Bible in one year

October 2

Isaiah 55:1-13
1. "All you people who are thirsty, come! Here is water for you to drink. Don't worry if you have no money. Come, eat and drink until you are full! You don't need money. The milk and wine are free.
2. Why waste your money on something that is not real food? Why should you work for something that does not really satisfy you? Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the food that satisfies your soul.
3. Listen closely to what I say. Listen to me so that you will live. I will make an agreement with you that will last forever. It will be an agreement you can trust, like the one I made with David — a promise to love him and be loyal to him forever.
4. I made David a witness of my power for all nations. I promised him that he would become a ruler and commander of many nations."
5. There are nations in places you don't know, but you will call for them to come. They don't know you, but they will run to you. This will happen because the Lord, your God, wants it. It will happen because the Holy One of Israel honors you.
6. So you should look for the Lord before it is too late. You should call to him now, while he is near.
7. Evil people should stop living evil lives. They should stop thinking bad thoughts. They should come to the Lord again, and he will comfort them. They should come to our God because he will freely forgive them.
8. The Lord says, "My thoughts are not like yours. Your ways are not like mine.
9. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts." This is what the Lord himself said.
10. "Rain and snow fall from the sky and don't return until they have watered the ground. Then the ground causes the plants to sprout and grow, and they produce seeds for the farmer and food for people to eat.
11. In the same way, my words leave my mouth, and they don't come back without results. My words make the things happen that I want to happen. They succeed in doing what I send them to do.
12. "So you will go out from there with joy. You will be led out in peace. When you come to the mountains and hills, they will begin singing. All the trees in the fields will clap their hands.
13. Large cypress trees will grow where there were thornbushes. Myrtle trees will grow where there were weeds. All this will happen to make the Lord known, to be a permanent reminder of his goodness and power."

Isaiah 56:1-12
1. The Lord said these things, "Be fair to all people. Do what is right, because soon my salvation will come to you. My goodness will soon be shown to the whole world.
2. I will bless those who refuse to do wrong and who obey the law about the Sabbath. "
3. Some foreigners will choose to follow the Lord. They should not say, "The Lord will not really accept me like the rest of his people." A eunuch should not say, "I am only a dry piece of wood. {I cannot have any children.}"
4. They should not say that because the Lord says, "Some eunuchs obey the laws about the Sabbath. They choose to do what I want, and they follow my agreement.
5. So I will put a memorial stone in my Temple for them. Their name will be remembered in my city! Yes, I will give those eunuchs something better than sons and daughters. I will give them a name that will last forever! They will not be cut off from my people."
6. "Some foreigners have chosen to follow the Lord. They do this so that they can serve him and love his name and be his servants. They keep the Sabbath as a special day of worship, and they will continue to follow closely my agreement.
7. So I will bring them to my holy mountain and make them happy in my house of prayer. The offerings and sacrifices they give me will please me, because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations."
8. The Lord God said these things. The Israelites were forced to leave their country, but the Lord will gather them together again. He says, "I will bring them back together again!"
9. Wild animals in the forest, come and eat.
10. The watchmen are all blind. They don't know what they are doing. They are like dogs that will not bark. They lie on the ground and sleep. Oh, they love to sleep.
11. They are like hungry dogs. They are never satisfied. The shepherds don't know what they are doing. Like their sheep, they have all wandered away. They are greedy. All they want is to satisfy themselves.
12. They come and say, "I will drink some wine. I will drink some beer. I will do the same thing tomorrow, but I will drink even more."

Psalms 113:5-9
5. There is no one like the Lord our God. He sits on his throne high in heaven.
6. He is so high above us that he must look down to see the sky and the earth.
7. He lifts the poor out of the dirt and rescues beggars from the garbage dump.
8. He puts them in important positions, giving them a place among the leaders of his people.
9. He gives children to the woman whose home is empty. He makes her a happy mother. Praise the Lord!

Proverbs 26:20-21
20. Without wood, a fire goes out. Without gossip, arguments stop.
21. Charcoal keeps the coals glowing, wood keeps the fire burning, and troublemakers keep arguments alive.

Ephesians 4:1-32
1. So, as a prisoner for the Lord, I beg you to live the way God's people should live, because he chose you to be his.
2. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love.
3. You are joined together with peace through the Spirit. Do all you can to continue as you are, letting peace hold you together.
4. There is one body and one Spirit, and God chose you to have one hope.
5. There is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.
6. There is one God and Father of us all, who rules over everyone. He works through all of us and in all of us.
7. Christ gave each one of us a special gift. Everyone received what he wanted to give them.
8. That is why the Scriptures say, "He went up high into the sky; he took prisoners with him, and he gave gifts to people."
9. When it says, "He went up," what does it mean? It means that he first came down low to earth.
10. So Christ came down, and he is the same one who went up. He went up above the highest heaven in order to fill everything with himself.
11. And that same Christ gave these gifts to people: He made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to care for and teach God's people.
12. Christ gave these gifts to prepare God's holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger.
13. This work must continue until we are all joined together in what we believe and in what we know about the Son of God. Our goal is to become like a full-grown man—to look just like Christ and have all his perfection.
14. Then we will no longer be like babies. We will not be people who are always changing like a ship that the waves carry one way and then another. We will not be influenced by every new teaching we hear from people who are trying to deceive us—those who make clever plans and use every kind of trick to fool others into following the wrong way.
15. No, we will speak the truth with love. We will grow to be like Christ in every way. He is the head,
16. and the whole body depends on him. All the parts of the body are joined and held together, with each part doing its own work. This causes the whole body to grow and to be stronger in love.
17. I have something from the Lord to tell you. I warn you: Don't continue living like those who don't believe. Their thoughts are worth nothing.
18. They have no understanding, and they know nothing because they refuse to listen. So they cannot have the life that God gives.
19. They have lost their feeling of shame and use their lives to do what is morally wrong. More and more they want to do all kinds of evil.
20. But that way of life is nothing like what you learned when you came to know Christ.
21. I know that you heard about him, and in him you were taught the truth. Yes, the truth is in Jesus.
22. You were taught to leave your old self. This means that you must stop living the evil way you lived before. That old self gets worse and worse, because people are fooled by the evil they want to do.
23. You must be made new in your hearts and in your thinking.
24. Be that new person who was made to be like God, truly good and pleasing to him.
25. So you must stop telling lies. "You must always speak the truth to each other," because we all belong to each other in the same body.
26. "When you are angry, don't let that anger make you sin," and don't stay angry all day.
27. Don't give the devil a way to defeat you.
28. Whoever has been stealing must stop it and start working. They must use their hands for doing something good. Then they will have something to share with those who are poor.
29. When you talk, don't say anything bad. But say the good things that people need— whatever will help them grow stronger. Then what you say will be a blessing to those who hear you.
30. And don't make the Holy Spirit sad. God gave you his Spirit as proof that you belong to him and that he will keep you safe until the day he makes you free.
31. Never be bitter, angry, or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil.
32. Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other the same as God forgave you through Christ.