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Bible in one year


August 9


Job 9:1-35
1. Then Job replied:
2. "Indeed, I know that this is true. But how can a mortal be righteous before God?
3. Though one wished to dispute with him, he could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
4. His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
5. He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.
6. He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.
7. He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.
8. He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.
9. He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
11. When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.
12. If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, 'What are you doing?'
13. God does not restrain his anger; even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.
14. "How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?
15. Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.
16. Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing.
17. He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason.
18. He would not let me regain my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.
19. If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty! And if it is a matter of justice, who will summon him?
20. Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.
21. "Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.
22. It is all the same; that is why I say, 'He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.'
23. When a scourge brings sudden death, he mocks the despair of the innocent.
24. When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?
25. "My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.
26. They skim past like boats of papyrus, like eagles swooping down on their prey.
27. If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,'
28. I still dread all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29. Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?
30. Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with washing soda,
31. you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.
32. "He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.
33. If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both,
34. someone to remove God's rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.

Job 10:1-22
1. "I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.
2. I will say to God: Do not condemn me, but tell me what charges you have against me.
3. Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the schemes of the wicked?
4. Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as a mortal sees?
5. Are your days like those of a mortal or your years like those of a man,
6. that you must search out my faults and probe after my sin-
7. though you know that I am not guilty and that no one can rescue me from your hand?
8. "Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me?
9. Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again?
10. Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese,
11. clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews?
12. You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.
13. "But this is what you concealed in your heart, and I know that this was in your mind:
14. If I sinned, you would be watching me and would not let my offense go unpunished.
15. If I am guilty-woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in my affliction.
16. If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion and again display your awesome power against me.
17. You bring new witnesses against me and increase your anger toward me; your forces come against me wave upon wave.
18. "Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me.
19. If only I had never come into being, or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!
20. Are not my few days almost over? Turn away from me so I can have a moment's joy
21. before I go to the place of no return, to the land of gloom and deep shadow,
22. to the land of deepest night, of deep shadow and disorder, where even the light is like darkness."

Psalms 93:1-5
1. The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
2. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.
3. The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
4. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea- the LORD on high is mighty.
5. Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O LORD.

Proverbs 22:22-23
22. Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,
23. for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.

Romans 9:16-33
16. It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
17. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."
18. Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
19. One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?"
20. But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"
21. Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
22. What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction?
23. What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory--
24. even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?
25. As he says in Hosea: "I will call them 'my people' who are not my people; and I will call her 'my loved one' who is not my loved one,"
26. and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'"
27. Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.
28. For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."
29. It is just as Isaiah said previously: "Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah."
30. What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;
31. but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
32. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."
33. As it is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."