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Bible in one year


February 1


Exodus 13:1-22
1. The LORD spoke to Moses and said,
2. "Consecrate to me every first-born that opens the womb among the Israelites, both of man and beast, for it belongs to me."
3. Moses said to the people, "Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, that place of slavery. It was with a strong hand that the LORD brought you away. Nothing made with leaven must be eaten.
4. This day of your departure is in the month of Abib.
5. Therefore, it is in this month that you must celebrate this rite, after the LORD, your God, has brought you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers he would give you, a land flowing with milk and honey.
6. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and the seventh day shall also be a festival to the LORD.
7. Only unleavened bread may be eaten during the seven days; no leaven and nothing leavened may be found in all your territory.
8. On this day you shall explain to your son, 'This is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'
9. It shall be as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead; thus the law of the LORD will ever be on your lips, because with a strong hand the LORD brought you out of Egypt.
10. Therefore, you shall keep this prescribed rite at its appointed time from year to year.
11. "When the LORD, your God, has brought you into the land of the Canaanites, which he swore to you and your fathers he would give you,
12. you shall dedicate to the LORD every son that opens the womb; and all the male firstlings of your animals shall belong to the LORD.
13. Every first-born of an ass you shall redeem with a sheep. If you do not redeem it, you shall break its neck. Every first-born son you must redeem.
14. If your son should ask you later on, 'What does this mean?' you shall tell him, 'With a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, that place of slavery.
15. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed every first-born in the land of Egypt, every first-born of man and of beast. That is why I sacrifice to the LORD everything of the male sex that opens the womb, and why I redeem every first-born of my sons.'
16. Let this, then, be as a sign on your hand and as a pendant on your forehead: with a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt."
17. Now, when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the Philistines' land, though this was the nearest; for he thought, should the people see that they would have to fight, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.
18. Instead, he rerouted them toward the Red Sea by way of the desert road. In battle array the Israelites marched out of Egypt.
19. Moses also took Joseph's bones along, for Joseph had made the Israelites swear solemnly that, when God should come to them, they would carry his bones away with them.
20. Setting out from Succoth, they camped at Etham near the edge of the desert.
21. The LORD preceded them, in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire to give them light. Thus they could travel both day and night.
22. Neither the column of cloud by day nor the column of fire by night ever left its place in front of the people.

Exodus 14:1-31
1. Then the LORD said to Moses,
2. "Tell the Israelites to turn about and camp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. You shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, just opposite, by the sea.
3. Pharaoh will then say, 'The Israelites are wandering about aimlessly in the land. The desert has closed in on them.'
4. Thus will I make Pharaoh so obstinate that he will pursue them. Then I will receive glory through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD." This the Israelites did.
5. When it was reported to the king of Egypt that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants changed their minds about them. "What have we done!" they exclaimed. "Why, we have released Israel from our service!"
6. So Pharaoh made his chariots ready and mustered his soldiers--
7. six hundred first-class chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt, with warriors on them all.
8. So obstinate had the LORD made Pharaoh that he pursued the Israelites even while they were marching away in triumph.
9. The Egyptians, then, pursued them; Pharaoh's whole army, his horses, chariots and charioteers, caught up with them as they lay encamped by the sea, at Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.
10. Pharaoh was already near when the Israelites looked up and saw that the Egyptians were on the march in pursuit of them. In great fright they cried out to the LORD.
11. And they complained to Moses, "Were there no burial places in Egypt that you had to bring us out here to die in the desert? Why did you do this to us? Why did you bring us out of Egypt?
12. Did we not tell you this in Egypt, when we said, 'Leave us alone. Let us serve the Egyptians'? Far better for us to be the slaves of the Egyptians than to die in the desert."
13. But Moses answered the people, "Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the LORD will win for you today. These Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again.
14. The LORD himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still."
15. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward.
16. And you, lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over the sea, split the sea in two, that the Israelites may pass through it on dry land.
17. But I will make the Egyptians so obstinate that they will go in after them. Then I will receive glory through Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots and charioteers.
18. The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I receive glory through Pharaoh and his chariots and charioteers."
19. The angel of God, who had been leading Israel's camp, now moved and went around behind them. The column of cloud also, leaving the front, took up its place behind them,
20. so that it came between the camp of the Egyptians and that of Israel. But the cloud now became dark, and thus the night passed without the rival camps coming any closer together all night long.
21. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD swept the sea with a strong east wind throughout the night and so turned it into dry land. When the water was thus divided,
22. the Israelites marched into the midst of the sea on dry land, with the water like a wall to their right and to their left.
23. The Egyptians followed in pursuit; all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and charioteers went after them right into the midst of the sea.
24. In the night watch just before dawn the LORD cast through the column of the fiery cloud upon the Egyptian force a glance that threw it into a panic;
25. and he so clogged their chariot wheels that they could hardly drive. With that the Egyptians sounded the retreat before Israel, because the LORD was fighting for them against the Egyptians.
26. Then the LORD told Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may flow back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and their charioteers."
27. So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea flowed back to its normal depth. The Egyptians were fleeing head on toward the sea, when the LORD hurled them into its midst.
28. As the water flowed back, it covered the chariots and the charioteers of Pharaoh's whole army which had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not a single one of them escaped.
29. But the Israelites had marched on dry land through the midst of the sea, with the water like a wall to their right and to their left.
30. Thus the LORD saved Israel on that day from the power of the Egyptians. When Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore
31. and beheld the great power that the LORD had shown against the Egyptians, they feared the LORD and believed in him and in his servant Moses.

Psalms 18:13-19
13. Before him scudded his clouds, hail and lightning too.
14. The LORD thundered from heaven; the Most High made his voice resound.
15. He let fly his arrows and scattered them; shot his lightning bolts and dispersed them.
16. Then the bed of the sea appeared; the world's foundations lay bare, At the roar of the LORD, at the storming breath of his nostrils.
17. He reached down from on high and seized me; drew me out of the deep waters.
18. He rescued me from my mighty enemy, from foes too powerful for me.
19. They attacked me on a day of distress, but the LORD came to my support.

Proverbs 6:6-11
6. Go to the ant, O sluggard, study her ways and learn wisdom;
7. For though she has no chief, no commander or ruler,
8. She procures her food in the summer, stores up her provisions in the harvest.
9. How long, O sluggard, will you rest? when will you rise from your sleep?
10. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest--
11. Then will poverty come upon you like a highway man, and want like an armed man.

Matthew 21:1-22
1. When they drew near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
2. saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them here to me.
3. And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, 'The master has need of them.' Then he will send them at once."
4. This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:
5. "Say to daughter Zion, 'Behold, your king comes to you, meek and riding on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'"
6. The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them.
7. They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them, and he sat upon them.
8. The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road.
9. The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest."
10. And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, "Who is this?"
11. And the crowds replied, "This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee."
12. Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those engaged in selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.
13. And he said to them, "It is written: 'My house shall be a house of prayer,' but you are making it a den of thieves."
14. The blind and the lame approached him in the temple area, and he cured them.
15. When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wondrous things he was doing, and the children crying out in the temple area, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were indignant
16. and said to him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" Jesus said to them, "Yes; and have you never read the text, 'Out of the mouths of infants and nurslings you have brought forth praise'?"
17. And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany, and there he spent the night.
18. When he was going back to the city in the morning, he was hungry.
19. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went over to it, but found nothing on it except leaves. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again." And immediately the fig tree withered.
20. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed and said, "How was it that the fig tree withered immediately?"
21. Jesus said to them in reply, "Amen, I say to you, if you have faith and do not waver, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' it will be done.
22. Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive."