Bible in one year

April 19

Judges 3:1-31
1. The Lord left some nations in the land. He left them there in order to put the people of Israel to the test. He did it for all those who hadn't lived through any of the wars in Canaan.
2. He wanted to teach the men in Israel who had never been in battle before. He wanted them to learn how to fight.
3. So he left the five rulers of the Philistines. He left the people of Canaan and the people of Sidon. He left the Hivites who were living in the Lebanon mountains. They lived in the area that was between Mount Baal Hermon and Lebo Hamath.
4. The Lord left those nations where they were in order to put Israel to the test. He wanted to see whether they would obey his commands. He had given those commands through Moses to their people of long ago.
5. So the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.
6. They got married to the daughters of those people. They gave their own daughters to the sons of those people. And they served the gods of those people.
7. The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God. They served the gods that were named after Baal. They also served the goddesses that were named after Asherah.
8. So the Lord's anger burned against Israel. He gave them over to the power of Cushan-Rishathaim. He was the king of Aram Naharaim. For eight years Israel was under his rule.
9. They cried out to the Lord. Then he gave them a man to save them. His name was Othniel, the son of Kenaz. He was Caleb's younger brother.
10. The Spirit of the Lord came on Othniel. So he became Israel's leader. He went to war. The Lord handed Cushan-Rishathaim, the king of Aram, over to him. Othniel overpowered him.
11. So the land was at peace for 40 years. Then Othniel, the son of Kenaz, died.
12. Once again the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. Because they did that, the Lord gave Eglon power over Israel. Eglon was the king of Moab.
13. He got the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him. All of them came and attacked Israel. They took over Jericho. Jericho was also known as The City of Palm Trees.
14. For 18 years the people of Israel were under the rule of Eglon, the king of Moab.
15. Again the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. Then he gave them a man to save them. His name was Ehud, the son of Gera. Ehud was left-handed. He was from the tribe of Benjamin. The people of Israel sent Ehud to Eglon, the king of Moab. They sent him to give the king what he required them to bring him.
16. Ehud had made a sword that had two edges. It was about a foot and a half long. He tied it to his right leg under his clothes.
17. Eglon, the king of Moab, was a very fat man. Ehud gave him the gift he had brought.
18. After that, he sent away those who had carried it.
19. At the place where some statues of gods stood near Gilgal, Ehud turned back. He said, "King Eglon, I have a secret message for you." The king said, "I want everyone to be quiet." And all of his attendants left him.
20. Then Ehud approached him. King Eglon was sitting alone in the upstairs room of his summer palace. Ehud said, "I have a message from God for you." So the king got up from his seat.
21. Then Ehud reached out his left hand. He pulled out the sword that was tied to his right leg. He stuck it into the king's stomach.
22. Even the handle sank in after the blade. The blade came right out the king's back. Ehud didn't pull the sword out. And the fat closed over it.
23. Ehud went out to the porch. He shut the doors of the upstairs room behind him. Then he locked them.
24. After he had gone, the servants came. They found the doors of the upstairs room locked. They said, "Eglon must be going to the toilet in the inside room of the house."
25. They waited for a long time. They waited so long they became worried. But the king still didn't open the doors of the room. So they took a key and unlocked them. There they saw their king. He had fallen to the floor. He was dead.
26. While Eglon's servants had been waiting, Ehud had gotten away. He passed by the statues of gods and escaped to Seirah.
27. There in the hill country of Ephraim he blew a trumpet. Then he led the people of Israel down from the hills.
28. "Follow me," Ehud ordered. "The Lord has handed your enemy Moab over to you." So they followed him down. They took over the only places where people could go across the Jordan River to get to Moab. They didn't let anyone go across.
29. At that time they struck down about 10,000 men of Moab. All of those men were strong and powerful. But not even one escaped.
30. That day Moab was brought under the rule of Israel. So the land was at peace for 80 years.
31. After Ehud, Shamgar became the next leader. He was the son of Anath. He struck down 600 Philistines with a large, pointed stick that was used to drive oxen. He saved Israel too.

Judges 4:1-24
1. After Ehud died, the people of Israel once again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.
2. So the Lord gave them over to the power of Jabin. He was a king in Canaan. He ruled in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera. Sisera lived in Harosheth Haggoyim.
3. Jabin used 900 chariots that had some iron parts. He treated the people of Israel very badly for 20 years. So they cried out to the Lord for help.
4. Deborah was a prophet. She was the wife of Lappidoth. She was leading Israel at that time.
5. Under The Palm Tree of Deborah she served the people as their judge. That place was between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim. The people of Israel came to her there. They came to have her decide cases for them. She settled matters between them.
6. Deborah sent for Barak. He was the son of Abinoam. Barak was from Kedesh in the land of Naphtali. Deborah said to Barak, "The Lord, the God of Israel, is giving you a command. He says, 'Go! Take 10,000 men from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun with you. Then lead the way to Mount Tabor.
7. I will draw Sisera into a trap. He is the commander of Jabin's army. I will bring him, his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River. There I will hand him over to you.' "
8. Barak said to her, "If you go with me, I'll go. But if you don't go with me, I won't go."
9. "All right," Deborah said. "I'll go with you. But because of the way you are doing this, you won't receive any honor. The Lord will hand Sisera over to a woman." So Deborah went to Kedesh with Barak.
10. There he sent for Zebulun and Naphtali. And 10,000 men followed him. Deborah also went with him.
11. Heber, the Kenite, had left the other Kenites. They came from the family line of Hobab. He was the brother-in-law of Moses. Heber set up his tent by the large tree in Zaanannim near Kedesh.
12. Sisera was told that Barak, the son of Abinoam, had gone up to Mount Tabor.
13. So Sisera gathered together his 900 chariots that had some iron parts. He also gathered all of his men together. He brought them from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon River.
14. Then Deborah said to Barak, "Go! Today the Lord will hand Sisera over to you. Hasn't the Lord gone ahead of you?" So Barak went down Mount Tabor. His 10,000 men followed him.
15. As Barak's men marched out, the Lord drove Sisera away from the field of battle. He scattered all of Sisera's chariots. Barak's men struck down Sisera's army with their swords. Sisera left his chariot behind. He ran away on foot.
16. But Barak chased Sisera's chariots and army. He chased them all the way to Harosheth Haggoyim. All of Sisera's men were killed with swords. Not even one was left.
17. But Sisera ran away on foot. He ran to the tent of Jael. She was the wife of Heber, the Kenite. Sisera ran there because Heber's family was friendly toward Jabin, the king of Hazor.
18. Jael went out to meet Sisera. "Come in, sir," she said. "Come right in. Don't be afraid." So he entered her tent. Then she covered him up.
19. "I'm thirsty," he said. "Please give me some water." So Jael opened a bottle of milk. The bottle was made out of animal skin. She gave him a drink of milk. Then she covered him up again.
20. "Stand in the doorway of the tent," he told her. "Someone might come by and ask you, 'Is anyone here?' If that happens, say 'No.' "
21. But Heber's wife Jael picked up a tent stake and a hammer. She went quietly over to Sisera. He was lying there, fast asleep. He was very tired. She drove the stake through his head right into the ground. So he died.
22. Barak came by because he was chasing Sisera. Jael went out to meet him. "Come right in," she said. "I'll show you the man you are looking for." So he went in with her. Sisera was lying there with the stake through his head. He was dead.
23. On that day God brought Jabin under Israel's control. He was a king in Canaan.
24. Israel's power grew stronger and stronger against Jabin, a king in Canaan. They became so strong that they destroyed him.

Psalms 48:9-14
9. God, inside your temple we think about your faithful love.
10. God, your fame reaches from one end of the earth to the other. In the same way, people praise you from one end of the earth to the other. You use your power to do what is right.
11. Mount Zion is filled with joy. The villages of Judah are glad. That's because you judge fairly.
12. Walk around Zion. Go all around it. Count its towers.
13. Think carefully about its outer walls. Just look at how safe it is! Then you can tell its people that God keeps them safe.
14. This God is our God for ever and ever. He will be our guide to the very end.

Proverbs 14:18-19
18. Childish people act in keeping with their foolish ways. But knowledge makes wise people feel like kings.
19. Evil people will bow down in front of good people. And those who do wrong will bow down at the gates of those who do right.

Luke 14:25-35
25. Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. He turned and spoke to them. He said,
26. "Anyone who comes to me must hate his father and mother. He must hate his wife and children. He must hate his brothers and sisters. And he must hate even his own life. Unless he does, he can't be my disciple.
27. Anyone who doesn't carry his cross and follow me can't be my disciple.
28. "Suppose someone wants to build a tower. Won't he sit down first and figure out how much it will cost? Then he will see whether he has enough money to finish it.
29. Suppose he starts building and is not able to finish. Then everyone who sees what he has done will laugh at him.
30. They will say, 'This fellow started to build. But he wasn't able to finish.'
31. "Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. And suppose he has 10,000 men, while the other has 20,000 coming against him. Won't he first sit down and think about whether he can win?
32. "And suppose he decides he can't win. Then he will send some men to ask how peace can be made. He will do this while the other king is still far away.
33. "In the same way, you must give up everything you have. If you don't, you can't be my disciple.
34. "Salt is good. But suppose it loses its saltiness. How can it be made salty again?
35. It is not good for the soil. And it is not good for the trash pile. It will be thrown out. "Those who have ears should listen."