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Bible in one year


October 16


Jeremiah 17:1-27
1. "Judah's sin is carved with an iron tool. It is written with a sharp stone. It is carved on the tablets of their hearts. It is written on the horns that stick out from the corners of their altars.
2. Even their children offer sacrifices to other gods on those altars. They use the poles that were made to worship the goddess Asherah. They worship strange gods beside the green trees and on the high hills.
3. I will give away my holy Mount Zion to the Babylonians. Your enemies will carry off your wealth and all of your treasures. I will give away your high places. That will happen because you have sinned. You have done it all through your country.
4. You will lose the land I gave you. And it will be your own fault. I will make you slaves to your enemies. You will serve them in a land you have not had anything to do with before. You have set my anger on fire. It will burn forever."
5. The Lord says, "Those who trust in man are under my curse. They depend on human strength. Their hearts turn away from me.
6. They will be like a bush in a dry and empty land. They will not enjoy success when it comes. They will live in dry places in the desert. It is a land of salt where no one else lives.
7. "But I will bless any man who trusts in me. I will show my favor to the one who depends on me.
8. He will be like a tree that is planted near water. It sends out its roots beside a stream. It is not afraid when heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It does not worry when there is no rain. It always bears fruit."
9. A human heart is more dishonest than anything else. It can't be healed. Who can understand it?
10. The Lord says, "I look deep down inside human hearts. I see what is in people's minds. I reward a man in keeping with his conduct. I bless him based on what he has done."
11. Some people get rich in the wrong way. They are like a partridge that hatches eggs it didn't lay. When their lives are half over, their riches will desert them. In the end they will prove how foolish they have been.
12. Our temple is where the Lord's glorious throne is. From the beginning it has been high and lifted up.
13. Lord, you are Israel's only hope. Everyone who deserts you will be put to shame. The names of those who turn away from you will be listed among the dead. Lord, they have deserted you. You are the spring of water that gives life.
14. Lord, heal me. Then I will be healed. Save me from my enemies. Then I will be saved. You are the one I praise.
15. They keep saying to me, "What has happened to the message the Lord gave you? Let it come true right now!"
16. I haven't run away from being the shepherd of your people. You know I haven't wanted the day of Jerusalem's fall to come. You are aware of every word that comes from my lips.
17. Don't be a terror to me. When I'm in trouble, I go to you for safety.
18. Let those who attack me be put to shame. But keep me from shame. Let them be terrified. But keep me from terror. Bring the day of trouble on them. Destroy them once and for all.
19. The Lord said to me, "Go. Stand at the city gate where the people gather together. That is where the kings of Judah go in and out. Also go to all of the other gates of Jerusalem.
20. Say, 'Listen to the Lord's message, you kings of Judah and all of you people of Judah and Jerusalem. You always come through these gates.
21. " 'The Lord says, "Make sure you do not carry a load on the Sabbath day. Do not bring it through the gates of Jerusalem.
22. Do not bring a load out of your houses on the Sabbath. Do not do any work on that day. Instead, keep the Sabbath day holy. Do as I commanded your people long ago.
23. But they did not listen. They did not pay any attention to me. They were stubborn. They would not listen or pay attention when I corrected them.
24. " ' "Be careful to obey me," announces the Lord. "Do not bring a load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath. Instead, keep the Sabbath day holy. Do not do any work on it.
25. " ' "Then kings who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this city. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses. The people of Judah and Jerusalem will come along with them. And this city will always have people living in it.
26. Some will come from the towns of Judah. And some will come in from the villages around Jerusalem. Others will come from the territory of Benjamin. And others will come in from the western hills. Still others will come from the central hill country and the Negev Desert. All of them will bring burnt offerings and sacrifices. They will come bringing grain offerings, incense and thank offerings. They will take all of those offerings to my house.
27. " ' "But what if you do not obey me? Suppose you do not keep the Sabbath day holy. And suppose you carry a load through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath. Then I will start a fire that can't be put out. It will begin at the gates of Jerusalem. It will destroy its mighty towers." ' "

Jeremiah 18:1-23
1. A message came to me from the Lord. He said,
2. "Go down to the potter's house. I will give you my message there."
3. So I went down to the potter's house. I saw him working at his wheel.
4. His hands were shaping a pot out of clay. But he saw that something was wrong with it. So he formed it into another pot. He shaped it in the way that seemed best to him.
5. Then the Lord's message came to me. He said,
6. "People of Israel, I can do with you just as this potter does," announces the Lord. "The clay is in the potter's hand. And you are in my hand, people of Israel.
7. "Suppose at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is going to be pulled up by the roots. And I tell it that it will be torn down and destroyed.
8. But suppose the nation I warned turns away from its sins. Then I will not do what I said I would. I will not bring trouble on it as I had planned.
9. "Suppose at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is going to be built up and planted.
10. But it does what is evil in my sight. It does not obey me. Then I will think again about the good things I had wanted to do for it.
11. "So speak to the people of Judah and Jerusalem. Tell them, 'The Lord says, "Look! I am making plans against you. I am going to bring trouble on you. So each one of you must turn from your evil ways. Change the way you live and act." '
12. "But they will reply, 'It's no use. We will continue to do what we've already planned. All of us will do what our stubborn and evil hearts want us to do.' "
13. So the Lord says, "Ask the nations a question. Say to them, 'Who has ever heard anything like this? The people of Israel have done a very horrible thing.
14. Does the snow ever disappear from Lebanon's rocky slopes? Do its cool waters ever stop flowing from places far away?
15. But my people have forgotten me. They burn incense to worthless gods. Their gods made them trip and fall as they walked on the old paths. They made them use side roads instead of roads that were built up.
16. So their land will be completely destroyed. People will make fun of it again and again. All those who pass by it will be shocked. They will shake their heads.
17. I will sweep over my people like a wind from the east. I will use the Babylonians to scatter them. I will show them my back and not my face. I will desert them when their day of trouble comes.' "
18. They said, "Come on. Let's make plans against Jeremiah. We'll still have priests to teach us the law. We'll always have wise people to give us advice. We'll have prophets to bring us messages from the Lord. So come on. Let's speak out against Jeremiah. We shouldn't pay any attention to what he says."
19. Lord, please listen to me! Hear what my enemies are saying about me!
20. Should the good things I've done be paid back with evil? But my enemies have dug a pit for me. Remember that I stood in front of you and spoke up for them. I tried to turn your anger away from them.
21. So let their children die of hunger. Let my enemies be killed in war. Let their wives lose their children and husbands. Let their men be put to death. Let their young men be killed in battle.
22. Bring their enemies against them without warning. Let cries be heard from their houses. They have dug a pit to capture me. They have hidden traps for my feet.
23. But Lord, you know all about their plans to kill me. Don't forgive their crimes. Don't erase their sins from your sight. Destroy my enemies. Punish them when the time to show your anger comes.

Psalms 118:25-29
25. Lord, save us. Lord, give us success.
26. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. From the temple of the Lord we bless you.
27. The Lord is God. He has made the light of his favor shine on us. Take branches in your hands. Join in the march on the day of the feast. March up to the corners of the altar.
28. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you. You are my God, and I will honor you.
29. Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever.

Proverbs 27:11-12
11. My child, be wise and bring joy to my heart. Then I can answer anyone who makes fun of me.
12. Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep on going and suffer for it.

1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
1. We couldn't wait any longer. So we thought it was best to be left by ourselves in Athens.
2. We sent our brother Timothy to give you strength and hope in your faith. He works together with God in spreading the good news about Christ.
3. We sent him so that no one would be upset by times of testing. You know very well that we have to go through them.
4. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that our enemies would make us suffer. As you know very well, it has turned out that way.
5. That's the reason I sent someone to find out about your faith. I couldn't wait any longer. I was afraid that Satan might have tempted you in some way. Then our efforts would have been useless.
6. But Timothy has come to us from you just now. He has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have happy memories of us. He has also said that you long to see us, just as we long to see you.
7. Brothers and sisters, in all our trouble and suffering your faith cheered us up.
8. Now we really live, because you are standing firm in the Lord.
9. How can we thank God enough for you because of all the joy that comes only from our God?
10. Night and day we pray very hard that we will see you again. We want to give you what is missing in your faith.
11. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus open up a way for us to come to you.
12. May the Lord make your love grow. May it be like a rising flood. May your love for one another increase. May it also increase for everyone else. May it be just like our love for you.
13. May the Lord give you strength in your hearts. Then you will be holy and without blame in the sight of our God and Father. May that be true when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.