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Bible in one year


December 9


Hosea 9:1-17
1. Israel, don't celebrate like the nations do. Don't be happy. You acted like a prostitute and left your God. You committed your sexual sin on every threshing floor.
2. But the grain from those threshing floors will not provide enough food for Israel. There will not be enough wine for Israel.
3. The Israelites will not stay in the Lord's land. Ephraim will return to Egypt. In Assyria they will eat food that they should not eat.
4. They will not be able to give offerings of wine to the Lord. None of their sacrifices will please him. What they offer will be like food eaten at a funeral—whoever eats it will become unclean. They can eat that food for their own hunger, but it cannot be taken into the Lord's Temple.
5. They will not be able to celebrate the Lord's feasts or festivals.
6. The people of Israel left because the enemy took everything from them. But Egypt will take the people themselves. Memphis will bury them. Weeds will grow over their silver treasures, and thorns will grow where the Israelites lived.
7. The prophet says, "Israel, learn this: The time of punishment has come. The time has come for you to pay for the evil things you did." But the people of Israel say, "The prophet is a fool. This man with {God's} Spirit is crazy." The prophet says, "You will be punished for your bad sins. You will be punished for your hate."
8. God and the prophet are like guards watching over Ephraim, but there are many traps along his way. And people hate the prophet, even in the house of his God.
9. The Israelites have gone deep into ruin as in the time of Gibeah. The Lord will remember the Israelites' sins, and he will punish their sins.
10. "At the time I (the Lord) found Israel, they were like fresh grapes in the desert. They were like the first figs on a fig tree at the beginning of the season. But when they came to Baal-Peor, they changed. So I had to cut them off like rotten fruit. They became like the terrible things that they loved.
11. "Like a bird, Ephraim's glory will fly away. There will be no more pregnancies, no more births, and no more babies.
12. But even if the Israelites do raise their children, it will not help, because I will take the children away from them. I will leave them, and they will have nothing but troubles."
13. I can see that Ephraim is leading his children into a trap. Ephraim will lead his children out to the killer.
14. Lord, give them what you will. Give them a womb that loses babies and breasts that cannot give milk.
15. All their evil is in Gilgal; I began hating them there. I will force them to leave my house because of the evil things they do. I will not love them anymore. Their leaders are rebels who turned against me.
16. Ephraim will be punished. Their root is dying. They will not have any more babies. They might give birth to babies, but I will kill the precious babies who come from their bodies.
17. Those people will not listen to my God, so he will refuse to listen to them. And they will wander among the nations without a home.

Hosea 10:1-15
1. Israel is like a vine that grows plenty of fruit. But as Israel got more and more things, he built more and more altars to honor false gods. His land became better and better, so he put up better and better stones to honor false gods.
2. The people of Israel tried to trick God, but now they must accept their guilt. The Lord will break down their altars and destroy their memorial stones.
3. Now the Israelites say, "We have no king. We don't honor the Lord. And his king cannot do anything to us."
4. They make promises, but they are only telling lies. They don't keep their promises. They make agreements {with other countries. God does not like those agreements}. The judges are like poisonous weeds growing in a plowed field.
5. The people from Samaria worship the calves at Beth-Aven. They will cry. The priests will cry, because their beautiful idol is gone. It was carried away.
6. It was carried away as a gift to the great king of Assyria. He will keep Ephraim's shameful idol. Israel will be ashamed of its idol.
7. Samaria's false god will be destroyed. It will be like a piece of wood floating away on the water's surface.
8. Israel sinned and built many high places. The high places of Aven will be destroyed. Thorns and weeds will grow on their altars. Then they will say to the mountains, "Cover us!" and to the hills, "Fall on us!"
9. "Israel, you have sinned since the time of Gibeah. (And the people have continued to sin there.) Those evil people at Gibeah will be trapped by war.
10. I will come to punish them. Armies will come together against them and punish the Israelites for both of their sins.
11. "Ephraim is like a trained young cow that loves to walk on grain on the threshing floor. I will put a good yoke on her neck. I will put the ropes on Ephraim. Then Judah will begin plowing. Jacob will break the ground himself."
12. If you plant goodness, you will harvest faithful love. Plow your ground, and you will harvest with the Lord. He will come, and he will make goodness fall on you like rain.
13. But you planted evil, and you harvested trouble. You ate the fruit of your lies, because you had trusted in your power and your soldiers.
14. So your armies will hear the noise of battle, and all your fortresses will be destroyed. It will be like the time Shalman destroyed Beth Arbel. At that time of war mothers were killed with their children.
15. And this will happen to you at Bethel, because you did so many evil things. When that day begins, the king of Israel will be fully destroyed.

Psalms 139:13-16
13. You formed the way I think and feel. You put me together in my mother's womb.
14. I praise you because you made me in such a wonderful way. I know how amazing that was!
15. You could see my bones grow as my body took shape, hidden in my mother's womb.
16. You could see my body grow each passing day. You listed all my parts, and not one of them was missing.

Proverbs 29:21-21
21. Give your servants everything they want, and they will learn to be wasteful.

3 John 1:1-14
1. Greetings from the Elder. To my dear friend Gaius, a person I truly love.
2. My dear friend, I know that you are doing well spiritually. So I pray that everything else is going well with you and that you are enjoying good health.
3. Some believers came and told me about the truth in your life. They told me that you continue to follow the way of truth. This made me very happy.
4. It always gives me the greatest joy when I hear that my children are following the way of truth.
5. My dear friend, it is good that you continue to help the believers. They are people you don't even know.
6. They told the church about the love you have. Please help them to continue their trip. Help them in a way that will please God.
7. They went on their trip to serve Christ. They did not accept any help from people who are not believers.
8. So we should help them. When we help them, we share with their work for the truth.
9. I wrote a letter to the church, but Diotrephes will not listen to what we say. He always wants to be the leader.
10. When I come, I will talk with him about what he is doing. He lies and says evil things about us, but that is not all. He refuses to welcome and help the believers who travel there. And he will not let anyone else help them. If they do, he makes them leave the church.
11. My dear friend, don't follow what is bad; follow what is good. Whoever does what is good is from God. But whoever does evil has never known God.
12. Everyone says good things about Demetrius, and the truth agrees with what they say. Also, we say good about him. And you know that what we say is true.
13. I have many things I want to tell you. But I don't want to use pen and ink.
14. I hope to visit you soon. Then we can be together and talk.