Bible Reading Plan for August 21

Aug 21 2017

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Job 1:1-3:26

Job’s Character and Wealth

1There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.2Seven sons and three daughters were born to him.3His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.4His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.5When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.7The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”8The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”9Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing?10“Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.11“But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.”12Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD.

Satan Allowed to Test Job

13Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,14a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them,15and the Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”16While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”17While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”18While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,19and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

20Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.21He said,

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,

And naked I shall return there.

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.

Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

22Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

Job Loses His Health

1Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD.2The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”3The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.”4Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.5“However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face.”6So the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”

7Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.8And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes.

9Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!”10But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

11Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, they came each one from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite; and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and comfort him.12When they lifted up their eyes at a distance and did not recognize him, they raised their voices and wept. And each of them tore his robe and they threw dust over their heads toward the sky.13Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.

Job’s Lament

1Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.2And Job said,

3“Let the day perish on which I was to be born,

And the night which said, ‘A boy is conceived.’

4“May that day be darkness;

Let not God above care for it,

Nor light shine on it.

5“Let darkness and black gloom claim it;

Let a cloud settle on it;

Let the blackness of the day terrify it.

6“As for that night, let darkness seize it;

Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;

Let it not come into the number of the months.

7“Behold, let that night be barren;

Let no joyful shout enter it.

8“Let those curse it who curse the day,

Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.

9“Let the stars of its twilight be darkened;

Let it wait for light but have none,

And let it not see the breaking dawn;

10Because it did not shut the opening of my mother’s womb,

Or hide trouble from my eyes.

11“Why did I not die at birth,

Come forth from the womb and expire?

12“Why did the knees receive me,

And why the breasts, that I should suck?

13“For now I would have lain down and been quiet;

I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,

14With kings and with counselors of the earth,

Who rebuilt ruins for themselves;

15Or with princes who had gold,

Who were filling their houses with silver.

16“Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be,

As infants that never saw light.

17“There the wicked cease from raging,

And there the weary are at rest.

18“The prisoners are at ease together;

They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.

19“The small and the great are there,

And the slave is free from his master.

20“Why is light given to him who suffers,

And life to the bitter of soul,

21Who long for death, but there is none,

And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

22Who rejoice greatly,

And exult when they find the grave?

23“Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,

And whom God has hedged in?

24“For my groaning comes at the sight of my food,

And my cries pour out like water.

25“For what I fear comes upon me,

And what I dread befalls me.

26“I am not at ease, nor am I quiet,

And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.”

1 Corinthians 14:1-17

Prophecy a Superior Gift

1Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.2For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries.3But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.4One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.5Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.

6But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what will I profit you unless I speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching?7Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp?8For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?9So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.10There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.11If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me.12So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.

13Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.15What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.16Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?17For you are giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not edified.

Proverbs 21:25-26

25The desire of the sluggard puts him to death,

For his hands refuse to work;

26All day long he is craving,

While the righteous gives and does not hold back.