Bible in one year

January 8

Genesis 15:1-21
1. After these events, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield; your reward will be very great.
2. But Abram said, "Lord God, what can You give me, since I am childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"
3. Abram continued, "Look, You have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir."
4. Now the word of the LORD came to him: "This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir."
5. He took him outside and said, "Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then He said to him, "Your offspring will be that [numerous]."
6. Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness.
7. He also said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess."
8. But he said, "Lord God, how can I know that I will possess it?"
9. He said to him, "Bring me a three-year-old cow, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon."
10. So he brought all these to Him, split them down the middle, and laid the pieces opposite each other, but he did not cut up the birds.
11. Birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
12. As the sun was setting, a deep sleep fell on Abram, and suddenly a terror and great darkness descended on him.
13. Then the LORD said to Abram, "Know this for certain: Your offspring will be strangers in a land that does not belong to them; they will be enslaved and oppressed 400 years.
14. However, I will judge the nation they serve, and afterwards they will go out with many possessions.
15. But you will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a ripe old age.
16. In the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure."
17. When the sun had set and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch appeared and passed between the divided [animals].
18. On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "I give this land to your offspring, from the brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River:
19. [the land of] the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
20. Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaim,
21. Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites."

Genesis 16:1-16
1. Abram's wife Sarai had not borne him children. She owned an Egyptian slave named Hagar.
2. Sarai said to Abram, "Since the LORD has prevented me from bearing children, go to my slave; perhaps I can have children by her." And Abram agreed to what Sarai said.
3. So Abram's wife Sarai took Hagar, her Egyptian slave, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife for him. [This happened] after Abram had lived in the land of Canaan 10 years.
4. He slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When she realized that she was pregnant, she looked down on her mistress.
5. Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are responsible for my suffering! I put my slave in your arms, and ever since she saw that she was pregnant, she has looked down on me. May the LORD judge between me and you."
6. Abram replied to Sarai, "Here, your slave is in your hands; do whatever you want with her." Then Sarai mistreated her so much that she ran away from her.
7. The Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.
8. He said, "Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?" She replied, "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai."
9. Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, "You must go back to your mistress and submit to her mistreatment."
10. The Angel of the LORD also said to her, "I will greatly multiply your offspring, and they will be too many to count."
11. Then the Angel of the LORD said to her: You have conceived and will have a son. You will name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard your [cry of] affliction.
12. This man will be [like] a wild ass. His hand will be against everyone, and everyone's hand will be against him; he will live at odds with all his brothers.
13. So she named the LORD who spoke to her: The God Who Sees, for she said, "Have I really seen here the One who sees me?"
14. That is why she named the spring, "A Well of the Living One Who Sees Me." It is located between Kadesh and Bered.
15. So Hagar gave birth to Abram's son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son Hagar had.
16. Abram was 86 years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.

Psalms 5:1-7
1. [For the choir director: with the flutes. A Davidic psalm.] Listen to my words, LORD; consider my sighing.
2. Pay attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for I pray to You.
3. At daybreak, LORD, You hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.
4. For You are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil cannot lodge with You.
5. The boastful cannot stand in Your presence; You hate all evildoers.
6. You destroy those who tell lies; the LORD abhors a man of bloodshed and treachery.
7. But I enter Your house by the abundance of Your faithful love; I bow down toward Your holy temple in reverential awe of You.

Proverbs 2:6-9
6. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7. He stores up success for the upright; He is a shield for those who live with integrity
8. so that He may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of His loyal followers.
9. Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and integrity-- every good path.

Matthew 6:19-34
19. "Don't collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
20. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal.
21. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22. "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
23. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness-- how deep is that darkness!
24. "No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.
25. "This is why I tell you: Don't worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing?
26. Look at the birds of the sky: they don't sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth more than they?
27. Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying?
28. And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don't labor or spin thread.
29. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!
30. If that's how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won't He do much more for you-- you of little faith?
31. So don't worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?'
32. For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
34. Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.