Bible in one year

August 30

Ecclesiastes 8:1-17
1. Who is like the wise man, and who knows the explanation of things? A man's wisdom illumines his face, but an impudent look is resented.
2. Observe the precept of the king, and in view of your oath to God,
3. be not hasty to withdraw from the king; do not join in with a base plot, for he does whatever he pleases,
4. because his word is sovereign, and who can say to him, "What are you doing?"
5. "He who keeps the commandment experiences no evil, and the wise man's heart knows times and judgments;
6. for there is a time and a judgment for everything."-- Yet it is a great affliction for man
7. that he is ignorant of what is to come; for who will make known to him how it will be?
8. There is no man who is master of the breath of life so as to retain it, and none has mastery of the day of death. There is no exemption from the struggle, nor are the wicked saved by their wickedness.
9. All these things I considered and I applied my mind to every work that is done under the sun, while one man tyrannizes over another to his hurt.
10. Meanwhile I saw wicked men approach and enter; and as they left the sacred place, they were praised in the city for what they had done. This also is vanity.
11. Because the sentence against evildoers is not promptly executed, therefore the hearts of men are filled with the desire to commit evil--
12. because the sinner does evil a hundred times and survives. Though indeed I know that it shall be well with those who fear God, for their reverence toward him;
13. and that it shall not be well with the wicked man, and he shall not prolong his shadowy days, for his lack of reverence toward God.
14. This is a vanity which occurs on earth: there are just men treated as though they had done evil and wicked men treated as though they had done justly. This, too, I say is vanity.
15. Therefore I commend mirth, because there is nothing good for man under the sun except eating and drinking and mirth: for this is the accompaniment of his toil during the limited days of the life which God gives him under the sun.
16. When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to observe what is done on earth,
17. I recognized that man is unable to find out all God's work that is done under the sun, even though neither by day nor by night do his eyes find rest in sleep. However much man toils in searching, he does not find it out; and even if the wise man says that he knows, he is unable to find it out.

Ecclesiastes 9:1-18
1. All this I have kept in mind and recognized: the just, the wise, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Love from hatred man cannot tell; both appear equally vain,
2. in that there is the same lot for all, for the just and the wicked, for the good and the bad, for the clean and the unclean, for him who offers sacrifice and him who does not. As it is for the good man, so it is for the sinner; as it is for him who swears rashly, so it is for him who fears an oath.
3. Among all the things that happen under the sun, this is the worst, that things turn out the same for all. Hence the minds of men are filled with evil, and madness is in their hearts during life; and afterward they go to the dead.
4. Indeed, for any among the living there is hope; a live dog is better off than a dead lion.
5. For the living know that they are to die, but the dead no longer know anything. There is no further recompense for them, because all memory of them is lost.
6. For them, love and hatred and rivalry have long since perished. They will never again have part in anything that is done under the sun.
7. Go, eat your bread with joy and drink your wine with a merry heart, because it is now that God favors your works.
8. At all times let your garments be white, and spare not the perfume for your head.
9. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of the fleeting life that is granted you under the sun. This is your lot in life, for the toil of your labors under the sun.
10. Anything you can turn your hand to, do with what power you have; for there will be no work, nor reason, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the nether world where you are going....
11. Again I saw under the sun that the race is not won by the swift, nor the battle by the valiant, nor a livelihood by the wise, nor riches by the shrewd, nor favor by the experts; for a time of calamity comes to all alike.
12. Man no more knows his own time than fish taken in the fatal net, or birds trapped in the snare; like these the children of men are caught when the evil time falls suddenly upon them.
13. On the other hand I saw this wise deed under the sun, which I thought sublime.
14. Against a small city with few men in it advanced a mighty king, who surrounded it and threw up great siegeworks about it.
15. But in the city lived a man who, though poor, was wise, and he delivered it through his wisdom. Yet no one remembered this poor man.
16. Though I had said, "Wisdom is better than force," yet the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words go unheeded.
17. "The quiet words of the wise are better heeded than the shout of a ruler of fools"--!
18. "A fly that dies can spoil the perfumer's ointment, and a single slip can ruin much that is good."

Ecclesiastes 10:1-20
1. More weighty than wisdom or wealth is a little folly!
2. The wise man's understanding turns him to his right; the fool's understanding turns him to his left.
3. When the fool walks through the street, in his lack of understanding he calls everything foolish.
4. Should the anger of the ruler burst upon you, forsake not your place; for mildness abates great offenses.
5. I have seen under the sun another evil, like a mistake that proceeds from the ruler:
6. a fool put in lofty position while the rich sit in lowly places.
7. I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes walked on the ground like slaves.
8. He who digs a pit may fall into it, and he who breaks through a wall may be bitten by a serpent.
9. He who moves stones may be hurt by them, and he who chops wood is in danger from it.
10. If the iron becomes dull, though at first he made easy progress, he must increase his efforts; but the craftsman has the advantage of his skill.
11. If the serpent bites because it has not been charmed, then there is no advantage for the charmer.
12. Words from the wise man's mouth win favor, but the fool's lips consume him.
13. The beginning of his words is folly, and the end of his talk is utter madness;
14. yet the fool multiplies words. Man knows not what is to come, for who can tell him what is to come after him?
15. When will the fool be weary of his labor, he who knows not the way to the city?
16. Woe to you, O land, whose king was a servant, and whose princes dine in the morning!
17. Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of noble birth, and whose princes dine at the right time (for vigor and not in drinking bouts).
18. When hands are lazy, the rafters sag; when hands are slack, the house leaks.
19. Bread and oil call forth merriment and wine makes the living glad, but money answers for everything.
20. Even in your thoughts do not make light of the king, nor in the privacy of your bedroom revile the rich. Because the birds of the air may carry your voice, a winged creature may tell what you say.

Psalms 103:6-14
6. The LORD does righteous deeds, brings justice to all the oppressed.
7. His ways were revealed to Moses, mighty deeds to the people of Israel.
8. Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.
9. God does not always rebuke, nurses no lasting anger,
10. Has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor requited us as our deeds deserve.
11. As the heavens tower over the earth, so God's love towers over the faithful.
12. As far as the east is from the west, so far have our sins been removed from us.
13. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on the faithful.
14. For he knows how we are formed, remembers that we are dust.

Proverbs 24:10-12
10. If you remain indifferent in time of adversity, your strength will depart from you.
11. Rescue those who are being dragged to death, and from those tottering to execution withdraw not.
12. If you say, "I know not this man!" does not he who tests hearts perceive it? He who guards your life knows it, and he will repay each one according to his deeds.

1 Corinthians 10:19-33
19. So what am I saying? That meat sacrificed to idols is anything? Or that an idol is anything?
20. No, I mean that what they sacrifice, (they sacrifice) to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to become participants with demons.
21. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and also the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and of the table of demons.
22. Or are we provoking the Lord to jealous anger? Are we stronger than he?
23. "Everything is lawful," but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is lawful," but not everything builds up.
24. No one should seek his own advantage, but that of his neighbor.
25. Eat anything sold in the market, without raising questions on grounds of conscience,
26. for "the earth and its fullness are the Lord's."
27. If an unbeliever invites you and you want to go, eat whatever is placed before you, without raising questions on grounds of conscience.
28. But if someone says to you, "This was offered in sacrifice," do not eat it on account of the one who called attention to it and on account of conscience;
29. I mean not your own conscience, but the other's. For why should my freedom be determined by someone else's conscience?
30. If I partake thankfully, why am I reviled for that over which I give thanks?
31. So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
32. Avoid giving offense, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God,
33. just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved.