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Bible in one year


January 2


Genesis 3:1-24
1. The serpent was more clever than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. The serpent said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat the fruit of any tree that is in the garden'?"
2. The woman said to the serpent, "We can eat the fruit of the trees that are in the garden.
3. But God did say, 'You must not eat the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden. Do not even touch it. If you do, you will die.' "
4. "You can be sure that you won't die," the serpent said to the woman.
5. "God knows that when you eat the fruit of that tree, you will know things you have never known before. You will be able to tell the difference between good and evil. You will be like God."
6. The woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good to eat. It was also pleasing to look at. And it would make a person wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. And he ate it.
7. Then both of them knew things they had never known before. They realized they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made clothes for themselves.
8. Then the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking in the garden. It was the coolest time of the day. They hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9. But the Lord God called out to the man. "Where are you?" he asked.
10. "I heard you in the garden," the man answered. "I was afraid. I was naked, so I hid."
11. The Lord God said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten the fruit of the tree I commanded you not to eat?"
12. The man said, "It was the woman you put here with me. She gave me some fruit from the tree. And I ate it."
13. Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What have you done?" The woman said, "The serpent tricked me. That's why I ate the fruit."
14. So the Lord God spoke to the serpent. He said, "Because you have done this, "I am putting a curse on you. You are cursed more than all of the livestock and all of the wild animals. You will crawl on the ground. You will eat dust all of the days of your life.
15. I will put hatred between you and the woman. Your children and her children will be enemies. Her son will crush your head. And you will crush his heel."
16. The Lord God said to the woman, "I will greatly increase your pain when you give birth. You will be in pain when you have children. You will long for your husband. And he will rule over you."
17. The Lord God said to Adam, "You listened to your wife. You ate the fruit of the tree that I commanded you about. I said, 'You must not eat its fruit.' "So I am putting a curse on the ground because of what you did. All the days of your life you will have to work hard to get food from the ground.
18. You will eat the plants of the field, even though the ground produces thorns and thistles.
19. You will have to work hard and sweat a lot to produce the food you eat. You were made out of the ground. And you will return to it. You are dust. So you will return to it."
20. Adam named his wife Eve. She would become the mother of every living person.
21. The Lord God made clothes out of animal skins for Adam and his wife to wear.
22. The Lord God said, "The man has become like one of us. He can now tell the difference between good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and pick fruit from the tree of life and eat it. If he does, he will live forever."
23. So the Lord God drove the man out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground he had been made out of.
24. The Lord God drove him out and then placed cherubim on the east side of the Garden of Eden. He also placed a flaming sword there. It flashed back and forth. The cherubim and the sword guarded the way to the tree of life.

Genesis 4:1-26
1. Adam made love to his wife Eve. She became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the Lord's help I have had a baby boy."
2. Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Abel took care of sheep. Cain worked the ground.
3. After some time, Cain gathered some of the things he had grown. He brought them as an offering to the Lord.
4. But Abel brought the fattest parts of some of the lambs from his flock. They were the male animals that were born first to their mothers. The Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering.
5. But he wasn't pleased with Cain and his offering. So Cain became very angry. His face was sad.
6. Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why are you looking so sad?
7. Do what is right. Then you will be accepted. If you don't do what is right, sin is waiting at your door to grab you. It longs to have you. But you must rule over it."
8. Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." So they went out. There Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
9. Then the Lord said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I supposed to look after my brother?"
10. The Lord said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood is crying out to me from the ground.
11. "So I am putting a curse on you. I am driving you away from the ground. It has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
12. When you work the ground, it will not produce its crops for you anymore. You will be a restless person who wanders around on the earth."
13. Cain said to the Lord, "You are punishing me more than I can take.
14. Today you are driving me away from the land. I will be hidden from you. I'll be a restless person who wanders around on the earth. Anyone who finds me will kill me."
15. But the Lord said to him, "No. Anyone who kills you will be paid back seven times." The Lord put a mark on Cain. Then anyone who found him wouldn't kill him.
16. So Cain went away from the Lord. He lived in the land of Nod. It was east of Eden.
17. Cain made love to his wife. She became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. At that time Cain was building a city. He named it after his son Enoch.
18. Enoch had a son named Irad. Irad was the father of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael. And Methushael was the father of Lamech.
19. Lamech married two women. One was named Adah, and the other was named Zillah.
20. Adah gave birth to Jabal. He was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock.
21. His brother's name was Jubal. He was the father of everyone who plays the harp and flute.
22. Zillah also had a son. His name was Tubal-Cain. He made all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah.
23. Lamech said to his wives, "Adah and Zillah, listen to me. You wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man because he wounded me. I have killed a young man because he hurt me.
24. Anyone who would have killed Cain would have been paid back seven times. But anyone who hurts me will be paid back 77 times."
25. Adam made love to his wife again. She gave birth to a son and named him Seth. She said, "God has given me another child. The child will take the place of Abel, because Cain killed him."
26. Seth also had a son. He named him Enosh. At that time people began to worship the Lord.

Psalms 2:1-6
1. Why do the nations plan evil together? Why do they make useless plans?
2. The kings of the earth take their stand against the Lord. The rulers of the earth gather together against his anointed king.
3. "Let us break free from their chains," they say. "Let us throw off their ropes."
4. The One who sits on his throne in heaven laughs. The Lord makes fun of those rulers and their plans.
5. When he is angry, he warns them. When his anger blazes out, he terrifies them.
6. He says to them, "I have placed my king on my holy mountain of Zion."

Proverbs 1:8-9
8. My son, listen to your father's advice. Don't turn away from your mother's teaching.
9. What they teach you will be like a beautiful crown on your head. It will be like a chain to decorate your neck.

Matthew 2:1-23
1. Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus' birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem.
2. They asked, "Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? When we were in the east, we saw his star. Now we have come to worship him."
3. When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too.
4. So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Christ was going to be born.
5. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied. "This is what the prophet has written. He said,
6. " 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah. A ruler will come out of you. He will be the shepherd of my people Israel.' " --(Micah 5:2)
7. Then Herod called for the Wise Men secretly. He found out from them exactly when the star had appeared.
8. He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, "Go! Make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, bring me a report. Then I can go and worship him too."
9. After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when they were in the east went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was.
10. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy.
11. The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, incense and myrrh.
12. But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road.
13. When the Wise Men had left, Joseph had a dream. In the dream an angel of the Lord appeared to him. "Get up!" the angel said. "Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you to come back. Herod is going to search for the child. He wants to kill him."
14. Joseph got up. During the night, he left for Egypt with the child and his mother Mary.
15. They stayed there until King Herod died. So the words the Lord had spoken through the prophet came true. He had said, "I chose to bring my son out of Egypt."--(Hosea 11:1)
16. Herod realized that the Wise Men had tricked him. So he became very angry. He gave orders concerning Bethlehem and the area around it. All the boys two years old and under were to be killed. This agreed with the time when the Wise Men had seen the star.
17. In this way, the words the prophet Jeremiah spoke came true. He had said,
18. "A voice is heard in Ramah. It's the sound of crying and deep sadness. Rachel is crying over her children. She refuses to be comforted, because they are gone." --(Jeremiah 31:15)
19. After Herod died, Joseph had a dream while he was still in Egypt. In the dream an angel of the Lord appeared to him.
20. The angel said, "Get up! Take the child and his mother. Go to the land of Israel. Those who were trying to kill the child are dead."
21. So Joseph got up. He took the child and his mother Mary back to the land of Israel.
22. But then he heard that Archelaus was king of Judea. Archelaus was ruling in place of his father Herod. This made Joseph afraid to go there. Warned in a dream, Joseph went back to the land of Galilee instead.
23. There he lived in a town called Nazareth. So what the prophets had said about Jesus came true. They had said, "He will be called a Nazarene."