Over many years it has become a practice in our community to read three portions of scripture as our daily companion in the walk to the kingdom. It is God’s Word that binds us in fellowship, whether we are reading them early morning or late at night, or at midday, or in the workplace, or around the dinner table in the evening with the family, no matter where you are, you will be at one in fellowship with your brethren and sisters worldwide.
1 Then Job answered and said,2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.
1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.