Bible in one year

April 20

Judges 5:1-31
1. On that day Deborah and Barak sang a song. Barak was the son of Abinoam. Here is what Deborah and Barak sang.
2. "The princes in Israel lead the way. The people follow them just because they want to. Praise the Lord!
3. "Kings, hear this! Rulers, listen! I will sing to the Lord. I will sing. I will make music to the Lord. He is the God of Israel.
4. "Lord, you went out from Mount Seir. You marched out from the land of Edom. The earth shook. The heavens poured. The clouds poured down their water.
5. The mountains shook because of the Lord. He was at Mount Sinai. They shook because of the Lord. He is the God of Israel.
6. "The roads were deserted. So travelers used the winding paths. That happened in the days of Shamgar, the son of Anath. It happened in the days of Jael.
7. Life in the villages of Israel stopped. It stopped until I, Deborah, came. I came as a mother in Israel.
8. The people chose new gods. Then war came to the city gates. But no shields or spears were seen anywhere. There weren't any among 40,000 men in Israel.
9. My heart is with the princes in Israel. It's with the people who follow them just because they want to. Praise the Lord!
10. "Some of you ride on white donkeys. Some of you sit on your saddle blankets. Some of you walk along the road. Think about
11. the voices of the singers at the watering places. They sing about the right things the Lord does. They sing about the right things his warriors in Israel do. "The people of the Lord went down to the city gates.
12. 'Wake up, Deborah! Wake up!' they said. 'Wake up! Wake up! Begin to sing! Barak, get up! Son of Abinoam, capture your prisoners!'
13. "Then the people who were left came down to the nobles. The people of the Lord came to me against the powerful enemy.
14. Some came from the part of Ephraim where some Amalekites lived. Benjamin was with the people who followed Ephraim. Captains came down from Makir. Those who rule like commanders came down from Zebulun.
15. The princes of Issachar were with Deborah. The men of Issachar were with Barak. They rushed behind him into the valley. In the territories of Reuben, men looked deeply into their hearts.
16. Why did they stay among the campfires? Why did they stay to hear shepherds whistling for the flocks? In the territories of Reuben, men looked deeply into their hearts.
17. Gilead stayed east of the Jordan River. Why did Dan stay near the ships? The men of Asher remained on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. They stayed in their safe harbors.
18. The people of Zebulun put their very lives in danger. So did Naphtali on the hills in the open country.
19. "Kings came and fought. The kings of Canaan fought at Taanach by the streams of Megiddo. But they didn't carry any silver away. They didn't take anything at all.
20. From the heavens the stars fought. From the sky they fought against Sisera.
21. The Kishon River swept them away. The Kishon is a very old river. My spirit, march on! Be strong!
22. The hoofs of the horses pounded like thunder. The powerful horses of our enemies galloped away.
23. 'Let Meroz be cursed,' said the angel of the Lord. 'Let bitter curses fall on its people. They did not come to help the Lord. They did not come to help him against our powerful enemies.'
24. "May Jael be the most blessed woman of all. May the wife of the Kenite Heber be blessed. May she be the most blessed woman of all those who live in tents.
25. Sisera asked for water. She gave him milk. In a bowl that was fit for nobles she brought him buttermilk.
26. Her hand reached out for a tent stake. Her right hand reached for a hammer. She hit Sisera. She crushed his head. She drove the stake right through his head.
27. He sank down. He fell at her feet. He was lying there. At her feet he sank down. He fell. He fell where he sank down. That's where he died.
28. "Sisera's mother looked out through the window. From behind the wooden screen she cried out. 'Why is his chariot taking so long to get here?' she said. 'Why can't I hear the noise of his chariots yet?'
29. Her wisest ladies answer her. And here's what she keeps saying to herself.
30. She says, 'They must be finding riches to bring back. They must be dividing them up. Each man is getting a woman or two. They are giving colorful clothes to Sisera. The clothes are very beautiful. He will bring some for me to wear. The men must be finding many things to bring home.'
31. "Lord, may all of your enemies be destroyed. But may those who love you be like the morning sun. May they be like the sun when it shines the brightest." So the land was at peace for 40 years.

Judges 6:1-40
1. Once again the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. So for seven years he handed them over to the people of Midian.
2. The Midianites treated the people of Israel very badly. That's why they made hiding places for themselves. They hid in holes in the mountains. They also hid in caves and in other safe places.
3. Each year the people planted their crops. When they did, the Midianites came into the country and attacked it. So did the Amalekites and other tribes from the east.
4. They camped on the land. They destroyed the crops all the way to Gaza. They didn't spare any living thing for Israel. They didn't spare sheep or cattle or donkeys.
5. The Midianites came up with their livestock and tents. They came like huge numbers of locusts. It was impossible to count all of those men and their camels. They came into the land to destroy it.
6. Midian made the people of Israel very poor. So they cried out to the Lord for help.
7. They cried out to the Lord because of what Midian had done.
8. So he sent a prophet to them. The prophet said, "The Lord is the God of Israel. He says, 'I brought you up out of Egypt. That is the land where you were slaves.
9. I saved you from the power of Egypt. I saved you from all those who were beating you down. I drove the people of Canaan out to make room for you. I gave you their land.
10. " 'I said to you, "I am the Lord your God. You are now living in the land of the Amorites. Do not worship their gods." But you have not listened to me.' "
11. The angel of the Lord came. He sat down under an oak tree in Ophrah. The tree belonged to Joash. He was from the family line of Abiezer. Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress at Ophrah. He was the son of Joash. Gideon was threshing in a winepress to hide the wheat from the Midianites.
12. The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon. He said, "Mighty warrior, the Lord is with you."
13. "But sir," Gideon replied, "you say the Lord is with us. Then why has all of this happened to us? Where are all of the wonderful things he has done? Our parents told us about them. They said, 'Didn't the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the Lord has deserted us. He has handed us over to Midian."
14. The Lord turned to Gideon. He said to him, "You are strong. Go and save Israel from the power of Midian. I am sending you."
15. "But Lord," Gideon asked, "how can I possibly save Israel? My family group is the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh. And I'm the least important member of my family."
16. The Lord answered, "I will be with you. So you will strike down the men of Midian all at one time."
17. Gideon replied, "If you are pleased with me, give me a special sign. Then I'll know that it's really you talking to me.
18. Please don't go away until I come back. I'll bring my offering and set it down in front of you." The Lord said, "I will wait until you return."
19. Gideon went and prepared a young goat. From more than half a bushel of flour he made bread without using yeast. He put the meat in a basket. In a pot he put soup that was made from the meat. Then he brought all of it and offered it to the Lord under the oak tree.
20. The angel of God spoke to Gideon. He said, "Take the meat and the bread. Place them on this rock. Then pour out the soup." So Gideon did it.
21. The angel of the Lord had a wooden staff in his hand. With the tip of his staff he touched the meat and the bread. Fire blazed out of the rock. It burned up the meat and the bread. Then the angel of the Lord disappeared.
22. Gideon realized it was the angel of the Lord. He cried out, "Lord and King, I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!"
23. But the Lord said to him, "May peace be with you! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die."
24. So Gideon built an altar to honor the Lord there. He called it The Lord Is Peace. It still stands in Ophrah to this very day. Ophrah is in the territory that belongs to the family line of Abiezer.
25. That same night the Lord spoke to Gideon. He said, "Get the second bull from your father's herd. Get the one that is seven years old. Tear down the altar your father built in honor of Baal. Cut down the pole that is beside it. The pole is used to worship the goddess Asherah.
26. "Then build the right kind of altar. Build it in honor of the Lord your God. Build it on top of this hill. Then use the wood from the Asherah pole you cut down. Sacrifice the second bull as a burnt offering."
27. So Gideon went and got ten of his servants. He did just as the Lord had told him. But he was afraid of his family. He was also afraid of the men in the town. So he did everything at night instead of during the day.
28. In the morning the men in the town got up. They saw that Baal's altar had been torn down. The Asherah pole that was beside it had been cut down. And the second bull had been sacrificed on the new altar that had been built.
29. They asked each other, "Who did this?" They looked into the matter carefully. Someone told them, "Gideon, the son of Joash, did it."
30. The men in the town spoke to Joash. They ordered him, "Bring your son out here. He must die. He has torn down Baal's altar. He has cut down the Asherah pole that was beside it."
31. But Joash replied to the angry crowd that was around him. He said, "Are you going to stand up for Baal? Are you trying to save him? Those who stand up for him will be put to death by morning! Is Baal really a god? If he is, he can stand up for himself when someone tears down his altar."
32. That's why Gideon was called Jerub-Baal that day. He said, "Let Baal take his stand against him." Gideon had torn down Baal's altar.
33. All of the Midianites and Amalekites gathered their armies together. Other tribes from the east joined them. All of them went across the Jordan River. They camped in the Valley of Jezreel.
34. Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon. So Gideon blew the trumpet to send for the men of Abiezer. He told them to follow him.
35. He sent messengers all through Manasseh. He called for the men of Manasseh to fight. He also sent messengers to the men of Asher, Zebulun and Naphtali. So all of those men went up to join the others.
36. Gideon said to God, "You promised you would use me to save Israel.
37. Please do something for me. I'll put a piece of wool on the threshing floor. Suppose dew is only on the wool tomorrow morning. And suppose the ground all around it is dry. Then I will know that you will use me to save Israel. I'll know that your promise will come true."
38. And that's what happened. Gideon got up early the next day. He squeezed the dew out of the wool. The water filled a bowl.
39. Then Gideon said to God, "Don't let your anger burn against me. Let me ask you for just one more thing. Let me use the wool for one more test. This time make the wool dry. And cover the ground with dew."
40. So that night God did it. Only the wool was dry. The ground all around it was covered with dew.

Psalms 49:1-9
1. For the director of music. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. Hear this, all you nations. Listen, all you who live in this world.
2. Listen, ordinary and important people alike. Listen, those of you who are rich or poor.
3. My mouth will speak wise words. What I say from my heart will give understanding.
4. I will pay attention to a proverb. I will explain my riddle as I play the harp.
5. Why should I be afraid when trouble comes? Why should I fear when sinners are all around me? They are the kind of people who want to take advantage of me.
6. They trust in their wealth. They brag about how rich they are.
7. No man can pay for the life of anyone else. No one can give God what that would cost.
8. The price for a life is very high. No payment is ever enough.
9. No one can pay enough to live forever and not rot in the grave.

Proverbs 14:20-21
20. Poor people are avoided even by their neighbors. But rich people have many friends.
21. Anyone who hates his neighbor commits sin. But blessed is the person who is kind to those in need.

Luke 15:1-10
1. The tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear Jesus.
2. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were whispering among themselves. They said, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
3. Then Jesus told them a story.
4. He said, "Suppose one of you has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Won't he leave the 99 in the open country? Won't he go and look for the one lost sheep until he finds it?
5. When he finds it, he will joyfully put it on his shoulders
6. and go home. Then he will call his friends and neighbors together. He will say, 'Be joyful with me. I have found my lost sheep.'
7. "I tell you, it will be the same in heaven. There will be great joy when one sinner turns away from sin. Yes, there will be more joy than for 99 godly people who do not need to turn away from their sins.
8. "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. She will light a lamp and sweep the house. She will search carefully until she finds the coin.
9. And when she finds it, she will call her friends and neighbors together. She will say, 'Be joyful with me. I have found my lost coin.'
10. "I tell you, it is the same in heaven. There is joy in heaven over one sinner who turns away from sin."