Bible in one year

January 19

Genesis 37:1-36
1. Jacob stayed and lived in the land of Canaan. This is the same land where his father had lived.
2. This is the story of Jacob's family. Joseph was a young man, 17 years old. His job was to take care of the sheep and the goats. Joseph did this work with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah. (Bilhah and Zilpah were his father's wives.) Joseph told his father about the bad things that his brothers did.
3. Joseph was born at a time when his father Israel was very old, so Israel loved him more than he loved his other sons. Jacob gave him a special coat, which was long and very beautiful.
4. When Joseph's brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them, they hated their brother because of this. They refused to say nice things to him.
5. One time Joseph had a special dream. Later, he told his brothers about this dream, and after that his brothers hated him even more.
6. Joseph said, "I had a dream.
7. We were all working in the field, tying stacks of wheat together. Then my stack got up. It stood there while all of your stacks of wheat made a circle around mine and bowed down to it."
8. His brothers said, "Do you think this means that you will be a king and rule over us?" His brothers hated Joseph more now because of the dreams he had about them.
9. Then Joseph had another dream, and he told his brothers about it. He said, "I had another dream. I saw the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowing down to me."
10. Joseph also told his father about this dream, but his father criticized him. His father said, "What kind of dream is this? Do you believe that your mother, your brothers, and I will bow down to you?"
11. Joseph's brothers continued to be jealous of him, but his father thought about all these things and wondered what they could mean.
12. One day Joseph's brothers went to Shechem to care for their father's sheep.
13. Jacob said to Joseph, "Go to Shechem. Your brothers are there with my sheep." Joseph answered, "I will go."
14. His father said, "Go and see if your brothers are safe. Come back and tell me if my sheep are all fine." So Joseph's father sent him from the Valley of Hebron to Shechem.
15. At Shechem, Joseph got lost. A man found him wandering in the fields. The man said, "What are you looking for?"
16. Joseph answered, "I am looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are with their sheep?"
17. The man said, "They have already gone away. I heard them say that they were going to Dothan." So Joseph followed his brothers and found them in Dothan.
18. Joseph's brothers saw him coming from far away. They decided to make a plan to kill him.
19. They said to each other, "Here comes Joseph the dreamer.
20. We should kill him now while we can. We could throw his body into one of the empty wells and tell our father that a wild animal killed him. Then we will show him that his dreams are useless."
21. But Reuben wanted to save Joseph. He said, "Let's not kill him.
22. We can put him into a well without hurting him." Reuben planned to save Joseph and send him back to his father.
23. When Joseph came to his brothers, they attacked him and tore off his long and beautiful coat.
24. Then they threw him into an empty well that was dry.
25. While Joseph was in the well, the brothers sat down to eat. They looked up and saw a group of traders traveling from Gilead to Egypt. Their camels were carrying many different spices and riches.
26. So Judah said to his brothers, "What profit will we get if we kill our brother and hide his death?
27. We will profit more if we sell him to these traders. Then we will not be guilty of killing our own brother." The other brothers agreed.
28. When the Midianite traders came by, the brothers took Joseph out of the well and sold him to the traders for 20 pieces of silver. The traders took him to Egypt.
29. Reuben had been gone, but when he came back to the well, he saw that Joseph was not there. He tore his clothes to show that he was upset.
30. Reuben went to the brothers and said, "The boy is not in the well! What will I do?"
31. The brothers killed a goat and put the goat's blood on Joseph's beautiful coat.
32. Then the brothers showed the coat to their father. And the brothers said, "We found this coat. Is this Joseph's coat?"
33. His father saw the coat and knew that it was Joseph's. He said, "Yes, that is his! Maybe some wild animal has killed him. My son Joseph has been eaten by a wild animal!"
34. Jacob was so sorry about his son that he tore his clothes. Then Jacob put on special clothes to show that he was sad. He continued to be sad about his son for a long time.
35. All of Jacob's sons and daughters tried to comfort him, but Jacob was never comforted. He said, "I will be sorry for my son until the day I die." So Jacob continued to be sad for his son Joseph.
36. The Midianite traders later sold Joseph in Egypt. They sold him to Potiphar, the captain of the Pharaoh's guards.

Genesis 38:1-30
1. About that time, Judah left his brothers and went to stay with a man named Hirah from the town of Adullam.
2. Judah met a Canaanite girl there and married her. The girl's father was named Shua.
3. The Canaanite girl gave birth to a son and named him Er.
4. Later, she gave birth to another son and named him Onan.
5. Then she had another son named Shelah. Judah lived in Kezib when his third son was born.
6. Judah chose a woman named Tamar to be the wife of his first son Er.
7. But Er did many bad things. The Lord was not happy with him, so the Lord killed him.
8. Then Judah said to Er's brother Onan, "Go and sleep with your dead brother's wife. Become like a husband to her. If children are born, they will belong to your brother Er."
9. Onan knew that the children from this union would not belong to him. He had sexual relations with Tamar, but he did not allow himself to stay inside her.
10. This made the Lord angry. So he killed Onan also.
11. Then Judah said to his daughter-inlaw Tamar, "Go back to your father's house. Stay there and don't marry until my young son Shelah grows up." Judah was afraid that Shelah would also be killed like his brothers. So Tamar went back to her father's home.
12. Later, Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. After Judah's time of sadness, he went to Timnah with his friend Hirah from Adullam. Judah went to Timnah to have the wool cut from his sheep.
13. Tamar learned that Judah, her father-in-law, was going to Timnah to cut the wool from his sheep.
14. Tamar always wore clothes that showed that she was a widow. So she put on some different clothes and covered her face with a veil. Then she sat down near the road going to Enaim, a town near Timnah. Tamar knew that Judah's younger son Shelah was now grown up, but Judah would not make plans for her to marry him.
15. Judah traveled on that road and saw her, but he thought that she was a prostitute. (Her face was covered with a veil like a prostitute.)
16. So he went to her and said, "Let me have sex with you." (Judah did not know that she was Tamar, his daughter-inlaw.) She said, "How much will you give me?"
17. Judah answered, "I will send you a young goat from my flock." She answered, "I agree to that. But first you must give me something to keep until you send me the goat."
18. Judah asked, "What do you want me to give you as proof that I will send you the goat?" Tamar answered, "Give me your seal and its string and your walking stick." Judah gave these things to her. Then Judah and Tamar had sexual relations, and she became pregnant.
19. Then Tamar went home, took off her veil that covered her face, and again put on the special clothes that showed she was a widow.
20. Later, Judah sent his friend Hirah to Enaim to give the prostitute the goat he promised. Judah also told Hirah to get the special seal and the walking stick from her, but Hirah could not find her.
21. He asked some of the men at the town of Enaim, "Where is the prostitute who was here by the road?" The men answered, "There has never been a prostitute here."
22. So Judah's friend went back to Judah and said, "I could not find the woman. The men who live in that place said that there was never a prostitute there."
23. So Judah said, "Let her keep the things. I don't want people to laugh at us. I tried to give her the goat, but we could not find her. That is enough."
24. About three months later, someone told Judah, "Your daughter-in-law Tamar sinned like a prostitute, and now she is pregnant." Then Judah said, "Take her out and burn her."
25. The men went to Tamar to kill her, but she sent a message to her father-in-law that said, "The man who made me pregnant is the man who owns these things. Look at them. Whose are they? Whose special seal and string is this? Whose walking stick is this?"
26. Judah recognized these things and said, "She is right. I was wrong. I did not give her my son Shelah like I promised." And Judah did not sleep with her again.
27. The time came for Tamar to give birth. She was going to have twins.
28. While she was giving birth, one baby put his hand out. The nurse tied a red string on the hand and said, "This baby was born first."
29. But that baby pulled his hand back in, so the other baby was born first. So the nurse said, "You were able to break out first!" So they named him Perez.
30. After this, the other baby was born. This was the baby with the red string on his hand. They named him Zerah.

Psalms 9:11-20
11. Sing praises to the Lord, who sits as King in Zion. Tell the nations about the great things he has done.
12. He punishes murderers and remembers those who are in need. When suffering people cry for help, he does not ignore them.
13. I said this prayer: "Lord, be kind to me. See how my enemies are hurting me. Save me from the 'gates of death.'
14. Then, at the gates of Jerusalem, I can sing praises to you. I will be so happy because you saved me."
15. Those other nations have fallen into the pit they dug to catch others. They have been caught in their own trap.
16. The Lord showed that he judges fairly. The wicked were caught by what they did to hurt others. Higgayon Selah
17. The wicked will go to the place of death, as will all the nations that forget God.
18. It may seem that those who are poor and needy have been forgotten, but God will not forget them. He will not leave them without hope.
19. Lord, get up and judge the nations. Don't let anyone think they can win against you.
20. Teach them a lesson. Let them know they are only human. Selah

Proverbs 3:31-35
31. Don't envy those who are violent. Never choose to be like them.
32. Such crooked people are disgusting to the Lord. But he is a friend to those who are good and honest.
33. The Lord curses a wicked family, but he blesses the homes of those who live right.
34. He will humiliate those who make fun of others, but he is kind to those who are humble.
35. The way the wise live will bring them honor, but the way fools live will bring them shame.

Matthew 13:1-30
1. That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
2. A large crowd gathered around him. So he got into a boat and sat down. All the people stayed on the shore.
3. Then Jesus used stories to teach them many things. He told them this story: "A farmer went out to sow seed.
4. While he was scattering the seed, some of it fell by the road. The birds came and ate all that seed.
5. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where there was not enough dirt. It grew very fast there, because the soil was not deep.
6. But when the sun rose, it burned the plants. The plants died because they did not have deep roots.
7. Some other seed fell among thorny weeds. The weeds grew and stopped the good plants from growing.
8. But some of the seed fell on good ground. There it grew and made grain. Some plants made 100 times more grain, some 60 times more, and some 30 times more.
9. You people who hear me, listen!"
10. The followers came to Jesus and asked, "Why do you use these stories to teach the people?"
11. Jesus answered, "Only you can know the secret truths about God's kingdom. Those other people cannot know these secret truths.
12. The people who have some understanding will be given more. And they will have even more than they need. But those who do not have much understanding will lose even the little understanding that they have.
13. This is why I use these stories to teach the people: They see, but they don't really see. They hear, but they don't really hear or understand.
14. So they show that what Isaiah said about them is true: 'You people will listen and listen, but you will not understand. You will look and look, but you will not really see.
15. Yes, the minds of these people are now closed. They have ears, but they don't listen. They have eyes, but they refuse to see. If their minds were not closed, they might see with their eyes; they might hear with their ears; they might understand with their minds. Then they might turn back to me and be healed.'
16. But God has blessed you. You understand what you see with your eyes. And you understand what you hear with your ears.
17. I can assure you, many prophets and godly people wanted to see what you now see. But they did not see it. And many prophets and godly people wanted to hear what you now hear. But they did not hear it.
18. "So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer:
19. "What about the seed that fell by the path? That is like the people who hear the teaching about God's kingdom but do not understand it. The Evil One comes and takes away what was planted in their hearts.
20. "And what about the seed that fell on rocky ground? That is like the people who hear the teaching and quickly and gladly accept it.
21. But they do not let the teaching go deep into their lives. They keep it only a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up.
22. "And what about the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That is like the people who hear the teaching but let worries about this life and love for money stop it from growing. So it does not produce a crop in their lives.
23. "But what about the seed that fell on the good ground? That is like the people who hear the teaching and understand it. They grow and produce a good crop, sometimes 100 times more, sometimes 60 times more, and sometimes 30 times more."
24. Then Jesus used another story to teach them. Jesus said, "God's kingdom is like a man who planted good seed in his field.
25. That night, while everyone was asleep, the man's enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and then left.
26. Later, the wheat grew, and heads of grain grew on the plants. But at the same time the weeds also grew.
27. Then the man's servants came to him and said, 'You planted good seed in your field. Where did the weeds come from?'
28. "The man answered, 'An enemy planted weeds.' "The servants asked, 'Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?'
29. "He answered, 'No, because when you pull up the weeds, you might also pull up the wheat.
30. Let the weeds and the wheat grow together until the harvest time. At the harvest time I will tell the workers this: First, gather the weeds and tie them together to be burned. Then gather the wheat and bring it to my barn.'"