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Bible in one year


February 8


Exodus 27:1-21
1. "Use acacia wood and build an altar. The altar should be square. It must be 5 cubits long, 5 cubits wide, and 3 cubits high.
2. Make a horn for each of the four corners of the altar. Join each horn to its corner so that everything is one piece. Then cover the altar with bronze.
3. "Use bronze to make all the tools and dishes that will be used on the altar. Make pots, shovels, bowls, forks, and pans. These will be used for cleaning ashes from the altar.
4. Make a grating for the altar. This grating will be shaped like a net. And make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the grating.
5. Put the grating under the ledge at the bottom of the altar. The grating will go halfway up into the altar from below.
6. "Use acacia wood to make poles for the altar, and cover them with bronze.
7. Put the poles through the rings on both sides of the altar. Use these poles for carrying the altar.
8. Make the altar like an empty box with the sides made from boards. Make the altar just as I showed you on the mountain.
9. "Make a courtyard for the Holy Tent. The south side should have a wall of curtains 100 cubits long. These curtains must be made from fine linen.
10. Use 20 posts and 20 bronze bases under the posts. The hooks for the posts and the curtain rods should be made from silver.
11. The north side must also have a wall of curtains 100 cubits long. It must have 20 posts and 20 bronze bases. The hooks for the posts and the curtain rods must be made from silver.
12. "On the west side of the courtyard there must be a wall of curtains 50 cubits long. There must be ten posts and ten bases.
13. The east side of the courtyard must also be 50 cubits long.
14. Here at entrance to the courtyard, one side must have curtains 15 cubits long. There must be three posts and three bases on this side.
15. The other side of the entrance must also have curtains 15 cubits long. There must be three posts and three bases on that side.
16. "Make a curtain 20 cubits long to cover the entrance to the courtyard. Make that curtain from fine linen and blue, purple, and red yarn. Weave designs into that curtain. There must be four posts and four bases for that curtain.
17. All the posts around the courtyard must be joined with silver curtain rods. The hooks on the posts must be made from silver, and the bases for the posts must be bronze.
18. The courtyard should be 100 cubits long and 50 cubits wide. The wall of curtains around the courtyard should be 5 cubits high. The curtains must be made from fine linen. The bases under the posts must be bronze.
19. All the tools, tent pegs, and other things used in the Holy Tent must be made from bronze. And all the pegs for the curtains around the courtyard must be made from bronze.
20. "Command the Israelites to bring their best olive oil for the lamp that must be lit each evening.
21. This lamp is in the first room of the Meeting Tent, outside the curtain for the room where the Agreement is. Aaron and his sons will make sure this lamp is burning before the Lord every day from evening until morning. The Israelites and their descendants must obey this law forever.

Exodus 28:1-43
1. "Tell your brother Aaron and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, to come to you from the Israelites. These men will serve me as priests.
2. "Make special clothes for your brother Aaron. These clothes will give him honor and respect.
3. I have given special wisdom to some of the skilled men. Tell them to make the clothes for Aaron. These clothes will show that he serves me in a special way. Then he can serve me as a priest.
4. These are the clothes the men should make: the judgment pouch, the ephod, a blue robe, a white woven robe, a turban, and a cloth belt. They must make these special clothes for your brother Aaron and his sons. Then Aaron and his sons can serve me as priests.
5. Tell the men to use gold thread, fine linen, and blue, purple and red yarn.
6. "Use gold thread, fine linen, and blue, purple, and red yarn to make the ephod. This must be the work of a very skilled person.
7. At each shoulder of the ephod, there should be a shoulder piece. These shoulder pieces should be tied to the two corners of the ephod.
8. "The men will very carefully weave a cloth belt for the ephod. This belt must be made the same way as the ephod—use gold threads, fine linen, and blue, purple, and red yarn.
9. "Take two onyx stones. Write the names of the twelve sons of Israel on these jewels.
10. Write six names on one jewel and six names on the other jewel. Write the names in order, from the oldest son to the youngest.
11. Cut the names of the sons of Israel on these stones. Do this the way a worker makes a seal. Put the jewels in gold settings.
12. Then put these two jewels on the shoulder pieces of the ephod. Aaron will wear this special coat when he stands before the Lord. And the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel will be on the ephod. These jewels will cause the Lord to remember the Israelites.
13. Use fine gold to hold the stones on the ephod.
14. Twist chains of pure gold together like a rope. Make two of these gold chains and fasten them to the gold settings.
15. "Make the judgment pouch for the high priest. Skilled workers should make this pouch just as they made the ephod. They must use gold threads, fine linen, and blue, purple, and red yarn.
16. The judgment pouch should be folded double to make a square pocket. It should be 1 span long and 1 span wide.
17. Put four rows of beautiful jewels on the judgment pouch. The first row of jewels should have a ruby, a topaz, and a beryl.
18. The second row should have a turquoise, a sapphire, and an emerald.
19. The third row should have a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst.
20. The fourth row should have a chrysolite, an onyx, and a jasper. Set all these jewels in gold.
21. There will be twelve jewels on the judgment pouch—one jewel for each of the sons of Israel. Write the name of one of the sons of Israel on each of the stones. Cut these names into each stone like a worker makes a seal.
22. "Make chains of pure gold for the judgment pouch. These chains must be braided like a rope.
23. Make two gold rings and put them on two corners of the judgment pouch.
24. Put the two golden chains through the two rings at the corners of the judgment pouch.
25. Fasten the other ends of the gold chains to the two settings. This will fasten them to the two shoulder pieces of the ephod on the front.
26. Make two more gold rings and put them on the other two corners of the judgment pouch. This will be on the inside edge of the judgment pouch next to the ephod.
27. Make two more gold rings and put them on the bottom of the shoulder pieces on the front of the ephod. Put the gold rings above the cloth belt of the ephod.
28. Use blue ribbon to tie the rings of the judgment pouch to the rings of the ephod. In this way the judgment pouch will rest close to the cloth belt and will be held against the ephod.
29. "When Aaron enters the Holy Place, he must wear the judgment pouch. In this way he will wear the names of the twelve sons of Israel over his heart. And the Lord will always be reminded of them.
30. Put the Urim and Thummim inside the judgment pouch. They will be over Aaron's heart when he goes before the Lord. So Aaron will always carry with him a way of judging for the Israelites when he is before the Lord.
31. "Make a blue robe for the ephod.
32. Make a hole in the center for the head. And sew a piece of cloth around the edge of this hole. This cloth will be like a collar that keeps the hole from tearing.
33. Use blue, purple, and red yarn to make cloth pomegranates. Hang these pomegranates around the bottom edge of the robe, and hang gold bells between the pomegranates.
34. So around the bottom edge of the robe there should be bells and pomegranates. There should be a bell following each pomegranate.
35. Aaron will wear this robe when he serves as a priest. The bells will ring as Aaron goes into the Holy Place to stand before the Lord, and the bells will ring as he leaves the Holy Place. This way Aaron will not die.
36. "Mrie a strip of pure gold and carve words into the gold the way people make a seal. Write these words: holy to the lord.
37. Fasten the gold strip to a blue ribbon. Tie the blue ribbon around the turban. The gold strip should be on the front of the turban.
38. Aaron will wear this on his head. In this way he will remove the guilt if anything is wrong with the gifts that the Israelites give to God. Aaron will always wear this on his head so that the Lord will accept the gifts of the people.
39. "Use fine linen to make the white woven robe and the turban. The cloth belt should have designs sewn into it.
40. Also make coats, belts, and turbans for Aaron's sons. This will give them honor and respect.
41. Put the clothes on your brother Aaron and his sons. Then pour the special oil on them to make them priests. This will make them holy, and they will serve me as priests.
42. "Use linen to make underclothes for the priests. These underclothes will cover them from the waist to the thighs.
43. Aaron and his sons must wear these clothes anytime they enter the Meeting Tent. They must wear these clothes when they come near to the altar to serve as priests in the Holy Place. If they don't wear these clothes, they will be guilty of wrong and will have to die. All this should be a law that continues forever for Aaron and all his family after him.

Psalms 20:1-5
1. To the director: A song of David. May the Lord answer you in times of trouble. May the God of Jacob protect you.
2. May he send you help from his Holy Place. May he support you from Zion.
3. May he remember all the gifts you have offered. May he accept all your sacrifices. Selah
4. May he give you what you really want. May he make all your plans successful.
5. We will celebrate when he helps you. We will praise the name of God. May the Lord give you everything you ask for.

Proverbs 7:1-5
1. My son, remember my words. Don't forget what I have told you.
2. Consider my teaching as precious as your own eyes. Obey my commands, and you will have a good life.
3. Tie them around your finger. Write them on your heart.
4. Treat wisdom like the woman you love and knowledge like the one dearest to you.
5. Wisdom will save you from that other woman, the other man's wife, who tempts you with such sweet words.

Matthew 24:29-51
29. "Right after the trouble of those days, this will happen: 'The sun will become dark, and the moon will not give light. The stars will fall from the sky, and everything in the sky will be changed.'
30. "Then there will be something in the sky that shows the Son of Man is coming. All the people of the world will cry. Everyone will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds in the sky. He will come with power and great glory.
31. He will use a loud trumpet to send his angels all around the earth. They will gather his chosen people from every part of the earth.
32. "The fig tree teaches us a lesson: When its branches become green and soft, and new leaves begin to grow, then you know that summer is near.
33. In the same way, when you see all these things happening, you will know that the time is near, ready to come.
34. I assure you that all these things will happen while some of the people of this time are still living.
35. The whole world, earth and sky, will be destroyed, but my words will last forever.
36. "No one knows when that day or time will be. The Son and the angels in heaven don't know when it will be. Only the Father knows.
37. "When the Son of Man comes, it will be the same as what happened during Noah's time.
38. In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving their children to be married right up to the day Noah entered the boat.
39. They knew nothing about what was happening until the flood came and destroyed them all. "It will be the same when the Son of Man comes.
40. Two men will be working together in the field. One will be taken and the other will be left.
41. Two women will be grinding grain with a mill. One will be taken and the other will be left.
42. "So always be ready. You don't know the day your Lord will come.
43. Obviously, a homeowner who knew what time a thief was planning to come would be ready and not let the thief break in.
44. So you also must be ready. The Son of Man will come at a time when you don't expect him.
45. "Who is the wise and trusted servant? The master trusts one servant to give the other servants their food at the right time. Who is the one the master trusts to do that work?
46. When the master comes and finds that servant doing the work he gave him, what a great day it will be for that servant.
47. I can tell you without a doubt, the master will choose that servant to take care of everything he owns.
48. But what will happen if that servant is evil and thinks his master will not come back soon?
49. He will begin to beat the other servants. He will eat and drink with others who are drunk.
50. Then the master will come when the servant is not ready, at a time when the servant is not expecting him.
51. Then the master will punish that servant. He will send him away to be with the hypocrites, where people will cry and grind their teeth with pain.