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Bible in one year


April 7


Joshua 3:1-17
1. Joshua started early the next morning and left Acacia Grove with all the Israelites. They went as far as the Jordan and stayed there before crossing.
2. After three days the officers went through the camp
3. and commanded the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God carried by the Levitical priests, you must break camp and follow it.
4. But keep a distance of about 1,000 yards between yourselves and the ark. Don't go near it, so that you can see the way to go, for you haven't traveled this way before."
5. Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, because the LORD will do wonders among you tomorrow."
6. Then he said to the priests, "Take the ark of the covenant and go on ahead of the people." So they carried the ark of the covenant and went ahead of them.
7. The LORD spoke to Joshua: "Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so they will know that I will be with you just as I was with Moses.
8. Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the waters, stand in the Jordan.'"
9. Then Joshua told the Israelites, "Come closer and listen to the words of the LORD your God."
10. He said, "You will know that the living God is among you and that He will certainly dispossess before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites
11. when the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth goes ahead of you into the Jordan.
12. Now choose 12 men from the tribes of Israel, one man for each tribe.
13. When the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, come to rest in the Jordan's waters, its waters will be cut off. The water flowing downstream will stand up [in] a mass."
14. When the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carried the ark of the covenant ahead of the people.
15. Now the Jordan overflows its banks throughout the harvest season. But as soon as the priests carrying the ark reached the Jordan, their feet touched the water at its edge
16. and the water flowing downstream stood still, rising up [in] a mass that extended as far as Adam, a city next to Zarethan. The water flowing downstream into the Sea of the Arabah (the Dead Sea) was completely cut off, and the people crossed opposite Jericho.
17. The priests carrying the ark of the LORD's covenant stood firmly on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel crossed on dry ground until the entire nation had finished crossing the Jordan.

Joshua 4:1-24
1. After the entire nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD spoke to Joshua,
2. "Choose 12 men from the people, one man for each tribe,
3. and command them, 'Take 12 stones from this place in the middle of the Jordan where the priests' feet are standing, carry them with you, and set them down at the place where you spend the night.'"
4. So Joshua summoned the 12 men selected from the Israelites, one man for each tribe,
5. and said to them, "Go across to the ark of the LORD your God in the middle of the Jordan. Each of you lift a stone onto his shoulder, one for each of the Israelite tribes,
6. so that this will be a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean to you?'
7. you should tell them, 'The waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the LORD's covenant. When it crossed the Jordan, the Jordan's waters were cut off.' Therefore these stones will always be a memorial for the Israelites."
8. The Israelites did just as Joshua had commanded them. The 12 men took stones from the middle of the Jordan, one for each of the Israelite tribes, just as the LORD had told Joshua. They carried them to the camp and set them down there.
9. Joshua also set up 12 stones in the middle of the Jordan where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing. The stones are there to this day.
10. The priests carrying the ark continued standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything was completed that the LORD had commanded Joshua to tell the people, in keeping with all that Moses had commanded Joshua. The people hurried across,
11. and after everyone had finished crossing, the priests with the ark of the LORD crossed in the sight of the people.
12. The Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh went in battle formation in front of the Israelites, as Moses had instructed them.
13. About 40,000 equipped for war crossed to the plains of Jericho in the LORD's presence.
14. On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they revered him throughout his life, as they had revered Moses.
15. The LORD told Joshua,
16. "Command the priests who carry the ark of the testimony to come up from the Jordan."
17. So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up from the Jordan."
18. When the priests carrying the ark of the LORD's covenant came up from the middle of the Jordan, and their feet stepped out on solid ground, the waters of the Jordan resumed their course, flowing over all the banks as before.
19. The people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and camped at Gilgal on the eastern limits of Jericho.
20. Then Joshua set up in Gilgal the 12 stones they had taken from the Jordan,
21. and he said to the Israelites, "When your children ask their fathers in the future, 'What is the meaning of these stones?'
22. you should tell your children, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'
23. For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, just as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over.
24. This is so that all the people of the earth may know that the LORD's hand is mighty, and so that you may always fear the LORD your God."

Psalms 42:1-5
1. [ For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.] As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God.
2. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?
3. My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long people say to me, "Where is your God?"
4. I remember this as I pour out my heart: how I walked with many, leading the festive procession to the house of God, with joyful and thankful shouts.
5. Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.

Proverbs 13:17-18
17. A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy courier [brings] healing.
18. Poverty and disgrace [come to] those who ignore instruction, but the one who accepts rebuke will be honored.

Luke 9:1-17
1. Summoning the Twelve, He gave them power and authority over all the demons, and [power] to heal diseases.
2. Then He sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
3. "Take nothing for the road," He told them, "no walking stick, no traveling bag, no bread, no money; and don't take an extra shirt.
4. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
5. If they do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them."
6. So they went out and traveled from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing everywhere.
7. Herod the tetrarch heard about everything that was going on. He was perplexed, because some said that John had been raised from the dead,
8. some that Elijah had appeared, and others that one of the ancient prophets had risen.
9. "I beheaded John," Herod said, "but who is this I hear such things about?" And he wanted to see Him.
10. When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus all that they had done. He took them along and withdrew privately to a town called Bethsaida.
11. When the crowds found out, they followed Him. He welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and cured those who needed healing.
12. Late in the day, the Twelve approached and said to Him, "Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find food and lodging, because we are in a deserted place here."
13. "You give them something to eat," He told them. "We have no more than five loaves and two fish," they said, "unless we go and buy food for all these people."
14. (For about 5,000 men were there.) Then He told His disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about 50 each."
15. They did so, and had them all sit down.
16. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them. He kept giving them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
17. Everyone ate and was filled. Then they picked up 12 baskets of leftover pieces.