Bible in one year

February 3

Exodus 17:1-16
1. From the desert of Sin the whole Israelite community journeyed by stages, as the LORD directed, and encamped at Rephidim. Here there was no water for the people to drink.
2. They quarreled, therefore, with Moses and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses replied, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to a test?"
3. Here, then, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?"
4. So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people? A little more and they will stone me!"
5. The LORD answered Moses, "Go over there in front of the people, along with some of the elders of Israel, holding in your hand, as you go, the staff with which you struck the river.
6. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb. Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it for the people to drink." This Moses did, in the presence of the elders of Israel.
7. The place was called Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled there and tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD in our midst or not?"
8. At Rephidim, Amalek came and waged war against Israel.
9. Moses, therefore, said to Joshua, "Pick out certain men, and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be standing on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand."
10. So Joshua did as Moses told him: he engaged Amalek in battle after Moses had climbed to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur.
11. As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight.
12. Moses' hands, however, grew tired; so they put a rock in place for him to sit on. Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other, so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
13. And Joshua mowed down Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this down in a document as something to be remembered, and recite it in the ears of Joshua: I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under the heavens."
15. Moses also built an altar there, which he called Yahweh-nissi;
16. for he said, "The LORD takes in hand his banner; the LORD will war against Amalek through the centuries."

Exodus 18:1-27
1. Now Moses' father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for his people Israel: how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt.
2. So his father-in-law Jethro took along Zipporah, Moses' wife, whom Moses had sent back to him,
3. and her two sons. One of these was called Gershom; for he said, "I am a stranger in a foreign land."
4. The other was called Eliezer; for he said, "My father's God is my helper; he has rescued me from Pharaoh's sword."
5. Together with Moses' wife and sons, then, his father-in-law Jethro came to him in the desert where he was encamped near the mountain of God,
6. and he sent word to Moses, "I, Jethro, your father-in-law, am coming to you, along with your wife and her two sons."
7. Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, bowed down before him, and kissed him. Having greeted each other, they went into the tent.
8. Moses then told his father-in-law of all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for the sake of Israel, and of all the hardships they had had to endure on their journey, and how the LORD had come to their rescue.
9. Jethro rejoiced over all the goodness that the LORD had shown Israel in rescuing them from the hands of the Egyptians.
10. "Blessed be the LORD," he said, "who has rescued his people from the hands of Pharaoh and the Egyptians.
11. Now I know that the LORD is a deity great beyond any other; for he took occasion of their being dealt with insolently to deliver the people from the power of the Egyptians."
12. Then Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, brought a holocaust and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to participate with Moses' father-in-law in the meal before God.
13. The next day Moses sat in judgment for the people, who waited about him from morning until evening.
14. When his father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he inquired, "What sort of thing is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone while all the people have to stand about you from morning till evening?"
15. Moses answered his father-in-law, "The people come to me to consult God.
16. Whenever they have a disagreement, they come to me to have me settle the matter between them and make known to them God's decisions and regulations."
17. "You are not acting wisely," his father-in-law replied.
18. "You will surely wear yourself out, and not only yourself but also these people with you. The task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.
19. Now, listen to me, and I will give you some advice, that God may be with you. Act as the people's representative before God, bringing to him whatever they have to say.
20. Enlighten them in regard to the decisions and regulations, showing them how they are to live and what they are to do.
21. But you should also look among all the people for able and God-fearing men, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain, and set them as officers over groups of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.
22. Let these men render decisions for the people in all ordinary cases. More important cases they should refer to you, but all the lesser cases they can settle themselves. Thus, your burden will be lightened, since they will bear it with you.
23. If you do this, when God gives you orders you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied."
24. Moses followed the advice of his father-in-law and did all that he had suggested.
25. He picked out able men from all Israel and put them in charge of the people as officers over groups of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.
26. They rendered decisions for the people in all ordinary cases. The more difficult cases they referred to Moses, but all the lesser cases they settled themselves.
27. Then Moses bade farewell to his father-in-law, who went off to his own country.

Psalms 18:28-36
28. Humble people you save; haughty eyes you bring low.
29. You, LORD, give light to my lamp; my God brightens the darkness about me.
30. With you I can rush an armed band, with my God to help I can leap a wall.
31. God's way is unerring; the LORD'S promise is tried and true; he is a shield for all who trust in him.
32. Truly, who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is the rock?
33. This God who girded me with might, kept my way unerring,
34. Who made my feet swift as a deer's, set me safe on the heights,
35. Who trained my hands for war, my arms to bend even a bow of bronze.
36. You have given me your protecting shield; your right hand has upheld me; you stooped to make me great.

Proverbs 6:16-19
16. There are six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him;
17. Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood;
18. A heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil,
19. The false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers.

Matthew 22:1-22
1. Jesus again in reply spoke to them in parables, saying,
2. "The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
3. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.
4. A second time he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast."'
5. Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.
6. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.
7. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
8. Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
9. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.'
10. The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests.
11. But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
12. He said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence.
13. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'
14. Many are invited, but few are chosen."
15. Then the Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap him in speech.
16. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion, for you do not regard a person's status.
17. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"
18. Knowing their malice, Jesus said, "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
19. Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin.
20. He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?"
21. They replied, "Caesar's." At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."
22. When they heard this they were amazed, and leaving him they went away.