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Bible in one year

February 20

Leviticus 11:1-47
1. The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron. He said to them,
2. "Speak to the people of Israel. Tell them, 'Many animals live on land. Here are the only ones you can eat.
3. You can eat any animal that has hoofs that are separated completely in two. But it must also chew the cud.
4. " 'Some animals only chew the cud. Some only have hoofs that are separated in two. You must not eat those animals. " 'Camels chew the cud. But their hoofs are not separated in two. So they are not "clean" for you.
5. " 'Rock badgers chew the cud. But their hoofs are not separated in two. So they are not "clean" for you.
6. " 'Rabbits chew the cud. But their hoofs are not separated in two. So they are not "clean" for you.
7. " 'Pigs have hoofs that are separated completely in two. But they do not chew the cud. So they are not "clean" for you.
8. " 'You must not eat the meat of those animals. You must not even touch their dead bodies. They are not "clean" for you.
9. " 'Many creatures live in the water of the oceans and streams. You can eat all of those that have fins and scales.
10. " 'But be sure to avoid all of the creatures in the oceans or streams that do not have fins and scales. That includes all of those that move together in groups and all of those that do not.
11. Be sure to avoid them. Do not eat their meat. Do not even touch their dead bodies.
12. Be sure to avoid everything that lives in the water that does not have fins and scales.
13. " 'Here are the birds you must be sure to avoid. Do not eat them. Be sure to avoid them. " 'They include eagles, vultures and black vultures.
14. They include red kites and all kinds of black kites.
15. They include all kinds of ravens.
16. They include horned owls, screech owls, gulls and all kinds of hawks.
17. " 'They include little owls, cormorants and great owls.
18. They include white owls, desert owls and ospreys.
19. They also include storks, hoopoes, bats and all kinds of herons.
20. " 'Be sure to avoid every flying insect that walks on all fours.
21. But you can eat some creatures that have wings and walk on all fours. Their legs have joints so they can hop on the ground.
22. " 'Here are the insects you can eat. You can eat all kinds of locusts, katydids, crickets and grasshoppers.
23. But be sure to avoid every other creature that has wings and four legs.
24. " 'You will make yourselves "unclean" if you eat those things. If you touch their dead bodies, you will be "unclean" until evening.
25. If a person picks up one of their dead bodies, he must wash his clothes. He will be "unclean" until evening.
26. " 'Suppose an animal has hoofs that are not separated completely in two. Or suppose an animal does not chew the cud. Then those animals are not "clean" for you. If you touch the dead body of any of them, you will not be "clean."
27. " 'Many animals walk on all fours. But those that walk on their paws are not "clean" for you. Anyone who touches their dead bodies will be "unclean" until evening.
28. If he picks up their dead bodies, he must wash his clothes. He will be "unclean" until evening. They are not "clean" for him.
29. " 'Many animals move around on the ground. Here are the ones that are not "clean" for you. They include weasels, rats and all kinds of large lizards.
30. They also include geckos, monitor lizards, wall lizards, skinks and chameleons.
31. Those are the animals that move around on the ground that are not "clean" for you. If you touch their dead bodies, you will be "unclean" until evening.
32. " 'Suppose one of them dies and falls on something. Then that article will not be "clean." It does not matter what it is used for. It does not matter whether it is made out of wood, cloth, hide or black cloth. Put it in water. It will be "unclean" until evening. After that, it will be "clean."
33. " 'Suppose one of those animals falls into a clay pot. Then everything that is in the pot will be "unclean." You must break the pot.
34. Any food that could be eaten but has water on it that came from that pot is not "clean." And any liquid that could be drunk from it is not "clean."
35. " 'Anything that the dead body of one of those animals falls on becomes "unclean." If it is an oven or cooking pot, break it. It is "unclean." And you must consider it "unclean."
36. " 'But a spring or a well for collecting water remains "clean." That is true even if the dead body of one of those animals falls into it. But anyone who touches the dead body is not "clean."
37. " 'If the dead body falls on any seeds that have not been planted yet, the seeds remain "clean."
38. But suppose water has already been put on the seeds. And suppose the dead body falls on them. Then they are not "clean" for you.
39. " 'Suppose an animal you are allowed to eat dies. If anyone touches its dead body, he will be "unclean" until evening.
40. If he eats part of the dead body, he must wash his clothes. He will be "unclean" until evening. If he picks up the dead body, he must wash his clothes. He will be "unclean" until evening.
41. " 'Be sure to avoid every creature that moves around on the ground. Do not eat it.
42. Do not eat any of those creatures. It does not matter whether they move on their bellies. It does not matter whether they walk on all fours or on many feet. Be sure to avoid them.
43. Do not make yourselves "unclean" by eating any of those animals. Do not make yourselves "unclean" because of them. Do not let them make you "unclean."
44. " 'I am the Lord your God. Set yourselves apart. Be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves "unclean" by eating any creatures that move around on the ground.
45. I am the Lord. I brought you up out of Egypt to be your God. So be holy, because I am holy.
46. " 'Those are the rules about animals and birds. Those are the rules about every living thing that moves in the water. And those are the rules about every creature that moves around on the ground.
47. You must be able to tell the difference between what is "clean" and what is not. You must also be able to tell the difference between the living creatures that can be eaten and those that can't.' "

Leviticus 12:1-8
1. The Lord spoke to Moses. He said,
2. "Speak to the people of Israel. Tell them, 'Suppose a woman becomes pregnant and has a baby boy. Then she will be "unclean" for seven days. It is the same as when she is "unclean" during her monthly period.
3. On the eighth day the boy must be circumcised.
4. " 'After that, the woman must wait for 33 days to be made pure from her bleeding. She must not touch anything that is sacred until the 33 days are over. During that time she must not go to the sacred tent.
5. " 'But suppose she has a baby girl. Then she will be "unclean" for two weeks. It is the same as during her period. After the two weeks, she must wait for 66 days to be made pure from her bleeding.
6. " 'After she has waited the required number of days to be made pure, she must bring two offerings. She must take them to the priest at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. She must bring a lamb that is a year old for a burnt offering. She must also bring a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering.
7. The priest must offer them to the Lord. They will pay for her sin. Then she will be "clean" from her bleeding. " 'Those are the rules for a woman who has a baby boy or girl.
8. " 'But suppose she can't afford a lamb. Then she must bring two doves or two young pigeons. One is for a burnt offering. The other is for a sin offering. The priest will sacrifice those offerings. That will pay for her sin. And she will be "clean." ' "

Psalms 25:8-15
8. The Lord is honest and good. He teaches sinners to walk in his ways.
9. He shows those who aren't proud how to do what is right. He teaches them his ways.
10. All of the Lord's ways are loving and faithful for those who obey what his covenant commands.
11. Lord, be true to your name. Forgive my sin, even though it is great.
12. Who is the man who has respect for the Lord? God will teach him the way he has chosen for him.
13. Things will always go well for him. His children will be given the land.
14. The Lord shares his plans with those who have respect for him. He makes his covenant known to them.
15. My eyes always look to the Lord. He alone can set my feet free from the trap.

Proverbs 10:1-3
1. These are the proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes his father glad. But a foolish son brings sorrow to his mother.
2. Riches that are gained by sinning aren't worth anything. But doing what is right saves you from death.
3. The Lord gives those who do right the food they need. But he lets those who do wrong go hungry.

Mark 2:1-28
1. A few days later, Jesus entered Capernaum again. The people heard that he had come home.
2. So many people gathered that there was no room left. There was not even room outside the door. And Jesus preached the word to them.
3. Four of those who came were carrying a man who could not walk.
4. But they could not get him close to Jesus because of the crowd. So they made a hole in the roof above Jesus. Then they lowered the man through it on a mat.
5. Jesus saw their faith. So he said to the man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
6. Some teachers of the law were sitting there. They were thinking,
7. "Why is this fellow talking like that? He's saying a very evil thing! Only God can forgive sins!"
8. Right away Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he said to them, "Why are you thinking these things?
9. Is it easier to say to this man, 'Your sins are forgiven'? Or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'?
10. I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." Then Jesus spoke to the man who could not walk.
11. "I tell you," he said, "get up. Take your mat and go home."
12. The man got up and took his mat. Then he walked away while everyone watched. All the people were amazed. They praised God and said, "We have never seen anything like this!"
13. Once again Jesus went out beside the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd came to him. He began to teach them.
14. As he walked along he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus. Levi was sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," Jesus told him. Levi got up and followed him.
15. Later Jesus was having dinner at Levi's house. Many tax collectors and "sinners" were eating with him and his disciples. They were part of the large crowd following Jesus.
16. Some teachers of the law who were Pharisees were there. They saw Jesus eating with "sinners" and tax collectors. So they asked his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
17. Jesus heard that. So he said to them, "Those who are healthy don't need a doctor. Sick people do. I have not come to get those who think they are right with God to follow me. I have come to get sinners to follow me."
18. John's disciples and the Pharisees were going without eating. Some people came to Jesus. They said to him, "John's disciples are fasting. The disciples of the Pharisees are also fasting. But your disciples are not. Why aren't they?"
19. Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the groom go without eating while he is with them? They will not fast as long as he is with them.
20. But the time will come when the groom will be taken away from them. On that day they will go without eating.
21. "People don't sew a patch of new cloth on old clothes. If they do, the new piece will pull away from the old. That will make the tear worse.
22. People don't pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the wine will burst the skins. Then the wine and the wineskins will both be destroyed. No, everyone pours new wine into new wineskins."
23. One Sabbath day Jesus was walking with his disciples through the grainfields. The disciples began to break off some heads of grain.
24. The Pharisees said to Jesus, "Look! It is against the Law to do this on the Sabbath. Why are your disciples doing it?"
25. He answered, "Haven't you ever read about what David did? He and his men were hungry. They needed food.
26. It was when Abiathar was high priest. David entered the house of God and ate the holy bread. Only priests were allowed to eat it. David also gave some to his men."
27. Then Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath day was made for man. Man was not made for the Sabbath day.
28. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath day."