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Bible in one year


September 3


Song of Solomon 5:1-16
1. My darling my bride, I have entered my garden. I have gathered my myrrh and spice. I have eaten my honey and honeycomb. I have drunk my wine and milk. Dearest friends, eat, drink! Be drunk with love!
2. I am asleep, but my heart is awake. I hear my lover knocking, saying; "Open to me, my darling, my love, my dove, my perfect one! My head is soaked with dew. My hair is wet with the mist of the night."
3. "I have taken off my robe. I don't want to put it on again. I have washed my feet, I don't want to get them dirty again."
4. But my lover put his hand through the opening, and I felt sorry for him.
5. I got up to open for my lover, myrrh dripping from my hands, myrrh scented lotion dripped from my fingers onto the handles of the lock.
6. I opened for my lover, but my lover had turned away and was gone! I nearly died when he came and went. I looked for him, but I couldn't find him; I called for him, but he didn't answer me.
7. The guards patrolling the city found me. They hit me. They hurt me. The guards on the wall took my robe from me.
8. I tell you, women of Jerusalem, if you find my lover, tell him I am weak with love.
9. Beautiful woman, how is your lover different from other lovers? Is your lover better than other lovers? Is that why you ask us to make this promise?
10. My lover is tanned and radiant. He would stand out among 10,000 men.
11. His head is like the purest gold. His hair is curly and as black as a raven.
12. His eyes are like doves by a stream, like doves in a pool of milk, like a jewel in its setting.
13. His cheeks are like a garden of spices, like flowers used for perfume. His lips are like lilies, dripping with liquid myrrh.
14. His arms are like gold rods, filled with jewels. His body is like smooth ivory with sapphires set in it.
15. His legs are like marble pillars on bases of fine gold. He stands tall like the finest cedar tree in Lebanon!
16. Yes, women of Jerusalem, my lover is the most desirable. His mouth is the sweetest of all. This is my lover; this is my darling.

Song of Solomon 6:1-13
1. Beautiful woman, where has your lover gone? Which way did your lover go? Tell us so that we can help you look for him.
2. My lover has gone down to his garden, to the flower beds of spices. He went to feed in the gardens and to gather the lilies.
3. I belong to my lover, and my lover belongs to me. He is the one feeding among the lilies.
4. My darling, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, as pleasant as Jerusalem, as awesome as the stars in the sky.
5. Don't look at me! Your eyes excite me too much! And your hair {is long and flowing}, like little goats dancing down the slopes of Mount Gilead.
6. Your teeth are white like ewes just coming from their bath. They all give birth to twins. Not one of them has lost a baby.
7. Your cheeks under your veil are like slices of pomegranate.
8. There might be 60 queens and 80 slave women, and young women too many to count,
9. but there is only one {woman for me}, my dove, my perfect one. She is the favorite of her mother, her mother's favorite child. The young women see her and praise her. Even the queens and slave women praise her.
10. Who is that young woman? She shines out like the dawn. She is as pretty as the moon. She is as bright as the sun. She is as awesome as the stars in the sky.
11. I went down to the grove of walnut trees, to see the fruit of the valley, to see if the vines were in bloom, to see if the pomegranates had budded.
12. Before I realized it, my soul had placed me in the chariots of the king's people.
13. Come back, come back, Shulamith! Come back, come back, so we may look at you. Why are you staring at Shulamith, as she dances the Mahanaim dance?

Psalms 104:24-30
24. Lord, you created so many things! With your wisdom you made them all. The earth is full of the living things you made.
25. Look at the ocean, so big and wide! It is filled with all kinds of sea life. There are creatures large and small— too many to count!
26. Ships sail over the ocean, and playing there is Leviathan, the great sea creature you made.
27. Lord, all living things depend on you. You give them food at the right time.
28. You give it, and they eat it. They are filled with good food from your open hands.
29. When you turn away from them, they become frightened. When you take away their breath, they die, and their bodies return to the dust.
30. But when you send out your lifegiving breath, things come alive, and the world is like new again!

Proverbs 24:19-20
19. Don't let those who are evil upset you, and don't be jealous of them.
20. They have no hope. Their light will burn out. — 30 —

1 Corinthians 13:1-13
1. I may speak in different languages, whether human or even of angels. But if I don't have love, I am only a noisy bell or a ringing cymbal.
2. I may have the gift of prophecy, I may understand all secrets and know everything there is to know, and I may have faith so great that I can move mountains. But even with all this, if I don't have love, I am nothing.
3. I may give away everything I have to help others, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned. But I gain nothing by doing all this if I don't have love.
4. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud.
5. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it.
6. Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth.
7. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.
8. Love will never end. But all those gifts will come to an end—even the gift of prophecy, the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages, and the gift of knowledge.
9. These will all end because this knowledge and these prophecies we have are not complete.
10. But when perfection comes, the things that are not complete will end.
11. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, and I made plans like a child. When I became a man, I stopped those childish ways.
12. It is the same with us. Now we see God as if we are looking at a reflection in a mirror. But then, in the future, we will see him right before our eyes. Now I know only a part, but at that time I will know fully, as God has known me.
13. So these three things continue: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.