy comes in the morning.
Psa 30:6 And in my prosperity, I said, I shall never be moved forever.
Psa 30:7 O Jehovah, in Your favor You have made my strong mountain to stand; You hid Your face; I was troubled;
Psa 30:8 I called to You, O Jehovah; yea, I prayed to Jehovah.
Psa 30:9 What profit is in my blood, in going down to the Pit? Shall the dust praise You? Shall it tell of Your truth?
Psa 30:10 Hear, O Jehovah, and favor me; O Jehovah, be my helper.
Psa 30:11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have loosed my sackcloth and have clothed me with gladness.
Psa 30:12 So my glory shall praise You, and not be quiet; O Jehovah, my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Psalm 29

Psa 29:1 A Psalm of David. Give to Jehovah, sons of mighty ones; give to Jehovah glory and strength.
Psa 29:2 Give to Jehovah the glory of His name; worship Jehovah in the majesty of holiness.
Psa 29:3 The voice of Jehovah is on the waters; the God of glory thunders; Jehovah is above many waters.
Psa 29:4 The voice of Jehovah is in power; the voice of Jehovah in majesty.
Psa 29:5 The voice of Jehovah breaks the cedars; yea, Jehovah breaks Lebanon’s cedars.
Psa 29:6 He also makes them skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
Psa 29:7 The voice of Jehovah is cutting through the flame of fire.
Psa 29:8 The voice of Jehovah shakes the wilderness; Jehovah shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
Psa 29:9 The voice of Jehovah causes the does to calve; and He uncovers the forests. And in His temple it all is saying, Glory!
Psa 29:10 Jehovah sits upon the flood; yea, Jehovah sits as King forever.
Psa 29:11 Jehovah will give strength to His people; Jehovah will bless His people with peace.

Psalm 28

Psa 28:1 A Psalm of David. I will call to You, O Jehovah; my Rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if You be silent from me I may be compared with those going down into the Pit.
Psa 28:2 Hear the voice of my prayers in my crying to You, when I lift my hands toward Your Holy of Holies.
Psa 28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity; who speak peace with their neighbors, yet evil is in their hearts.
Psa 28:4 Give to them according to their deeds and according to the evil of their practices; as is the work of their hands, give to them, repay their deeds to them.
Psa 28:5 Because they pay no attention to the works of Jehovah, and to the works of His hands, He will destroy them, and not build them up.
Psa 28:6 Blessed be Jehovah, because He has heard the voice of my prayers.
Psa 28:7 Jehovah is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; yea, my heart greatly rejoices; and I will thank Him with my song.
Psa 28:8 Jehovah is their strength, and He is the stronghold of the salvations of His anointed.
Psa 28:9 Save Your people and bless Your inheritance and feed them, and lift them up forever.

Psalm 27

Psa 27:1 A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psa 27:2 When the evildoers, my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Psa 27:3 If an army should camp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war rises against me, in this I am trusting.
Psa 27:4 One thing I have asked from Jehovah, it I will seek: my dwelling in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, to behold the delight of Jehovah, and to inquire in His temple.
Psa 27:5 For in the day of evil He shall hide me in His shelter; in the secrecy of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me up on a rock.
Psa 27:6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies, my encirclers, and I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises to Jehovah.
Psa 27:7 Hear, O Jehovah, my voice when I call, and favor me, and answer me.
Psa 27:8 My heart said to You, Seek my face; Your face, O Jehovah, I will seek.
Psa 27:9 Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn away Your servant in anger; You have been my help, do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.
Psa 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me then Jehovah will take me up.
Psa 27:11 Teach me Your way, O Jehovah, and lead me in a level path, because of those who watch me.
Psa 27:12 Do not give me into the soul of my foes; for false witnesses have risen up against me, and the ones breathing out violence.
Psa 27:13 I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.
Psa 27:14 Hope in Jehovah; be strong and He will make strong your heart; yea, hope in Jehovah!

Psalm 26

Psa 26:1 A Psalm of David. Judge me, O Jehovah, for I have walked in my integrity; I also have trusted in Jehovah; I shall not slide.
Psa 26:2 Examine me, O Jehovah, and prove me; purify my reins and my heart.
Psa 26:3 For Your mercy is before my eyes; and I have walked in Your truth.
Psa 26:4 I have not sat with lying men; and I will not go in with hypocrites;
Psa 26:5 I have hated the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.
Psa 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocency; so I will go around Your altar, O Jehovah,
Psa 26:7 to cause to hear with the voice of thanksgiving and recount all Your wonderful works.
Psa 26:8 O Jehovah, I have loved the place of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.
Psa 26:9 Do not gather up my soul with sinners, nor my life with men of blood,
Psa 26:10 in whose hand is a plot, and their right hand is full of a bribe.
Psa 26:11 But I will walk in my integrity; redeem me and be gracious to me.
Psa 26:12 My foot stands in an even place; in the assemblies I will bless Jehovah.

Psalm 25

Psa 25:1 A Psalm of David. To You, O Jehovah, I lift up my soul.
Psa 25:2 O my God, I trust in You; do not let me be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me.
Psa 25:3 Yea, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; let those who vainly sin be ashamed.
Psa 25:4 Make me know Your ways, O Jehovah; teach me Your paths;
Psa 25:5 lead me in Your truth and teach me; for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day long.
Psa 25:6 Remember, O Jehovah, Your compassions and Your mercies; for they are from eternity.
Psa 25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, or my transgressions. According to Your mercy, remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Jehovah.
Psa 25:8 Good and upright is Jehovah; therefore He will teach sinners in the way.
Psa 25:9 He will guide the meek in justice; and He will teach the meek His way.
Psa 25:10 All the paths of Jehovah are mercy and truth to those keeping His covenant and His testimonies.
Psa 25:11 For Your name’s sake, O Jehovah, even pardon my iniquity for it is great.
Psa 25:12 What man is he who fears Jehovah? He teaches him the way he should choose.
Psa 25:13 His soul shall abide in good, and his seed shall inherit the earth.
Psa 25:14 The secret of Jehovah is with those who fear Him; and He will make them know His covenant.
Psa 25:15 My eyes are ever toward Jehovah; for He shall bring my feet out of the net.
Psa 25:16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
Psa 25:17 The straits of my heart are enlarged; O bring me out from my straits.
Psa 25:18 Look on my affliction and my pain, and lift up all my sins.
Psa 25:19 Look on my enemies, for they are many; they hate me with violent hating.
Psa 25:20 Keep my soul and deliver me; let me not be ashamed, for I have sought refuge in You.
Psa 25:21 Let purity and uprightness keep me, for I wait on You.
Psa 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his distresses.

Psalm 24

Psa 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fullness of it; the world, and those who live in it.
Psa 24:2 For He has founded it on the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Psa 24:3 Who shall go up into the hill of Jehovah? And who shall rise in His holy place?
Psa 24:4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity and has not sworn deceit.
Psa 24:5 He shall lift up the blessing from Jehovah, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Psa 24:6 This is the generation of those seeking Him; they seek Your face, O God of Jacob. Selah.
Psa 24:7 Lift up your heads, O gates; and be lifted up, O everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.
Psa 24:8 Who is this King of Glory? Jehovah strong and mighty! Jehovah mighty in battle!
Psa 24:9 Lift up your heads, O gates; even lift up, O everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.
Psa 24:10 Who is this King of Glory? Jehovah of Hosts, He is the King of Glory. Selah.

Psalm 23

Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not lack.
Psa 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to waters of rest;
Psa 23:3 He restores my soul; He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a table for me before ones vexing me; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Psa 23:6 Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah for as long as my days.

Psalm 22

Psa 22:1 To the Chief Musician, on the deer of the dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me, and are far from My deliverance, from the words of My groaning?
Psa 22:2 O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; and in the night, and there is no silence to Me.
Psa 22:3 But You are holy, being enthroned on Israel’s praises.
Psa 22:4 Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You delivered them.
Psa 22:5 They cried to You, and were delivered; they trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
Psa 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of mankind, and despised by the people.
Psa 22:7 All who see Me scornfully laugh at Me; they open the lip; they shake the head, saying,
Psa 22:8 He rolled on Jehovah, let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, since He delights in Him.
Psa 22:9 For You are He, My Taker from the womb; causing Me to trust on My mother’s breasts.
Psa 22:10 I was cast on You from the womb, from My mother’s belly, You are My God.
Psa 22:11 Be not far from Me; for trouble is near; because no one is there to help.
Psa 22:12 Many bulls have circled around Me; strong bulls of Bashan have surrounded Me.
Psa 22:13 They opened their mouth on Me, like a lion ripping and roaring.
Psa 22:14 I am poured out like waters, and all My bones are spread apart; My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels.
Psa 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue clings to My jaws;
Psa 22:16 and You appoint Me to the dust of death; for dogs have encircled Me; a band of spoilers have hemmed Me in, piercing My hands and My feet.
Psa 22:17 I count all My bones; they look, they stare at Me.
Psa 22:18 They divide My garments among them, and they made fall a lot for My clothing.
Psa 22:19 But You, O Jehovah, be not far off; O My Strength, hurry to help Me!
Psa 22:20 Deliver My soul from the sword, My only one from the paw of the dog.
Psa 22:21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth; and from the horns of the wild oxen. You have answered Me.
Psa 22:22 I will declare Your name to My brothers; I will praise You in the midst of the assembly.
Psa 22:23 You who fear Jehovah, praise Him; all the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and all the seed of Israel, fear Him.
Psa 22:24 For He has not despised nor hated the affliction of the afflicted; and He has not hidden His face from Him, but when He cried to Him, He heard.
Psa 22:25 My praise shall be of You in the great assembly; I will pay My vows before those fearing Him.
Psa 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Jehovah shall praise Him; your heart shall live forever.
Psa 22:27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn back to Jehovah; and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.
Psa 22:28 For the kingdom is Jehovah’s; and He is the ruler among the nations.
Psa 22:29 All the fat ones of the earth have eaten, and have worshiped; all those going down to the dust shall bow before Him; and He kept not His own soul alive.
Psa 22:30 A seed shall serve Him; it shall be spoken of the Lord to the coming generation;
Psa 22:31 they shall come and shall declare His righteousness to a people that shall yet be born; for He has done it.

Psalm 21

Psa 21:1 To the chief musician. A Psalm of David. The king rejoices in Your strength, O Jehovah; and how greatly does he rejoice in Your salvation.
Psa 21:2 You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the prayer of his lips. Selah.
Psa 21:3 For You will precede him with the blessings of goodness; You set a crown of pure gold on his head.
Psa 21:4 He asked life from You: You gave to him length of days forever and ever.
Psa 21:5 His glory is great in Your salvation; You have laid honor and majesty on him.
Psa 21:6 For You have set blessings for him forever; You have made him rejoice in the joy of Your face.
Psa 21:7 For the king trusts in Jehovah, and in the mercy of the Most High; he will not be shaken.
Psa 21:8 Your hand shall find out all Your enemies; Your right hand shall find out those hating You.
Psa 21:9 You shall set them as a fiery furnace in the time of Your presence; Jehovah will swallow them up in His wrath, and the fire will devour them.
Psa 21:10 You shall destroy their fruit from the earth, and their seed from the sons of men.
Psa 21:11 For they stretched forth evil against You; they imagined a plot; they cannot prevail,
Psa 21:12 for You shall make them turn the back; against their faces You shall make ready Your arrows on Your strings.
Psa 21:13 Be exalted, O Jehovah, in Your strength; we will sing, and sing psalms of Your power.

Job 15

Job 15:1 And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
Job 15:2 Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
Job 15:3 Should he reason with speech that is not useful, or with words having no profit in them?
Job 15:4 Yea, you do away with fear, and take away devotion before God.
Job 15:5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth; and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
Job 15:6 Your mouth condemns you, and not I; yea, your own lips testify against you.
Job 15:7 Were you the first man born? Or were you made before the hills?
Job 15:8 Have you heard the secret counsel of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
Job 15:9 What do you know that we do not know? Or understand, that is not with us?
Job 15:10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, mightier than your father as to days.
Job 15:11 Are the comforts of God small with you, and a word that deals gently with you?
Job 15:12 Why does your heart carry you away? And why do your eyes flash,
Job 15:13 that you turn your spirit against God and let such words go out of your mouth?
Job 15:14 What is man that he should be clean? And he born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Job 15:15 Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones; yea, the heavens are not clean in His eyes.
Job 15:16 How much more loathed and corrupted is man who drinks injustice like water!
Job 15:17 I will tell you; hear me, and I will declare this that I have seen;
Job 15:18 that which wise men have told and have not hidden from their fathers;
Job 15:19 to them alone the land was given; and no alien passed among them.
Job 15:20 All the days of the wicked he is laboring in pain; a number of years are stored up for the ruthless.
Job 15:21 A dreadful sound of things is in his ears; the one devastating shall come on him in peace.
Job 15:22 He does not believe in a return from darkness, but he is awaited by the sword.
Job 15:23 He is wandering, for he seeks for bread. Where is it? He knows that the day of darkness is at his hand.
Job 15:24 Distress and pain terrify him; they shall overpower him, as a king ready for the attack;
Job 15:25 because he stretched out his hand against God; and he acts mighty against the Almighty.
Job 15:26 He runs at Him with a stiff neck, with the thick layers of his shields,
Job 15:27 because he has covered his face with fat; yea, he has put fat on his loins.
Job 15:28 And he dwells in cut off cities; houses, none lives in them, which are ready to become heaps.
Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, nor shall his wealth hold out; nor shall he stretch out their gain on the earth.
Job 15:30 He shall not escape from darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches; and he shall turn at the breath of His mouth.
Job 15:31 Let not he being deceived trust in vanity; for his reward shall be vanity.
Job 15:32 Before his day it shall be fulfilled, and his branch shall not be green;
Job 15:33 he shall shake off its unripe grape as the vine; and he shall cast its flower like the olive.
Job 15:34 For the company of the ungodly shall be bleak; and fire shall devour the tents of bribery;
Job 15:35 they conceive mischief and generate evil; and their belly prepares deceit.

Job 14

Job 14:1 Man born of woman is short of days, and full of turmoil.
Job 14:2 He comes forth like a flower and withers; he also flees like a shadow and does not stand.
Job 14:3 Also do You open Your eyes on such a one and bring me into judgment with You?
Job 14:4 Who gives a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!
Job 14:5 Since his days are fixed, the number of his months is with You, and You have appointed his bounds, and he cannot pass over;
Job 14:6 look away from him, so that he may rest, till he shall enjoy his day as a hireling.
Job 14:7 For there is hope of a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its shoot will not cease.
Job 14:8 Though its root becomes old in the earth, and its stump dies in the dust,
Job 14:9 at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.
Job 14:10 But man dies and is cut off, and man expires; and where is he?
Job 14:11 As the waters go away from the sea, and a river wastes away and dries up,
Job 14:12 even so man lies down and does not rise until the heavens are no more, they shall not awake, nor be roused out of their sleep.
Job 14:13 Who will grant that You would hide me in Sheol; You would conceal me until Your anger turns back; that You would set a limit for me and remember me?
Job 14:14 If a man dies, will he revive? All the days of my warfare I will wait, until my change comes.
Job 14:15 You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall long to the work of Your hands.
Job 14:16 For now You number my steps; do You not watch over my sin?
Job 14:17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and You cover over my iniquity.
Job 14:18 And surely a falling mountain crumbles away, and the rock moves out of its place.
Job 14:19 The waters wear away stones; its outpouring washes the dust of the earth; and You cause the hope of man to perish.
Job 14:20 You overpower him forever, and he goes. You change his face and send him away.
Job 14:21 His sons come to honor, and he does not know; they fail, but he does not mark it.
Job 14:22 But his flesh is pained within him; and his soul mourns over him.

Job 13

Job 13:1 Behold, my eye has seen all this; my ear has heard and understood it.
Job 13:2 As you know, I know, even I; I do not fall short of you.
Job 13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue with God.
Job 13:4 But you are imputers of lies; you are all worthless healers.
Job 13:5 Oh that you would stop speaking entirely; and it would be your wisdom!
Job 13:6 Hear now my reasoning, and listen to the arguments of my lips.
Job 13:7 Would you speak unrighteously for God and speak deceitfully for Him?
Job 13:8 Will you lift up His face, or will you contend for God?
Job 13:9 Or as one man mocks another, do you mock Him? Is it good that He should search you out?
Job 13:10 Reproving He will reprove you if you secretly lift up faces.
Job 13:11 Shall not His highness make you afraid, and His dread fall on you?
Job 13:12 Your remembered sayings are like ashes; surely your backs are backs of clay.
Job 13:13 Be silent from me, that I may speak; and let what will, pass over me.
Job 13:14 Why do I take my flesh in my teeth and put my life in my hand?
Job 13:15 Behold, He will cut me off; I will not wait, but I will justify my ways before His face.
Job 13:16 He also is my salvation, for an ungodly one shall not come before Him.
Job 13:17 Listen, hear my word, and let what I say be in your ears.
Job 13:18 Behold now, I have set my cause in order; I know that I shall be justified.
Job 13:19 Who is he who will strive with me? For then I would be quiet and die.
Job 13:20 Only two things do not do to me, O God, then I will not hide myself from Your face:
Job 13:21 Remove Your hand from me, and let not Your terror make me afraid.
Job 13:22 Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and reply to me.
Job 13:23 How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgressions and my sin.
Job 13:24 Why do You hide Your face and count me for Your enemy?
Job 13:25 Will You terrify a leaf driven to and fro? Will you pursue the dry stubble?
Job 13:26 For You write bitter things against me and make me inherit the sins of my youth.
Job 13:27 You also put my feet in the stocks, and watch all my paths; You set a limit on the soles of my feet.
Job 13:28 And he wears out like a rotten thing, like a garment which a moth eats.

Job 12

Job 12:1 And Job answered and said:
Job 12:2 For truly you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.
Job 12:3 I also have a heart as well as you; I do not fall short of you. And with whom are not things like these?
Job 12:4 I am a laughingstock to his friend; he calls on God, and He answers him; the just, the upright one is a mockery;
Job 12:5 a torch is despised in the thoughts of him who feels secure; it is ready for those with slipping feet.
Job 12:6 The tents of plunderers and those provoking God are at ease, to whomever God brings into his hand.
Job 12:7 But now please ask the animals, and they will teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
Job 12:8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will recount to you;
Job 12:9 who of all these does not know that Jehovah’s hand has done this,
Job 12:10 in whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all flesh, even of man?
Job 12:11 Does the ear not try words, and the mouth taste food for itself?
Job 12:12 With the aged is wisdom, and understanding is in the length of days.
Job 12:13 With Him is wisdom and strength; He has forethought and understanding.
Job 12:14 Behold, He breaks down, and no one builds; He shuts against a man, and no one opens.
Job 12:15 Behold, He holds back the waters, and they dry up; and He sends them out, and they overflow the earth.
Job 12:16 With Him is strength and sound wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are His.
Job 12:17 He causes wise men to go stripped; and He makes judges fools.
Job 12:18 He loosens the bonds of kings, and He binds their loins with a girdle;
Job 12:19 making priests walk away stripped; and He overthrows the mighty;
Job 12:20 turning aside the lip of the trusted men; and He takes away the reason of the aged.
Job 12:21 He pours scorn on nobles, and He loosens the girdle of the mighty;
Job 12:22 revealing deep things out of darkness; and He brings the shadow of death to light.
Job 12:23 He gives greatness to the nations, and He destroys them; spreading out the nations, and He leads them out.
Job 12:24 He takes away the heart of the heads of the people of the land; and He causes them to wander in a waste in which is no path.
Job 12:25 They grope in the dark, and there is no light; and He makes them stagger like a drunkard.

Job 11

Job 11:1 And Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
Job 11:2 Should not a flood of words be answered? And should a man of lips be justified?
Job 11:3 Should your lies make men silent? And will you mock, and no one make you ashamed?
Job 11:4 For you have said, My doctrine is pure; and, I am clean in Your eyes.
Job 11:5 But who will grant that God would speak and open His lips against you,
Job 11:6 and would tell you the secrets of wisdom, that counsel is double? Know then that God forgets some of your iniquity for you.
Job 11:7 Can you find out God by searching? Or can you find out the end of the Almighty?
Job 11:8 Heights of the heavens! What can you do? It is deeper than Sheol; what can you know?
Job 11:9 Its measure is longer than the earth, broader than the sea.
Job 11:10 If He passes through and shuts up, or gathers together, then who can turn Him back?
Job 11:11 For He knows the vanity of men; and He sees deceit, and will He not consider?
Job 11:12 For foolish man takes heart, and man is born a wild ass’s colt.
Job 11:13 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward Him;
Job 11:14 if iniquity is in your hand, put it far away and do not let wickedness dwell in your tents;
Job 11:15 surely then you shall lift up your face without blemish; and you will be steadfast, and you will not fear;
Job 11:16 for you shall forget your misery, and shall remember it as waters that have passed;
Job 11:17 and your lifetime shall rise more than the noonday; you shall fly; you shall be as the morning.
Job 11:18 And you shall trust, because there is hope. Yea, you shall look about and you shall lie down in safety.
Job 11:19 You shall lie down, and no one will be terrifying; yea, many shall seek your favor.
Job 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall be consumed, and escape shall perish from them; and their hope shall be like the breathing out of the soul.

Breaking Strongholds III

BREAKING STRONGHOLDS – PART THREE

Satan’s Subtleties
Excerpts from a sermon by John Sparks

Who is responsible for our sin: man or Satan? Satan is behind all sin. But man is responsible to resist and fight and flee and have faith against him.

  • He attacks our physical strength-The Disciples in Gethsemene.
  • He attacks our health-Paul’s thorn in the flesh^a messenger of Satan to buffet him.
  • He attacks our mind-John the Baptist in prison.
  • He attacks our emotions-Elijah running from jezebel.
  • He attacks our disposition-Peter chopping off Malchus’ ear.
  • He attacks our morals-Solomon, Samson, David.
  • He attacks our soul…He wants us to worship him or to be self-sufficient-to think we can get along without God.

Where do these temptations come from?

  • From within-from ourselves: (James1:14) Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust. Thomas Watson said: “Everyone is Satan to himself.”
  • From without-from Satan: (Matthew 4:3) He is called The tempter…He lies in ambush to get us…He lays a fuse of temptation to blow up our fort of grace.
  • How does he do that? Seven characteristics of Satan.
  1.  Cunning...Sly, designing. 
    
  2.  Treacherous-the betrayer. 
    
  3.  Swift-angel of light. 
    
  4.  Intense-he stands against God's people to oppose them with an intensity that is straight out of hell. 
    
  5.  Determined. Powers and signs and lying wonders. 
    
  6.  Unvarying-relentless in his purpose-he never Gives up. 
    
  7.  Subtle-artful, crafty, deceitful. 
    

The subtleties of Satan: (2 Corinthians 2:11) Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. The Greek word tempt signifies deception (Revelation 12:9) So the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world.

Here is how he attacks us through subtlety.

  • He knows our weaknesses: He observes the natural disposition and characteristics of each of us-he cannot read our minds, he cannot see what is in our hearts-but he can read our lives, our habits, our temperament. He tempts the ambitious with a crown or an executive position, power. He tempts the covetous with money, a wedge of gold, stuff -he tempts the sensual with lusts of the flesh. He tempts the connoisseur with the beauty of the world, in art, music, fine wines, foods, theatre, etc. Watch out-the devil will get you in your weakest point.

  • He knows just when to attack us:

New believers: He doesn’t need to attack those whom he already owns, Jesus said to the lost you are of your father the devil, but just as soon as you are converted to Christ, he attacks with temptations: When Israel got out of Egypt, Pharoah pursued them – as soon as Christ was born, Herod sought to destroy him. As soon as the tender buds of God’s grace begin to blossom, Satan tries to nip them with temptation.
When believers are idle: The devil’s workshop. Hunters don’t try to hit a running deer, but one who is standing still, unaware of the hunter’s presence. David was not at the battlefield where he was supposed to be when he saw Bathsheba.
When we are in need: When Christ fasted 40 days, Satan attacked – tempted him with the glories of the world. If God doesn’t provide for us as timely as we think he should, Satan offers his temptations. People work two jobs; neglect God and family, because they refuse to trust God.
When we are closest to God: Students in Seminary often suffer from Satanic attack.
After seasons of prayer.
After you have won someone to Christ.
Christ had been fasting and praying 40 days, why attack at this time? You would think this would be the worst time to attack. Satan is deceitful, crafty. Our getting close to God makes him angry. He knows we will begin to influence others away from him. He thinks he will find us more secure: Let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. Like a soldier who lets down his defenses after a victory. David defeated the Amalakites, who after they had taken the spoil, were secure, eating, dancing, David attacked and destroyed them (1 Samuel 30:17) Pirates never attack an empty ship. Burglars do not burglarize empty houses. Crooks don’t rob banks with no money. So Satan attacks when we are rich in the Word and filled with the Holy Spirit.
When we are weakest: He breaks over the hedge where it is lowest (Genesis 34:25) The sons of Jacob conquered the Shechemites when they were in pain and unable to fight.
When we are alone: Eve when Adam was away. His policy is to give his poison privately.
When death is approaching: As the crows pick at poor, helpless animals when they are sick and weak. So, Satan attacks when we are approaching death, sick and weak. The people of Israel were more fiercely attacked as they got closer to the Promised Land.
* He baits his hook with religion:

Seven forms of satanic religion:

  1. Atheism – there is no God.
  2. Humanism – man’s worship of self.
  3. Rationalism – liberalism.
  4. Intellectualism – Science so called.
  5. Emotionalism – interpreting in light of experience.
  6. Ritualism – much of religion today.
  7. Denominationalism.

How does he hook the believer with religion? Interpreting the scriptures by our feelings. “I don’t feel saved.” “I could never win anyone to Christ,” lack of confidence. “I have experienced it.” Christian existentialism. “I don’t have to go to church to be a good Christian.

Satan tempts gradually: He tempts first to less sins-a small offense may occasion a great crime. David first looked at Bathsheba. Lot looked toward Sodom. “A little bit won’t hurt” is one of Satan’s biggest lies.

Satan tempts some more than others:

  • Those who are ignorant of God’s word^it is our weapon. Blind people can be led almost anywhere.
  • Those who are proud. Let him that thinks he stands, beware lest he fall. Blessed are the poor in spirit.

  • Melancholy persons: Depression leaves us wide open for Satan’s attacks. It leaves us unfit for duty. When the believer’s spirit is sad and melancholy, he is out of tune for spiritual things. It makes him sometimes side with Satan against God. The devil tells this person God doesn’t love him, He is not there to deliver him, there is no mercy for him, He will not hear when he calls on Him. This depressed, melancholy person is prone to believe Satan. Melancholy breeds discontent. God cannot use depressed people. Discontent, unthankful, impatient, and it often ends in self-murder-suicide! A melancholy person tempts the devil to tempt him.

  • Idle persons-the devil’s workshop…(Micah 2:1)…If the hands are not working, good the head will be plotting evil.

He tempt us with lawful things:

Recreation is lawful. “I need a vacation.” But, not from God.
Spending time with one’s family is lawful and a good idea: but Seek first the kingdom of God. If you put God and his church first, you will have a better family. Be very careful that you do not put your family before God.
Our jobs…Here is the attitude…(Ephesians 4:32)…Let him labour, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give to those in need.
He tries to make Christianity look like hypocrisy:

“You can’t trust Christians.” “I’ll never go to church again because^” If you have bad service in restaurant do you say “I’ll never eat again?” If you were cheated when buying a car, do you say, “I’ll never ride in a car again?”
“Christians never have any fun.” Christianity is joy that the world cannot possibly understand. We are not supposed to be miserable. Too many are! It is hard for the world to accept that Disneyland is not the happiest place on earth, the church is!
If a person is a zealous, joyful, witnessing believer he’s a fanatic (at the ballgame you can shout all you like and they call you a “fan”). Try saying amen, alleluia, praise the lord in most churches. You will be looked down upon as some kind of nut.
If he is patient and turns the other cheek he’s a coward and not macho.
If he is humble, he has no spirit or backbone, weak.
They bring up martyrs of the past, the dark ages.
All the church wants is your money.
He tries to lead us into error: That they should believe a lie.

  • Satan is called a lying spirit. He is the father of all liars. As an unclean spirit he attempts to defile the soul with lust. As the lying spirit he labours to corrupt the mind with error.
  • Three stages of apostasy-a falling away. Not all at once Erring from the truth (2 Timothy 2:18). Resisting the truth (2 Timothy 3:8) Turning away from the truth (2 Timothy 4:4).

  • Satan brings division into the church by introducing error. He loves discord, he hates peace, he doesn’t want us to love each other, splits, fusses, discord, disagreements, and general fighting in the body of Christ.

  • Satan persuades people to delay in repenting and turning to God: (Haggai.1:2).on building the house of the lord. The time has not come that the lord’s house should be built…Then the word of the lord came by the prophet Haggai, saying, it is time.

  • The longer you put off giving up your sin the harder it will be to give up

The time is now!

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