Bible in one year

January 30

Exodus 9:1-35
1. Then the Lord told Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him: "The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says, 'Let my people go to worship me!'
2. If you continue to hold them and refuse to let them go,
3. then the Lord will use his power against your animals in the fields. He will cause all of your horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, and sheep to get sick with a terrible disease.
4. But the Lord will treat Israel's animals differently from the animals of Egypt. None of the animals that belong to the Israelites will die.
5. The Lord has set the time for this to happen. Tomorrow he will make this happen in this country."
6. The next morning all the farm animals in Egypt died, but none of the animals that belonged to the Israelites died.
7. Pharaoh sent people to see if any of the animals of Israel died. Not one of them died. But Pharaoh remained stubborn and did not let the people go.
8. The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Fill your hands with the ashes from a furnace. Moses, you throw the ashes into the air in front of Pharaoh.
9. This will become dust that will go throughout the land of Egypt. Whenever the dust touches a person or an animal in Egypt, sores will break out on the skin."
10. So Moses and Aaron took ashes from a furnace and went and stood before Pharaoh. Moses threw the ashes into the air, and sores began breaking out on people and animals.
11. The magicians could not stop Moses from doing this, because even the magicians had the sores. This happened everywhere in Egypt.
12. But the Lord made Pharaoh stubborn, so he refused to listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.
13. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Get up in the morning and go to Pharaoh. Tell him that the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says, 'Let my people go to worship me!
14. This time, I will use my full power against you, your officials, and your people. Then you will know that there is no god in the world like me.
15. I could use my power and cause a disease that would wipe you and your people off the earth.
16. But I have put you here for a reason. I have put you here so that I could show you my power. Then people all over the world will learn about me!
17. You are still against my people. You are not letting them go free.
18. So at this time tomorrow, I will cause a very bad hailstorm. There has never been a hailstorm like this in Egypt, not since Egypt became a nation.
19. Now, you must put your animals in a safe place. Everything you own that is now in the fields must be put in a safe place. Any person or animal that remains in the fields will be killed. The hail will fall on everything that is not gathered into your houses.'"
20. Some of Pharaoh's officials paid attention to the Lord's message. They quickly put all of their animals and slaves into houses.
21. But other people ignored the Lord's message and lost all their slaves and animals that were in the fields.
22. The Lord told Moses, "Raise your hand into the air and the hail will start falling all over Egypt. The hail will fall on all the people, animals, and plants in all the fields of Egypt."
23. So Moses raised his walking stick into the air, and the Lord caused thunder, lightning, and hail to fall to earth. The hail fell all over Egypt.
24. The hail was falling, and lightning was flashing all through it. It was the worst hailstorm that had ever hit Egypt since it had become a nation.
25. The storm destroyed everything in the fields in Egypt. The hail destroyed people, animals, and plants. The hail also broke all the trees in the fields.
26. The only place that did not get hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites lived.
27. Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and told them, "This time I have sinned. The Lord is right, and I and my people are wrong.
28. The hail and thunder from God are too much! Ask God to stop the storm and I will let you go. You don't have to stay here."
29. Moses told Pharaoh, "When I leave the city, I will lift my hands in prayer to the Lord, and the thunder and hail will stop. Then you will know that the Lord is in this land.
30. But I know that you and your officials don't really fear and respect the Lord yet."
31. The flax had already developed its seeds, and the barley was already blooming. So these plants were destroyed.
32. But wheat and spelt ripen later than the other grains, so these plants were not destroyed.
33. Moses left Pharaoh and went outside the city. He lifted his hands in prayer to the Lord. And the thunder and hail stopped, and then even the rain stopped.
34. When Pharaoh saw that the rain, hail, and thunder had stopped, he again did wrong. He and his officials became stubborn again.
35. Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go free, just as the Lord had said through Moses.

Exodus 10:1-29
1. The Lord said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh. I have made him and his officials stubborn. I did this so that I could show them my powerful miracles.
2. I also did this so that you could tell your children and your grandchildren about the miracles and other wonderful things that I have done in Egypt. Then all of you will know that I am the Lord."
3. So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh. They told him, "The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says, 'How long will you refuse to obey me? Let my people go to worship me!
4. If you refuse to let my people go, then tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country.
5. The locusts will cover the land. There will be so many locusts that you will not be able to see the ground. Anything that was left from the hailstorm will be eaten by the locusts. The locusts will eat all the leaves from every tree in the field.
6. They will fill all your houses, and all your officials' houses, and all the houses in Egypt. There will be more locusts than your fathers or your grandfathers ever saw. There will be more locusts than there have ever been since people began living in Egypt.'" Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.
7. Then the officials asked Pharaoh, "How long will we be trapped by these people? Let the men go to worship the Lord their God. If you don't let them go, before you know it, Egypt will be destroyed!"
8. So Pharaoh told his officials to bring Moses and Aaron back to him. Pharaoh said to them, "Go and worship the Lord your God. But tell me, just who is going?"
9. Moses answered, "All of our people, young and old, will go. And we will take our sons and daughters, and our sheep and cattle with us. We will all go because the Lord's festival is for all of us."
10. Pharaoh said to them, "The Lord really will have to be with you before I let you and all of your children leave Egypt. Look, you are planning something evil.
11. The men can go worship the Lord. That is what you asked for in the beginning. But all of your people cannot go." Then Pharaoh sent Moses and Aaron away.
12. The Lord told Moses, "Raise your hand over the land of Egypt and the locusts will come! They will spread all over the land of Egypt and will eat all the plants that the hail did not destroy."
13. So Moses raised his walking stick over the land of Egypt, and the Lord caused a strong wind to blow from the east. The wind blew all that day and night. When morning came, the wind had brought the locusts to the land of Egypt.
14. The locusts flew into the country of Egypt and landed on the ground. There were more locusts than there had ever been in Egypt. And there will never again be that many locusts there.
15. They covered the ground, and the whole country became dark. The locusts ate every plant on the ground and all of the fruit in the trees that the hail had not destroyed. There were no leaves left on any of the trees or plants anywhere in Egypt.
16. Pharaoh quickly called for Moses and Aaron. Pharaoh said, "I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you.
17. Now, forgive me for my sins this time. Ask the Lord to remove this 'death' from me."
18. Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord.
19. So the Lord changed the wind. He made a very strong wind blow from the west, and it blew the locusts out of Egypt and into the Red Sea. Not one locust was left in Egypt!
20. But the Lord caused Pharaoh to be stubborn again, and Pharaoh did not let the Israelites go.
21. Then the Lord told Moses, "Raise your hand into the air and darkness will cover Egypt. It will be so dark you can feel it!"
22. So Moses raised his hand into the air and a cloud of darkness covered Egypt. The darkness stayed in Egypt for three days.
23. None of the people could see each other, and no one got up to go any place for three days. But there was light in all the places where the Israelites lived.
24. Again Pharaoh called for Moses. He said, "Go and worship the Lord! You can take your children with you. But you must leave your sheep and cattle here."
25. Moses said, "No, we will take them all. In fact, you will give us offerings and sacrifices for us to use in worshiping the Lord our God.
26. Yes, we will take our animals with us to worship the Lord our God. Not one hoof will be left behind. We don't know yet exactly what we will need to worship the Lord. We will learn that only when we get there."
27. The Lord made Pharaoh stubborn again, so he refused to let them go.
28. Then Pharaoh told Moses, "Get out of here. I don't want you to come here again. The next time you come to see me, you will die!"
29. Then Moses told Pharaoh, "You are right about one thing. I will not come to see you again."

Psalms 17:8-15
8. Protect me like the pupil of your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
9. Save me from the wicked people who are trying to destroy me. Protect me from those who come to hurt me.
10. They think only of themselves and brag about what they will do.
11. They have been following me, and now they are all around me. They watch me, waiting to throw me to the ground.
12. Like hungry lions, they want to kill and eat. Like young lions, they hide, ready to attack.
13. Lord, get up and face the enemy. Make them surrender. Use your sword and save me from these wicked people.
14. Use your power, Lord, and remove them from this life. But as for the people you treasure, fill them with food. Give them plenty for their children and their grandchildren.
15. I have done only what is right, so I will see your face. And seeing you, I will be fully satisfied.

Proverbs 5:21-23
21. The Lord clearly sees everything you do. He watches where you go.
22. The sins of the wicked will trap them. Those sins will be like ropes holding them back.
23. Evil people will die because they refuse to be disciplined. They will be trapped by their own desires.

Matthew 20:1-16
1. "God's kingdom is like a man who owned some land. One morning, the man went out very early to hire some people to work in his vineyard.
2. He agreed to pay the workers one silver coin for working that day. Then he sent them into the vineyard to work.
3. "About nine o'clock the man went to the marketplace and saw some other people standing there. They were doing nothing.
4. So he said to them, 'If you go and work in my field, I will pay you what your work is worth.'
5. So they went to work in the vineyard. "The man went out again about twelve o'clock and again at three o'clock. Both times he hired some others to work in his vineyard.
6. About five o'clock the man went to the marketplace again. He saw some other people standing there. He asked them, 'Why did you stand here all day doing nothing?'
7. "They said, 'No one gave us a job.' "The man said to them, 'Then you can go and work in my vineyard.'
8. "At the end of the day, the owner of the field said to the boss of all the workers, 'Call the workers and pay them all. Start by paying the last people I hired. Then pay all of them, ending with the ones I hired first.'
9. "The workers who were hired at five o'clock came to get their pay. Each worker got one silver coin.
10. Then the workers who were hired first came to get their pay. They thought they would be paid more than the others. But each one of them also received one silver coin.
11. When they got their silver coin, they complained to the man who owned the land.
12. They said, 'Those people were hired last and worked only one hour. But you paid them the same as us. And we worked hard all day in the hot sun.'
13. "But the man who owned the field said to one of them, 'Friend, I am being fair with you. You agreed to work for one silver coin. Right?
14. So take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same pay I gave you.
15. I can do what I want with my own money. Why would you be jealous because I am generous?'
16. "So those who have the last place now will have the first place in the future. And those who have the first place now will have the last place in the future."