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August 26

Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
1. The words of David's son, Qoheleth, king in Jerusalem:
2. Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!
3. What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun?
4. One generation passes and another comes, but the world forever stays.
5. The sun rises and the sun goes down; then it presses on to the place where it rises.
6. Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north, the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.
7. All rivers go to the sea, yet never does the sea become full. To the place where they go, the rivers keep on going.
8. All speech is labored; there is nothing man can say. The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor is the ear filled with hearing.
9. What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun.
10. Even the thing of which we say, "See, this is new!" has already existed in the ages that preceded us.
11. There is no remembrance of the men of old; nor of those to come will there be any remembrance among those who come after them.
12. I, Qoheleth, was king over Israel in Jerusalem,
13. and I applied my mind to search and investigate in wisdom all things that are done under the sun. A thankless task God has appointed for men to be busied about.
14. I have seen all things that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a chase after wind.
15. What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is missing cannot be supplied.
16. Though I said to myself, "Behold, I have become great and stored up wisdom beyond all who were before me in Jerusalem, and my mind has broad experience of wisdom and knowledge";
17. yet when I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly, I learned that this also is a chase after wind.
18. For in much wisdom there is much sorrow, and he who stores up knowledge stores up grief.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26
1. I said to myself, "Come, now, let me try you with pleasure and the enjoyment of good things." But behold, this too was vanity.
2. Of laughter I said: "Mad!" and of mirth: "What good does this do?"
3. I thought of beguiling my senses with wine, though my mind was concerned with wisdom, and of taking up folly, until I should understand what is best for men to do under the heavens during the limited days of their life.
4. I undertook great works; I built myself houses and planted vineyards;
5. I made gardens and parks, and set out in them fruit trees of all sorts.
6. And I constructed for myself reservoirs to water a flourishing woodland.
7. I acquired male and female slaves, and slaves were born in my house. I also had growing herds of cattle and flocks of sheep, more than all who had been before me in Jerusalem.
8. I amassed for myself silver and gold, and the wealth of kings and provinces. I got for myself male and female singers and all human luxuries.
9. I became great, and I stored up more than all others before me in Jerusalem; my wisdom, too, stayed with me.
10. Nothing that my eyes desired did I deny them, nor did I deprive myself of any joy, but my heart rejoiced in the fruit of all my toil. This was my share for all my toil.
11. But when I turned to all the works that my hands had wrought, and to the toil at which I had taken such pains, behold! all was vanity and a chase after wind, with nothing gained under the sun.
12. For what will the man do who is to come after the king? What men have already done! I went on to the consideration of wisdom, madness and folly.
13. And I saw that wisdom has the advantage over folly as much as light has the advantage over darkness.
14. The wise man has eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness.Yet I knew that one lot befalls both of them.
15. So I said to myself, if the fool's lot is to befall me also, why then should I be wise? Where is the profit for me? And I concluded in my heart that this too is vanity.
16. Neither of the wise man nor of the fool will there be an abiding remembrance, for in days to come both will have been forgotten. How is it that the wise man dies as well as the fool!
17. Therefore I loathed life, since for me the work that is done under the sun is evil; for all is vanity and a chase after wind.
18. And I detested all the fruits of my labor under the sun, because I must leave them to a man who is to come after me.
19. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruits of my wise labor under the sun. This also is vanity.
20. So my feelings turned to despair of all the fruits of my labor under the sun.
21. For here is a man who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill, and to another, who has not labored over it, he must leave his property. This also is vanity and a great misfortune.
22. For what profit comes to a man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under the sun?
23. All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation; even at night his mind is not at rest. This also is vanity.
24. There is nothing better for man than to eat and drink and provide himself with good things by his labors. Even this, I realized, is from the hand of God.
25. For who can eat or drink apart from him?
26. For to whatever man he sees fit he gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering possessions to be given to whatever man God sees fit. This also is vanity and a chase after wind.

Psalms 102:1-11
1. The prayer of one afflicted and wasting away whose anguish is poured out before the LORD.
2. LORD, hear my prayer; let my cry come to you.
3. Do not hide your face from me now that I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.
4. For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn away as in a furnace.
5. I am withered, dried up like grass, too wasted to eat my food.
6. From my loud groaning I become just skin and bones.
7. I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins.
8. I lie awake and moan, like a lone sparrow on the roof.
9. All day long my enemies taunt me; in their rage, they make my name a curse.
10. I eat ashes like bread, mingle my drink with tears.
11. Because of your furious wrath, you lifted me up just to cast me down.

Proverbs 24:1-2
1. Be not emulous of evil men, and desire not to be with them;
2. For their hearts plot violence, and their lips speak of foul play.

1 Corinthians 7:20-40
20. Everyone should remain in the state in which he was called.
21. Were you a slave when you were called? Do not be concerned but, even if you can gain your freedom, make the most of it.
22. For the slave called in the Lord is a freed person in the Lord, just as the free person who has been called is a slave of Christ.
23. You have been purchased at a price. Do not become slaves to human beings.
24. Brothers, everyone should continue before God in the state in which he was called.
25. Now in regard to virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
26. So this is what I think best because of the present distress: that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is.
27. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek a separation. Are you free of a wife? Then do not look for a wife.
28. If you marry, however, you do not sin, nor does an unmarried woman sin if she marries; but such people will experience affliction in their earthly life, and I would like to spare you that.
29. I tell you, brothers, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them,
30. those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning,
31. those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its present form is passing away.
32. I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord.
33. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife,
34. and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
35. I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.
36. If anyone thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, and if a critical moment has come and so it has to be, let him do as he wishes. He is committing no sin; let them get married.
37. The one who stands firm in his resolve, however, who is not under compulsion but has power over his own will, and has made up his mind to keep his virgin, will be doing well.
38. So then, the one who marries his virgin does well; the one who does not marry her will do better.
39. A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whomever she wishes, provided that it be in the Lord.
40. She is more blessed, though, in my opinion, if she remains as she is, and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.