'May' in the Bible
And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
Then the LORD told Satan, "Very well then, everything he owns is under your control, only you may not extend your hand against him." So Satan left the LORD's presence.
and exclaimed: "I left my mother's womb naked, and I will return to God naked. The LORD has given, and the LORD has taken. May the name of the LORD be blessed."
May the day I was born perish, and the night when they said, "A boy is conceived."
If only that day had turned to darkness! May God above not care about it, or light shine on it.
May darkness and gloom reclaim it, and a cloud settle over it. May an eclipse of the sun terrify it.
If only darkness had taken that night away! May it not appear among the days of the year or be listed in the calendar.
Yes, may that night be barren; may no joyful shout be heard in it.
May its morning stars grow dark. May it wait for daylight but have none; may it not see the breaking of dawn.
The lion may roar and the fierce lion growl, but the fangs of young lions are broken.
May a man be upright before God? or a man be clean before his Maker?
To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
O that my request may come, That God may grant my hope!
Or, Get me out of the power of my hater? or, Give money so that I may be free from the power of the cruel ones?
My words may seem wrong to you, but the words of him who has no hope are for the wind.
Now be pleased to look upon me, that it may be evident to you if I lie [for surely I would not lie to your face].
How long will it be before your eyes are turned away from me, so that I may have a minute's breathing-space?
Your beginning may be small, but later years will be very great.
If he puts out his hand to take, by whom may it be turned back? who may say to him, What are you doing?
God's wrath may not be turned back; the helpers of Rahab were bent down under him.
How much less may I give an answer to him, using the right words in argument with him?
"For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.
"There is no umpire between us, Who may lay his hand upon us both.
May he remove his rod from me, and let his dread not terrify me;
Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
You may say, My way is clean, and I am free from sin in your eyes.
If he goes on his way, shutting a man up and putting him to death, who may make him go back from his purpose?
"Wisdom may be found in the company of the aged. Understanding comes with longevity.
Truly, there is no building up of what is pulled down by him; when a man is shut up by him, no one may let him loose.
Surely I wish to speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue and reason my case with God [that He may explain the conflict between what I believe of Him and what I see of Him].
Will it be good for you to be searched out by him, or have you the thought that he may be guided into error like a man?
Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
"This also will be my salvation, For a godless man may not come before His presence.
If his days are ordered, and you have knowledge of the number of his months, having given him a fixed limit past which he may not go;
Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.
Although its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump begins to die in the soil,
His children may [come to] honor, but he does not know [it]; or they may become lowly, but he does not realize it.
What is man, that he may be clean? and how may the son of woman be upright?
He wandereth abroad for bread, where may it be? He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
May words which are like the wind be stopped? or what is troubling you to make answer to them?
Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry for help find no resting place.
So that he may give decision for a man in his cause with God, and between a son of man and his neighbour.
To the parts of Sheol ye go down, If together on the dust we may rest.
My way is walled up by him so that I may not go by: he has made my roads dark.
Who doth grant now, That my words may be written? Who doth grant that in a book they may be graven?
With a pen of iron and lead -- For ever in a rock they may be hewn.
Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
His bones may be full of youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in the grave.
He is forced to give back the fruit of his work, and may not take it for food; he has no joy in the profit of his trading.
"He may flee from the iron weapon, But the bronze bow will pierce him.
Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
I -- to man is my complaint? and if so, wherefore May not my temper become short?
What is the Ruler of all, that we may give him worship? and what profit is it to us to make prayer to him?
May they become like a straw, blown away before the wind; like a chaff that's swept off by a storm.
God reserves a person's punishment for his children. Let God repay the person himself, so that he may know [it].
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
"For when they're humbled, you may respond; "It's their pride!' but he delivers the humble.
He who is purposing death gets up before day, so that he may put to death the poor and those in need.
God may let them rest in a feeling of security, but he is constantly watching all their ways.
How then is it possible for man to be upright before God? or how may he be clean who is a son of woman?
May my enemy be like the wicked and my opponent like the unjust.
Though he may get silver together like dust, and make ready great stores of clothing;
He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
Food may come from the earth, but below the surface the earth is transformed as by fire.
He dams up the streams from flowing so that he may bring to light what is hidden.
But where may wisdom be seen? and where is the resting-place of knowledge?
Gold may not be given for it, or a weight of silver in payment for it.
It may not be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the onyx of great price, or the sapphire.
Gold and glass are not equal to it in price, and it may not be exchanged for jewels of the best gold.
The topaz of Ethiopia is not equal to it, and it may not be valued with the best gold.
Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
then let my wife cook for another person and may someone else sleep with her,
What then will I do when God comes as my judge? and what answer may I give to his questions?
then let my arm fall from its socket; and may my arm be torn off at the shoulder.
For I'm terrified of what calamity God may have in store for me; and I cannot endure his grandeur."
may thorns spring up instead of wheat, and obnoxious weeds instead of barley." With this, Job's discourse with his friends is completed.
"The abundant in years may not be wise, Nor may elders understand justice.
That ye may not say, We have found out wisdom; God will make him yield, not man.
I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
Be that as it may, Job, I beg of you to hear what I have to say and give heed to all my words.
For God speaks time and again, but a person may not notice it.
[One may hear God's voice] in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men while slumbering upon the bed,
That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
A person may be disciplined on his bed with pain and constant distress in his bones,
His flesh is so wasted away, that it may not be seen, and his bones. ...
[God's voice may be heard] if there is for the hearer a messenger or an angel, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man what is right for him [how to be upright and in right standing with God],
Then he will pray to God, and He will accept him, That he may see His face with joy, And He may restore His righteousness to man.
in order to turn him back from the Pit, so he may shine with the light of life.
If you have anything to say, give me an answer; for it is my desire that you may be judged free from sin.
Though I am right, still I am in pain; my wound may not be made well, though I have done no wrong.
How may a hater of right be a ruler? and will you say that the upright Ruler of all is evil?
There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
That the godless man may not reign, that there be no one to ensnare the people.
My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.
Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.
Their ear is open to his teaching, and he gives them orders so that their hearts may be turned from evil.
Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.
Truly, God is great, greater than all our knowledge; the number of his years may not be searched out.
He does wonders, more than may be searched out; great things of which we have no knowledge;
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