Bible Reading Plan for August 24

Aug 24 2017

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Job 12:1-15:35

Job Chides His Accusers

1Then Job responded,

2“Truly then you are the people,

And with you wisdom will die!

3“But I have intelligence as well as you;

I am not inferior to you.

And who does not know such things as these?

4“I am a joke to my friends,

The one who called on God and He answered him;

The just and blameless man is a joke.

5“He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt,

As prepared for those whose feet slip.

6“The tents of the destroyers prosper,

And those who provoke God are secure,

Whom God brings into their power.

7“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;

And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

8“Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;

And let the fish of the sea declare to you.

9“Who among all these does not know

That the hand of the LORD has done this,

10In whose hand is the life of every living thing,

And the breath of all mankind?

11“Does not the ear test words,

As the palate tastes its food?

12“Wisdom is with aged men,

With long life is understanding.

Job Speaks of the Power of God

13“With Him are wisdom and might;

To Him belong counsel and understanding.

14“Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;

He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

15“Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;

And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.

16“With Him are strength and sound wisdom,

The misled and the misleader belong to Him.

17“He makes counselors walk barefoot

And makes fools of judges.

18“He loosens the bond of kings

And binds their loins with a girdle.

19“He makes priests walk barefoot

And overthrows the secure ones.

20“He deprives the trusted ones of speech

And takes away the discernment of the elders.

21“He pours contempt on nobles

And loosens the belt of the strong.

22“He reveals mysteries from the darkness

And brings the deep darkness into light.

23“He makes the nations great, then destroys them;

He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.

24“He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people

And makes them wander in a pathless waste.

25“They grope in darkness with no light,

And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

1“Behold, my eye has seen all this,

My ear has heard and understood it.

2“What you know I also know;

I am not inferior to you.

3“But I would speak to the Almighty,

And I desire to argue with God.

4“But you smear with lies;

You are all worthless physicians.

5“O that you would be completely silent,

And that it would become your wisdom!

6“Please hear my argument

And listen to the contentions of my lips.

7“Will you speak what is unjust for God,

And speak what is deceitful for Him?

8“Will you show partiality for Him?

Will you contend for God?

9“Will it be well when He examines you?

Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?

10“He will surely reprove you

If you secretly show partiality.

11“Will not His majesty terrify you,

And the dread of Him fall on you?

12“Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,

Your defenses are defenses of clay.

Job Is Sure He Will Be Vindicated

13“Be silent before me so that I may speak;

Then let come on me what may.

14“Why should I take my flesh in my teeth

And put my life in my hands?

15“Though He slay me,

I will hope in Him.

Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.

16“This also will be my salvation,

For a godless man may not come before His presence.

17“Listen carefully to my speech,

And let my declaration fill your ears.

18“Behold now, I have prepared my case;

I know that I will be vindicated.

19“Who will contend with me?

For then I would be silent and die.

20“Only two things do not do to me,

Then I will not hide from Your face:

21Remove Your hand from me,

And let not the dread of You terrify me.

22“Then call, and I will answer;

Or let me speak, then reply to me.

23“How many are my iniquities and sins?

Make known to me my rebellion and my sin.

24“Why do You hide Your face

And consider me Your enemy?

25“Will You cause a driven leaf to tremble?

Or will You pursue the dry chaff?

26“For You write bitter things against me

And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.

27“You put my feet in the stocks

And watch all my paths;

You set a limit for the soles of my feet,

28While I am decaying like a rotten thing,

Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

1“Man, who is born of woman,

Is short-lived and full of turmoil.

2“Like a flower he comes forth and withers.

He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.

3“You also open Your eyes on him

And bring him into judgment with Yourself.

4“Who can make the clean out of the unclean?

No one!

5“Since his days are determined,

The number of his months is with You;

And his limits You have set so that he cannot pass.

6“Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest,

Until he fulfills his day like a hired man.

7“For there is hope for a tree,

When it is cut down, that it will sprout again,

And its shoots will not fail.

8“Though its roots grow old in the ground

And its stump dies in the dry soil,

9At the scent of water it will flourish

And put forth sprigs like a plant.

10“But man dies and lies prostrate.

Man expires, and where is he?

11“As water evaporates from the sea,

And a river becomes parched and dried up,

12So man lies down and does not rise.

Until the heavens are no longer,

He will not awake nor be aroused out of his sleep.

13“Oh that You would hide me in Sheol,

That You would conceal me until Your wrath returns to You,

That You would set a limit for me and remember me!

14“If a man dies, will he live again?

All the days of my struggle I will wait

Until my change comes.

15“You will call, and I will answer You;

You will long for the work of Your hands.

16“For now You number my steps,

You do not observe my sin.

17“My transgression is sealed up in a bag,

And You wrap up my iniquity.

18“But the falling mountain crumbles away,

And the rock moves from its place;

19Water wears away stones,

Its torrents wash away the dust of the earth;

So You destroy man’s hope.

20“You forever overpower him and he departs;

You change his appearance and send him away.

21“His sons achieve honor, but he does not know it;

Or they become insignificant, but he does not perceive it.

22“But his body pains him,

And he mourns only for himself.”

Eliphaz Says Job Presumes Much

1Then Eliphaz the Temanite responded,

2“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge

And fill himself with the east wind?

3“Should he argue with useless talk,

Or with words which are not profitable?

4“Indeed, you do away with reverence

And hinder meditation before God.

5“For your guilt teaches your mouth,

And you choose the language of the crafty.

6“Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;

And your own lips testify against you.

7“Were you the first man to be born,

Or were you brought forth before the hills?

8“Do you hear the secret counsel of God,

And limit wisdom to yourself?

9“What do you know that we do not know?

What do you understand that we do not?

10“Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us,

Older than your father.

11“Are the consolations of God too small for you,

Even the word spoken gently with you?

12“Why does your heart carry you away?

And why do your eyes flash,

13That you should turn your spirit against God

And allow such words to go out of your mouth?

14“What is man, that he should be pure,

Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

15“Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones,

And the heavens are not pure in His sight;

16How much less one who is detestable and corrupt,

Man, who drinks iniquity like water!

What Eliphaz Has Seen of Life

17“I will tell you, listen to me;

And what I have seen I will also declare;

18What wise men have told,

And have not concealed from their fathers,

19To whom alone the land was given,

And no alien passed among them.

20“The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,

And numbered are the years stored up for the ruthless.

21“Sounds of terror are in his ears;

While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.

22“He does not believe that he will return from darkness,

And he is destined for the sword.

23“He wanders about for food, saying, ‘Where is it?’

He knows that a day of darkness is at hand.

24“Distress and anguish terrify him,

They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,

25Because he has stretched out his hand against God

And conducts himself arrogantly against the Almighty.

26“He rushes headlong at Him

With his massive shield.

27“For he has covered his face with his fat

And made his thighs heavy with flesh.

28“He has lived in desolate cities,

In houses no one would inhabit,

Which are destined to become ruins.

29“He will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure;

And his grain will not bend down to the ground.

30“He will not escape from darkness;

The flame will wither his shoots,

And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.

31“Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself;

For emptiness will be his reward.

32“It will be accomplished before his time,

And his palm branch will not be green.

33“He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine,

And will cast off his flower like the olive tree.

34“For the company of the godless is barren,

And fire consumes the tents of the corrupt.

35“They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity,

And their mind prepares deception.”

1 Corinthians 15:29-58

29Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?30Why are we also in danger every hour?31I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.32If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, LET US EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE.33Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”34Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

35But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?”36You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies;37and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.38But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.39All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.40There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another.41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body;43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.45So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.46However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.47The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.48As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.49Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

The Mystery of Resurrection

50Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.51Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.53For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.54But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.55“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;57but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Proverbs 21:30-31

30There is no wisdom and no understanding

And no counsel against the LORD.

31The horse is prepared for the day of battle,

But victory belongs to the LORD.