Bible in one year

January 11

Genesis 21:1-34
1. The LORD took note of Sarah as he had said he would; he did for her as he had promised.
2. Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time that God had stated.
3. Abraham gave the name Isaac to this son of his whom Sarah bore him.
4. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God had commanded.
5. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6. Sarah then said, "God has given me cause to laugh, and all who hear of it will laugh with me.
7. Who would have told Abraham," she added, "that Sarah would nurse children! Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."
8. Isaac grew, and on the day of the child's weaning, Abraham held a great feast.
9. Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham playing with her son Isaac;
10. so she demanded of Abraham: "Drive out that slave and her son! No son of that slave is going to share the inheritance with my son Isaac!"
11. Abraham was greatly distressed, especially on account of his son Ishmael.
12. But God said to Abraham: "Do not be distressed about the boy or about your slave woman. Heed the demands of Sarah, no matter what she is asking of you; for it is through Isaac that descendants shall bear your name.
13. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a great nation of him also, since he too is your offspring."
14. Early the next morning Abraham got some bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. Then, placing the child on her back, he sent her away. As she roamed aimlessly in the wilderness of Beer-sheba,
15. the water in the skin was used up. So she put the child down under a shrub,
16. and then went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away; for she said to herself, "Let me not watch to see the child die." As she sat opposite him, he began to cry.
17. God heard the boy's cry, and God's messenger called to Hagar from heaven: "What is the matter, Hagar? Don't be afraid; God has heard the boy's cry in this plight of his.
18. Arise, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand; for I will make of him a great nation."
19. Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went and filled the skin with water, and then let the boy drink.
20. God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert bowman,
21. with his home in the wilderness of Paran. His mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
22. About that time Abimelech, accompanied by Phicol, the commander of his army, said to Abraham: "God is with you in everything you do.
23. Therefore, swear to me by God at this place that you will not deal falsely with me or with my progeny and posterity, but will act as loyally toward me and the land in which you stay as I have acted toward you."
24. To this Abraham replied, "I so swear."
25. Abraham, however, reproached Abimelech about a well that Abimelech's men had seized by force.
26. "I have no idea who did that," Abimelech replied. "In fact, you never told me about it, nor did I ever hear of it until now."
27. Then Abraham took sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech and the two made a pact.
28. Abraham also set apart seven ewe lambs of the flock,
29. and Abimelech asked him, "What is the purpose of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?"
30. Abraham answered, "The seven ewe lambs you shall accept from me that thus I may have your acknowledgment that the well was dug by me."
31. This is why the place is called Beer-sheba; the two took an oath there.
32. When they had thus made the pact in Beer-sheba, Abimelech, along with Phicol, the commander of his army, left and returned to the land of the Philistines.
33. Abraham planted a tamarisk at Beer-sheba, and there he invoked by name the LORD, God the Eternal.
34. Abraham resided in the land of the Philistines for many years.

Genesis 22:1-24
1. Some time after these events, God put Abraham to the test. He called to him, "Abraham!" "Ready!" he replied.
2. Then God said: "Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you."
3. Early the next morning Abraham saddled his donkey, took with him his son Isaac, and two of his servants as well, and with the wood that he had cut for the holocaust, set out for the place of which God had told him.
4. On the third day Abraham got sight of the place from afar.
5. Then he said to his servants: "Both of you stay here with the donkey, while the boy and I go on over yonder. We will worship and then come back to you."
6. Thereupon Abraham took the wood for the holocaust and laid it on his son Isaac's shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife.
7. As the two walked on together, Isaac spoke to his father Abraham. "Father!" he said. "Yes, son," he replied. Isaac continued, "Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for the holocaust?"
8. "Son," Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the sheep for the holocaust." Then the two continued going forward.
9. When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. Next he tied up his son Isaac, and put him on top of the wood on the altar.
10. Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
11. But the LORD'S messenger called to him from heaven, "Abraham, Abraham!" "Yes, Lord," he answered.
12. "Do not lay your hand on the boy," said the messenger. "Do not do the least thing to him. I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son."
13. As Abraham looked about, he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So he went and took the ram and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.
14. Abraham named the site Yahweh-yireh; hence people now say, "On the mountain the LORD will see."
15. Again the LORD'S messenger called to Abraham from heaven
16. and said: "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son,
17. I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies,
18. and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing-- all this because you obeyed my command.''
19. Abraham then returned to his servants, and they set out together for Beer-sheba, where Abraham made his home.
20. Some time afterward, the news came to Abraham: "Milcah too has borne sons, to your brother Nahor:
21. Uz, his first-born, his brother Buz, Kemuel (the father of Aram),
22. Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel."
23. Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Abraham's brother Nahor.
24. His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore children: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.

Psalms 6:6-10
6. For who among the dead remembers you? Who praises you in Sheol?
7. I am wearied with sighing; all night long tears drench my bed; my couch is soaked with weeping.
8. My eyes are dimmed with sorrow, worn out because of all my foes.
9. Away from me, all who do evil! The LORD has heard my weeping.
10. The LORD has heard my prayer; the LORD takes up my plea.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not;
6. In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.

Matthew 8:18-34
18. When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side.
19. A scribe approached and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
20. Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."
21. Another of (his) disciples said to him, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father."
22. But Jesus answered him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead."
23. He got into a boat and his disciples followed him.
24. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep.
25. They came and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"
26. He said to them, "Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.
27. The men were amazed and said, "What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?"
28. When he came to the other side, to the territory of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.
29. They cried out, "What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?"
30. Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.
31. The demons pleaded with him, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine."
32. And he said to them, "Go then!" They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned.
33. The swineherds ran away, and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs.
34. Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.