Bible in one year

April 29

Ruth 3:1-18
1. Then Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law, said to her, "My daughter, maybe I should find a husband and a good home for you. That would be good for you.
2. Boaz is our close relative. You worked with his women servants. Tonight he will be working at the threshing floor.
3. Go wash yourself and get dressed. Put on a nice dress, and go down to the threshing floor. But don't let Boaz see you until he has finished eating his dinner.
4. After he eats, he will lie down to rest. Watch him so that you will know where he lies down. Go there and lift the cover off his feet. Then lie down there with Boaz. He will tell you what you should do about marriage."
5. Then Ruth answered, "I will do what you say."
6. So Ruth went down to the threshing floor and did everything that her mother-inlaw told her to do.
7. After eating and drinking, Boaz was very satisfied. He went to lie down near the pile of grain. Then Ruth went to him very quietly and lifted the cover from his feet and lay down by his feet.
8. About midnight, Boaz rolled over in his sleep and woke up. He was very surprised. There was a woman lying near his feet.
9. Boaz said, "Who are you?" She said, "I am Ruth, your servant girl. Spread your cover over me. You are my protector."
10. Then Boaz said, "May the Lord bless you, young woman. You have been very kind to me. Your kindness to me is greater than the kindness you showed to Naomi in the beginning. You could have looked for a young man to marry, rich or poor. But you did not.
11. Now, young woman, don't be afraid. I will do what you ask. All the people in our town know that you are a very good woman.
12. And it is true, I am a close relative. But there is a man who is a closer relative to you than I.
13. Stay here tonight. In the morning we will see if he will help you. If he decides to help you, that is fine. If he refuses to help, I promise, as the Lord lives, I will marry you and buy back Elimelech's land for you. So lie here until morning."
14. So Ruth lay near Boaz's feet until morning. She got up while it was still dark, before it was light enough for people to recognize each other. Boaz said to her, "We will keep it a secret that you came here to me last night."
15. Then he said, "Bring me your coat. Now, hold it open." So Ruth held her coat open, and Boaz measured out about a bushel of barley as a gift to Naomi, her mother-in-law. Boaz then wrapped it in Ruth's coat, and put it on her back. Then he went to the city.
16. Ruth went to the home of her motherin- law, Naomi. Naomi went to the door and asked, "Who's there?" Ruth went in telling Naomi everything that Boaz did for her.
17. She said, "Boaz gave me this barley as a gift for you. He said that I must not go home without bringing a gift for you."
18. Naomi said, "Daughter, be patient until we hear what happens. Boaz will not rest until he has finished doing what he should do. We will know what will happen before the day is ended."

Ruth 4:1-22
1. Boaz went to the place where people gather near the city gates. He sat there until the close relative Boaz had mentioned passed by. Boaz called to him, "Come here, friend. Sit here."
2. Boaz gathered ten of the elders of the city. He told them, "Sit here!" So they sat down.
3. Then Boaz spoke to the close relative. He said, "Naomi came back from the hill country of Moab. She is selling the land that belonged to our relative Elimelech.
4. I decided to tell you about this in front of the people living here and in front of the elders of my people. If you want to buy back the land, buy it. If you don't want to redeem the land, tell me. I know that I am the next one after you who can redeem the land. If you don't buy the land back, I will."
5. Then Boaz said, "If you buy the land from Naomi, you also get the dead man's wife, Ruth, the Moabite woman, and the first child will get the land. That way, the land will stay in the dead man's family."
6. The close relative answered, "I cannot buy back the land. That land should belong to me, but I cannot buy it. If I do, I might lose my own land. So you can buy the land."
7. (Long ago in Israel, when people bought or redeemed property, one person took off a shoe and gave it to the other person. This was their proof of purchase.)
8. So the close relative said to Boaz, "Buy the land." And then the close relative took off his sandal and gave it to Boaz.
9. Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, "You are witnesses today that I am buying from Naomi everything that belonged to Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon.
10. I am also taking Ruth to be my wife. I am doing this so that the dead man's property will stay with his family. This way, the dead man's name will not be separated from his family and his land. You are witnesses this day."
11. So all the people and elders that were near the city gates were witnesses. They said, "May the Lord make this woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah who built the house of Israel. Become powerful in Ephrathah! Be famous in Bethlehem!
12. Tamar gave birth to Judah's son Perez. And his family became great. In the same way may the Lord give you many children through Ruth, and may your family be great like his."
13. So Boaz married Ruth. The Lord allowed Ruth to become pregnant, and she had a son.
14. The women told Naomi, "Praise the Lord who gave you this child. He will become famous in Israel.
15. He will make you alive again, and care for you in your old age. Your daughter-in-law made it happen. She bore this child for you. She loves you, and she is better for you than seven sons."
16. Naomi took the boy, held him in her arms, and cared for him.
17. The neighbors gave the boy his name. These women said, "Naomi has a son now!" They named him Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse was the father of David.
18. This is the family history of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron.
19. Hezron was the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab.
20. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon.
21. Salmon was the father of Boaz. Boaz was the father of Obed.
22. Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David.

Psalms 52:6-9
6. Good people will see this and learn to fear and respect God. They will laugh at you and say,
7. "Look what happened to the warrior who did not depend on God. That fool thought his wealth and lies would protect him."
8. But I am like a green olive tree growing in God's Temple. I will trust God's faithful love forever and ever.
9. God, I praise you forever for what you have done. I will speak your name before your followers because it is so good!

Proverbs 15:6-7
6. Good people are rich in many ways, but those who are evil get nothing but trouble.
7. Wise people say things that give you new knowledge, but fools say nothing worth hearing.

Luke 20:1-26
1. One day Jesus was in the Temple area teaching the people. He was telling them the Good News. The leading priests, teachers of the law, and older Jewish leaders came to talk to Jesus.
2. They said, "Tell us what authority you have to do these things. Who gave you this authority?"
3. Jesus answered, "I will ask you a question too. Tell me:
4. When John baptized people, did his authority come from God or was it only from other people?"
5. The priests, the teachers of the law, and the Jewish leaders all talked about this. They said to each other, "If we answer, 'John's baptism was from God,' then he will say, 'Then why did you not believe John?'
6. But if we say that John's baptism was from someone else, the people will stone us to death. They all believe that John was a prophet. "
7. So they answered, "We don't know the answer."
8. So Jesus said to them, "Then I will not tell you who gave me the authority to do these things." (Mt 21:33-46; Mk. 12:1-12)
9. Then Jesus told the people this story: "A man planted a vineyard. He leased the land to some farmers. Then he went away for a long time.
10. Later, it was time for the grapes to be picked. So the man sent a servant to those farmers so that they would give him his share of the grapes. But they beat the servant and sent him away with nothing.
11. So the man sent another servant. They beat this servant too and showed no respect for him. They sent the servant away with nothing.
12. So the man sent a third servant to the farmers. They hurt this servant badly and threw him out.
13. "The owner of the vineyard said, 'What will I do now? I will send my son. I love my son very much. Maybe the farmers will respect my son.'
14. When the farmers saw the son, they said to each other, 'This is the owner's son. This vineyard will be his. If we kill him, it will be ours.'
15. So the farmers threw the son out of the vineyard and killed him. "What will the owner of the vineyard do?
16. He will come and kill those farmers. Then he will lease the land to some other farmers." When the people heard this story, they said, "This should never happen!"
17. But Jesus looked into their eyes and said, "Then what does this verse mean: 'The stone that the builders refused to accept became the cornerstone '?
18. Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken. If that stone falls on you, it will crush you!"
19. When the teachers of the law and the leading priests heard this story, they knew it was about them. So they wanted to arrest Jesus right then, but they were afraid of what the people would do.
20. So the Jewish leaders waited for the right time to get Jesus. They sent some men to him, who pretended to be sincere. They wanted to find something wrong with what Jesus said. (If they found something wrong, then they could hand him over to the governor, who had the authority to arrest him.)
21. So the men said to Jesus, "Teacher, we know that what you say and teach is true. It doesn't matter who is listening—you teach the same to all people. You always teach the truth about God's way.
22. Tell us, is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
23. But Jesus knew that these men were trying to trick him. He said to them,
24. "Show me a silver coin. Whose name and picture are on it?" They said, "Caesar's."
25. He said to them, "Then give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God."
26. The men were amazed at his wise answer. They could say nothing. They were not able to trick Jesus there in front of the people. He said nothing they could use against him.