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Bible in one year


August 6


Job 3:1-26
1. Then Job opened his mouth and cursed the day he was born.
2. He said,
3. "I wish the day I was born would be lost forever. I wish the night they said, 'It's a boy!' had never happened.
4. I wish that day had remained dark. I wish God above had forgotten that day and not let any light shine on it.
5. I wish that bitter day had remained as dark as death, covered with the darkest clouds.
6. I wish the darkness had carried away that night, that it was left off the calendar and not included in any of the months.
7. I wish that night had produced nothing and no happy shouts had been heard.
8. Some magicians think they can wake Leviathan. So let them say their curses and curse the day I was born.
9. Let that day's morning star be dark. Let that night wait for a morning that never comes. I wish it had never seen the first rays of sunlight.
10. I wish it had stopped me from being born and kept me from seeing all these troubles.
11. Why didn't I die when I was born? Why didn't I die as I came from my mother's womb?
12. Why did my mother hold me on her knees? Why did her breasts feed me?
13. If I had died when I was born, I would be at peace now. I wish I were asleep and at rest
14. with the kings and their advisors who built palaces that are now in ruins.
15. I wish I were buried with rulers who filled their graves with gold and silver.
16. Why wasn't I a child who died at birth and was put in the ground? I wish I had been buried like a baby who never saw the light of day.
17. There the wicked stop causing trouble, and the weary find rest.
18. Even prisoners find relief there; they no longer hear their guards shouting at them.
19. Everyone—from the greatest to the least important—will be there, and even the slave is free from his master.
20. "Why must a suffering person continue to live? Why let anyone live such a bitter life?
21. Such people want to die, but death does not come. They search for death more than for hidden treasure.
22. They would be happy to find their grave. They would rejoice to find their tomb.
23. But God keeps their future a secret and builds a wall around them to protect them.
24. When it is time to eat, all I can do is sigh with sadness, not joy. My groans pour out like water.
25. I was afraid something terrible would happen, and what I feared most has happened.
26. I cannot calm down or relax. I am too upset to rest!"

Job 4:1-21
1. Eliphaz from Teman answered:
2. "I must say something. Would it upset you if I speak?
3. Job, you have taught many people. You encouraged those who were ready to quit.
4. Your words helped those who were ready to fall. You gave strength to those who could not stand by themselves.
5. But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged. Trouble hits you, and you are upset.
6. You worship God. You trust him. You are a good man, so let that be your hope.
7. Can you think of any innocent person who was ever destroyed? Do you know of any place where good people are punished?
8. Yes, I have seen people whose lives were cut short, but they were evil troublemakers.
9. They lost the breath God gave them. They were cut off from his breath of life.
10. They were like roaring lions, like growling lions with broken teeth—
11. like a lioness that cannot find prey. They died, and their cubs starved to death.
12. "I happened to hear a message. My ears caught a whisper of it.
13. Like a bad dream in the night, it ruined my sleep.
14. It frightened me, and I trembled down to my bones.
15. A spirit passed by my face. The hair on my body stood up!
16. The spirit stood still, but I could not see what it was. A shape stood before my eyes, and there was silence. Then I heard a quiet voice:
17. 'A person cannot be more right than God. People cannot be more pure than their Maker.
18. Look, God cannot even trust his heavenly servants. He sees faults even in his angels.
19. So surely people are worse! They live in houses of clay built on dust. They can be crushed as easily as a moth!
20. From dawn to sunset people are destroyed. They die—gone forever—and no one even notices.
21. The ropes of their tent are pulled up, and they die before gaining wisdom.'

Psalms 91:14-16
14. The Lord says, "If someone trusts me, I will save them. I will protect my followers who call to me for help.
15. When my followers call to me, I will answer them. I will be with them when they are in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them.
16. I will give my followers a long life and show them my power to save."

Proverbs 22:15-15
15. Children do foolish things, but if you punish them, they will learn not to do them.

Romans 8:1-21
1. So now anyone who is in Christ Jesus is not judged guilty.
2. That is because in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free. It made you free from the law that brings sin and death.
3. The law was without power because it was made weak by our sinful selves. But God did what the law could not do: He sent his own Son to earth with the same human life that everyone else uses for sin. God sent him to be an offering to pay for sin. So God used a human life to destroy sin.
4. He did this so that we could be right just as the law said we must be. Now we don't live following our sinful selves. We live following the Spirit.
5. People who live following their sinful selves think only about what they want. But those who live following the Spirit are thinking about what the Spirit wants them to do.
6. If your thinking is controlled by your sinful self, there is spiritual death. But if your thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace.
7. Why is this true? Because anyone whose thinking is controlled by their sinful self is against God. They refuse to obey God's law. And really they are not able to obey it.
8. Those who are ruled by their sinful selves cannot please God.
9. But you are not ruled by your sinful selves. You are ruled by the Spirit, if that Spirit of God really lives in you. But whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ.
10. Your body will always be dead because of sin. But if Christ is in you, then the Spirit gives you life, because Christ made you right with God.
11. God raised Jesus from death. And if God's Spirit lives in you, he will also give life to your bodies that die. Yes, God is the one who raised Christ from death, and he will raise you to life through his Spirit living in you.
12. So, my brothers and sisters, we must not be ruled by our sinful selves. We must not live the way our sinful selves want.
13. If you use your lives to do what your sinful selves want, you will die spiritually. But if you use the Spirit's help to stop doing the wrong things you do with your body, you will have true life.
14. The true children of God are those who let God's Spirit lead them.
15. The Spirit that we received is not a spirit that makes us slaves again and causes us to fear. The Spirit that we have makes us God's chosen children. And with that Spirit we cry out, "Abba, Father."
16. And the Spirit himself speaks to our spirits and makes us sure that we are God's children.
17. If we are God's children, we will get the blessings God has for his people. He will give us all that he has given Christ. But we must suffer like Christ suffered. Then we will be able to share his glory.
18. We have sufferings now, but these are nothing compared to the great glory that will be given to us.
19. Everything that God made is waiting with excitement for the time when he will show the world who his children are. The whole world wants very much for that to happen.
20. Everything God made was allowed to become like something that cannot fulfill its purpose. That was not its choice, but God made it happen with this hope in view:
21. That the creation would be made free from ruin—that everything God made would have the same freedom and glory that belong to God's children.