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Bible in one year


August 26


Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
1. The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
2. "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."
3. What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?
4. Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
5. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
6. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.
7. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
8. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
9. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
10. Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
11. There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.
12. I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13. I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men!
14. I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
15. What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.
16. I thought to myself, "Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge."
17. Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
18. For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26
1. I thought in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good." But that also proved to be meaningless.
2. "Laughter," I said, "is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?"
3. I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly-my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives.
4. I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.
5. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.
6. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.
7. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.
8. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well-the delights of the heart of man.
9. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.
10. I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor.
11. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
12. Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king's successor do than what has already been done?
13. I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.
14. The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.
15. Then I thought in my heart, "The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?" I said in my heart, "This too is meaningless."
16. For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered; in days to come both will be forgotten. Like the fool, the wise man too must die!
17. So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
18. I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.
19. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.
20. So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.
21. For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.
22. What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?
23. All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.
24. A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,
25. for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
26. To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Psalms 102:1-11
1. Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry for help come to you.
2. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.
3. For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.
4. My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food.
5. Because of my loud groaning I am reduced to skin and bones.
6. I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins.
7. I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof.
8. All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse.
9. For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears
10. because of your great wrath, for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
11. My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.

Proverbs 24:1-2
1. Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company;
2. for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.

1 Corinthians 7:20-40
20. Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.
21. Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you--although if you can gain your freedom, do so.
22. For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ's slave.
23. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24. Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to.
25. Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
26. Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.
27. Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.
28. But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
29. What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none;
30. those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep;
31. those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
32. I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs--how he can please the Lord.
33. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife--
34. and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world--how she can please her husband.
35. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
36. If anyone thinks he is acting improperly toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if she is getting along in years and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married.
37. But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin--this man also does the right thing.
38. So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better.
39. A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.
40. In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is--and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.