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Bible in one year


September 24


Isaiah 39:1-8
1. At that time Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah since he heard that he had been sick and had recovered.
2. Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them his treasure house-- the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil-- and all his armory, and everything that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his palace and in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.
3. Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah and asked him, "What did these men say? The men who came to you-- where were they from?" Hezekiah replied, "They came to me from a distant country, from Babylon."
4. And he asked, "What have they seen in your palace?" Hezekiah answered, "They have seen everything in my palace. There isn't anything in my storehouses that I didn't show them."
5. Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD of Hosts:
6. 'The time will certainly come when everything in your palace and all that your fathers have stored up until this day will be carried off to Babylon; nothing will be left,' says the LORD.
7. 'Some of your descendants who come from you will be taken away, and they will be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.'"
8. Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good." For he thought: There will be peace and security during my lifetime.

Isaiah 40:1-31
1. "Comfort, comfort My people," says your God.
2. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and announce to her that her time of servitude is over, her iniquity has been pardoned, and she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.
3. A voice of one crying out: Prepare the way of the LORD in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert.
4. Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth, and the rough places a plain.
5. And the glory of the LORD will appear, and all humanity will see [it] together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
6. A voice was saying, "Cry out!" Another said, "What should I cry out?" "All humanity is grass, and all its goodness is like the flower of the field.
7. The grass withers, the flowers fade when the breath of the LORD blows on them; indeed, the people are grass.
8. The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever."
9. Zion, herald of good news, go up on a high mountain. Jerusalem, herald of good news, raise your voice loudly. Raise it, do not be afraid! Say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!"
10. See, the Lord God comes with strength, and His power establishes His rule. His reward is with Him, and His gifts accompany Him.
11. He protects His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries [them] in the fold of His [garment]. He gently leads those that are nursing.
12. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand or marked off the heavens with the span [of his hand]? Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measure or weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in scales?
13. Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or who gave Him His counsel?
14. Who did He consult with? Who gave Him understanding and taught Him the paths of justice? Who taught Him knowledge and showed Him the way of understanding?
15. Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are considered as a speck of dust on the scales; He lifts up the islands like fine dust.
16. Lebanon is not enough for fuel, or its animals enough for a burnt offering.
17. All the nations are as nothing before Him; they are considered by Him as nothingness and emptiness.
18. Who will you compare God with? What likeness will you compare Him to?
19. To an idol?-- [something that] a smelter casts, and a metalworker plates with gold and makes silver welds [for it]?
20. To one who shapes a pedestal, choosing wood that does not rot? He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not fall over.
21. Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not considered the foundations of the earth?
22. God is enthroned above the circle of the earth; its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23. He reduces princes to nothing and makes the judges of the earth to be irrational.
24. They are barely planted, barely sown, their stem hardly takes root in the ground when He blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind carries them away like stubble.
25. "Who will you compare Me to, or who is My equal?" asks the Holy One.
26. Look up and see: who created these? He brings out the starry host by number; He calls all of them by name. Because of His great power and strength, not one of them is missing.
27. Jacob, why do you say, and Israel, why do you assert: "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my claim is ignored by my God"?
28. Do you not know? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding.
29. He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless.
30. Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall,
31. but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.

Psalms 109:21-25
21. But You, God my Lord, deal [kindly] with me because of Your name; deliver me because of the goodness of Your faithful love.
22. For I am poor and needy; my heart is wounded within me.
23. I fade away like a lengthening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust.
24. My knees are weak from fasting, and my body is emaciated.
25. I have become an object of ridicule to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads [in scorn].

Proverbs 26:2-2
2. Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.

Galatians 2:1-21
1. Then after 14 years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also.
2. I went up because of a revelation and presented to them the gospel I preach among the Gentiles-- but privately to those recognized [as leaders]-- so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain.
3. But not even Titus who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
4. [This issue arose] because of false brothers smuggled in, who came in secretly to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us.
5. But we did not yield in submission to these people for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain for you.
6. But from those recognized as important (what they really were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism)-- those recognized as important added nothing to me.
7. On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter was for the circumcised.
8. For He who was at work with Peter in the apostleship to the circumcised was also at work with me among the Gentiles.
9. When James, Cephas, and John, recognized as pillars, acknowledged the grace that had been given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to me and Barnabas, [agreeing] that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
10. [They asked] only that we would remember the poor, which I made every effort to do.
11. But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he stood condemned.
12. For he used to eat with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. However, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision party.
13. Then the rest of the Jews joined his hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.
14. But when I saw that they were deviating from the truth of the gospel, I told Cephas in front of everyone, "If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews?"
15. We are Jews by birth and not "Gentile sinners";
16. yet we know that no one is justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will be justified.
17. But if, while seeking to be justified by Christ, we ourselves are also found to be sinners, is Christ then a promoter of sin? Absolutely not!
18. If I rebuild those things that I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker.
19. For through the law I have died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ;
20. and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
21. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.