Bible in one year
August 16


Esther 3:1-15
1. After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles.
2. All the royal officials at the king's gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor.
3. Then the royal officials at the king's gate asked Mordecai, "Why do you disobey the king's command?"
4. Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply. Therefore they told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai's behavior would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a Jew.
5. When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged.
6. Yet having learned who Mordecai's people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai's people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.
7. In the twelfth year of King Xerxes, in the first month, the month of Nisan, they cast the pur (that is, the lot) in the presence of Haman to select a day and month. And the lot fell on the twelfth month, the month of Adar.
8. Then Haman said to King Xerxes, "There is a certain people dispersed and scattered among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of all other people and who do not obey the king's laws; it is not in the king's best interest to tolerate them.
9. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will put ten thousand talents of silver into the royal treasury for the men who carry out this business."
10. So the king took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.
11. "Keep the money," the king said to Haman, "and do with the people as you please."
12. Then on the thirteenth day of the first month the royal secretaries were summoned. They wrote out in the script of each province and in the language of each people all Haman's orders to the king's satraps, the governors of the various provinces and the nobles of the various peoples. These were written in the name of King Xerxes himself and sealed with his own ring.
13. Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king's provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews-young and old, women and little children-on a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods.
14. A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so they would be ready for that day.
15. Spurred on by the king's command, the couriers went out, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa. The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered.

Esther 4:1-17
1. When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly.
2. But he went only as far as the king's gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it.
3. In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
4. When Esther's maids and eunuchs came and told her about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent clothes for him to put on instead of his sackcloth, but he would not accept them.
5. Then Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king's eunuchs assigned to attend her, and ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai and why.
6. So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king's gate.
7. Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews.
8. He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their annihilation, which had been published in Susa, to show to Esther and explain it to her, and he told him to urge her to go into the king's presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people.
9. Hathach went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said.
10. Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai,
11. "All the king's officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that he be put to death. The only exception to this is for the king to extend the gold scepter to him and spare his life. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king."
12. When Esther's words were reported to Mordecai,
13. he sent back this answer: "Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape.
14. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"
15. Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:
16. "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."
17. So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther's instructions.

Psalms 89:46-52
46. How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47. Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all men!
48. What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave? Selah
49. O Lord, where is your former great love, which in your faithfulness you swore to David?
50. Remember, Lord, how your servant has been mocked, how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,
51. the taunts with which your enemies have mocked, O LORD, with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.
52. Praise be to the LORD forever! Amen and Amen. BOOK IV Psalms 90-106

Proverbs 22:7-8
7. The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8. He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

Romans 3:1-31
1. What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?
2. Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.
3. What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?
4. Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: "So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge."
5. But if our unrighteousness brings out God's righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)
6. Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?
7. Someone might argue, "If my falsehood enhances God's truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?"
8. Why not say--as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say--"Let us do evil that good may result"? Their condemnation is deserved.
9. What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.
10. As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
11. there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
12. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."
13. "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.The poison of vipers is on their lips."
14. "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
15. "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16. ruin and misery mark their ways,
17. and the way of peace they do not know."
18. "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
19. Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
20. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
21. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
23. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24. and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--
26. he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
28. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
29. Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
30. since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
31. Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.