Job, Chapter 22

(1) Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, (2) Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? (3) Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect? (4) Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment? (5) Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite? (6) For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing. (7) Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry. (8) But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it. (9) Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken. (10) Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee; (11) Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee. (12) Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are! (13) And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? (14) Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven. (15) Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? (16) Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood: (17) Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them? (18) Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me. (19) The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn. (20) Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth. (21) Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. (22) Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart. (23) If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. (24) Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. (25) Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. (26) For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. (27) Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. (28) Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. (29) When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. (30) He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.

A Random Prayer...

Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself soul and body to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light and listen to Thy voice and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee Adorable Spirit, helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth. Amen.

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