Bible in one year

January 14

Genesis 27:1-46
1. Isaac grew old, and his eyes became so weak that he could not see clearly. One day he called his older son Esau to him and said, "Son!" Esau answered, "Here I am."
2. Isaac said, "I am old. Maybe I will die soon.
3. So take your bow and arrows and go hunting. Kill an animal for me to eat.
4. Prepare the food that I love. Bring it to me, and I will eat it. Then I will bless you before I die."
5. So Esau went hunting. Rebekah was listening when Isaac told this to his son Esau.
6. Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Listen, I heard your father talking to your brother Esau.
7. Your father said, 'Kill an animal for me to eat. Prepare the food for me, and I will eat it. Then I will bless you before I die.'
8. So listen, son, and do what I tell you.
9. Go out to our goats and bring me two young ones. I will prepare them the way your father loves them.
10. Then you will carry the food to your father, and he will bless you before he dies."
11. But Jacob told his mother Rebekah, "My brother Esau is a hairy man. I am not hairy like him.
12. If my father touches me, he will know that I am not Esau. Then he will not bless me—he will curse me because I tried to trick him."
13. So Rebekah said to him, "I will accept the blame if there is trouble. Do what I said. Go get the goats for me."
14. So Jacob went out and got two goats and brought them to his mother. His mother cooked the goats in the special way that Isaac loved.
15. Then Rebekah took the clothes that her older son Esau loved to wear. She put these clothes on the younger son Jacob.
16. She took the skins of the goats and put them on Jacob's hands and on his neck.
17. Then she got the food she had cooked and gave it to Jacob.
18. Jacob went to his father and said, "Father." His father answered, "Yes, son. Who are you?"
19. Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau, your first son. I have done what you told me. Now sit up and eat the meat from the animals that I hunted for you. Then you can bless me."
20. But Isaac said to his son, "How have you hunted and killed the animals so quickly?" Jacob answered, "Because the Lord your God allowed me to find the animals quickly."
21. Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near to me so that I can feel you, my son. If I can feel you, I will know if you are really my son Esau."
22. So Jacob went to Isaac his father. Isaac felt him and said, "Your voice sounds like Jacob's voice, but your arms are hairy like the arms of Esau."
23. Isaac did not know it was Jacob, because his arms were hairy like Esau's. So Isaac blessed Jacob.
24. Isaac said, "Are you really my son Esau?" Jacob answered, "Yes, I am."
25. Then Isaac said, "Bring me the food. I will eat it and bless you." So Jacob gave him the food, and he ate it. Then Jacob gave him some wine, and he drank it.
26. Then Isaac said to him. "Son, come near and kiss me."
27. So Jacob went to his father and kissed him. When Isaac smelled Esau's clothes, he blessed him and said, "My son smells like the fields that the Lord has blessed.
28. May the Lord give you plenty of rain, good crops, and wine.
29. May the nations serve you and many people bow down to you. You will rule over your brothers. Your mother's sons will bow down to you and obey you. "Whoever curses you will be cursed. Whoever blesses you will be blessed."
30. Isaac finished blessing Jacob. Then, just as Jacob left his father Isaac, Esau came in from hunting.
31. Esau prepared the food in the special way his father loved. He brought it to his father and said, "Father, I am your son. Get up and eat the meat from the animals that I killed for you. Then you can bless me."
32. But Isaac said to him, "Who are you?" He answered, "I am your son—your first son—Esau."
33. Then Isaac became so upset that he began to shake. He said, "Then who was it that cooked and brought me food before you came? I ate it all, and I blessed him. Now it is too late to take back my blessing."
34. When Esau heard his father's words, he became very angry and bitter. He cried out and said to his father, "Then bless me also, father!"
35. Isaac said, "Your brother tricked me! He came and took your blessing!"
36. Esau said, "His name is Jacob. That is the right name for him. He has tricked me twice. He took away my rights as the firstborn son. And now he has taken away my blessing." Then Esau said, "Have you saved any blessing for me?"
37. Isaac answered, "I have already given Jacob the power to rule over you. And I said all his brothers would be his servants. I have given him the blessing for much grain and wine. There is nothing left to give you, my son."
38. But Esau continued to beg his father. "Do you have only one blessing, father? Bless me also, father!" Esau began to cry.
39. Then Isaac said to him, "You will not live on good land. You will not have much rain.
40. You will have to fight to live, and you will be a slave to your brother. But when you fight to be free, you will break away from his control."
41. After that Esau hated Jacob because of this blessing. Esau said to himself, "My father will soon die, and after we are finished with that, I will kill Jacob."
42. Rebekah heard about Esau's plan to kill Jacob. She sent for Jacob and said to him, "Listen, your brother Esau is planning to kill you.
43. So, son, do what I say. My brother Laban is living in Haran. Go to him and hide.
44. Stay with him for a short time until your brother stops being angry.
45. When your brother forgets what you did to him, I will send a servant to bring you back. I don't want to lose both of my sons on the same day."
46. Then Rebekah said to Isaac, "Your son Esau married Hittite women. I am very upset about this, because they are not our people. I'll have nothing to live for if Jacob marries one of these women!"

Genesis 28:1-22
1. Isaac called Jacob and blessed him. Then Isaac gave him a command and said, "You must not marry a Canaanite woman.
2. So leave this place and go to Paddan Aram. Go to the house of Bethuel, your mother's father. Laban, your mother's brother, lives there. Marry one of his daughters.
3. I pray that God All-Powerful will bless you and give you many children. I pray that you will become the father of a great nation
4. and that God will bless you and your children the same way he blessed Abraham. And I pray that you will own the land where you live. This is the land God gave to Abraham."
5. So Isaac sent Jacob to Rebekah's brother in Paddan Aram. Jacob went to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean. Laban was the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
6. Esau learned that his father Isaac blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan Aram to find a wife there. He also learned that Isaac commanded Jacob not to marry a Canaanite woman.
7. Esau learned that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother and went to Paddan Aram.
8. Esau saw from this that his father did not want his sons to marry Canaanite women.
9. Esau already had two wives, but he went to Abraham's son Ishmael and married another woman, Mahalath, the daughter of Ishmael. Mahalath was Nebaioth's sister.
10. Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran.
11. The sun had already set when he came to a good place to spend the night. He took a rock there and laid his head on it to sleep.
12. Jacob had a dream. He dreamed there was a ladder that was on the ground and reached up into heaven. He saw the angels of God going up and down the ladder.
13. And then Jacob saw the Lord standing by the ladder. He said, "I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. I will give you the land that you are lying on now. I will give this land to you and to your children.
14. You will have as many descendants as there are particles of dust on the earth. They will spread east and west, north and south. All the families on earth will be blessed because of you and your descendants.
15. "I am with you, and I will protect you everywhere you go. I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised."
16. Then Jacob woke up and said, "I know that the Lord is in this place, but I did not know he was here until I slept."
17. Jacob was afraid and said, "This is a very great place. This is the house of God. This is the gate to heaven."
18. Jacob got up very early in the morning. He took the rock he had slept on and set it up on its edge. Then he poured oil on the rock. In this way he made it a memorial to God.
19. The name of that place was Luz, but Jacob named it Bethel.
20. Then Jacob made a promise. He said, "If God will be with me, and if he will protect me on this trip, and if he gives me food to eat and clothes to wear,
21. and if I return in peace to my father's house—if he does all these things—then the Lord will be my God.
22. I am setting this stone up as a memorial stone. It will show that this is a holy place for God, and I will give God one-tenth of all he gives me."

Psalms 7:9-17
9. Stop those who do evil. Support those who do good. God, you are fair. You know what people are thinking.
10. God helps people who want to do right, so he will protect me.
11. God is a good judge. He always condemns evil.
12. If the wicked will not change, then God is ready to punish them. He has prepared his deadly weapons. His sword is sharp. His bow is strung, drawn back, and ready to shoot its flaming arrow.
14. The minds of the wicked are full of evil; they are pregnant with wicked plans, which give birth to lies.
15. They dig a pit to trap others, but they are the ones who will fall into it.
16. The trouble they cause will come back on them. They plan harm for others, but they are the ones who will be hurt.
17. I praise the Lord because he is good. I praise the name of the Lord Most High.

Proverbs 3:11-12
11. My son, don't reject the Lord's discipline, and don't be angry when he corrects you.
12. The Lord corrects the one he loves, just as a father corrects a child he cares about.

Matthew 10:1-20
1. Jesus called his twelve followers together. He gave them power over evil spirits and power to heal every kind of disease and sickness.
2. These are the names of the twelve apostles: Simon (also called Peter), Andrew, the brother of Peter, James, the son of Zebedee, John, the brother of James,
3. Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, the tax collector, James, the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus,
4. Simon, the Zealot, Judas Iscariot (the one who handed Jesus over to his enemies).
5. Jesus sent the twelve men out with these instructions: "Don't go to the non- Jewish people. And don't go into any town where the Samaritans live.
6. But go to the people of Israel. They are like sheep that are lost.
7. When you go, tell them this: 'God's kingdom is coming soon.'
8. Heal the sick. Bring the dead back to life. Heal the people who have leprosy. And force demons out of people. I give you these powers freely, so help others freely.
9. Don't carry any money with you—gold or silver or copper.
10. Don't carry a bag. Take only the clothes and sandals you are wearing. And don't take a walking stick. A worker should be given what he needs.
11. "When you enter a city or town, find some worthy person there and stay in his home until you leave.
12. When you enter that home, say, 'Peace be with you.'
13. If the people in that home welcome you, they are worthy of your peace. May they have the peace you wished for them. But if they don't welcome you, they are not worthy of your peace. Take back the peace you wished for them.
14. And if the people in a home or a town refuse to welcome you or listen to you, then leave that place and shake the dust off your feet.
15. I can assure you that on the judgment day it will be worse for that town than for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
16. "Listen! I am sending you, and you will be like sheep among wolves. So be smart like snakes. But also be like doves and don't hurt anyone.
17. Be careful! There are people who will arrest you and take you to be judged. They will whip you in their synagogues.
18. You will be taken to stand before governors and kings. People will do this to you because you follow me. You will tell about me to those kings and governors and to the non-Jewish people.
19. When you are arrested, don't worry about what to say or how you should say it. At that time you will be given the words to say.
20. It will not really be you speaking; the Spirit of your Father will be speaking through you.