Bible in one year

December 17

Obadiah 1:1-21
1. This is the vision of Obadiah. This is what the Lord God says about Edom: We heard a report from the Lord. A messenger was sent to the nations. He said, "Let's go fight against Edom."
2. "Edom, I will make you the smallest nation. Everyone will hate you very much.
3. Your pride has fooled you. You live in those caves high on the cliff. Your home is high in the hills. So you say to yourself, 'No one can bring me to the ground.'"
4. This is what the Lord says: "Even though you fly high like the eagle and put your nest among the stars, I will bring you down from there.
5. You really will be ruined! Thieves will come to you. Robbers will come in the night, and they will take all they want. When workers gather grapes in your vineyards, they will leave a few grapes behind.
6. But the enemy will search hard for Esau's hidden treasures, and they will find them all.
7. All those who are your friends will force you out of the land. Those who were at peace with you will trick you, and they will defeat you. The soldiers who fought by your side are planning a trap for you. They say, 'He doesn't expect a thing!'"
8. The Lord says, "On that day, I will destroy the wise people from Edom. I will destroy the intelligent people from the mountain of Esau.
9. Teman, your brave soldiers will be scared. Everyone will be destroyed from the mountain of Esau. Many people will be killed.
10. You will be covered with shame because you were very cruel to your brother Jacob. So you will be destroyed completely.
11. You joined the enemies of Israel. Strangers carried Israel's treasures away. Foreigners entered Israel's city gate. They threw lots to decide what part of Jerusalem they would get. And you were right there with them, waiting to get your share.
12. You should not have laughed at your brother's trouble. You should not have been happy when they destroyed Judah. You should not have bragged at the time of their trouble.
13. You should not have entered the city gate of my people and laughed at their problems. You should not have taken their treasures in the time of their trouble.
14. You should have not stood where the roads cross, and destroyed those who were trying to escape. You should not have captured those who escaped alive.
15. The Day of the Lord is coming soon to all the nations. And the evil you did to others will happen to you. The same bad things will fall down on your own head.
16. You spilled blood on my holy mountain, so other nations will spill your blood. You will be finished. It will be as if you never existed.
17. But there will be survivors on Mount Zion. They will be my special people. The nation of Jacob will take back what belongs to it.
18. The family of Jacob will be like a fire. The nation of Joseph will be like a flame. But the nation of Esau will be like ashes. The people of Judah will burn Edom, and they will destroy it. Then there will be no survivors in the nation of Esau." This will happen because the Lord said it would.
19. Then people from the Negev will live on the mountain of Esau. And people from the foothills will take the Philistine lands. They will live in the land of Ephraim and Samaria. Gilead will belong to Benjamin.
20. People from Israel were forced to leave their homes, but they will take back the land of Canaan, all the way to Zarephath. People from Judah were forced to leave Jerusalem and live in Sepharad. But they will take back the cities of the Negev.
21. The winners will go up onto Mount Zion to rule the people who live on Esau's mountain. And the kingdom will belong to the Lord.

Psalms 143:7-12
7. Hurry and answer me, Lord! I have lost my courage. Don't turn away from me. Don't let me die and become like the people lying in the grave.
8. Show me your faithful love this morning. I trust in you. Show me what I should do. I put my life in your hands!
9. Lord, I come to you for protection. Save me from my enemies.
10. Show me what you want me to do. You are my God. Let your good Spirit lead me over level ground.
11. Lord, let me live so that people will praise your name. Show me how good you are and save me from my trouble.
12. Show me your love and defeat my enemies. Destroy those who are trying to kill me because I am your servant.

Proverbs 30:5-5
5. You can trust this: Every word that God speaks is true. God is a safe place for those who go to him.

Revelation 7:1-17
1. After this happened I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth. The angels were holding the four winds of the earth. They were stopping the wind from blowing on the land or the sea or on any tree.
2. Then I saw another angel coming from the east. This angel had the seal of the living God. The angel called out in a loud voice to the four angels. These were the four angels that God had given the power to hurt the earth and the sea. The angel said to them,
3. "Don't harm the land or the sea or the trees before we mark the foreheads of those who serve our God."
4. Then I heard how many people had God's mark on their foreheads. There were 144,000. They were from every tribe of the people of Israel:
5. From the tribe of Judah 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben 12,000 from the tribe of Gad 12,000
6. from the tribe of Asher 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000
7. from the tribe of Simeon 12,000 from the tribe of Levi 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar 12,000
8. from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph 12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000
9. Then I looked, and there was a large crowd of people. There were so many people that no one could count them all. They were from every nation, tribe, race of people, and language of the earth. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They all wore white robes and had palm branches in their hands.
10. They shouted loudly, "Victory belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
11. The elders and the four living beings were there. All the angels were standing around them and the throne. The angels bowed down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God.
12. They said, "Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength belong to our God forever and ever. Amen!"
13. Then one of the elders asked me, "Who are these people in white robes? Where did they come from?"
14. I answered, "You know who they are, sir." And the elder said, "These are the ones who have come out of the great suffering. They have washed their robes with the blood of the Lamb, and they are clean and white.
15. So now these people are before the throne of God. They worship God day and night in his temple. And the one who sits on the throne will protect them.
16. They will never be hungry again. They will never be thirsty again. The sun will not hurt them. No heat will burn them.
17. The Lamb in front of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of water that give life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."