Resentment(A) kills a fool,
    and envy slays the simple.(B)

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For he says, ‘There is no profit
    in trying to please God.’(A)

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Yet you ask him, ‘What profit is it to me,[a]
    and what do I gain by not sinning?’(A)

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Footnotes

  1. Job 35:3 Or you

13 Surely in vain(A) I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.(B)

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20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries(A) misuse your name.(B)

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Therefore I told you these things long ago;
    before they happened I announced(A) them to you
so that you could not say,
    ‘My images brought them about;(B)
    my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’

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You[a] live in the midst of deception;(A)
    in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,”
declares the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 9:6 That is, Jeremiah (the Hebrew is singular)

17 We will certainly do everything we said we would:(A) We will burn incense(B) to the Queen of Heaven(C) and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our ancestors, our kings and our officials(D) did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem.(E) At that time we had plenty of food(F) and were well off and suffered no harm.(G)

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