Bible Reading Plan for September 5

Sep 5 2017

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Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14

A Little Foolishness

1Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.2A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left.3Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool.4If the ruler’s temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.

5There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler—6folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places.7I have seen slaves riding on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.

8He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall.9He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them.10If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.11If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.12Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;13the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.14Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?15The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.16Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning.17Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time—for strength and not for drunkenness.18Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.19Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.20Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.

Cast Your Bread on the Waters

1Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.2Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.3If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies.4He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.5Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.

6Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.

7The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.8Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility.

9Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.10So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.

Remember God in Your Youth

1Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”;2before the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain;3in the day that the watchmen of the house tremble, and mighty men stoop, the grinding ones stand idle because they are few, and those who look through windows grow dim;4and the doors on the street are shut as the sound of the grinding mill is low, and one will arise at the sound of the bird, and all the daughters of song will sing softly.5Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street.6Remember Him before the silver cord is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed;7then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.8“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “all is vanity!”

Purpose of the Preacher

9In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs.10The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.

11The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.12But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.

13The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.14For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

2 Corinthians 8:1-15

Great Generosity

1Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,2that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.3For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord,4begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints,5and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.6So we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well.

7But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also.8I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.10I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.11But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so theremay be also the completion of it by your ability.12For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.13For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality—14at this present time your abundance being asupply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality;15as it is written, “HE WHOgatheredMUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHOgatheredLITTLE HAD NO LACK.”

Proverbs 22:20-21

20Have I not written to you excellent things

Of counsels and knowledge,

21To make you know the certainty of the words of truth

That you may correctly answer him who sent you?