In between Second Corinthians and Galatians we read two Psalms and two chapters of Job.
July 20: Psalm 58, Psalm 59, Job 15, Job 16 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 58, of David. A short, but intense prayer that God would punish the wicked and judge righteously.
Psalm 59, of David. A prayer for deliverance from Saul and his men seeking to Kill David. It ends up with David singing God’s praises.
Job 15. Eliphaz gets back at Job, accusing him of folly.
Job 16. Job replies: You pitiless comforters, you call yourself friends.
In between Second Corinthians and Galatians we read 0ne chapter of Proverbs and three chapters of Job.
July 19: Proverbs 9, Job 12, Job 13, Job 14 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Proverbs 9, contrasts the way of wisdom with the way of folly.
Job 12. Job has heard enough and answers his critics.
Job 13. Job continues answering his three friends, and adds a despondent prayer that contains this gem: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.”
Job 14 contains the rest of Job’s prayer.
In between Second Corinthians and Galatians we read two Psalms and three chapters of Job.
July 18: Psalm 56, Psalm 57, Job 9, Job 10, Job 11 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 56, of David. The Psalm is from the time when the Philistines captured him in Gath It deals with the period between the visit to the tabernacle at Nob and David’s arrival at Adullam. David was alone, desperate, afraid – and had no one left to to trust but the LORD.
Psalm 57, of David. Charles Spurgeon noted, “There are four of these ‘Destroy not’ psalms, namely, the 57th, 58th, 59th, and 75th. In all of them there is a distinct declaration of the destruction of the wicked and the preservation of the righteous.” It ends with “Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.“
Job 9, Job: There is no mediator, no one is righteous before God, even though I am righteous.
Job 10, Job: I would Plead with God.
Job 11. It was time for Zophar the Naamathite to speak. He urges urges Job to repent.
In between Second Corinthians and Galatians we read three Psalms and three chapters of Job.
July 17: Psalm 53, Psalm 54, Psalm 55, Job 6, Job 7, Job 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 53, of David. A short Psalm telling about fools that say “No God”
Psalm 54, of David. A snort prayer with conviction that God is David’s helper.
Psalm 55, of David. When treacherous friends and a multitude of enemies attack David still trusts God.
Job 6. Time for Job to reply: “My Complaint is Just.” And
Job 7. “My Suffering is without Comfort.”
Job 8. Bildad, the Shuhite replied: “Job Should Repent.”
Today we read the last chapter of second Corinthians and two chapters of Job.
July 16: 2 Corinthians 13, Job 4, Job 5 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 13. Paul said it was his third coming coming to the Corinthians, and he was coming with authority for building them up, not for tearing them down. Finally, the final greetings and the benediction.
Job 4. Eliphaz was first to speak: Job has sinned –
Job 5, and for that Job is chastened by God.
Today we read one chapter of second Corinthians and the first three chapters of Job.
July 15: 2 Corinthians 12, Job 1, Job 2, Job 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 12, Paul describes his vision of paradise and his thorn in the flesh (“for when I am weak, then I am strong”.) The marks of an Apostle are signs, wonders and miracles, and Paul displays his love for the Church.
Job 1. This is the oldest book in the Bible and predates even the Pentateuch. It is written in old Aramaic. Job and his Family lived in in Uz, righteous before God. Satan attacked Job’s Character and as a result Job lost his property and his children.
Job 2. Satan Attacked Job’s Health, and then was visited by three friends, keeping him company for a week without saying a word.
Job 3. Job deplores his birth before his three friends, and they still keep quiet.
Today we read one chapter of second Corinthians and the last three chapters of Esther.
July 14: 2 Corinthians 11, Esther 8, Esther9, Esther 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
2 Corinthians 11. Paul showed concern for the Corinthians faithfulness, warned them against false Apostles, “for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” Paul put forward a reluctant boasting about his sufferings for Christ.
Esther 8. With Haman out of the way, the Jews were still in peril, since the edict of the king could not be changed, so Esther pleaded again to the king and a new edict was proclaimed, the the Jews had every right to defend themselves and strike back, and so Esther saved the Jews.
Esther 9. The Jews triumphed, and the first Purim was celebrated.
Esther 10, epilogue about the greatness of Mordecai.