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Bible in one year


February 15


Leviticus 1:1-17
1. So the Lord called out to Moses from inside the Meeting Tent and said,
2. "Tell the Israelites: When you bring an offering to the Lord, the offering must be one of your tame animals—it can be a sheep, a goat, or one of your cattle.
3. "If you offer one of your cattle as a burnt offering, it must be a bull that has nothing wrong with it. You must take the animal to the entrance of the Meeting Tent where the Lord will accept the offering.
4. You must put your hand on the animal's head while it is being killed. So the Lord will accept it as your burnt offering to make you pure.
5. "You must kill the young bull in front of the Lord. Then Aaron's sons, the priests, will bring the blood to the altar that is near the entrance of the Meeting Tent. He will splash the blood on all four sides of the altar.
6. You must remove the skin from that animal and then cut the animal into pieces.
7. Aaron's sons, the priests, will put the fire on the altar and arrange the wood on the fire.
8. They will lay the pieces of the animal, the head, and the fat on top of the wood that is on the fire of the altar.
9. You must wash the legs and inner parts of the animal with water. Then the priest will bring all of these parts to the altar to be offered as a burnt offering, a sweetsmelling gift to the Lord.
10. "If you offer a sheep or a goat as a burnt offering, it must be a male that has nothing wrong with it.
11. You must kill the animal on the north side of the altar in front of the Lord. Then Aaron's sons, the priests, will splash the animal's blood on all four sides of the altar.
12. You must cut the animal into pieces and remove the head and the fat. The priest will then lay them on the wood that is on the fire of the altar.
13. You must wash the legs and inner parts of the animal with water. Then the priest will bring all these parts to the altar to be offered as a burnt offering, a sweetsmelling gift to the Lord.
14. "If you offer a bird as a burnt offering to the Lord, that bird must be a dove or a young pigeon.
15. The priest will bring the offering to the altar. There the priest will remove the bird's head, drain out the blood on the side of the altar, and burn the bird on the altar.
16. He will remove the bird's tail and inner parts and throw them onto the pile of ashes east of the altar.
17. Then the priest will tear the bird open by its wings, but he must not divide it completely into two parts. So he will bring the bird to the altar to be offered as a burnt offering, a sweet-smelling gift to the Lord.

Leviticus 2:1-16
1. "When you give a grain offering to the Lord, your offering must be made from fine flour. You must pour oil on this flour and put frankincense on it.
2. Then you must bring it to Aaron's sons, the priests. The priest will take a handful of the fine flour with oil and frankincense in it. Then he will bring this as a memorial offering to the altar to be burned up as a sweetsmelling gift to the Lord.
3. The rest of that grain offering will belong to Aaron and his sons. This gift to the Lord is very holy.
4. "If you give a grain offering that was baked in the oven, it must be unleavened bread made from fine flour mixed with oil, or it must be wafers with oil poured over them.
5. If you bring a grain offering cooked in a baking pan, it must be made from fine flour without yeast and mixed with oil.
6. You must break it into pieces and pour oil over it. It is a grain offering.
7. If you bring a grain offering cooked in a frying pan, it must be made from fine flour mixed with oil.
8. "When you bring grain offerings made from these things to the Lord, you must give them to the priest, and he will take them to the altar.
9. Then the priest will take part of the grain offering and lift it up as a memorial offering. He will bring it to the altar to be burned up as a sweetsmelling gift to the Lord.
10. The rest of that grain offering will belong to Aaron and his sons. This gift to the Lord is very holy.
11. "You must not give any grain offering to the Lord that has yeast in it. You must not burn yeast or honey as a gift to the Lord.
12. You may bring yeast and honey to the Lord as an offering from the first harvest, but they must not be put on the altar to be burned as a sweet smell.
13. Also, you must put salt on every grain offering you bring. You must not let the salt of God's agreement be missing from your grain offering. You must bring salt with all your offerings.
14. "If you bring a grain offering from the first harvest to the Lord, you must bring roasted heads of grain. They must be crushed heads of fresh grain. This will be your grain offering from the first harvest.
15. You must put oil and frankincense on it. It is a grain offering.
16. The priest must burn part of the crushed grain, the oil, and all the frankincense on it as a memorial offering. It is a gift to the Lord.

Psalms 22:22-31
22. I will tell my people about you. I will praise you in the great assembly.
23. Praise the Lord, all you who worship him! Honor him, you descendants of Jacob! Fear and respect him, all you people of Israel!
24. He does not ignore those who need help. He does not hate them. He does not turn away from them. He listens when they cry for help.
25. Lord, because of you I offer praise in the great assembly. In front of all these worshipers, I will do all that I promised.
26. Poor people, come eat and be satisfied. You who have come looking for the Lord, praise him! May your hearts be happy forever.
27. May those in faraway countries remember the Lord and come back to him. May those in distant lands worship him,
28. because the Lord is the King. He rules all nations.
29. The people have eaten all they wanted and bowed down to worship the Lord. Yes, everyone will bow down to him— all who are on the way to the grave, unable to hold on to life.
30. Our descendants will serve him. Those who are not yet born will be told about him.
31. Each generation will tell their children about the good things our Lord has done.

Proverbs 8:32-36
32. "Now, children, listen to me. If you follow my ways, you will be happy too.
33. Listen to my teaching and be wise; don't ignore what I say.
34. Whoever waits at my door and listens for me will be blessed.
35. Those who find me find life, and the Lord will reward them.
36. But those who do not find me put their lives in danger. Whoever hates me loves death."

Matthew 27:27-54
27. Then Pilate's soldiers took Jesus into the governor's palace. All the soldiers gathered around him.
28. They took off Jesus' clothes and put a red robe on him.
29. Then they made a crown from thorny branches and put it on his head, and they put a stick in his right hand. Then they bowed before him, making fun of him. They said, "We salute you, king of the Jews!"
30. They spit on him. Then they took his stick and kept hitting him on the head with it.
31. After they finished making fun of him, the soldiers took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be killed on a cross.
32. The soldiers were going out of the city with Jesus. They saw a man from Cyrene named Simon, and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross.
33. They came to the place called Golgotha. (Golgotha means "The Place of the Skull.")
34. There the soldiers gave Jesus some wine mixed with gall. But when he tasted it, he refused to drink it.
35. The soldiers nailed Jesus to a cross. Then they threw dice to divide his clothes between them.
36. The soldiers stayed there to guard him.
37. They put a sign above his head with the charge against him written on it: "this is jesus, the king of the jews."
38. Two criminals were nailed to crosses beside Jesus—one on the right and the other on the left.
39. People walked by and shouted insults at Jesus. They shook their heads
40. and said, "You said you could destroy the Temple and build it again in three days. So save yourself! Come down from that cross if you really are the Son of God!"
41. The leading priests, the teachers of the law, and the older Jewish leaders were also there. They made fun of Jesus the same as the other people did.
42. They said, "He saved others, but he can't save himself! People say he is the king of Israel. If he is the king, he should come down now from the cross. Then we will believe in him.
43. He trusted God. So let God save him now, if God really wants him. He himself said, 'I am the Son of God.'"
44. And in the same way, the criminals on the crosses beside Jesus also insulted him.
45. At noon the whole country became dark. The darkness continued for three hours.
46. About three o'clock Jesus cried out loudly, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" This means "My God, my God, why have you left me alone?"
47. Some of the people standing there heard this. They said, "He is calling Elijah."
48. Quickly, one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled the sponge with sour wine and tied the sponge to a stick. Then he used the stick to give the sponge to Jesus to get a drink from it.
49. But the others said, "Don't bother him. We want to see if Elijah will come to save him."
50. Again Jesus cried out loudly and then died.
51. When Jesus died, the curtain in the Temple was torn into two pieces. The tear started at the top and tore all the way to the bottom. Also, the earth shook and rocks were broken.
52. The graves opened, and many of God's people who had died were raised from death.
53. They came out of the graves. And after Jesus was raised from death, they went into the holy city, and many people saw them.
54. The army officer and the soldiers guarding Jesus saw this earthquake and everything that happened. They were very afraid and said, "He really was the Son of God!"