Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Job 3:1-26

After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

And Job said: "Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night which said, 'A man-child is conceived.' Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it. Let gloom and deep darkness claim it. Let clouds dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. That night -- let thick darkness seize it! let it not rejoice among the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.

"Yea, let that night be barren; let no joyful cry be heard in it. Let those curse it who curse the day, who are skilled to rouse up Levi'athan. Let the stars of its dawn be dark;
let it hope for light, but have none, nor see the eyelids of the morning; because it did not shut the doors of my mother's womb, nor hide trouble from my eyes.

"Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire? Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should suck? For then I should have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept; then I should have been at rest, with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves, or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver. Or why was I not as a hidden untimely birth, as infants that never see the light? There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest. There the prisoners are at ease together; they hear not the voice of the taskmaster. The small and the great are there, and the slave is free from his master.

"Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hid treasures; who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they find the grave? Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, whom God has hedged in? For my sighing comes as my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water. For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest; but trouble comes."

Note: Today's Gospel reading is John 6:41-51. Find a Bible translation at this address:


From the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.

Today's Torah Reading
previous Deuteronomy 19:14-20:9

You shall not move your countryman's landmarks, set up by previous generations, in the property that will be allotted to you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.

A single witness may not validate against a person any guilt or blame for any offense that may be committed; a case can be valid only on the testimony of two witnesses or more. If a man appears against another to testify maliciously and gives false testimony against him, the two parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests or magistrates in authority at the time, and the magistrates shall make a thorough investigation. If the man who testified is a false witness, if he has testified falsely against his fellow, you shall do to him as he schemed to do to his fellow. Thus you will sweep out evil from your midst; others will hear and be afraid, and such evil things will not again be done in your midst. Nor must you show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

When you take the field against your enemies, and see horses and chariots--forces larger than yours--have no fear of them, for the Lord your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, is with you. Before you join battle, the priest shall come forward and address the troops. He shall say to them, "Hear, O Israel! You are about to join battle with your enemy. Let not your courage falter. Do not be in fear, or in panic, or in dread of them. For it is the Lord your God who marches with you to do battle for you against your enemy, to bring you victory."

Then the officials shall address the troops, as follows: "Is there anyone who has built a new house but has not dedicated it? Let him go back to his home, lest he die in battle and another dedicate it. Is there anyone who has planted a vineyard but has never harvested it? Let him go back to his home, lest he die in battle and another harvest it. Is there anyone who has paid the bride-price for a wife, but who has not yet married her? Let him go back to his home, lest he die in battle and another marry her." The officials shall go on addressing the troops and say, "Is there anyone afraid and disheartened? Let him go back to his home, lest the courage of his comrades flag like his." When the officials have finished addressing the troops, army commanders shall assume command of the troops.


Torah reading From Parshat Shoftim. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.

Angel Quote of the Day


The moment the angel enters a life it enters an environment. We are ecological from day one.

-James Hillman, "The Soul's Code"

From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


Life has no whence; it is carrying forth, and carrying forth again. Death has no whither; it is carrying away; and carrying away again. Ultimately how is it? If the mind does not differ, myriad things are one suchness.

-Dôgen, "Rational Zen"

From "365 Buddha: Daily Meditations," edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with Tarcher/Putnam, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


I'm convinced that Jesus was a great holy man. He had a great message, but I question the walking on water. I might get struck down by lightning for saying that.

-Matt Dillon

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Christian Quote of the Day


When we sing, ‘draw me near, nearer, blessed Lord,’ we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we pray, for a more perfect consciousness of the divine Presence. We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.

-A.W. Tozer

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Start an eco-friendly vegetable and berry garden in your backyard if you have one. Make sure not to use any harmful pesticides or chemicals, and enjoy fresh, organic produce at the lowest cost.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.

-James Bryant Conant

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Evangelical Quote of the Day


Obedience to the call of Christ nearly always costs everything to two people- the one who is called, and the one who loves that one.

-Oswald Chambers

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Health Quote of the Day


As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.

-A. C. Benson

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Hindu Quote of the Day


What is old friendship? It is when neither friend objects To the liberties taken by the other.

Tirukkural 801

Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day


Do not say,"it is morning," and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.

-Rabindranath Tagore

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.

-Nils Nilson’s sister

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Judaism Quote of the Day


There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

-Elie Wiesel

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Muslim Quote of the Day


You see throngs of afflicted feeble folk seated at the door in ardent hope. O you who are crushed, your pleas have been heard. Hark! Rush toward the mercy of God and be delivered of pain.


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

From "The Bounty of Allah," translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile. But sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

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August 21, 2014
On Seeing Lightning, Shooting Stars, High Mountains, or Vast Deserts
Robert Browning
Blessed are you, O God, our Lord, King of the universe, who performs the work of creation.
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