Bible in one year

December 5

Hosea 1:1-11
1. This is the Lord's message that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the time that Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah, and Jeroboam son of Joash was king of Israel.
2. This was the Lord's first message to Hosea. The Lord said, "Go, marry a prostitute who has had children as a result of her prostitution. Do this because the people in this country have acted like prostitutes—they have been unfaithful to the Lord."
3. So Hosea married Gomer daughter of Diblaim. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son for Hosea.
4. The Lord said to Hosea, "Name him Jezreel, because soon I will punish the family of Jehu for the people he killed at Jezreel Valley. Then I will put an end to the kingdom of the nation of Israel.
5. And at that time I will break Israel's bow at Jezreel Valley."
6. Then Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. The Lord said to Hosea, "Name her Lo-Ruhamah, because I will not show mercy to the nation of Israel anymore, nor will I forgive them.
7. But I will show mercy to the nation of Judah. I will save them, but I will not use bows or swords or war horses and soldiers to save them. I will save them by my own power. "
8. After Gomer had finished nursing Lo- Ruhamah, she became pregnant again and gave birth to a son.
9. Then the Lord said, "Name him Lo-Ammi, because you are not my people, and I am not your God."
10. "In the future the number of the people of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which you cannot measure or count. Then, it will happen that in the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' it will be said to them, 'You are the children of the living God.'
11. "Then the people of Judah and the people of Israel will be gathered together. They will choose one ruler for themselves, and their nation will be too large for the land. Jezreel's day will be great!"

Hosea 2:1-22
1. "Then you will say to your brothers, 'You are my people,' and you will say to your sisters, 'He has shown mercy to you.'"
2. "Argue with your mother. Argue with her because she is no longer my wife, and I am no longer her husband! Tell her to stop being like a prostitute. Tell her to take away her lovers from between her breasts.
3. If she refuses to stop her adultery, I will strip her naked and leave her like the day she was born. I will take away her people, and she will be like an empty, dry desert. I will kill her with thirst.
4. I will have no pity on her children because they are the children of prostitution.
5. Their mother has acted like a prostitute. She should be ashamed of what she did. She said, 'I will go to my lovers, who give me food and water, wool and linen, wine, and olive oil.'
6. "So I (the Lord) will block your (Israel's) road with thorns, and I will build a wall. Then she will not be able to find her path.
7. She will run after her lovers, but she will not be able to catch up with them. She will look for her lovers, but she will not be able to find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my first husband (the Lord). Life was better for me when I was with him. Life was better then than it is now.'
8. "She (Israel) didn't know that I (the Lord) was the one who gave her grain, wine, and oil. I kept giving her more and more silver and gold, but she used this silver and gold to make statues of Baal.
9. So I will return and take back my grain at the time it is ready to be harvested. I will take back my wine at the time the grapes are ready. I will take back my wool and linen. I gave those things to her so that she could cover her naked body.
10. Now I will strip her. She will be naked, so all her lovers can see her. No one will be able to save her from my power.
11. I will take away all her fun. I will stop her festivals, her New Moon celebrations, and her days of rest. I will stop all her special feasts.
12. I will destroy her vines and fig trees. She said, 'My lovers gave these things to me.' But I will change her gardens—they will become like a wild forest. Wild animals will come and eat from those plants.
13. "She served false gods, so I will punish her. She burned incense to those false gods. She dressed up—she put on her jewelry and nose ring. Then she went to her lovers and forgot me." This is what the Lord has said.
14. "So I (the Lord) will speak romantic words to her. I will lead her into the desert and speak tender words.
15. There I will give her vineyards. I will give her Achor Valley as a doorway of hope. Then she will answer as she did when she came out of the land of Egypt."
16. This is what the Lord says. "At that time you will call me 'My husband.' You will not call me 'My Baal.'
17. I will take the names of those false gods out of her mouth. Then people will not use those names again.
18. "At that time I will make an agreement for the Israelites with the animals of the field, the birds of the sky, and the crawling things on the ground. I will break the bow, the sword, and the weapons of war in that land. I will make the land safe, so the people of Israel can lie down in peace.
19. And I will make you my bride forever. I will make you my bride with goodness and justice and with love and mercy.
20. I will make you my faithful bride. Then you will really know the Lord.
21. And at that time I will answer." This is what the Lord says. "I will speak to the skies, and they will give rain to the earth.
22. The earth will produce grain, wine, and oil, and they will meet Jezreel's needs.

Psalms 138:4-6
4. Lord, all the kings on earth will praise you when they hear what you say.
5. They will sing about what the Lord has done, because the glory of the Lord is very great.
6. The Lord has the highest place above all others, but he still cares for the humble. Even from there, so high above, he knows what the proud do.

Proverbs 29:17-17
17. Correct your children whenever they are wrong, then you will always be proud of them. They will never make you ashamed.

1 John 3:1-24
1. The Father has loved us so much! This shows how much he loved us: We are called children of God. And we really are his children. But the people in the world don't understand that we are God's children, because they have not known him.
2. Dear friends, now we are children of God. We have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. But we know that when Christ comes again, we will be like him. We will see him just as he is.
3. He is pure, and everyone who has this hope in him keeps themselves pure like Christ.
4. Anyone who sins breaks God's law. Yes, sinning is the same as living against God's law.
5. You know that Christ came to take away people's sins. There is no sin in Christ.
6. So whoever lives in Christ does not continue to sin. If they continue to sin, they have never really understood Christ and have never known him.
7. Dear children, don't let anyone lead you into the wrong way. Christ always did what was right. So to be good like Christ, you must do what is right.
8. The devil has been sinning since the beginning. Anyone who continues to sin belongs to the devil. The Son of God came for this: to destroy the devil's work.
9. Those who are God's children do not continue to sin, because the new life God gave them stays in them. They cannot keep sinning, because they have become children of God.
10. So we can see who God's children are and who the devil's children are. These are the ones who are not God's children: those who don't do what is right and those who do not love their brothers and sisters in God's family.
11. This is the teaching you have heard from the beginning: We must love each other.
12. Don't be like Cain. He belonged to the Evil One. Cain killed his brother. But why did he kill him? Because what Cain did was evil, and what his brother did was good.
13. Brothers and sisters, don't be surprised when the people of this world hate you.
14. We know that we have left death and have come into life. We know this because we love each other as brothers and sisters. Anyone who does not love is still in death.
15. Anyone who hates a fellow believer is a murderer. And you know that no murderer has eternal life.
16. This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for each other as brothers and sisters.
17. Suppose a believer who is rich enough to have all the necessities of life sees a fellow believer who is poor and does not have even basic needs. What if the rich believer does not help the poor one? Then it is clear that God's love is not in that person's heart.
18. My children, our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do.
19. That's how we know we belong to the way of truth. And when our hearts make us feel guilty, we can still have peace before God, because God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything.
21. My dear friends, if we don't feel that we are doing wrong, we can be without fear when we come to God.
22. And God gives us what we ask for. We receive it because we obey God's commands and do what pleases him.
23. This is what God commands: that we believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and that we love each other as he commanded.
24. Anyone who obeys God's commands lives in God. And God lives in them. How do we know that God lives in us? We know because of the Spirit he gave us.