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Bible in one year


August 15


Job 21:1-34
1. Then Job answered and said:
2. "Keep listening to my words, and let this be your comfort.
3. Bear with me, and I will speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.
4. As for me, is my complaint against man? Why should I not be impatient?
5. Look at me and be appalled, and lay your hand over your mouth.
6. When I remember I am dismayed, and shuddering seizes my flesh.
7. Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?
8. Their offspring are established in their presence, and their descendants before their eyes.
9. Their houses are safe from fear, and no rod of God is upon them.
10. Their bull breeds without fail; their cow calves and does not miscarry.
11. They send out their little boys like a flock, and their children dance.
12. They sing to the tambourine and the lyre and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.
13. They spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol.
14. They say to God, 'Depart from us! We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.
15. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit do we get if we pray to him?'
16. Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17. "How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity comes upon them? That God distributes pains in his anger?
18. That they are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away?
19. You say, 'God stores up their iniquity for their children.' Let him pay it out to them, that they may know it.
20. Let their own eyes see their destruction, and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21. For what do they care for their houses after them, when the number of their months is cut off?
22. Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those who are on high?
23. One dies in his full vigor, being wholly at ease and secure,
24. his pails full of milk and the marrow of his bones moist.
25. Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having tasted of prosperity.
26. They lie down alike in the dust, and the worms cover them.
27. "Behold, I know your thoughts and your schemes to wrong me.
28. For you say, 'Where is the house of the prince? Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?'
29. Have you not asked those who travel the roads, and do you not accept their testimony
30. that the evil man is spared in the day of calamity, that he is rescued in the day of wrath?
31. Who declares his way to his face, and who repays him for what he has done?
32. When he is carried to the grave, watch is kept over his tomb.
33. The clods of the valley are sweet to him; all mankind follows after him, and those who go before him are innumerable.
34. How then will you comfort me with empty nothings? There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood."

Job 22:1-30
1. Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2. "Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
3. Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are in the right, or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless?
4. Is it for your fear of him that he reproves you and enters into judgment with you?
5. Is not your evil abundant? There is no end to your iniquities.
6. For you have exacted pledges of your brothers for nothing and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7. You have given no water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
8. The man with power possessed the land, and the favored man lived in it.
9. You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless were crushed.
10. Therefore snares are all around you, and sudden terror overwhelms you,
11. or darkness, so that you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.
12. "Is not God high in the heavens? See the highest stars, how lofty they are!
13. But you say, 'What does God know? Can he judge through the deep darkness?
14. Thick clouds veil him, so that he does not see, and he walks on the vault of heaven.'
15. Will you keep to the old way that wicked men have trod?
16. They were snatched away before their time; their foundation was washed away.
17. They said to God, 'Depart from us,' and 'What can the Almighty do to us?'
18. Yet he filled their houses with good things- but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19. The righteous see it and are glad; the innocent one mocks at them,
20. saying, 'Surely our adversaries are cut off, and what they left the fire has consumed.'
21. "Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.
22. Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.
23. If you return to the Almighty you will be built up; if you remove injustice far from your tents,
24. if you lay gold in the dust, and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent bed,
25. then the Almighty will be your gold and your precious silver.
26. For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty and lift up your face to God.
27. You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows.
28. You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.
29. For when they are humbled you say, 'It is because of pride'; but he saves the lowly.
30. He delivers even the one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."

Psalms 96:1-6
1. Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
2. Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
3. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
4. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
5. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
6. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Proverbs 23:6-8
6. Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; do not desire his delicacies,
7. for he is like one who is inwardly calculating. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
8. You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten, and waste your pleasant words.

Romans 14:1-23
1. As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
2. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables.
3. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.
4. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
6. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
7. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.
8. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
9. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10. Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;
11. for it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."
12. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
13. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
14. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.
15. For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.
16. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.
17. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
18. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
19. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
20. Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.
21. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
22. The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.
23. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.