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August 28

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16
1. Again I considered all the oppressions that take place under the sun: the tears of the victims with none to comfort them! From the hand of their oppressors comes violence, and there is none to comfort them!
2. And those now dead, I declared more fortunate in death than are the living to be still alive.
3. And better off than both is the yet unborn, who has not seen the wicked work that is done under the sun.
4. Then I saw that all toil and skillful work is the rivalry of one man for another. This also is vanity and a chase after wind.
5. "The fool folds his arms and consumes his own flesh"--
6. Better is one handful with tranquility than two with toil and a chase after wind!
7. Again I found this vanity under the sun:
8. a solitary man with no companion; with neither son nor brother. Yet there is no end to all his toil, and riches do not satisfy his greed. "For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good things?" This also is vanity and a worthless task.
9. Two are better than one: they get a good wage for their labor.
10. If the one falls, the other will lift up his companion. Woe to the solitary man! For if he should fall, he has no one to lift him up.
11. So also, if two sleep together, they keep each other warm. How can one alone keep warm?
12. Where a lone man may be overcome, two together can resist. A three-ply cord is not easily broken.
13. Better is a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows caution;
14. for from a prison house one comes forth to rule, since even in his royalty he was poor at birth.
15. Then I saw all those who are to live and move about under the sun with the heir apparent who will succeed to his place.
16. There is no end to all these people, to all over whom he takes precedence; yet the later generations will not applaud him. This also is vanity and a chase after wind.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-20
1. Be not hasty in your utterance and let not your heart be quick to make a promise in God's presence. God is in heaven and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.
2. For nightmares come with many cares, and a fool's utterance with many words.
3. When you make a vow to God, delay not its fulfillment. For God has no pleasure in fools; fulfill what you have vowed.
4. You had better not make a vow than make it and not fulfill it.
5. Let not your utterances make you guilty, and say not before his representative, "It was a mistake," lest God be angered by such words and destroy the works of your hands.
6. Rather, fear God!
7. If you see oppression of the poor, and violation of rights and justice in the realm, do not be shocked by the fact, for the high official has another higher than he watching him and above these are others higher still--.
8. Yet an advantage for a country in every respect is a king for the arable land.
9. The covetous man is never satisfied with money, and the lover of wealth reaps no fruit from it; so this too is vanity.
10. Where there are great riches, there are also many to devour them. Of what use are they to the owner except to feast his eyes upon?
11. Sleep is sweet to the laboring man, whether he eats little or much, but the rich man's abundance allows him no sleep.
12. This is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches kept by their owner to his hurt.
13. Should the riches be lost through some misfortune, he may have a son when he is without means.
14. As he came forth from his mother's womb, so again shall he depart, naked as he came, having nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.
15. This too is a grievous evil, that he goes just as he came. What then does it profit him to toil for wind?
16. All the days of his life are passed in gloom and sorrow, under great vexation, sickness and wrath.
17. Here is what I recognize as good: it is well for a man to eat and drink and enjoy all the fruits of his labor under the sun during the limited days of the life which God gives him; for this is his lot.
18. Any man to whom God gives riches and property, and grants power to partake of them, so that he receives his lot and finds joy in the fruits of his toil, has a gift from God.
19. For he will hardly dwell on the shortness of his life, because God lets him busy himself with the joy of his heart.
20. There is another evil which I have seen under the sun, and it weighs heavily upon man:

Ecclesiastes 6:1-12
1. there is the man to whom God gives riches and property and honor, so that he lacks none of all the things he craves; yet God does not grant him power to partake of them, but a stranger devours them. This is vanity and a dire plague.
2. Should a man have a hundred children and live many years, no matter to what great age, still if he has not the full benefit of his goods, or if he is deprived of burial, of this man I proclaim that the child born dead is more fortunate than he.
3. Though it came in vain and goes into darkness and its name is enveloped in darkness;
4. though it has not seen or known the sun, yet the dead child is at rest rather than such a man.
5. Should he live twice a thousand years and not enjoy his goods, do not both go to the same place?
6. All man's toil is for his mouth, yet his desire is not fulfilled.
7. For what advantage has the wise man over the fool, or what advantage has the poor man in knowing how to conduct himself in life?
8. "What the eyes see is better than what the desires wander after." This also is vanity and a chase after wind.
9. Whatever is, was long ago given its name, and the nature of man is known, and that he cannot contend in judgment with one who is stronger than he.
10. For though there are many sayings that multiply vanity, what profit is there for a man?
11. For who knows what is good for a man in life, the limited days of his vain life (which God has made like a shadow)? Because-- who is there to tell a man what will come after him under the sun?
12. Heeding the plea of the lowly, not scorning their prayer.

Psalms 102:18-28
18. Let this be written for the next generation, for a people not yet born, that they may praise the LORD:
19. "The LORD looked down from the holy heights, viewed the earth from heaven,
20. To attend to the groaning of the prisoners, to release those doomed to die."
21. Then the LORD'S name will be declared on Zion, the praise of God in Jerusalem,
22. When all peoples and kingdoms gather to worship the LORD.
23. God has shattered my strength in mid-course, has cut short my days.
24. I plead, O my God, do not take me in the midst of my days. Your years last through all generations.
25. Of old you laid the earth's foundations; the heavens are the work of your hands.
26. They perish, but you remain; they all wear out like a garment; Like clothing you change them and they are changed,
27. but you are the same, your years have no end.
28. A wise man is more powerful than a strong man, and a man of knowledge than a man of might;

Proverbs 24:5-6
5. For it is by wise guidance that you wage your war, and the victory is due to a wealth of counselors.
6. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?

1 Corinthians 9:1-27
1. Although I may not be an apostle for others, certainly I am for you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
2. My defense against those who would pass judgment on me is this.
3. Do we not have the right to eat and drink?
4. Do we not have the right to take along a Christian wife, as do the rest of the apostles, and the brothers of the Lord, and Kephas?
5. Or is it only myself and Barnabas who do not have the right not to work?
6. Who ever serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating its produce? Or who shepherds a flock without using some of the milk from the flock?
7. Am I saying this on human authority, or does not the law also speak of these things?
8. It is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." Is God concerned about oxen,
9. or is he not really speaking for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope, and the thresher in hope of receiving a share.
10. If we have sown spiritual seed for you, is it a great thing that we reap a material harvest from you?
11. If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we still more? Yet we have not used this right. On the contrary, we endure everything so as not to place an obstacle to the gospel of Christ.
12. Do you not know that those who perform the temple services eat (what) belongs to the temple, and those who minister at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?
13. In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the gospel should live by the gospel.
14. I have not used any of these rights, however, nor do I write this that it be done so in my case. I would rather die. Certainly no one is going to nullify my boast.
15. If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!
16. If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
17. What then is my recompense? That, when I preach, I offer the gospel free of charge so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.
18. Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible.
19. To the Jews I became like a Jew to win over Jews; to those under the law I became like one under the law-- though I myself am not under the law-- to win over those under the law.
20. To those outside the law I became like one outside the law-- though I am not outside God's law but within the law of Christ-- to win over those outside the law.
21. To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some.
22. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.
23. Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.
24. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.
25. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing.
26. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.