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Bible in one year


April 29


Ruth 3:1-18
1. Ruth's mother-in-law Naomi said to her, "My daughter, shouldn't I find security for you, so that you will be taken care of?
2. Now isn't Boaz our relative? Haven't you been working with his young women? This evening he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor.
3. Wash, put on [perfumed] oil, and wear your [best] clothes. Go down to the threshing floor, but don't let the man know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking.
4. When he lies down, notice the place where he's lying, go in and uncover his feet, and lie down. Then he will explain to you what you should do."
5. So [Ruth] said to her, "I will do everything you say."
6. She went down [to] the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law had instructed her.
7. After Boaz ate, drank, and was in good spirits, he went to lie down at the end of the pile of barley. Then she went in secretly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.
8. At midnight, Boaz was startled, turned over, and there lying at his feet was a woman!
9. So he asked, "Who are you?" "I am Ruth, your slave," she replied. "Spread your cloak over me, for you are a family redeemer."
10. Then he said, "May the LORD bless you, my daughter. You have shown more kindness now than before, because you have not pursued younger men, whether rich or poor.
11. Now don't be afraid, my daughter. I will do for you whatever you say, since all the people in my town know that you are a woman of noble character.
12. Yes, it is true that I am a family redeemer, but there is a redeemer closer than I am.
13. Stay [here] tonight, and in the morning, if he wants to redeem you, [that's] good. Let him redeem [you]. But if he doesn't want to redeem you, as the LORD lives, I will. Now, lie down until morning."
14. So she lay down at his feet until morning but got up while it was still dark. Then Boaz said, "Don't let it be known that a woman came to the threshing floor."
15. And he told [Ruth], "Bring the shawl you're wearing and hold it out." When she held it out, he shoveled six [measures] of barley into her shawl, and she went into the city.
16. She went to her mother-in-law, Naomi, who asked [her], "How did it go, my daughter?" Then Ruth told her everything the man had done for her.
17. She said, "He gave me these six [measures] of barley, because he said, 'Don't go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'"
18. "Wait, my daughter," she said, "until you find out how things go, for he won't rest unless he resolves this today."

Ruth 4:1-22
1. Boaz went to the gate [of the town] and sat down there. Soon, the family redeemer Boaz had spoken about came by. Boaz called him by name and said, "Come over here and sit down." So he went over and sat down.
2. Then Boaz took 10 men of the city's elders and said, "Sit here." And they sat down.
3. He said to the redeemer, "Naomi, who has returned from the land of Moab, is selling a piece of land that belonged to our brother Elimelech.
4. I thought I should inform you: Buy [it] back in the presence of those seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you want to redeem [it], do so. But if you do not want to redeem [it], tell me, so that I will know, because there isn't anyone other than you to redeem [it], and I am next after you." "I want to redeem [it]," he answered.
5. Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you will also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the deceased man, to perpetuate the man's name on his property."
6. The redeemer replied, "I can't redeem [it] myself, or I will ruin my [own] inheritance. Take my right of redemption, because I can't redeem it."
7. At an earlier period in Israel, a man removed his sandal and gave [it] to the other party in order to make any matter [legally] binding concerning the right of redemption or the exchange of property. This was [the method of] legally binding a transaction in Israel.
8. So the redeemer removed his sandal and said to Boaz, "Buy back [the property] yourself."
9. Boaz said to the elders and all the people, "You are witnesses today that I am buying from Naomi everything that belonged to Elimelech, Chilion, and Mahlon.
10. I will also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, Mahlon's widow, as my wife, to perpetuate the deceased man's name on his property, so that his name will not disappear among his relatives or from the gate of his home. You are witnesses today."
11. The elders and all the people who were at the gate said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is entering your house like Rachel and Leah, who together built the house of Israel. May you be powerful in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem.
12. May your house become like the house of Perez, the son Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring the LORD will give you by this young woman."
13. Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he was intimate with her, the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.
14. Then the women said to Naomi, "Praise the LORD, who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name be famous in Israel.
15. He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. Indeed, your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him."
16. Naomi took the child, placed him on her lap, and took care of him.
17. The neighbor women said, "A son has been born to Naomi," and they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
18. Now this is the genealogy of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron.
19. Hezron fathered Ram, who fathered Amminadab.
20. Amminadab fathered Nahshon, who fathered Salmon.
21. Salmon fathered Boaz, who fathered Obed.
22. And Obed fathered Jesse, who fathered David.

Psalms 52:6-9
6. The righteous will look on with awe and will ridicule him:
7. "Here is the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, taking refuge in his destructive behavior."
8. But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God's faithful love forever and ever.
9. I will praise You forever for what You have done. In the presence of Your faithful people, I will put my hope in Your name, for it is good.

Proverbs 15:6-7
6. The house of the righteous has great wealth, but trouble accompanies the income of the wicked.
7. The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.

Luke 20:1-26
1. One day as He was teaching the people in the temple complex and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the scribes, with the elders, came up
2. and said to Him: "Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Who is it who gave You this authority?"
3. He answered them, "I will also ask you a question. Tell Me,
4. was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?"
5. They discussed it among themselves: "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why didn't you believe him?'
6. But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet."
7. So they answered that they did not know its origin.
8. And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."
9. Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went away for a long time.
10. At harvest time he sent a slave to the farmers so that they might give him some fruit from the vineyard. But the farmers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11. He sent yet another slave, but they beat that one too, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
12. And he sent yet a third, but they wounded this one too and threw him out.
13. "Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What should I do? I will send my beloved son. Perhaps they will respect him.'
14. "But when the tenant farmers saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, 'This is the heir. Let's kill him, so the inheritance will be ours!'
15. So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. "Therefore, what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16. He will come and destroy those farmers and give the vineyard to others." But when they heard this they said, "No-- never!"
17. But He looked at them and said, "Then what is the meaning of this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected-- this has become the cornerstone?
18. Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and if it falls on anyone, it will grind him to powder!"
19. Then the scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to get their hands on Him that very hour, because they knew He had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.
20. They watched closely and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, so they could catch Him in what He said, to hand Him over to the governor's rule and authority.
21. They questioned Him, "Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You don't show partiality, but teach truthfully the way of God.
22. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
23. But detecting their craftiness, He said to them,
24. "Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?" "Caesar's," they said.
25. "Well then," He told them, "give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."
26. They were not able to catch Him in what He said in public, and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.