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:)
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
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
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 the seas.
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) as well.
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
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,
move, while old mountains collapse and new mountains are formed.
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
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 sustain life.
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
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
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 burn up.
Nothing in space to give
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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,
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 Joseph.
But they all passed through
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
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
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,
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.
my shepherd; I shall not want.
maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still
restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his
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.
preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou
anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
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.
thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how
thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
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.
art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them
under that rise up against us.
I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that
God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever.Selah
thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our
makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for
hast given us like sheep appointed
for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.
sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy
wealth by their price.
makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them
that are round about us.
makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the
continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,
the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the
enemy and avenger.
this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we
dealt falsely in thy covenant.
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
we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a
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
why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us
not off for ever.
hidest thou thy face, and
forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
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
the redeemed of the LORD say so,
whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from
the north, and from the south.
wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to
and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and
he delivered them out of their distresses.
he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of
would praise the LORD for
his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men!
he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with
as sit in darkness and in the
shadow of death, being
bound in affliction and iron;
they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of
the most High:
he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there
was none to help.
they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and
he saved them out of their distresses.
brought them out of darkness and the shadow
of death, and brake their
bands in sunder.
would praise the LORD for
his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men!
he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are
soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of
they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and
he saveth them out of their distresses.
sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them
from their destructions.
would praise the LORD for
his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men!
let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his
works with rejoicing.
that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves
mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is
melted because of trouble.
reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's
they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of
maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their
would praise the LORD for
his goodness, and for
his wonderful works to the children of men!
them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him
in the assembly of the elders.
turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;
fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell
turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into
there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for
sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth
not their cattle to decrease.
they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and
poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the
wilderness, where there is
setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him
families like a flock.
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)
the ancient is
wisdom; and in length of days understanding. 13With
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
strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are
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
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
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
the dark they dig through houses, which
they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
the morning is
to them even as the shadow
of death: if one
know them, they are in
the terrors of the shadow
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
now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth? (Job
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
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.
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;
injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is
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
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.
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
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
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
because thou wast then born? or because
the number of thy days is
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O
Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall
it once be?
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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. 23Take
thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the
melody of thy viols. 24But
let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. 25Have
ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty
years, O house of Israel? 26But
ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the
star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. 27Therefore
will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD,
whose name is
The God of hosts. (Amos 5:)
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