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Bible in one year


April 6


Joshua 1:1-18
1. After Moses, the servant of the LORD, had died, the LORD said to Moses' aide Joshua, son of Nun:
2. "My servant Moses is dead. So prepare to cross the Jordan here, with all the people into the land I will give the Israelites.
3. As I promised Moses, I will deliver to you every place where you set foot.
4. Your domain is to be all the land of the Hittites, from the desert and from Lebanon east to the great river Euphrates and west to the Great Sea.
5. No one can withstand you while you live. I will be with you as I was with Moses: I will not leave you nor forsake you.
6. Be firm and steadfast, so that you may give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers I would give them.
7. Above all, be firm and steadfast, taking care to observe the entire law which my servant Moses enjoined on you. Do not swerve from it either to the right or to the left, that you may succeed wherever you go.
8. Keep this book of the law on your lips. Recite it by day and by night, that you may observe carefully all that is written in it; then you will successfully attain your goal.
9. I command you: be firm and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go."
10. So Joshua commanded the officers of the people:
11. "Go through the camp and instruct the people, 'Prepare your provisions, for three days from now you shall cross the Jordan here, to march in and take possession of the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you.'"
12. Joshua reminded the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh:
13. "Remember what Moses, the servant of the LORD, commanded you when he said, 'The LORD, your God, will permit you to settle in this land.'
14. Your wives, your children, and your livestock shall remain in the land Moses gave you here beyond the Jordan. But all the warriors among you must cross over armed ahead of your kinsmen and you must help them
15. until the LORD has settled your kinsmen, and they like you possess the land which the LORD, your God, is giving them. Afterward you may return and occupy your own land, which Moses, the servant of the LORD, has given you east of the Jordan."
16. "We will do all you have commanded us," they answered Joshua, "and we will go wherever you send us. We will obey you as completely as we obeyed Moses.
17. But may the LORD, your God, be with you as he was with Moses.
18. If anyone rebels against your orders and does not obey every command you give him, he shall be put to death. But be firm and steadfast."

Joshua 2:1-24
1. Then Joshua, son of Nun, secretly sent out two spies from Shittim, saying, "Go, reconnoiter the land and Jericho." When the two reached Jericho, they went into the house of a harlot named Rahab, where they lodged.
2. But a report was brought to the king of Jericho that some Israelites had come there that night to spy out the land.
3. So the king of Jericho sent Rahab the order, "Put out the visitors who have entered your house, for they have come to spy out the entire land."
4. The woman had taken the two men and hidden them, so she said, "True, the men you speak of came to me, but I did not know where they came from.
5. At dark, when it was time for the gate to be shut, they left, and I do not know where they went. You will have to pursue them immediately to overtake them."
6. Now, she had led them to the roof, and hidden them among her stalks of flax spread out there.
7. But the pursuers set out along the way to the fords of the Jordan, and once they had left, the gate was shut.
8. Before the spies fell asleep, Rahab came to them on the roof
9. and said: "I know that the LORD has given you the land, that a dread of you has come upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are overcome with fear of you.
10. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and how you dealt with Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites beyond the Jordan, whom you doomed to destruction.
11. At these reports, we are disheartened; everyone is discouraged because of you, since the LORD, your God, is God in heaven above and on earth below.
12. Now then, swear to me by the LORD that, since I am showing kindness to you, you in turn will show kindness to my family; and give me an unmistakable token
13. that you are to spare my father and mother, brothers and sisters, and all their kin, and save us from death."
14. "We pledge our lives for yours," the men answered her. "If you do not betray this errand of ours, we will be faithful in showing kindness to you when the LORD gives us the land."
15. Then she let them down through the window with a rope; for she lived in a house built into the city wall.
16. "Go up into the hill country," she suggested to them, "that your pursuers may not find you. Hide there for three days, until they return; then you may proceed on your way."
17. The men answered her, "This is how we will fulfill the oath you made us take:
18. When we come into the land, tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you are letting us down; and gather your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house.
19. Should any of them pass outside the doors of your house, he will be responsible for his own death, and we shall be guiltless. But we shall be responsible if anyone in the house with you is harmed.
20. If, however, you betray this errand of ours, we shall be quit of the oath you have made us take."
21. "Let it be as you say," she replied, and bade them farewell. When they were gone, she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
22. They went up into the hills, where they stayed three days until their pursuers, who had sought them all along the road without finding them, returned.
23. Then the two came back down from the hills, crossed the Jordan to Joshua, son of Nun, and reported all that had befallen them.
24. They assured Joshua, "The LORD has delivered all this land into our power; indeed, all the inhabitants of the land are overcome with fear of us."

Psalms 41:1-13
1. For the leader. A psalm of David.
2. Happy those concerned for the lowly and poor; when misfortune strikes, the LORD delivers them.
3. The LORD keeps and preserves them, makes them happy in the land, and does not betray them to their enemies.
4. The LORD sustains them on their sickbed, allays the malady when they are ill.
5. Once I prayed, "LORD, have mercy on me; heal me, I have sinned against you.
6. My enemies say the worst of me: 'When will that one die and be forgotten?'
7. When people come to visit me, they speak without sincerity. Their hearts store up malice; they leave and spread their vicious lies.
8. My foes all whisper against me; they imagine the worst about me:
9. I have a deadly disease, they say; I will never rise from my sickbed.
10. Even the friend who had my trust, who shared my table, has scorned me.
11. But you, LORD, have mercy and raise me up that I may repay them as they deserve."
12. By this I know you are pleased with me, that my enemy no longer jeers at me.
13. For my integrity you have supported me and let me stand in your presence forever.

Proverbs 13:15-16
15. Good sense brings favor, but the way of the faithless is their ruin.
16. The shrewd man does everything with prudence, but the fool peddles folly.

Luke 8:26-56
26. Then they sailed to the territory of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.
27. When he came ashore a man from the town who was possessed by demons met him. For a long time he had not worn clothes; he did not live in a house, but lived among the tombs.
28. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him; in a loud voice he shouted, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me!"
29. For he had ordered the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (It had taken hold of him many times, and he used to be bound with chains and shackles as a restraint, but he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into deserted places.)
30. Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "Legion," because many demons had entered him.
31. And they pleaded with him not to order them to depart to the abyss.
32. A herd of many swine was feeding there on the hillside, and they pleaded with him to allow them to enter those swine; and he let them.
33. The demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34. When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran away and reported the incident in the town and throughout the countryside.
35. People came out to see what had happened and, when they approached Jesus, they discovered the man from whom the demons had come out sitting at his feet. He was clothed and in his right mind, and they were seized with fear.
36. Those who witnessed it told them how the possessed man had been saved.
37. The entire population of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them because they were seized with great fear. So he got into a boat and returned.
38. The man from whom the demons had come out begged to remain with him, but he sent him away, saying,
39. "Return home and recount what God has done for you." The man went off and proclaimed throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.
40. When Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.
41. And a man named Jairus, an official of the synagogue, came forward. He fell at the feet of Jesus and begged him to come to his house,
42. because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. As he went, the crowds almost crushed him.
43. And a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years, who (had spent her whole livelihood on doctors and) was unable to be cured by anyone,
44. came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. Immediately her bleeding stopped.
45. Jesus then asked, "Who touched me?" While all were denying it, Peter said, "Master, the crowds are pushing and pressing in upon you."
46. But Jesus said, "Someone has touched me; for I know that power has gone out from me."
47. When the woman realized that she had not escaped notice, she came forward trembling. Falling down before him, she explained in the presence of all the people why she had touched him and how she had been healed immediately.
48. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace."
49. While he was still speaking, someone from the synagogue official's house arrived and said, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer."
50. On hearing this, Jesus answered him, "Do not be afraid; just have faith and she will be saved."
51. When he arrived at the house he allowed no one to enter with him except Peter and John and James, and the child's father and mother.
52. All were weeping and mourning for her, when he said, "Do not weep any longer, for she is not dead, but sleeping."
53. And they ridiculed him, because they knew that she was dead.
54. But he took her by the hand and called to her, "Child, arise!"
55. Her breath returned and she immediately arose. He then directed that she should be given something to eat.
56. Her parents were astounded, and he instructed them to tell no one what had happened.