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Bible in one year


August 18


Job 27:1-23
1. And Job continued his discourse:
2. "As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of soul,
3. as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,
4. my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit.
5. I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.
6. I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.
7. "May my enemies be like the wicked, my adversaries like the unjust!
8. For what hope has the godless when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?
9. Does God listen to his cry when distress comes upon him?
10. Will he find delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?
11. "I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.
12. You have all seen this yourselves. Why then this meaningless talk?
13. "Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:
14. However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.
15. The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.
16. Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,
17. what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.
18. The house he builds is like a moth's cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.
19. He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.
20. Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.
21. The east wind carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22. It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power.
23. It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place.

Job 28:1-28
1. "There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.
2. Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.
3. Man puts an end to the darkness; he searches the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness.
4. Far from where people dwell he cuts a shaft, in places forgotten by the foot of man; far from men he dangles and sways.
5. The earth, from which food comes, is transformed below as by fire;
6. sapphires come from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold.
7. No bird of prey knows that hidden path, no falcon's eye has seen it.
8. Proud beasts do not set foot on it, and no lion prowls there.
9. Man's hand assaults the flinty rock and lays bare the roots of the mountains.
10. He tunnels through the rock; his eyes see all its treasures.
11. He searches the sources of the rivers and brings hidden things to light.
12. "But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?
13. Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living.
14. The deep says, 'It is not in me'; the sea says, 'It is not with me.'
15. It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed in silver.
16. It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or sapphires.
17. Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold.
18. Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
19. The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold.
20. "Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?
21. It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air.
22. Destruction and Death say, 'Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.'
23. God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells,
24. for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.
25. When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters,
26. when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,
27. then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it.
28. And he said to man, 'The fear of the Lord-that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.'"

Psalms 97:1-6
1. The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.
2. Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3. Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.
4. His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles.
5. The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.
6. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.

Proverbs 23:13-14
13. Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
14. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.

Romans 16:1-27
1. I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church in Cenchrea.
2. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.
3. Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.
4. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.
5. Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.
6. Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you.
7. Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.
8. Greet Ampliatus, whom I love in the Lord.
9. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.
10. Greet Apelles, tested and approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus.
11. Greet Herodion, my relative. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
12. Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.
13. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.
14. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brothers with them.
15. Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the saints with them.
16. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.
17. I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.
18. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
19. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
20. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
21. Timothy, my fellow worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my relatives.
22. I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.
23. Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings. Erastus, who is the city's director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.
24. See Footnote
25. Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past,
26. but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him--
27. to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.