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Bible in one year


August 22


Job 35:1-16
1. And Elihu answered and said:
2. "Do you think this to be just? Do you say, 'It is my right before God,'
3. that you ask, 'What advantage have I? How am I better off than if I had sinned?'
4. I will answer you and your friends with you.
5. Look at the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.
6. If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
7. If you are righteous, what do you give to him? Or what does he receive from your hand?
8. Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself, and your righteousness a son of man.
9. "Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out; they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.
10. But none says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
11. who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?'
12. There they cry out, but he does not answer, because of the pride of evil men.
13. Surely God does not hear an empty cry, nor does the Almighty regard it.
14. How much less when you say that you do not see him, that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!
15. And now, because his anger does not punish, and he does not take much note of transgression,
16. Job opens his mouth in empty talk; he multiplies words without knowledge."

Job 36:1-33
1. And Elihu continued, and said:
2. "Bear with me a little, and I will show you, for I have yet something to say on God's behalf.
3. I will get my knowledge from afar and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4. For truly my words are not false; one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
5. "Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any; he is mighty in strength of understanding.
6. He does not keep the wicked alive, but gives the afflicted their right.
7. He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne he sets them forever, and they are exalted.
8. And if they are bound in chains and caught in the cords of affliction,
9. then he declares to them their work and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly.
10. He opens their ears to instruction and commands that they return from iniquity.
11. If they listen and serve him, they complete their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasantness.
12. But if they do not listen, they perish by the sword and die without knowledge.
13. "The godless in heart cherish anger; they do not cry for help when he binds them.
14. They die in youth, and their life ends among the cult prostitutes.
15. He delivers the afflicted by their affliction and opens their ear by adversity.
16. He also allured you out of distress into a broad place where there was no cramping, and what was set on your table was full of fatness.
17. "But you are full of the judgment on the wicked; judgment and justice seize you.
18. Beware lest wrath entice you into scoffing, and let not the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.
19. Will your cry for help avail to keep you from distress, or all the force of your strength?
20. Do not long for the night, when peoples vanish in their place.
21. Take care; do not turn to iniquity, for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
22. Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him?
23. Who has prescribed for him his way, or who can say, 'You have done wrong'?
24. "Remember to extol his work, of which men have sung.
25. All mankind has looked on it; man beholds it from afar.
26. Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.
27. For he draws up the drops of water; they distill his mist in rain,
28. which the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly.
29. Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?
30. Behold, he scatters his lightning about him and covers the roots of the sea.
31. For by these he judges peoples; he gives food in abundance.
32. He covers his hands with the lightning and commands it to strike the mark.
33. Its crashing declares his presence; the cattle also declare that he rises.

Psalms 99:1-9
1. The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
2. The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
3. Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he!
4. The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
5. Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
6. Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the LORD, and he answered them.
7. In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them.
8. O LORD our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
9. Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy!

Proverbs 23:22-25
22. Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23. Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
24. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
25. Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.

1 Corinthians 4:1-21
1. This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
3. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
4. I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
5. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
6. I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.
7. For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
8. Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you!
9. For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men.
10. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
11. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless,
12. and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
13. when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
14. I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
15. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
16. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.
17. That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
18. Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you.
19. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.
20. For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.
21. What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?