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Word for Today | August 30


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Read the Bible in a Year | August 30

Job 29-30

Job's Summary Defense

29:1 And Job again took up his discourse, and said:

“Oh, that I were as in the months of old,
 as in the days when God watched over me,
when his lamp shone upon my head,
 and by his light I walked through darkness,
as I was in my prime, [1]
 when the friendship of God was upon my tent,
when the Almighty was yet with me,
 when my children were all around me,
when my steps were washed with butter,
 and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!
When I went out to the gate of the city,
 when I prepared my seat in the square,
the young men saw me and withdrew,
 and the aged rose and stood;
the princes refrained from talking
 and laid their hand on their mouth;
10 the voice of the nobles was hushed,
 and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
11 When the ear heard, it called me blessed,
 and when the eye saw, it approved,
12 because I delivered the poor who cried for help,
 and the fatherless who had none to help him.
13 The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,
 and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
 my justice was like a robe and a turban.
15 I was eyes to the blind
 and feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the needy,
 and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.
17 I broke the fangs of the unrighteous
 and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
18 Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest,
 and I shall multiply my days as the sand,
19 my roots spread out to the waters,
 with the dew all night on my branches,
20 my glory fresh with me,
 and my bow ever new in my hand.’

21 “Men listened to me and waited
 and kept silence for my counsel.
22 After I spoke they did not speak again,
 and my word dropped upon them.
23 They waited for me as for the rain,
 and they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.
24 I smiled on them when they had no confidence,
 and the light of my face they did not cast down.
25 I chose their way and sat as chief,
 and I lived like a king among his troops,
 like one who comforts mourners.

30:1 “But now they laugh at me,
 men who are younger than I,
whose fathers I would have disdained
 to set with the dogs of my flock.
What could I gain from the strength of their hands,
 men whose vigor is gone?
Through want and hard hunger
 they gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation;
they pick saltwort and the leaves of bushes,
 and the roots of the broom tree for their food. [2]
They are driven out from human company;
 they shout after them as after a thief.
In the gullies of the torrents they must dwell,
 in holes of the earth and of the rocks.
Among the bushes they bray;
 under the nettles they huddle together.
A senseless, a nameless brood,
 they have been whipped out of the land.

“And now I have become their song;
 I am a byword to them.
10 They abhor me; they keep aloof from me;
 they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.
11 Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me,
 they have cast off restraint [3] in my presence.
12 On my right hand the rabble rise;
 they push away my feet;
 they cast up against me their ways of destruction.
13 They break up my path;
 they promote my calamity;
 they need no one to help them.
14 As through a wide breach they come;
 amid the crash they roll on.
15 Terrors are turned upon me;
 my honor is pursued as by the wind,
 and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.

16 “And now my soul is poured out within me;
 days of affliction have taken hold of me.
17 The night racks my bones,
 and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest.
18 With great force my garment is disfigured;
 it binds me about like the collar of my tunic.
19 God [4] has cast me into the mire,
 and I have become like dust and ashes.
20 I cry to you for help and you do not answer me;
 I stand, and you only look at me.
21 You have turned cruel to me;
 with the might of your hand you persecute me.
22 You lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it,
 and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.
23 For I know that you will bring me to death
 and to the house appointed for all living.

24 “Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand,
 and in his disaster cry for help? [5]
25 Did not I weep for him whose day was hard?
 Was not my soul grieved for the needy?
26 But when I hoped for good, evil came,
 and when I waited for light, darkness came.
27 My inward parts are in turmoil and never still;
 days of affliction come to meet me.
28 I go about darkened, but not by the sun;
 I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
29 I am a brother of jackals
 and a companion of ostriches.
30 My skin turns black and falls from me,
 and my bones burn with heat.
31 My lyre is turned to mourning,
 and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.

Psalm 56

In God I Trust

To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam [6] of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

56:1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
 all day long an attacker oppresses me;
my enemies trample on me all day long,
 for many attack me proudly.
When I am afraid,
 I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
 What can flesh do to me?

All day long they injure my cause; [7]
 all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They stir up strife, they lurk;
 they watch my steps,
 as they have waited for my life.
For their crime will they escape?
 In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings; [8]
 put my tears in your bottle.
 Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
 in the day when I call.
 This I know, that [9] God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
 in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
 What can man do to me?

12 I must perform my vows to you, O God;
 I will render thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,
 yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
 in the light of life.

Luke 20

The Authority of Jesus Challenged

20:1 One day, as Jesus [10] was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it came from. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant [11] to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
 has become the cornerstone’? [12]

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar

19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21 So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, [13] but truly teach the way of God. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. [14] Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar's.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 26 And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent.

Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man [15] must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”

34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons [16] of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39 Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they no longer dared to ask him any question.

Whose Son Is the Christ?

41 But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David's son? 42 For David himself says in the Book of Psalms,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,

 43 until I make your enemies your footstool.’

44 David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?”

Beware of the Scribes

45 And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”


[1] 29:4 Hebrew my autumn days
[2] 30:4 Or warmth
[3] 30:11 Hebrew the bridle
[4] 30:19 Hebrew He
[5] 30:24 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
[6] 56:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[7] 56:5 Or they twist my words
[8] 56:8 Or wanderings
[9] 56:9 Or because
[10] 20:1 Greek he
[11] 20:10 Greek bondservant; also verse 11
[12] 20:17 Greek the head of the corner
[13] 20:21 Greek and do not receive a face
[14] 20:24 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
[15] 20:28 Greek his brother
[16] 20:36 Greek huioi; see preface