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Bible in one year


August 20


Job 31:1-40
1. I DICTATED a covenant (an agreement) to my eyes; how then could I look [lustfully] upon a girl?
2. For what portion should I have from God above [if I were lewd], and what heritage from the Almighty on high?
3. Does not calamity [justly] befall the unrighteous, and disaster the workers of iniquity?
4. Does not [God] see my ways and count all my steps?
5. If I have walked with falsehood or vanity, or if my foot has hastened to deceit--
6. Oh, let me be weighed in a just balance and let Him weigh me, that God may know my integrity!
7. If my step has turned out of [God's] way, and my heart has gone the way my eyes [covetously] invited, and if any spot has stained my hands with guilt,
8. Then let me sow and let another eat; yes, let the produce of my field or my offspring be rooted out.
9. If my heart has been deceived and I made a fool by a woman, or if I have [covetously] laid wait at my neighbor's door [until his departure],
10. Then let my wife grind [meal, like a bondslave] for another, and let others bow down upon her.
11. For [adultery] is a heinous and chief crime, an iniquity [to demand action by] the judges and punishment. [Deut. 22:22; John 8:5.]
12. For [uncontrolled passion] is a fire which consumes to Abaddon (to destruction, ruin, and the place of final torment); [that fire once lighted would rage until all is consumed] and would burn to the root all my [life's] increase.
13. If I have despised and rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant when they contended or brought a complaint against me,
14. What then shall I do when God rises up [to judge]? When He visits [to inquire of me], what shall I answer Him? [Ps. 44:21.]
15. Did not He Who made me in the womb make [my servant]? And did not One fashion us both in the womb? [Prov. 14:31; 22:2; Mal. 2:10.]
16. If I have withheld from the poor and needy what they desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to look in vain [for relief],
17. Or have eaten my morsel alone and have not shared it with the fatherless--
18. No, but from my youth [the fatherless] grew up with me as a father, and I have been [the widow's] guide from my mother's womb--
19. If I have seen anyone perish for want of clothing, or any poor person without covering,
20. If his loins have not blessed me [for clothing them], and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
21. If I have lifted my hand against the fatherless when I saw [that the judges would be favorable and be] my help at the [council] gate,
22. Then let my shoulder fall away from my shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from its socket.
23. For calamity from God was a terror to me, and because of His majesty I could not endure [to face Him] and could do nothing. [Isa. 13:6; Joel 1:15.]
24. If I have made gold my trust and hope or have said to fine gold, You are my confidence,
25. If I rejoiced because my wealth was great and because my [powerful] hand [alone] had gotten much,
26. If I beheld [as an object of worship] the sunlight when it shone or the moon walking in its brightness,
27. And my heart has been secretly enticed by them or my mouth has kissed my hand [in homage to them],
28. This also would have been [a heinous and principal] iniquity to demand the judges' action and punishment, for I would have denied and been false to the God Who is above. [Deut. 4:19; 17:2-7.]
29. If I rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me or lifted myself up [in malicious triumph] when evil overtook him--
30. No, I have let my mouth sin neither by cursing my enemy nor by praying that he might die--
31. [Just ask] if the men of my tent will not say, Who can find one in need who has not been satisfied with food he gave them?--
32. The temporary resident has not lodged in the street, but I have opened my door to the wayfaring man--
33. If like Adam or like [other] men I have concealed my transgressions, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom
34. Because I feared the great multitude and the contempt of families terrified me so that I kept silence and did not go out of the door--
35. Oh, for a hearing! Oh, for an answer from the Almighty! Let my adversary write out His indictment [and put His vague accusations in tangible form] in a book!
36. Surely I would [proudly] bear it on my shoulder and wind the scroll about my head as a diadem.
37. I would count out to Him the number of my steps [with every detail of my life], approaching His presence as a prince--
38. For if my land has cried out against me and its furrows have complained together with tears [that I have no right to them],
39. If I have eaten its fruits without paying for them or have caused its [rightful] owners to breathe their last,
40. Let thistles grow instead of wheat and cockleburs instead of barley. The [controversial] words of Job [with his friends] are ended.

Job 32:1-22
1. SO THESE three men ceased to answer Job, because he was [rigidly] righteous (upright and in right standing with God) in his own eyes. [But there was a fifth man there also.]
2. Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became indignant. His indignation was kindled against Job because he justified himself rather than God [even made himself out to be better than God].
3. Also against [Job's] three friends was [Elihu's] anger kindled, because they had found no answer [were unable to show his real error], and yet they had declared him to be in the wrong [and responsible for his own afflictions].
4. Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because the others were older than he.
5. But when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouths of these three men, he became angry.
6. Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite said, I am young, and you are aged; for that reason I was timid and restrained and dared not declare my opinion to you.
7. I said, Age should speak, and a multitude of years should teach wisdom [so let it be heard].
8. But there is [a vital force] a spirit [of intelligence] in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives men understanding. [Prov. 2:6.]
9. It is not the great [necessarily] who are wise, nor [always] the aged who understand justice.
10. So I say, Listen to me; I also will give you my opinion [about Job's situation] and my knowledge.
11. You see, I waited for your words, I listened to your wise reasons, while you searched out what to say.
12. Yes, I paid attention to what you said, and behold, not one of you convinced Job or made [satisfactory] replies to his words [you could not refute him].
13. Beware lest you say, We have found wisdom; God thrusts [Job] down [justly], not man [God alone is dealing with him].
14. Now [Job] has not directed his words against me [therefore I have no cause for irritation], neither will I answer him with speeches like yours. [I speak for truth, not for revenge.]
15. [Job's friends] are amazed and embarrassed, they answer no more; they have not a thing to say [reports Elihu].
16. And shall I wait, because they say nothing but stand still and answer no more?
17. I also will answer my [God-assigned] part; I also will declare my opinion and my knowledge.
18. For I am full of words; the spirit within me constrains me.
19. My breast is as wine that has no vent; like new wineskins, it is ready to burst.
20. I must speak, that I may get relief and be refreshed; I will open my lips and answer.
21. I will not [I warn you] be influenced by respect for any man's person and show partiality, neither will I flatter any man.
22. For I know not how to flatter, [wasting my time in mere formalities, for then] my Maker would soon take me away.

Psalms 98:1-3
1. A Psalm. O SING to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have wrought salvation for Him.
2. The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness has He openly shown in the sight of the nations. [Luke 2:30, 31.]
3. He has [earnestly] remembered His mercy and loving-kindness, His truth and His faithfulness toward the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have witnessed the salvation of our God. [Acts 13:47; 28:28.]

Proverbs 23:17-18
17. Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord all the day long.
18. For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.

1 Corinthians 2:1-16
1. AS FOR myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or mystery and secret of God [concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation of men] in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom;
2. For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified.
3. And I was in (passed into a state of) weakness and fear (dread) and great trembling [after I had come] among you.
4. And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them],
5. So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.
6. Yet when we are among the full-grown (spiritually mature Christians who are ripe in understanding), we do impart a [higher] wisdom (the knowledge of the divine plan previously hidden); but it is indeed not a wisdom of this present age or of this world nor of the leaders and rulers of this age, who are being brought to nothing and are doomed to pass away.
7. But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from the human understanding] and now revealed to us by God--[that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence].
8. None of the rulers of this age or world perceived and recognized and understood this, for if they had, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.
9. But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. [Isa. 64:4; 65:17.]
10. Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man's scrutiny].
11. For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man's thoughts except the man's own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12. Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.
13. And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].
14. But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.
15. But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].
16. For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. [Isa. 40:13.]