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Bible in one year


October 6


Isaiah 63:1-19
1. Who is this man coming from the city of Bozrah in Edom? His clothes are stained bright red. Who is he? He is dressed up in all of his glory. He is marching toward us with great strength. The Lord answers, "It is I. I have won the battle. I am mighty. I have saved my people."
2. Why are your clothes red? They look as if you have been stomping on grapes in a winepress.
3. The Lord answers, "I have been stomping on the nations as if they were grapes. No one was there to help me. I walked all over the nations because I was angry. That is why I stomped on them. Their blood splashed all over my clothes. So my clothes were stained bright red.
4. I decided it was time to pay Israel's enemies back. The year for me to set my people free had come.
5. I looked around, but no one was there to help me. I was shocked that no one gave me any help. So I used my own powerful arm to save my people. I had the strength to do it because I was angry.
6. I walked all over the nations because I was angry with them. I made them drink from the cup of my burning anger. I poured their blood out on the ground."
7. I will talk about the kind things the Lord has done. I'll praise him for everything he's done for us. He has done many good things for the nation of Israel. That's because he loves us and is very kind to us.
8. In the past he said, "They are my people. They will not turn against me." So he saved them.
9. When they suffered, he suffered with them. He sent his angel to save them. He set them free because he is loving and kind. He lifted them up and carried them. He did it again and again in days long ago.
10. But they refused to obey him. They made his Holy Spirit sad. So he turned against them and became their enemy. He himself fought against them.
11. Then his people remembered what he did long ago. They recalled the days of Moses and his people. They asked, "Where is the One who brought Israel through the Red Sea? Moses led them as the shepherd of his flock. Where is the One who put his Holy Spirit among them?
12. He used his glorious and powerful arm to help Moses. He parted the waters of the sea in front of them. That mighty act made him famous forever.
13. He led them through that deep sea. Like a horse in open country, they didn't trip and fall.
14. Like cattle that are taken down to the flatlands, they were given rest by the Spirit of the Lord." That's how he guided his people. So he made a glorious name for himself.
15. Lord, look down from heaven. Look down from your holy and glorious throne. Where is your great love for us? Where is your power? Why don't you show us your tender love and concern?
16. You are our Father. Abraham might not accept us as his children. Jacob might not recognize us as his family. But you are our Father, Lord. Your name is The One Who Always Sets Us Free.
17. Lord, why do you let us wander away from you? Why do you let us become so stubborn that we don't respect you? Come back and help us. We are the tribes that belong to you.
18. For a little while your holy people possessed the land. But now our enemies have torn your temple down.
19. We are like people you never ruled over. We are like those who don't belong to you.

Isaiah 64:1-12
1. I wish you would open up your heavens and come down to us! I wish the mountains would tremble when you show your power!
2. Be like a fire that causes twigs to burn. It also makes water boil. So come down and make yourself known to your enemies. Cause the nations to shake with fear when they see your power!
3. Long ago you did some wonderful things we didn't expect. You came down, and the mountains trembled when you showed your power.
4. No one's ears have ever heard of a God like you. No one's eyes have ever seen a God who is greater than you. No God but you acts for the good of those who trust in him.
5. You come to help those who enjoy doing what is right. You help those who thank you for teaching them how to live. But when we continued to disobey you, you became angry with us. So how can we be saved?
6. All of us have become like someone who is "unclean." All of the good things we do are like polluted rags to you. All of us are like leaves that have dried up. Our sins sweep us away like the wind.
7. No one prays to you. No one asks you for help. You have turned your face away from us. You have let us waste away because we have sinned so much.
8. Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay. You are the potter. Your hands made all of us.
9. Don't be so angry with us, Lord. Don't remember our sins anymore. Please show us your favor. All of us belong to you.
10. Your sacred cities have become a desert. Even Zion is a desert. Jerusalem is a dry and empty place.
11. Our people used to praise you in our holy and glorious temple. But now it has been burned down. Everything we treasured has been destroyed.
12. Lord, won't you help us even after everything that's happened? Will you keep silent and punish us more than we can stand?

Psalms 115:14-18
14. May the Lord give you many children. May he give them to you and to your children after you.
15. May the Lord bless you. He is the Maker of heaven and earth.
16. The highest heavens belong to the Lord. But he has given the earth to human beings.
17. Dead people don't praise the Lord. Those who lie quietly in the grave don't praise him.
18. But we who are alive praise the Lord, both now and forever. Praise the Lord.

Proverbs 26:27-27
27. If anyone digs a pit, he will fall into it. If he rolls a big stone, it will roll back on him.

Philippians 1:1-30
1. We, Paul and Timothy, are writing this letter. We serve Christ Jesus. We are sending this letter to you, all of God's people in Philippi. You belong to Christ Jesus. We are also sending this letter to your leaders and deacons.
2. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
3. I thank my God every time I remember you.
4. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.
5. I am happy because you have joined me in spreading the good news. You have done so from the first day until now.
6. I am sure that the One who began a good work in you will carry it on until it is completed. That will be on the day Christ Jesus returns.
7. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you. I love you with all my heart. I may be held by chains, or I may be standing up for the truth of the good news. Either way, all of you share in God's grace together with me.
8. God can give witness that I long for all of you. I love you with the love that Christ Jesus gives.
9. I pray that your love will grow more and more. And let it be based on knowledge and understanding.
10. Then you will be able to know what is best. You will be pure and without blame until the day Christ returns.
11. You will be filled with the fruit of right living produced by Jesus Christ. All of those things bring glory and praise to God.
12. Brothers and sisters, here is what I want you to know. What has happened to me has really helped to spread the good news.
13. One thing has become clear. I am being held by chains because of my stand for Christ. All of the palace guards and everyone else know it.
14. Because I am being held by chains, most of the believers in the Lord have become bolder. They now speak God's word more boldly and without fear.
15. It's true that some preach about Christ because they are jealous. But others preach about Christ to help me in my work.
16. The last group acts out of love. They know I have been put here to stand up for the good news.
17. But the others preach about Christ only to get ahead. They are not honest and true. They think they can stir up trouble for me while I am being held by chains.
18. But what does it matter? Here is the important thing. Whether for reasons that are right or wrong, Christ is being preached about. That makes me very glad. And I will continue to be glad.
19. I know that you are praying for me. I also know that the Spirit of Jesus Christ will help me. So no matter what happens, I'm sure I will still be saved.
20. I completely expect and hope that I won't be ashamed in any way. I'm sure I will be brave enough. Now as always Christ will be lifted high through my body. He will be lifted up whether I live or die.
21. For me, life finds all of its meaning in Christ. Death also has its benefits.
22. Suppose I go on living in my body. Then I will be able to carry on my work. It will bear a lot of fruit. But what should I choose? I don't know.
23. I can't decide between the two. I long to leave this world and be with Christ. That is better by far.
24. But it is more important for you that I stay alive.
25. I'm sure of that. So I know I will remain with you. And I will continue with all of you to help you grow and be joyful in what you have been taught.
26. I'm sure I will be with you again. Then your joy in Christ Jesus will be greater than ever because of me.
27. No matter what happens, live in a way that brings honor to the good news about Christ. Then I will know that you stand firm with one purpose. I may come and see you or only hear about you. But I will know that you work together as one person. And I will know that you work to spread the teachings of the good news.
28. So don't be afraid in any way of those who oppose you. That will show them that they will be destroyed and that you will be saved. That's what God will do.
29. Here is what he has given you to do for Christ. You must not only believe in him. You must also suffer for him.
30. You are going through the same struggle you saw me go through. As you have heard, I am still struggling.