Bible in one year

August 28

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16
1. Again, I observed all the acts of oppression being done under the sun. Look at the tears of those who are oppressed; they have no one to comfort them. Power is with those who oppress them; they have no one to comfort them.
2. So I admired the dead, who have already died, more than the living, who are still alive.
3. But better than either of them is the one who has not yet existed, who has not seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.
4. I saw that all labor and all skillful work is due to a man's jealousy of his friend. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.
5. The fool folds his arms and consumes his own flesh.
6. Better one handful with rest, than two handfuls with effort and pursuit of the wind.
7. Again, I saw futility under the sun:
8. There is a person without a companion, without even a son or brother, and though there is no end to all his struggles, his eyes are still not content with riches. "So who am I struggling for," [he asks,] "and depriving myself from good?" This too is futile and a miserable task.
9. Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts.
10. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.
11. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm?
12. And if somebody overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.
13. Better is a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer pays attention to warnings.
14. For he came from prison to be king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom.
15. I saw all the living who move about under the sun follow a second youth who succeeds him.
16. There is no limit to all the people who were before them, yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-20
1. Guard your step when you go to the house of God. Better to draw near in obedience than to offer the sacrifice as fools do, for they are ignorant and do wrong.
2. Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
3. For dreams result from much work and a fool's voice from many words.
4. When you make a vow to God, don't delay fulfilling it, because He does not delight in fools. Fulfill what you vow.
5. Better that you do not vow than that you vow and not fulfill it.
6. Do not let your mouth bring guilt on you, and do not say in the presence of the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry with your words and destroy the work of your hands?
7. For many dreams bring futility, also many words. So, fear God.
8. If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don't be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials [protect] them.
9. The profit from the land is taken by all; the king is served by the field.
10. The one who loves money is never satisfied with money, and whoever loves wealth [is] never [satisfied] with income. This too is futile.
11. When good things increase, the ones who consume them multiply; what, then, is the profit to the owner, except to gaze at them with his eyes?
12. The sleep of the worker is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich permits him no sleep.
13. There is a sickening tragedy I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm.
14. That wealth was lost in a bad venture, so when he fathered a son, he was empty-handed.
15. As he came from his mother's womb, so he will go again, naked as he came; he will take nothing for his efforts that he can carry in his hands.
16. This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does he gain who struggles for the wind?
17. What is more, he eats in darkness all his days, with much sorrow, sickness, and anger.
18. Here is what I have seen to be good: it is appropriate to eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor one does under the sun during the few days of his life God has given him, because that is his reward.
19. God has also given riches and wealth to every man, and He has allowed him to enjoy them, take his reward, and rejoice in his labor. This is a gift of God,
20. for he does not often consider the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with the joy of his heart.

Ecclesiastes 6:1-12
1. Here is a tragedy I have observed under the sun, and it weighs heavily on humanity:
2. God gives a man riches, wealth, and honor so that he lacks nothing of all he desires for himself, but God does not allow him to enjoy them. Instead, a stranger will enjoy them. This is futile and a sickening tragedy.
3. A man may father a hundred children and live many years. No matter how long he lives, if he is not satisfied by good things and does not even have a proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
4. For he comes in futility and he goes in darkness, and his name is shrouded in darkness.
5. Though a stillborn child does not see the sun and is not conscious, it has more rest than he.
6. And if he lives a thousand years twice, but does not experience happiness, do not both go to the same place?
7. All man's labor is for his stomach, yet the appetite is never satisfied.
8. What advantage then does the wise man have over the fool? What [advantage] is there for the poor person who knows how to conduct himself before others?
9. Better what the eyes see than wandering desire. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.
10. Whatever exists was given its name long ago, and who man is, is known. But he is not able to contend with the One stronger than he.
11. For when there are many words, they increase futility. What is the advantage for man?
12. For who knows what is good for man in life, in the few days of his futile life that he spends like a shadow? Who can tell man what will happen after him under the sun?

Psalms 102:18-28
18. This will be written for a later generation, and a newly created people will praise the LORD:
19. He looked down from His holy heights-- the LORD gazed out from heaven to earth--
20. to hear a prisoner's groaning, to set free those condemned to die,
21. so that they might declare the name of the LORD in Zion and His praise in Jerusalem,
22. when peoples and kingdoms are assembled to serve the LORD.
23. He has broken my strength in midcourse; He has shortened my days.
24. I say: "My God, do not take me in the middle of my life! Your years continue through all generations.
25. Long ago You established the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.
26. They will perish, but You will endure; all of them will wear out like clothing. You will change them like a garment, and they will pass away.
27. But You are the same, and Your years will never end.
28. Your servants' children will dwell [securely], and their offspring will be established before You."

Proverbs 24:5-6
5. A wise warrior is better than a strong one, and a man of knowledge than one of strength;
6. for you should wage war with sound guidance-- victory comes with many counselors.

1 Corinthians 9:1-27
1. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
2. If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
3. My defense to those who examine me is this:
4. Don't we have the right to eat and drink?
5. Don't we have the right to be accompanied by a Christian wife, like the other apostles, the Lord's brothers, and Cephas?
6. Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working?
7. Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Or who shepherds a flock and does not drink the milk from the flock?
8. Am I saying this from a human perspective? Doesn't the law also say the same thing?
9. For it is written in the law of Moses, Do not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain. Is God really concerned with oxen?
10. Or isn't He really saying it for us? Yes, this is written for us, because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes should do so in hope of sharing the crop.
11. If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?
12. If others share this authority over you, don't we even more? However, we have not used this authority; instead we endure everything so that we will not hinder the gospel of Christ.
13. Do you not know that those who perform the temple services eat the food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the offerings of the altar?
14. In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should earn their living by the gospel.
15. But I have used none of these rights, and I have not written this to make it happen that way for me. For it would be better for me to die than for anyone to deprive me of my boast!
16. For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason to boast, because an obligation is placed on me. And woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
17. For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if unwillingly, I am entrusted with a stewardship.
18. What then is my reward? To preach the gospel and offer it free of charge, and not make full use of my authority in the gospel.
19. For although I am free from all people, I have made myself a slave to all, in order to win more people.
20. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law-- though I myself am not under the law-- to win those under the law.
21. To those who are outside the law, like one outside the law-- not being outside God's law, but under the law of Christ-- to win those outside the law.
22. To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by all means save some.
23. Now I do all this because of the gospel, that I may become a partner in its benefits.
24. Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
25. Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.
26. Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly, or box like one who beats the air.
27. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.