February 13: Righteousness

Job had spent his life fearing God and trying to be righteous in the only ways he knew through faith, worship and sacrifice. He was confused as the suddenness of his terrible sufferings. The only explanation his friends offered was that Job had sinned.

Job 18:5-21

“The light of the wicked indeed goes out,

And the flame of his fire does not shine.

The light is dark in his tent,

And his lamp beside him is put out.

The steps of his strength are shortened,

And his own counsel casts him down.

For he is cast into a net by his own feet,

And he walks into a snare.

The net takes him by the heel,

And a snare lays hold of him.

A noose is hidden for him on the ground,

And a trap for him in the road.

Terrors frighten him on every side,

And drive him to his feet.

His strength is starved,

And destruction is ready at his side.

It devours patches of his skin;

The firstborn of death devours his limbs.

He is uprooted from the shelter of his tent,

And they parade him before the king of terrors.

They dwell in his tent who are none of his;

Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.

His roots are dried out below,

And his branch withers above.

The memory of him perishes from the earth,

And he has no name among the renowned.[a]

He is driven from light into darkness,

And chased out of the world.

He has neither son nor posterity among his people,

Nor any remaining in his dwellings.

Those in the west are astonished at his day,

As those in the east are frightened.

Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked,

And this is the place of him who does not know God.”


Street musicians in Jaffa port.
Street musicians in Jaffa port.

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