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Bible in one year


April 5


Deuteronomy 33:1-29
1. This is the blessing which Moses, the man of God, pronounced upon the Israelites before he died.
2. He said: "The LORD came from Sinai and dawned on his people from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran and advanced from Meribath-kadesh, While at his right hand a fire blazed forth and his wrath devastated the nations.
3. But all his holy ones were in his hand; they followed at his feet and he bore them up on his pinions.
4. A law he gave to us; he made the community of Jacob his domain,
5. and he became king of his darling. When the chiefs of the people assembled and the tribes of Israel came together.
6. "May Reuben live and not die out, but let his men be few."
7. The following is for Judah. He said: "The LORD hears the cry of Judah; you will bring him to his people. His own hands defend his cause and you will be his help against his foes."
8. Of Levi he said: "To Levi belong your Thummim, to the man of your favor your Urim; For you put him to the test at Massah and you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.
9. He said of his father, 'I regard him not'; his brothers he would not acknowledge, and his own children he refused to recognize. Thus the Levites keep your words, and your covenant they uphold.
10. They promulgate your decisions to Jacob and your law to Israel. They bring the smoke of sacrifice to your nostrils, and burnt offerings to your altar.
11. Bless, O LORD, his possessions and accept the ministry of his hands. Break the backs of his adversaries and of his foes, that they may not rise."
12. Of Benjamin he said: "Benjamin is the beloved of the LORD, who shelters him all the day, while he abides securely at his breast."
13. Of Joseph he said: "Blessed by the LORD is his land with the best of the skies above and of the abyss crouching beneath;
14. With the best of the produce of the year, and the choicest sheaves of the months;
15. With the finest gifts of the age-old mountains and the best from the timeless hills;
16. With the best of the earth and its fullness, and the favor of him who dwells in the bush. These shall come upon the head of Joseph and upon the brow of the prince among his brothers,
17. The majestic bull, his father's first-born, whose horns are those of the wild ox With which to gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth." (These are the myriads of Ephraim, and these the thousands of Manasseh.)
18. Of Zebulun he said: "Rejoice, O Zebulun, in your pursuits, and you, Issachar, in your tents!
19. You who invite the tribes to the mountains where feasts are duly held, Because you suck up the abundance of the seas and the hidden treasures of the sand."
20. Of Gad he said: "Blessed be he who has made Gad so vast! He lies there like a lion that has seized the arm and head of the prey.
21. He saw that the best should be his when the princely portion was assigned, while the heads of the people were gathered. He carried out the justice of the LORD and his decrees respecting Israel."
22. Of Dan he said: "Dan is a lion's whelp, that springs forth from Bashan!"
23. Of Naphtali he said: "Naphtali is enriched with favors and filled with the blessings of the LORD; The lake and south of it are his possession!"
24. Of Asher he said: "More blessed than the other sons be Asher! May he be the favorite among his brothers, as the oil of his olive trees runs over his feet!
25. May your bolts be of iron and bronze; may your strength endure through all your days!"
26. "There is no god like the God of the darling, who rides the heavens in his power, and rides the skies in his majesty;
27. He spread out the primeval tent; he extended the ancient canopy. He drove the enemy out of your way and the Amorite he destroyed.
28. Israel has dwelt securely, and the fountain of Jacob has been undisturbed In a land of grain and wine, where the heavens drip with dew.
29. How fortunate you are, O Israel! Where else is a nation victorious in the LORD? The LORD is your saving shield, and his sword is your glory. Your enemies fawn upon you, as you stride upon their heights."

Deuteronomy 34:1-12
1. Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho, and the LORD showed him all the land-Gilead, and as far as Dan,
2. all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea,
3. the Negeb, the circuit of the Jordan with the lowlands at Jericho, city of palms, and as far as Zoar.
4. The LORD then said to him, "This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that I would give to their descendants. I have let you feast your eyes upon it, but you shall not cross over."
5. So there, in the land of Moab, Moses, the servant of the LORD, died as the LORD had said;
6. and he was buried in the ravine opposite Beth-peor in the land of Moab, but to this day no one knows the place of his burial.
7. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated.
8. For thirty days the Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab, till they had completed the period of grief and mourning for Moses.
9. Now Joshua, son of Nun, was filled with the spirit of wisdom, since Moses had laid his hands upon him; and so the Israelites gave him their obedience, thus carrying out the LORD'S command to Moses.
10. Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.
11. He had no equal in all the signs and wonders the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh and all his servants and against all his land,
12. and for the might and the terrifying power that Moses exhibited in the sight of all Israel.

Psalms 40:13-17
13. For all about me are evils beyond count; my sins so overcome me I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head; my courage fails me.
14. LORD, graciously rescue me! Come quickly to help me, LORD!
15. Put to shame and confound all who seek to take my life. Turn back in disgrace those who desire my ruin.
16. Let those who say "Aha!" know dismay and shame.
17. But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. May those who long for your help always say, "The LORD be glorified."

Proverbs 13:13-14
13. He who despises the word must pay for it, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
14. The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that a man may avoid the snares of death.

Luke 8:1-25
1. Afterward he journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve
2. and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
3. Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.
4. When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to him, he spoke in a parable.
5. "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up.
6. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture.
7. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
8. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold." After saying this, he called out, "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."
9. Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be.
10. He answered, "Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that 'they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.'
11. "This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God.
12. Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved.
13. Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of trial.
14. As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit.
15. But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.
16. "No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.
17. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
18. Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away."
19. Then his mother and his brothers came to him but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
20. He was told, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you."
21. He said to them in reply, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it."
22. One day he got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, "Let us cross to the other side of the lake." So they set sail,
23. and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A squall blew over the lake, and they were taking in water and were in danger.
24. They came and woke him saying, "Master, master, we are perishing!" He awakened, rebuked the wind and the waves, and they subsided and there was a calm.
25. Then he asked them, "Where is your faith?" But they were filled with awe and amazed and said to one another, "Who then is this, who commands even the winds and the sea, and they obey him?"