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Bible in one year


August 20


Job 31:1-40
1. I have made a covenant with my eyes. How then could I look at a young woman?
2. For what portion [would I have] from God above, or [what] inheritance from the Almighty on high?
3. Doesn't disaster come to the wicked and misfortune to evildoers?
4. Does He not see my ways and number all my steps?
5. If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has rushed to deceit,
6. let God weigh me with an accurate balance, and He will recognize my integrity.
7. If my step has turned from the way, my heart has followed my eyes, or impurity has stained my hands,
8. let someone else eat what I have sown, and let my crops be uprooted.
9. If my heart has been seduced by [my neighbor's] wife or I have lurked at his door,
10. let my own wife grind [grain] for another man, and let other men sleep with her.
11. For that would be a disgrace; it would be a crime deserving punishment.
12. For it is a fire that consumes down to Abaddon; it would destroy my entire harvest.
13. If I have dismissed the case of my male or female servants when they made a complaint against me,
14. what could I do when God stands up [to judge]? How should I answer Him when He calls [me] to account?
15. Did not the One who made me in the womb also make them? Did not the same God form us both in the womb?
16. If I have refused the wishes of the poor or let the widow's eyes go blind,
17. if I have eaten my few crumbs alone without letting the fatherless eat any of it--
18. for from my youth, I raised him as [his] father, and since the day I was born I guided the widow--
19. if I have seen anyone dying for lack of clothing or a needy person without a cloak,
20. if he did not bless me while warming himself with the fleece from my sheep,
21. if I ever cast my vote against a fatherless child when I saw that I had support in the [city] gate,
22. then let my shoulder blade fall from my back, and my arm be pulled from its socket.
23. For disaster from God terrifies me, and because of His majesty I could not do [these things].
24. If I placed my confidence in gold or called fine gold my trust,
25. if I have rejoiced because my wealth is great or because my own hand has acquired [so] much,
26. if I have gazed at the sun when it was shining or at the moon moving in splendor,
27. so that my heart was secretly enticed and I threw them a kiss,
28. this would also be a crime deserving punishment, for I would have denied God above.
29. Have I rejoiced over my enemy's distress, or become excited when trouble came his way?
30. I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse.
31. Haven't the members of my household said, "Who is there who has not had enough to eat at Job's table?"
32. No stranger had to spend the night on the street, for I opened my door to the traveler.
33. Have I covered my transgressions as others do by hiding my guilt in my heart,
34. because I greatly feared the crowds, and the contempt of the clans terrified me, so I grew silent and would not go outside?
35. If only I had someone to hear my [case]! Here is my signature; let the Almighty answer me. Let my Opponent compose [His] indictment.
36. I would surely carry it on my shoulder and wear it like a crown.
37. I would give Him an account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince.
38. If my land cries out against me and its furrows join in weeping,
39. if I have consumed its produce without payment or shown contempt for its tenants,
40. then let thorns grow instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley. The words of Job are concluded.

Job 32:1-22
1. So these three men quit answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
2. Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite from the family of Ram became angry. He was angry at Job because he had justified himself rather than God.
3. He was also angry at Job's three friends because they had failed to refute [him], and yet had condemned him.
4. Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job because they were [all] older than he.
5. But when he saw that the three men could not answer Job, he became angry.
6. So Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite replied: I am young in years, while you are old; therefore I was timid and afraid to tell you what I know.
7. I thought that age should speak and maturity should teach wisdom.
8. But it is a spirit in man and the breath of the Almighty that give him understanding.
9. It is not [only] the old who are wise or the elderly who understand how to judge.
10. Therefore I say, "Listen to me. I too will declare what I know."
11. Look, I waited for your conclusions; I listened to your insights as you sought for words.
12. I paid close attention to you. Yet no one proved Job wrong; not one of you refuted his arguments.
13. So do not claim, "We have found wisdom; let God deal with him, not man."
14. But Job has not directed his argument to me, and I will not respond to him with your arguments.
15. Job's friends are dismayed and can no longer answer; words have left them.
16. Should I continue to wait now that they are silent, now that they stand [there] and no longer answer?
17. I too will answer; yes, I will tell what I know.
18. For I am full of words, and my spirit compels me [to speak].
19. My heart is like unvented wine; it is about to burst like new wineskins.
20. I must speak so that I can find relief; I must open my lips and respond.
21. I will be partial to no one, and I will not give anyone an [undeserved] title.
22. For I do not know how to give [such] titles; otherwise, my Maker would remove me in an instant.

Psalms 98:1-3
1. [A psalm.] Sing a new song to the LORD, for He has performed wonders; His right hand and holy arm have won Him victory.
2. The LORD has made His victory known; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3. He has remembered His love and faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen our God's victory.

Proverbs 23:17-18
17. Don't be jealous of sinners; instead, always fear the LORD.
18. For then you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.

1 Corinthians 2:1-16
1. When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom.
2. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3. And I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
4. My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power,
5. so that your faith might not be based on men's wisdom but on God's power.
6. However, among the mature we do speak a wisdom, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7. On the contrary, we speak God's hidden wisdom in a mystery, which God predestined before the ages for our glory.
8. None of the rulers of this age knew it, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9. But as it is written: What no eye has seen and no ear has heard, and what has never come into a man's heart, is what God has prepared for those who love Him.
10. Now God has revealed them to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.
11. For who among men knows the concerns of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the concerns of God except the Spirit of God.
12. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, in order to know what has been freely given to us by God.
13. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people.
14. But the natural man does not welcome what comes from God's Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to know it since it is evaluated spiritually.
15. The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone.
16. For: who has known the Lord's mind, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.