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Bible in one year


August 25


Job 41:1-34
1. "Job, can you pull the leviathan out of the sea with a fish hook? Can you tie down its tongue with a rope?
2. Can you put a rope through its nose? Can you stick a hook through its jaw?
3. Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak gently to you?
4. Will it make an agreement with you? Can you make it your slave for life?
5. Can you make a pet out of it like a bird? Can you put it on a leash for your young women?
6. Will traders offer you something for it? Will they divide it up among the merchants?
7. Can you fill its body with harpoons? Can you throw fishing spears into its head?
8. If you touch it, it will fight you. Then you will remember never to touch it again!
9. No one can possibly control the leviathan. Just looking at it will terrify you.
10. No one dares to wake it up. So who can possibly stand up to me?
11. Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything on earth belongs to me.
12. "Now I will speak about the leviathan's legs. I will talk about its strength and its graceful body.
13. Who can strip off its outer coat? Who would try to put a bridle on it?
14. Who dares to open its jaws? Its mouth is filled with terrifying teeth.
15. Its back has rows of shields that are close together.
16. Each one is so close to the next one that not even air can pass between them.
17. They are joined tightly to one another. They stick together and can't be forced apart.
18. The leviathan's snorting throws out flashes of light. Its eyes shine like the first light of day.
19. Fire seems to spray out of its mouth. Sparks of fire shoot out.
20. Smoke pours out of its nose. It is like smoke from a boiling pot over burning grass.
21. Its breath sets coals on fire. Flames fly out of its mouth.
22. Its neck is very strong. People run to get out of its way.
23. Its rolls of fat are close together. They are firm and can't be moved.
24. Its chest is as hard as rock. It is as hard as a lower millstone.
25. When the leviathan rises up, even mighty people are terrified. They run away when it moves around wildly.
26. A sword that strikes it has no effect. Neither does a spear or dart or javelin.
27. It treats iron as if it were straw. It crushes bronze as if it were rotten wood.
28. Arrows do not make it run away. Stones that are thrown from slings are like straw hitting it.
29. A club seems like a piece of straw to it. It laughs when it hears a javelin rattling.
30. Its undersides are like broken pieces of pottery. It leaves a trail in the mud like a threshing sled.
31. It makes the ocean churn like a boiling pot. It stirs up the sea like perfume someone is making.
32. It leaves a shiny trail behind it. You would think the ocean had white hair.
33. Nothing on earth is equal to the leviathan. That creature is not afraid of anything.
34. It looks down on proud people. It rules over all those who are proud."

Job 42:1-17
1. Job replied to the Lord,
2. "I know that you can do anything. No one can keep you from doing what you plan to do.
3. You asked me, 'Who do you think you are to disagree with my plans? You do not know what you are talking about.' I spoke about things I didn't completely understand. I talked about things that were too wonderful for me to know.
4. "You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak. I will ask you some questions. Then I want you to answer me.'
5. My ears had heard about you. But now my own eyes have seen you.
6. So I hate myself. I'm really sorry for what I said about you. That's why I'm sitting in dust and ashes."
7. After the Lord finished speaking to Job, he spoke to Eliphaz the Temanite. He said, "I am angry with you and your two friends. You have not said what is true about me, as my servant Job has.
8. "So now get seven bulls and seven rams. Go to my servant Job. Then sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you. And I will accept his prayer. I will not punish you for saying the foolish things you said. You have not said what is true about me, as my servant Job has."
9. So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them to do. And the Lord accepted Job's prayer.
10. After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him successful again. He gave him twice as much as he had before.
11. All of his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came to see him. They ate with him in his house. They showed their concern for him. They comforted him because of all of the troubles the Lord had brought on him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.
12. The Lord blessed the last part of Job's life even more than the first part. He gave Job 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels. He gave him 1,000 pairs of oxen and 1,000 donkeys.
13. Job also had seven sons and three daughters.
14. He named the first daughter Jemimah. He named the second Keziah. And he named the third Keren-Happuch.
15. Job's daughters were more beautiful than any other women in the whole land. Their father gave them a share of property along with their brothers.
16. After all of that happened, Job lived for 140 years. He saw his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.
17. And so he died. He had lived for a very long time.

Psalms 101:5-8
5. I will get rid of anyone who tells lies about his neighbor in secret. I won't put up with anyone whose eyes and heart are proud.
6. I will look with favor on the faithful people in the land. They will live with me. Those whose lives are without blame will serve me.
7. No one who lies and cheats will live in my house. No one who tells lies will serve me.
8. Every morning I will get rid of all the sinful people in the land. I will remove from the city of the Lord everyone who does what is evil.

Proverbs 23:31-35
31. Don't look at wine when it is red. Don't look at it when it bubbles in the cup. And don't look at it when it goes down smoothly.
32. In the end it bites like a snake. It bites like a poisonous serpent.
33. Your eyes will see strange sights. Your mind will imagine weird things.
34. You will feel like someone sleeping on the ocean. You will think you are lying among the ropes in a boat.
35. "They hit me," you will say. "But I'm not hurt! They beat me. But I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"

1 Corinthians 7:1-19
1. Now I want to deal with the things you wrote me about. Some of you say, "It is good for a man not to have sex with a woman."
2. But since there is so much sexual sin, each man should have his own wife. And each woman should have her own husband.
3. A husband should satisfy his wife's sexual needs. And a wife should satisfy her husband's sexual needs.
4. The wife's body does not belong only to her. It also belongs to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong only to him. It also belongs to his wife.
5. You shouldn't stop giving yourselves to each other except when you both agree to do so. And that should be only to give yourselves time to pray for a while. Then you should come together again. In that way, Satan will not tempt you when you can't control yourselves.
6. I say those things to you as my advice, not as a command.
7. I wish all of you were like me. But you each have your own gift from God. One has this gift. Another has that.
8. I speak to those who are not married. I also speak to widows. It is good for you to stay single like me.
9. But if you can't control yourselves, you should get married. It is better to get married than to burn with sexual longing.
10. I give a command to those who are married. It is a direct command from the Lord, not from me. A wife must not leave her husband.
11. But if she does, she must not get married again. Or she can go back to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
12. I also have something to say to everyone else. It is from me, not a direct command from the Lord. Suppose a brother has a wife who is not a believer. If she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.
13. And suppose a woman has a husband who is not a believer. If he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.
14. The unbelieving husband has been made holy through his wife. The unbelieving wife has been made holy through her believing husband. If that were not the case, your children would not be pure and clean. But as it is, they are holy.
15. If the unbeliever leaves, let that person go. In that case, a believing man or woman does not have to stay married. God wants us to live in peace.
16. Wife, how do you know if you can save your husband? Husband, how do you know if you can save your wife?
17. But each of you should remain in the place in life that the Lord has given you. Stay as you were when God chose you. That's the rule all the churches must follow.
18. Was a man already circumcised when God chose him? Then he should not become uncircumcised. Was he uncircumcised when God chose him? Then he should not be circumcised.
19. Being circumcised means nothing. Being uncircumcised means nothing. Doing what God commands is what counts.