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Bible in one year


August 19


Job 29:1-25
1. Job again took up his discourse and said:
2. "Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me;
3. when his lamp shone over my head, and by his light I walked through darkness;
4. when I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent;
5. when the Almighty was still with me, when my children were around me;
6. when my steps were washed with milk, and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!
7. When I went out to the gate of the city, when I took my seat in the square,
8. the young men saw me and withdrew, and the aged rose up and stood;
9. the nobles refrained from talking, and laid their hands on their mouths;
10. the voices of princes were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
11. When the ear heard, it commended me, and when the eye saw, it approved;
12. because I delivered the poor who cried, and the orphan who had no helper.
13. The blessing of the wretched came upon me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.
15. I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame.
16. I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause of the stranger.
17. I broke the fangs of the unrighteous, and made them drop their prey from their teeth.
18. Then I thought, 'I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days like the phoenix;
19. my roots spread out to the waters, with the dew all night on my branches;
20. my glory was fresh with me, and my bow ever new in my hand.'
21. "They listened to me, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel.
22. After I spoke they did not speak again, and my word dropped upon them like dew.
23. They waited for me as for the rain; they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.
24. I smiled on them when they had no confidence; and the light of my countenance they did not extinguish.
25. I chose their way, and sat as chief, and I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.

Job 30:1-31
1. "But now they make sport of me, those who are younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock.
2. What could I gain from the strength of their hands? All their vigor is gone.
3. Through want and hard hunger they gnaw the dry and desolate ground,
4. they pick mallow and the leaves of bushes, and to warm themselves the roots of broom.
5. They are driven out from society; people shout after them as after a thief.
6. In the gullies of wadis they must live, in holes in the ground, and in the rocks.
7. Among the bushes they bray; under the nettles they huddle together.
8. A senseless, disreputable brood, they have been whipped out of the land.
9. "And now they mock me in song; I am a byword to them.
10. They abhor me, they keep aloof from me; they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.
11. Because God has loosed my bowstring and humbled me, they have cast off restraint in my presence.
12. On my right hand the rabble rise up; they send me sprawling, and build roads for my ruin.
13. They break up my path, they promote my calamity; no one restrains them.
14. As through a wide breach they come; amid the crash they roll on.
15. Terrors are turned upon me; my honor is pursued as by the wind, and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.
16. "And now my soul is poured out within me; days of affliction have taken hold of me.
17. The night racks my bones, and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest.
18. With violence he seizes my garment; he grasps me by the collar of my tunic.
19. He has cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes.
20. I cry to you and you do not answer me; I stand, and you merely look at me.
21. You have turned cruel to me; with the might of your hand you persecute me.
22. You lift me up on the wind, you make me ride on it, and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.
23. I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
24. "Surely one does not turn against the needy, when in disaster they cry for help.
25. Did I not weep for those whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the poor?
26. But when I looked for good, evil came; and when I waited for light, darkness came.
27. My inward parts are in turmoil, and are never still; days of affliction come to meet me.
28. I go about in sunless gloom; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
29. I am a brother of jackals, and a companion of ostriches.
30. My skin turns black and falls from me, and my bones burn with heat.
31. My lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.

Psalms 97:7-12
7. All worshipers of images are put to shame, those who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him.
8. Zion hears and is glad, and the towns of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O God.
9. For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.
10. The LORD loves those who hate evil; he guards the lives of his faithful; he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
11. Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
12. Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

Proverbs 23:15-16
15. My child, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.
16. My soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

1 Corinthians 1:1-31
1. Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2. To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,
5. for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind--
6. just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you--
7. so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
8. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
10. Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.
11. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.
12. What I mean is that each of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ."
13. Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14. I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15. so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name.
16. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)
17. For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.
18. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."
20. Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.
22. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,
23. but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24. but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
26. Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
28. God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are,
29. so that no one might boast in the presence of God.
30. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
31. in order that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."