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August 22


Job 35:1-16
1. Then Elihu said:
2. "Do you think it is right for you to claim, `I am righteous before God'?
3. Yet you also ask, `What's the use of living a righteous life? How will it benefit me?'
4. "I will answer you and all your friends, too.
5. Look up into the sky and see the clouds high above you.
6. If you sin, what do you accomplish against him? Even if you sin again and again, what effect will it have on him?
7. If you are good, is this some great gift to him? What could you possibly give him?
8. No, your sins affect only people like yourself, and your good deeds affect only other people.
9. "The oppressed cry out beneath the wrongs that are done to them. They groan beneath the power of the mighty.
10. Yet they don't ask, `Where is God my Creator, the one who gives songs in the night?
11. Where is the one who makes us wiser than the animals and birds?'
12. "And if they do cry out and God does not answer, it is because of their pride.
13. But it is wrong to say God doesn't listen, to say the Almighty isn't concerned.
14. And it is even more false to say he doesn't see what is going on. He will bring about justice if you will only wait.
15. But do you cry out against him because he does not respond in anger?
16. Job, you have protested in vain. You have spoken like a fool."

Job 36:1-33
1. Elihu continued speaking:
2. "Let me go on, and I will show you the truth of what I am saying. For I have not finished defending God!
3. I will give you many illustrations of the righteousness of my Creator.
4. I am telling you the honest truth, for I am a man of well-rounded knowledge.
5. "God is mighty, yet he does not despise anyone! He is mighty in both power and understanding.
6. He does not let the wicked live but gives justice to the afflicted.
7. His eyes never leave the innocent, but he establishes and exalts them with kings forever.
8. If troubles come upon them and they are enslaved and afflicted,
9. he takes the trouble to show them the reason. He shows them their sins, for they have behaved proudly.
10. He gets their attention and says they must turn away from evil.
11. "If they listen and obey God, then they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant.
12. But if they refuse to listen to him, they will perish in battle and die from lack of understanding.
13. For the godless are full of resentment. Even when he punishes them, they refuse to cry out to him for help.
14. They die young after wasting their lives in immoral living.
15. But by means of their suffering, he rescues those who suffer. For he gets their attention through adversity.
16. "God has led you away from danger, giving you freedom. You have prospered in a wide and pleasant valley.
17. But you are too obsessed with judgment on the godless. Don't worry, justice will be upheld.
18. But watch out, or you may be seduced with wealth. Don't let yourself be bribed into sin.
19. Could all your wealth and mighty efforts keep you from distress?
20. Do not long for the cover of night, for that is when people will be destroyed.
21. Be on guard! Turn back from evil, for it was to prevent you from getting into a life of evil that God sent this suffering.
22. "Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him?
23. No one can tell him what to do. No one can say to him, `You have done wrong.'
24. Instead, glorify his mighty works, singing songs of praise.
25. Everyone has seen these things, but only from a distance.
26. "Look, God is exalted beyond what we can understand. His years are without number.
27. He draws up the water vapor and then distills it into rain.
28. The rain pours down from the clouds, and everyone benefits from it.
29. Can anyone really understand the spreading of the clouds and the thunder that rolls forth from heaven?
30. See how he spreads the lightning around him and how it lights up the depths of the sea.
31. By his mighty acts he governs the people, giving them food in abundance.
32. He fills his hands with lightning bolts. He hurls each at its target.
33. The thunder announces his presence; the storm announces his indignant anger.

Psalms 99:1-9
1. The LORD is king! Let the nations tremble! He sits on his throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake!
2. The LORD sits in majesty in Jerusalem, supreme above all the nations.
3. Let them praise your great and awesome name. Your name is holy!
4. Mighty king, lover of justice, you have established fairness. You have acted with justice and righteousness throughout Israel.
5. Exalt the LORD our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!
6. Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called on his name. They cried to the LORD for help, and he answered them.
7. He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud, and they followed the decrees and principles he gave them.
8. O LORD our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God, but you punished them when they went wrong.
9. Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the LORD our God is holy!

Proverbs 23:22-25
22. Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don't despise your mother's experience when she is old.
23. Get the truth and don't ever sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and discernment.
24. The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure it is to have wise children.
25. So give your parents joy! May she who gave you birth be happy.

1 Corinthians 4:1-21
1. So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God's secrets.
2. Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.
3. What about me? Have I been faithful? Well, it matters very little what you or anyone else thinks. I don't even trust my own judgment on this point.
4. My conscience is clear, but that isn't what matters. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.
5. So be careful not to jump to conclusions before the Lord returns as to whether or not someone is faithful. When the Lord comes, he will bring our deepest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. And then God will give to everyone whatever praise is due.
6. Dear brothers and sisters, I have used Apollos and myself to illustrate what I've been saying. If you pay attention to the Scriptures, you won't brag about one of your leaders at the expense of another.
7. What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn't given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?
8. You think you already have everything you need! You are already rich! Without us you have become kings! I wish you really were on your thrones already, for then we would be reigning with you!
9. But sometimes I think God has put us apostles on display, like prisoners of war at the end of a victor's parade, condemned to die. We have become a spectacle to the entire world--to people and angels alike.
10. Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you are so wise! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are well thought of, but we are laughed at.
11. To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, without enough clothes to keep us warm. We have endured many beatings, and we have no homes of our own.
12. We have worked wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us.
13. We respond gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world's garbage, like everybody's trash--right up to the present moment.
14. I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.
15. For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you.
16. So I ask you to follow my example and do as I do.
17. That is the very reason I am sending Timothy--to help you do this. For he is my beloved and trustworthy child in the Lord. He will remind you of what I teach about Christ Jesus in all the churches wherever I go.
18. I know that some of you have become arrogant, thinking I will never visit you again.
19. But I will come--and soon--if the Lord will let me, and then I'll find out whether these arrogant people are just big talkers or whether they really have God's power.
20. For the Kingdom of God is not just fancy talk; it is living by God's power.
21. Which do you choose? Should I come with punishment and scolding, or should I come with quiet love and gentleness?