September 20 Devotional Reading

Our reading for September 20 is Job 34-36 and Psalm 119:137-144.

Job 34 – KJV (Audio)
1: Furthermore Elihu answered and said,
2: Hear my words, O ye wise [men]; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
3: For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
4: Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what [is] good.
5: For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment.
6: Should I lie against my right? my wound [is] incurable without transgression.
7: What man [is] like Job, [who] drinketh up scorning like water?
8: Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
9: For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
10: Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, [that he should do] wickedness; and [from] the Almighty, [that he should commit] iniquity.
11: For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to [his] ways.
12: Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
13: Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?
14: If he set his heart upon man, [if] he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
15: All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
16: If now [thou hast] understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.
17: Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
18: [Is it fit] to say to a king, [Thou art] wicked? [and] to princes, [Ye are] ungodly?
19: [How much less to him] that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all [are] the work of his hands.
20: In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
21: For his eyes [are] upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.
22: [There is] no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23: For he will not lay upon man more [than right]; that he should enter into judgment with God.
24: He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.
25: Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth [them] in the night, so that they are destroyed.
26: He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27: Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:
28: So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
29: When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth [his] face, who then can behold him? whether [it be done] against a nation, or against a man only:
30: That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
31: Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne [chastisement], I will not offend [any more]:
32: [That which] I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
33: [Should it be] according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.
34: Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.
35: Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words [were] without wisdom.
36: My desire [is that] Job may be tried unto the end because of [his] answers for wicked men.
37: For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth [his hands] among us, and multiplieth his words against God.

Job 35 – KJV (Audio)
1: Elihu spake moreover, and said,
2: Thinkest thou this to be right, [that] thou saidst, My righteousness [is] more than God’s?
3: For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? [and], What profit shall I have, [if I be cleansed] from my sin?
4: I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.
5: Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds [which] are higher than thou.
6: If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or [if] thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
7: If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?
8: Thy wickedness [may hurt] a man as thou [art]; and thy righteousness [may profit] the son of man.
9: By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make [the oppressed] to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
10: But none saith, Where [is] God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;
11: Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
12: There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.
13: Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
14: Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, [yet] judgment [is] before him; therefore trust thou in him.
15: But now, because [it is] not [so], he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth [it] not in great extremity:
16: Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

Job 36 – KJV (Audio)
1: Elihu also proceeded, and said,
2: Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that [I have] yet to speak on God’s behalf.
3: I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4: For truly my words [shall] not [be] false: he that is perfect in knowledge [is] with thee.
5: Behold, God [is] mighty, and despiseth not [any: he is] mighty in strength [and] wisdom.
6: He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.
7: He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings [are they] on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8: And if [they be] bound in fetters, [and] be holden in cords of affliction;
9: Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10: He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11: If they obey and serve [him], they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
12: But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
13: But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.
14: They die in youth, and their life [is] among the unclean.
15: He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
16: Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait [into] a broad place, where [there is] no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table [should be] full of fatness.
17: But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold [on thee].
18: Because [there is] wrath, [beware] lest he take thee away with [his] stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
19: Will he esteem thy riches? [no], not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
20: Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21: Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
22: Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
23: Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
24: Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
25: Every man may see it; man may behold [it] afar off.
26: Behold, God [is] great, and we know [him] not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
27: For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:
28: Which the clouds do drop [and] distil upon man abundantly.
29: Also can [any] understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the noise of his tabernacle?
30: Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
31: For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
32: With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it [not to shine] by [the cloud] that cometh betwixt.
33: The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.

Psalms 119:137-144 – KJV (Audio)
137: TZADDI. Righteous [art] thou, O LORD, and upright [are] thy judgments.
138: Thy testimonies [that] thou hast commanded [are] righteous and very faithful.
139: My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
140: Thy word [is] very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
141: I [am] small and despised: [yet] do not I forget thy precepts.
142: Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth.
143: Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: [yet] thy commandments [are] my delights.
144: The righteousness of thy testimonies [is] everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

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

September 19 Devotional Reading

Our reading for September 19 is Job 31-33 and Psalm 119:129-136.

Job 31 – KJV (Audio)
1: I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
2: For what portion of God [is there] from above? and [what] inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3: [Is] not destruction to the wicked? and a strange [punishment] to the workers of iniquity?
4: Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
5: If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
6: Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
7: If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
8: [Then] let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.
9: If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or [if] I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door;
10: [Then] let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
11: For this [is] an heinous crime; yea, it [is] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judges.
12: For it [is] a fire [that] consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
13: If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
14: What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
15: Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
16: If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
17: Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;
18: (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as [with] a father, and I have guided her from my mother’s womb;)
19: If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;
20: If his loins have not blessed me, and [if] he were [not] warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21: If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:
22: [Then] let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.
23: For destruction [from] God [was] a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
24: If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, [Thou art] my confidence;
25: If I rejoiced because my wealth [was] great, and because mine hand had gotten much;
26: If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking [in] brightness;
27: And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
28: This also [were] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judge: for I should have denied the God [that is] above.
29: If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:
30: Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
31: If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
32: The stranger did not lodge in the street: [but] I opened my doors to the traveller.
33: If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
34: Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, [and] went not out of the door?
35: Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire [is, that] the Almighty would answer me, and [that] mine adversary had written a book.
36: Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, [and] bind it [as] a crown to me.
37: I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
38: If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
39: If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
40: Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

Job 32 – KJV (Audio)
1: So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he [was] righteous in his own eyes.
2: Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.
3: Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and [yet] had condemned Job.
4: Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they [were] elder than he.
5: When Elihu saw that [there was] no answer in the mouth of [these] three men, then his wrath was kindled.
6: And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I [am] young, and ye [are] very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.
7: I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
8: But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
9: Great men are not [always] wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
10: Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.
11: Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.
12: Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, [there was] none of you that convinced Job, [or] that answered his words:
13: Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.
14: Now he hath not directed [his] words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.
15: They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
16: When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, [and] answered no more;)
17: [I said], I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.
18: For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.
19: Behold, my belly [is] as wine [which] hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.
20: I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
21: Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
22: For I know not to give flattering titles; [in so doing] my maker would soon take me away.

Job 33 – KJV (Audio)
1: Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.
2: Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.
3: My words [shall be of] the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
4: The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
5: If thou canst answer me, set [thy words] in order before me, stand up.
6: Behold, I [am] according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
7: Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.
8: Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of [thy] words, [saying],
9: I am clean without transgression, I [am] innocent; neither [is there] iniquity in me.
10: Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,
11: He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.
12: Behold, [in] this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
13: Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
14: For God speaketh once, yea twice, [yet man] perceiveth it not.
15: In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
16: Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
17: That he may withdraw man [from his] purpose, and hide pride from man.
18: He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
19: He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong [pain]:
20: So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
21: His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones [that] were not seen stick out.
22: Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
23: If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
24: Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
25: His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth:
26: He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.
27: He looketh upon men, and [if any] say, I have sinned, and perverted [that which was] right, and it profited me not;
28: He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
29: Lo, all these [things] worketh God oftentimes with man,
30: To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
31: Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
32: If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.
33: If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.

Psalms 119:129-136 – KJV (Audio)
129: PE. Thy testimonies [are] wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
130: The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
131: I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
132: Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
133: Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
134: Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
135: Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
136: Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

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