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August 30


Ecclesiastes 8:1-17
1. Who is like the wise person, and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom brightens his face, and the sternness of his face is changed.
2. Keep the king's command. Concerning an oath by God,
3. do not be in a hurry. Leave his presence, and don't persist in a bad cause, since he will do whatever he wants.
4. For the king's word is authoritative, and who can say to him, "What are you doing?"
5. The one who keeps a command will not experience anything harmful, and a wise heart knows the right time and procedure.
6. For every activity there is a right time and procedure, even though man's troubles are heavy on him.
7. Yet no one knows what will happen, because who can tell him what will happen?
8. No one has authority over the wind to restrain it, and there is no authority over the day of death; there is no furlough in battle, and wickedness will not allow those who practice it to escape.
9. All this I have seen, applying my mind to all the work that is done under the sun, at a time when one man has authority over another to his harm.
10. In such circumstances, I saw the wicked buried. They came and went from the holy place, and they were praised in the city where they did so. This too is futile.
11. Because the sentence against a criminal act is not carried out quickly, therefore the heart of people is filled [with the desire] to commit crime.
12. Although a sinner commits crime a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I also know that it will go well with God-fearing people, for they are reverent before Him.
13. However, it will not go well with the wicked, and they will not lengthen their days like a shadow, for they are not reverent before God.
14. There is a futility that is done on the earth: there are righteous people who get what the actions of the wicked deserve, and there are wicked people who get what the actions of the righteous deserve. I say that this too is futile.
15. So I commended enjoyment, because there is nothing better for man under the sun except to eat, drink, and enjoy himself, for this will accompany him in his labor during the years of his days that God gives him under the sun.
16. When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the activity that is done on the earth (even though one's eyes do not close in sleep day or night),
17. I observed all the work of God [and concluded] that man is unable to discover the work that is done under the sun. Even though a man labors hard to explore it, he cannot find it; even if the wise man claims to know it, he is unable to discover it.

Ecclesiastes 9:1-18
1. Indeed, I took all this to heart and explained it all: the righteous, the wise, and their works are in God's hands. People don't know whether [to expect] love or hate. Everything lies ahead of them.
2. Everything is the same for everyone: there is one fate for the righteous and the wicked, for the good and the bad, for the clean and the unclean, for the one who sacrifices and the one who does not sacrifice. As it is for the good, so it is for the sinner, as for the one who takes an oath, so for the one who fears an oath.
3. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: there is one fate for everyone. In addition, the hearts of people are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live-- after that they go to the dead.
4. But there is hope for whoever is joined with all the living, since a live dog is better than a dead lion.
5. For the living know that they will die, but the dead don't know anything. There is no longer a reward for them because the memory of them is forgotten.
6. Their love, their hate, and their envy have already disappeared, and there is no longer a portion for them in all that is done under the sun.
7. Go, eat your bread with pleasure, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart, for God has already accepted your works.
8. Let your clothes be white all the time, and never let oil be lacking on your head.
9. Enjoy life with the wife you love all the days of your fleeting life, which has been given to you under the sun, all your fleeting days. For that is your portion in life and in your struggle under the sun.
10. Whatever your hands find to do, do with [all] your strength, because there is no work, planning, knowledge, or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
11. Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all of them.
12. For man certainly does not know his time: like fish caught in a cruel net, or like birds caught in a trap, so people are trapped in an evil time, as it suddenly falls on them.
13. I have observed that this also is wisdom under the sun, and it is significant to me:
14. There was a small city with few men in it. A great king came against it, surrounded it, and built large siege works against it.
15. Now a poor wise man was found in the city, and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man.
16. And I said, "Wisdom is better than strength, but the wisdom of the poor man is despised, and his words are not heeded."
17. The calm words of the wise are heeded more than the shouts of a ruler over fools.
18. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much good.

Ecclesiastes 10:1-20
1. Dead flies make a perfumer's oil ferment and stink; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
2. A wise man's heart [goes] to the right, but a fool's heart to the left.
3. Even when the fool walks along the road, his heart lacks sense, and he shows everyone he is a fool.
4. If the ruler's anger rises against you, don't leave your place, for calmness puts great offenses to rest.
5. There is an evil I have seen under the sun, an error proceeding from the presence of the ruler:
6. The fool is appointed to great heights, but the rich remain in lowly positions.
7. I have seen slaves on horses, but princes walking on the ground like slaves.
8. The one who digs a pit may fall into it, and the one who breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
9. The one who quarries stones may be hurt by them; the one who splits trees may be endangered by them.
10. If the axe is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success.
11. If the snake bites before it is charmed, then there is no advantage for the charmer.
12. The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him.
13. The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, but the end of his speaking is evil madness.
14. Yet the fool multiplies words. No one knows what will happen, and who can tell anyone what will happen after him?
15. The struggles of fools weary them, for they don't know how to go to the city.
16. Woe to you, land, when your king is a household servant, and your princes feast in the morning.
17. Blessed are you, land, when your king is a son of nobles and your princes feast at the proper time-- for strength and not for drunkenness.
18. Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of negligent hands the house leaks.
19. A feast is prepared for laughter, and wine makes life happy, and money is the answer for everything.
20. Do not curse the king even in your thoughts, and do not curse a rich person even in your bedroom, for a bird of the sky may carry the message, and a winged creature may report the matter.

Psalms 103:6-14
6. The LORD executes acts of righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7. He revealed His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel.
8. The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and full of faithful love.
9. He will not always accuse [us] or be angry forever.
10. He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses.
11. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him.
12. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
14. For He knows what we are made of, remembering that we are dust.

Proverbs 24:10-12
10. If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited.
11. Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter.
12. If you say, "But we didn't know about this," won't He who weighs hearts consider it? Won't He who protects your life know? Won't He repay a person according to his work?

1 Corinthians 10:19-33
19. What am I saying then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?
20. No, but I do say that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons!
21. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot share in the Lord's table and the table of demons.
22. Or are we provoking the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
23. "Everything is permissible," but not everything is helpful. "Everything is permissible," but not everything builds up.
24. No one should seek his own [good], but [the good] of the other person.
25. Eat everything that is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience' sake, for
26. the earth is the Lord's, and all that is in it.
27. If one of the unbelievers invites you over and you want to go, eat everything that is set before you, without raising questions of conscience.
28. But if someone says to you, "This is food offered to an idol," do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who told you, and for conscience' sake.
29. I do not mean your own conscience, but the other person's. For why is my freedom judged by another person's conscience?
30. If I partake with thanks, why am I slandered because of something for which I give thanks?
31. Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God's glory.
32. Give no offense to the Jews or the Greeks or the church of God,
33. just as I also try to please all people in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.