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The Israelis told them, "If only we had died by the LORD's hand in the land of Egypt when we sat by the cooking pots, when we ate bread until we were filled because you brought us to this desert to kill this entire congregation with hunger."
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelis looked up, and there were the Egyptians bearing down on them! Extremely frightened, the Israelis cried out to the LORD. They also told Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you took us out to die in the desert? What have you done to us, by bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not what we told you in Egypt, when we said, "Leave us alone!' and "Let us serve the Egyptians!'? Indeed, it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!"
But the people were thirsty there for water, so they complained against Moses: "Why did you bring us up from Egypt to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?"
Meanwhile, certain riff-raff among the people had an insatiable appetite for food. As a result, they wept and turned back, and the Israelis cried out, "If only somebody would feed us some meat! How we remember the fish that we used to eat in Egypt for free! And the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic! But now we can't stand it anymore, because there's nothing in front of us except this manna."
At this, the entire assembly complained, started to shout, and cried through the rest of that night. All the Israelis complained against Moses and Aaron. Then the entire assembly responded, "We wish that we had died in Egypt or in this wilderness. What's the point in the LORD bringing us to this land? To die by the sword so our wives and children would become war victims? Wouldn't it be better for us to return to Egypt?"read more.
Then they told each other, "Let's assign a leader and go back to Egypt."
"However, your ancestors didn't go up. Instead, they rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. You murmured in your tents, "The LORD hates us. He brought us out of the land of Egypt in order to deliver us to the Amorites so he could destroy us. Where can we go? Our brothers discouraged us when they said that the people are bigger and taller than we are. Their cities are tall and fortified to the sky, and we also saw the Anakim there.'
You must stop complaining, as some of them were doing, and were annihilated by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down as a warning for us in whom the culmination of the ages has been attained.
In rebuttal, Job replied: "If only my grief could be weighed; or my calamity piled together on a balance scale! It would weigh more than the sand on the seashore! Here's why I've talked so rashly:read more.
"The arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit absorbs their poison; God's terrors have been arranged just for me! "Will the wild donkey bray from hunger if fresh grass is beside him? Will the ox low from distress if it is near its feed? Tasteless food isn't eaten without salt, is it? Is there any taste in an egg white? I cannot bring myself to touch them; food like this makes me sick." "Who will grant my wish? I wish God would grant what I'm hoping for: that God would just be willing to crush me; that he would let loose and eliminate me! At least I could still take comfort and rejoice in unceasing anguish, for I didn't conceal what the Holy One has to say. "Do I have the strength to wait? And why should I be patient? Am I as strong as a rock? Am I some kind of iron man? There is no help within me, is there? My resources have been driven away from me, haven't they?
After this, Job spoke up solemnly, cursing the day he was born. This is what Job said: "Let the day when I was born be annihilated, along with the night when it was announced, "It's a boy!'read more.
Let that day be dark; let God above not care about it; let no light shine over it. Let darkness and deep gloom reclaim it; let clouds settle down on it; let blackness in mid-day terrify it. Let darkness carry that night away; let it not take its place joyfully among the days of the year; let it not be entered into the calendar. "Yes, let that night be barren; let it not appear with its joyful shout. Let whoever curses days curse it those who are ready to awaken monsters. Let the stars of its evening twilight be dark; let it hope for light but let there be none; let it not see the breaking rays of the dawn. "Because that night refused to shut the doors of my mother's womb; it failed to keep me from seeing this trouble. Why didn't I die while I was still in the womb, or die while I was being born? Why was there a lap to hold me, and why were there breasts to nurse me? "If I had died, I would be lying down by now, undisturbed, asleep, and at rest, along with kings and counselors of the earth, who used to build for themselves what are now only ruins, or princes who amassed gold for themselves, and who kept filling their houses with silver. "Or why was I not buried like a stillborn child, like babies who never saw the light? In that place, the wicked stop causing trouble, and there, those whose strength is exhausted are at rest. In that place, those who once were prisoners will be at ease together; they won't hear the voice of oppressors. The unimportant and the important are both there, and the servant is free from his master. "Why does God give light to the sufferer or life to the bitter person: To those who are longing for death even though it does not come? To those who search for it more than for hidden treasure? To those who are happy beyond measure when they reach their graves? To the formerly successful man who lost his way in life, and God fenced him in? "As far as I'm concerned, my food comes to me in the form of sighs, and my cries of anguish pour out like water. For the dreaded thing that I feared has happened to me, what caused me to worry has engulfed me. I will not be at ease; I will not be quiet; I will not rest; because trouble has arrived."
In response Job replied: "Truly, you are the people and wisdom will die with you! Like you, I also have understanding. I'm not inferior to you; who doesn't know things like this?"read more.
"I'm a laughingstock to my friends, someone who called on God. But then he answered this upright and blameless man, and I have become a laughingstock. The carefree are thinking, "I have contempt for misfortune,' Those who are about to stumble deserve it. The tents of robbers are at rest, and those who provoke God are secure, that is, those who carry their god in their pocket.
"But if I speak, my pain isn't assuaged; if I refrain from speaking, what do I have to lose?" "God has certainly worn me out; you devastated my entire world. You've arrested me, making me testify against myself! My leanness rises up to attack me, accusing me to my face.read more.
His anger tears me in his persistent resentment against me; he gnashes his teeth at me. My adversary glares at me. People gaped at me with mouths wide open; they slap me in their scorn and gather together against me. God has delivered me over to the ungodly, throwing me into the control of the wicked. "He tore me apart when I was at ease; grabbing me by my neck, he shook me to pieces then he really made me his target. His archers surround me, slashing open my kidneys without pity; he pours out my gall on the ground. Attack follows attack as he breaks through my defenses! He runs over me like a mighty warrior. "I've even sewn sackcloth directly to my skin; I've buried my strength in the dust. My face is red from my tears, and dark shadows encircle my eyelids, even though violence is not my intention, and my prayer is pure."
"Now, I've become the object of their mocking melodies; I'm nothing but a fool's proverb to them! They abhor me they keep their distance from me; but they don't refrain from spitting at the sight of me. But God has loosened his cord and afflicted me; so they've cast off all restraints in my presence.read more.
"A wretched crowd ambushes me to my right; they trip my feet; they build up their path of calamity for me. They tear up my pathways; they profit from my destruction, and they need no help to do this! They come like those who breach through a wall; as everything crashes around me they'll roll on and on! My greatest fears have overcome me; my honor is assaulted as though by a wind storm; my prosperity evaporates like a morning cloud." "Now, my soul pours itself out; the time of my affliction has taken control of me. The night racks my bones; and the pain that gnaws on me will not rest. My clothes are disheveled by his forceful treatment of me; he restricts my movement like the collar of my cloak. "He tossed me into the mire; I've become like dust and ashes. I cry for help to you, but you won't answer me; I stand still, but you only look at me. You changed toward me, and now you're cruel to me; with your mighty hand you are persecuting me; you carried me off in a wind storm, making me ride on it while you toss me about as the storm roars around me. I know that you're about to kill me, so I'm about to go to the house that's appointed for all the living." "Surely he won't stretch his hand against the needy, will he, especially if they cry to him in their calamity? Haven't I wept for the one who is going through hard times? Haven't I grieved for the needy? I have hoped for good, but evil came instead; I have hoped for light, but darkness came. I'm boiling mad inside, and I won't remain silent; the time for my affliction to confront me has arrived. "In growing darkness, I walked without sunlight; I stood in the congregation to cry for help. I've become a brother to jackals, and a friend to ostriches. My skin turns black all over me; and my bones seem burned from the heat. But my harp is in mourning; my flute plays only songs for those who are weeping."
David then left, going up the Mount of Olives, crying as he went, with his head covered and his feet bare. All of the people who were with him covered their own heads and climbed up the Mount of Olives, crying as they went along.
So Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD. "Remember me, LORD," he said, "how I have walked in your presence with integrity, with an undivided heart, and I have accomplished what is good in your sight." And Hezekiah wept deeply.
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD. "Please, LORD," he said, "Remember how I have walked before you faithfully and with a true heart, and I have done what pleases you." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Now as for me, my feet nearly stumbled, as I almost lost my step. For I was envious of the proud when I observed the prosperity of the wicked.
so he asked the LORD, "Why did you bring all this trouble to your servant? Why haven't I found favor in your eyes? After all, you're putting the burden of this entire people on me! Did I conceive this people or give birth to them, so that you would tell me to carry them near my heart like a wet nurse carries a suckling baby to the land that you promised to their forefathers? Where am I going to get meat to give this people? After all, they're crying in front of me, "Give us meat to eat!' read more.
I cannot carry this whole nation! The burden is too heavy for me! If this is how you treat me, please kill me right now, if I've found favor in your eyes, because I don't want to keep staring at all of this misery!"
So Moses returned to the LORD and asked him, "LORD, why have you caused trouble for this people? Why have you sent me here? Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has caused trouble for this people, and you have done nothing to deliver your people."
and ran for a day's journey deep into the wilderness. He found a juniper tree, sat down under it, and prayed that he could die. He asked God, "Enough! LORD! Take my life, because I'm not better than my ancestors!"
"I've been very zealous for the LORD God of the Heavenly Armies," he replied. "The Israelis have abandoned your covenant, demolished your altars, executed your prophets with swords, and I that's right, just me! am the only one left. Now they're seeking my life, to get rid of me!"
How terrible for me, my mother, that you gave birth to me, a man of strife and contention for the whole land! I've neither lent nor borrowed, yet everyone curses me.
Why is my pain unending and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? You are like a deceptive brook, whose waters cannot be depended on.
You deceived me, LORD, and I've been deceived. You overpowered me, and you prevailed. I've become a laughing stock all day long, and everyone mocks me. Indeed, as often as I speak, I cry out, and shout, "Violence and destruction!" For this message from the LORD has caused me constant reproach and derision. When I say, "I won't remember the LORD, nor will I speak in his name anymore, then there is this burning fire in my heart. It is bound up in my bones, I grow weary of trying to hold it in, and I cannot do it!read more.
Indeed, I hear many people whispering, "Terror on every side. Denounce him, let's denounce him!" All my close friends watch my steps and say, "Perhaps he will be deceived, and we can prevail against him and take vengeance on him."
Greatly displeased, Jonah flew into a rage. So he prayed to the LORD, "LORD, isn't this what I said while I was still in my home country? That's why I fled previously to Tarshish, because I knew you're a compassionate God, slow to anger, overflowing with gracious love, and reluctant to send trouble. Therefore, LORD, please kill me, because it's better for me to die than to live!"read more.
The LORD replied, "Does being angry make you right?" Then Jonah left the city and sat down on the eastern side. There he made a shelter for himself and sat down under its shade to see what would happen to the city.
There we sat down and cried by the rivers of Babylon as we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung our harps, for it was there that our captors asked us for songs and our torturers demanded joy from us, "Sing us one of the songs about Zion!"read more.
How are we to sing the song of the LORD on foreign soil? If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand cease to function. May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you, if I don't consider Jerusalem to be more important than my highest joy. Remember the day of Jerusalem's fall, LORD, because of the Edomites, who kept saying, "Tear it down! Tear it right down to its foundations!" Daughter of Babylon! You devastator! How blessed will be the one who pays you back for what you have done to us. How blessed will be the one who seizes your young children and pulverizes them against the cliff!
I am a man familiar with affliction under the rod of God's anger. He has led me brought me into darkness, not into light. He truly turned his hand against me, again and again, all day long.read more.
He made my flesh and skin prematurely old; he broke my bones. He laid siege against me, surrounding me with bitterness and suffering. He has forced me to live in darkness, like those who are long dead. He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he placed heavy chains on me. Indeed, when I cry out, calling for help, he shuts out my prayer. He impeded my way with blocks of stone, making my paths uneven. He is like a bear that lies in wait for me, a lion in hiding. He forced me off my path, tearing me to pieces and making me desolate. He bent his bow, aiming at me with his arrow. He caused his war arrows to pierce my vital organs. I have become a laughingstock to all my people, the object of their taunts throughout the day. He has filled me with bitterness, making me drink wormwood. He broke my teeth on gravel, covering me with dust. You have removed peace from my life; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, "My strength is gone as is my hope in the LORD."
The kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality with her and lived in luxury with her, will cry and mourn over her when they see the smoke rising from the fire that consumes her. Frightened by the torture that she experiences, they will stand far away and cry out, "How terrible, how terrible it is for that great city, the powerful city Babylon, because your judgment arrived in a single hour!" The world's businesses cry and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargo anymore read more.
cargo of gold, silver, gems, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all articles made of ivory, all articles made of very costly wood, bronze, iron, marble, cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, flour, wheat, cattle, sheep, horses, chariots, and slaves (that is, human souls) "The fruit that you crafted has abandoned you. All your dainties and your splendor are lost, and no one will ever find them again." Frightened by the severity of her punishment, businesses that had become rich because of her will stand at a distance, crying and mourning: "How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet and was adorned with gold, gems, and pearls, because all this wealth has been destroyed in a single hour!" Every ship's captain, everyone who traveled by ship, sailors, and everyone who made a living from the sea stood far away. When they saw the smoke rising from the fire that consumed her, they began to cry out, "What city was like that great city?" Then they threw dust on their heads and shouted while crying and mourning: "How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city, where all who had ships at sea became rich from her wealth, because it has been destroyed in a single hour!
Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, because I will praise him once again, since his presence saves me and he is my God. To the Director: An instruction of the Sons of Korah.
When I tried to understand this, it was too difficult for me until I entered the sanctuaries of God. Then I understood their destiny.
LORD, I have so many persecutors! Many are rising up against me! Many are saying about me, "God will never deliver him!" But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.read more.
I cry aloud to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. Interlude
How long? LORD, will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I struggle in my soul at night and have sorrow in my heart during the day? How long will my enemy rise up against me? Look at me! Answer me, LORD, my God! Give light to my eyes! Otherwise, I will sleep in death;read more.
Otherwise, my enemy will say, "I have overcome him;" Otherwise, my persecutor will rejoice when I am shaken. As for me, I have trusted in your gracious love, my heart will rejoice in your deliverance. I will sing to the LORD, for he has dealt bountifully with me. To the Director: A Davidic Psalm.
Don't be angry because of those who do evil, do not be jealous because of those who commit iniquity. Indeed, they soon will wither like grass, and like green herbs they will fade away. Trust in the LORD and do good. Dwell in the land and feed on faithfulness.read more.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; Trust him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as a light, and your justice as the noonday sun. Be silent in the LORD's presence and wait patiently for him. Don't be angry because of the one whose way prospers or the one who implements evil schemes.
But now I am always with you, for you keep holding my right hand. You will guide me with your wise advice, and later you will receive me with honor. Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire nothing on this earth.read more.
My body and mind may fail, but God is my strength and my portion forever. Those far from you will perish; you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you. As for me, how good for me it is that God is near! I have made the Lord GOD my refuge so I can tell about all your deeds. An instruction of Asaph
In Egypt, our ancestors neither comprehended your awesome deeds nor remembered your abundant gracious love. Instead, they rebelled beside the sea, the Reed Sea.
Remember my affliction and homelessness wormwood and gall! My mind keeps reflecting on it, and I become depressed. This is what comes to mind, and therefore I have hope:read more.
Because of the LORD's gracious love we are not consumed, since his compassions never end. They are new every morning great is your faithfulness! "The LORD is all I have," says my soul, "Therefore I will trust in him." The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the person who searches for him. It is good to hope and wait patiently for the LORD's salvation.
We do not put an obstacle in anyone's way. Otherwise, fault may be found with our ministry. Instead, in every way we demonstrate that we are God's servants by tremendous endurance in the midst of difficulties, hardships, and calamities; in beatings, imprisonments, and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger; read more.
with purity, knowledge, patience, and kindness; with the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and divine power; through the weapons of righteousness in the right and left hands; through honor and dishonor; through ill repute and good repute; perceived as deceivers and yet true, as unknown and yet well-known, as dying and yet as you see very much alive, as punished and yet not killed, as sorrowful and yet always rejoicing, as poor and yet enriching many, as having nothing and yet possessing everything.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
Instead, because you are participating in the sufferings of the Messiah, keep on rejoicing, so that you may be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.