The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday August 28, 2018 (NIV)

Job 28-30

Job Continues: Wisdom Is Inaccessible to Humans

“There is a place where silver is mined
and a place where gold is refined.
Iron is taken from the ground,
and rocks are melted for their copper.
Humans bring an end to darkness there
and search to the limit of the gloomy, pitch-black rock.
They open up a mineshaft far from civilization,
where no one has set foot.
In this shaft men dangle and swing back and forth.

“Above the ground food grows,
but beneath it the food decays as if it were burned by fire.
That place’s stones are sapphire.[a]
Its dust contains gold.
No bird of prey knows the way to it.
No hawk’s eye has ever seen it.
No proud beast has ever walked on it.
No ferocious lion has ever passed over it.

“Humans exert their power on the flinty rocks
and overturn mountains at their base.
10 They cut out mineshafts in the rocks.
Their eyes see every precious thing.
11 They explore[b] the sources of rivers
so that they bring hidden treasures to light.

Wisdom Is Inaccessible to Decay and Death

12 “Where can wisdom be found?
Where does understanding live?
13 No mortal knows where it is.[c]
It cannot be found in this world of the living.
14 The deep ocean says, ‘It isn’t in me.’
The sea says, ‘It isn’t with me.’
15 You cannot obtain it with solid gold
or buy it for any amount of silver.
16 It can’t be bought with the gold from Ophir
or with precious onyx or sapphire.
17 Neither gold nor glass can equal its value.
Nor can gold ornaments, jewels, or crystal[d]
18 be exchanged for it.
Wisdom is more valuable than gems.
19 Topaz from Ethiopia cannot equal its value.
It cannot be bought for any amount of pure gold.

20 “Where does wisdom come from?
Where does understanding live?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living being,
hidden even from the birds in the air.
22 Decay and Death say,
‘We’ve heard a rumor about it.’

Wisdom Is Accessible Only to the Creator

23 “God understands the way to it.
He knows where it lives
24 because he can see to the ends of the earth
and observe everything under heaven.
25 When he gave the wind its force
and measured the water in the sea,
26 when he made rules for the rain
and set paths for the thunderstorms,
27 then he saw it and announced it.
He confirmed it and examined it.
28 So he told humans,
‘The fear of the Lord is wisdom!
To stay away from evil is understanding.’”

Job Continues: My Glorious Past

Job continued his poems and said,

“If only my life could be like it used to be,
in the days when God watched over me,
when he made his lamp shine on my head,
when I walked through the dark in his light.
If only I were in the prime of my life again,
when God was an adviser in my tent.
When the Almighty was still with me
and my children were around me,
my steps were bathed in buttermilk,
and the rocks poured streams of olive oil on me.
When I went through the city gate
and took my seat in the town square,
young men saw me and kept out of sight.
Old men stood up straight out of respect for me.
Princes held back their words
and put their hands over their mouths.
10 The voices of nobles were hushed,
and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.

11 Any ears that heard me blessed me.
Any eyes that saw me spoke well of me,
12 because I rescued the poor who called for help
and the orphans who had no one to help them.
13 I received a blessing from the dying.
I made the widow’s heart sing for joy.
14 I put on righteousness, and it was my clothing.
I practiced justice, and it was my robe and my turban.
15 I was eyes for the blind person.
I was feet for the lame person.
16 I was father to the needy.
I carefully investigated cases brought by strangers.
17 I broke the teeth of the wicked person
and made him drop the prey out of his mouth.

18 “I thought, ‘I may die in my own house,
but I will make my days as numerous as the sand.
19 My roots will grow toward the water,
and dew will lie on my branches all night.
20 My power will be fresh every day,
and the bow in my hand will remain new.’

21 “People listened to me eagerly,
quietly waiting for my advice.
22 After I had spoken, they wouldn’t speak again.
After all, my words fell gently on them.
23 They were as eager to hear me as they were for rain.
They opened their mouths wide as if waiting for a spring shower.
24 When I smiled at them, they could hardly believe it,
but the expression on my face did not change.[e]
25 I decided how they should live.
I sat as their leader.
I lived like a king among his troops,
like one who comforts mourners.

Job Talks about His Present Misery

“But now those who are younger than I am laugh at me.
I didn’t think their fathers were fit to sit with the dogs of my flock.
Of what use to me was the strength of their hands?
Their strength is gone.
Shriveled up from need and hunger,
they gnaw at the dry and barren ground during the night.[f]
They pick saltwort from the underbrush,
and the roots of the broom plant are their food.[g]
They are driven from the community.
People shout at them in the same way they shout at thieves.
They have to live in dry riverbeds,
in holes in the ground, and among rocks.
They howl in bushes
and huddle together under thornbushes.
Godless fools and worthless people
are forced out of the land with whips.

“And now they make fun of me with songs.
I have become a joke to them.
10 Since they consider me disgusting, they keep their distance from me
and don’t hesitate to spit in my face.
11 Because God has untied my cord and has made me suffer,
they are no longer restrained in my presence.
12 They have attacked me on my right side like a mob.
They trip my feet
and then prepare ways to destroy me.[h]
13 Yes, they remove all traces of my path in order to destroy me.
No one is there to help me against them.
14 They come through a wide hole in the wall.
They crawl through the ruins.
15 Terrors are directed toward me.
They blow away my dignity like the wind.
My prosperity vanishes like a cloud.

16 “Now my life is pouring out of me.
Days of suffering seize me.
17 At night God pierces my bones.
My body[i] doesn’t rest.
18 With great strength he grabs my clothes.
He seizes me by the collar of my robe.
19 He throws me into the dirt
so that I become like dust and ashes.

Job Calls on God for Help

20 “I call to you for help,
but you don’t answer me.
I stand up, but you just look at me.
21 You have begun to treat me cruelly.
With your mighty hand you assault me.
22 You pick me up and let the wind carry me away.
You toss me around with a storm.
23 I know you will lead me to death,
to the dwelling place appointed for all living beings.

Job Says: I Am Being Punished by God

24 “But God doesn’t stretch out his hand against one who is ruined
when that person calls for help in his disaster.
25 Didn’t I cry for the person whose days were difficult?
Didn’t my soul grieve for the poor?
26 When I waited for good, evil came.
When I looked for light, darkness came.
27 My insides are churning and won’t calm down.
Days of misery are ahead of me.
28 I walk in the dark without the sun.
I stand up in public and call for help.
29 I’m a brother to jackals
and a companion of ostriches.
30 My skin turns dark and peels.
My body burns with fever.
31 So my lyre is used for mourning
and my flute for loud weeping.


  1. Job 28:6 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
  2. Job 28:11 Or “dam up.”
  3. Job 28:13 Or “how valuable it is.”
  4. Job 28:17 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
  5. Job 29:24 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
  6. Job 30:3 Hebrew meaning of this line uncertain.
  7. Job 30:4 Or “they use the roots of the broom plant for warmth.”
  8. Job 30:12 Hebrew meaning of this verse uncertain.
  9. Job 30:17 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
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2 Corinthians 2:12-17

Paul’s Mission as Christ’s Spokesman

12 When I went to the city of Troas, the Lord gave me an opportunity to spread the Good News about Christ. 13 But I didn’t have any peace of mind, because I couldn’t find Titus, our brother, there. So I said goodbye to the people in Troas and went to the province of Macedonia.

14 But I thank God, who always leads us in victory because of Christ. Wherever we go, God uses us to make clear what it means to know Christ. It’s like a fragrance that fills the air. 15 To God we are the aroma of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are dying. 16 To some people we are a deadly fragrance, while to others we are a life-giving fragrance.

Who is qualified to tell about Christ? 17 At least we don’t go around selling an impure word of God like many others. The opposite is true. As Christ’s spokesmen and in God’s presence, we speak the pure message that comes from God.

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Psalm 42


(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

For the choir director; a maskil[a] by Korah’s descendants.

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When may I come to see God’s face?
My tears are my food day and night.
People ask me all day long, “Where is your God?”
I will remember these things as I pour out my soul:
how I used to walk with the crowd
and lead it in a procession to God’s house.
I sang songs of joy and thanksgiving
while crowds of people celebrated a festival.

Why are you discouraged, my soul?
Why are you so restless?
Put your hope in God,
because I will still praise him.
He is my savior and my God.

My soul is discouraged.
That is why I will remember you
in the land of Jordan, on the peaks of Hermon, on Mount Mizar.
One deep sea calls to another at the roar of your waterspouts.
All the whitecaps on your waves have swept over me.[b]
The Lord commands his mercy during the day,
and at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.
I will ask God, my rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk around in mourning
while the enemy oppresses me?”
10 With a shattering blow to my bones,
my enemies taunt me.
They ask me all day long, “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you discouraged, my soul?
Why are you so restless?
Put your hope in God,
because I will still praise him.
He is my savior and my God.


  1. Psalm 42:1 Unknown musical term.
  2. Psalm 42:7 Hebrew meaning of this verse uncertain.
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Proverbs 22:7

A rich person rules poor people,
and a borrower is a slave to a lender.

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