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Bible in one year


January 20


Genesis 39:1-23
1. Now Joseph had been taken to Egypt. An Egyptian [named] Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him there.
2. The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, serving in the household of his Egyptian master.
3. When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made everything he did successful,
4. Joseph found favor in his master's sight and became his personal attendant. Potiphar also put him in charge of his household and placed all that he owned under his authority.
5. From the time that he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house because of Joseph. The LORD's blessing was on all that he owned, in his house and in his fields.
6. He left all that he owned under Joseph's authority; he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome.
7. After some time his master's wife looked longingly at Joseph and said, "Sleep with me."
8. But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Look, my master does not concern himself with anything in his house, and he has put all that he owns under my authority.
9. No one in this house is greater than I am. He has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. So how could I do such a great evil and sin against God?"
10. Although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her.
11. Now one day he went into the house to do his work, and none of the household servants was there.
12. She grabbed him by his garment and said, "Sleep with me!" But leaving his garment in her hand, he escaped and ran outside.
13. When she realized that he had left his garment with her and had run outside,
14. she called the household servants. "Look," she said to them, "my husband brought a Hebrew man to us to make fun of us. He came to me so he could sleep with me, and I screamed as loud as I could.
15. When he heard me screaming for help, he left his garment with me and ran outside."
16. She put Joseph's garment beside her until his master came home.
17. Then she told him the same story: "The Hebrew slave you brought to us came to me to make fun of me,
18. but when I screamed for help, he left his garment with me and ran outside."
19. When his master heard the story his wife told him-- "These are the things your slave did to me"-- he was furious
20. and had him thrown into prison, where the king's prisoners were confined. So Joseph was there in prison.
21. But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.
22. The warden put all the prisoners who were in the prison under Joseph's authority, and he was responsible for everything that was done there.
23. The warden did not bother with anything under Joseph's authority, because the LORD was with him, and the LORD made everything that he did successful.

Genesis 40:1-23
1. After this, the king of Egypt's cupbearer and his baker offended their master, the king of Egypt.
2. Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker,
3. and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined.
4. The captain of the guard assigned Joseph to them, and he became their personal attendant. And they were in custody for some time.
5. The cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, each had a dream. Both had a dream on the same night, and each dream had its own meaning.
6. When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they looked distraught.
7. So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were in custody with him in his master's house, "Why are your faces sad today?"
8. "We had dreams," they said to him, "but there is no one to interpret them." Then Joseph said to them, "Don't interpretations belong to God? Tell me [your dreams]."
9. So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph: "In my dream there was a vine in front of me.
10. On the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms came out and its clusters ripened into grapes.
11. Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand."
12. "This is its interpretation," Joseph said to him. "The three branches are three days.
13. In just three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position. You will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand the way you used to when you were his cupbearer.
14. But when all goes well for you, remember that I was with you. Please show kindness to me by mentioning me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this prison.
15. For I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should put me in the dungeon."
16. When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was positive, he said to Joseph, "I also had a dream. Three baskets of white bread were on my head.
17. In the top basket were all sorts of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head."
18. "This is its interpretation," Joseph replied. "The three baskets are three days.
19. In just three days Pharaoh will lift up your head-- from off you-- and hang you on a tree. Then the birds will eat the flesh from your body."
20. On the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he gave a feast for all his servants. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker:
21. he restored the chief cupbearer to his position as cupbearer, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand;
22. but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had explained to them.
23. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

Psalms 10:1-11
1. LORD, why do You stand so far away? Why do You hide in times of trouble?
2. In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue the afflicted; let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3. For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings; the one who is greedy curses and despises the LORD.
4. In all his scheming, the wicked arrogantly thinks: "There is no accountability, [since] God does not exist."
5. His ways are always secure; Your lofty judgments are beyond his sight; he scoffs at all his adversaries.
6. He says to himself, "I will never be moved-- from generation to generation without calamity."
7. Cursing, deceit, and violence fill his mouth; trouble and malice are under his tongue.
8. He waits in ambush near the villages; he kills the innocent in secret places; his eyes are on the lookout for the helpless.
9. He lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket. He lurks in order to seize the afflicted. He seizes the afflicted and drags him in his net.
10. He crouches and bends down; the helpless fall because of his strength.
11. He says to himself, "God has forgotten; He hides His face and will never see."

Proverbs 4:1-6
1. Listen, [my] sons, to a father's discipline, and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
2. for I am giving you good instruction. Don't abandon my teaching.
3. When I was a son with my father, tender and precious to my mother,
4. he taught me and said: "Your heart must hold on to my words. Keep my commands and live.
5. Get wisdom, get understanding; don't forget or turn away from the words of my mouth.
6. Don't abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you.

Matthew 13:31-58
31. He presented another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.
32. It's the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it's taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches."
33. He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through all of it."
34. Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables, and He would not speak anything to them without a parable,
35. so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: I will open My mouth in parables; I will declare things kept secret from the foundation of the world.
36. Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, "Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us."
37. He replied: "The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;
38. the field is the world; and the good seed-- these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and
39. the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40. Therefore just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
41. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness.
42. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen!
44. "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.
45. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls.
46. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.
47. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea. It collected every kind [of fish],
48. and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good [fish] into containers, but threw out the worthless ones.
49. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out, separate the evil people from the righteous,
50. and throw them into the blazing furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51. "Have you understood all these things?" "Yes," they told Him.
52. "Therefore," He said to them, "every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old."
53. When Jesus had finished these parables, He left there.
54. He went to His hometown and began to teach them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, "How did this wisdom and these miracles come to Him?
55. Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't His mother called Mary, and His brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
56. And His sisters, aren't they all with us? So where does He get all these things?"
57. And they were offended by Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household."
58. And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.