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Bible in one year


August 19


Job 29:1-25
1. Job took up his theme anew and said;
2. Oh, that I were as in the months past! as in the days when God watched over me,
3. While he kept his lamp shining above my head, and by his light I walked through darkness;
4. As I was in my flourishing days, when God sheltered my tent;
5. When the Almighty was yet with me, and my children were round about me;
6. When my footsteps were bathed in milk, and the rock flowed with streams of oil;
7. When I went forth to the gate of the city and set up my seat in the square-
8. Then the young men saw me and withdrew, while the elders rose up and stood;
9. The chief men refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;
10. The voice of the princes was silenced, and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.
11. Whoever heard of me blessed me; those who saw me commended me.
12. For I rescued the poor who cried out for help, the orphans, and the unassisted;
13. The blessing of those in extremity came upon me, and the heart of the widow I made joyful.
14. I wore my honesty like a garment; justice was my robe and my turban.
15. I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame was I;
16. I was a father to the needy; the rights of the stranger I studied,
17. And I broke the jaws of the wicked man; from his teeth I forced the prey.
18. Then I said: "In my own nest I shall grow old; I shall multiply years like the phoenix.
19. My root is spread out to the waters; the dew rests by night on my branches.
20. My glory is fresh within me, and my bow is renewed in my hand!"
21. For me they listened and waited; they were silent for my counsel.
22. Once I spoke, they said no more, but received my pronouncement drop by drop.
23. They waited for me as for the rain; they drank in my words like the spring rains.
24. When I smiled on them they were reassured;
25. mourners took comfort from my cheerful glance. I chose out their way and presided; I took a king's place in the armed forces.

Job 30:1-31
1. But now they hold me in derision who are younger in years than I; Whose fathers I should have disdained to rank with the dogs of my flock.
2. Such strength as they had, to me meant nought; they were utterly destitute.
3. In want and hunger was their lot, they who fled to the parched wastelands:
4. They plucked saltwort and shrubs; the roots of the broom plant were their food.
5. They were banished from among men, with an outcry like that against a thief--
6. To dwell on the slopes of the wadies, in caves of sand and stone;
7. Among the bushes they raised their raucous cry; under the nettles they huddled together.
8. Irresponsible, nameless men, they were driven out of the land.
9. Yet now they sing of me in mockery; I am become a byword among them.
10. They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, they do not hesitate to spit in my face!
11. Indeed, they have loosed their bonds; they lord it over me, and have thrown off restraint in my presence.
12. To subvert my paths they rise up; they build their approaches for my ruin.
13. To destroy me, they attack with none to stay them;
14. as through a wide breach they advance. Amid the uproar they come on in waves;
15. over me rolls the terror. My dignity is borne off on the wind, and my welfare vanishes like a cloud.
16. My soul ebbs away from me;
17. My frame takes no rest by night; my inward parts seethe and will not be stilled.
18. One with great power lays hold of my clothing; by the collar of my tunic he seizes me:
19. He has cast me into the mire; I am leveled with the dust and ashes.
20. I cry to you, but you do not answer me; you stand off and look at me,
21. Then you turn upon me without mercy and with your strong hand you buffet me.
22. You raise me up and drive me before the wind; I am tossed about by the tempest.
23. Indeed I know you will turn me back in death to the destined place of everyone alive.
24. Yet should not a hand be held out to help a wretched man in his calamity?
25. Or have I not wept for the hardships of others; was not my soul grieved for the destitute?
26. Yet when I looked for good, then evil came; when I expected light, then came darkness.
27. days of affliction have overtaken me.
28. I go about in gloom, without the sun; I rise up in public to voice my grief.
29. I have become the brother of jackals, companion to the ostrich.
30. My blackened skin falls away from me; the heat scorches my very frame.
31. My harp is turned to mourning, and my reed pipe to sounds of weeping.

Psalms 97:7-12
7. All who serve idols are put to shame, who glory in worthless things; all gods bow down before you.
8. Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice because of your judgments, O LORD.
9. You, LORD, are the Most High over all the earth, exalted far above all gods.
10. The LORD loves those who hate evil, protects the lives of the faithful, rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
11. Light dawns for the just; gladness, for the honest of heart.
12. Rejoice in the LORD, you just, and praise his holy name.

Proverbs 23:15-16
15. My son, if your heart be wise, my own heart also will rejoice;
16. And my inmost being will exult, when your lips speak what is right.

1 Corinthians 1:1-31
1. Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2. to the church of God that is in Corinth, to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.
3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
5. that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge,
6. as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
7. so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
8. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus (Christ).
9. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
10. I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.
11. For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers, by Chloe's people, that there are rivalries among you.
12. I mean that each of you is saying, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Kephas," or "I belong to Christ."
13. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14. I give thanks (to God) that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15. so that no one can say you were baptized in my name.
16. (I baptized the household of Stephanas also; beyond that I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)
17. For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.
18. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set aside."
20. Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
21. For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith.
22. For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23. but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24. but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26. Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,
28. and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something,
29. so that no human being might boast before God.
30. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,
31. so that, as it is written, "Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord."