The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday August 23, 2018 (NIV)

Job 8-11

Bildad’s First Speech

How Long Will You Talk?

Bildad from Shuah[a] said:

How long will you talk
and keep saying nothing?
Does God All-Powerful
stand in the way of justice?
He made your children pay
for their sins.
So why don’t you turn to him
and start living right?
Then he will decide
to rescue and restore you
to your place of honor.
Your future will be brighter
by far than your past.

Our Ancestors Were Wise

Our ancestors were wise,
so learn from them.
Our own time has been short,
like a fading shadow,
and we know very little.
10 But they will instruct you
with great understanding.

11 Papyrus reeds grow healthy
only in a swamp,
12 and if the water dries up,
they die sooner than grass.
13 Such is the hopeless future
of all who turn from God
14 and trust in something as frail
as a spider’s web—
15 they take hold and fall
because it’s so flimsy.
16 Sinful people are like plants
with spreading roots
and plenty
of sun and water.
17 They wrap their roots tightly
around rocks.[b]
18 But once they are pulled up,
they have no more place;
19 their life slips away,[c]
and other plants grow there.

20 We know God doesn’t reject
an innocent person
or help a sinner.
21 And so, he will make you happy
and give you something
to smile about.
22 But your evil enemies
will be put to shame
and disappear forever.

Job’s Reply to Bildad

What You Say Is True

Job said:

What you say is true.
No human is innocent
in the sight of God.
Not once in a thousand times
could we win our case
if we took him to court.
God is wise and powerful—
who could possibly
oppose him and win?
When God becomes angry,
he can move mountains
before they even know it.
God can shake the earth loose
from its foundations
or command the sun and stars
to hold back their light.
God alone stretched out the sky,
stepped on the sea,[d]
and set the stars in place—
the Big Dipper and Orion,
the Pleiades and the stars
in the southern sky.
10 Of all the miracles God works,
we cannot understand a one.
11 God walks right past me,
without making a sound.
12 And if he grabs something,
who can stop him
or raise a question?

13 When God showed his anger,
the servants of the sea monster[e]
fell at his feet.
14 How, then, could I possibly
argue my case with God?

Though I Am Innocent

15 Even though I am innocent,
I can only beg for mercy.
16 And if God came into court
when I called him,
he would not hear my case.
17 He would strike me with a storm[f]
and increase my injuries
for no reason at all.
18 Before I could get my breath,
my miseries would multiply.
19 God is much stronger than I am,
and who would call me into court
to give me justice?

20 Even if I were innocent,
God would prove me wrong.[g]
21 I am not guilty,
but I no longer care
what happens to me.
22 What difference does it make?
God destroys the innocent
along with the guilty.
23 When a good person dies
a sudden death,
God sits back and laughs.
24 And who else but God
blindfolds the judges,
then lets the wicked
take over the earth?

My Life Is Speeding By

25 My life is speeding by,
without a hope of happiness.
26 Each day passes swifter
than a sailing ship
or an eagle swooping down.
27 Sometimes I try to be cheerful
and to stop complaining,
28 but my sufferings frighten me,
because I know that God
still considers me guilty.
29 So what’s the use of trying
to prove my innocence?
30 Even if I washed myself
with the strongest soap,
31 God would throw me into a pit
of stinking slime,
leaving me
disgusting to my clothes.

32 God isn’t a mere human like me.
I can’t put him on trial.
33 Who could possibly judge
between the two of us?
34 Can someone snatch away
the stick God carries
to frighten me?
35 Then I could speak up
without fear of him,
but for now, I cannot speak.[h]

Job Complains to God

I Am Sick of Life!

10 I am sick of life!
And from my deep despair,
I complain to you, my God.
Don’t just condemn me!
Point out my sin.
Why do you take such delight
in destroying those you created
and in smiling on sinners?
Do you look at things
the way we humans do?
Is your life as short as ours?
Is that why you are so quick
to find fault with me?
You know I am innocent,
but who can defend me
against you?
Will you now destroy
someone you created?
Remember that you molded me
like a piece of clay.
So don’t turn me back
into dust once again.
10 As cheese is made from milk,
you created my body
from a tiny drop.
11 Then you tied my bones together
with muscles
and covered them
with flesh and skin.
12 You, the source of my life,
showered me with kindness
and watched over me.

You Have Not Explained

13 You have not explained
all of your mysteries,
14 but you catch and punish me
each time I sin.
15 Guilty or innocent,
I am condemned and ashamed
because of my troubles.
16 No matter how hard I try,
you keep hunting me down
like a powerful lion.[i]
17 You never stop accusing me;
you become furious and attack
over and over again.

18 Why did you let me be born?
I would rather have died
before birth
19 and been carried to the grave
without ever breathing.
20 I have only a few days left.
Why don’t you leave me alone?[j]
Let me find some relief,
21 before I travel to the land
22 of darkness and despair,
the place of no return.

Zophar’s First Speech

So Much Foolish Talk

11 Zophar from Naamah[k] said:

So much foolish talk
cannot go unanswered.
Your words have silenced others
and made them ashamed;
now it is only right for you
to be put to shame.
You claim to be innocent
and argue that your beliefs
are acceptable to God.
But I wish he would speak
and let you know
that wisdom
has many different sides.
You would then discover
that God has punished you
than you deserve.

Can you understand the mysteries
surrounding God All-Powerful?
They are higher than the heavens
and deeper than the grave.
So what can you do
when you know so little,
and these mysteries outreach
the earth and the ocean?

10 If God puts you in prison
or drags you to court,
what can you do?
11 God has the wisdom to know
when someone is worthless
and sinful,
12 but it’s easier to tame
a wild donkey
than to make a fool wise.[l]

Surrender Your Heart to God

13 Surrender your heart to God,
turn to him in prayer,
14 and give up your sins—
even those you do in secret.
15 Then you won’t be ashamed;
you will be confident
and fearless.
16 Your troubles will go away
like water beneath a bridge,
17 and your darkest night
will be brighter than noon.
18 You will rest safe and secure,
filled with hope
and emptied of worry.
19 You will sleep without fear
and be greatly respected.
20 But those who are evil
will go blind and lose their way.
Their only escape is death!


  1. 8.1 Shuah: See the note at 2.11.
  2. 8.17 rocks: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 17.
  3. 8.19 their. . . away: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  4. 9.8 sea: Or “sea monster” (see verse 13 and the note there).
  5. 9.13 the sea monster: The Hebrew text has “Rahab,” which was some kind of sea monster with supernatural powers (see the notes at 3.8 and 26.12).
  6. 9.17 strike. . . storm: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  7. 9.20 God. . . wrong: Or “my own words would prove me wrong.”
  8. 9.35 but. . . speak: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  9. 10.16 lion: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 16.
  10. 10.20 I have only. . . alone: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  11. 11.1 Naamah: See the note at 2.11.
  12. 11.12 it’s. . . wise: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

1 Corinthians 15:1-28

Christ Was Raised to Life

15 My friends, I want you to remember the message that I preached and that you believed and trusted. You will be saved by this message, if you hold firmly to it. But if you don’t, your faith was all for nothing.

I told you the most important part of the message exactly as it was told to me. That part is:

Christ died for our sins,
as the Scriptures say.
He was buried,
and three days later
he was raised to life,
as the Scriptures say.
Christ appeared to Peter,[a]
then to the twelve.
After this, he appeared
to more than five hundred
other followers.
Most of them are still alive,
but some have died.
He also appeared to James,
and then to all
of the apostles.

Finally, he appeared to me, even though I am like someone who was born at the wrong time.[b]

I am the least important of all the apostles. In fact, I caused so much trouble for God’s church that I don’t even deserve to be called an apostle. 10 But God was kind! He made me what I am, and his wonderful kindness wasn’t wasted. I worked much harder than any of the other apostles, although it was really God’s kindness at work and not me. 11 But it doesn’t matter if I preached or if they preached. All of you believed the message just the same.

God’s People Will Be Raised to Life

12 If we preach that Christ was raised from death, how can some of you say that the dead will not be raised to life? 13 If they won’t be raised to life, Christ himself wasn’t raised to life. 14 And if Christ wasn’t raised to life, our message is worthless, and so is your faith. 15 If the dead won’t be raised to life, we have told lies about God by saying that he raised Christ to life, when he really did not.

16 So if the dead won’t be raised to life, Christ wasn’t raised to life. 17 Unless Christ was raised to life, your faith is useless, and you are still living in your sins. 18 And those people who died after putting their faith in him are completely lost. 19 If our hope in Christ is good only for this life, we are worse off than anyone else.

20 But Christ has been raised to life! And he makes us certain that others will also be raised to life. 21 Just as we will die because of Adam, we will be raised to life because of Christ. 22 Adam brought death to all of us, and Christ will bring life to all of us. 23 But we must each wait our turn. Christ was the first to be raised to life, and his people will be raised to life when he returns. 24 Then after Christ has destroyed all powers and forces, the end will come, and he will give the kingdom to God the Father.

25 Christ will rule until he puts all his enemies under his power, 26 and the last enemy he destroys will be death. 27 When the Scriptures say that he will put everything under his power, they don’t include God. It was God who put everything under the power of Christ. 28 After everything is under the power of God’s Son, he will put himself under the power of God, who put everything under his Son’s power. Then God will mean everything to everyone.


  1. 15.5 Peter: See the note at 1.12.
  2. 15.8 who was born at the wrong time: The meaning of these words in Greek is not clear.

Psalm 38

(A psalm by David to be used when an offering is made.)

A Prayer in Times of Trouble

38 When you are angry, Lord,
please don’t punish me
or even correct me.
You shot me with your arrows,
and you struck me
with your hand.

My body hurts all over
because of your anger.
Even my bones are in pain,
and my sins are so heavy
that I am crushed.

Because of my foolishness,
I am covered with sores
that stink and spread.
My body is twisted and bent,
and I groan all day long.
Fever has my back in flames,
and I hurt all over.
I am worn out and weak,
moaning and in distress.

You, Lord, know every one
of my deepest desires,
and my noisy groans
are no secret to you.
10 My heart is beating fast.
I feel weak all over,
and my eyes are red.

11 Because of my sickness,
no friends or neighbors
will come near me.
12 All who want me dead
set traps to catch me,
and those who want
to harm and destroy me
plan and plot all day.

13 I am not able to hear
or speak a word;
14 I am completely deaf
and can’t make a sound.

15 I trust you, Lord God,
and you will do something.
16 I said, “Don’t let them laugh
or brag because I slip.”

17 I am about to collapse
from constant pain.
18 I told you my sins,
and I am sorry for them.
19 Many deadly and powerful
enemies hate me,
20 and they repay evil for good
because I try to do right.

21 You are the Lord God!
Stay nearby
and don’t desert me.
22 You are the one who saves me.
Please hurry and help.

Proverbs 21:28-29

28 If you tell lies in court,
you are done for;
only a reliable witness
can do the job.
29 Wicked people bluff their way,
but God’s people think
before they take a step.