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August 27


Ecclesiastes 3:1-22
1. TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
2. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted, [Heb. 9:27.]
3. A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up,
4. A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5. A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6. A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away,
7. A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak, [Amos 5:13.]
8. A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. [Luke 14:26.]
9. What profit remains for the worker from his toil?
10. I have seen the painful labor and exertion and miserable business which God has given to the sons of men with which to exercise and busy themselves.
11. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men's hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
12. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be glad and to get and do good as long as they live;
13. And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor--it is the gift of God.
14. I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it. And God does it so that men will [reverently] fear Him [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is]. [Ps. 19:9; James 1:17.]
15. That which is now already has been, and that which is to be already has been; and God seeks that which has passed by [so that history repeats itself].
16. Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice there was wickedness, and that in the place of righteousness wickedness was there also.
17. I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time [appointed] for every matter and purpose and for every work.
18. I said in my heart regarding the subject of the sons of men, God is trying (separating and sifting) them, that they may see that by themselves [under the sun, without God] they are but like beasts.
19. For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even [in the end] one thing befalls them both. As the one dies, so dies the other. Yes, they all have one breath and spirit, so that a man has no preeminence over a beast; for all is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)!
20. All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
21. Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goes downward to the earth?
22. So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his portion. For who shall bring him back to see what will happen after he is gone?

Psalms 102:12-17
12. But You, O Lord, are enthroned forever; and the fame of Your name endures to all generations.
13. You will arise and have mercy and loving-kindness for Zion, for it is time to have pity and compassion for her; yes, the set time has come [the moment designated]. [Ps. 12:5; 119:126.]
14. For Your servants take [melancholy] pleasure in the stones [of her ruins] and show pity for her dust.
15. So the nations shall fear and worshipfully revere the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. [Ps. 96:9.]
16. When the Lord builds up Zion, He will appear in His glory;
17. He will regard the plea of the destitute and will not despise their prayer.

Proverbs 24:3-4
3. Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation],
4. And by knowledge shall its chambers [of every area] be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

1 Corinthians 8:1-13
1. NOW ABOUT food offered to idols: of course we know that all of us possess knowledge [concerning these matters. Yet mere] knowledge causes people to be puffed up (to bear themselves loftily and be proud), but love (affection and goodwill and benevolence) edifies and builds up and encourages one to grow [to his full stature].
2. If anyone imagines that he has come to know and understand much [of divine things, without love], he does not yet perceive and recognize and understand as strongly and clearly, nor has he become as intimately acquainted with anything as he ought or as is necessary.
3. But if one loves God truly [with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him].
4. In this matter, then, of eating food offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing (has no real existence) and that there is no God but one. [Deut. 6:4.]
5. For although there may be so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many of them, both of gods and of lords and masters,
6. Yet for us there is [only] one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and for Whom we [have life], and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by Whom are all things and through and by Whom we [ourselves exist]. [Mal. 2:10.]
7. Nevertheless, not all [believers] possess this knowledge. But some, through being all their lives until now accustomed to [thinking of] idols [as real and living], still consider the food [offered to an idol] as that sacrificed to an [actual] god; and their weak consciences become defiled and injured if they eat [it].
8. Now food [itself] will not cause our acceptance by God nor commend us to Him. Eating [food offered to idols] gives us no advantage; neither do we come short or become any worse if we do not eat [it].
9. Only be careful that this power of choice (this permission and liberty to do as you please) which is yours, does not [somehow] become a hindrance (cause of stumbling) to the weak or overscrupulous [giving them an impulse to sin].
10. For suppose someone sees you, a man having knowledge [of God, with an intelligent view of this subject and] reclining at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged and emboldened [to violate his own conscientious scruples] if he is weak and uncertain, and eat what [to him] is for the purpose of idol worship?
11. And so by your enlightenment (your knowledge of spiritual things), this weak man is ruined (is lost and perishes)--the brother for whom Christ (the Messiah) died!
12. And when you sin against your brethren in this way, wounding and damaging their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13. Therefore, if [my eating a] food is a cause of my brother's falling or of hindering [his spiritual advancement], I will not eat [such] flesh forever, lest I cause my brother to be tripped up and fall and to be offended.