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Read the Bible | June 27th

Job 10

Job Continues: A Plea to God

[1] “I loathe my life;
I will give free utterance to my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
[2] I will say to God, Do not condemn me;
let me know why you contend against me.
[3] Does it seem good to you to oppress,
to despise the work of your hands
and favor the designs of the wicked?
[4] Have you eyes of flesh?
Do you see as man sees?
[5] Are your days as the days of man,
or your years as a man's years,
[6] that you seek out my iniquity
and search for my sin,
[7] although you know that I am not guilty,
and there is none to deliver out of your hand?
[8] Your hands fashioned and made me,
and now you have destroyed me altogether.
[9] Remember that you have made me like clay;
and will you return me to the dust?
[10] Did you not pour me out like milk
and curdle me like cheese?
[11] You clothed me with skin and flesh,
and knit me together with bones and sinews.
[12] You have granted me life and steadfast love,
and your care has preserved my spirit.
[13] Yet these things you hid in your heart;
I know that this was your purpose.
[14] If I sin, you watch me
and do not acquit me of my iniquity.
[15] If I am guilty, woe to me!
If I am in the right, I cannot lift up my head,
for I am filled with disgrace
and look on my affliction.
[16] And were my head lifted up, you would hunt me like a lion
and again work wonders against me.
[17] You renew your witnesses against me
and increase your vexation toward me;
you bring fresh troops against me.

[18] “Why did you bring me out from the womb?
Would that I had died before any eye had seen me
[19] and were as though I had not been,
carried from the womb to the grave.
[20] Are not my days few?
Then cease, and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer
[21] before I go—and I shall not return—
to the land of darkness and deep shadow,
[22] the land of gloom like thick darkness,
like deep shadow without any order,
where light is as thick darkness.” (ESV)

Job 11

Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse

[1] Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

[2] “Should a multitude of words go unanswered,
and a man full of talk be judged right?
[3] Should your babble silence men,
and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
[4] For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure,
and I am clean in God's eyes.’
[5] But oh, that God would speak
and open his lips to you,
[6] and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!
For he is manifold in understanding.
Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.

[7] “Can you find out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
[8] It is higher than heaven—what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
[9] Its measure is longer than the earth
and broader than the sea.
[10] If he passes through and imprisons
and summons the court, who can turn him back?
[11] For he knows worthless men;
when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?
[12] But a stupid man will get understanding
when a wild donkey's colt is born a man!

[13] “If you prepare your heart,
you will stretch out your hands toward him.
[14] If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away,
and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
[15] Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish;
you will be secure and will not fear.
[16] You will forget your misery;
you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
[17] And your life will be brighter than the noonday;
its darkness will be like the morning.
[18] And you will feel secure, because there is hope;
you will look around and take your rest in security.
[19] You will lie down, and none will make you afraid;
many will court your favor.
[20] But the eyes of the wicked will fail;
all way of escape will be lost to them,
and their hope is to breathe their last.” (ESV)

Job 12

Job Replies: The LORD Has Done This

[1] Then Job answered and said:

[2] “No doubt you are the people,
and wisdom will die with you.
[3] But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Who does not know such things as these?
[4] I am a laughingstock to my friends;
I, who called to God and he answered me,
a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.
[5] In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;
it is ready for those whose feet slip.
[6] The tents of robbers are at peace,
and those who provoke God are secure,
who bring their god in their hand.

[7] “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
[8] or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
[9] Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?
[10] In his 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 food?
[12] Wisdom is with the aged,
and understanding in length of days.

[13] “With God are wisdom and might;
he has counsel and understanding.
[14] If he tears down, none can rebuild;
if he shuts a man in, none can open.
[15] If he withholds the waters, they dry up;
if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.
[16] With him are strength and sound wisdom;
the deceived and the deceiver are his.
[17] He leads counselors away stripped,
and judges he makes fools.
[18] He looses the bonds of kings
and binds a waistcloth on their hips.
[19] He leads priests away stripped
and overthrows the mighty.
[20] He deprives of speech those who are trusted
and takes away the discernment of the elders.
[21] He pours contempt on princes
and loosens the belt of the strong.
[22] He uncovers the deeps out of darkness
and brings deep darkness to light.
[23] He makes nations great, and he destroys them;
he enlarges nations, and leads them away.
[24] He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth
and makes them wander in a trackless waste.
[25] They grope in the dark without light,
and he makes them stagger like a drunken man. (ESV)

Job 13

Job Continues: Still I Will Hope in God

[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 my case with God.
[4] As for you, you whitewash with lies;
worthless physicians are you all.
[5] Oh that you would keep silent,
and it would be your wisdom!
[6] Hear now my argument
and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
[7] Will you speak falsely for God
and speak deceitfully for him?
[8] Will you show partiality toward him?
Will you plead the case for God?
[9] Will it be well with you when he searches you out?
Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
[10] He will surely rebuke you
if in secret you show partiality.
[11] Will not his majesty terrify you,
and the dread of him fall upon you?
[12] Your maxims are proverbs of ashes;
your defenses are defenses of clay.

[13] “Let me have silence, and I will speak,
and let come on me what may.
[14] Why should I take my flesh in my teeth
and put my life in my hand?
[15] Though he slay me, I will hope in him;
yet I will argue my ways to his face.
[16] This will be my salvation,
that the godless shall not come before him.
[17] Keep listening to my words,
and let my declaration be in your ears.
[18] Behold, I have prepared my case;
I know that I shall be in the right.
[19] Who is there who will contend with me?
For then I would be silent and die.
[20] Only grant me two things,
then I will not hide myself from your face:
[21] withdraw your hand far from me,
and let not dread of you terrify me.
[22] Then call, and I will answer;
or let me speak, and you reply to me.
[23] How many are my iniquities and my sins?
Make me know my transgression and my sin.
[24] Why do you hide your face
and count me as your enemy?
[25] Will you frighten a driven leaf
and pursue dry chaff?
[26] For you write bitter things against me
and make me 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.
[28] Man wastes away like a rotten thing,
like a garment that is moth-eaten. (ESV)

Job 14

Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All

[1] “Man who is born of a woman
is few of days and full of trouble.
[2] He comes out like a flower and withers;
he flees like a shadow and continues not.
[3] And do you open your eyes on such a one
and bring me into judgment with you?
[4] Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
There is not one.
[5] Since his days are determined,
and the number of his months is with you,
and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,
[6] look away from him and leave him alone,
that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.

[7] “For there is hope for a tree,
if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that its shoots will not cease.
[8] Though its root grow old in the earth,
and its stump die in the soil,
[9] yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put out branches like a young plant.
[10] But a man dies and is laid low;
man breathes his last, and where is he?
[11] As waters fail from a lake
and a river wastes away and dries up,
[12] so a man lies down and rises not again;
till the heavens are no more he will not awake
or be roused out of his sleep.
[13] Oh that you would hide me in Sheol,
that you would conceal me until your wrath be past,
that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
[14] If a man dies, shall he live again?
All the days of my service I would wait,
till my renewal should come.
[15] You would call, and I would answer you;
you would long for the work of your hands.
[16] For then you would number my steps;
you would not keep watch over my sin;
[17] my transgression would be sealed up in a bag,
and you would cover over my iniquity.

[18] “But the mountain falls and crumbles away,
and the rock is removed from its place;
[19] the waters wear away the stones;
the torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
so you destroy the hope of man.
[20] You prevail forever against him, and he passes;
you change his countenance, and send him away.
[21] His sons come to honor, and he does not know it;
they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
[22] He feels only the pain of his own body,
and he mourns only for himself.” (ESV)

Acts 8:26–40

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

[26] Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. [27] And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship [28] and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. [29] And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” [30] So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” [31] And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. [32] Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
[33] In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

[34] And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” [35] Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. [36] And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” [38] And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. [39] And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. [40] But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. (ESV)

Acts 9:1–9

The Conversion of Saul

[1] But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest [2] and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. [3] Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. [4] And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” [5] And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. [6] But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” [7] The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. [8] Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. [9] And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. (ESV)

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