Friday, March 5, 2021
Nineteenth Day of Great Lent
 “Take heed lest you forget the LORD your God, by not keeping his commandments and his ordinances and his statutes, which I command you this day:
 lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses and live in them,
 and when your herds and flocks multiply, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied,
 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage,
 who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock,
 who fed you in the wilderness with manna which your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.
 Beware lest you say in your heart, `My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’
 You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth; that he may confirm his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as at this day.
 And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you this day that you shall surely perish.
 Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.
 “Hear, O Israel; you are to pass over the Jordan this day, to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves, cities great and fortified up to heaven,
 a people great and tall, the sons of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you have heard it said, `Who can stand before the sons of Anak?’
 Know therefore this day that he who goes over before you as a devouring fire is the LORD your God; he will destroy them and subdue them before you; so you shall drive them out, and make them perish quickly, as the LORD has promised you.
 “Do not say in your heart, after the LORD your God has thrust them out before you, `It is because of my righteousness that the LORD has brought me in to possess this land’; whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out before you.
 Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land; but because of the wickedness of these nations the LORD your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
 “Know therefore, that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness; for you are a stubborn people.
 Remember and do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day you came out of the land of Egypt, until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.
 Even at Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, and the LORD was so angry with you that he was ready to destroy you.
 When I went up the mountain to receive the tables of stone, the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, I remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water.
 And the LORD gave me the two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them were all the words which the LORD had spoken with you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly.
 Then Job answered:
 “No doubt you are the people,
and wisdom will die with you.
 But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Who does not know such things as these?
 I am a laughingstock to my friends;
I, who called upon God and he answered me,
a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.
 In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;
it is ready for those whose feet slip.
 The tents of robbers are at peace,
and those who provoke God are secure,
who bring their god in their hand.
 “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
 or the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
 Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?
 In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind.
 Does not the ear try words
as the palate tastes food?
 Wisdom is with the aged,
and understanding in length of days.
 “With God are wisdom and might;
he has counsel and understanding.
 If he tears down, none can rebuild;
if he shuts a man in, none can open.
 If he withholds the waters, they dry up;
if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.
 With him are strength and wisdom;
the deceived and the deceiver are his.
 He leads counselors away stripped,
and judges he makes fools.
 He looses the bonds of kings,
and binds a waistcloth on their loins.
 He leads priests away stripped,
and overthrows the mighty.
 He deprives of speech those who are trusted,
and takes away the discernment of the elders.
 He pours contempt on princes,
and looses the belt of the strong.
 He uncovers the deeps out of darkness,
and brings deep darkness to light.
 He makes nations great, and he destroys them:
he enlarges nations, and leads them away.
 He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth,
and makes them wander in a pathless waste.
 They grope in the dark without light;
and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.
 “Lo, my eye has seen all this,
my ear has heard and understood it.
 What you know, I also know;
I am not inferior to you.
 But I would speak to the Almighty,
and I desire to argue my case with God.
 As for you, you whitewash with lies;
worthless physicians are you all.
 Oh that you would keep silent,
and it would be your wisdom!
 Hear now my reasoning,
and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
 Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him,
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
 He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
 He will not fail or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.
 Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread forth the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
 “I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
 to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
 I am the LORD, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to graven images.
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