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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bible Readings for August 31, 2017

Today our passages are Job 37:1–39:30; 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:10; Psalm 44:9-26; and Proverbs 22:13. 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 37-39:30 (Contemporary English Version)

Job 37

Elihu Continues
I Am Frightened
 1I am frightened
   and tremble all over,
    2when I hear the roaring voice
   of God in the thunder,
    3and when I see his lightning
   flash across the sky.
    4God's majestic voice
   thunders his commands, [a] 5creating miracles too marvelous
   for us to understand.
    6Snow and heavy rainstorms
    7make us stop and think
   about God's power,
    8and they force animals
   to seek shelter.
    9The windstorms of winter strike,
    10and the breath of God
   freezes streams and rivers.
    11Rain clouds filled with lightning
   appear at God's command,
    12traveling across the sky
    13to release their cargo--
   sometimes as punishment for sin,
   sometimes as kindness.
Consider Carefully
 14Job, consider carefully
   the many wonders of God.
    15Can you explain why lightning
   at the orders
    16of God who knows all things?
   Or how he hangs the clouds
   in empty space?
    17You almost melt in the heat
   of fierce desert winds
   when the sky is like brass.
    18God can spread out the clouds
   to get relief from the heat,
   but can you?
    19Tell us what to say to God!
   Our minds are in the dark,
   and we don't know how
   to argue our case.
    20Should I risk my life
   by telling God
   that I want to speak?
    21No one can stare at the sun
   after a breeze has blown
   the clouds from the sky.
    22Yet the glorious splendor
   of God All-Powerful
   is brighter by far.
    23God cannot be seen--
   but his power is great,
   and he is always fair.
    24And so we humans fear God,
   because he shows no respect
   for those who are proud
   and think they know so much.

Job 38

The LORD Speaks
From Out of a Storm
 1From out of a storm,
   the LORD said to Job:
    2Why do you talk so much
   when you know so little?
    3Now get ready to face me!
   Can you answer
   the questions I ask?
    4How did I lay the foundation
   for the earth?
   Were you there?
    5Doubtless you know who decided
   its length and width.
    6What supports the foundation?
   Who placed the cornerstone,
    7while morning stars sang,
   and angels rejoiced?
    8When the ocean was born,
   I set its boundaries
    9and wrapped it in blankets
   of thickest fog.
    10Then I built a wall around it,
   locked the gates, 11and said,
   "Your powerful waves stop here!
   They can go no farther."
Did You Ever Tell the Sun To Rise?
 12Did you ever tell the sun to rise?
   And did it obey?
    13Did it take hold of the earth
   and shake out the wicked
   like dust from a rug?
    14Early dawn outlines the hills
   like stitches on clothing
   or sketches on clay.
    15But its light is too much
   for those who are evil,
   and their power is broken.
    16Job, have you ever walked
   on the ocean floor?
    17Have you seen the gate
   to the world of the dead?
    18And how large is the earth?
   Tell me, if you know!
    19Where is the home of light,
   and where does darkness live?
    20Can you lead them home?
    21I'm certain you must be able to,
   since you were already born
   when I created everything.
    22Have you been to the places
   where I keep snow and hail,
    23until I use them to punish
   and conquer nations?
    24From where does lightning leap,
   or the east wind blow?
    25Who carves out a path
   for thunderstorms?
   Who sends torrents of rain
    26on empty deserts
   where no one lives?
    27Rain that changes barren land
   to meadows green with grass.
    28Who is the father of the dew
   and of the rain?
    29Who gives birth to the sleet
   and the frost
    30that fall in winter,
   when streams and lakes
   freeze solid as a rock?
Can You Arrange Stars?
 31Can you arrange stars in groups
   such as Orion
   and the Pleiades?
    32Do you control the stars
   or set in place the Big Dipper
   and the Little Dipper?
    33Do you know the laws
   that govern the heavens,
   and can you make them rule
   the earth?
    34Can you order the clouds
   to send a downpour,
    35or will lightning flash
   at your command?
    36Did you teach birds to know
   that rain or floods
   are on their way? [b] 37Can you count the clouds
   or pour out their water
    38on the dry, lumpy soil?
    39When lions are hungry,
   do you help them hunt?
    40Do you send an animal
   into their den?
    41And when starving young ravens
   cry out to me for food,
   do you satisfy their hunger?

Job 39

The LORD Continues
When Do Mountain Goats Give Birth?
 1When do mountain goats
   and deer give birth?
   Have you been there
   when their young are born?
    2How long are they pregnant
    3before they deliver?
    4Soon their young grow strong
   and then leave
   to be on their own.
    5Who set wild donkeys free?
    6I alone help them survive
   in salty desert sand.
    7They stay far from crowded cities
   and refuse to be tamed.
    8Instead, they roam the hills,
   searching for pastureland.
    9Would a wild ox agree
   to live in your barn
   and labor for you?
    10Could you force him to plow
   or to drag a heavy log
   to smooth out the soil?
    11Can you depend on him
   to use his great strength
   and do your heavy work?
    12Can you trust him
   to harvest your grain
   or take it to your barn
   from the threshing place?
An Ostrich Proudly Flaps Her Wings
 13An ostrich proudly
   flaps her wings,
   but not because
   she loves her young.
    14She abandons her eggs
   and lets the dusty ground
   keep them warm.
    15And she doesn't seem to worry
   that the feet of an animal
   could crush them all.
    16She treats her eggs as though
   they were not her own,
   unconcerned that her work
   might be for nothing.
    17I myself made her foolish
   and without common sense.
    18But once she starts running, [c] she laughs at a rider
   on the fastest horse.
Did You Give Horses Their Strength?
 19Did you give horses their strength
   and the flowing hair
   along their necks?
    20Did you make them able
   to jump like grasshoppers
   or to frighten people
   with their snorting?
    21Before horses are ridden
   into battle,
   they paw at the ground,
   proud of their strength.
    22Laughing at fear, they rush
   toward the fighting,
    23while the weapons of their riders
   rattle and flash in the sun.
    24Unable to stand still,
   they gallop eagerly into battle
   when trumpets blast.
    25Stirred by the distant smells
   and sounds of war,
   they snort
   in reply to the trumpet.
    26Did you teach hawks to fly south
   for the winter?
    27Did you train eagles [d] to build 28their nests on rocky cliffs,
    29where they can look down
   to spot their next meal?
    30Then their young gather to feast
   wherever the victim lies.
  1. Job 37:4 commands: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 4.
  2. Job 38:36 way: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 36.
  3. Job 39:18 starts running: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  4. Job 39:27 eagles: Or "vultures."

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10 (Contemporary English Version)

13In the Scriptures it says, "I spoke because I had faith." We have that same kind of faith. So we speak 14because we know that God raised the Lord Jesus to life. And just as God raised Jesus, he will also raise us to life. Then he will bring us into his presence together with you. 15All of this has been done for you, so that more and more people will know how kind God is and will praise and honor him.
Faith in the Lord
 16We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day. 17These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. 18Things that are seen don't last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That's why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.

2 Corinthians 5

 1Our bodies are like tents that we live in here on earth. But when these tents are destroyed, we know that God will give each of us a place to live. These homes will not be buildings that someone has made, but they are in heaven and will last forever. 2While we are here on earth, we sigh because we want to live in that heavenly home. 3We want to put it on like clothes and not be naked.
    4These tents we now live in are like a heavy burden, and we groan. But we don't do this just because we want to leave these bodies that will die. It is because we want to change them for bodies that will never die. 5God is the one who makes all of this possible. He has given us his Spirit to make us certain that he will do it. 6So always be cheerful!
   As long as we are in these bodies, we are away from the Lord. 7But we live by faith, not by what we see. 8We should be cheerful, because we would rather leave these bodies and be at home with the Lord. 9But whether we are at home with the Lord or away from him, we still try our best to please him. 10After all, Christ will judge each of us for the good or the bad that we do while living in these bodies.

Psalm 44:9-26 (Contemporary English Version)

9But now you have rejected us;
   you don't lead us into battle,
   and we look foolish.
    10You made us retreat,
   and our enemies have taken
   everything we own.
    11You let us be slaughtered
   like sheep,
   and you scattered us
   among the nations.
    12You sold your people
   for little or nothing,
   and you earned no profit.
    13You made us look foolish
   to our neighbors,
   and people who live nearby
   insult us and sneer.
    14Foreigners joke about us
   and shake their heads.
    15I am embarrassed every day,
   and I blush with shame.
    16But others mock and sneer,
   as they watch my enemies
   take revenge on me.
    17All of this has happened to us,
   though we didn't forget you
   or break our agreement.
    18We always kept you in mind
   and followed your teaching.
    19But you crushed us,
   and you covered us
   with deepest darkness
   where wild animals live.
    20We did not forget you
   or lift our hands in prayer
   to foreign gods.
    21You would have known it
   because you discover
   every secret thought.
    22We face death all day for you.
   We are like sheep on their way
   to be slaughtered.
    23Wake up! Do something, Lord!
   Why are you sleeping?
   Don't desert us forever.
    24Why do you keep looking away?
   Don't forget our sufferings
   and all of our troubles.
    25We are flat on the ground,
   holding on to the dust.
    26Do something! Help us!
   Show how kind you are
   and come to our rescue.

Proverbs 22:13 (Contemporary English Version)

13Don't be so lazy that you say,
   "If I go to work,
   a lion will eat me!"

Verse of the Day

“Bow down and worship the LORD our Creator! The LORD is our God, and we are his people, the sheep he takes care of in his own pasture. Listen to God's voice today!” - Psalm 95:6-7
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

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American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer, Arthur Godfrey wrote, “I know how I like to be treated, so I always start by saying, 'Could you give me a moment of your time, I know you're very busy,' and usually, they will.”

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A husband, proving to his wife that women talk more than men, showed her a study which indicated that men use (on the average) only 15,000 words a day, whereas women use 30,000 words a day.

She thought about this for a while and then told her husband that women use twice as many words as men because they have to repeat everything they say.

Looking stunned, he said, "What?"

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