Bible in one year

January 26

Exodus 1:1-22
1. Here are the names of Israel's children who went to Egypt with Jacob. Each one went with his family.
2. Jacob's sons were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,
3. Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin,
4. Dan, Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
5. The total number of Jacob's children and grandchildren was 70. Joseph was already in Egypt.
6. Joseph and all of his brothers died. So did all of their children.
7. The people of Israel had many children. They greatly increased their numbers. There were so many of them that they filled the land.
8. Then a new king came to power in Egypt. He didn't know anything about Joseph.
9. "Look," he said to his people. "The Israelites are far too many for us.
10. Come. We must deal with them carefully. If we don't, they will increase their numbers even more. Then if war breaks out, they'll join our enemies. They'll fight against us and leave the country."
11. So the Egyptians put slave drivers over the people of Israel. The slave drivers beat them down and made them work hard. The Israelites built the cities of Pithom and Rameses so Pharaoh could store things there.
12. But the more the slave drivers beat them down, the more the Israelites increased their numbers and spread out. So the Egyptians became afraid of them.
13. They made them work hard. They didn't show them any pity.
14. They made them suffer with hard labor. They forced them to work with bricks and mud. And they made them do all kinds of work in the fields. The Egyptians didn't show them any pity at all. They made them work very hard.
15. There were two Hebrew women named Shiphrah and Puah. They helped other women who were having babies. The king of Egypt spoke to them. He said,
16. "You are the ones who help the other Hebrew women. Watch them when they get into a sitting position to have their babies. Kill the boys. Let the girls live."
17. But Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. They didn't do what the king of Egypt had told them to do. They let the boys live.
18. Then the king of Egypt sent for the women. He asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"
19. The women answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like the women of Egypt. They are strong. They have their babies before we get there."
20. So God was kind to Shiphrah and Puah. And the people of Israel increased their numbers more and more.
21. Shiphrah and Puah had respect for God. So he gave them families of their own.
22. Then Pharaoh gave an order to all of his people. He said, "You must throw every baby boy into the Nile River. But let every baby girl live."

Exodus 2:1-25
1. A man and a woman from the tribe of Levi got married.
2. She became pregnant and had a son by him. She saw that her baby was a fine child. So she hid him for three months.
3. After that, she couldn't hide him any longer. So she got a basket that was made out of the stems of tall grass. She coated it with tar. Then she placed the child in it. She put the basket in the tall grass that grew along the bank of the Nile River.
4. The child's sister wasn't very far away. She wanted to see what would happen to him.
5. Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile River to take a bath. Her attendants were walking along the bank of the river. She saw the basket in the tall grass. So she sent her female slave to get it.
6. When she opened it, she saw the baby. He was crying. She felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said.
7. Then his sister spoke to Pharaoh's daughter. She asked, "Do you want me to go and get one of the Hebrew women? She could nurse the baby for you."
8. "Yes. Go," she answered. So the girl went and got the baby's mother.
9. Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby. Nurse him for me. I'll pay you." So the woman took the baby and nursed him.
10. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter. And he became her son. She named him Moses. She said, "I pulled him out of the water."
11. Moses grew up. One day, he went out to where his own people were. He watched them while they were hard at work. He saw an Egyptian hitting a Hebrew man. The man was one of Moses' own people.
12. Moses looked around and didn't see anyone. So he killed the Egyptian. Then he hid his body in the sand.
13. The next day Moses went out again. He saw two Hebrew men fighting. He asked the one who had started the fight a question. He said, "Why are you hitting another Hebrew man?"
14. The man said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking about killing me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses became afraid. He thought, "People must have heard about what I did."
15. When Pharaoh heard about what had happened, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses escaped from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian. There he sat down by a well.
16. A priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to fill the stone tubs with water. They wanted to give water to their father's flock.
17. Some shepherds came along and drove the women away. But Moses got up and helped them. Then he gave water to their flock.
18. The young women returned to their father Reuel. He asked them, "Why have you returned so early today?"
19. They answered, "An Egyptian saved us from the shepherds. He even got water for us and gave it to the flock."
20. "Where is he?" he asked his daughters. "Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat."
21. Moses agreed to stay with the man. And the man gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses to be his wife.
22. Zipporah had a son by him. Moses named him Gershom. Moses said, "I'm an outsider in a strange land."
23. After a long time, the king of Egypt died. The people of Israel groaned because they were slaves. They also cried out to God. Their cry for help went up to him.
24. God heard their groans. He remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
25. So God looked on the Israelites with favor. He was concerned about them.

Psalms 15:1-5
1. A psalm of David. Lord, who can live in your sacred tent? Who can stay on your holy hill?
2. Anyone who lives without blame and does what is right. He speaks the truth from his heart.
3. He doesn't tell lies about others. He doesn't do wrong to his neighbors. He doesn't say anything bad about them.
4. He hates sinful people. He honors those who have respect for the Lord. He keeps his promises even when it hurts.
5. He lends his money without charging too much interest. He doesn't accept money to harm those who aren't guilty. Anyone who lives like that will always be secure.

Proverbs 4:25-27
25. Let your eyes look straight ahead. Keep looking right in front of you.
26. Make level paths for your feet to walk on. Only go on ways that are firm.
27. Don't turn to the right or left. Keep your feet from the path of evil.

Matthew 17:1-27
1. After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John the brother of James with him. He led them up a high mountain. They were all alone.
2. There in front of them his appearance was changed. His face shone like the sun. His clothes became as white as the light.
3. Just then Moses and Elijah appeared in front of them. Moses and Elijah were talking with Jesus.
4. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters. One will be for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
5. While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud surrounded them. A voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!"
6. When the disciples heard this, they were terrified. They fell with their faces to the ground.
7. But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid."
8. When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
9. They came down the mountain. On the way down, Jesus told them what to do. "Don't tell anyone what you have seen," he said. "Wait until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
10. The disciples asked him, "Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah has to come first?"
11. Jesus replied, "That's right. Elijah is supposed to come and make all things new again.
12. But I tell you, Elijah has already come. People didn't recognize him. They have done to him everything they wanted to do. In the same way, they are going to make the Son of Man suffer."
13. Then the disciples understood that Jesus was talking to them about John the Baptist.
14. When they came near the crowd, a man approached Jesus. He got on his knees in front of him.
15. "Lord," he said, "have mercy on my son. He shakes wildly and suffers a great deal. He often falls into the fire or into the water.
16. I brought him to your disciples. But they couldn't heal him."
17. "You unbelieving and evil people!" Jesus replied. "How long do I have to stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you? Bring the boy here to me."
18. Jesus ordered the demon to leave the boy, and it came out of him. He was healed at that very moment.
19. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private. They asked, "Why couldn't we drive out the demon?"
20. He replied, "Because your faith is much too small. What I'm about to tell you is true. If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, it is enough. You can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there.' And it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
22. They came together in Galilee. Then Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be handed over to men.
23. They will kill him. On the third day he will rise from the dead." Then the disciples were filled with deep sadness.
24. Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum. There the tax collectors came to Peter. They asked him, "Doesn't your teacher pay the temple tax?"
25. "Yes, he does," he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke first. "What do you think, Simon?" he asked. "Who do the kings of the earth collect taxes and fees from? Do they collect from their own sons or from others?"
26. "From others," Peter answered. "Then the sons don't have to pay," Jesus said to him.
27. "But we don't want to make them angry. So go to the lake and throw out your fishing line. Take the first fish you catch. Open its mouth. There you will find the exact coin you need. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours."