Bible in one year

December 31

Malachi 1:1-14
1. A message from God. This message is from the Lord to Israel. God used Malachi to give this message.
2. The Lord said, "I love you people." But you said, "What shows you love us?" The Lord said, "Esau was Jacob's brother, but I chose Jacob.
3. And I did not accept Esau. I destroyed his hill country. His country was destroyed, and now only wild dogs live there."
4. The people of Edom might say, "We were destroyed, but we will go back and rebuild our cities." But the Lord All-Powerful says, "If they rebuild their cities, I will destroy them again." That is why people say Edom is an evil country—a nation the Lord hates forever.
5. You people saw these things, and you said, "The Lord is great, even outside of Israel!"
6. The Lord All-Powerful said, "Children honor their fathers. Servants honor their masters. I am your Father, so why don't you honor me? I am your master, so why don't you respect me? You priests don't respect my name. "But you say, 'What have we done that shows we don't respect your name?'
7. "You bring unclean bread to my altar. "But you ask, 'What makes that bread unclean?' It is unclean because you show no respect for my altar.
8. You bring blind animals as sacrifices, and that is wrong. You bring sick and crippled animals for sacrifices, and that is wrong. Try giving those sick animals as a gift to your governor. Would he accept those sick animals? No, he would not accept them." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
9. Now try asking God to be good to you. But he will not listen to you, and it is your fault." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
10. "I wish one of you would close the Temple doors to stop the lighting of useless fires on my altar. I am not pleased with you. I will not accept your gifts." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
11. "People all around the world respect my name. All around the world they bring good gifts to me and burn good incense as a gift to me, because my name is important to all of them." This is what the Lord All- Powerful said.
12. "But you people show that you don't respect my name. You say that the Lord's altar is unclean. And you don't like the food from that altar.
13. You smell the food and refuse to eat it. You say it is bad. Then you bring sick, crippled, and hurt animals to me. You try to give sick animals to me as sacrifices, but I will not accept them.
14. Some people have good, male animals that they could give as sacrifices. {But they don't give those good animals to me.} Some people bring good animals and promise to give those healthy animals to me. But then they secretly exchange those good animals and give me sick animals instead. Bad things will happen to those people. I am the Great King and people all around the world respect me!" This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.

Malachi 2:1-17
1. "Priests, this rule is for you.
2. Listen to me! Pay attention to what I say. Show honor to my name. If you don't respect my name, bad things will happen to you. You will say blessings, but they will become curses. I will make bad things happen because you don't show respect for my name." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
3. "Look, I will punish your descendants. During the festivals, you priests offer sacrifices to me. You take the dung and inside parts from the dead animals and throw them away. But I will smear the dung on your faces, and you will be thrown away with it!
4. Then you will learn why I am giving you this command. I am telling you these things so that my agreement with Levi will continue." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
5. {The Lord said,} "I made that agreement with Levi. I promised to give him life and peace—and I gave him those things. Levi respected me and showed honor to my name.
6. He taught the true teachings and didn't teach lies. Levi was honest, and he loved peace. He followed me and saved many people from being punished for the evil things they did.
7. A priest should know God's teachings. People should be able to go to a priest and learn God's teachings. A priest should be God's messenger to the people.
8. "But you priests stopped following me! You used the teachings to make people do wrong. You ruined the agreement with Levi." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
9. "You don't live the way I told you. You have not accepted my teachings. So I will make you unimportant, and people will stop respecting you."
10. We all have the same father. The same God made every one of us. So why do people cheat their brothers? They show that they don't respect the agreement. They don't respect the agreement that our ancestors made with God.
11. The people of Judah cheated other people. People in Jerusalem and Israel did terrible things. God loves the Temple, but the people in Judah didn't respect the Lord's holy Temple. The people of Judah began to worship a foreign goddess.
12. The Lord will remove them from Judah's family. They might bring gifts to the Lord All-Powerful—but it will not help.
13. You can cry and cover the Lord's altar with tears, but the Lord will not accept your gifts. He will not be pleased with the things you bring to him.
14. You ask, "Why are our gifts not accepted by the Lord?" It is because the Lord saw the evil things you did—he is a witness against you. He saw you cheat on your wife. You have been married to her since you were young. She was your girlfriend. Then you made your vows to each other—and she became your wife. {But you cheated on her.} 15God wants husbands and wives to become one body and one spirit. Why? So that they would have holy children and protect that spiritual unity. Don't cheat on your wife. She has been your wife from the time you were young.
16. The Lord, the God of Israel, says, "I hate divorce, and I hate the cruel things that men do. So protect your spiritual unity. Don't cheat on your wife."
17. You have taught wrong things, and it makes the Lord very sad. People were doing evil things, but you said that this pleased the Lord and that he accepted those things. And you taught that God does not punish people for the evil they do.

Malachi 3:1-18
1. The Lord All-Powerful says, "I am sending my messenger to prepare the way for me. Then suddenly, the Lord you are looking for will come to his temple. Yes, the messenger you are waiting for, the one who will tell about my agreement, is really coming!
2. "No one can prepare for that time or stand against him when he comes. He will be like a burning fire. He will be like the strong soap people use to make things clean.
3. He will make the Levites clean. He will make them pure, like silver is made pure with fire! He will make them pure like gold and silver. Then they will bring gifts to the Lord, and they will do things the right way.
4. Then the Lord will accept the gifts from Judah and Jerusalem. It will be as it was in the past—as the time long ago.
5. Then I will bring you to justice. I will be an expert witness and testify about the evil things people do. I will speak out against those who do evil magic or commit adultery. I will speak out against those who make false promises and cheat their workers and don't pay them the money they promised. I will testify against those who don't help strangers, or widows and orphans. And I will testify against those who don't respect me." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
6. "I am the Lord, and I don't change. You are Jacob's children, and you have not been completely destroyed.
7. But you never obeyed my laws. Even your ancestors stopped following me. Come back to me, and I will come back to you." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said. "You say, 'How can we come back?'
8. "People should not steal things from God, but you stole things from me. "You say, 'What did we steal from you?' "You should have given me one-tenth of your things. You should have given me special gifts.
9. In this way your whole nation has stolen things from me, so bad things are happening to you." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
10. The Lord All-Powerful says, "Try this test. Bring one-tenth of your things to me. Put them in the treasury. Bring food to my house. Test me! If you do these things, I will surely bless you. Good things will come to you like rain falling from the sky. You will have more than enough of everything.
11. I will not let pests destroy your crops. All your grapevines will produce grapes." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
12. "People from other nations will be good to you. You will have a wonderful country." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
13. The Lord says, "You said cruel things to me." But you ask, "What did we say about you?"
14. You said, "It is useless to worship the Lord. We did what the Lord All-Powerful told us, but we didn't gain anything. We were sad {for our sins} like people crying at a funeral, but it didn't help.
15. We think proud people are happy. Evil people succeed. They do evil things to test God's patience, and God does not punish them."
16. Then the Lord's followers spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to them. There is a book in front of him. In that book are the names of his followers. They are the people who honor the Lord's name.
17. The Lord said, "They belong to me. I will be kind to them. Parents are very kind to their children who obey them. In the same way I will be kind to my followers.
18. You people will come back to me, and you will learn the difference between good and evil. You will learn the difference between someone who follows God and someone who does not.

Malachi 4:1-6
1. "That time of judgment is coming. It will be like a hot furnace. All the proud people will be punished. All the evil people will burn like straw. At that time they will be like a bush burning in the fire, and there will not be a branch or root left." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
2. "But, for my followers, goodness will shine on you like the rising sun. And it will bring healing power like the sun's rays. You will be free and happy, like calves freed from their stalls.
3. Then you will walk on the evil people—they will be like ashes under your feet. I will make this happen at the time of judgment." This is what the Lord All-Powerful said.
4. "Remember and obey the law of my servant Moses. I gave those laws and rules to him at Mount Horeb. They are for all the people of Israel.
5. "Look, I will send Elijah the prophet to you. He will come before that great and terrible time of judgment from the Lord.
6. Elijah will help the parents become close to their children, and he will help the children become close to their parents. This must happen, or I will come and completely destroy your country."

Psalms 150:1-6
1. Praise the Lord! Praise God in his Temple! Praise him in heaven, his strong fortress!
2. Praise him for the great things he does! Praise him for all his greatness!
3. Praise him with trumpets and horns! Praise him with harps and lyres!
4. Praise him with tambourines and dancing! Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5. Praise him with loud cymbals! Praise him with crashing cymbals!
6. Everything that breathes, praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Proverbs 31:10-31
10. How hard it is to find the perfect wife She is worth far more than jewels.
11. Her husband depends on her. He will never be poor.
12. She does good for her husband all her life. She never causes him trouble.
13. She is always gathering wool and flax and enjoys making things with her hands.
14. She is like a ship from a faraway place. She brings home food from everywhere.
15. She wakes up early in the morning, cooks food for her family, and gives the servants their share.
16. She looks at land and buys it. She uses the money she has earned and plants a vineyard.
17. She works very hard. She is strong and able to do all her work.
18. She works late into the night to make sure her business earns a profit.
19. She makes her own thread and weaves her own cloth.
20. She always gives to the poor and helps those who need it.
21. She does not worry about her family when it snows. She has given them all good, warm clothes.
22. She makes sheets and spreads for the beds, and she wears clothes of fine linen.
23. Her husband is a respected member of the city council, where he meets with the other leaders.
24. She makes clothes and belts and sells them to the merchants.
25. She is a strong person, and people respect her. She looks to the future with confidence.
26. She speaks with wisdom and teaches others to be loving and kind.
27. She oversees the care of her house. She is never lazy.
28. Her children say good things about her. Her husband brags about her and says,
29. "There are many good women, but you are the best."
30. Grace and beauty can fool you, but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised.
31. Give her the reward she deserves. Praise her in public for what she has done.

Revelation 21:1-27
1. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared. Now there was no sea.
2. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It was prepared like a bride dressed for her husband.
3. I heard a loud voice from the throne. It said, "Now God's home is with people. He will live with them. They will be his people. God himself will be with them and will be their God.
4. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain. All the old ways are gone."
5. The one who was sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted."
6. The one on the throne said to me, "It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give free water from the spring of the water of life to anyone who is thirsty.
7. All those who win the victory will receive all this. And I will be their God, and they will be my children.
8. But those who are cowards, those who refuse to believe, those who do terrible things, those who kill, those who sin sexually, those who do evil magic, those who worship idols, and those who tell lies— they will all have a place in the lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
9. One of the seven angels came to me. This was one of the angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues. The angel said, "Come with me. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. "
10. The angel carried me away by the Spirit to a very large and high mountain. The angel showed me the holy city, Jerusalem. The city was coming down out of heaven from God.
11. The city was shining with the glory of God. It was shining bright like a very expensive jewel, like a jasper. It was clear as crystal.
12. The city had a large, high wall with twelve gates. There were twelve angels at the gates. On each gate was written the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
13. There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
14. The walls of the city were built on twelve foundation stones. On the stones were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15. The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod made of gold. The angel had this rod to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
16. The city was built in a square. Its length was equal to its width. The angel measured the city with the rod. The city was 12,000 stadia long, 12,000 stadia wide, and 12,000 stadia high.
17. The angel also measured the wall. It was 144 cubits high. (The angel was using the same measurement that people use.)
18. The wall was made of jasper. The city was made of pure gold, as pure as glass.
19. The foundation stones of the city walls had every kind of expensive jewels in them. The first foundation stone was jasper, the second was sapphire, the third was chalcedony, the fourth was emerald,
20. the fifth was onyx, the sixth was carnelian, the seventh was yellow quartz, the eighth was beryl, the ninth was topaz, the tenth was chrysoprase, the eleventh was jacinth, and the twelfth was amethyst.
21. The twelve gates were twelve pearls. Each gate was made from one pearl. The street of the city was made of pure gold, as clear as glass.
22. I did not see a temple in the city. The Lord God All-Powerful and the Lamb were the city's temple.
23. The city did not need the sun or the moon to shine on it. The glory of God gave the city light. The Lamb was the city's lamp.
24. The peoples of the world will walk by the light given by the Lamb. The rulers of the earth will bring their glory into the city.
25. The city's gates will never close on any day, because there is no night there.
26. The greatness and the honor of the nations will be brought into the city.
27. Nothing unclean will ever enter the city. No one who does shameful things or tells lies will ever enter the city. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life will enter the city.

Revelation 22:1-21
1. The angel showed me the river of the water of life, clear as crystal. The river flows from the throne of God and the Lamb.
2. It flows down the middle of the street of the city. The tree of life is on each side of the river, and it produces fruit every month, twelve times a year. The leaves of the tree are for healing the nations.
3. Nothing that God judges guilty will be there in that city. The throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. God's servants will worship him.
4. They will see his face. God's name will be written on their foreheads.
5. There will never be night again. People will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun. The Lord God will give them light. And they will rule like kings forever and ever.
6. Then the angel said to me, "These words are true and can be trusted. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon:
7. 'Listen, I am coming soon! What a great blessing there is for the one who obeys the words of prophecy in this book.'"
8. I am John. I am the one who heard and saw these things. After I heard and saw them, I bowed down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me.
9. But the angel said to me, "Don't worship me! I am a servant like you and your brothers the prophets. I am a servant like all those who obey the words in this book. You should worship God!"
10. Then the angel told me, "Don't keep secret the words of prophecy in this book. The time is near for these things to happen.
11. Let anyone who is doing wrong continue to do wrong. Let anyone who is unclean continue to be unclean. Let anyone who is doing right continue to do right. Let anyone who is holy continue to be holy."
12. "Listen, I am coming soon! I will bring rewards with me. I will repay everyone for what they have done.
13. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
14. "What a great blessing there is for those who have washed their robes. They will have the right to eat the food from the tree of life. They can go through the gates into the city.
15. Outside the city are all those who live like dogs—those who do evil magic, those who sin sexually, those who murder, those who worship idols, and those who love to lie and pretend to be good.
16. "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to tell you these things for the churches. I am the descendant from the family of David. I am the bright morning star."
17. The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" Everyone who hears this should also say, "Come!" If anyone is thirsty, let them come; they can have the water of life as a free gift if they want it.
18. I warn everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds anything to these, God will give them the plagues written about in this book.
19. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away their share of the tree of life and of the holy city, which are written about in this book.
20. Jesus is the one who says that all of this is true. Now he says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
21. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all people.