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Word for Today | September 3


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Read the Bible in a Year | September 3

Job 37-38

Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty

37:1 “At this also my heart trembles
 and leaps out of its place.
Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
 and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
 and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
After it his voice roars;
 he thunders with his majestic voice,
 and he does not restrain the lightnings [1] when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
 he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
 likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
He seals up the hand of every man,
 that all men whom he made may know it.
Then the beasts go into their lairs,
 and remain in their dens.
From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
 and cold from the scattering winds.
10 By the breath of God ice is given,
 and the broad waters are frozen fast.
11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
 the clouds scatter his lightning.
12 They turn around and around by his guidance,
 to accomplish all that he commands them
 on the face of the habitable world.
13 Whether for correction or for his land
 or for love, he causes it to happen.

14 “Hear this, O Job;
 stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know how God lays his command upon them
 and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16 Do you know the balancings [2] of the clouds,
 the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
17 you whose garments are hot
 when the earth is still because of the south wind?
18 Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
 hard as a cast metal mirror?
19 Teach us what we shall say to him;
 we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
20 Shall it be told him that I would speak?
 Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?

21 “And now no one looks on the light
 when it is bright in the skies,
 when the wind has passed and cleared them.
22 Out of the north comes golden splendor;
 God is clothed with awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty—we cannot find him;
 he is great in power;
 justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
24 Therefore men fear him;
 he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.” [3]

The Lord Answers Job

38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action [4] like a man;
 I will question you, and you make it known to me.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
 Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
 Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
 or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
 and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who shut in the sea with doors
 when it burst out from the womb,
when I made clouds its garment
 and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed limits for it
 and set bars and doors,
11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
 and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
 and caused the dawn to know its place,
13 that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
 and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It is changed like clay under the seal,
 and its features stand out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld,
 and their uplifted arm is broken.

16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
 or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
 or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
 Declare, if you know all this.

19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
 and where is the place of darkness,
20 that you may take it to its territory
 and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21 You know, for you were born then,
 and the number of your days is great!

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
 or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
 for the day of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
 or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
 and a way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on a land where no man is,
 on the desert in which there is no man,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
 and to make the ground sprout with grass?

28 “Has the rain a father,
 or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
 and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30 The waters become hard like stone,
 and the face of the deep is frozen.

31 “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades
 or loose the cords of Orion?
32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth [5] in their season,
 or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
 Can you establish their rule on the earth?

34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
 that a flood of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
 and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts [6]
 or given understanding to the mind? [7]
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
 Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38 when the dust runs into a mass
 and the clods stick fast together?

39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
 or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens
 or lie in wait in their thicket?
41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
 when its young ones cry to God for help,
 and wander about for lack of food?

Psalm 60

He Will Tread Down Our Foes

To the choirmaster: according to Shushan Eduth. A Miktam [8] of David; for instruction; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return struck down twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

60:1 O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses;
 you have been angry; oh, restore us.
You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open;
 repair its breaches, for it totters.
You have made your people see hard things;
 you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger.

You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
 that they may flee to it from the bow. [9] Selah
That your beloved ones may be delivered,
 give salvation by your right hand and answer us!

God has spoken in his holiness: [10]
 “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
 and portion out the Vale of Succoth.
Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
 Ephraim is my helmet;
 Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin;
 upon Edom I cast my shoe;
 over Philistia I shout in triumph.” [11]

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
 Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Have you not rejected us, O God?
 You do not go forth, O God, with our armies.
11 Oh, grant us help against the foe,
 for vain is the salvation of man!
12 With God we shall do valiantly;
 it is he who will tread down our foes.

Luke 24

The Resurrection

24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

On the Road to Emmaus

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles [12] from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, [13] 43 and he took it and ate before them.

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.


[1] 37:4 Hebrew them
[2] 37:16 Or hoverings
[3] 37:24 Hebrew in heart
[4] 38:3 Hebrew Gird up your loins
[5] 38:32 Probably the name of a constellation
[6] 38:36 Or in the ibis
[7] 38:36 Or rooster
[8] 60:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms
[9] 60:4 Or that it may be displayed because of truth
[10] 60:6 Or sanctuary
[11] 60:8 Revocalization (compare Psalm 108:10); Masoretic Text over me, O Philistia, shout in triumph
[12] 24:13 Greek sixty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
[13] 24:42 Some manuscripts add and some honeycomb