September 24 Devotional Reading

Our reading for September 24 is Titus 1-3 and Psalm 119:161-168.

Titus 1 – KJV (Audio)
1: Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
2: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
3: But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
4: To Titus, [mine] own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
5: For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
6: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
7: For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8: But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9: Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
10: For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
11: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
12: One of themselves, [even] a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians [are] alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13: This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14: Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
15: Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16: They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Titus 2 – KJV (Audio)
1: But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
2: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
3: The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4: That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5: [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
6: Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
7: In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [shewing] uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8: Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
9: [Exhort] servants to be obedient unto their own masters, [and] to please [them] well in all [things]; not answering again;
10: Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12: Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14: Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15: These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Titus 3 – KJV (Audio)
1: Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
2: To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
3: For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another.
4: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6: Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8: [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
9: But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
10: A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
11: Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
12: When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.
13: Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
14: And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
15: All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace [be] with you all. Amen. < [It was written to Titus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Cretians, from Nicopolis of Macedonia.]>

Psalms 119:161-168 – KJV (Audio)
161: SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
162: I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
163: I hate and abhor lying: [but] thy law do I love.
164: Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
165: Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
166: LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
167: My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
168: I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways [are] before thee.

This Daily Bible Study text is from the 1769 King James Version of the Holy Bible, also known as the Authorized Version.

September 23 Devotional Reading

Our reading for September 23 is Job 40-42 and Psalm 119:153-160.

Job 40 – KJV (Audio)
1: Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
2: Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct [him]? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
3: Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
4: Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
5: Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
6: Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
7: Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
8: Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
9: Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
10: Deck thyself now [with] majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
11: Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one [that is] proud, and abase him.
12: Look on every one [that is] proud, [and] bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
13: Hide them in the dust together; [and] bind their faces in secret.
14: Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
15: Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
16: Lo now, his strength [is] in his loins, and his force [is] in the navel of his belly.
17: He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
18: His bones [are as] strong pieces of brass; his bones [are] like bars of iron.
19: He [is] the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach [unto him].
20: Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
21: He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
22: The shady trees cover him [with] their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
23: Behold, he drinketh up a river, [and] hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
24: He taketh it with his eyes: [his] nose pierceth through snares.

Job 41 – KJV (Audio)
1: Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord [which] thou lettest down?
2: Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
3: Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft [words] unto thee?
4: Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
5: Wilt thou play with him as [with] a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
6: Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
7: Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
8: Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
9: Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not [one] be cast down even at the sight of him?
10: None [is so] fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
11: Who hath prevented me, that I should repay [him? whatsoever is] under the whole heaven is mine.
12: I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
13: Who can discover the face of his garment? [or] who can come [to him] with his double bridle?
14: Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth [are] terrible round about.
15: [His] scales [are his] pride, shut up together [as with] a close seal.
16: One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
17: They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
18: By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes [are] like the eyelids of the morning.
19: Out of his mouth go burning lamps, [and] sparks of fire leap out.
20: Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as [out] of a seething pot or caldron.
21: His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
22: In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
23: The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
24: His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether [millstone].
25: When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
26: The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
27: He esteemeth iron as straw, [and] brass as rotten wood.
28: The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
29: Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
30: Sharp stones [are] under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
31: He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
32: He maketh a path to shine after him; [one] would think the deep [to be] hoary.
33: Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
34: He beholdeth all high [things]: he [is] a king over all the children of pride.

Job 42 – KJV (Audio)
1: Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
2: I know that thou canst do every [thing], and [that] no thought can be withholden from thee.
3: Who [is] he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4: Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5: I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6: Wherefore I abhor [myself], and repent in dust and ashes.
7: And it was [so], that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me [the thing that is] right, as my servant Job [hath].
8: Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you [after your] folly, in that ye have not spoken of me [the thing which is] right, like my servant Job.
9: So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite [and] Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
10: And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11: Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
12: So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
13: He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14: And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.
15: And in all the land were no women found [so] fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
16: After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, [even] four generations.
17: So Job died, [being] old and full of days.

Psalms 119:153-160 – KJV (Audio)
153: RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
154: Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
155: Salvation [is] far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
156: Great [are] thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.
157: Many [are] my persecutors and mine enemies; [yet] do I not decline from thy testimonies.
158: I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
159: Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
160: Thy word [is] true [from] the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments [endureth] for ever.

This Daily Bible Study text is from the 1769 King James Version of the Holy Bible, also known as the Authorized Version.