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Bible in one year


August 5


Job 1:1-22
1. There was a man who lived in the land of Uz. His name was Job. He was honest. He did what was right. He had respect for God and avoided evil.
2. Job had seven sons and three daughters.
3. He owned 7,000 sheep and 3,000 camels. He owned 500 pairs of oxen and 500 donkeys. He also had a large number of servants. He was the most important man among all of the people in the east.
4. His sons used to take turns giving big dinners in their homes. They would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
5. When the time for enjoying good food was over, Job would have his children made pure and clean. He would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them. He would do it early in the morning. He would think, "Perhaps my children have sinned. Maybe they have spoken evil things against God in their hearts." That's what Job always did for his children when he felt they had sinned.
6. One day angels came to the Lord. Satan also came with them.
7. The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered, "From traveling all around the earth. I've been going from one end of it to the other."
8. Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you thought about my servant Job? There isn't anyone on earth like him. He is honest. He does what is right. He has respect for me and avoids evil."
9. "You always give Job everything he needs," Satan replied. "That's why he has respect for you.
10. Haven't you guarded him and his family? Haven't you taken care of everything he has? You have blessed everything he does. His flocks and herds are spread all through the land.
11. "But reach out your hand and strike down everything he has. Then I'm sure he will speak evil things against you. In fact, he'll do it right in front of you."
12. The Lord said to Satan, "All right. I am handing everything he has over to you. But do not touch the man himself." Then Satan left the Lord and went on his way.
13. One day Job's sons and daughters were at their oldest brother's house. They were enjoying good food and drinking wine.
14. During that time a messenger came to Job. He said, "The oxen were plowing. The donkeys were eating grass near them.
15. Then the Sabeans attacked us and carried the animals off. They killed some of the servants with their swords. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
16. While he was still speaking, a second messenger came. He said, "God sent lightning from the sky. It struck the sheep and killed them. It burned up some of the servants. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
17. While he was still speaking, a third messenger came. He said, "The Chaldeans separated themselves into three groups. They attacked your camels and carried them off. They killed the rest of the servants with their swords. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
18. While he was still speaking, a fourth messenger came. He said, "Your sons and daughters were at their oldest brother's house. They were enjoying good food and drinking wine.
19. Suddenly a strong wind blew in from the desert. It struck the four corners of the house. The house fell down on your children. Now all of them are dead. I'm the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
20. After Job heard all of those reports, he got up and tore his robe. He shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground and worshiped the Lord.
21. He said, "I was born naked. And I'll leave here naked. You have given, and you have taken away. May your name be praised."
22. In spite of everything, Job didn't sin by blaming God for doing anything wrong.

Job 2:1-13
1. On another day angels came to the Lord. Satan also came to him along with them.
2. The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered, "From traveling all around the earth. I've been going from one end of it to the other."
3. Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you thought about my servant Job? There isn't anyone on earth like him. He is honest. He does what is right. He has respect for me and avoids evil. You tried to turn me against him. You wanted me to destroy him without any reason. But he still continues to be faithful."
4. Satan replied, "A man will give everything he has to save himself. So Job is willing to give up the lives of his family to save his own life.
5. "But reach out your hand and strike his flesh and bones. Then I'm sure he will speak evil things against you. In fact, he'll do it right in front of you."
6. The Lord said to Satan, "All right. I am handing him over to you. But you must spare his life."
7. Then Satan left the Lord and went on his way. He sent painful sores on Job. They covered him from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head.
8. He got part of a broken pot. He used it to scrape his skin. He did it while he was sitting in ashes.
9. His wife said to him, "Are you still continuing to be faithful to the Lord? Speak evil things against him and die!"
10. Job replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. We accept good things from God. So we should also accept trouble when he sends it." In spite of everything, Job didn't say anything that was sinful.
11. Job had three friends named Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They heard about all of the troubles that had come to Job. So they started out from their homes. They had agreed to meet together. They wanted to go and show their concern for Job. They wanted to comfort him.
12. When they got closer to where he lived, they could see him. But they could hardly recognize him. They began to sob out loud. They tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.
13. Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him. That's because they saw how much he was suffering.

Psalms 91:7-13
7. A thousand may fall dead at your side. Ten thousand may fall near your right hand. But no harm will come to you.
8. You will see with your own eyes how God punishes sinful people.
9. The Lord is the one who keeps you safe. So let the Most High God be like a home to you.
10. Then no harm will come to you. No terrible plague will come near your tent.
11. The Lord will command his angels to take good care of you.
12. They will lift you up in their hands. Then you won't trip over a stone.
13. You will walk all over lions and cobras. You will crush mighty lions and poisonous snakes.

Proverbs 22:13-14
13. People who don't want to work say, "There's a lion outside!" Or they say, "I'll be murdered if I go out into the streets!"
14. The mouth of a woman who commits adultery is like a deep pit. Any man the Lord is angry with will fall into it.

Romans 7:1-25
1. Brothers and sisters, I am speaking to you who know the law. Don't you know that the law has authority over us only as long as we are alive?
2. For example, by law a married woman is joined to her husband as long as he is living. But suppose her husband dies. Then the marriage law no longer applies to her.
3. But suppose that married woman gets married again while her husband is still alive. Then she is called a woman who commits adultery. But suppose her husband dies. Then she is free from that law. She is not guilty of adultery even if she marries another man.
4. My brothers and sisters, when Christ died you also died as far as the law is concerned. Then it became possible for you to belong to him. He was raised from the dead. Now our lives can be useful to God.
5. Our sinful nature used to control us. The law stirred up sinful longings in our bodies. So the things we did resulted in death.
6. But now we have died to what used to control us. We have been set free from the law. Now we serve in the new way of the Holy Spirit. We no longer serve in the old way of the written law.
7. What should we say then? That the law is sin? Not at all! I wouldn't have known what sin was unless the law had told me. The law said, "Do not want what belongs to other people."--(Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21) If the law hadn't said that, I would not have known what it was like to want what belonged to others.
8. But the commandment gave sin an opportunity. Sin caused me to want all kinds of things that belonged to others. No one can break a law that doesn't exist.
9. Before I knew about the law, I was alive. But then the commandment came. Sin came to life, and I died.
10. I found that the commandment that was supposed to bring life actually brought death.
11. When the commandment gave sin the opportunity, sin tricked me. It used the commandment to put me to death.
12. So the law is holy. The commandment also is holy and right and good.
13. Did what is good cause me to die? Not at all! Sin had to be recognized for what it really is. So it produced death in me through what was good. Because of the commandment, sin became totally sinful.
14. We know that the law is holy. But I am not. I have been sold to be a slave of sin.
15. I don't understand what I do. I don't do what I want to do. Instead, I do what I hate to do.
16. I do what I don't want to do. So I agree that the law is good.
17. As it is, I am no longer the one who does these things. It is sin living in me that does them.
18. I know there is nothing good in my sinful nature. I want to do what is good, but I can't.
19. I don't do the good things I want to do. I keep on doing the evil things I don't want to do.
20. I do what I don't want to do. But I am not really the one who is doing it. It is sin living in me.
21. Here is the law I find working in me. When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
22. Deep inside me I find joy in God's law.
23. But I see another law working in the parts of my body. It fights against the law of my mind. It makes me a prisoner of the law of sin. That law controls the parts of my body.
24. What a terrible failure I am! Who will save me from this sin that brings death to my body?
25. I give thanks to God. He will do it through Jesus Christ our Lord. So in my mind I am a slave to God's law. But in my sinful nature I am a slave to the law of sin.