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Daily Bible Reading

May 9th Reading

Your reading for today is:
Job 38-40
Acts 16:1-21

Job 38
 Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said:
2 "Who is this that darkens my counselwith words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man;I will question you,and you shall answer me.

4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set,or who laid its cornerstone- 7 while the morning stars sang togetherand all the angels shouted for joy?

8 "Who shut up the sea behind doorswhen it burst forth from the womb, 9 when I made the clouds its garmentand wrapped it in thick darkness, 10 when I fixed limits for itand set its doors and bars in place, 11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;here is where your proud waves halt'?

12 "Have you ever given orders to the morning,or shown the dawn its place, 13 that it might take the earth by the edgesand shake the wicked out of it? 14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;its features stand out like those of a garment. 15 The wicked are denied their light,and their upraised arm is broken.

16 "Have you journeyed to the springs of the seaor walked in the recesses of the deep? 17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death? 18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?Tell me, if you know all this.

19 "What is the way to the abode of light?And where does darkness reside? 20 Can you take them to their places?Do you know the paths to their dwellings? 21 Surely you know, for you were already born!You have lived so many years!

22 "Have you entered the storehouses of the snowor seen the storehouses of the hail, 23 which I reserve for times of trouble,for days of war and battle? 24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? 25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,and a path for the thunderstorm, 26 to water a land where no man lives,a desert with no one in it, 27 to satisfy a desolate wastelandand make it sprout with grass? 28 Does the rain have a father?Who fathers the drops of dew? 29 From whose womb comes the ice?Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens 30 when the waters become hard as stone,when the surface of the deep is frozen?

31 "Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades?Can you loose the cords of Orion? 32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? 33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?Can you set up [God's] dominion over the earth?

34 "Can you raise your voice to the cloudsand cover yourself with a flood of water? 35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?Do they report to you, 'Here we are'? 36 Who endowed the heart with wisdomor gave understanding to the mind? 37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens 38 when the dust becomes hardand the clods of earth stick together?

39 "Do you hunt the prey for the lionessand satisfy the hunger of the lions 40 when they crouch in their densor lie in wait in a thicket? 41 Who provides food for the ravenwhen its young cry out to Godand wander about for lack of food?

Job 39
 "Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? 2 Do you count the months till they bear?Do you know the time they give birth? 3 They crouch down and bring forth their young;their labor pains are ended. 4 Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds;they leave and do not return.

5 "Who let the wild donkey go free?Who untied his ropes? 6 I gave him the wasteland as his home,the salt flats as his habitat. 7 He laughs at the commotion in the town;he does not hear a driver's shout. 8 He ranges the hills for his pastureand searches for any green thing.

9 "Will the wild ox consent to serve you?Will he stay by your manger at night? 10 Can you hold him to the furrow with a harness?Will he till the valleys behind you? 11 Will you rely on him for his great strength?Will you leave your heavy work to him? 12 Can you trust him to bring in your grainand gather it to your threshing floor?

13 "The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully,but they cannot compare with the pinions and feathers of the stork. 14 She lays her eggs on the groundand lets them warm in the sand, 15 unmindful that a foot may crush them,that some wild animal may trample them. 16 She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers;she cares not that her labor was in vain, 17 for God did not endow her with wisdomor give her a share of good sense. 18 Yet when she spreads her feathers to run,she laughs at horse and rider.

19 "Do you give the horse his strengthor clothe his neck with a flowing mane? 20 Do you make him leap like a locust,striking terror with his proud snorting? 21 He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength,and charges into the fray. 22 He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;he does not shy away from the sword. 23 The quiver rattles against his side,along with the flashing spear and lance. 24 In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground;he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. 25 At the blast of the trumpet he snorts, 'Aha!'He catches the scent of battle from afar,the shout of commanders and the battle cry.

26 "Does the hawk take flight by your wisdomand spread his wings toward the south? 27 Does the eagle soar at your commandand build his nest on high? 28 He dwells on a cliff and stays there at night;a rocky crag is his stronghold. 29 From there he seeks out his food;his eyes detect it from afar. 30 His young ones feast on blood,and where the slain are, there is he."

Job 40
 The Lord said to Job:

2 "Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?Let him who accuses God answer him!"

3 Then Job answered the Lord:

4 "I am unworthy - how can I reply to you?I put my hand over my mouth. 5 I spoke once, but I have no answer - twice, but I will say no more."

6 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm:

7 "Brace yourself like a man;I will question you,and you shall answer me.
8 "Would you discredit my justice?Would you condemn me to justify yourself? 9 Do you have an arm like God's,and can your voice thunder like his? 10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,and clothe yourself in honor and majesty. 11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,look at every proud man and bring him low, 12 look at every proud man and humble him,crush the wicked where they stand. 13 Bury them all in the dust together;shroud their faces in the grave. 14 Then I myself will admit to youthat your own right hand can save you.

15 "Look at the behemoth, which I made along with youand which feeds on grass like an ox. 16 What strength he has in his loins,what power in the muscles of his belly! 17 His tail sways like a cedar;the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. 18 His bones are tubes of bronze,his limbs like rods of iron. 19 He ranks first among the works of God,yet his Maker can approach him with his sword. 20 The hills bring him their produce,and all the wild animals play nearby. 21 Under the lotus plants he lies,hidden among the reeds in the marsh. 22 The lotuses conceal him in their shadow;the poplars by the stream surround him. 23 When the river rages, he is not alarmed;he is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth. 24 Can anyone capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose? (

Acts 16:1-21
 He came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek. 2 The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. 3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.

6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. "If you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved." 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, "In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit left her.

19 When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice."

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