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August 22

Job 35:1-16
1. Then Elihu proceeded and said:
2. Do you think it right to say, "I am just rather than God?"
3. To say, "What does it profit me; what advantage have I more than if I had sinned?"
4. I have words for a reply to you and your three companions as well.
5. Look up to the skies and behold; regard the heavens high above you.
6. If you sin, what injury do you do to God? Even if your offenses are many, how do you hurt him?
7. If you are righteous, what do you give him, or what does he receive from your hand?
8. Your wickedness can affect only a man like yourself; and your justice only a fellow human being.
9. In great oppression men cry out; they call for help because of the power of the mighty,
10. Saying, "Where is God, my Maker, who has given visions in the night,
11. Taught us rather than the beasts of the earth, and made us wise rather than the birds of the heavens?"
12. Though thus they cry out, he answers not against the pride of the wicked.
13. But it is idle to say God does not hear or that the Almighty does not take notice.
14. Even though you say that you see him not, the case is before him; with trembling should you wait upon him.
15. But now that you have done otherwise, God's anger punishes, nor does he show concern that a man will die.
16. Yet Job to no purpose opens his mouth, and without knowledge multiplies words.

Job 36:1-33
1. Elihu proceeded further and said:
2. Wait yet a little and I will instruct you, for there are still words to be said on God's behalf.
3. I will bring my knowledge from afar, and to my Maker I will accord the right.
4. For indeed, my theme cannot fail me: the one perfect in knowledge I set before you.
5. Behold, God rejects the obstinate in heart; he preserves not the life of the wicked.
6. He withholds not the just man's rights, but grants vindication to the oppressed,
7. And with kings upon thrones he sets them, exalted forever.
8. Or if they are bound with fetters and held fast by bonds of affliction,
9. Then he makes known to them what they have done and their sins of boastful pride.
10. He opens their ears to correction and exhorts them to turn back from evil.
11. If they obey and serve him, they spend their days in prosperity, their years in happiness.
12. But if they obey not, they perish; they die for lack of knowledge.
13. The impious in heart lay up anger for themselves; they cry not for help when he enchains them;
14. Therefore they expire in youth, and perish among the reprobate.
15. But he saves the unfortunate through their affliction, and instructs them through distress.
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21. Take heed, turn not to evil; for you have preferred carousal to affliction.
22. Behold, God is sublime in his power. What teacher is there like him?
23. Who prescribes for him his conduct, or who can say, "You have done wrong"?
24. Remember, you should extol his work, which men have praised in song.
25. All men contemplate it; man beholds it from afar.
26. Lo, God is great beyond our knowledge; the number of his years is past searching out.
27. He holds in check the waterdrops that filter in rain through his mists,
28. Till the skies run with them and the showers rain down on mankind.
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30. Lo! he spreads the clouds in layers as the carpeting of his tent.
31. For by these he nourishes the nations, and gives them food in abundance.
32. In his hands he holds the lightning, and he commands it to strike the mark.
33. His thunder speaks for him and incites the fury of the storm.

Psalms 99:1-9
1. I The LORD is king, the peoples tremble; God is enthroned on the cherubim, the earth quakes.
2. The LORD is great on Zion, exalted above all the peoples.
3. Let them praise your great and awesome name: Holy is God!
4. O mighty king, lover of justice, you alone have established fairness; you have created just rule in Jacob.
5. Exalt the LORD, our God; bow down before his footstool; holy is God!
6. Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel among those who called on God's name; they called on the LORD, who answered them.
7. From the pillar of cloud God spoke to them; they kept the decrees, the law they received.
8. O LORD, our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God, though you punished their offenses.
9. Exalt the LORD, our God; bow down before his holy mountain; holy is the LORD, our God.

Proverbs 23:22-25
22. Listen to your father who begot you, and despise not your mother when she is old.
23. Get the truth, and sell it not-- wisdom, instruction and understanding.
24. The father of a just man will exult with glee; he who begets a wise son will have joy in him.
25. Let your father and mother have joy; let her who bore you exult.

1 Corinthians 4:1-21
1. Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
3. It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal; I do not even pass judgment on myself;
4. I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord.
5. Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.
6. I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, so that you may learn from us not to go beyond what is written, so that none of you will be inflated with pride in favor of one person over against another.
7. Who confers distinction upon you? What do you possess that you have not received? But if you have received it, why are you boasting as if you did not receive it?
8. You are already satisfied; you have already grown rich; you have become kings without us! Indeed, I wish that you had become kings, so that we also might become kings with you.
9. For as I see it, God has exhibited us apostles as the last of all, like people sentenced to death, since we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and human beings alike.
10. We are fools on Christ's account, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
11. To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clad and roughly treated, we wander about homeless
12. and we toil, working with our own hands. When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
13. when slandered, we respond gently. We have become like the world's rubbish, the scum of all, to this very moment.
14. I am writing you this not to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
15. Even if you should have countless guides to Christ, yet you do not have many fathers, for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
16. Therefore, I urge you, be imitators of me.
17. For this reason I am sending you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord; he will remind you of my ways in Christ (Jesus), just as I teach them everywhere in every church.
18. Some have become inflated with pride, as if I were not coming to you.
19. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord is willing, and I shall ascertain not the talk of these inflated people but their power.
20. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
21. Which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a gentle spirit?