Bible Society of South Africa

Holy Week: Holy Saturday

First reading

1We are all born weak and helpless.

All lead the same short, troubled life.

2We grow and wither as quickly as flowers;

we disappear like shadows.

3Will you even look at me, God,

or put me on trial and judge me?

4Nothing clean can ever come

from anything as unclean as human beings.

5The length of their lives is decided beforehand —

the number of months they will live.

You have settled it, and it can't be changed.

6Look away from them and leave them alone;

let them enjoy their hard life — if they can.

7There is hope for a tree that has been cut down;

it can come back to life and sprout.

8Even though its roots grow old,

and its stump dies in the ground,

9with water it will sprout like a young plant.

10But people die, and that is the end of them;

they die, and where are they then?

11Like rivers that stop running,

and lakes that go dry,

12people die, never to rise.

They will never wake up while the sky endures;

they will never stir from their sleep.

13I wish you would hide me in the world of the dead;

let me be hidden until your anger is over,

and then set a time to remember me.

14If people die, can they come back to life?

But I will wait for better times,

wait till this time of trouble is ended.

Job 14:1-14GNBOpen in Bible reader

Punishment, Repentance, and Hope

1I am one who knows what it is to be punished by God.

2He drove me deeper and deeper into darkness

3And beat me again and again with merciless blows.

4He has left my flesh open and raw, and has broken my bones.

5He has shut me in a prison of misery and anguish.

6He has forced me to live in the stagnant darkness of death.

7He has bound me in chains; I am a prisoner with no hope of escape.

8I cry aloud for help, but God refuses to listen;

9I stagger as I walk; stone walls block me wherever I turn.

Lamentations 3:1-9GNBOpen in Bible reader

19The thought of my pain, my homelessness, is bitter poison;

20I think of it constantly and my spirit is depressed.

21Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing:

22The LORD's unfailing love and mercy still continue,

23Fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise.

24The LORD is all I have, and so I put my hope in him.

Lamentations 3:19-24GNBOpen in Bible reader
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