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August 26


Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
1. The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2. Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
3. What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun?
4. A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
5. The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hurries to the place where it rises.
6. The wind blows to the south, and goes around to the north; round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.
7. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they continue to flow.
8. All things are wearisome; more than one can express; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, or the ear filled with hearing.
9. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.
10. Is there a thing of which it is said, "See, this is new"? It has already been, in the ages before us.
11. The people of long ago are not remembered, nor will there be any remembrance of people yet to come by those who come after them.
12. I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem,
13. applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with.
14. I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
15. What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.
16. I said to myself, "I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge."
17. And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a chasing after wind.
18. For in much wisdom is much vexation, and those who increase knowledge increase sorrow.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26
1. I said to myself, "Come now, I will make a test of pleasure; enjoy yourself." But again, this also was vanity.
2. I said of laughter, "It is mad," and of pleasure, "What use is it?"
3. I searched with my mind how to cheer my body with wine-- my mind still guiding me with wisdom-- and how to lay hold on folly, until I might see what was good for mortals to do under heaven during the few days of their life.
4. I made great works; I built houses and planted vineyards for myself;
5. I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees.
6. I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees.
7. I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house; I also had great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem.
8. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and of the provinces; I got singers, both men and women, and delights of the flesh, and many concubines.
9. So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; also my wisdom remained with me.
10. Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them; I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil.
11. Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had spent in doing it, and again, all was vanity and a chasing after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.
12. So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly; for what can the one do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done.
13. Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.
14. The wise have eyes in their head, but fools walk in darkness. Yet I perceived that the same fate befalls all of them.
15. Then I said to myself, "What happens to the fool will happen to me also; why then have I been so very wise?" And I said to myself that this also is vanity.
16. For there is no enduring remembrance of the wise or of fools, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How can the wise die just like fools?
17. So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
18. I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me
19. -- and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.
20. So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun,
21. because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.
22. What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun?
23. For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.
24. There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God;
25. for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?
26. For to the one who pleases him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner he gives the work of gathering and heaping, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.

Psalms 102:1-11
1. Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you.
2. Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call.
3. For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace.
4. My heart is stricken and withered like grass; I am too wasted to eat my bread.
5. Because of my loud groaning my bones cling to my skin.
6. I am like an owl of the wilderness, like a little owl of the waste places.
7. I lie awake; I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.
8. All day long my enemies taunt me; those who deride me use my name for a curse.
9. For I eat ashes like bread, and mingle tears with my drink,
10. because of your indignation and anger; for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside.
11. My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.

Proverbs 24:1-2
1. Do not envy the wicked, nor desire to be with them;
2. for their minds devise violence, and their lips talk of mischief.

1 Corinthians 7:20-40
20. Let each of you remain in the condition in which you were called.
21. Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever.
22. For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ.
23. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters.
24. In whatever condition you were called, brothers and sisters, there remain with God.
25. Now concerning virgins, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.
26. I think that, in view of the impending crisis, it is well for you to remain as you are.
27. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
28. But if you marry, you do not sin, and if a virgin marries, she does not sin. Yet those who marry will experience distress in this life, and I would spare you that.
29. I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none,
30. and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions,
31. and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
32. I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord;
33. but the married man is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please his wife,
34. and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman and the virgin are anxious about the affairs of the Lord, so that they may be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please her husband.
35. I say this for your own benefit, not to put any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and unhindered devotion to the Lord.
36. If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his fiancee, if his passions are strong, and so it has to be, let him marry as he wishes; it is no sin. Let them marry.
37. But if someone stands firm in his resolve, being under no necessity but having his own desire under control, and has determined in his own mind to keep her as his fiancee, he will do well.
38. So then, he who marries his fiancee does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better.
39. A wife is bound as long as her husband lives. But if the husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, only in the Lord.
40. But in my judgment she is more blessed if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.