Bible in one year

November 20

Ezekiel 31:1-18
1. On the first day of the third month in the eleventh year of exile, the word of the Lord came to me. He said,
2. "Son of man, say this to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and to his people: "'You are so great! Who can I compare you to?
3. Assyria was a cedar tree in Lebanon with beautiful branches, with forest shade, and very tall. Its top was among the clouds!
4. The water made the tree grow. The deep river made the tree tall. Rivers flowed around the place where the tree was planted. Only small streams flowed from that tree to all the other trees of the field.
5. So that tree was taller than all the other trees of the field, and it grew many branches. There was plenty of water, so the tree branches spread out.
6. All the birds of the sky made their nests in the branches of that tree, and all the animals of the field gave birth under the branches of that tree. All the great nations lived under the shade of that tree.
7. The tree was very beautiful. It was so large! It had such long branches. Its roots had plenty of water.
8. Even the cedar trees in God's garden were not as big as this tree. Cypress trees did not have as many branches. Plane trees did not have such branches. No tree in God's garden was as beautiful as this tree.
9. I gave it many branches and made it beautiful. And all the trees in Eden, God's garden, were jealous!'"
10. So this is what the Lord God says: "That tree grew tall. Its top reached up to the clouds. It grew so big that it became proud!
11. So I let a powerful king have that tree. That ruler punished the tree for the bad things it did. I took that tree out of my garden.
12. Strangers—the most terrible people in the world—cut it down and scattered its branches on the mountains and in the valleys. Its broken limbs drifted down the rivers flowing through that land. There was no more shadow under that tree, so all the people left.
13. Now birds live in that fallen tree. Wild animals walk over its fallen branches.
14. "Now, none of the trees by that water will be proud. They will not try to reach the clouds. None of the strong trees that drink that water will brag about being tall, because all of them have been appointed to die. They will all go down into the world below—to Sheol, the place of death. They will join the other people who died and went down into that deep hole."
15. This is what the Lord God says: "I made the people cry on the day that tree went down to Sheol. I covered him with the deep ocean. I stopped its rivers and all the water stopped flowing. I made Lebanon mourn for it. All the trees of the field became sick with sadness for that big tree.
16. I made the tree fall—and the nations shook with fear at the sound of the falling tree. I sent the tree down to the place of death, to join the other people who had gone down into that deep hole. In the past, all the trees of Eden, the best of Lebanon, drank that water. The trees were comforted in the world below.
17. Yes, those trees also went down with the big tree to the place of death. They joined the people who were killed in battle. That big tree made the other trees strong. Those trees had lived under the big tree's shadow among the nations.
18. "Egypt, there were many big and powerful trees in Eden. Which of those trees should I compare you to? They all went down into the world below! And you, too, will join those foreigners in that place of death. You will lie there among the people killed in battle. "Yes, that will happen to Pharaoh and to the crowds of people with him!" This is what the Lord God said.

Ezekiel 32:1-32
1. On the first day of the twelfth month in the twelfth year of exile, the word of the Lord came to me. He said,
2. "Son of man, sing this sad song about Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Say to him: "'You thought you were like a powerful young lion walking proud among the nations. But really, you are like a dragon in the lakes. You push your way through the streams. You make the water muddy with your feet and stir up the rivers of Egypt.'"
3. This is what the Lord God says: "I have gathered many people together. Now I will throw my net over you. Then those people will pull you in.
4. Then I will drop you on the dry ground. I will throw you down in the field. I will let all the birds come and eat you. I will let wild animals from every place come and eat you until they are full.
5. I will scatter your body on the mountains. I will fill the valleys with your dead body.
6. I will pour your blood on the mountains, and it will soak down into the ground. The rivers will be full of you.
7. I will make you disappear. I will cover the sky and make the stars dark. I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not shine.
8. I will darken the lights in the sky over you. I will make your whole country dark." This is what the Lord God said.
9. "I will make many people sad and upset when I bring an enemy to destroy you. Nations you don't even know will be upset.
10. I will make many people shocked about you. Their kings will be terrified of you, when I swing my sword before them. They will shake with fear on the day you fall. Each king will be afraid for his own life."
11. That will happen because of what the Lord God said: "The sword of the king of Babylon will come to fight against you.
12. I will use those soldiers to kill your people in battle. They come from the most terrible of the nations. They will destroy the things Egypt is proud of. The people of Egypt will be destroyed.
13. There are many animals by the rivers in Egypt. I will also destroy all those animals. People will not make the waters muddy with their feet anymore. The hoofs of cows will not make the water muddy anymore.
14. So I will make the water in Egypt calm. I will cause their rivers to run slowly—they will be slick like oil." This is what the Lord God said.
15. "I will make the land of Egypt empty. That land will lose everything. I will punish all the people living in Egypt. Then they will know that I am the Lord God!
16. "This is a sad song that people will sing for Egypt. The daughters in other nations will sing this sad song. They will sing it as a sad song about Egypt and all its people." This is what the Lord God said.
17. On the fifteenth day of that month, in the twelfth year of exile, the word of the Lord came to me. He said,
18. "Son of man, cry for the people of Egypt. Lead Egypt and the daughters from powerful nations to the grave. Lead them to the world below where they will be with the other people who went down into that deep hole.
19. "Egypt, you are no better than anyone else! Go down to the place of death. Go lie down with those foreigners.
20. "Egypt will go to be with all the other men who were killed in battle. The enemy has pulled her and all her people away.
21. "Strong and powerful men were killed in battle. Those foreigners went down to the place of death. And from that place, those who were killed will speak to Egypt and his helpers.
22. "Assyria and all its army are there in the place of death. Their graves are deep down in that deep hole. All the Assyrian soldiers were killed in battle, and their graves are all around his grave. When they were alive, they made people afraid, but they were all killed in battle.
24. "Elam is there and all its army is around her grave. All of them were killed in battle. Those foreigners went deep down into the ground. When they were alive, they made people afraid. But they carried their shame with them down to that deep hole.
25. They have made a bed for Elam and all its soldiers who were killed in battle. Elam's army is all around its grave. All those foreigners were killed in battle. When they were alive, they scared people. But they carried their shame with them down into that deep hole. They were put with all the other people who were killed.
26. "Meshech, Tubal, and all their armies are there. Their graves are around it. All those foreigners were killed in battle. When they were alive, they made people afraid.
27. But now they are lying down by the powerful men who died long, long ago! They were buried with their weapons of war. Their swords will be laid under their heads. But their sins are on their bones, because when they were alive, they scared people.
28. "Egypt, you also will be destroyed, and you will lie down by those foreigners. You will lie with the other soldiers who were killed in battle.
29. "Edom is there also. His kings and other leaders are there with him. They were powerful soldiers, but now they lie with the other men who were killed in battle. They are lying there with those foreigners. They are there with the other people who went down into that deep hole.
30. "The rulers from the north are there, all of them, and there are all the soldiers from Sidon. Their strength scared people, but they are embarrassed. Those foreigners lie there with the other men who were killed in battle. They carried their shame with them down into that deep hole.
31. "Yes, Pharaoh and all his army will be killed in battle. Pharaoh will be comforted when he sees his many men and all the others who went down into the place of death." This is what the Lord God said.
32. "People were afraid of Pharaoh when he was alive, but he will lie down next to those foreigners. Pharaoh and his army will lie down with all the other soldiers who were killed in battle." This is what the Lord God said.

Psalms 130:1-4
1. A song for going up to the Temple. Lord, I am in deep trouble, so I am calling to you for help.
2. My Lord, listen to me. Listen to my cry for help.
3. Lord, if you punished people for all their sins, no one would be left alive.
4. But you forgive people, so they fear and respect you.

Proverbs 28:28-28
28. When the wicked rise to power, everyone hides. When they are defeated, good people multiply.

James 1:1-27
1. Greetings from James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. To God's people who are scattered all over the world.
2. My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy.
3. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering.
4. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be.
5. Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.
6. But when you ask God, you must believe. Don't doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind.
7. People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.
9. Believers who are poor should be glad that God considers them so important.
10. Believers who are rich should be glad when bad things happen that humble them. Their riches won't keep them from disappearing as quickly as wildflowers.
11. As the sun rises and gets hotter, its heat dries up the plants, and the flowers fall off. The flowers that were so beautiful are now dead. That's how it is with the rich. While they are still making plans for their business, they will die.
12. What great blessings there are for those who are tempted and remain faithful! After they have proved their faith, God will give them the crown of eternal life. God promised this to all people who love him.
13. Whenever you feel tempted to do something bad, you should not say, "God is tempting me." Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone.
14. You are tempted by the evil things you want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you.
15. Your desire grows inside you until it results in sin. Then the sin grows bigger and bigger and finally ends in death.
16. My dear brothers and sisters, don't be fooled about this.
17. Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same.
18. God decided to give us life through the true message he sent to us. He wanted us to be the most important of all that he created.
19. My dear brothers and sisters, always be more willing to listen than to speak. Keep control of your anger.
20. Anger does not help you live the way God wants.
21. So get rid of everything evil in your lives—every kind of wrong you do. Be humble and accept God's teaching that is planted in your hearts. This teaching can save you.
22. Do what God's teaching says; don't just listen and do nothing. When you only sit and listen, you are fooling yourselves.
23. Hearing God's teaching and doing nothing is like looking at your face in the mirror
24. and doing nothing about what you saw. You go away and immediately forget how bad you looked.
25. But when you look into God's perfect law that sets people free, pay attention to it. If you do what it says, you will have God's blessing. Never just listen to his teaching and forget what you heard.
26. You might think you are a very religious person. But if your tongue is out of control, you are fooling yourself. Your careless talk makes your offerings to God worthless.
27. The worship that God wants is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help and keeping yourself free from the world's evil influence. This is the kind of worship that God accepts as pure and good.