Bible in one year

August 22

Job 35:1-16
1. Elihu continued talking and said,
2. "Job, it is not fair for you to say, 'I am more right than God,'
3. because you also ask him, 'What's the use of trying to please you? What good will it do me if I don't sin?'
4. "Job, I want to answer you and your friends here with you.
5. Look up at the sky. Look up at the clouds, which are so much higher than you.
6. If you sin, it does not hurt God. Even if your sins are too many to count, that does nothing to God.
7. And if you are good, that does not help God. He gets nothing from you.
8. Job, the good and bad things you do affect only other people like yourself.
9. "If people are being hurt, they cry out and beg for protection from those who hurt them.
10. But they forget to say, 'Where is God, the one who made me? He is the one who gives us songs to sing in the night.
11. He is the one who makes us smarter than any animal on earth and wiser than any bird.'
12. "Or if evil people ask God for help, he will not answer them, because they are too proud.
13. God will not listen to their worthless begging. God All-Powerful will not pay attention to them.
14. So, Job, God will not listen to you when you say that you don't see him. You say you are waiting for your chance to meet with him and prove that you are innocent.
15. "Job thinks that God does not punish evil and that he pays no attention to sin.
16. So he continues his worthless talking. Everything he has said shows he does not know what he is talking about."

Job 36:1-33
1. Elihu continued talking and said,
2. "Be patient with me a little longer. God has a few more words that he wants me to say.
3. I will share my knowledge with everyone. I will prove that my Maker is right.
4. Job, I am telling the truth. I know what I am talking about.
5. "God is very powerful, but he does not hate people. He is very powerful, but he is also very wise.
6. He will not let evil people live. He brings justice to the poor.
7. He watches over those who live right. He lets them rule in high places.
8. So if people are punished, if they are tied with chains and ropes, they did something wrong.
9. And God will tell them what they did, that they sinned and were proud.
10. He will force them to listen to his warning. He will command them to stop sinning.
11. If they serve and obey him, he will make them successful and they will live a happy life.
12. But if they refuse to obey him, they will be destroyed. They will die like fools.
13. "People who don't care about God are always bitter. Even when he punishes them, they refuse to pray to him for help.
14. They will die while they are still young, like the male prostitutes.
15. God saves those who suffer by using their suffering. He uses their troubles to speak in a way that makes them listen.
16. "In fact, God wants to help you out of your troubles. He wants to take away your burdens that are crushing you. He wants to load your table with plenty of food.
17. But you are full of this talk about guilt, judgment, and justice!
18. Job, don't let your anger fill you with doubt about God. And don't let the price of forgiveness turn you away.
19. Do you think your wealth will keep you out of trouble? Will your great strength be of any help to you now?
20. Don't be like those who wish darkness would come and hide them. They try to disappear into the night.
21. Job, don't let your suffering cause you to choose evil. Be careful not to do wrong.
22. "Look, God's power makes him great! He is the greatest teacher of all.
23. No one can tell him what to do. No one can say, 'God, you have done wrong.'
24. Remember to praise him for what he has done, as many others have done in song.
25. Everyone can see what he has done, even people in faraway countries.
26. Yes, God is great, but we cannot understand his greatness. We don't know how long he has lived.
27. "God takes up water from the earth and changes it into mist and rain.
28. So the clouds pour out the water, and the rain falls on many people.
29. No one can understand how he spreads the clouds out or how the thunder rumbles from his home in the sky.
30. Look, he spreads lightning all over the sky and covers the deepest part of the ocean.
31. He uses them to control the nations and to give them plenty of food.
32. He grabs the lightning with his hands, and commands it to strike where he wants.
33. The thunder warns that a storm is coming. So even the cattle know it is near.

Psalms 99:1-9
1. The Lord is King, so let the nations shake with fear. He sits as King above the Cherub angels, so let the whole earth shake.
2. The Lord in Zion is great! He is the great leader over all people.
3. Let all the nations praise your name. Your name is great and awesome. Your name is holy.
4. You are the powerful King who loves justice. You have made things right. You have brought goodness and fairness to Jacob.
5. Praise the Lord our God, and bow down before his footstool, for he is holy.
6. Moses and Aaron were some of his priests, and Samuel was one of the men who called on his name. They prayed to the Lord, and he answered them.
7. God spoke from the tall cloud, and they obeyed his commands and the law he gave them.
8. Lord our God, you answered their prayers. You showed them that you are a forgiving God and that you punish people for the evil they do.
9. Praise the Lord our God. Bow down toward his holy mountain and worship him. The Lord our God is holy!

Proverbs 23:22-25
22. Listen to your father. Without him, you would never have been born. Respect your mother, even when she is old.
23. Truth, wisdom, learning, and understanding are worth paying money for. They are worth far too much to ever sell.
24. The father of a good person is very happy. A wise child brings him joy.
25. Make both of your parents happy. Give your mother that same joy. — 17 —

1 Corinthians 4:1-21
1. You should think of us as servants of Christ, the ones God has trusted to do the work of making known his secret truths.
2. Those who are trusted with such an important work must show that they are worthy of that trust.
3. But I don't consider your judgment on this point to be worth anything. Even an opinion from a court of law would mean nothing. I don't even trust my own judgment.
4. I don't know of any wrong I have done, but that does not make me right. The Lord is the one who must decide if I have done well or not.
5. So don't judge anyone now. The time for judging will be when the Lord comes. He will shine light on everything that is now hidden in darkness. He will make known the secret purposes of our hearts. Then the praise each person should get will come from God.
6. Brothers and sisters, I have used Apollos and myself as examples for you. I did this so that you could learn from us the meaning of the words, "Follow what the Scriptures say." Then you will not brag about one person and criticize another.
7. Who do you think you are? Everything you have was given to you. So, if everything you have was given to you, why do you act as if you got it all by your own power?
8. You think you have everything you need. You think you are rich. You think you have become kings without us. I wish you really were kings. Then we could rule together with you.
9. But it seems to me that God has given me and the other apostles the last place. We are like prisoners condemned to die, led in a parade for the whole world to see—not just people but angels too.
10. We are fools for Christ, but you think you are so wise in Christ. We are weak, but you think you are so strong. People give you honor, but they don't honor us.
11. Even now we still don't have enough to eat or drink, and we don't have enough clothes. We often get beatings. We have no homes.
12. We work hard with our own hands to feed ourselves. When people insult us, we ask God to bless them. When people treat us badly, we accept it.
13. When people say bad things about us, we try to say something that will help them. But people still treat us like the world's garbage—everyone's trash.
14. I am not trying to make you feel ashamed, but I am writing this to counsel you as my own dear children.
15. You may have ten thousand teachers in Christ, but you don't have many fathers. Through the Good News I became your father in Christ Jesus.
16. So I beg you to be like me.
17. That is why I am sending Timothy to you. He is my son in the Lord. I love him and trust him. He will help you remember the way I live in Christ Jesus—a way of life that I teach in all the churches everywhere.
18. Some of you are acting so proud, it seems as though you think I won't be coming there again.
19. But I will come to you very soon, the Lord willing. Then I will see if these proud talkers have the power to do anything more than talk.
20. God's kingdom is not seen in talk but in power.
21. Which do you want: that I come to you with punishment, or that I come with love and gentleness?