Bible in one year

September 21

Isaiah 33:1-24
1. Look at you. You attack others when you have not been attacked. You turn against others when no one has turned against you. So when you stop your attacks, you will be attacked. When you stop turning against others, they will turn against you.
2. Lord, be kind to us. We have waited for your help. Give us strength every morning. Save us when we are in trouble.
3. Your powerful voice makes people run away in fear. Your greatness causes the nations to run away.
4. You stole things in war. Those things will be taken from you. Many people will come and take your wealth. It will be like the times when locusts come and eat all your crops.
5. The Lord is very great. He lives in a very high place. He fills Zion with justice and goodness.
6. Jerusalem, you are rich with wisdom and knowledge of God. You are rich with salvation. You respect the Lord, and that makes you rich.
7. But listen! The messengers are crying outside. The messengers who bring peace are crying very hard.
8. The roads are empty; there is no one walking along the paths. People don't respect each other. They have broken the agreements they made, and they refuse to believe what witnesses tell them.
9. The land is sick and dying. Lebanon is dying and Sharon Valley is dry and empty. Bashan and Carmel once grew beautiful plants—but now those plants have stopped growing.
10. The Lord says, "Now, I will stand and show people how great and powerful I am.
11. You people have done useless things. These things are like hay and straw. They are worth nothing! Your spirit will be like a fire and burn you.
12. People will be burned until their bones become lime. They will burn quickly like thorns and dry bushes.
13. "You people in faraway lands, listen to what I have done. You people who are near me, learn about my power."
14. The sinners in Zion are afraid. Those who do wrong shake with fear. They say, "Can any of us live through this fire that destroys? Who can live near this fire that burns forever?"
15. Good, honest people who refuse to hurt others for money {will live through that fire}. They refuse to take bribes or listen to plans to murder other people. They refuse to look at plans for doing bad things.
16. They will live safely in high places and will be protected in high rock fortresses. They will always have food and water.
17. Your eyes will see the King in his beauty. You will see the great land.
18. When you think about the troubles you had in the past, you will wonder, "Where are those foreigners who spoke languages we could not understand. Where are the officials and tax collectors from other lands? Where are the spies who counted our defense towers?"
20. Look at Zion, the city of our religious festivals. Look at Jerusalem—that beautiful place of rest. Jerusalem is like a tent that will never be moved. The pegs that hold her in place will never be pulled up. Her ropes will never be broken,
21. because the Lord is our powerful leader there. That land is a place with streams and wide rivers, but there will be no enemy boats or powerful ships on those rivers. You men who work on such boats can stop your work with the ropes. You cannot make the mast strong enough. You will not be able to open your sails, because the Lord is our judge. He makes our laws. He is our king. He saves us. The Lord will give us our wealth. Even crippled people will get their share.
24. No one living there will say, "I am sick," because everyone living there has had their guilt removed.

Isaiah 34:1-17
1. All you nations, come near and listen! Listen, all you people. The earth and everyone on it should listen to these things. Everything in this world should hear this.
2. The Lord is angry with all the nations and their armies. He will destroy them all and put them to death.
3. Their bodies will be thrown outside. The stink will rise from the bodies, and the blood will flow down the mountains.
4. The skies will be rolled shut like a scroll, and the stars will die and fall like leaves from a vine or a fig tree. All the stars in the sky will rot away.
5. The Lord says, "This will happen when my sword in the sky is covered with blood." Look, the Lord's sword will cut through Edom. He judged them guilty, and they must die.
6. He decided there should be a time for killing in Bozrah and in Edom. So the Lord's sword is covered with blood and fat. The blood is from the "goats." The fat is from the kidneys of the "rams."
7. So the rams, the cattle, and the strong bulls will be killed. The land will be filled with their blood. The dirt will be covered with their fat.
8. This will happen because the Lord has chosen a time for punishment. He has chosen a year when people must pay for the wrong they did to Zion.
9. Edom's rivers will be like hot tar. Edom's ground will be like burning sulfur.
10. The fires will burn day and night—no one will stop the fire. The smoke will rise from Edom forever. The land will be destroyed forever and ever. No one will ever travel through that land again.
11. Birds and small animals will own that land. Owls and ravens will live there. People will call it the "Empty Desert."
12. The freemen and leaders will all be gone, and there will be nothing left for them to rule.
13. Thorns and wild bushes will grow in all the beautiful homes there. Wild dogs and owls will live in them. Wild animals will make their homes there. Big birds will live in the grasses that grow there.
14. Wild cats will live there with hyenas. Wild goats will call to their friends. Night animals will spend some time there and find a place to rest.
15. Snakes will make their homes there and lay their eggs. The eggs will open, and small snakes will crawl from the dark places. Birds that eat dead things will gather there like women visiting their friends.
16. Look at the Lord's scroll and read what is written there. Nothing is missing. It is written in that scroll that these animals will be together. God said he will gather them together, so his Spirit will gather them together.
17. God decided what he should do with them, and then he chose a place for them. He drew a line and showed them their land. So the animals will own that land forever. They will live there year after year.

Psalms 109:1-5
1. To the director: A praise song of David. God, I praise you! Hear my prayer and do something!
2. Wicked people are telling lies about me. They are saying things that are not true.
3. They are saying hateful things about me. They are attacking me for no reason.
4. I loved them, but they were against me. So I said a prayer.
5. I did good things to them, but they are doing bad things to me. I loved them, but they hated me.

Proverbs 25:25-26
25. Good news from a faraway place is like a cool drink of water when you are hot and thirsty.
26. Good people who don't stand strong against evil are like springs that have been polluted or pools that have turned dirty and muddy.

2 Corinthians 12:1-21
1. There is more that I have to say about myself. It won't help, but I will talk now about visions and revelations from the Lord.
2. I know a man in Christ who was taken up to the third heaven. This happened 14 years ago. I don't know if the man was in his body or out of his body, but God knows.
3. And I know that this man was taken up to paradise. I don't know if he was in his body or away from his body, but he heard things that he is not able to explain. He heard things that no one is allowed to tell.
5. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself. I will boast only about my weaknesses.
6. But if I wanted to say more about myself, I would not be a fool, because I would be telling the truth. But I won't say any more, because I don't want people to think more of me than what they see me do or hear me say.
7. But I must not be too proud of the wonderful things that were shown to me. So a painful problem was given to me—an angel from Satan, sent to make me suffer, so that I would not think that I am better than anyone else.
8. I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me.
9. But the Lord said, "My grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power." So I will gladly boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ's power can stay in me.
10. Yes, I am glad to have weaknesses if they are for Christ. I am glad to be insulted and have hard times. I am glad when I am persecuted and have problems, because it is when I am weak that I am really strong.
11. I have been talking like a fool, but you made me do it. You people are the ones who should say good things about me. I am worth nothing, but those "super apostles " are not worth any more than I am!
12. When I was with you, I patiently did the things that prove I am an apostle—signs, wonders, and miracles.
13. So you received everything that the other churches have received. Only one thing was different: I was not a burden to you. Forgive me for this!
14. I amnow ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you. I don't want any of the things you own. I only want you. Children should not have to save things to give to their parents. Parents should save to give to their children.
15. So I am happy to give everything I have for you. I will even give myself for you. If I love you more, will you love me less?
16. It is clear that I was not a burden to you, but you think that I was tricky and used lies to catch you.
17. Did I cheat you by using any of the men I sent to you? You know I didn't.
18. I asked Titus to go to you, and I sent our brother with him. Titus did not cheat you, did he? No, you know that his actions and his attitude were the same as ours.
19. Do you think that we have been defending ourselves to you all this time? No, we say these things in Christ and before God. You are our dear friends, and everything we do is to make you stronger.
20. I do this because I am afraid that when I come, you will not be what I want you to be. And I am afraid that I will not be what you want me to be. I am afraid that I will find arguing, jealousy, anger, selfish fighting, evil talk, gossip, pride, and confusion there.
21. I am afraid that when I come to you again, my God will make me humble before you. I may have to cry over the loss of some who sinned before. Many of them have still not changed their hearts to be sorry for their evil lives, their sexual sins, and the shameful things they have done.