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Bible in one year


September 28


Isaiah 47:1-15
1. "Fall down and sit in the dirt, Virgin Daughter Babylon. You have no throne, so sit on the ground, daughter of the Chaldeans. You are not the ruler now. You are no longer the beautiful young princess that people said you were.
2. Get the millstones ready and grind the grain into flour. Take off your veil and fancy clothes. Lift your skirt and get ready to cross the rivers.
3. Men will see your naked body and use you for sex. I will make you pay for the bad things you did, and I will not let anyone help you.
4. "My people say, 'God saves us. His name is the Lord All-Powerful, the Holy One of Israel. '"
5. "So Babylon, sit down and shut up. Daughter of the Chaldeans, go into the dark prison. You will no longer be 'The Queen of the Kingdoms.'
6. "I was angry with my people. They were mine, but I turned against them. I let you punish them, but you showed them no mercy. Even for those who were old you made the work hard.
7. You said, 'I will live forever. I will always be the queen.' You didn't care what you did to my people. You didn't think about what might happen later.
8. So now listen, you who love only pleasure! Feeling so safe, you tell yourself, 'I alone am important, and no one else matters. I will never be a widow or lose my children.'
9. These two things will happen to you: First, you will lose your children and then your husband. And none of your magic spells will help you.
10. You do bad things but still feel safe. You say to yourself, 'No one sees the wrong I do.' You thought that your wisdom and knowledge would save you. You tell yourself, 'I alone am important, and no one else matters.'
11. "But disaster is coming your way. You don't know when it will happen, but disaster is coming. And there is nothing you can do to stop it.
12. You worked hard all your life learning magic tricks and spells. So start using that magic. Maybe those tricks will help you. Maybe you will be able to frighten someone.
13. You have many advisors. Are you tired of the advice they give? Then send out your men who read the stars. They can tell when the month starts, so maybe they can tell you when your troubles will come.
14. But they cannot even save themselves. They will burn like straw. They will burn so fast that there will be no coals left to cook bread. There will be no fire left to sit by.
15. That's what will happen to those you have worked with, the people you did business with all your life. They will all go their own way. There will be no one left to save you."

Isaiah 48:1-22
1. The Lord says, "Family of Jacob, listen to me! You people call yourself 'Israel,' but you are from Judah's family. You use the Lord's name to make promises. You claim to worship the God of Israel, but you are not honest and sincere.
2. "Yes, you call yourselves citizens of the Holy City, those who depend on the God of Israel. The Lord All-Powerful is his name.
3. "Long ago I told you what would happen. I told you about these things. And suddenly I made them happen.
4. I did that because I knew you were stubborn. You were like iron that will not bend; your heads were as hard as bronze.
5. So long ago I told you what would happen. I told you about those things long before they happened. I did this so that you could not say, 'The gods we made did this. Our idols, our statues, made this happen.'"
6. "You heard what I said would happen. And you can see it has all been done. Shouldn't you tell this to others? Now I will tell you about new things, secrets you have not known before.
7. This is something that is happening now, not long ago. You have not heard about it before today. So you cannot say, 'We already knew that.'
8. But even in the past, you didn't listen. You didn't learn anything. You never listen to what I say. I have always known that you would turn against me. You have rebelled against me from the time you were born.
9. "But I will be patient. I will do this for myself. People will praise me for not becoming angry and destroying you. You will praise me for waiting.
10. "Look, I will make you pure, but not in the way you make silver pure. I will make you pure by giving you troubles.
11. I will do this for myself—for me! I will not let you treat me as if I am not important. I will not let some false god take my glory and praise.
12. "Jacob, listen to me! Israel, I called you to be my people. So listen to me! I am the Beginning, and I am the End.
13. I made the earth with my own hands. My right hand made the sky. And if I call them, they will come to stand before me.
14. "All of you, come here and listen to me. Did any of the false gods say these things would happen? No!" The Lord's friend will do what he wants to Babylon and the Chaldeans.
15. "I told you that I would call him. I will lead him, and I will make him succeed.
16. Come here and listen to me! I was there when Babylon began as a nation. And from the beginning, I spoke clearly so that people could know what I said." Now the Lord God sends me and his Spirit to tell you these things.
17. The Lord, the Savior, the Holy One of Israel, says, "I am the Lord your God. I teach you for your own good. I lead you in the way you should go.
18. If you had obeyed me, then peace would have come to you like a full flowing river. Good things would have come to you again and again, like the waves of the sea.
19. If you had obeyed me, you would have had as many children as there are grains of sand. And they would have always been mine and would never have been destroyed."
20. My people, leave Babylon! My people, run from the Chaldeans! Tell the news with joy. Spread the news around the world. Tell them, "The Lord rescued his servant Jacob."
21. They never got thirsty as he led them through the desert, because he made water flow from a rock. He split the rock, and water flowed out.
22. But the Lord also said, "There is no peace for evil people."

Psalms 111:7-10
7. Everything the Lord does is good and fair. All his commands can be trusted.
8. His commands will continue forever. They must be done with truth and honesty.
9. He rescued his people and made his agreement with them forever. His name is awesome and holy.
10. Wisdom begins with fear and respect for the Lord. Those who obey him are very wise. Praises will be sung to him forever.

Proverbs 26:11-12
11. Like a dog that returns to its vomit, a fool does the same foolish things again and again.
12. People who think they are wise when they are not are worse than fools.

Galatians 6:1-18
1. Brothers and sisters, someone in your group might do something wrong. You who are following the Spirit should go to the one who is sinning. Help make that person right again, and do it in a gentle way. But be careful, because you might be tempted to sin too.
2. Help each other with your troubles. When you do this, you are obeying the law of Christ.
3. If you think you are too important to do this, you are only fooling yourself.
4. Don't compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of.
5. You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours.
6. Whoever is being taught God's word should share the good things they have with the one who is teaching them.
7. If you think you can fool God, you are only fooling yourselves. You will harvest what you plant.
8. If you live to satisfy your sinful self, the harvest you will get from that will be eternal death. But if you live to please the Spirit, your harvest from the Spirit will be eternal life.
9. We must not get tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time. We must not give up.
10. When we have the opportunity to do good to anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers.
11. This is my own handwriting. You can see how big the letters are.
12. Those men who are trying to force you to be circumcised are only doing it so that their people will accept them. They are afraid they will be persecuted if they follow only the cross of Christ.
13. They are circumcised, but they don't obey the law themselves. They want you to be circumcised so that they can boast about what they did to you.
14. I hope I will never boast about things like that. The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is my only reason for boasting. Through Jesus' death on the cross the world is dead to me, and I am dead to the world.
15. It doesn't matter if anyone is circumcised or not. The only thing that matters is this new life we have from God.
16. Peace and mercy to those who follow this rule—to all of God's people.
17. So don't give me any more trouble. I have scars on my body that show I belong to Jesus.
18. My brothers and sisters, I pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will be with your spirits. Amen.