15

MAR

READING FOR THIS SUNDAY - JOB 2:1-13

1. Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD. 2. The LORD said to Satan, ``Where have you come from?" Then Satan answered the LORD and said, ``From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it." 3. The LORD said to Satan, ``Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause." 4. Satan answered the LORD and said, ``Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5. ``However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face." 6. So the LORD said to Satan, ``Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life." 7. Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8. And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes. 9. Then his wife said to him, ``Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!" 10. But he said to her, ``You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips. 11. Now when Job's three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, they came each one from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite; and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and comfort him. 12. When they lifted up their eyes at a distance and did not recognize him, they raised their voices and wept. And each of them tore his robe and they threw dust over their heads toward the sky. 13. Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.

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14

MAR

READING FOR THIS SUNDAY - JOB 1:1-22

1. There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. 2. Seven sons and three daughters were born to him. 3. His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east. 4. His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5. When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, ``Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did continually. 6. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7. The LORD said to Satan, ``From where do you come?" Then Satan answered the LORD and said, ``From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it." 8. The LORD said to Satan, ``Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil." 9. Then Satan answered the LORD, ``Does Job fear God for nothing? 10. ``Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11. ``But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face." 12. Then the LORD said to Satan, ``Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him." So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD. 13. Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, 14. a messenger came to Job and said, ``The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15. and the Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." 16. While he was still speaking, another also came and said, ``The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you." 17. While he was still speaking, another also came and said, ``The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." 18. While he was still speaking, another also came and said, ``Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, 19. and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you." 20. Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21. He said, ``Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD." 22. Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

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3

FEB

JOSHUA 1:1-18

1. After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 2. “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 3. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. 4. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” 10. And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, 11. “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.’ ” 12. And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said, 13. “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’ 14. Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them, 15. until the LORD gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.” 16. And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17. Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you, as he was with Moses! 18. Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”

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