Thematic Bible




Thematic Bible



How long, O Yahweh, have I called out, and thou wouldst not hear me? Have I kept crying unto thee of violence, and thou wouldst not save?

At peace are the tents that belong to the spoilers, and there is security to them who provoke GOD, To him who bringeth a god in his hand.


And yet been smitten all the day, And been rebuked morning by morning!

Everything, had I seen, in my days of vanity, - Here was a righteous man, perishing in his righteousness, and there was a lawless man, continuing long in his wickedness.

Every one, was like every one else, one destiny, had the righteous and the lawless, the good and the pure and the impure, and he that sacrificed, and he that did not sacrifice, - as the good man, so, the sinner, he that took an oath, as he who, of an oath, stood in fear.

Righteous, art thou O Yahweh, when I present my pleading unto thee, - Yet, concerning the things that are right, let me speak with thee, - Wherefore hath, the way of the lawless, prospered? Wherefore have all, utter traitors, been at ease?

Can ye then say - The way of My Lord will not be equal? Hear I pray you O house of Israel, Will my way, not be equal? Will not your ways be unequal?

These last, one hour, wrought, and thou hast made them, equal unto us, who have borne the burden of the day, and the scorching heat.

What, then, shall we say? Is there injustice with God? Far be it!


How long, O Yahweh, have I called out, and thou wouldst not hear me? Have I kept crying unto thee of violence, and thou wouldst not save?

At peace are the tents that belong to the spoilers, and there is security to them who provoke GOD, To him who bringeth a god in his hand.


And yet been smitten all the day, And been rebuked morning by morning!

Everything, had I seen, in my days of vanity, - Here was a righteous man, perishing in his righteousness, and there was a lawless man, continuing long in his wickedness.

Every one, was like every one else, one destiny, had the righteous and the lawless, the good and the pure and the impure, and he that sacrificed, and he that did not sacrifice, - as the good man, so, the sinner, he that took an oath, as he who, of an oath, stood in fear.

Righteous, art thou O Yahweh, when I present my pleading unto thee, - Yet, concerning the things that are right, let me speak with thee, - Wherefore hath, the way of the lawless, prospered? Wherefore have all, utter traitors, been at ease?

Can ye then say - The way of My Lord will not be equal? Hear I pray you O house of Israel, Will my way, not be equal? Will not your ways be unequal?

These last, one hour, wrought, and thou hast made them, equal unto us, who have borne the burden of the day, and the scorching heat.

What, then, shall we say? Is there injustice with God? Far be it!


How long, O Yahweh, have I called out, and thou wouldst not hear me? Have I kept crying unto thee of violence, and thou wouldst not save?

At peace are the tents that belong to the spoilers, and there is security to them who provoke GOD, To him who bringeth a god in his hand.


And yet been smitten all the day, And been rebuked morning by morning!

Everything, had I seen, in my days of vanity, - Here was a righteous man, perishing in his righteousness, and there was a lawless man, continuing long in his wickedness.

Every one, was like every one else, one destiny, had the righteous and the lawless, the good and the pure and the impure, and he that sacrificed, and he that did not sacrifice, - as the good man, so, the sinner, he that took an oath, as he who, of an oath, stood in fear.

Righteous, art thou O Yahweh, when I present my pleading unto thee, - Yet, concerning the things that are right, let me speak with thee, - Wherefore hath, the way of the lawless, prospered? Wherefore have all, utter traitors, been at ease?

Can ye then say - The way of My Lord will not be equal? Hear I pray you O house of Israel, Will my way, not be equal? Will not your ways be unequal?

These last, one hour, wrought, and thou hast made them, equal unto us, who have borne the burden of the day, and the scorching heat.

What, then, shall we say? Is there injustice with God? Far be it!


Yet indeed, I, would seek unto El, and, unto Elohim, would I set forth any cause: - Who doeth great things, beyond all search, - Wondrous things, till they cannot be recounted; Who giveth rain, upon the face of the earth, and sendeth forth waters, over the face of the open fields; read more.
Setting the lowly on high, and, mourners, are uplifted to safety; Who doth frustrate the schemes of the crafty, that their hands cannot achieve abiding success; Who captureth the wise in their own craftiness, yea the headlong counsel of the crooked: By day, they encounter darkness, and, as though it were night, they grope at high noon. But he saveth from the sword, out of their mouth, and, out of the hand of the strong, the needy. Thus to the poor hath come hope, and, perversity, hath shut her mouth. Lo! how happy is the man whom God correcteth! Therefore, the chastening of the Almighty, do not thou refuse; For, he, woundeth that he may bind up, He smiteth through, that, his own hands, may heal. In six troubles, he will rescue thee, and, in seven, there shall smite thee no misfortune: In famine, he will ransom thee from death, and in battle from the power of the sword;

I say unto GOD, Do not hold me guilty, Let me know, on what account thou contendest with me! Is it seemly in thee, that thou shouldst oppress? that thou shouldst despise the labour of thine own hand, when, upon the counsel of the lawless, thou hast shone? Eyes of flesh, hast thou? or, as a mortal seeth, seest thou? read more.
As the days of a mortal, are thy days? or, thy years, as the days of a man? That thou shouldst seek for mine iniquity, and, for my sin, shouldst make search: Though it is, within thine own knowledge, that I would not be lawless, and, none, out of thy hand, can deliver? Thine own hands, shaped me, and made me, all in unison round about, and yet thou hast confounded me. Remember, I pray thee, that, as clay, thou didst make me, and, unto dust, thou wilt cause me to return. Didst thou not, like milk, pour me forth? and, as cheese, curdle me? With skin and flesh, clothe me? and, with bones and sinews, interweave me? Life and lovingkindness, thou didst bestow upon me, - and, thy watchful care, preserved my breath. Yet, these things, thou didst hide in thy heart, I know that, this, hath been with thee! If I have sinned, then couldst thou watch me, and, from mine iniquity, thou wouldst not acquit me: If I have been lawless, alas for me! Or, if I am righteous, I will not lift up my head, Surfeited with shame, look thou then on my humiliation. When it is lifted up, like a howling lion, thou dost hunt me, Then again thou dost shew thyself marvellous against me. Thou renewest thy witnesses before me, and dost increase thy vexation with me, Relays - yea an army, is with me. Wherefore then, from the womb, didst thou bring me forth? I might have breathed my last, and, no eye, have seen me. As though I had not been, should I have become, - from the womb to the grave, might I have been borne. Are not my days, few? - then forbear, and set me aside, that I may brighten up for a little; Before I go, and not return, unto a land of darkness and death-shade:

At peace are the tents that belong to the spoilers, and there is security to them who provoke GOD, To him who bringeth a god in his hand. But, in very deed, ask, I pray thee, the beasts, and they will teach thee, and the bird of the heavens, and it will tell thee; Or address the earth, and it will teach thee, and the fishes of the sea, will recount it to thee: read more.
Who knoweth not, among all these, that, the hand of Yahweh, hath done this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the spirit of all the flesh of men. Doth not, the ear, try, words? even as, the palate, tasteth for itself, food? In the Ancient, is wisdom, and in Length of Days, understanding: With Him, are wisdom and strength, to Him, pertain counsel and understanding. Lo! He pulleth down, and it cannot be built, He closeth up over a man, and it cannot be opened: Lo! He holdeth back the waters, and they dry up, or sendeth them out, and they transform the earth: With Him, is strength and effective wisdom, to Him, belong he that erreth, and he that causeth to err. Who leadeth away counsellors as a spoil, and, judges, He befooleth: The fetters of kings, He looseth, or hath bound a slave's waistcloth about their loins: Who leadeth away priests as a spoil, and, men firmly seated, He overturneth: Setting aside the speech of the trusty, and, the discernment of elders, He taketh away: Pouring contempt upon nobles, and, the girdle of the mighty, hath He loosed: Laying open deep things, out of darkness, and bringing out to light, the death-shade: Who giveth greatness to nations, or destroyeth them, Who spreadeth out nations, or leadeth them into exile: Who taketh away the sense of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and hath caused them to wander in a pathless waste:

Lo! in this, thou hast not been right - let me answer thee, For, GOD, is greater than, man. Wherefore, against him, hast thou contended? For, with none of his reasons, will he respond. For, in one way, GOD may speak, - and, in a second way, one may not heed it: - read more.
In a dream, a vision of the night, when a deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed, Then, uncovereth he the ear of men, and, on their correction, affixeth a seal; To turn a son of earth from his deed, while yet, pride, from man he concealeth: He keepeth back his said from the pit, and his life from passing away by a weapon. Or he is chastised with pain, upon his bed, and, the strife of his bones, is unceasing! So that his life maketh loathsome his food, and his soul, dainty meat; His flesh wasteth away out of sight, and bared are the bones once unseen; So doth his soul draw near to the pit, and his life to the inflicters of death: If there hath been near him a messenger who could interpret - one of a thousand, to declare to the son of earth His uprightness, Then hath he shewed him favour, and said, Set him free from going down to the pit, I have found a price of redemption! His flesh hath been made fresher than a child's, he hath returned to the days of his youth; He made supplication unto GOD, who hath accepted him, and he hath beheld his face with a shout of triumph, Thus hath he given back to man his righteousness. He sang before men, and said, I sinned, and, uprightness, I perverted, yet he requited me not; He hath ransomed my soul from passing away into the pit, - and, my life, in the light, shall have vision. Lo! a these things, doth GOD work, two ways, three, with a man; To bring back his soul from the pit, to enlighten with the light of the living.


At peace are the tents that belong to the spoilers, and there is security to them who provoke GOD, To him who bringeth a god in his hand.

Righteous, art thou O Yahweh, when I present my pleading unto thee, - Yet, concerning the things that are right, let me speak with thee, - Wherefore hath, the way of the lawless, prospered? Wherefore have all, utter traitors, been at ease?

They have waxed fat, they shine Yea they have overpassed the records of wickedness. The right, have they not determined, the right of the fatherless that they might prosper, - Yea justice to the helpless, have they not decreed.

For I was envious of the boasters, At the prosperity of the lawless, used I to look.

I have seen a lawless man, a tyrant, and spreading himself out, like a cedar in Lebanon;

Lo! these, are the lawless, Who are secure for an age, They have attained unto wealth.


At peace are the tents that belong to the spoilers, and there is security to them who provoke GOD, To him who bringeth a god in his hand.

By faith, he sojourned in the land of promise, as a foreign land, in tents, dwelling, along with Isaac and Jacob, the joint-heirs of the same promise;

How pleasing are thy tents, O Jacob, - Thy habitations, O Israel:


At peace are the tents that belong to the spoilers, and there is security to them who provoke GOD, To him who bringeth a god in his hand.


Burn not with vexation because of evil-doers, Be not envious of the workers of perversity;

At peace are the tents that belong to the spoilers, and there is security to them who provoke GOD, To him who bringeth a god in his hand.

A noise of dreadful things, is in his ears, In prosperity, the destroyer cometh upon him;

That, the joy-shout of the lawless, is short, and, the rejoicing of the impious, for a moment?

Though a sinner be committing wickedness a hundred times, and continuing long in his own way, yet I surely know that it shall be well to them who revere God, who stand in awe before him; but, well, shall it not be to the lawless man, neither shall he lengthen out his days like a shadow, - because he standeth not in awe before God.

I have seen a lawless man, a tyrant, and spreading himself out, like a cedar in Lebanon; Then I passed by, and lo! he had vanished! Yea I sought him, but he could not be found.

Now, therefore, we are pronouncing happy - the proud, - and, the doers of lawlessness have, even been built up, and, they who have put God to the proof, have even been delivered.

Wherefore shouldst thou let me see iniquity, and, wrong, shouldst let me behold, and, force and violence, be straight before me, - and there should have ever been someone who, contention and strife, would uphold? For which cause, benumbed is the law, and there is never any going forth of justice, - for, the lawless, doth circumvent the righteous, for which cause, justice doth go forth perverted?

I, have seen the foolish taking root, and then hath his home decayed, in a moment: His children are far removed from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, and there is none to deliver: Whose harvest, the hungry, eateth up, and, even out of thorn hedges, he taketh it, and the snare gapeth for their substance.

A wanderer, he, for bread, saying Where is it ? He knoweth that, prepared by his own hand, is the day of darkness;

For he had covered his face with his fatness, and had gathered a superabundance on his loins;

He shall not be rich, nor shall his substance continue, neither shall their shadow stretch along on the earth;

When his abundance is gone, he shall be in straits, All the power of distress, shall come upon him.

Wherefore do, lawless men, live, advance in years, even wax mighty in power? Their seed, is established in their sight, along with them, yea their offspring, before their eyes; Their houses, are at peace, without dread, neither is, the rod of GOD, upon them; read more.
His bull, covereth, and causeth not aversion, His cow safely calveth, and casteth not her young; They send forth - like a flock - their young ones, and, their children, skip about for joy; They rejoice aloud as with timbrel and lyre, and make merry to the sound of the pipe; They complete, in prosperity, their days, and, in a moment to hades, they sink down.

For it is seen that, the wise, die, Together with the dullard, and the brutish, do they perish, And leave, to others, their wealth: Their, inward thought, is that their houses are for times age-biding, Their habitations, for generation after generation, - They give their own names unto lands! But, a son of earth, though wealthy, cannot tarry, He hath made himself a by-word - Beasts, they resemble: read more.
This, their way, is a folly to them, And yet, their followers, with their mouth, approve. Selah. Like sheep - into hades, are they driven, Death shall shepherd them, - And the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning, Even their form, is to decay, Hades, is all that remaineth of a habitation for him. But, God, will redeem my soul, out of the hand of hades, For he will take me. Selah.

For I was envious of the boasters, At the prosperity of the lawless, used I to look. For they have no pangs in their death, And vigorous is their body; Of the toil of weak mortals, have they none, Nor, with the sons of earth, are they hard smitten. read more.
For this cause, doth arrogance deck them as a neck-chain, And a garment of wrong is their attire; Their iniquity, hath proceeded from fatness, They have surpassed the imaginations of the heart; They mock, and wickedly command oppression, From on high, they command; They have set, in the heavens, their mouth, And, their tongue, marcheth through the earth. Therefore must his people return thither, And, the waters of abundance, are drained by them; And they say - How doth GOD know? And is there knowledge in the Most High? Lo! these, are the lawless, Who are secure for an age, They have attained unto wealth. Altogether in vain, Have I cleansed my heart, And bathed in pureness, my hands; And yet been smitten all the day, And been rebuked morning by morning! If I had thought, I will relate it thus, Lo! the circle of thy sons, had I betrayed. When I reasoned, that I might understand this, A vexation, it was in mine eyes: Until I could enter the holy places of God, - Could give heed to their hereafter: - Surely, in slippery places, dost thou set them, - Thou hast suffered them to fall into places of danger. How have they become desolate, as in a moment! They have ceased - come to an end, by reason of calamities. As the dream of him that waketh, O my Lord! when rousing thyself up, their shadowy being, wilt thou despise. But my heart had grown embittered, And, in my reins, had I received wounds; But, I, was brutish, and could not perceive, Like the beasts, had I become before thee.

A man that is brutish, cannot know, And, dullard, cannot discern this: - When the lawless do thrive like grass, And all the workers of iniquity have blossomed, It is that they may be destroyed for ever.

Righteous, art thou O Yahweh, when I present my pleading unto thee, - Yet, concerning the things that are right, let me speak with thee, - Wherefore hath, the way of the lawless, prospered? Wherefore have all, utter traitors, been at ease? Thou didst plant them, yea they took root, They have gone on yea they have borne fruit, - Near, art thou, in their mouth, But far off from their affections,

Thou whose eyes are too pure to look with approval on wrong, to respect oppression, canst not endure, - Wherefore, shouldst thou respect the treacherous? Be silent, when the lawless, swalloweth up, one more righteous than he? So wouldst thou have made Men, like the fishes of the sea, - like the creeping thing that hath no ruler over it: All of which, with a hook, one bringeth up, raketh together with his drag, and hath gathered with his net, - read more.
On which account, he is glad and exulteth: on which account, he sacrificeth to his Net, and burneth incense to his Drag; because, thereby, rich, is his portion, and his food - fatness! Shall he, on this account, empty his net? And, the continual slaying of nations, deem to be no pity?


At peace are the tents that belong to the spoilers, and there is security to them who provoke GOD, To him who bringeth a god in his hand.

Righteous, art thou O Yahweh, when I present my pleading unto thee, - Yet, concerning the things that are right, let me speak with thee, - Wherefore hath, the way of the lawless, prospered? Wherefore have all, utter traitors, been at ease?

They have waxed fat, they shine Yea they have overpassed the records of wickedness. The right, have they not determined, the right of the fatherless that they might prosper, - Yea justice to the helpless, have they not decreed.

For I was envious of the boasters, At the prosperity of the lawless, used I to look.

I have seen a lawless man, a tyrant, and spreading himself out, like a cedar in Lebanon;

Lo! these, are the lawless, Who are secure for an age, They have attained unto wealth.