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August 28


Ecclesiastes 4:1-16
1. Again I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun. Look, the tears of the oppressed-- with no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power-- with no one to comfort them.
2. And I thought the dead, who have already died, more fortunate than the living, who are still alive;
3. but better than both is the one who has not yet been, and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
4. Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from one person's envy of another. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.
5. Fools fold their hands and consume their own flesh.
6. Better is a handful with quiet than two handfuls with toil, and a chasing after wind.
7. Again, I saw vanity under the sun:
8. the case of solitary individuals, without sons or brothers; yet there is no end to all their toil, and their eyes are never satisfied with riches. "For whom am I toiling," they ask, "and depriving myself of pleasure?" This also is vanity and an unhappy business.
9. Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
10. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.
11. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone?
12. And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
13. Better is a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king, who will no longer take advice.
14. One can indeed come out of prison to reign, even though born poor in the kingdom.
15. I saw all the living who, moving about under the sun, follow that youth who replaced the king;
16. there was no end to all those people whom he led. Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a chasing after wind.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-20
1. Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools; for they do not know how to keep from doing evil.
2. Never be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few.
3. For dreams come with many cares, and a fool's voice with many words.
4. When you make a vow to God, do not delay fulfilling it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Fulfill what you vow.
5. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not fulfill it.
6. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake; why should God be angry at your words, and destroy the work of your hands?
7. With many dreams come vanities and a multitude of words; but fear God.
8. If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and right, do not be amazed at the matter; for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.
9. But all things considered, this is an advantage for a land: a king for a plowed field.
10. The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is vanity.
11. When goods increase, those who eat them increase; and what gain has their owner but to see them with his eyes?
12. Sweet is the sleep of laborers, whether they eat little or much; but the surfeit of the rich will not let them sleep.
13. There is a grievous ill that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owners to their hurt,
14. and those riches were lost in a bad venture; though they are parents of children, they have nothing in their hands.
15. As they came from their mother's womb, so they shall go again, naked as they came; they shall take nothing for their toil, which they may carry away with their hands.
16. This also is a grievous ill: just as they came, so shall they go; and what gain do they have from toiling for the wind?
17. Besides, all their days they eat in darkness, in much vexation and sickness and resentment.
18. This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot.
19. Likewise all to whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil-- this is the gift of God.
20. For they will scarcely brood over the days of their lives, because God keeps them occupied with the joy of their hearts.

Ecclesiastes 6:1-12
1. There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy upon humankind:
2. those to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that they lack nothing of all that they desire, yet God does not enable them to enjoy these things, but a stranger enjoys them. This is vanity; it is a grievous ill.
3. A man may beget a hundred children, and live many years; but however many are the days of his years, if he does not enjoy life's good things, or has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
4. For it comes into vanity and goes into darkness, and in darkness its name is covered;
5. moreover it has not seen the sun or known anything; yet it finds rest rather than he.
6. Even though he should live a thousand years twice over, yet enjoy no good-- do not all go to one place?
7. All human toil is for the mouth, yet the appetite is not satisfied.
8. For what advantage have the wise over fools? And what do the poor have who know how to conduct themselves before the living?
9. Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire; this also is vanity and a chasing after wind.
10. Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what human beings are, and that they are not able to dispute with those who are stronger.
11. The more words, the more vanity, so how is one the better?
12. For who knows what is good for mortals while they live the few days of their vain life, which they pass like a shadow? For who can tell them what will be after them under the sun?

Psalms 102:18-28
18. Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD:
19. that he looked down from his holy height, from heaven the LORD looked at the earth,
20. to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die;
21. so that the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem,
22. when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the LORD.
23. He has broken my strength in midcourse; he has shortened my days.
24. "O my God," I say, "do not take me away at the mid-point of my life, you whose years endure throughout all generations."
25. Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26. They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out like a garment. You change them like clothing, and they pass away;
27. but you are the same, and your years have no end.
28. The children of your servants shall live secure; their offspring shall be established in your presence.

Proverbs 24:5-6
5. Wise warriors are mightier than strong ones, and those who have knowledge than those who have strength;
6. for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

1 Corinthians 9:1-27
1. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
2. If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
3. This is my defense to those who would examine me.
4. Do we not have the right to our food and drink?
5. Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?
6. Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?
7. Who at any time pays the expenses for doing military service? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not get any of its milk?
8. Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law also say the same?
9. For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." Is it for oxen that God is concerned?
10. Or does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was indeed written for our sake, for whoever plows should plow in hope and whoever threshes should thresh in hope of a share in the crop.
11. If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits?
12. If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we still more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.
13. Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is sacrificed on the altar?
14. In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.
15. But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing this so that they may be applied in my case. Indeed, I would rather die than that-- no one will deprive me of my ground for boasting!
16. If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel!
17. For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission.
18. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.
19. For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.
20. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law.
21. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law) so that I might win those outside the law.
22. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.
23. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.
24. Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.
25. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.
26. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air;
27. but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.