Bible in one year

August 21

Job 33:1-33
1. "Now, Job, listen to me. Listen carefully to what I say.
2. I am ready to speak.
3. My heart is honest, so my words are sincere. I will speak the truth about what I know.
4. God's Spirit made me. My life comes from God All-Powerful.
5. Listen to me and answer if you can. Get your arguments ready to face me.
6. You and I are the same before God. He used clay to make us both.
7. Don't be afraid of me. I will not be hard on you.
8. "But, Job, I heard what you said. These were your very words:
9. 'I am pure and innocent; I did nothing wrong; I am not guilty!
10. But God found an excuse to attack me. He treats me like an enemy.
11. He put chains on my feet and watches everything I do.'
12. "But you are wrong about this, and I will prove it to you. God knows more than any of us.
13. You are arguing with God! Why do you think he should explain everything to you?
14. But maybe God does explain what he does but speaks in ways that people don't understand.
15. He may speak in a dream, or in a vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep lying in their beds.
16. He may whisper something in their ear, and they are frightened when they hear his warnings.
17. God warns people to stop them from doing wrong and to keep them from becoming proud.
18. He does this to save them from death. He wants to keep them from being destroyed.
19. "Or those who are sick in bed might be suffering punishment from God. The pain that makes their bones ache might be a warning from him.
20. They feel so bad they cannot eat. Even the best food makes them sick.
21. Their bodies might waste away until they becomes thin and all their bones stick out.
22. They might be close to death, their lives about to end.
23. But maybe one of God's thousands of angels is watching over them, to speak for them and tell about the good things they have done.
24. Maybe the angel will be kind and say to God, 'Save this one from the place of death! I have found a way to pay for his life.'
25. Then that person's body will become young and strong again. He will be as he was when he was young.
26. He will pray and God will answer. He will worship God and shout with joy. He will again stand as right before God.
27. He will tell everyone, 'I sinned. I changed good into bad, but God didn't give me the punishment I deserved!
28. God saved me from going down to the place of death. Now I can enjoy life again.'
29. "God does all these things for people again and again.
30. He wants them to be saved from death so that they can enjoy life.
31. "Job, pay attention and listen to me. Be quiet and let me talk.
32. But if you have an answer, go ahead and speak. Tell me your argument. I would be happy to know that you are innocent!
33. But if you have nothing to say, then listen to me. Be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom."

Job 34:1-37
1. Then Elihu continued his speech:
2. "Listen to what I say, you wise men. Pay attention, you who know so much.
3. Your tongue tastes the food it touches, and your ear tests the words it hears.
4. So let us test these arguments and decide for ourselves what is right. Together we will learn what is good.
5. Job says, 'I am innocent, and God is not being fair to me.
6. I am right, but I am judged to be a liar. I have done no wrong, but I am badly hurt.'
7. "Would anyone but Job say such things? He has more thirst for insulting God than for water.
8. He is a friend of evil people. He likes to spend time with the wicked.
9. I know this because he says, 'You will gain nothing if you try to please God.'
10. "You men can understand, so listen to me. God would never do what is evil! God All-Powerful would never do wrong.
11. He pays us back for what we have done. He gives us what we deserve.
12. The truth is that God does no wrong. God All-Powerful is always fair.
13. No one chose God to be in charge of the earth. No one gave him responsibility for the whole world.
14. If God decided to take away his spirit and the breath of life he gave us,
15. then everything on earth would die. We would all become dust again.
16. "If you men are wise, you will listen to what I say.
17. Can someone be a ruler if he hates justice? Job, God is not only powerful, but he is fair. Do you think you can judge him guilty?
18. God is the one who says to kings, 'You are worthless!' He says to leaders, 'You are evil!'
19. He does not respect leaders more than other people. And he does not respect the rich more than the poor. God made everyone.
20. Any of us can die suddenly, in the middle of the night. Anyone can get sick and pass away. Even powerful people die for no reason we can see.
21. "God watches what people do. He sees every step they take.
22. There is no place dark enough for evil people to hide from God.
23. God does not need to set a time for people to come before him and be judged.
24. He does not have to ask questions when people do wrong, even if they are powerful leaders. He simply destroys them and chooses others to take their place.
25. When he learns what people have done, he defeats them, and overnight they are gone.
26. He will punish them for the evil they have done, and he will do it where everyone can see.
27. He will do this because they rebelled against him and ignored what he wanted.
28. They hurt the poor and made them cry to God for help. And he hears their cry!
29. But if God decides not to help them, no one can judge him guilty. If he hides himself, no one can find him. He is the ruler over every person and nation.
30. And if a ruler causes people to sin, God will remove him from power.
31. "But what if someone says to God, 'I am guilty; I will not sin anymore'?
32. What if that person says, 'Show me the sins I am not able to see. If I have done wrong, I will not do it again'?
33. Job, you want God to reward you, but you refuse to change. It is your decision, not mine. Tell me what you think.
34. A wise person would listen to me. A wise person would say,
35. 'Job talks like an ignorant person. What he says doesn't make sense!'
36. I think Job should be punished even more, because he answers us like someone who is evil!
37. He adds rebellion to his other sins. He sits there insulting us and arguing with God!"

Psalms 98:4-9
4. Everyone on earth, shout with joy to the Lord. Start singing happy songs of praise!
5. Praise the Lord with harps. Yes, praise him with music from the harps.
6. Blow the pipes and horns, and shout for joy to the Lord our King!
7. Let the sea and everything in it, the earth and all who live on it shout his praise!
8. Rivers, clap your hands! All together now, mountains sing out!
9. Sing before the Lord because he is coming to rule the world. He will rule the world fairly. He will rule the people with goodness.

Proverbs 23:19-21
19. So listen, my son, and be wise. Always be careful to follow the right path.
20. Don't make friends with people who drink too much wine and eat too much food.
21. Those who eat and drink too much become poor. They sleep too much and end up wearing rags. — 16 —

1 Corinthians 3:1-23
1. Brothers and sisters, when I was there, I could not talk to you the way I talk to people who are led by the Spirit. I had to talk to you like ordinary people of the world. You were like babies in Christ.
2. And the teaching I gave you was like milk, not solid food. I did this because you were not ready for solid food. And even now you are not ready.
3. You are still not following the Spirit. You are jealous of each other, and you are always arguing with each other. This shows that you are still following your own selfish desires. You are acting like ordinary people of the world.
4. One of you says, "I follow Paul," and someone else says, "I follow Apollos." When you say things like that, you are acting like people of the world.
5. Is Apollos so important? Is Paul so important? We are only servants of God who helped you believe. Each one of us did the work God gave us to do.
6. I planted the seed and Apollos watered it. But God is the one who made the seed grow.
7. So the one who plants is not important, and the one who waters is not important. Only God is important, because he is the one who makes things grow.
8. The one who plants and the one who waters have the same purpose. And each one will be rewarded for his own work.
9. We are workers together for God, and you are like a farm that belongs to God. And you are a house that belongs to God.
10. Like an expert builder I built the foundation of that house. I used the gift that God gave me to do this. Other people are building on that foundation. But everyone should be careful how they build.
11. The foundation that has already been built is Jesus Christ, and no one can build any other foundation.
12. People can build on that foundation using gold, silver, jewels, wood, grass, or straw.
13. But the work that each person does will be clearly seen, because the Day will make it plain. That Day will appear with fire, and the fire will test everyone's work.
14. If the building they put on the foundation still stands, they will get their reward.
15. But if their building is burned up, they will suffer loss. They will be saved, but it will be like someone escaping from a fire.
16. You should know that you yourselves are God's temple. God's Spirit lives in you.
17. If you destroy God's temple, God will destroy you, because God's temple is holy. You yourselves are God's temple.
18. Don't fool yourselves. Whoever thinks they are wise in this world should become a fool. That's the only way they can be wise.
19. I say this because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, "He catches those who think they are wise in their own clever traps."
20. The Scriptures also say, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise. He knows that their thoughts are worth nothing."
21. So there is not a person on earth that any of you should be boasting about. Everything is yours:
22. Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life, death, the present, and the future—all these are yours.
23. And you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.