And if, after that, it has fruit, it is well if not, let it be cut down. Luke 13.9
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Job 9
Job 10
Job 11
2 Thessalonians 2

Job 9


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And Job made answer and said,
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Truly, I see that it is so: and how is it possible for a man to get his right before God?
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If a man was desiring to go to law with him, he would not be able to give him an answer to one out of a thousand questions.
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He is wise in heart and great in strength: who ever made his face hard against him, and any good came of it?
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It is he who takes away the mountains without their knowledge, overturning them in his wrath:
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Who is moving the earth out of its place, so that its pillars are shaking:
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Who gives orders to the sun, and it does not give its light and who keeps the stars from shining.
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By whose hand the heavens were stretched out, and who is walking on the waves of the sea:
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Who made the Bear and Orion, and the Pleiades, and the store-houses of the south:
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Who does great things not to be searched out yes, wonders without number.
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See, he goes past me and I see him not: he goes on before, but I have no knowledge of him.
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If he puts out his hand to take, by whom may it be turned back? who may say to him, What are you doing?
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God's wrath may not be turned back the helpers of Rahab were bent down under him.
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How much less may I give an answer to him, using the right words in argument with him?
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Even if my cause was good, I would not be able to give an answer I would make request for grace from him who was against me.
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If I had sent for him to be present, and he had come, I would have no faith that he would give ear to my voice.
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For I would be crushed by his storm, my wounds would be increased without cause.
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He would not let me take my breath, but I would be full of bitter grief.
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If it is a question of strength, he says, Here I am! and if it is a question of a cause at law, he says, Who will give me a fixed day?
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Though I was in the right, he would say that I was in the wrong I have done no evil but he says that I am a sinner.
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I have done no wrong I give no thought to what becomes of me I have no desire for life.
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It is all the same to me so I say, He puts an end to the sinner and to him who has done no wrong together.
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If death comes suddenly through disease, he makes sport of the fate of those who have done no wrong.
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The land is given into the power of the evil-doer the faces of its judges are covered if not by him, then who has done it?
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My days go quicker than a post-runner: they go in flight, they see no good.
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They go rushing on like reed-boats, like an eagle dropping suddenly on its food.
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If I say, I will put my grief out of mind, I will let my face be sad no longer and I will be bright
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I go in fear of all my pains I am certain that I will not be free from sin in your eyes.
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You will not let me be clear of sin! why then do I take trouble for nothing?
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If I am washed with snow water, and make my hands clean with soap
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Then you will have me pushed into the dust, so that I will seem disgusting to my very clothing.
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For he is not a man as I am, that I might give him an answer, that we might come together before a judge.
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There is no one to give a decision between us, who might have control over us.
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Let him take away his rod from me and not send his fear on me:
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Then I would say what is in my mind without fear of him for there is no cause of fear in myself.

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Job 10


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My soul is tired of life I will let my sad thoughts go free in words my soul will make a bitter outcry.
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I will say to God, Do not put me down as a sinner make clear to me what you have against me.
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What profit is it to you to be cruel, to give up the work of your hands, looking kindly on the design of evil-doers?
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Have you eyes of flesh, or do you see as man sees?
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Are your days as the days of man, or your years like his,
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That you take note of my sin, searching after my wrongdoing,
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Though you see that I am not an evil-doer and there is no one who is able to take a man out of your hands?
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Your hands made me, and I was formed by you, but then, changing your purpose, you gave me up to destruction.
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O keep in mind that you made me out of earth and will you send me back again to dust?
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Was I not drained out like milk, becoming hard like cheese?
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By you I was clothed with skin and flesh, and joined together with bones and muscles.
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You have been kind to me, and your grace has been with me, and your care has kept my spirit safe.
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But you kept these things in the secret of your heart I am certain this was in your thoughts:
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That, if I did wrong, you would take note of it, and would not make me clear from sin:
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That, if I was an evil-doer, the curse would come on me and if I was upright, my head would not be lifted up, being full of shame and overcome with trouble.
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And that if there was cause for pride, you would go after me like a lion and again put out your wonders against me:
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That you would send new witnesses against me, increasing your wrath against me, and letting loose new armies on me.
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Why then did you make me come out of my mother's body? It would have been better for me to have taken my last breath, and for no eye to have seen me,
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And for me to have been as if I had not been to have been taken from my mother's body straight to my last resting-place.
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Are not the days of my life small in number? Let your eyes be turned away from me, so that I may have a little pleasure,
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Before I go to the place from which I will not come back, to the land where all is dark and black,
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A land of thick dark, without order, where the very light is dark.

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Job 11


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Then Zophar the Naamathite made answer and said,
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Are all these words to go unanswered? and is a man seen to be right because he is full of talk?
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Are your words of pride to make men keep quiet? and are you to make sport, with no one to put you to shame?
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You may say, My way is clean, and I am free from sin in your eyes.
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But if only God would take up the word, opening his lips in argument with you
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And would make clear to you the secrets of wisdom, and the wonders of his purpose!
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Are you able to take God's measure, to make discovery of the limits of the Ruler of all?
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They are higher than heaven what is there for you to do? deeper than the underworld, and outside your knowledge
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Longer in measure than the earth, and wider than the sea.
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If he goes on his way, shutting a man up and putting him to death, who may make him go back from his purpose?
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For in his eyes men are as nothing he sees evil and takes note of it.
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And so a hollow-minded man will get wisdom, when a young ass of the field gets teaching.
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But if you put your heart right, stretching out your hands to him
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If you put far away the evil of your hands, and let no wrongdoing have a place in your tent
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Then truly your face will be lifted up, with no mark of sin, and you will be fixed in your place without fear:
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For your sorrow will go from your memory, like waters flowing away:
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And your life will be brighter than day though it is dark, it will become like the morning.
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And you will be safe because there is hope after looking round, you will take your rest in quiet
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Sleeping with no fear of danger and men will be desiring to have grace in your eyes
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But the eyes of the evil-doers will be wasting away their way of flight is gone, and their only hope is the taking of their last breath.

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2 Thessalonians 2


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Now as to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our meeting with him, it is our desire, my brothers,
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That you may not be moved in mind or troubled by a spirit, or by a word, or by a letter as from us, with the suggestion that the day of the Lord is even now come
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Give no belief to false words: because there will first be a falling away from the faith, and the revelation of the man of sin, the son of destruction,
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Who puts himself against all authority, lifting himself up over all which is named God or is given worship so that he takes his seat in the Temple of God, putting himself forward as God.
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Have you no memory of what I said when I was with you, giving you word of these things?
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And now it is clear to you what is keeping back his revelation till the time comes for him to be seen.
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For the secret of evil is even now at work: but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way.
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And then will come the revelation of that evil one, whom the Lord Jesus will put to death with the breath of his mouth, and give to destruction by the revelation of his coming
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Even the one whose coming is marked by the working of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
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And with every deceit of wrongdoing among those whose fate is destruction because they were quite without that love of the true faith by which they might have salvation.
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And for this cause, God will give them up to the power of deceit and they will put their faith in what is false:
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So that they all may be judged, who had no faith in what is true, but took pleasure in evil.
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But it is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, loved by the Lord, because it was the purpose of God from the first that you might have salvation, being made holy by the Spirit and by faith in what is true:
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And in this purpose he gave you a part through the good news of which we were the preachers, even that you might have part in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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So then, brothers, be strong in purpose, and keep the teaching which has been given to you by word or by letter from us.
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Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who had love for us and has given us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
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Give you comfort and strength in every good work and word.

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