11 Therefore, observe diligently the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that I am commanding you today.
Blessings for Obedience
12 If you heed these ordinances, by diligently observing them, the Lord your God will maintain with you the covenant loyalty that he swore to your ancestors;
13 he will love you, bless you, and multiply you; he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the issue of your flock, in the land that he swore to your ancestors to give you.
14 You shall be the most blessed of peoples, with neither sterility nor barrenness among you or your livestock.
15 The Lord will turn away from you every illness; all the dread diseases of Egypt that you experienced, he will not inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you.
16 You shall devour all the peoples that the Lord your God is giving over to you, showing them no pity; you shall not serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you.
17 If you say to yourself, ‘These nations are more numerous than I; how can I dispossess them?’
18 do not be afraid of them. Just remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt,
19 the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs and wonders, the mighty hand and the outstretched arm by which the Lord your God brought you out. The Lord your God will do the same to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.
20 Moreover, the Lord your God will send the pestilence against them, until even the survivors and the fugitives are destroyed.
21 Have no dread of them, for the Lord your God, who is present with you, is a great and awesome God.
22 The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able to make a quick end of them, otherwise the wild animals would become too numerous for you.
23 But the Lord your God will give them over to you, and throw them into great panic, until they are destroyed.
24 He will hand their kings over to you and you shall blot out their name from under heaven; no one will be able to stand against you, until you have destroyed them.
25 The images of their gods you shall burn with fire. Do not covet the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, because you could be ensnared by it; for it is abhorrent to the Lord your God.
26 Do not bring an abhorrent thing into your house, or you will be set apart for destruction like it. You must utterly detest and abhor it, for it is set apart for destruction. A Warning Not to Forget God in Prosperity
1 This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors.
Job Replies: There Is No Mediator
1 Then Job answered:
2 ‘Indeed I know that this is so; but how can a mortal be just before God?
3 If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength—who has resisted him, and succeeded?—
5 he who removes mountains, and they do not know it, when he overturns them in his anger;
6 who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble;
7 who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars;
8 who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the Sea;
9 who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;
10 who does great things beyond understanding, and marvellous things without number.
11 Look, he passes by me, and I do not see him; he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12 He snatches away; who can stop him? Who will say to him, “What are you doing?”
13 ‘God will not turn back his anger; the helpers of Rahab bowed beneath him.
14 How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him?
15 Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.
16 If I summoned him and he answered me, I do not believe that he would listen to my voice.
17 For he crushes me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause;
18 he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
19 If it is a contest of strength, he is the strong one! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?
20 Though I am innocent, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
21 I am blameless; I do not know myself; I loathe my life.
22 It is all one; therefore I say, he destroys both the blameless and the wicked.
23 When disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at the calamity of the innocent.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; he covers the eyes of its judges—if it is not he, who then is it?
25 ‘My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good.
26 They go by like skiffs of reed, like an eagle swooping on the prey.
27 If I say, “I will forget my complaint; I will put off my sad countenance and be of good cheer”,
28 I become afraid of all my suffering, for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29 I shall be condemned; why then do I labour in vain?
30 If I wash myself with soap and cleanse my hands with lye,
31 yet you will plunge me into filth, and my own clothes will abhor me.
32 For he is not a mortal, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.
33 There is no umpire between us, who might lay his hand on us both.
34 If he would take his rod away from me, and not let dread of him terrify me,
35 then I would speak without fear of him, for I know I am not what I am thought to be.
Job: I Loathe My Life
1 ‘I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me.
9 Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’
10 See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
13 Who has directed the spirit of the Lord, or as his counsellor has instructed him?
14 Whom did he consult for his enlightenment, and who taught him the path of justice? Who taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?
15 Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales; see, he takes up the isles like fine dust.
16 Lebanon would not provide fuel enough, nor are its animals enough for a burnt-offering.
17 All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.