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August 21


Job 33:1-33
1. But now, Job, pay attention to my speech, and listen to all my words.
2. I am going to open my mouth; my tongue will form words on my palate.
3. My words [come from] my upright heart, and my lips speak what they know with sincerity.
4. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5. Refute me if you can. Prepare your case against me; take your stand.
6. I am just like you before God; I was also pinched off from [a piece of] clay.
7. Fear of me should not terrify you; the pressure I exert against you will be light.
8. Surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I have heard these very words:
9. "I am pure, without transgression; I am clean and have no guilt.
10. But He finds reasons to oppose me; He regards me as his enemy.
11. He puts my feet in the stocks; He stands watch over all my paths."
12. But I tell you that you are wrong in this [matter], since God is greater than man.
13. Why do you take Him to court for not answering anything a person asks?
14. For God speaks time and again, but a person may not notice it.
15. In a dream, a vision in the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber on [their] beds,
16. He uncovers their ears at that time and terrifies them with warnings,
17. in order to turn a person [from his] actions and suppress his pride.
18. God spares his soul from the Pit, his life from crossing the river [of death].
19. A person may be disciplined on his bed with pain and constant distress in his bones,
20. so that he detests bread, and his soul [despises his] favorite food.
21. His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his unseen bones stick out.
22. He draws near the Pit, and his life to the executioners.
23. If there is an angel on his side, one mediator out of a thousand, to tell a person what is right for him
24. and to be gracious to him and say, "Spare him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom,"
25. then his flesh will be healthier than in his youth, and he will return to the days of his youthful vigor.
26. He will pray to God, and God will delight in him. That man will behold His face with a shout of joy, and God will restore his righteousness to him.
27. He will look at men and say, "I have sinned and perverted what was right; yet I did not get what I deserved.
28. He redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit, and I will continue to see the light."
29. God certainly does all these things two or three times to a man
30. in order to turn him back from the Pit, so he may shine with the light of life.
31. Pay attention, Job, and listen to me. Be quiet, and I will speak.
32. But if you have something to say, answer me; speak, for I would like to justify you.
33. If not, then listen to me; be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.

Job 34:1-37
1. Then Elihu continued, saying:
2. Hear my words, you wise men, and listen to me, you knowledgeable ones.
3. Doesn't the ear tests words as the palate tastes food?
4. Let us judge for ourselves what is right; let us decide together what is good.
5. For Job has declared, "I am righteous, yet God has deprived me of justice.
6. Would I lie about my case? My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression."
7. What man is like Job? He drinks derision like water.
8. He keeps company with evildoers and walks with wicked men.
9. For he has said, "A man gains nothing when he becomes God's friend."
10. Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding. It is impossible for God [to do] wrong, and [for] the Almighty [to act] unjustly.
11. For He repays a person [according to] his deeds, and He bring his ways on him.
12. Indeed, it is true that God does not act wickedly and the Almighty does not pervert justice.
13. Who gave Him authority over the earth? Who put Him in charge of the entire world?
14. If He put His mind to it and withdrew the spirit and breath He [gave],
15. every living thing would perish together and mankind would return to the dust.
16. If you [have] understanding, hear this; listen to what I have to say.
17. Could one who hates justice govern [the world]? Will you condemn the mighty Righteous One,
18. who says to a king, "Worthless man!" and to nobles, "Wicked men!"?
19. God is not partial to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of His hands.
20. They die suddenly in the middle of the night; people shudder, then pass away. Even the mighty are removed without effort.
21. For His eyes [watch] over a man's ways, and He observes all his steps.
22. There is no darkness, no deep darkness, where evildoers can hide themselves.
23. God does not [need to] examine a person further, that one should approach Him in court.
24. He shatters the mighty without an investigation and sets others in their place.
25. Therefore, He recognizes their deeds and overthrows [them] by night, and they are crushed.
26. In full view of the public, He strikes them for their wickedness,
27. because they turned aside from following Him and did not understand any of His ways
28. but caused the poor to cry out to Him, and He heard the outcry of the afflicted.
29. But when God is silent, who can declare [Him] guilty? When He hides [His] face, who can see Him? Yet He [watches] over both individuals and nations,
30. so that godless men should not rule or ensnare the people.
31. Suppose someone says to God, "I have endured [my punishment]; I will no [longer] act wickedly.
32. Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I won't do it again."
33. Should God repay [you] on your terms when you have rejected [His]? You must choose, not I! So declare what you know.
34. Reasonable men will say to me, along with the wise men who hear me,
35. "Job speaks without knowledge; his words are without insight."
36. If only Job were tested to the limit, because [his] answers are [like] those of wicked men.
37. For he adds rebellion to his sin; he [scornfully] claps in our presence, while multiplying his words against God.

Psalms 98:4-9
4. Shout to the LORD, all the earth; be jubilant, shout for joy, and sing.
5. Sing to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and melodious song.
6. With trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn shout triumphantly in the presence of the LORD, our King.
7. Let the sea and all that fills it, the world and those who live in it, resound.
8. Let the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains shout together for joy
9. before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world righteously and the peoples fairly.

Proverbs 23:19-21
19. Listen, my son, and be wise; keep your mind on the right course.
20. Don't associate with those who drink too much wine, or with those who gorge themselves on meat.
21. For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor, and grogginess will clothe [them] in rags.

1 Corinthians 3:1-23
1. Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ.
2. I fed you milk, not solid food, because you were not yet able to receive it. In fact, you are still not able,
3. because you are still fleshly. For since there is envy and strife among you, are you not fleshly and living like ordinary people?
4. For whenever someone says, "I'm with Paul," and another, "I'm with Apollos," are you not [typical] men?
5. So, what is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given.
6. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
7. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
8. Now the one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9. For we are God's co-workers. You are God's field, God's building.
10. According to God's grace that was given to me, as a skilled master builder I have laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But each one must be careful how he builds on it,
11. because no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid-- that is, Jesus Christ.
12. If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw,
13. each one's work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one's work.
14. If anyone's work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward.
15. If anyone's work is burned up, it will be lost, but he will be saved; yet it will be like an escape through fire.
16. Don't you know that you are God's sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
17. If anyone ruins God's sanctuary, God will ruin him; for God's sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are.
18. No one should deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, he must become foolish so that he can become wise.
19. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, since it is written: He catches the wise in their craftiness--
20. and again, The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are futile.
21. So no one should boast in men, for all things are yours:
22. whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come-- all are yours,
23. and you belong to Christ, and Christ to God.