Bible in one year

January 25

Genesis 49:1-33
1. Then Jacob sent for his sons. He said, "Gather around me so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.
2. "Sons of Jacob, come together and listen. Listen to your father Israel.
3. "Reuben, you are my oldest son. You were my first child. You were the first sign of my strength. You were first in honor. You were first in power.
4. But you are as unsteady as water. So you won't be first anymore. You had sex with your father's concubine in his bed. You lay on his couch and made it 'unclean.'
5. "Simeon and Levi are brothers. Their swords have killed a lot of people.
6. I won't share in their plans. I won't have anything to do with them. They became angry and killed people. They cut the legs of oxen just for the fun of it.
7. May the Lord put a curse on them because of their terrible anger. I will scatter them in Jacob's land. I will spread them around in Israel.
8. "Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your enemies will be brought under your control. Your father's sons will bow down to you.
9. Judah, you are like a lion's cub. You return from hunting, my son. Like a lion, you lie down and sleep. You are like a mother lion. Who dares to wake you up?
10. The right to rule will not leave Judah. The ruler's rod will not be taken from between his feet. It will be his until the king it belongs to comes. It will be his until the nations obey him.
11. He will tie his donkey to a vine. He will tie his colt to the very best branch. He will wash his clothes in wine. He will wash his robes in the red juice of grapes.
12. His eyes will be darker than wine. His teeth will be whiter than milk.
13. "Zebulun will live by the seashore. He will become a safe harbor for ships. His border will go out toward Sidon.
14. "Issachar is like a donkey lying down between two saddlebags.
15. He sees how good his resting place is. He sees that his land is pleasant. So he'll carry a heavy load on his back. He will obey when he's forced to work.
16. "Dan will do what is fair for his people. He will do it as one of the tribes of Israel.
17. Dan will be a serpent by the side of the road. He will be a poisonous snake along the path. It bites the horse's heels so that the rider falls off backward.
18. "Lord, I look to you to save me.
19. "Gad will be attacked by a group of robbers. But he'll attack them as they run away.
20. "Asher's food will be rich and sweet. He will provide food that even a king would enjoy.
21. "Naphtali is a female deer that is set free and gives birth to beautiful fawns.
22. "Joseph is a vine that grows a lot of fruit. It grows close by a spring. Its branches climb over a wall.
23. Mean people shot arrows at him. They shot at him because they were angry.
24. But his bow remained steady. His strong arms moved freely. The hand of the Mighty One of Jacob was with him. The Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, stood by him.
25. Your father's God helps you. The Mighty One blesses you. He gives you blessings from the highest heavens. He gives you blessings from the deepest oceans. He blesses you with children and with a mother's milk.
26. Your father's blessings are great. They are greater than the blessings from the age-old mountains. They are greater than the gifts from the ancient hills. Let all of those blessings rest on the head of Joseph. Let them rest on the head of the one who is prince among his brothers.
27. "Benjamin is a hungry wolf. In the morning he eats what he has killed. In the evening he shares what he has stolen."
28. All of those are the 12 tribes of Israel. That's what their father said to them when he blessed them. He gave each one the blessing that was just right for him.
29. Then Jacob gave directions to his sons. He said, "I'm about to join the members of my family who have already died. Bury me with them in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite.
30. "The cave is in the field of Machpelah near Mamre in Canaan. Abraham had bought it as a place where he could bury his wife's body. He had bought the cave from Ephron the Hittite, along with the field.
31. "The bodies of Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried there. So were the bodies of Isaac and his wife Rebekah. I also buried Leah's body there.
32. Abraham bought the field and the cave from the Hittites."
33. When Jacob had finished telling his sons what to do, he pulled his feet up into his bed. Then he took his last breath and joined the members of his family who had already died.

Genesis 50:1-26
1. Joseph threw himself on his father's body. He sobbed over him and kissed him.
2. Then Joseph talked to the doctors who served him. He told them to prepare the body of his father Israel to be buried. So the doctors prepared it.
3. They took 40 days to do it. They needed that much time to prepare a body in the right way. The Egyptians sobbed over Jacob for 70 days.
4. After the days of sorrow had passed, Joseph went to Pharaoh's officials. He said to them, "If you are pleased with me, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him,
5. 'My father made me take an oath and make a promise to him. He said, "I'm about to die. Bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan." So let me go up and bury my father. Then I'll come back.' "
6. Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father. Do what he made you promise to do."
7. So Joseph went up to bury his father. All of Pharaoh's officials went with him. They were the important people of his court and all of the leaders of Egypt.
8. All of Joseph's family also went. His brothers and all of the rest of his father's family went too. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen.
9. Chariots and horsemen also went up with him. It was a very large group.
10. They came to the threshing floor of Atad. It was near the Jordan River. There they sobbed loudly and bitterly. Joseph set apart seven days of sadness to honor his father's memory.
11. The people of Canaan who were living there saw how sad all of them were at the threshing floor of Atad. They said, "The Egyptians are having a very special service for the dead." That's why that place near the Jordan River is called Abel of the Egyptians.
12. So Jacob's sons did exactly as he had commanded them.
13. They carried his body to the land of Canaan. They buried it in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre. Abraham had bought the cave as a place where he could bury his wife's body. He had bought it from Ephron the Hittite, along with the field.
14. After Joseph buried his father, he went back to Egypt. His brothers and all of the others who had gone to help him bury his father went back with him.
15. Now that their father was dead, Joseph's brothers were worried. They said, "Remember all of the bad things we did to Joseph? What if he decides to hold those things against us? What if he pays us back for them?"
16. So they sent a message to Joseph. They said, "Your father gave us directions before he died.
17. He said, 'Here's what you must say to Joseph. Tell him, "I'm asking you to forgive your brothers. Forgive the terrible things they did to you. Forgive them for treating you so badly." ' Now then, please forgive our sins. We serve the God of your father." When their message came to Joseph, he sobbed.
18. Then his brothers came and threw themselves down in front of him. "We are your slaves," they said.
19. But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Do you think I'm God?
20. You planned to harm me. But God planned it for good. He planned to do what is now being done. He wanted to save many lives.
21. "So then, don't be afraid. I'll provide for you and your children." He set them free from their fears. And he spoke in a kind way to them.
22. Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all of his father's family. He lived 110 years.
23. He lived long enough to see Ephraim's children and grandchildren. When the children of Makir were born, they were placed on Joseph's knees and counted as his own children. Makir was the son of Manasseh.
24. Joseph said to his brothers, "I'm about to die. But I'm sure that God will come to help you. He'll take you up out of this land. He'll bring you to the land he promised with an oath to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."
25. Joseph made the sons of Israel take an oath and make a promise to him. He said, "I'm sure that God will come to help you. Then you must carry my bones up from this place."
26. So Joseph died at the age of 110. They prepared his body to be buried. Then he was placed in a casket in Egypt.

Psalms 14:1-7
1. For the director of music. A psalm of David. Foolish people say in their hearts, "There is no God." They do all kinds of horrible and evil things. No one does anything good.
2. The Lord looks down from heaven on all people. He wants to see if there are any who understand. He wants to see if there are any who trust in God.
3. All of them have turned away. They have all become evil. No one does anything good, no one at all.
4. Won't those who do evil ever learn? They eat up my people as if they were eating bread. They don't call out to the Lord for help.
5. Just look at them! They are filled with terror because God is among those who do right.
6. You who do evil make it hard for poor people to do what they plan to do. But the Lord is their place of safety.
7. How I pray that the One who saves Israel will come out of Zion! Then the Lord will bless his people with great success again. So let the people of Jacob be filled with joy! Let Israel be glad!

Proverbs 4:20-24
20. My son, pay attention to what I say. Listen closely to my words.
21. Don't let them out of your sight. Keep them in your heart.
22. They are life to those who find them. They are health to your whole body.
23. Above everything else, guard your heart. It is where your life comes from.
24. Don't speak with twisted words. Keep evil talk away from your lips.

Matthew 16:1-28
1. The Pharisees and Sadducees came to put Jesus to the test. They asked him to show them a miraculous sign from heaven.
2. He replied, "In the evening you look at the sky. You say, 'It will be good weather. The sky is red.'
3. And in the morning you say, 'Today it will be stormy. The sky is red and cloudy.' You know the meaning of what you see in the sky. But you can't understand the signs of what is happening right now.
4. An evil and unfaithful people look for a miraculous sign. But none will be given to them except the sign of Jonah." Then Jesus left them and went away.
5. The disciples crossed over to the other side of the lake. They had forgotten to take bread.
6. "Be careful," Jesus said to them. "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
7. The disciples talked about this among themselves. They said, "He must be saying this because we didn't bring any bread."
8. Jesus knew what they were saying. So he said, "Your faith is so small! Why are you talking to each other about having no bread?
9. Don't you understand yet? Don't you remember the five loaves for the 5,000? Don't you remember how many baskets of pieces you gathered?
10. Don't you remember the seven loaves for the 4,000? Don't you remember how many baskets of pieces you gathered?
11. How can you possibly not understand? I wasn't talking to you about bread. But watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
12. Then the disciples understood that Jesus was not telling them to watch out for the yeast used in bread. He was warning them against what the Pharisees and Sadducees taught.
13. Jesus went to the area of Caesarea Philippi. There he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"
14. They replied, "Some say John the Baptist. Others say Elijah. Still others say Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."
15. "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
16. Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ. You are the Son of the living God."
17. Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah! No mere man showed this to you. My Father in heaven showed it to you.
18. Here is what I tell you. You are Peter. On this rock I will build my church. The gates of hell will not be strong enough to destroy it.
19. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. What you lock on earth will be locked in heaven. What you unlock on earth will be unlocked in heaven."
20. Then Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
21. From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples what would happen to him. He told them he must go to Jerusalem. There he must suffer many things from the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law. He must be killed and on the third day rise to life again.
22. Peter took Jesus to one side and began to scold him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This will never happen to you!"
23. Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are standing in my way. You do not have in mind the things of God. Instead, you are thinking about human things."
24. Then Jesus spoke to his disciples. He said, "If anyone wants to follow me, he must say no to himself. He must pick up his cross and follow me.
25. If he wants to save his life, he will lose it. But if he loses his life for me, he will find it.
26. "What good is it if someone gains the whole world but loses his soul? Or what can anyone trade for his soul?
27. The Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory. His angels will come with him. And he will reward everyone in keeping with what they have done.
28. "What I'm about to tell you is true. Some who are standing here will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."