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Bible in one year


April 1


Deuteronomy 25:1-19
1. "When two people have an argument, they should go to the court. The judges will decide which person is right and which is wrong.
2. If the judge decides a person must be beaten with a whip, the judge must make that person lie face down. Someone will beat the guilty person while the judge watches. The number of times he must be hit depends on the crime.
3. Don't hit anyone more than 40 times during punishment, because more than that means that their life is not important to you.
4. "When an animal is being used to separate grain, you must not cover its mouth to stop it from eating.
5. "If two brothers live together, and one of them dies without a son, the wife of the dead man must not marry a stranger outside the family. Her husband's brother must take her as his wife and have sexual relations with her. He must do the duty of a husband's brother for her.
6. Then the first son she has will be considered the dead man's son in order to keep the dead man's name alive in Israel.
7. If the man does not want to take his brother's wife, she must go to the town meeting place and tell the leaders, 'My husband's brother refuses to keep his brother's name alive in Israel. He will not do the duty of a husband's brother to me.'
8. Then the leaders of the city must call the man and talk to him. If the man is stubborn and says, 'I don't want to take her,'
9. then his brother's wife must come to him in front of the leaders. She must take his shoe off his foot and spit in his face. She must say, 'This is being done to the man who will not give his brother a son!'
10. From then on, the brother's family will be known in Israel as, 'the family of the man whose shoe was removed.'
11. "Two men might be fighting against each other. One man's wife might come to help her husband, but she must not grab the other man's private parts.
12. If she does that, cut off her hand. Don't feel sorry for her.
13. "Don't use weights that are too heavy or too light.
14. Don't keep measures in your house that are too large or too small.
15. You must use weights and measures that are correct and accurate. Then you will live a long time in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
16. The Lord your God hates people who cheat with false weights and measures. Yes, he hates all people who do wrong.
17. "Remember what the people of Amalek did to you when you were coming from Egypt.
18. The Amalekites did not respect God. They attacked you when you were weak and tired. They killed all your people who were slow and walking behind everyone else.
19. That is why you must destroy the memory of the Amalekites from the world. You will do this when you enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you. There he will give you rest from all the enemies around you. But do not forget to destroy the Amalekites!

Deuteronomy 26:1-19
1. "You will soon enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You will take that land and live there.
2. You will gather the crops that grow in the land the Lord your God is giving you. You must take some of the first crops you gather and put them in baskets. Then take that part of your harvest to the place that the Lord your God chooses to be the home for his name.
3. Go to the priest who is serving at that time. Tell him, 'The Lord promised our ancestors that he would give us some land. Today I come to announce to the Lord your God that I have come to that land.'
4. "Then the priest will take the basket from you. He will put it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God.
5. Then there before the Lord your God you will say: 'My ancestor was a wandering Aramean. He went down into Egypt and stayed there. When he went there, he had only a few people in his family. But in Egypt he became a great nation—a powerful nation with many people.
6. The Egyptians treated us badly. They made us slaves. They hurt us and forced us to work very hard.
7. Then we prayed to the Lord, the God of our ancestors, and complained about them. And the Lord heard us. He saw our trouble, our hard work, and our suffering.
8. Then the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his great power and strength. He used great miracles and wonders and did amazing things.
9. So he brought us to this place. He gave us this land—a land filled with many good things.
10. Now, Lord, I bring you the first harvest from the land that you gave me.' "Then you must put the harvest down before the Lord your God and bow down to worship him.
11. Then you must have a meal together and enjoy all the good things that the Lord your God has given to you and your family. You must share them with the Levites and the foreigners living among you.
12. "Every third year is the Year of Tithes. In that year, you must give one-tenth of your harvest to the Levites, to the foreigners living in your country, and to the widows and orphans. Then they will have plenty to eat in every city.
13. You must say to the Lord your God, 'I have taken out of my house the holy part of my harvest. I have given it to the Levites, to the foreigners, and to the orphans and widows. I have followed all the commands you gave me. I have not refused to obey any of your commands. I have not forgotten them.
14. I have not eaten this food when I was sad. I was not unclean when I collected this food. I have not offered any of this food for dead people. I have obeyed you, Lord my God. I have done everything you commanded me.
15. Look down from your holy home, from heaven, and bless your people Israel. And bless the land that you gave us. You promised our ancestors to give us this land—a land filled with many good things.'
16. "Today the Lord your God commands you to obey all these laws and rules. Be careful to follow them with all your heart and soul.
17. Today you have said that the Lord is your God. You have promised to live the way he wants. You promised to follow his teachings, and to obey his laws and commands. You said you will do everything he tells you to do.
18. And today the Lord has accepted you to be his own people. He has promised you this. The Lord also said that you must obey all his commands.
19. The Lord will make you greater than all the nations he made. He will give you praise, fame, and honor. And you will be his own special people—as he promised."

Psalms 39:7-11
7. So, Lord, what hope do I have? You are my hope!
8. Save me from the bad things I did. Don't let me be treated like a fool.
9. I will not open my mouth. I will not say anything. You did what should have been done.
10. But please stop punishing me. You will destroy me if you do not stop.
11. You punish people for doing wrong to teach them the right way to live. As a moth destroys cloth, you destroy what people love. Yes, our lives are like a small cloud that quickly disappears. Selah

Proverbs 13:4-6
4. Lazy people always want things but never get them. Those who work hard get plenty.
5. Good people hate lies, but the wicked do evil, shameful things.
6. Goodness protects honest people, but evil destroys those who love to sin.

Luke 6:1-26
1. One time on a Sabbath day, Jesus was walking through some grain fields. His followers picked the grain, rubbed it in their hands, and ate it.
2. Some Pharisees said, "Why are you doing that? It is against the Law of Moses to do that on the Sabbath day."
3. Jesus answered, "You have read about what David did when he and the people with him were hungry.
4. David went into God's house. He took the bread that was offered to God and ate it. And he gave some of the bread to the people with him. This was against the Law of Moses, which says that only the priests can eat that bread."
5. Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, "The Son of Man is Lord over the Sabbath day."
6. On another Sabbath day Jesus went into the synagogue and taught the people. A man with a crippled right hand was there.
7. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees were watching Jesus closely. They were waiting to see if he would heal on the Sabbath day. They wanted to see him do something wrong so that they could accuse him.
8. But Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said to the man with the crippled hand, "Get up and stand here where everyone can see." The man got up and stood there.
9. Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which is the right thing to do on the Sabbath day: to do good or to do evil? Is it right to save a life or to destroy one?"
10. Jesus looked around at all of them, then said to the man, "Hold out your hand." The man held out his hand, and it was healed.
11. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law got so mad they couldn't think straight. They talked to each other about what they could do to Jesus.
12. A few days later, Jesus went out to a mountain to pray. He stayed there all night praying to God.
13. The next morning he called his followers. He chose twelve of them and called them apostles. These are the ones he chose:
14. Simon (Jesus named him Peter), Andrew, brother of Peter, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
15. Matthew, Thomas, James, the son of Alphaeus, Simon, called the Zealot,
16. Judas, the son of James, Judas Iscariot (the one who turned against Jesus).
17. Jesus and the apostles came down from the mountain. Jesus stood on a flat place. A large crowd of his followers was there. Also, there were many people from all around Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast cities of Tyre and Sidon.
18. They all came to hear Jesus teach and to be healed of their sicknesses. He healed the people who were troubled by evil spirits.
19. Everyone was trying to touch him, because power was coming out from him. Jesus healed them all.
20. Jesus looked at his followers and said, "What great blessings there are for you who are poor. God's kingdom belongs to you.
21. What great blessings there are for you who are hungry now. You will be filled. What great blessings there are for you who are crying now. You will be happy and laughing.
22. "People will hate you because you belong to the Son of Man. They will make you leave their group. They will insult you. They will think it is wrong even to say your name. When these things happen, know that God will bless you.
23. You can be happy then and jump for joy, because you have a great reward in heaven. The ancestors of those people did the same things to the prophets.
24. "But how bad it will be for you rich people, because you had your easy life.
25. How bad it will be for you people who are full now, because you will be hungry. How bad it will be for you people who are laughing now, because you will be sad and cry.
26. "How bad it is when everyone says nothing but good about you. Just look at the false prophets. Their ancestors always said good things about them.