Bible in one year

September 10

Isaiah 11:1-16
1. A small tree will begin to grow from the stump of Jesse. That branch will grow from Jesse's roots.
2. The Lord's Spirit will always be with that new king to give him wisdom, understanding, guidance, and power. The Spirit will help him know and respect the Lord.
3. He will find joy in obeying the Lord. This king will not judge people by the way things look. He will not judge by what he hears.
4. He will judge the poor fairly and honestly. He will be fair when he decides what to do for the poor of the land. If he decides people should be beaten, he will give the command, and they will be beaten. If he decides people must die, he will give the command, and those evil people will be killed. Goodness and fairness will be like a belt he wears around his waist.
6. Then wolves will live at peace with lambs, and leopards will lie down in peace with young goats. Calves, lions, and bulls will all live together in peace. A little child will lead them.
7. Bears and cattle will eat together in peace, and all their young will lie down together and will not hurt each other. Lions will eat hay like cattle.
8. Even snakes will not hurt people. Babies will be able to play near a cobra's hole and put their hands into the nest of a poisonous snake.
9. People will stop hurting each other. People on my holy mountain will not want to destroy things because they will know the Lord. The world will be full of knowledge about him, like the sea is full of water.
10. At that time there will be someone special from Jesse's family. He will be like a flag that all the nations gather around. The nations will come to him and ask him what they should do. And the place where he is will be filled with glory.
11. At that time the Lord will again reach out and take his people who are left in Assyria, North Egypt, South Egypt, Ethiopia, Elam, Babylonia, Hamath, and other faraway countries around the world.
12. The Lord will gather the people of Israel and Judah who were forced to leave their country. They were scattered to all the faraway places on earth. But the Lord will raise the "flag" as a sign for the other nations, and he will gather his people together again.
13. Then Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, and Judah will have no enemies left. And Judah will not cause trouble for Ephraim.
14. But Ephraim and Judah will attack the Philistines. These two nations will be like birds flying down to catch a small animal. Together, they will take the riches from the people in the East. Ephraim and Judah will control Edom, Moab, and the people in Ammon.
15. Just as the Lord divided the Red Sea near Egypt, he will raise his arm in anger over the Euphrates River and hit it. It will divide into seven small rivers. They will be so small that the people can walk across with their sandals on.
16. Then God's people who are left in Assyria will have a way to leave. It will be just like the time God took the people out of Egypt.

Isaiah 12:1-6
1. At that time you will say, "I praise you, Lord! You have been angry with me, but don't be angry with me now. Show your love to me.
2. God is the one who saves me. I trust him, and I am not afraid. The Lord Yah is my strength. He saves me, and I sing songs of praise about him. "
3. You people will get your water from the spring of salvation. Then you will be happy.
4. At that time you will say, "Praise the Lord and call out his name! Tell everyone what he has done and how wonderful he is."
5. Sing songs of praise about the Lord, because he has done great things. Spread this news about God throughout the whole world. Let all people know these things.
6. People of Zion, shout about these things! The Holy One of Israel is with you in a powerful way. So sing and be happy!

Psalms 106:6-18
6. We sinned just as our ancestors did. We were wrong; we did bad things!
7. Lord, our ancestors learned nothing from the miracles you did in Egypt. They forgot your kindness at the Red Sea and rebelled against you.
8. But the Lord saved our ancestors for the honor of his name. He saved them to show his great power.
9. He gave the command, and the Red Sea became dry. He led them through the deep sea on land as dry as the desert.
10. He saved our ancestors and rescued them from their enemies.
11. He covered their enemies with the sea. Not one of them escaped!
12. Then our ancestors believed the Lord. They sang praises to him.
13. But they quickly forgot about what he did. They did not listen to his advice.
14. They became hungry in the desert, and they tested him in the wilderness.
15. He gave them what they asked for, but he also gave them a terrible disease.
16. The people became jealous of Moses. They became jealous of Aaron, the Lord's holy priest.
17. So the Lord punished those jealous people. The ground opened up and swallowed Dathan. Then the ground closed up and covered Abiram's group.
18. Then a fire burned that mob of people. It burned those wicked people.

Proverbs 25:3-5
3. We cannot discover how high the sky is above us or how deep the earth is below. The same is true with the minds of kings. We cannot understand them.
4. Remove the worthless things from silver to make it pure, and a worker can make something beautiful.
5. Take the evil advisors away from a king, and goodness will make his kingdom strong.

2 Corinthians 2:1-17
1. So I decided that my next visit to you would not be another visit to make you sad.
2. If I make you sad, then who will make me happy? Only you can make me happy— you, the ones I made sad.
3. I wrote you a letter so that when I came to you I would not be made sad by those who should make me happy. I felt sure that all of you would share my joy.
4. When I wrote to you before, I was very troubled and my heart was full of sadness. I wrote with many tears. I did not write to make you sad, but to let you know how much I love you.
5. Someone in your group has caused sadness—not to me, but to all of you. I mean he has caused sadness to all in some way. (I don't want to make it sound worse than it really is.)
6. The punishment that most of your group gave him is enough for him.
7. But now you should forgive him and encourage him. This will keep him from having too much sadness and giving up completely.
8. So I beg you to show him that you love him.
9. This is why I wrote to you. I wanted to test you and see if you obey in everything.
10. If you forgive someone, then I also forgive them. And what I have forgiven—if I had anything to forgive—I forgave it for you, and Christ was with me.
11. I did this so that Satan would not win anything from us. We know very well what his plans are.
12. I went to Troas to tell people the Good News of Christ. The Lord gave me a good opportunity there.
13. But I had no peace because I did not find my brother Titus. So I said goodbye and went to Macedonia.
14. But thanks be to God, who always leads us in victory through Christ. God uses us to spread his knowledge everywhere like a sweet-smelling perfume.
15. Our offering to God is to be the perfume of Christ that goes out to those who are being saved and to those who are being lost.
16. To those who are being lost, this perfume smells like death, and it brings them death. But to those who are being saved, it has the sweet smell of life, and it brings them life. So who is good enough to do this work?
17. Certainly not those who are out there selling God's message for a profit! But we don't do that. With Christ's help we speak God's truth honestly, knowing that we must answer to him.