Bible in one year

April 29

Ruth 3:1-18
1. One day Ruth's mother-in-law Naomi spoke to her. She said, "My daughter, shouldn't I try to find a secure place for you? Shouldn't you have peace and rest? Shouldn't I find a home where things will go well with you?
2. You have been with the female servants of Boaz. He's a relative of ours. Tonight he'll be separating the straw from his barley on the threshing floor.
3. "So wash yourself. Put on some perfume. And put on your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor. But don't let Boaz know you are there. Wait until he has finished eating and drinking.
4. Notice where he lies down. Then go over and uncover his feet. Lie down there. He'll tell you what to do."
5. "I'll do everything you say," Ruth answered.
6. So she went down to the threshing floor. She did everything her mother-in-law had told her to do.
7. When Boaz had finished eating and drinking, he was in a good mood. He went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Then Ruth approached quietly. She uncovered his feet and lay down there.
8. In the middle of the night, something surprised Boaz and woke him up. He turned and found a woman lying there at his feet.
9. "Who are you?" he asked. "I'm Ruth," she said. "You are my family protector. So take good care of me by making me your wife."
10. "Dear woman, may the Lord bless you," he replied. "You are showing even more kindness now than you did earlier. You didn't run after the younger men, whether they were rich or poor.
11. Dear woman, don't be afraid. I'll do for you everything you ask. All of the people of my town know that you are a noble woman.
12. "It's true that I'm a relative of yours. But there's a family protector who is more closely related to you than I am.
13. So stay here for the night. In the morning if he wants to help you, good. Let him help you. But if he doesn't want to, then I'll do it. You can be sure that the Lord lives. And you can be just as sure that I'll help you. Lie down here until morning."
14. So she stayed at his feet until morning. But she got up before anyone could be recognized. Boaz thought, "No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor."
15. He said to Ruth, "Bring me the coat you have around you. Hold it out." So she did. He poured more than fifty pounds of barley into it and helped her pick it up. Then he went back to town.
16. Ruth came to her mother-in-law. Naomi asked, "How did it go, my daughter?" Then Ruth told her everything Boaz had done for her.
17. She said, "He gave me all of this barley. He said, 'Don't go back to your mother-in-law with your hands empty.' "
18. Naomi said, "My daughter, sit down until you find out what happens. The man won't rest until he settles the whole matter today."

Ruth 4:1-22
1. Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there. The family protector he had talked about came by. Then Boaz said, "Come over here, my friend. Sit down." So the man went over and sat down.
2. Boaz brought ten of the elders of the town together. He said, "Sit down here." So they did.
3. Then he spoke to the family protector. He said, "Naomi has come back from Moab. She's selling the piece of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech.
4. I thought I should bring the matter to your attention. I suggest that you buy the land while those who are sitting here and the elders of my people are looking on as witnesses. "If you are willing to buy it back, do it. But if you aren't, tell me. Then I'll know. No one has the right to buy it back except you. And I'm next in line." "I'll buy it," he said.
5. Then Boaz said, "When you buy the land from Naomi and Ruth, who is from Moab, you must get married to Ruth. She's the dead man's widow. So you must take her as your wife. His name must stay with his property."
6. When the family protector heard that, he said, "Then I can't buy the land. If I did, I might put my own property in danger. So you buy it. I can't do it."
7. In earlier times in Israel, there was a certain practice. It was used when family land was bought back and changed owners. The practice made the sale final. One person would take his sandal off and give it to the other. That was how people in Israel showed that a business matter had been settled.
8. So the family protector said to Boaz, "Buy it yourself." And he took his sandal off.
9. Then Boaz spoke to the elders and all of the people. He said, "Today you are witnesses. You have seen that I have bought land from Naomi. I have bought all of the property that had belonged to Elimelech, Kilion and Mahlon.
10. "I've also taken Ruth, who is from Moab, to become my wife. She is Mahlon's widow. I've decided to get married to her so the dead man's name will stay with his property. Now his name won't disappear from his family line. It won't disappear from the town records. Today you are witnesses!"
11. Then the elders and all who were at the gate spoke. They said, "We are witnesses. The woman is coming into your home. May the Lord make her to be like Rachel and Leah. Together they built up the nation of Israel. May you be an important person in Ephrathah. May you be famous in Bethlehem.
12. The Lord will give you children through this young woman. May your family be like the family of Perez. He was the son Tamar had by Judah."
13. So Boaz got married to Ruth. She became his wife. Then he made love to her. The Lord blessed her so that she became pregnant. And she had a son.
14. The women said to Naomi, "We praise the Lord. Today he has provided a family protector for you. May this child become famous all over Israel!
15. He will make your life new again. He'll take care of you when you are old. He's the son of your very own daughter-in-law. She loves you. She is better to you than seven sons."
16. Then Naomi put the child on her lap and took care of him.
17. The women who were living there said, "Naomi has a son." They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David.
18. Here is the family line of Perez. Perez was the father of Hezron.
19. Hezron was the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab.
20. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon.
21. Salmon was the father of Boaz. Boaz was the father of Obed.
22. Obed was the father of Jesse. And Jesse was the father of David.

Psalms 52:6-9
6. Those who do what is right will see it and learn a lesson from it. They will laugh at you and say,
7. "Just look at this fellow! He didn't depend on God for his safety. He put his trust in all his wealth. He grew strong by destroying others!"
8. But I am like a healthy olive tree. My roots are deep in the house of God. I trust in your faithful love for ever and ever.
9. I will praise you forever for what you have done. I will put my hope in you because you are good. I will praise you when I'm with your faithful people.

Proverbs 15:6-7
6. The houses of those who do what is right hold great wealth. But those who do what is wrong earn only trouble.
7. The lips of wise people spread knowledge. But that's not true of the hearts of foolish people.

Luke 20:1-26
1. One day Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courtyard. He was preaching the good news to them. The chief priests and the teachers of the law came up to him. The elders came with them.
2. "Tell us by what authority you are doing these things," they all said. "Who gave you this authority?"
3. Jesus replied, "I will also ask you a question. Tell me,
4. was John's baptism from heaven? Or did it come from men?"
5. They talked to each other about it. They said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Why didn't you believe him?'
6. But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will throw stones at us and kill us. They believe that John was a prophet."
7. So they answered Jesus, "We don't know where John's baptism came from."
8. Jesus said, "Then I won't tell you by what authority I am doing these things either."
9. Jesus went on to tell the people a story. "A man planted a vineyard," he said. "He rented it out to some farmers. Then he went away for a long time.
10. "At harvest time he sent a servant to the renters. They were supposed to give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the renters beat the servant. Then they sent him away with nothing.
11. So the man sent another servant. They beat that one and treated him badly. They also sent him away with nothing.
12. The man sent a third servant. The renters wounded him and threw him out.
13. "Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What should I do? I have a son, and I love him. I will send him. Maybe they will respect him.'
14. "But when the renters saw the son, they talked the matter over. 'This is the one who will receive all the owner's property someday,' they said. 'Let's kill him. Then everything will be ours.'
15. So they threw him out of the vineyard. And they killed him. "What will the owner of the vineyard do to the renters?
16. He will come and kill them. He will give the vineyard to others." When the people heard this, they said, "We hope this never happens!"
17. Jesus looked right at them and said, "Here is something I want you to explain the meaning of. It is written, " 'The stone the builders didn't accept has become the most important stone of all.' --(Psalm 118:22)
18. Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces. But the stone will crush anyone it falls on."
19. The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest Jesus at once. They knew he had told that story against them. But they were afraid of the people.
20. The religious leaders sent spies to keep a close watch on Jesus. The spies pretended to be honest. They hoped they could trap Jesus with something he would say. Then they could hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.
21. So the spies questioned Jesus. "Teacher," they said, "we know that you speak and teach what is right. We know you don't favor one person over another. You teach the way of God truthfully.
22. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
23. Jesus saw they were trying to trick him. So he said to them,
24. "Show me a silver coin. Whose picture and words are on it?"
25. "Caesar's," they replied. He said to them, "Then give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. And give to God what belongs to God."
26. They were not able to trap him with what he had said there in front of all the people. Amazed by his answer, they became silent.