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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bible Readings for August 22, 2017

Today our passages are Job 4:1–7:21; 1 Corinthians 14:18-40; Psalm 37:30-40; and Proverbs 21:27. The readings are from the Contemporary English VersionIf you find these readings helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Steet, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal by using the link below.

Job 4-7:21 (Contemporary English Version)

Job 4

Eliphaz's First Speech
Please Be Patient and Listen
 1Eliphaz from Teman [a] said: 2Please be patient and listen    to what I have to say.
    3Remember how your words
    4have guided and encouraged
   many in need.
    5But now you feel discouraged
   when struck by trouble.
    6You respect God and live right,
   so don't lose hope!
    7No truly innocent person
   has ever died young.
    8In my experience, only those
   who plant seeds of evil
   harvest trouble,
    9and then they are swept away
   by the angry breath of God.
    10They may roar and growl
   like powerful lions.
   But when God breaks their teeth,
    11they starve,
   and their children
   are scattered.
A Secret Was Told to Me
 12A secret was told to me    in a faint whisper--
    13I was overcome by sleep,
   but disturbed by dreams;
    14I trembled with fear,
    15and my hair stood on end,
   as a wind blew past my face.
    16It stopped and stood still.
   Then a form appeared--
   a shapeless form.
   And from the silence,
   I heard a voice say,
    17"No humans are innocent
   in the eyes of God
   their Creator.
    18He finds fault with his servants
   and even with his angels.
    19Humans are formed from clay
   and are fragile as moths,
   so what chance do you have?
    20Born after daybreak,
   you die before nightfall
   and disappear forever.
    21Your tent pegs are pulled up,
   and you leave this life,
   having gained no wisdom."

Job 5

Eliphaz Continues
Call Out for Help
 1Job, call out for help    and see if an angel comes!
    2Envy and jealousy
   will kill a stupid fool.
    3I have seen fools take root.
   But God sends a curse,
   suddenly uprooting them
    4and leaving their children
   helpless in court.
    5Then hungry and greedy people
   gobble down their crops
   and grab up their wealth. [b] 6Our suffering isn't caused
   by the failure of crops;
    7it's all part of life,
   like sparks shooting skyward.
    8Job, if I were you,
   I would ask God for help.
    9His miracles are marvelous,
   more than we can count.
    10God sends showers on earth
   and waters the fields.
    11He protects the sorrowful
   and lifts up those
   who have been disgraced.
    12God swiftly traps the wicked
    13in their own evil schemes,
   and their wisdom fails.
    14Darkness is their only companion,
   hiding their path at noon.
    15God rescues the needy
   from the words of the wicked
   and the fist of the mighty.
    16The poor are filled with hope,
   and injustice is silenced.
Consider Yourself Fortunate
 17Consider yourself fortunate    if God All-Powerful
   chooses to correct you.
    18He may cause injury and pain,
   but he will bandage and heal
   your cuts and bruises.
    19God will protect you from harm,
   no matter how often
   trouble may strike.
    20In times of war and famine,
   God will keep you safe.
    21You will be sheltered,
   without fear of hurtful words
   or any other weapon.
    22You will laugh at the threat
   of destruction and famine.
   And you won't be afraid
   of wild animals--
    23they will no longer be fierce,
   and your rocky fields
   will become friendly.
    24Your home will be secure,
   and your sheep will be safe.
    25You will have more descendants
   than there are blades of grass
   on the face of the earth.
    26You will live a long life,
   and your body will be strong
   until the day you die.
    27Our experience has proven
   these things to be true,
   so listen and learn.

Job 6

Job's Reply to Eliphaz
It's Impossible
 1Job said:     2It's impossible to weigh
   my misery and grief!
    3They outweigh the sand
   along the beach,
   and that's why I have spoken
   without thinking first.
    4The fearsome arrows
   of God All-Powerful
   have filled my soul
   with their poison.
    5Do oxen and wild donkeys
   cry out in distress
   unless they are hungry?
    6What is food without salt?
   What is more tasteless
   than the white of an egg? [c] 7That's how my food tastes,
   and my appetite is gone.
    8How I wish that God
   would answer my prayer
    9and do away with me.
    10Then I would be comforted,
   knowing that in all of my pain
   I have never disobeyed God.
    11Why should I patiently hope
   when my strength is gone?
    12I am not strong as stone
   or bronze,
    13and I have finally reached
   the end of my rope.
My Friends, I Am Desperate
 14My friends, I am desperate,    and you should help me,
   even if I no longer respect
   God All-Powerful. [d] 15But you are treacherous
    16as streams that swell
   with melting snow,
    17then suddenly disappear
   in the summer heat.
    18I am like a caravan,
   lost in the desert
   while searching for water.
    19Caravans from Tema and Sheba [e] 20thought they would find water.
   But they were disappointed,
    21just as I am with you. [f] Only one look at my suffering,
   and you run away scared.
What Have I Done Wrong?
 22Have I ever asked any of you    to give me a gift
    23or to purchase my freedom
   from brutal enemies?
    24What have I done wrong?
   Show me,
   and I will keep quiet.
    25The truth is always painful,
   but your arguments
   prove nothing.
    26Here I am desperate,
   and you consider my words
   as worthless as wind.
    27Why, you would sell an orphan
   or your own neighbor!
    28Look me straight in the eye;
   I won't lie to you.
    29Stop accusing me falsely;
   my reputation is at stake.
    30I know right from wrong,
   and I am not telling lies.

Job 7

Job Continues
Why Is Life So Hard?
 1Why is life so hard?    Why do we suffer?
    2We are slaves in search of shade;
   we are laborers longing
   for our wages.
    3God has made my days drag on
   and my nights miserable.
    4I pray for night to end,
   but it stretches out
   while I toss and turn.
    5My parched skin is covered
   with worms, dirt, and sores,
    6and my days are running out
   quicker than the thread
   of a fast-moving needle.
Don't Forget!
 7I beg you, God, don't forget!    My life is just a breath,
   and trouble lies ahead.
    8I will vanish from sight,
   and no one, including you,
   will ever see me again.
    9I will disappear in the grave
   or vanish from sight
   like a passing cloud.
    10Never will I return home;
   soon I will be forgotten.
    11And so, I cry out to you
   in agony and distress.
    12Am I the sea or a sea monster?
   Is that why you imprison me? [g] 13I go to bed, hoping for rest,
    14but you torture me
   with terrible dreams.
    15I'd rather choke to death
   than live in this body.
    16Leave me alone and let me die;
   my life has no meaning.
    17What makes you so concerned
   about us humans?
    18Why do you test us
   from sunrise to sunset?
    19Won't you look away
   just long enough
   for me to swallow?
    20Why do you watch us so closely?
   What's it to you, if I sin?
   Why am I your target
   and such a heavy burden?
    21Why do you refuse to forgive?
   Soon you won't find me,
   because I'll be dead.
  1. Job 4:1 Teman: See the note at 2.11.
  2. Job 5:5 wealth: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 5.
  3. Job 6:6 What is more tasteless. . . egg: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  4. Job 6:14 and you should help me. . . God All-Powerful: Or "and if you don't help me, you no longer respect God All-Powerful."
  5. Job 6:19 Tema and Sheba: Tema was a region in northwest Arabia, and Sheba was probably a region in southwest Arabia.
  6. Job 6:21 just. . . you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  7. Job 7:12 sea monster. . . imprison me: "Sea monster" translates the Hebrew word "Tannin," which was possibly a sea monster similar to Leviathan (3.8), Rahab (9.13), and Behemoth (40.15). According to 38.8-11, God makes the sea his prisoner by setting its boundaries.

1 Corinthians 14:18-40 (Contemporary English Version)

18I thank God that I speak unknown languages more than any of you. 19But words that make sense can help the church. That's why in church I had rather speak five words that make sense than to speak ten thousand words in a language that others don't know.
    20My friends, stop thinking like children. Think like mature people and be as innocent as tiny babies. 21In the Scriptures the Lord says,
   "I will use strangers
   who speak unknown languages
   to talk to my people.
   They will speak to them
   in foreign languages,
   but still my people
   won't listen to me."
    22Languages that others don't know may mean something to unbelievers, but not to the Lord's followers. Prophecy, on the other hand, is for followers, not for unbelievers. 23Suppose everyone in your worship service started speaking unknown languages, and some outsiders or some unbelievers come in. Won't they think you are crazy? 24But suppose all of you are prophesying when those unbelievers and outsiders come in. They will realize that they are sinners, and they will want to change their ways because of what you are saying. 25They will tell what is hidden in their hearts. Then they will kneel down and say to God, "We are certain that you are with these people."
Worship Must Be Orderly
 26My friends, when you meet to worship, you must do everything for the good of everyone there. That's how it should be when someone sings or teaches or tells what God has said or speaks an unknown language or explains what the language means. 27No more than two or three of you should speak unknown languages during the meeting. You must take turns, and someone should always be there to explain what you mean. 28If no one can explain, you must keep silent in church and speak only to yourself and to God.     29Two or three persons may prophesy, and everyone else must listen carefully. 30If someone sitting there receives a message from God, the speaker must stop and let the other person speak. 31Let only one person speak at a time, then all of you will learn something and be encouraged. 32A prophet should be willing to stop and let someone else speak. 33God wants everything to be done peacefully and in order.
   When God's people meet in church, 34the women must not be allowed to speak. They must keep quiet and listen, as the Law of Moses teaches. 35If there is something they want to know, they can ask their husbands when they get home. It is disgraceful for women to speak in church. 36God's message did not start with you people, and you are not the only ones it has reached.
    37If you think of yourself as a prophet or a spiritual person, you will know that I am writing only what the Lord has commanded. 38So don't pay attention to anyone who ignores what I am writing. 39My friends, be eager to prophesy and don't stop anyone from speaking languages that others don't know. 40But do everything properly and in order.

Psalm 37:30-40 (Contemporary English Version)

30Words of wisdom come
   when good people speak
   for justice.
    31They remember God's teachings,
   and they never take
   a wrong step.
    32The wicked try to trap
   and kill good people,
    33but the LORD is on their side,
   and he will defend them
   when they are on trial.
    34Trust the LORD and follow him.
   He will give you the land,
   and you will see
   the wicked destroyed.
    35I have seen brutal people
   abuse others
   and grow strong
   like trees in rich soil. [a] 36Suddenly they disappeared!
   I looked, but they were gone
   and no longer there.
    37Think of the bright future
   for all the families
   of honest
   and innocent
   and peace-loving people.
    38But not a trace will be left
   of the wicked
   or their families.
    39The LORD protects his people,
   and they can come to him
   in times of trouble.
    40The LORD helps them
   and saves them from the wicked
   because they run to him.
  1. Psalm 37:35 like. . . soil: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

Proverbs 21:27 (Contemporary English Version)

27The Lord despises the offerings
   of wicked people
   with evil motives.

Verse of the Day

“God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won't he freely give us everything else?” - Romans 8:32
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Jerry Lewis - 1960s.jpgThought for the Day

American actor, comedian, singer, producer, director, screenwriter, and humanitarian, Jerry Lewis wrote, “I learned from my dad that when you walk in front of an audience, they are the kings and queens, and you’re but the jester — and if you don’t think that way, you’re going to get very, very conceited.”

A Joke for Today

Related imageA middle aged woman has a heart attack and is taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. During that experience she sees God and asks if this is it.

God says no and explains that she has another 30 years to live. Upon her recovery she decides to just stay in the hospital and have a face lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, etc.

She even has someone come in and change her hair color. She figures since she's got another 30 years she might as well make the most of it. She walks out of the hospital after the last operation and is killed by an ambulance.

She arrives in front of God and complains: "I thought you said I had another 30 years!!

God replies, "Sorry, I didn't recognize you."

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