Bible in one year

January 15

Genesis 29:1-35
1. Then Jacob continued on his journey. He came to the land where the eastern tribes lived.
2. There he saw a well in the field. Three flocks of sheep were lying near it. The flocks were given water from the well. The stone over the opening of the well was large.
3. All of the flocks would gather there. The shepherds would roll the stone away from the well's opening. They would give water to the sheep. Then they would put the stone back in its place over the opening of the well.
4. Jacob asked the shepherds, "My friends, where are you from?" "We're from Haran," they replied.
5. He said to them, "Do you know Nahor's grandson Laban?" "Yes, we know him," they answered.
6. Then Jacob asked them, "How is he?" "He's fine," they said. "Here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep now."
7. "Look," he said, "the sun is still high in the sky. It's not time for the flocks to be brought together. Give water to the sheep and take them back to the grasslands."
8. "We can't," they replied. "We have to wait until all of the flocks are brought together. The stone has to be rolled away from the opening of the well. Then we'll give water to the sheep."
9. He was still talking with them when Rachel came with her father's sheep. It was her job to take care of the flock.
10. Rachel was the daughter of Laban. He was the brother of Jacob's mother. When Jacob saw Rachel with Laban's sheep, he went over to the well. He rolled the stone away from the opening. He gave water to his uncle's sheep.
11. Jacob kissed Rachel. Then he began to sob loudly.
12. He had told Rachel he was a relative of her father. He had also said he was Rebekah's son. Rachel ran and told her father what Jacob had said.
13. As soon as Laban heard the news about his sister's son Jacob, he hurried to meet him. Laban hugged Jacob and kissed him. Then he brought him to his home. There Jacob told him everything.
14. Then Laban said to him, "You are my own flesh and blood." Jacob stayed with Laban for a whole month.
15. Then Laban said to him, "You are one of my relatives. But is that any reason for you to work for me for nothing? Tell me what your pay should be."
16. Laban had two daughters. The name of the older one was Leah. And the name of the younger one was Rachel.
17. Leah had weak eyes. But Rachel was beautiful. She had a nice figure.
18. Jacob was in love with Rachel. He said to Laban, "I'll work for you for seven years to get your younger daughter Rachel."
19. Laban said, "It's better for me to give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me."
20. So Jacob worked for seven years to get Rachel. But they seemed like only a few days to him because he loved her so much.
21. Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. I've completed my time. I want to make love to her."
22. So Laban brought all of the people of the place together and had a big dinner prepared.
23. But when evening came, he gave his daughter Leah to Jacob. And Jacob made love to her.
24. Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter as her servant.
25. When Jacob woke up the next morning, there was Leah next to him! So he said to Laban, "What have you done to me? I worked for you to get Rachel, didn't I? Why did you trick me?"
26. Laban replied, "It isn't our practice here to give the younger daughter to be married before the older one.
27. Complete this daughter's wedding week. Then we'll give you the younger one also. But you will have to work for another seven years."
28. So Jacob did it. He completed the week with Leah. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.
29. Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her servant.
30. Jacob made love to Rachel also. He loved Rachel more than he loved Leah. And he worked for Laban for another seven years.
31. The Lord saw that Jacob didn't love Leah as much as he loved Rachel. So he let Leah have children. But Rachel wasn't able to have children.
32. Leah became pregnant. She had a son. She named him Reuben. She said, "The Lord has seen me suffer. Certainly my husband will love me now."
33. She became pregnant again. She had a son. Then she said, "The Lord heard that Jacob doesn't love me very much. That's why the Lord gave me this one too." So she named him Simeon.
34. She became pregnant again. She had a son. Then she said, "Now at last my husband will want me. I have had three sons by him." So the boy was named Levi.
35. She became pregnant again. She had a son. Then she said, "This time I'll praise the Lord." So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.

Genesis 30:1-43
1. Rachel saw that she couldn't have any children by Jacob. So she became jealous of her sister. She said to Jacob, "Give me children, or I'll die!"
2. Jacob became angry with her. He said, "Do you think I'm God? He's the one who has kept you from having children."
3. Then she said, "Here's my servant Bilhah. Make love to her so that she can have children for me. Then I too can have a family through her."
4. So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob made love to her.
5. And Bilhah became pregnant. She had a son by him.
6. Then Rachel said, "God has stood up for my rights. He has listened to my prayer and given me a son." So she named him Dan.
7. Rachel's servant Bilhah became pregnant again. She had a second son by Jacob.
8. Then Rachel said, "I've had a great struggle with my sister. Now I've won." So she named him Naphtali.
9. Leah saw that she had stopped having children. So she gave her servant Zilpah to Jacob as a wife.
10. Leah's servant Zilpah had a son by Jacob.
11. Then Leah said, "What good fortune!" So she named him Gad.
12. Leah's servant Zilpah had a second son by Jacob.
13. Then Leah said, "I'm so happy! The women will call me happy." So she named him Asher.
14. While the wheat harvest was being gathered, Reuben went out into the fields. He found some mandrake plants. He brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes."
15. But Leah said to her, "Isn't it enough that you took my husband away? Are you going to take my son's mandrakes too?" Rachel said, "All right. Jacob can make love to you tonight if you give me your son's mandrakes."
16. Jacob came in from the fields that evening. Leah went out to meet him. "You have to sleep with me tonight," she said. "I've bought you with my son's mandrakes." So he made love to her that night.
17. God listened to Leah. She became pregnant and had a fifth son by Jacob.
18. Then Leah said, "God has rewarded me because I gave my female servant to my husband." So she named the boy Issachar.
19. Leah became pregnant again. She had a sixth son by Jacob.
20. Then Leah said, "God has given me a priceless gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor. I've had six sons by him." So she named the boy Zebulun.
21. Some time later she had a daughter. She named her Dinah.
22. Then God listened to Rachel. He showed concern for her. He made it possible for her to have children.
23. She became pregnant. She had a son. She said, "God has taken my shame away."
24. She continued, "May the Lord give me another son." So she named him Joseph.
25. After Rachel had Joseph, Jacob spoke to Laban. He said, "Send me on my way. I want to go back to my own home and country.
26. Give me my wives and children. I worked for you to get them. So I'll be on my way. You know how much work I've done for you."
27. But Laban said to him, "If you are pleased with me, stay here. I've discovered that the Lord has blessed me because of you."
28. He continued, "Name your pay. I'll give it to you."
29. Jacob said to him, "You know how hard I've worked for you. You know that your livestock has done better under my care.
30. You had only a little before I came. But that little has become a lot. The Lord has blessed you everywhere I've been. But when can I do something for my own family?"
31. "What should I give you?" Laban asked. "Don't give me anything," Jacob replied. "Just do one thing for me. Then I'll go on taking care of your flocks and watching over them.
32. "Let me go through all of your flocks today. Let me remove every sheep that has speckles or spots on it. Let me remove every dark-colored lamb. Let me remove every goat that has spots or speckles on it. They will be my pay.
33. "My honesty will give witness about me in days to come. It will give witness every time you check on what you have paid me. Suppose I have a goat that doesn't have speckles or spots. Or suppose I have a lamb that isn't dark-colored. Then it will be considered stolen."
34. "I agree," said Laban. "Let's do what you have said."
35. That same day Laban removed all of the male goats that had stripes or spots. He removed all of the female goats that had speckles or spots. They were the ones that had white on them. He also removed all of the dark-colored lambs. He had his sons take care of them.
36. Then he put a journey of three days between himself and Jacob. But Jacob continued to take care of the rest of Laban's flocks.
37. Jacob took branches that were freshly cut from poplar, almond and plane trees. He made white stripes on them by peeling off the bark. He uncovered the white wood inside the branches.
38. Then he placed the peeled branches in all of the stone tubs where the animals drank water. He placed them so they would be right in front of the flocks when they came to drink. The flocks were ready to mate when they came to drink.
39. So they mated in front of the branches. And they had little ones that were striped or speckled or spotted.
40. Jacob put the little ones of the flock to one side by themselves. But he made the older ones face the striped and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. In that way, he made separate flocks for himself. He didn't put them with Laban's animals.
41. Every time the stronger females were ready to mate, Jacob would place the branches in the stone tubs. He would place them in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches.
42. But if the animals were weak, he wouldn't place the branches there. So the weak animals went to Laban. And the strong ones went to Jacob.
43. In this way, Jacob became very rich. He became the owner of large flocks. He also had many male and female servants. And he had many camels and donkeys.

Psalms 8:1-5
1. For the director of music. For gittith. A psalm of David. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in the whole earth! You have made your glory higher than the heavens.
2. You have made sure that children and infants praise you. You have done it because of your enemies. You have done it to put a stop to their talk.
3. I think about the heavens. I think about what your fingers have created. I think about the moon and stars that you have set in place.
4. What is a human being that you think about him? What is a son of man that you take care of him?
5. You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings. You placed on him a crown of glory and honor.

Proverbs 3:13-18
13. Blessed is the one who finds wisdom. Blessed is the one who gains understanding.
14. Wisdom pays better than silver does. She earns more than gold does.
15. She is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her.
16. Long life is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.
17. Her ways are pleasant ways. All her paths lead to peace.
18. She is a tree of life to those who hold her close. Those who hold on to her will be blessed.

Matthew 10:21-42
21. "Brothers will hand over brothers to be killed. Fathers will hand over their children. Children will rise up against their parents and have them put to death.
22. Everyone will hate you because of me. But anyone who stands firm to the end will be saved.
23. "When people attack you in one place, escape to another. What I'm about to tell you is true. You will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24. "A student is not better than his teacher. A servant is not better than his master.
25. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher. And it is enough for the servant to be like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, what can the others who live there expect?
26. "So don't be afraid of your enemies. Everything that is secret will be brought out into the open. Everything that is hidden will be uncovered.
27. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight. What is whispered in your ear, shout from the rooftops.
28. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but can't kill the soul. Instead, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
29. "Aren't two sparrows sold for only a penny? But not one of them falls to the ground without your Father knowing it.
30. He even counts every hair on your head!
31. So don't be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.
32. "What about someone who says in front of others that he knows me? I will also say in front of my Father who is in heaven that I know him.
33. But what about someone who says in front of others that he doesn't know me? I will say in front of my Father who is in heaven that I don't know him.
34. "Do not think that I came to bring peace to the earth. I didn't come to bring peace. I came to bring a sword.
35. I have come to turn " 'sons against their fathers. Daughters will refuse to obey their mothers. Daughters?in?law will be against their mothers?in?law.
36. A man's enemies will be the members of his own family.' --(Micah 7:6)
37. "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. Anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38. And anyone who does not pick up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
39. If anyone finds his life, he will lose it. If anyone loses his life because of me, he will find it.
40. "Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me welcomes the One who sent me.
41. Suppose someone welcomes a prophet as a prophet. That one will receive a prophet's reward. And suppose someone welcomes a godly person as a godly person. That one will receive a godly person's reward.
42. Suppose someone gives even a cup of cold water to a little one who follows me. What I'm about to tell you is true. That one will certainly be rewarded."