Bible in one year

August 30

Ecclesiastes 8:1-17
1. Who is like a wise man? Who knows how to explain things? Wisdom makes a man's face bright. It softens the look on his face.
2. I'm telling you to obey the king's command. You took an oath to serve him. You made a promise to God.
3. Don't be in a hurry to quit your job in the palace. Don't stand up for something the king doesn't like. He'll do anything he wants to.
4. He has the final word. So who can ask him, "What are you doing?"
5. No one who obeys his command will be harmed. Those who are wise will know the proper time and way to approach him.
6. There's a proper time and way for people to do everything. That's true even though a man might be suffering greatly.
7. No one knows what lies ahead. So who can tell a person what's going to happen?
8. He can't stop the wind from blowing. And he doesn't have the power to decide when he will die. No one is let out of the army in times of war. And evil won't let go of those who practice it.
9. I understood all of those things. I used my mind to study everything that's done on earth. A man sometimes makes life hard for others. But he ends up hurting himself.
10. I also saw sinful people being buried. They used to come and go from the place of worship. And others praised them in the city where they worshiped. That doesn't have any meaning either.
11. Sometimes the sentence for a crime isn't carried out quickly. So people make plans to commit even more crimes.
12. An evil man may be guilty of a hundred crimes and still live a long time. But I know that things will go better with men who have great respect for God.
13. Sinful people don't respect God. So things won't go well with them. Like a shadow, they won't be around very long.
14. Here's something else on this earth that doesn't have any meaning. Sometimes godly men get what sinful people should receive. And sinful men get what godly people should receive. Here's what I'm telling you. That doesn't have any meaning either.
15. So I advise everyone to enjoy life. A man on this earth can't do anything better than eat and drink and be glad. Then he will enjoy his work. He'll be happy all the days of the life God has given him on earth.
16. I used my mind to understand what it really means to be wise. I wanted to observe the hard work man does on earth. He doesn't close his eyes and go to sleep day or night.
17. I saw everything God has done. No one can understand what happens on earth. Man might try very hard to figure it out. But he still can't discover what it all means. A wise man might claim he knows. But he can't really understand it either.

Ecclesiastes 9:1-18
1. I thought about all of those things. I realized that those who are wise and do what is right are under God's control. What they do is also under his control. But a man doesn't know whether God will show favor to him.
2. Everyone will die someday. Death comes to godly and sinful people alike. It comes to good and bad people alike. It comes to "clean" and "unclean" people alike. Those who offer sacrifices and those who don't offer them also die. A good person dies, and so does a sinner. Those who take oaths die. So do those who are afraid to take them.
3. Here's what is so bad about everything that happens on this earth. Death catches up with all of us. Also, the hearts of people are full of evil. They live in foolish pleasure. After that, they join those who have already died.
4. Anyone who is living still has hope. Even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
5. People who are still alive know they'll die. But those who have died don't know anything. They don't receive any more rewards. And they are soon forgotten.
6. Their love, hate and jealousy disappear. They will never share again in anything that happens on earth.
7. Go and enjoy your food. Be joyful as you drink your wine. Now is the time God favors what you do.
8. Always wear white clothes to show you are happy. Anoint your head with olive oil.
9. You love your wife. So enjoy life with her. Do it all the days of this meaningless life God has given you on earth. That's what he made you for. That's what you get for all of your hard work on earth.
10. No matter what you do, work at it with all your might. Remember, you are going to your grave. And there isn't any work or planning or knowledge or wisdom there.
11. Here's something else I've seen on this earth. Races aren't always won by those who run fast. Battles aren't always won by those who are strong. Wise people don't always have plenty of food. Clever people aren't always wealthy. Those who have learned a lot aren't always favored. God controls the timing of every event. He also controls how things turn out.
12. A man doesn't know when trouble will come to him. Fish are caught in nets. Birds are taken in traps. And people are trapped by hard times that come when they don't expect them.
13. Here's something else I saw on this earth. I saw an example of wisdom that touched me deeply.
14. There was once a small city. Only a few people lived there. A powerful king attacked it. He brought in war machines all around it.
15. A certain man lived in that city. He was poor but wise. He used his wisdom to save the city. But no one remembered that poor man.
16. So I said, "It's better to be wise than to be powerful." But people looked down on the poor man's wisdom. No one paid any attention to what he said.
17. People should listen to the quiet words of those who are wise. That's better than paying attention to the shouts of a ruler of foolish people.
18. Wisdom is better than weapons of war. But one sinner destroys a lot of good.

Ecclesiastes 10:1-20
1. Dead flies give perfume a bad smell. And a little foolishness can make a lot of wisdom useless.
2. The hearts of wise people lead them on the right path. But the hearts of foolish people take them down the wrong path.
3. A foolish person doesn't have any sense at all. He shows everyone he is foolish. He does it even when he is walking along the road.
4. Suppose a ruler gets very angry with you. If he does, don't quit your job in the palace. Stay calm. That will overcome the effects of your big mistakes.
5. Here's something evil I've seen on this earth. And it's the kind of mistake that rulers make.
6. Foolish people are given many important jobs. Rich people are given unimportant ones.
7. I've seen slaves on horseback. I've also seen princes who were forced to walk as if they were slaves.
8. Anyone who digs a pit might fall into it. Anyone who breaks through a wall might be bitten by a snake.
9. Anyone who removes stones from rock pits might get hurt. Anyone who cuts logs might get wounded.
10. Suppose the blade of an ax is dull. And its edge hasn't been sharpened. Then more effort is needed to use it. But skill will bring success.
11. Suppose a snake bites before it is charmed. Then there isn't any benefit in being a snake charmer.
12. A man who is wise says gracious things. But a foolish person is destroyed by what his own lips speak.
13. At first what he says is foolish. In the end his words are very evil.
14. He talks too much. No one knows what lies ahead for him. Who can tell him what will happen after he is gone?
15. The work a foolish person does makes him tired. He doesn't even know the way to town.
16. How terrible it is for a land whose king used to be a servant! How terrible if its princes get drunk in the morning!
17. How blessed is the land whose king was born into the royal family! How blessed if its princes eat and drink at the proper time! How blessed if they eat and drink to become strong and not to get drunk!
18. When a man won't work, the roof falls down. When his hands aren't busy, the house leaks.
19. People laugh at a dinner party. And wine makes life happy. People think money can buy everything.
20. Don't call down curses on the king. Don't even think about doing it. Don't call down curses on rich people. Don't even do it in your bedroom. A bird might fly away and carry your words. It might report what you said.

Psalms 103:6-14
6. The Lord does what is right and fair for all who are beaten down.
7. He told Moses all about his plans. He let the people of Israel see his mighty acts.
8. The Lord is tender and kind. He is gracious. He is slow to get angry. He is full of love.
9. He won't keep bringing charges against us. He won't stay angry with us forever.
10. He doesn't punish us for our sins as much as we should be punished. He doesn't pay us back in keeping with the evil things we've done.
11. His love for those who have respect for him is as high as the heavens are above the earth.
12. He has removed our lawless acts from us as far as the east is from the west.
13. A father is tender and kind to his children. In the same way, the Lord is tender and kind to those who have respect for him.
14. He knows what we are made of. He remembers that we are dust.

Proverbs 24:10-12
10. If you grow weak when trouble comes, your strength is very small!
11. Save those who are being led away to death. Hold back those who are about to be killed.
12. Don't say, "But we didn't know anything about this." The One who knows what you are thinking sees it. The One who guards your life knows it. He will pay each person back for what he has done.

1 Corinthians 10:19-33
19. Do I mean that what is offered to a statue of a god is anything? Do I mean that a statue of a god is anything?
20. No! But what is offered by those who worship statues of gods is really offered to demons. It is not offered to God. I don't want you to be sharing with demons.
21. You can't drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too. You can't have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons.
22. Are we trying to make the Lord jealous? Are we stronger than he is?
23. You say, "Everything is permitted." But not everything is good for us. Again you say, "Everything is permitted." But not everything builds us up.
24. We should not look out for our own interests. Instead, we should look out for the interests of others.
25. Eat anything that is sold in the meat market. Don't ask if it's right or wrong.
26. Scripture says, "The earth belongs to the Lord. And so does everything in it."--(Psalm 24:1)
27. Suppose an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go. Then eat anything that is put in front of you. Don't ask if it's right or wrong.
28. But suppose someone says to you, "This food has been offered to a statue of a god." Then don't eat it. Keep in mind the good of the one who told you. And don't eat because of a sense of what is right and wrong.
29. I'm talking about the other person's sense of what is right and wrong, not yours. Why should my freedom be judged by what someone else thinks?
30. Suppose I give thanks when I eat. Then why should I be blamed for eating food I thank God for?
31. So eat and drink and do everything else for the glory of God.
32. Don't do anything that causes another person to trip and fall. It doesn't matter if that person is a Jew or a Greek or a member of God's church.
33. Follow my example. I try to please everyone in every way. I'm not looking out for what is good for me. I'm looking out for the interests of others. I do it so that they might be saved.