ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the
beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22It
is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the
inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that
stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a
tent to dwell in: (Isa 40:)
12Is not God in the
height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they
are! 13And thou sayest, How doth God know? can
he judge through the dark cloud? 14Thick clouds
are a covering to him, that he seeth not;
and he walketh in the circuit of heaven. (Job 22:)
I don't know if you pay much
mind to the lead-in verses at the top of the page, but the two
presented here might just be worth the effort.
During the time of Columbus
people believed the earth was flat and that ol' Christopher was going
to fall over the edge into oblivion; that is if he and his crew weren't
eaten by sea monsters which everyone knew prowled
Well, somehow Isaiah some
2500 odd years ago (a thousand more than the Italian scientists of
Chris's day) recognized that the earth was round. And Job, who is
believed by some to have lived even before writing was invented,
apparently knew that not only the world is round, but the heavens (sky)
So much for science.
Today (which happens to be Christmas - Merry Christmas!) I had a
thought. We know that just about everything in nature is designed to
work in a circle of some nature. And we know that left to their own,
things will keep repeating themselves indefinitely. For instance, sound
and light waves will continue in a given pattern unless deflected, or
by some form of resistance caused to decay. Water, as we know, is
continually moving, not only moving from one place to another, but
cycling from the form of water, to steam upward, then in the form of
rain or ice back down again.
Everything moves. The land
moves. Fertile land of one area is often found in a previously barren
land of another, and vice versa. Deserts move to such a great degree
that it covers ancient cities from our view.
Over long periods of time,
mountains even move, while old mountains collapse and new mountains are
Everything moves. And as far as can be determined, it moves in a circle.
We, that is Man, try to figure out what this planet beneath us is
doing. But it seems to me that with all our resources we tend to come
up with the wrong answers. I have used the examples of medicine and
weather forecasting often enough, but there are so many others that can
be picked on as well.
What I thought about today
was the planets and the Solar System. We can see that the planets are
round. And we can easily see that these planet, as well as the rest of
creation, travels in perfectly uniform circles or ellipses. This to me
is quite striking, especially when compared to what the scientist have
come up with as to the origin of everything we see or imagine.
The planets are round. I have heard of none that were square or even
oblong. The planets are round.
Can you think of anything
else in nature that is round? Of course there are some fruit and
berries that are round. I don't recall seeing any fruit or other such
things that were perfectly round, however I
suppose there might be some. Those that are close
to being round have some sort of indentation or bump on them where a
stem was attached.
And I have seen pictures of
globe-like plants of some nature that grow under the sea. They seem
very round as far as I can tell.
The planets are round. How did they get that way?
It seems to me science has come up with the notion that there was some
huge thing floating around in nothingness that exploded and set all
this creation into motion. Ok, ignoring all the evidence against such a
theory, I would like to ask: was that "thing" round?
The planets are round. How did they get round?
Pebbles on the beach are kind
of round at times. That is to say they have been made smooth. But, in
the process of becoming smooth, they did not become round.
How did the pebbles get
smooth that way? Well, it appears that as they move over the sand the
rough edges are knocked off of them by other rocks and by sand.
Interesting. But why aren't
Round, it appears to me,
does not come naturally in nature. We see a lot of perfectly round
things daily, but nature did not create them. Like I said, there are
some things like berries that are round - but not consistently. If one
looked hard enough one could find round things in nature, but not
consistently. Wherever you find round, you also find plenty of un
round. Consistently round objects are created, they do not come about
naturally on their own.
The planets are round.
As the planets were formed, according to the scientists, they somehow
began to revolve around one another. These revolutions happened
to form a pattern that kept them perfectly in place. Not only this, but
in the case of Earth, they also happened to have
a slight ellipse that gives us our seasons which without we could not
The planets are round.
Thousand, or millions, or billions of pieces of that exploded thing
flying around in the nothingness of space. Bits and pieces of shrapnel
like an exploding bomb.
All these pieces of....whatever
it was. Are those pieces round?
From time to time pieces of shrapnel are deflected from their orbit and
are hurled to earth. And, as I understand it, there have been pieces of
shrapnel netted from outer space and brought to earth.
Are those pieces of shrapnel
If these samples of the
explosion I have seen are any example, they are far
Nor are any of those pieces
smooth, as would be a pebble - or a planet.
How did the planets get round?
Space has nothing, no air nor anything else that would cause resistance
or friction. Light rays travel through space freely and directly
because there is nothing to resist them and cause them to decay. If
there was any such resistance, the light rays
would likely never reach us.
And the planets, as well as
the meteors and such would feel the drag and eventually lose their
momentum - and stop. Or, as becomes of them in our atmosphere; they
Nothing in space to give
resistance. Unlike the beach where pebbles are made rounded and smooth,
there is nothing in space to cause those pieces of shrapnel - including
our earth, to become smooth, leastwise round!
How did the planets get round?
When that "Big Bang" occurred, pieces went flying everywhere. It is
supposed those pieces were very hot! Almost hot
enough to fry an egg on.
This explains why there is a
fire in the center of the earth; that is, molten rock.
This would seem logical,
given the volcanoes that seem to spew molten fire from time to time.
Have you ever seen a geyser
or a fountain? Fire is not the only thing that
comes from the center of the earth.
the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the
seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of
the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12And
the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. (Gen 7:)
Where did all that water come from?
Water is cold.
And if you swim deep, does
the water get hotter? I mean, since we are getting closer to where that
big ball of fire is, wouldn't you think it would get hotter,
rather than colder?
Or have you ever been
spelunking? That is, playing in caves? Some of those caves go mighty
deep into the earth. Is it hotter in those caves? Or do you think you
had better wear a jacket of two?
Of course one could say that
on the surface of this planet it appears that the closer we get to the
center of the earth, the hotter it becomes. For instance, on the top of
a mountain it is cold, while at the base, in a low desert it is hot.
Then consider the Salt Seas that lie below sea level. Of course we also
know the density of the air at different elevations has a lot to do
with the temperature.
Has anyone ever been to the
San Anders Earthquake Fault in Southern California? It's an interesting
place. And it gives one cause to think.
This fault is known to be
quite deep. And it is wide enough to walk two abreast in places. In
some places one could walk with their head above
the surface of the ground, while of course their body would be below
This fault is in the desert,
it is hot. Yet, in the fault, that has apparently
opened the surface of the earth to display its innards, the fault is
filled with ice. While you stand in the fault, your body feels like it
will freeze, and your head feels like it is in an oven.
Fire comes from the center of the earth. Water comes from the center of
the earth. Ice comes from the center of the earth.
Isn't God marvelous?
We speak of the Cycles of
Life. We consider how when we are born we must be looked after and
cared for by others. Then when we age we are once more presented with
that helpless state.
Those of us who have lived
long enough have seen this, and many other such cycles, occur many
times over in our children, our children's children, and our children's
grandparents as well.
History is another place where cycles play out its little game. Looking
back we can see where nation after nation, and people after people
commit themselves to making the same mistakes as did their
predecessors, as well as those they themselves made.
It appears the wiser we
assume ourselves to be, the more inclined we are to make the very same
mistakes over and over. I wonder if that has anything to do with
refusing to admit we were wrong?
Making mistakes time after time does nothing to aid the foolish; but
those cycles can be a wealth of help to the observant wise.
Viewing history and the
lives of others can also serve as a vantage point upon which to observe
the Bible and to understand the will and purposes of God. While those
at war with one another in the valley can only see the sword that is
being thrust at them, one who stands quietly on a hilltop can appraise
the situation more fully and realistically.
The hilltop upon which I wish to stand is the one that overlooks the
Valley of the Shadow of Death. However, to understand what is happening
in the Valley one must have passed through the
Valley, and be fully persuaded that he or she will likely pass through
it again from time to time.
The Bible is a running commentary about people who have had their
testing in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Of course David is the
best known of these, and he certainly had his share of testing.
Another who has had his
Valley experience is Job. In fact, it is Job that most of us relate to
when we have our own journeys through the Valley.
There is one person who took
his testing in a form most of us can not relate
to, although we often feel like we have followed
his path, and that is Jonah and his great fish.
Then we know of at least two
million and possibly more who traversed the Valley for forty years, and
did not fare so well. These are the Israelites as they fled bondage on
their way to their Promised Land.
Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,
Joseph, Moses and a multitude of others had to pass through this Valley
of Testing before they were found suitable to stand in good stead
before God. Some of these Saints apparently passed their test with high
marks, such as Abraham, Enoch, and Moses. Others did not fare so well
and took a bit of coaxing like old Jonah.
And there were some who
seemed to understand that they were going through a period of Testing,
being led through their Valley by the Lord Himself. One of these of
course was David who's writings are resplendent with descriptions of
his journey. Then there were others who had their testing fire thrust
upon them having no knowledge of the whys or the wherefores of their
suffering. Job is certainly an example of this, as is that youngster
But they all passed through
the Valley having succeeded to one degree or another. Although the
Israelites failed in their own right, they were
successful in that they, as a nation through their offspring, did
reach and conquer their Promised Land.
The Valley Experience is an essential process whereby each of us is
proven worthy to be considered by God to stand in
His presence. Of course no one, no matter how
great they are on this human plane, and regardless of how well they do
in their testing is truly worthy to stand before
God at any time. However, by way of testing we prove ourself willing
to be made acceptable to be in God's presence.
Acceptable is not something we can work for or deserve. Acceptable
means that God will accept us, even though we are
not worthy. An example of this is a King who allows a slave to come
before him, but only after he has cleansed himself and proven his
loyalty in battle. The man is still a slave, but the King allows him to
enter his court in spite of his low standing.
From the beginning of his
existence Man was not only allowed to stand
before God, but was in fellowship with his
Creator. Unfortunately (a poor word to use) Man did not count this
privilege of great value. Man preferred to satisfy his own lusts and
ambitions to that of walking with God.
And by all accounts of what
Man chose to do with his life after being thrust from the Garden and
the presence of God, it is quite evident that Mankind had not learned
from the experience of their parents. Man still
continued to follow his own lusts rather than follow God, which
resulted in him being wiped out by a flood.
Throughout history we see a tiny segment of society breaking away from
the broad, well-lit highways of life to venture into the bramblebush
covered darkness of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. On the broad way
we know right where we stand and can see just as far ahead as we choose
to. And that which we are unable to see, has a multitude of people
ready and willing to point the way, or should I say a
In the Valley there is
darkness and fear at every turn. The only light that is afforded us is
a tiny candlelight attached to the toe of our combat boot. And the only
distance ahead of us we can see is that in which we chance to step. If
we take no step, we see no farther.
In the Valley is where we
learn to rely solely on the Lord, because we know we
have no idea where we are or where we are going. It is this Valley
where we learn to hear and recognize the Shepherd's voice, and where we
are given the Faith that, without, we will not be able to stand before
the Lord on that Great Day.
Jesus said: "Believe, and take up your cross and follow me." He also
said to: "Sell all you have, and give to the poor."
No baggage is allowed in the
Valley of the Shadow of Death. When a soldier goes to battle, he can
not take his favorite toy with him. All excess baggage and non
essentials have to go. Jesus exemplified this by having not even a
place to rest His head. And those who chose to follow Him also gave up
all they had, including family and career.
"Follow me," Jesus said. And
where did Jesus go? Into the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Life became
more and more difficult and dangerous for Jesus and those who chose to
follow Him. And in the end, unlike Joseph and Abraham and Noah, Jesus
and His followers did not come out of their
Valley without passing through the gates of hell (the grave). Although
most of us do come through our Valley alive, it
is often for just enough time to catch our breath before we must enter
the Valley again.
In the Valley is where we
gain the one ingredient that Jesus said we must have to in order to
enter with Him into Paradise. Jesus said: "Believe." We know that believe
means to have Faith. What we don't
seem to know is that Faith is not something we have before
we can follow Him; it is something we gain because
we follow Him. As we walk with Him through the Valley, we learn to have
Faith in Him. Those who sit out the Valley Test march are not gaining
Faith. They think they are "Believers;" and
others who are sitting outside the gate with them will tell
them they are "Believers." But it is only those who have taken up their
cross and followed Jesus who are the "Believers."
What did Jesus mean when He said "Take up your cross"? What does that
statement mean to you? Do you feel like you have taken up your cross?
Or do you think Jesus was just using a figure of speech, and the
expression has no meaning for us today?
What did "Take up your
cross" mean to Jesus? What did it mean to His Disciples? What did it
mean to all those Christians who took up their cross and followed Jesus
into the mouths of lions? Was it a "figure of speech" to them? Do you
think they had a Valley of the Shadow of Death experience?
Life goes in circles. And so does history.
In the beginning Man did not want to follow God, so he listened to
someone on his own level, a serpent, and did what he wanted
to do. In order to do what he wanted, and yet go unpunished, he covered
himself and hid from God. Neither the covering nor the hiding did him
Throughout history there
have been a very few who rose above the advise of
the serpent and chose to sever their flesh (ambitions, desires) so they
could walk and fellowship with God.
Today there are still
but a few who choose the hard path of self-denial and Godly obedience.
But there are many who are hiding behind the
figleaf apron of their own making, concealing their desires and their
lusts thinking God can't see them, and believing God doesn't even care.
And like in the beginning,
these people choose to remain in the outskirts of the Valley of their
testing, listening to the serpent who is telling them they will not
surely die for satisfying their own lusts.
Psalms of David.
LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green
pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in
the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art
with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the
presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow
me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
for ever. (Psalm 23)
have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what
work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
2 How thou didst
drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how
thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
3 For they got not the land in possession
by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right
hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou
hadst a favour unto them.
4 Thou art my King, O God: command
deliverances for Jacob.
5 Through thee will we push down our
enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against
6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither
shall my sword save me.
7 But thou hast saved us from our
enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
8 In God we boast all the day long, and
praise thy name for ever.Selah
9 But thou hast cast off, and put us to
shame; and goest not forth with our armies.
10 Thou makest us to turn back from the
enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.
11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed
for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.
12 Thou sellest thy people for nought,
and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.
13 Thou makest us a reproach to our
neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
14 Thou makest us a byword among the
heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.
15 My confusion is
continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,
16 For the voice of him that reproacheth
and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.
17 All this is come upon us; yet have we
not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
18 Our heart is not turned back, neither
have our steps declined from thy way;
19 Though thou hast sore
broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with
the shadow of death.
20 If we have forgotten the name of our
God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
21 Shall not God search this out? for he
knoweth the secrets of the heart.
22 Yea, for thy sake
are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the
23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord?
arise, cast us not off for ever.
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and
forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our soul is bowed down to the
dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for
thy mercies' sake. (Psalm 44:)
give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for
his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands,
from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a
solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted
6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their
trouble, and he delivered them out of their
7 And he led them forth by the right way,
that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would
praise the LORD for his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and
filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
10 Such as sit in darkness and in the
shadow of death, being bound in
affliction and iron;
11 Because they rebelled against the
words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
12 Therefore he brought down their heart
with labour; they fell down, and there was none
13 Then they cried unto the LORD in their
trouble, and he saved them out of their
14 He brought them out of darkness and
the shadow of death, and brake their
bands in sunder.
15 Oh that men
would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For he hath broken the gates of brass,
and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
17 Fools because of their transgression,
and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of
meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their
trouble, and he saveth them out of their
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and
delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh that men
would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men!
22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices
of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
23 They that go down to the sea in ships,
that do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the LORD, and
his wonders in the deep.
25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the
stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26 They mount up to the heaven, they go
down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like
a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their
trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that
the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be
quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31 Oh that men
would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt him also in the
congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the
33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness,
and the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for
the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 He turneth the wilderness into a
standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.
36 And there he maketh the hungry to
dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;
37 And sow the fields, and plant
vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
38 He blesseth them also, so that they
are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39 Again, they are minished and brought
low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and
causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is
41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from
affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
42 The righteous shall see it,
and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Whoso is wise,
and will observe these things, even they shall
understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. (Psalm 107)
12With the ancient is
wisdom; and in length of days understanding. 13With
him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and
understanding. 14Behold, he breaketh down, and
it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no
opening. 15Behold, he withholdeth the waters,
and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
16With him is
strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are
his. 17He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and
maketh the judges fools. 18He looseth the bond
of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle. 19He
leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty. 20He
removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the
understanding of the aged. 21He poureth
contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty. 22He
discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow
of death. 23He increaseth the
nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth
them again. 24He taketh
away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth
them to wander in a wilderness where there is no
way. 25They grope in the dark without light,
and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.
are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways
thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. 14The
murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the
night is as a thief. 15The eye also of the
adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and
disguiseth his face. 16In
the dark they dig through houses, which they had
marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. 17For
the morning is to them even as the shadow
of death: if one know them,
they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth
not the way of the vineyards. 19Drought and
heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those
which have sinned. 20The womb shall
forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more
remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 21He
evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and
doeth not good to the widow. 22He draweth also
the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man
is sure of life. 23Though
it be given him to be in safety, whereon he
resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways. 24They
are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are
taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as
the tops of the ears of corn. 25And if it
be not so now, who will make me a
liar, and make my speech nothing worth? (Job 24:)
I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I
forbear, what am I eased? 7But now he hath made
me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company. 8And
thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a
witness against me: and my leanness rising up in
me beareth witness to my face. 9He teareth me
in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine
enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. 10They have
gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek
reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me. 11God
hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of
the wicked. 12I was at ease, but he hath broken
me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and
shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark. 13His
archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth
not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. 14He
breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant. 15I
have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. 16My
face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is
the shadow of death;
for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is
pure. 18O earth, cover not thou my blood, and
let my cry have no place. 19Also now, behold,
my witness is in heaven, and my record is
on high. 20My friends scorn me: but
mine eye poureth out tears unto God. 21O
that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth
for his neighbour! 22When a few years are come,
then I shall go the way whence I shall not
return. (Job 16:)
there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where
they fine it. 2Iron is
taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out
of the stone. 3He setteth an end to
darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and
the shadow of death. 4The
flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters
forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men. 5As
for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is
turned up as it were fire. 6The stones of it are
the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold. 7There
is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye
hath not seen: 8The lion's whelps have not
trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. 9He
putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by
the roots. 10He cutteth out rivers among the
rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing. 11He
bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is
hid bringeth he forth to light. 12But
where shall wisdom be found? and where is
the place of understanding? 13Man knoweth not
the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the
living. (Job 28:)
now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken
to the voice of my words. 17Shall even he that
hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just? 18Is
it fit to say to a king, Thou art
wicked? and to princes, Ye are
ungodly? 19How much less to him
that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more
than the poor? for they all are the work of his
hands. 20In a moment shall they die, and the
people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty
shall be taken away without hand. 21For his
eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all
his goings. 22There is no
darkness, nor shadow of death, where the
workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23For
he will not lay upon man more than right; that he
should enter into judgment with God. 24He shall
break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their
stead. 25Therefore he knoweth their works, and
he overturneth them in the night, so that they
are destroyed. 26He striketh them as wicked men
in the open sight of others; 27Because they
turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways: 28So
that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth
the cry of the afflicted. 29When he giveth
quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his
face, who then can behold him? whether it be done
against a nation, or against a man only: 30That
the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement,
I will not offend any more: 32That
which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I
will do no more. 33Should it be
according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or
whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest. 34Let
men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me. 35Job
hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were
without wisdom. 36My desire is that
Job may be tried unto the end because of his
answers for wicked men. 37For he addeth
rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands
among us, and multiplieth his words against God. (Job 34:)
thou commanded the morning since thy days; and
caused the dayspring to know his place; 13That
it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the
wicked might be shaken out of it? 14It
is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as
a garment. 15And from the wicked their light is
withholden, and the high arm shall be broken. 16Hast
thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the
search of the depth? 17Have the gates of death
been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow
of death? 18Hast thou perceived
the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. 19Where
is the way where light
dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is
the place thereof, 20That thou shouldest take
it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to
the house thereof? 21Knowest thou it,
because thou wast then born? or because the
number of thy days is great? 22Hast
thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the
treasures of the hail, 23Which I have reserved
against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? 24By
what way is the light parted, which scattereth
the east wind upon the earth? (Job 38:)
the dimness shall not be
such as was in her vexation, when at the first he
lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and
afterward did more grievously afflict her by the
way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. 2The
people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell
in the land of the shadow of death, upon
them hath the light shined. 3Thou hast
multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy:
they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and
as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4For
thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. 5For
every battle of the warrior is with confused
noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this
shall be with burning and fuel of fire. 6For
unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government
shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of
Peace. 7Of the increase of his
government and peace there shall be no end, upon
the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to
establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for
ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isa 9:)
the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2Go
and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I
remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals,
when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that
was not sown. 3Israel was
holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of
his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon
them, saith the LORD. 4Hear ye the word of the
LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 5Thus
saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they
are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become
vain? 6Neither said they, Where is
the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us
through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through
a land of drought, and of the shadow of death,
through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt? 7And
I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and
the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made
mine heritage an abomination. 8The priests said
not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the
law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the
prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that
do not profit. (Jer 2:)
saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon
thy loins, and put it not in water. 2So I got a
girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it
on my loins. 3And the word of the LORD came
unto me the second time, saying, 4Take the
girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy
loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the
rock. 5So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as
the LORD commanded me. 6And it came to pass
after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates,
and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there. 7Then
I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place
where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was
profitable for nothing. 8Then the word of the
LORD came unto me, saying, 9Thus saith the
LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great
pride of Jerusalem. 10This evil people, which
refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart,
and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall
even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. 11For
as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to
cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah,
saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a
name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.
thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall say unto
thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with
wine? 13Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus
saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land,
even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the
prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness. 14And
I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons
together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy,
but destroy them. 15Hear ye, and give ear; be
not proud: for the LORD hath spoken. 16Give
glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your
feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he
turn it into the shadow of death, and
make it gross darkness. 17But
if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your
pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because
the LORD'S flock is carried away captive. 18Say
unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your
principalities shall come down, even the crown of
your glory. 19The cities of the south shall be
shut up, and none shall open them: Judah shall be
carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away
captive. 20Lift up your eyes, and behold them
that come from the north: where is the flock that
was given thee, thy beautiful flock? 21What
wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast taught them to
be captains, and as chief over thee:
shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?
if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For
the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and
thy heels made bare. 23Can the Ethiopian change
his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye
also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. 24Therefore
will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the
wilderness. 25This is thy
lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou
hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood. 26Therefore
will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. 27I
have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy
whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in
the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean?
when shall it once be? (Jer
ye this word which I take up against you, even a
lamentation, O house of Israel. 2The virgin of
Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her
land; there is none to raise her up. 3For
thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by
a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by
an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.
thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall
live: 5But seek not Bethel, nor enter into
Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into
captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought. 6Seek
the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house
of Joseph, and devour it, and there be
none to quench it in Bethel. 7Ye
who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the
earth, 8Seek him that
maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow
of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with
night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out
upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:
9That strengtheneth the spoiled against
the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. 10They
hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh
uprightly. 11Forasmuch therefore as your
treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him
burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not
dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not
drink wine of them. 12For I know your manifold
transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a
bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their
right. 13Therefore the prudent shall
keep silence in that time; for it is an evil
time. 14Seek good, and not evil, that ye may
live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have
spoken. 15Hate the evil, and love the good, and
establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts
will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall
be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways,
Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as
are skilful of lamentation to wailing. 17And in
all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass
through thee, saith the LORD. 18Woe unto you
that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is
it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and
not light. 19As if a man did flee from a lion,
and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the
wall, and a serpent bit him. 20Shall
not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not
light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn
assemblies. 22Though ye offer me burnt
offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them:
neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23hear
the Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not
melody of thy viols. righteousness 24But let
judgment run down as waters, and as a mighty stream. offerings in the 25Have
ye offered unto me sacrifices and wilderness forty years, O house of
Israel? the tabernacle 26But ye have borne of
your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made
to yourselves. beyond Damascus, 27Therefore
will I cause you to go into captivity saith the LORD, whose name 5:)-is
The God of hosts. (Amos