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Bible in one year


February 4


Exodus 19:1-25
1. Exactly three months after the people of Israel left Egypt, they came to the Desert of Sinai.
2. After they started out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai. They camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.
3. Then Moses went up to God. The Lord called out to him from the mountain. He said, "Here is what I want you to say to my people, who came from Jacob's family. Tell the Israelites,
4. "You have seen for yourselves what I did to Egypt. You saw how I carried you on the wings of eagles and brought you to myself.
5. " 'Now obey me completely. Keep my covenant. If you do, then out of all of the nations you will be my special treasure. The whole earth is mine.
6. But you will be a kingdom of priests to serve me. You will be my holy nation.' That is what you must tell the Israelites."
7. So Moses went back. He sent for the elders of the people. He explained to them everything the Lord had commanded him to say.
8. All of the people answered together. They said, "We will do everything the Lord has said." So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.
9. The Lord spoke to Moses. He said, "I am going to come to you in a thick cloud. The people will hear me speaking with you. They will always put their trust in you." Then Moses told the Lord what the people had said.
10. The Lord said to Moses, "Go to the people. Today and tomorrow set them apart for me. Have them wash their clothes.
11. Have the people ready by the third day. On that day I will come down on Mount Sinai. Everyone will see it.
12. "Put limits for the people around the mountain. Tell them, 'Be careful that you do not go up the mountain. Do not even touch the foot of it. You can be sure that all who touch the mountain will be put to death.
13. Do not lay a hand on any of them. Kill them with stones or shoot them with arrows. Whether they are people or animals, do not let them live.' They may go up to the mountain only when the ram's horn gives out a long blast."
14. Moses went down the mountain to the people. After he set them apart for the Lord, they washed their clothes.
15. Then he spoke to the people. He said, "Get ready for the third day. Don't make love."
16. On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning. A thick cloud covered the mountain. A trumpet gave out a very loud blast. Everyone in the camp trembled with fear.
17. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God. They stood at the foot of the mountain.
18. Smoke covered Mount Sinai, because the Lord came down on it in fire. The smoke rose up from it like smoke from a furnace. The whole mountain trembled and shook.
19. The sound of the trumpet got louder and louder. Then Moses spoke. And the voice of God answered him.
20. The Lord came down to the top of Mount Sinai. He told Moses to come to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up.
21. The Lord said to him, "Go down and warn the people. They must not force their way through to see me. If they do, many of them will die.
22. The priests approach me when they serve me. But even they must set themselves apart for me. If they do not, my anger will break out against them."
23. Moses said to the Lord, "The people can't come up Mount Sinai. You yourself warned us. You said, 'Put limits around the mountain. Set it apart as holy.' "
24. The Lord replied, "Go down. Bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through. They must not come up to me. If they do, my anger will break out against them."
25. So Moses went down to the people and told them.

Exodus 20:1-26
1. Here are all of the words God spoke. He said,
2. "I am the Lord your God. I brought you out of Egypt. That is the land where you were slaves.
3. "Do not put any other gods in place of me.
4. "Do not make statues of gods that look like anything in the sky or on the earth or in the waters.
5. Do not bow down to them or worship them. I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God. I punish the children for the sin of their parents. I punish the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those who hate me.
6. But for all time to come I show love to all those who love me and keep my commandments.
7. "Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will find guilty anyone who misuses his name.
8. "Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy.
9. Do all of your work in six days.
10. But the seventh day is a Sabbath in honor of the Lord your God. Do not do any work on that day. The same command applies to your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and your animals. It also applies to any outsiders who live in your cities.
11. In six days I made the heavens and the earth. I made the oceans and everything in them. But I rested on the seventh day. So I blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12. "Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long time in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13. "Do not commit murder.
14. "Do not commit adultery.
15. "Do not steal.
16. "Do not give false witness against your neighbor.
17. "Do not long for anything that belongs to your neighbor. Do not long for your neighbor's house, wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey."
18. The people saw the thunder and lightning. They heard the trumpet. They saw the mountain covered with smoke. They trembled with fear and stayed a long way off.
19. They said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself. Then we'll listen. But don't let God speak to us. If he does, we'll die."
20. Moses said to the people, "Don't be afraid. God has come to put you to the test. He wants you to have respect for him. That will keep you from sinning."
21. Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. But the people remained a long way off.
22. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Here is what you must tell the people of Israel. Say to them, 'You have seen for yourselves what I said to you from heaven.
23. Do not put any other gods in place of me. Do not make silver or gold statues of them for yourselves.
24. " 'Make an altar out of dirt for me. Sacrifice your burnt offerings and friendship offerings on it. Sacrifice your sheep, goats and cattle on it. I will come to you and bless you everywhere I cause my name to be honored.
25. " 'If you make an altar out of stones in honor of me, do not build it with blocks of stone. You will make it "unclean" if you use a tool on it.
26. " 'Do not walk up steps to my altar. If you do, someone might see your naked body under your robes.'

Psalms 18:37-45
37. I chased my enemies and caught them. I didn't turn back until they were destroyed.
38. I crushed them so that they couldn't get up. They fell under my feet.
39. Lord, you gave me strength to fight the battle. You made my enemies bow down at my feet.
40. You made them turn their backs and run away. So I destroyed my enemies.
41. They cried out for help. But there was no one to save them. They called out to you. But you didn't answer them.
42. I beat them as fine as dust blown by the wind. I poured them out like mud in the streets.
43. You saved me when my own people attacked me. You made me the ruler over nations. People I didn't know serve me now.
44. As soon as they hear me, they obey me. People from other lands bow down to me in fear.
45. All of them give up hope. They come trembling out of their hiding places.

Proverbs 6:20-25
20. My son, keep your father's commands. Don't turn away from your mother's teaching.
21. Tie them to your heart forever. Put them around your neck.
22. When you walk, they will guide you. When you sleep, they will watch over you. When you wake up, they will speak to you.
23. Your father's commands are like a lamp. Your mother's teaching is like a light. And the training that corrects you leads to life.
24. It keeps you from a sinful woman. It keeps you from the smooth tongue of a woman who commits adultery.
25. Don't hunger in your heart after her beauty. Don't let her eyes capture you.

Matthew 22:23-46
23. That same day the Sadducees came to Jesus with a question. They do not believe that people rise from the dead.
24. "Teacher," they said, "here is what Moses told us. If a man dies without having children, his brother must get married to the widow. He must have children to carry on his brother's name.
25. There were seven brothers among us. The first one got married and died. Since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.
26. The same thing happened to the second and third brothers. It happened right on down to the seventh brother.
27. Finally, the woman died.
28. Now then, when the dead rise, whose wife will she be? All seven of them were married to her."
29. Jesus replied, "You are mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures. And you do not know the power of God.
30. When the dead rise, they won't get married. And their parents won't give them to be married. They will be like the angels in heaven.
31. "What about the dead rising? Haven't you read what God said to you?
32. He said, 'I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.'--(Exodus 3:6) He is not the God of the dead. He is the God of the living."
33. When the crowds heard this, they were amazed by what he taught.
34. The Pharisees heard that the Sadducees weren't able to answer Jesus. So the Pharisees got together.
35. One of them was an authority on the law. So he tested Jesus with a question.
36. "Teacher," he asked, "which is the most important commandment in the Law?"
37. Jesus replied, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind.'--(Deuteronomy 6:5)
38. This is the first and most important commandment.
39. And the second is like it. 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.'--(Leviticus 19:18)
40. Everything that is written in the Law and the Prophets is based on these two commandments."
41. The Pharisees were gathered together. Jesus asked them,
42. "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" "The son of David," they replied.
43. He said to them, "Then why does David call him 'Lord'? The Holy Spirit spoke through David himself. David said,
44. " 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your control." ' --(Psalm 110:1)
45. So if David calls him 'Lord,' how can he be David's son?"
46. No one could answer him with a single word. From that day on, no one dared to ask him any more questions.