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Job chapter 17

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"My spirit is broken, My days are extinguished, The grave [is ready] for me.
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[Are] not mockers with me? And does not my eye dwell on their provocation?
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"Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself. Who [is] he [who] will shake hands with me?
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For You have hidden their heart from understanding; Therefore You will not exalt [them.]
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He who speaks flattery to [his] friends, Even the eyes of his children will fail.
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" But He has made me a byword of the people, And I have become one in whose face men spit.
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My eye has also grown dim because of sorrow, And all my members [are] like shadows.
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Upright [men] are astonished at this, And the innocent stirs himself up against the hypocrite.
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Yet the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.
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" But please, come back again, all of you, For I shall not find [one] wise [man] among you.
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My days are past, My purposes are broken off, [Even] the thoughts of my heart.
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They change the night into day; 'The light [is] near,' [they say,] in the face of darkness.
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If I wait [for] the grave [as] my house, If I make my bed in the darkness,
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If I say to corruption, 'You [are] my father,' And to the worm, 'You [are] my mother and my sister,'
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Where then [is] my hope? As for my hope, who can see it?
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[Will] they go down to the gates of Sheol? Shall [we have] rest together in the dust?"

Job chapter 18

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Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
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"How long [till] you put an end to words? Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.
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Why are we counted as beasts, [And] regarded as stupid in your sight?
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You who tear yourself in anger, Shall the earth be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be removed from its place?
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"The light of the wicked indeed goes out, And the flame of his fire does not shine.
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The light is dark in his tent, And his lamp beside him is put out.
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The steps of his strength are shortened, And his own counsel casts him down.
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For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he walks into a snare.
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The net takes [him] by the heel, [And] a snare lays hold of him.
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A noose [is] hidden for him on the ground, And a trap for him in the road.
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Terrors frighten him on every side, And drive him to his feet.
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His strength is starved, And destruction [is] ready at his side.
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It devours patches of his skin; The firstborn of death devours his limbs.
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He is uprooted from the shelter of his tent, And they parade him before the king of terrors.
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They dwell in his tent [who are] none of his; Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.
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His roots are dried out below, And his branch withers above.
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The memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name among the renowned.
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He is driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world.
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He has neither son nor posterity among his people, Nor any remaining in his dwellings.
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Those in the west are astonished at his day, As those in the east are frightened.
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Surely such [are] the dwellings of the wicked, And this [is] the place [of him] who does not know God."

Job chapter 19

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Then Job answered and said:
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"How long will you torment my soul, And break me in pieces with words?
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These ten times you have reproached me; You are not ashamed [that] you have wronged me.
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And if indeed I have erred, My error remains with me.
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If indeed you exalt [yourselves] against me, And plead my disgrace against me,
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Know then that God has wronged me, And has surrounded me with His net.
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"If I cry out concerning wrong, I am not heard. If I cry aloud, [there is] no justice.
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He has fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass; And He has set darkness in my paths.
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He has stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown [from] my head.
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He breaks me down on every side, And I am gone; My hope He has uprooted like a tree.
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He has also kindled His wrath against me, And He counts me as [one of] His enemies.
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His troops come together And build up their road against me; They encamp all around my tent.
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" He has removed my brothers far from me, And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
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My relatives have failed, And my close friends have forgotten me.
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Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants, Count me as a stranger; I am an alien in their sight.
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I call my servant, but he gives no answer; I beg him with my mouth.
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My breath is offensive to my wife, And I am repulsive to the children of my own body.
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Even young children despise me; I arise, and they speak against me.
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All my close friends abhor me, And those whom I love have turned against me.
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My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
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" Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has struck me!
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Why do you persecute me as God [does,] And are not satisfied with my flesh?
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" Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!
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That they were engraved on a rock With an iron pen and lead, forever!
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For I know [that] my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;
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And after my skin is destroyed, this [I know,] That in my flesh I shall see God,
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Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. [How] my heart yearns within me!
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If you should say, 'How shall we persecute him?' -- Since the root of the matter is found in me,
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Be afraid of the sword for yourselves; For wrath [brings] the punishment of the sword, That you may know [there is] a judgment."

Job chapter 20

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Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
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"Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer, Because of the turmoil within me.
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I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.
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"Do you [not] know this of old, Since man was placed on earth,
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That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the hypocrite is [but] for a moment?
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Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds,
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[Yet] he will perish forever like his own refuse; Those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'
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He will fly away like a dream, and not be found; Yes, he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
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The eye [that] saw him will [see him] no more, Nor will his place behold him anymore.
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His children will seek the favor of the poor, And his hands will restore his wealth.
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His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it will lie down with him in the dust.
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"Though evil is sweet in his mouth, [And] he hides it under his tongue,
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[Though] he spares it and does not forsake it, But still keeps it in his mouth,
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[Yet] his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him.
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He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.
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He will suck the poison of cobras; The viper's tongue will slay him.
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He will not see the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and cream.
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He will restore that for which he labored, And will not swallow [it] down; From the proceeds of business He will get no enjoyment.
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For he has oppressed [and] forsaken the poor, He has violently seized a house which he did not build.
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"Because he knows no quietness in his heart, He will not save anything he desires.
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Nothing is left for him to eat; Therefore his well-being will not last.
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In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress; Every hand of misery will come against him.
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[When] he is about to fill his stomach, [God] will cast on him the fury of His wrath, And will rain [it] on him while he is eating.
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He will flee from the iron weapon; A bronze bow will pierce him through.
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It is drawn, and comes out of the body; Yes, the glittering [point comes] out of his gall. Terrors [come] upon him;
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Total darkness [is] reserved for his treasures. An unfanned fire will consume him; It shall go ill with him who is left in his tent.
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The heavens will reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up against him.
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The increase of his house will depart, [And his goods] will flow away in the day of His wrath.
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This [is] the portion from God for a wicked man, The heritage appointed to him by God."

Mark chapter 5

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Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.
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And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
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who had [his] dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains,
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because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him.
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And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
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When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.
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And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me."
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For He said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!"
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Then He asked him, "What [is] your name?" And he answered, saying, "My name [is] Legion; for we are many."
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Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.
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Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains.
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So all the demons begged Him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may enter them."
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And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.
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So those who fed the swine fled, and they told [it] in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened.
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Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one [who had been] demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.
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And those who saw it told them how it happened to him [who had been] demon-possessed, and about the swine.
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Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.
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And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him.
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However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you."
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And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.
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Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.
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And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet
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and begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live."
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So [Jesus] went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
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Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,
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and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.
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When she heard about Jesus, she came behind [Him] in the crowd and touched His garment.
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For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well."
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Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in [her] body that she was healed of the affliction.
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And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?"
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But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?' "
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And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
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But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.
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And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."
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While He was still speaking, [some] came from the ruler of the synagogue's [house] who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"
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As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe."
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And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
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Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.
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When He came in, He said to them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping."
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And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those [who were] with Him, and entered where the child was lying.
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Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi," which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."
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Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years [of age.] And they were overcome with great amazement.
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But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that [something] should be given her to eat.

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