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Today's Scripture Reading

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Job 33

1 "However, Job, Please hear my speech, And listen to all my words.

2 See now, I have opened my mouth. My tongue has spoken in my mouth.

3 My words shall utter the uprightness of my heart; That which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.

4 The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

5 If you can, answer me; Set your words in order before me, and stand forth.

6 Behold, I am toward God even as you are: I am also formed out of the clay.

7 Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid, Neither shall my pressure be heavy on you.

8 "Surely you have spoken in my hearing, I have heard the voice of your words, saying,

9 `I am clean, without disobedience. I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me:

10 Behold, he finds occasions against me, He counts me for his enemy:

11 He puts my feet in the stocks, He marks all my paths.`

12 "Behold, I will answer you. In this you are not just; For God is greater than man.

13 Why do you strive against him, Because he doesn`t give account of any of his matters?

14 For God speaks once, Yes twice, though man pays no attention.

15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, In slumbering on the bed;

16 Then he opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction,

17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, And hide pride from man.

18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.

19 He is chastened also with pain on his bed, With continual strife in his bones;

20 So that his life abhors bread, And his soul dainty food.

21 His flesh is so consumed away, that it can`t be seen; His bones that were not seen stick out.

22 Yes, his soul draws near to the pit, And his life to the destroyers.

23 "If there is beside him an angel, An interpreter, one among a thousand, To show to man what is right for him;

24 Then God is gracious to him, and says, `Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.`

25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child`s; He returns to the days of his youth.

26 He prays to God, and he is favorable to him, So that he sees his face with joy: He restores to man his righteousness.

27 He sings before men, and says, `I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, And it didn`t profit me.

28 He has redeemed my soul from going into the pit, My life shall see the light.`

29 "Behold, God works all these things, Twice, yes three times, with a man,

30 To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of the living.

31 Mark well, Job, and listen to me: Hold your peace, and I will speak.

32 If you have anything to say, answer me: Speak, for I desire to justify you.

33 If not, listen to me: Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom."

Job 34

1 Moreover Elihu answered,

2 "Hear my words, you wise men; Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.

3 For the ear tries words, As the palate tastes food.

4 Let us choose for us that which is right. Let us know among ourselves what is good.

5 For Job has said, `I am righteous, God has taken away my right:

6 Notwithstanding my right I am considered a liar; My wound is incurable, though I am without disobedience.`

7 What man is like Job, Who drinks up scoffing like water,

8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men?

9 For he has said, `It profits a man nothing That he should delight himself with God.`

10 "Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness, From the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

11 For the work of a man will he render to him, And cause every man to find according to his ways.

12 Yes surely, God will not do wickedly, Neither will the Almighty pervert justice.

13 Who gave him a charge over the earth? Or who has appointed him over the whole world?

14 If he set his heart on himself, If he gathered to himself his spirit and his breath;

15 All flesh would perish together, And man would turn again to dust.

16 "If now you have understanding, hear this. Listen to the voice of my words.

17 Shall even one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty?--

18 Who says to a king, `Vile!` Or to nobles, `Wicked!`

19 Who doesn`t respect the persons of princes, Nor regards the rich more than the poor; For they all are the work of his hands.

20 In a moment they die, even at midnight; The people are shaken and pass away, The mighty are taken away without hand.

21 "For his eyes are on the ways of a man, He sees all his goings.

22 There is no darkness, nor thick gloom, Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

23 For he doesn`t need to consider a man further, That he should go before God in judgment.

24 He breaks in pieces mighty men in ways past finding out, And sets others in their place.

25 Therefore he takes knowledge of their works. He overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

26 He strikes them as wicked men In the open sight of others;

27 Because they turned aside from following him, And wouldn`t have regard in any of his ways:

28 So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him, He heard the cry of the afflicted.

29 When he gives quietness, who then can condemn? When he hides his face, who then can see him? Alike whether to a nation, or to a man:

30 That the godless man may not reign, That there be no one to ensnare the people.

31 "For has any said to God, `I am guilty, but I will not offend any more.

32 Teach me that which I don`t see. If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more`?

33 Shall his recompense be as you desire, that you refuse it? For you must choose, and not I. Therefore speak what you know.

34 Men of understanding will tell me, Yes, every wise man who hears me:

35 `Job speaks without knowledge, His words are without wisdom.`

36 I wish that Job were tried to the end, Because of his answering like wicked men.

37 For he adds rebellion to his sin. He claps his hands among us, And multiplies his words against God."

Job 35

1 Moreover Elihu answered,

2 "Do you think this to be your right, Or do you say, `My righteousness is more than God`s,`

3 That you ask, `What advantage will it be to you? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?`

4 I will answer you, And your companions with you.

5 Look to the heavens, and see. See the skies, which are higher than you.

6 If you have sinned, what effect do you have against him? If your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?

7 If you are righteous, what do you give him? Or what does he receive from your hand?

8 Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are; And your righteousness may profit a son of man.

9 "By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.

10 But none says, `Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,

11 Who teaches us more than the animals of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?`

12 There they cry, but none gives answer, Because of the pride of evil men.

13 Surely God will not hear an empty cry, Neither will the Almighty regard it.

14 How much less when you say you don`t see him. The cause is before him, and you wait for him!

15 But now, because he has not visited in his anger, Neither does he greatly regard arrogance.

16 Therefore Job opens his mouth with empty talk, And he multiplies words without knowledge."

Job 36

1 Elihu also continued, and said,

2 "Bear with me a little, and I will show you; For I still have something to say on God`s behalf.

3 I will get my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

4 For truly my words are not false. One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

5 "Behold, God is mighty, and doesn`t despise anyone. He is mighty in strength of understanding.

6 He doesn`t preserve the life of the wicked, But gives to the afflicted their right.

7 He doesn`t withdraw his eyes from the righteous, But with kings on the throne, He sets them forever, and they are exalted.

8 If they are bound in fetters, And are taken in the cords of afflictions,

9 Then he shows them their work, And their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.

10 He also opens their ears to instruction, And commands that they return from iniquity.

11 If they listen and serve him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.

12 But if they don`t listen, they shall perish by the sword; They shall die without knowledge.

13 "But those who are godless in heart lay up anger. They don`t cry for help when he binds them.

14 They die in youth. Their life perishes among the unclean.

15 He delivers the afflicted by their affliction, And opens their ear in oppression.

16 Yes, he would have allured you out of distress, Into a broad place, where there is no restriction. That which is set on your table would be full of fatness.

17 "But you are full of the judgment of the wicked. Judgment and justice take hold of you.

18 Don`t let riches entice you to wrath, Neither let the great size of a bribe turn you aside.

19 Would your wealth sustain you in distress, Or all the might of your strength?

20 Don`t desire the night, When people are cut off in their place.

21 Take heed, don`t regard iniquity; For this you have chosen rather than affliction.

22 Behold, God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?

23 Who has prescribed his way for him? Or who can say, `You have committed unrighteousness?`

24 "Remember that you magnify his work, Whereof men have sung.

25 All men have looked thereon. Man sees it afar off.

26 Behold, God is great, and we don`t know him. The number of his years is unsearchable.

27 For he draws up the drops of water, Which distill in rain from his vapor,

28 Which the skies pour down And drop on man abundantly.

29 Yes, can any understand the spreading of the clouds, And the thunderings of his pavilion?

30 Behold, he spreads his light around him. He covers the bottom of the sea.

31 For by these he judges the people. He gives food in abundance.

32 He covers his hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.

33 The noise of it tells about him, And the cattle also concerning the storm that comes up.

Psalms 76

1 In Judah, God is known. His name is great in Israel.

2 His tent is also in Salem; His dwelling-place in Zion.

3 There he broke the flaming arrows of the bow, The shield, and the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah.

4 Glorious are you, and excellent, More than mountains of game.

5 Valiant men lie plundered, They have slept their last sleep. None of the men of war can lift their hands.

6 At your rebuke, God of Jacob, Both chariot and horse are cast into a deep sleep.

7 You, even you, are to be feared. Who can stand in your sight when you are angry?

8 You pronounced judgment from heaven. The earth feared, and was silent,

9 When God arose to judgment, To save all the afflicted ones of the earth. Selah.

10 Surely the wrath of man praises you. The survivors of your wrath are restrained.

11 Make vows to Yahweh your God, and fulfill them! Let all of his neighbors bring presents to him who is to be feared.

12 He will cut off the spirit of princes. He is feared by the kings of the earth. Psalm 77 For the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm by Asaph.

Psalms 77

1 My cry goes to God! Indeed, I cry to God for help, And for him to listen to me.

2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord. My hand was stretched out in the night, and didn`t get tired. My soul refused to be comforted.

3 I remember God, and I groan. I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed. Selah.

4 You hold my eyelids open. I am so troubled that I can`t speak.

5 I have considered the days of old, The years of ancient times.

6 I remember my song in the night. I consider in my own heart; My spirit diligently inquires:

7 "Will the Lord reject us forever? Will he be favorable no more?

8 Has his lovingkindness vanished forever? Does his promise fail for generations?

9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he, in anger, withheld his compassion?" Selah.

10 Then I thought, "I will appeal to this: The years of the right hand of the Most High."

11 I will remember Yah`s deeds; For I will remember your wonders of old.

12 I will also meditate on all your work, And consider your doings.

13 Your way, God, is in the sanctuary. What god is great like God?

14 You are the God who does wonders. You have made your strength known among the peoples.

15 You have redeemed your people with your arm, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

16 The waters saw you, God. The waters saw you, and they writhed. The depths also convulsed.

17 The clouds poured out water. The skies resounded with thunder. Your arrows also flashed around.

18 The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind. The lightnings lit up the world. The earth trembled and shook.

19 Your way was through the sea; Your paths through the great waters. Your footsteps were not known.

20 You led your people like a flock, By the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 78 A contemplation by Asaph.

Psalms 78

1 Hear my law, my people. Turn your ears to the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old,

3 Which we have heard and known, Our fathers have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh, His strength, and his wondrous works that he has done.

5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which he commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;

6 That the generation to come might know, even the children who should be born; Who should arise and tell their children,

7 That they might set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep his commandments,

8 And might not be as their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that didn`t make their hearts loyal, Whose spirit was not steadfast with God.

9 The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle.

10 They didn`t keep the covenant of God, And refused to walk in his law.

11 They forgot his doings, His wondrous works that he had showed them.

12 Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

13 He split the sea, and caused them to pass through; He made the waters stand as a heap.

14 In the daytime he also led them with a cloud, All the night with a light of fire.

15 He split rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.

16 He brought streams also out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers.

17 Yet they still went on to sin against him, To rebel against the Most High in the desert.

18 They tempted God in their heart By asking food according to their desire.

19 Yes, they spoke against God. They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

20 Behold, he struck the rock, so that waters gushed out, Streams overflowed. Can he give bread also? Will he provide flesh for his people?"

21 Therefore Yahweh heard, and was angry. A fire was kindled against Jacob, Anger also went up against Israel,

22 Because they didn`t believe in God, And didn`t trust in his salvation.

23 Yet he commanded the skies above, And opened the doors of heaven.

24 He rained down manna on them to eat, And gave them food from the sky.

25 Man ate the bread of angels. He sent them food to the full.

26 He caused the east wind to blow in the sky. By his power he guided the south wind.

27 He rained also flesh on them as the dust; Winged birds as the sand of the seas.

28 He let them fall in the midst of their camp, Around their habitations.

29 So they ate, and were well filled. He gave them their own desire.

30 They didn`t turn from their cravings. Their food was yet in their mouths,

31 When the anger of God went up against them, And killed some of the fattest of them, And struck down the young men of Israel.

32 For all this they still sinned, And didn`t believe in his wondrous works.

33 Therefore he consumed their days in vanity, And their years in terror.

34 When he killed them, then they inquired after him. They returned and sought God earnestly.

35 They remembered that God was their rock, The Most High God their redeemer.

36 But they flattered him with their mouth, And lied to him with their tongue.

37 For their heart was not right with him, Neither were they faithful in his covenant.

38 But he, being merciful, forgave iniquity, and didn`t destroy them. Yes, many times he turned his anger away, And didn`t stir up all his wrath.

39 He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes away, and doesn`t come again.

40 How often did they rebel against him in the wilderness, And grieve him in the desert!

41 They turned again and tempted God, And provoked the Holy One of Israel.

42 They didn`t remember his hand, Nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary;

43 How he set his signs in Egypt, His wonders in the field of Zoan,

44 Turned their rivers into blood, Their streams, so that they could not drink.

45 He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them; Frogs, which destroyed them.

46 He gave also their increase to the caterpillar, Their labor to the locust.

47 He destroyed their vines with hail, Their sycamore-fig trees with frost.

48 He gave over their cattle also to the hail, And their flocks to hot thunderbolts.

49 He threw on them the fierceness of his anger, Wrath, indignation, and trouble, And a band of angels of evil.

50 He made a path for his anger. He didn`t spare their soul from death, But gave their life over to the pestilence,

51 And struck all the firstborn in Egypt, The chief of their strength in the tents of Ham.

52 But he led forth his own people like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53 He led them safely, so that they weren`t afraid, But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54 He brought them to the border of his sanctuary, To this mountain, which his right hand had taken.

55 He also drove out the nations before them, Allotted them for an inheritance by line, And made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

56 Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God, And didn`t keep his testimonies;

57 But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers. They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, And moved him to jealousy with their engraved images.

59 When God heard this, he was angry, And greatly abhorred Israel;

60 So that he forsook the tent of Shiloh, The tent which he placed among men;

61 And delivered his strength into captivity, His glory into the adversary`s hand.

62 He also gave his people over to the sword, And was angry with his inheritance.

63 Fire devoured their young men; Their virgins had no wedding song.

64 Their priests fell by the sword; Their widows made no lamentation.

65 Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep, Like a mighty man who shouts by reason of wine.

66 He struck his adversaries backward. He put them to a perpetual reproach.

67 Moreover he rejected the tent of Joseph, And didn`t choose the tribe of Ephraim,

68 But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which he loved.

69 He built his sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which he has established forever.

70 He also chose David his servant, And took him from the sheepfolds;

71 From following the ewes that have their young he brought him To be the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and Israel, his inheritance.

72 So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. Psalm 79 A Psalm by Asaph.

Psalms 79

1 God, the nations have come into your inheritance. They have defiled your holy temple. They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.

2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants to be food for the birds of the sky, The flesh of your saints to the animals of the earth.

3 Their blood they have shed like water around Jerusalem. There was no one to bury them.

4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and derision to those who are around us.

5 How long, Yahweh? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?

6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that don`t know you; On the kingdoms that don`t call on your names;

7 For they have devoured Jacob, And destroyed his homeland.

8 Don`t hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us. Let your tender mercies speedily meet us, For we are in desperate need.

9 Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of your name. Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name`s sake.

10 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let it be known among the nations, before our eyes, That vengeance for your servants` blood is being poured out.

11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death;

12 Pay back to our neighbors seven times into their bosom Their reproach with which they have reproached you, Lord.

13 So we, your people and sheep of your pasture, Will give you thanks forever. We will praise you forever, to all generations. Psalm 80 For the Chief Musician. To the tune of "The Lilies of the Covenant." A Psalm by Asaph.

Psalms 80

1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock, You who sit above the cherubim, shine forth.

2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might, Come to save us.

3 Turn us again, God. Cause your face to shine, And we will be saved.

4 Yahweh God of hosts, How long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, And given them tears to drink in large measure.

6 You make us a source of contention to our neighbors. Our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Turn us again, God of hosts. Cause your face to shine, And we will be saved.

8 You brought a vine out of Egypt. You drove out the nations, and planted it.

9 You cleared the ground for it. It took deep root, and filled the land.

10 The mountains were covered with its shadow. Its boughs were like God`s cedars.

11 It sent out its branches to the sea, Its shoots to the River.

12 Why have you broken down its walls, So that all those who pass by the way pluck it?

13 The boar out of the wood ravages it. The wild animals of the field feed on it.

14 Turn again, we beg you, God of hosts. Look down from heaven, and see, and visit this vine,

15 The stock which your right hand planted, The branch that you made strong for yourself.

16 It is burned with fire. It is cut down. They perish at your rebuke.

17 Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, On the son of man whom you made strong for yourself.

18 So we will not turn away from you. Revive us, and we will call on your name.

19 Turn us again, Yahweh God of hosts. Cause your face to shine, and we will be saved. Psalm 81 For the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath. By Asaph.

Proverbs 16

1 The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But Yahweh weighs the motives.

3 Commit your deeds to Yahweh, And your plans shall succeed.

4 Yahweh has made everything for its own end -- Yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahweh: They shall assuredly not be unpunished.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for. By the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.

7 When a man`s ways please Yahweh, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice.

9 A man`s heart plans his course, But Yahweh directs his steps.

10 Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king. His shall not betray his mouth.

11 Honest balances and scales are Yahweh`s; All the weights in the bag are his work.

12 It is an abomination for kings to do wrong, For the throne is established by righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings. They value one who speaks the truth.

14 The king`s wrath is a messenger of death, But a wise man will pacify it.

15 In the light of the king`s face is life. His favor is like a cloud of the spring rain.

16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. He who keeps his way preserves his soul.

18 Pride goes before destruction, A haughty spirit before a fall.

19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the plunder with the proud.

20 He who gives heed to the word finds prosperity. Whoever trusts in Yahweh is blessed.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent. Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.

22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the punishment of fools is their folly.

23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth, And adds learning to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But in the end it leads to death.

26 The appetite of the laboring man labors for him; For his mouth urges him on.

27 A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.

28 A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.

29 A man of violence entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good.

30 One who winks his eyes to plot perversities, One who compresses his lips, is bent on evil.

31 Gray hair is a crown of glory. It is attained by a life of righteousness.

32 One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; One who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from Yahweh.

2 Corinthians 4

1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we don`t faint.

2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man`s conscience in the sight of God.

3 Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in those who perish;

4 in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn on them.

5 For we don`t preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus` sake.

6 Seeing it is God who said, "Light will shine out of darkness," who shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves.

8 We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not to despair;

9 pursued, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed;

10 always carrying in the body the putting to death of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus` sake, that the life also of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal flesh.

12 So then death works in us, but life in you.

13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, "I believed, and therefore I spoke." We also believe, and therefore also we speak;

14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will present us with you.

15 For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, being multiplied through the many, may cause the thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we don`t faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory;

18 while we don`t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 5

1 For we know that if the earthly house of our tent is dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens.

2 For most assuredly in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven;

3 if so be that being clothed we will not be found naked.

4 For indeed we who are in this tent do groan, being burdened; not that we desire to be unclothed, but that we desire to be clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

5 Now he who made us for this very thing is God, who also gave to us the down payment of the Spirit.

6 Being therefore always of good courage, and knowing that, while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord;

7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.

8 We are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.

9 Therefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well pleasing to him.

10 For we must all be revealed before the judgment seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are revealed to God; and I hope that we are revealed also in your consciences.

12 For we are not commending ourselves to you again, but speak as giving you occasion of boasting on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who boast in appearance, and not in heart.

13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God. Or if we are of sober mind, it is for you.

14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we judge thus, that one died for all, therefore all died.

15 He died for all, that those who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who for their sakes died and rose again.

16 Therefore we know no one after the flesh from now on. Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more.

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, they have become new.

18 But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us. We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

21 For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 6

1 Working together, we entreat also that you not receive the grace of God in vain,

2 for he says, "At an acceptable time I listened to you, In a day of salvation I helped you." Behold, now is the acceptable time. Behold, now is the day of salvation.

3 We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed,

4 but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,

5 in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;

6 in pureness, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love,

7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;

9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and not killed;

10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

11 Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians. Our heart is enlarged.

12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.

13 Now in return, I speak as to my children, you also be enlarged.

14 Don`t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what communion has light with darkness?

15 What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever?

16 What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people."

17 Therefore, "`Come out from among them, And be separate,` says the Lord, `Touch no unclean thing. I will receive you.

18 I will be to you a Father. You will be to me sons and daughters,` says the Lord Almighty."

2 Corinthians 7

1 Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Open your hearts to us. We wronged no one. We corrupted no one. We took advantage of no one.

3 I say this not to condemn you, for I have said before, that you are in our hearts to die together and live together.

4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you. Great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I overflow with joy in all our affliction.

5 For even when we had come into Macedonia, our flesh had no relief, but we were afflicted on every side. Fightings were outside. Fear was inside.

6 Nevertheless, he who comforts the lowly, God, comforted us by the coming of Titus;

7 and not by his coming only, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, while he told us your longing, your mourning, and your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced still more.

8 For though I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret it. For I see that my letter made you sorry, though just for a while.

9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you were made sorry to repentance. For you were made sorry in a Godly way, that you might suffer loss by us in nothing.

10 For Godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world works death.

11 For behold, this same thing, that you were made sorry in a godly way, what earnest care it worked in you. Yes, what defense, indignation, fear, longing, zeal, and vengeance! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be pure in the matter.

12 So although I wrote to you, I wrote not for his cause that did the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered the wrong, but that your earnest care for us might be revealed in you in the sight of God.

13 Therefore we have been comforted. In our comfort we rejoiced the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.

14 For if in anything I have boasted to him on your behalf, I was not put to shame. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, so our glorying also which I made before Titus was found to be truth.

15 His affection is more abundantly toward you, while he remembers all of your obedience, how with fear and trembling you received him.

16 I rejoice that in everything I am of good courage concerning you.