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Bible in one year


August 29


Ecclesiastes 7:1-29
1. A good reputation is more valuable than the most expensive perfume. In the same way, the day you die is better than the day you are born.
2. It is better to spend your time at funerals than at festivals. For you are going to die, and you should think about it while there is still time.
3. Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.
4. A wise person thinks much about death, while the fool thinks only about having a good time now.
5. It is better to be criticized by a wise person than to be praised by a fool!
6. Indeed, a fool's laughter is quickly gone, like thorns crackling in a fire. This also is meaningless.
7. Extortion turns wise people into fools, and bribes corrupt the heart.
8. Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.
9. Don't be quick-tempered, for anger is the friend of fools.
10. Don't long for "the good old days," for you don't know whether they were any better than today.
11. Being wise is as good as being rich; in fact, it is better.
12. Wisdom or money can get you almost anything, but it's important to know that only wisdom can save your life.
13. Notice the way God does things; then fall into line. Don't fight the ways of God, for who can straighten out what he has made crooked?
14. Enjoy prosperity while you can. But when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. That way you will realize that nothing is certain in this life.
15. In this meaningless life, I have seen everything, including the fact that some good people die young and some wicked people live on and on.
16. So don't be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself?
17. On the other hand, don't be too wicked either--don't be a fool! Why should you die before your time?
18. So try to walk a middle course--but those who fear God will succeed either way.
19. A wise person is stronger than the ten leading citizens of a town!
20. There is not a single person in all the earth who is always good and never sins.
21. Don't eavesdrop on others--you may hear your servant laughing at you.
22. For you know how often you yourself have laughed at others.
23. All along I have tried my best to let wisdom guide my thoughts and actions. I said to myself, "I am determined to be wise." But it didn't really work.
24. Wisdom is always distant and very difficult to find.
25. I searched everywhere, determined to find wisdom and to understand the reason for things. I was determined to prove to myself that wickedness is stupid and that foolishness is madness.
26. I discovered that a seductive woman is more bitter than death. Her passion is a trap, and her soft hands will bind you. Those who please God will escape from her, but sinners will be caught in her snare.
27. "This is my conclusion," says the Teacher. "I came to this result after looking into the matter from every possible angle.
28. Just one out of every thousand men I interviewed can be said to be upright, but not one woman!
29. I discovered that God created people to be upright, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path."

Psalms 102:1-5
1. LORD, hear my prayer! Listen to my plea!
2. Don't turn away from me in my time of distress. Bend down your ear and answer me quickly when I call to you,
3. for my days disappear like smoke, and my bones burn like red-hot coals.
4. My heart is sick, withered like grass, and I have lost my appetite.
5. Because of my groaning, I am reduced to skin and bones.

Proverbs 24:7-9
7. Wisdom is too much for a fool. When the leaders gather, the fool has nothing to say.
8. A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker.
9. The schemes of a fool are sinful; everyone despises a mocker.

1 Corinthians 10:1-18
1. I don't want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, what happened to our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. God guided all of them by sending a cloud that moved along ahead of them, and he brought them all safely through the waters of the sea on dry ground.
2. As followers of Moses, they were all baptized in the cloud and the sea.
3. And all of them ate the same miraculous food,
4. and all of them drank the same miraculous water. For they all drank from the miraculous rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ.
5. Yet after all this, God was not pleased with most of them, and he destroyed them in the wilderness.
6. These events happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did
7. or worship idols as some of them did. For the Scriptures say, "The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged themselves in pagan revelry."
8. And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.
9. Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites.
10. And don't grumble as some of them did, for that is why God sent his angel of death to destroy them.
11. All these events happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us, who live at the time when this age is drawing to a close.
12. If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin.
13. But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.
14. So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.
15. You are reasonable people. Decide for yourselves if what I am about to say is true.
16. When we bless the cup at the Lord's Table, aren't we sharing in the benefits of the blood of Christ? And when we break the loaf of bread, aren't we sharing in the benefits of the body of Christ?
17. And we all eat from one loaf, showing that we are one body.
18. And think about the nation of Israel; all who eat the sacrifices are united by that act.