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Bible in one year


July 25


Nehemiah 1:1-11
1. The words of Nehemiah, the son of Hacaliah. In the month Chislev of the twentieth year, I was in the citadel of Susa
2. when Hanani, one of my brothers, came with other men from Judah. I asked them about the Jews, the remnant preserved after the captivity, and about Jerusalem,
3. and they answered me: "The survivors of the captivity there in the province are in great distress and under reproach. Also, the wall of Jerusalem lies breached, and its gates have been gutted with fire."
4. When I heard this report, I began to weep and continued mourning for several days; I fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
5. I prayed: "O LORD, God of heaven, great and awesome God, you who preserve your covenant of mercy toward those who love you and keep your commandments,
6. may your ear be attentive, and your eyes open, to heed the prayer which I, your servant, now offer in your presence day and night for your servants the Israelites, confessing the sins which we of Israel have committed against you, I and my father's house included.
7. Grievously have we offended you, not keeping the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances which you committed to your servant Moses.
8. But remember, I pray, the promise which you gave through Moses, your servant, when you said: 'Should you prove faithless, I will scatter you among the nations;
9. but should you return to me and carefully keep my commandments, even though your outcasts have been driven to the farthest corner of the world, I will gather them from there, and bring them back to the place which I have chosen as the dwelling place for my name.'
10. They are your servants, your people, whom you freed by your great might and your strong hand.
11. O Lord, may your ear be attentive to my prayer and that of all your willing servants who revere your name. Grant success to your servant this day, and let him find favor with this man"-for I was cupbearer to the king.

Nehemiah 2:1-20
1. In the month Nisan of the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when the wine was in my charge, I took some and offered it to the king. As I had never before been sad in his presence,
2. the king asked me, "Why do you look sad? If you are not sick, you must be sad at heart." Though I was seized with great fear,
3. I answered the king: "May the king live forever! How could I not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been eaten out by fire?"
4. The king asked me, "What is it, then, that you wish?" I prayed to the God of heaven
5. and then answered the king: "If it please the king, and if your servant is deserving of your favor, send me to Judah, to the city of my ancestors' graves, to rebuild it."
6. Then the king, and the queen seated beside him, asked me how long my journey would take and when I would return. I set a date that was acceptable to him, and the king agreed that I might go.
7. I asked the king further: "If it please the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of West-of-Euphrates, that they may afford me safe-conduct till I arrive in Judah;
8. also a letter for Asaph, the keeper of the royal park, that he may give me wood for timbering the gates of the temple-citadel and for the city wall and the house that I shall occupy." The king granted my requests, for the favoring hand of my God was upon me.
9. Thus I proceeded to the governors of West-of-Euphrates and presented the king's letters to them. The king also sent with me army officers and cavalry.
10. When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite slave had heard of this, they were very much displeased that someone had come to seek the welfare of the Israelites.
11. When I had arrived in Jerusalem, I first rested there for three days.
12. Then I set out by night with only a few other men (for I had not told anyone what my God had inspired me to do for Jerusalem) and with no other animals but my own mount.
13. I rode out at night by the Valley Gate, passed by the Dragon Spring, and came to the Dung Gate, observing how the walls of Jerusalem lay in ruins and its gates had been eaten out by fire.
14. Then I passed over to the Spring Gate and to the King's Pool. Since there was no room here for my mount to pass with me astride,
15. I continued on foot up the wadi by night, inspecting the wall all the while till I once more reached the Valley Gate, by which I went back in.
16. The magistrates knew nothing of where I had gone or what I was doing, for as yet I had disclosed nothing to the Jews, neither to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the magistrates, nor to the others who would be concerned about the matter.
17. Afterward I said to them: "You see the evil plight in which we stand: how Jerusalem lies in ruins and its gates have been gutted by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no longer be an object of derision!"
18. Then I explained to them how the favoring hand of my God had rested upon me, and what the king had said to me. They replied, "Let us be up and building!" And they undertook the good work with vigor.
19. On hearing of this, Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite slave, and Geshem the Arab mocked us and ridiculed us. "What is this that you are about?" they asked. "Are you rebelling against the king?"
20. My answer to them was this: "It is the God of heaven who will grant us success. We, his servants, shall set about the rebuilding; but for you there is to be neither share nor claim nor memorial in Jerusalem."

Psalms 88:11-18
11. Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the shades arise and praise you? Selah
12. Is your love proclaimed in the grave, your fidelity in the tomb?
13. Are your marvels declared in the darkness, your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?
14. But I cry out to you, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
15. Why do you reject me, LORD? Why hide your face from me?
16. I am mortally afflicted since youth; lifeless, I suffer your terrible blows.
17. Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have reduced me to silence.
18. All the day they surge round like a flood; from every side they close in on me.

Proverbs 21:25-26
25. The sluggard's propensity slays him, for his hands refuse to work.
26. Some are consumed with avarice all the day, but the just man gives unsparingly.

Acts 25:1-27
1. Three days after his arrival in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem
2. where the chief priests and Jewish leaders presented him their formal charges against Paul. They asked him
3. as a favor to have him sent to Jerusalem, for they were plotting to kill him along the way.
4. Festus replied that Paul was being held in custody in Caesarea and that he himself would be returning there shortly.
5. He said, "Let your authorities come down with me, and if this man has done something improper, let them accuse him."
6. After spending no more than eight or ten days with them, he went down to Caesarea, and on the following day took his seat on the tribunal and ordered that Paul be brought in.
7. When he appeared, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem surrounded him and brought many serious charges against him, which they were unable to prove.
8. In defending himself Paul said, "I have committed no crime either against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar."
9. Then Festus, wishing to ingratiate himself with the Jews, said to Paul in reply, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there stand trial before me on these charges?"
10. Paul answered, "I am standing before the tribunal of Caesar; this is where I should be tried. I have committed no crime against the Jews, as you very well know.
11. If I have committed a crime or done anything deserving death, I do not seek to escape the death penalty; but if there is no substance to the charges they are bringing against me, then no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar."
12. Then Festus, after conferring with his council, replied, "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go."
13. When a few days had passed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea on a visit to Festus.
14. Since they spent several days there, Festus referred Paul's case to the king, saying, "There is a man here left in custody by Felix.
15. When I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him and demanded his condemnation.
16. I answered them that it was not Roman practice to hand over an accused person before he has faced his accusers and had the opportunity to defend himself against their charge.
17. So when (they) came together here, I made no delay; the next day I took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought in.
18. His accusers stood around him, but did not charge him with any of the crimes I suspected.
19. Instead they had some issues with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus who had died but who Paul claimed was alive.
20. Since I was at a loss how to investigate this controversy, I asked if he were willing to go to Jerusalem and there stand trial on these charges.
21. And when Paul appealed that he be held in custody for the Emperor's decision, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar."
22. Agrippa said to Festus, "I too should like to hear this man." He replied, "Tomorrow you will hear him."
23. The next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great ceremony and entered the audience hall in the company of cohort commanders and the prominent men of the city and, by command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
24. And Festus said, "King Agrippa and all you here present with us, look at this man about whom the whole Jewish populace petitioned me here and in Jerusalem, clamoring that he should live no longer.
25. I found, however, that he had done nothing deserving death, and so when he appealed to the Emperor, I decided to send him.
26. But I have nothing definite to write about him to our sovereign; therefore I have brought him before all of you, and particularly before you, King Agrippa, so that I may have something to write as a result of this investigation.
27. For it seems senseless to me to send up a prisoner without indicating the charges against him."