Then Job answered: â€œIndeed I know that this is so; but how can a mortal be just before God? If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand. He is wise in heart, and mighty in strengthâ€”who has resisted him, and succeeded?â€” he who removes mountains, and they do not know it, when he overturns them in his anger; who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble; who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars; who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the Sea; who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south; who does great things beyond understanding, and marvelous things without number. Look, he passes by me, and I do not see him; he moves on, but I do not perceive him. He snatches away; who can stop him? Who will say to him, â€˜What are you doing?â€™
How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him? Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser. If I summoned him and he answered me, I do not believe that he would listen to my voice.
As they were going along the road, someone said to him, â€œI will follow you wherever you go.â€ And Jesus said to him, â€œFoxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.â€ To another he said, â€œFollow me.â€ But he said, â€œLord, first let me go and bury my father.â€ But Jesus said to him, â€œLet the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.â€ Another said, â€œI will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.â€ Jesus said to him, â€œNo one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.