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Bible in one year


April 3


Deuteronomy 29:1-29
1. These are the terms of the covenant the Lord commanded me to make with the people of Israel in Moab. The terms were added to the covenant he had made with them at Mount Horeb.
2. I sent for all of the Israelites. Here is what I said to them. With your own eyes you have seen everything the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh. You have seen what he did to all of Pharaoh's officials and to his whole land.
3. With your own eyes you saw how the Lord really made them suffer. You saw his miraculous signs and great wonders.
4. But to this very day the Lord hasn't given you a mind that understands. He hasn't given you eyes that see. He hasn't given you ears that hear.
5. He led you through the desert for 40 years. During that time your clothes didn't wear out. The sandals on your feet didn't wear out either.
6. You didn't eat any bread. You didn't drink any kind of wine. The Lord did all of those things because he wanted you to know that he is the Lord your God.
7. When we got here, Sihon and Og came out to fight against us. Sihon was the king of Heshbon. And Og was the king of Bashan. But we won the battle over them.
8. We took their land. We gave it to the tribes of Reuben and Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh as their share.
9. Be careful to obey the terms of this covenant. Then you will have success in everything you do.
10. Today all of you are standing here in the sight of the Lord your God. Your leaders and chief men are here. Your elders and officials are here. So are all of the other men of Israel.
11. Your children and wives are here with you too. So are the outsiders who are living in your camps. They chop your wood and carry your water.
12. All of you are standing here in order to enter into a covenant with the Lord your God. He is making the covenant with you today. He's sealing it with an oath.
13. Today he wants to show you that you are his people and that he is your God. That's what he promised with an oath to your fathers. He promised it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
14. I'm making this covenant. I'm sealing it with an oath. I'm not making it only with you
15. who are standing here with us today in the sight of the Lord our God. I'm also making it with those who aren't here today.
16. You yourselves know how we lived in Egypt. You also know how we passed through other countries on the way here.
17. You saw the statues of their gods that were made out of wood, stone, silver and gold. The Lord hates those statues.
18. Make sure there isn't a man or woman among your families or tribes who turns away from the Lord our God. No one must worship the gods of those nations. Make sure that kind of worship doesn't spread like bitter poison through your whole community.
19. Some people who worship those gods will hear the oath that seals the covenant I'm making. They think they can escape trouble by saying to themselves, "We'll be safe, even though we're stubborn and go our own way." But trouble will come on them everywhere in the land.
20. The Lord will never be willing to forgive those people. His burning anger will blaze out against them. All of the curses I've written down in this scroll will fall on them. And the Lord will wipe out their names from the earth.
21. He will find those people in all of the tribes of Israel and give them nothing but trouble. That will be in keeping with all of the curses of the covenant. They are written down in this Scroll of the Law.
22. Even your children's children will see the troubles that have fallen on the land. They'll see the sicknesses the Lord has brought on it. People who come from countries far away will also see those things.
23. The whole land will be burned up. Nothing but salt and sulfur will be left. Nothing will be planted there. Nothing will grow there. In fact, nothing will even start to grow there. The land will be like Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim after they were destroyed. The Lord wiped out those cities because he was very angry.
24. All of the nations will ask, "Why has the Lord done this to the land? What could have made him so very angry?"
25. And they will hear the answer, "It's because the people who are living there have broken the covenant of the Lord. He's the God of their parents. He made that covenant with them when he brought them out of Egypt.
26. They went off and worshiped other gods. They bowed down to them. They hadn't known anything about those gods before. The Lord hadn't given those gods to them.
27. "So the Lord's anger burned against the land. He brought on it all of the curses that are written down in this scroll.
28. The Lord's anger blazed out against his people. So he pulled them up out of their land. He threw them into another land. And that's where they are now."
29. The Lord our God keeps certain things hidden. But he makes other things known to us and our children forever. He does it so we can obey all of the words of this law.

Deuteronomy 30:1-20
1. I have told you about all of those blessings and curses. The Lord will bring them on you. Then you will think carefully about them everywhere the Lord your God scatters you among the nations.
2. You and your children will return to the Lord your God. You will obey him with all your heart and with all your soul. That will be in keeping with everything I'm commanding you today.
3. When all of that happens, the Lord your God will bless you with great success again. He will be very kind to you. He'll bring you back from all of the nations where he scattered you.
4. Suppose you have been forced to go away to the farthest land on earth. The Lord your God will bring you back even from there.
5. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your people long ago. You will take it over. He'll make you better off than your people were. He'll increase your numbers more than he increased theirs.
6. The Lord your God will keep your hearts from being stubborn. He'll do the same thing for your children and their children. Then you will love him with all your heart and with all your soul. And you will live.
7. The Lord your God will put all of those curses on your enemies. They hated you and hunted you down.
8. You will obey the Lord again. You will follow all of his commands that I'm giving you today.
9. Then the Lord your God will give you great success in everything you do. You will have many children. Your livestock will have many little ones. Your crops will do very well. The Lord will take delight in you again. He'll give you success. That's what he did for your people long ago.
10. But you must obey the Lord your God. You must keep his commands and rules. They are written in this Scroll of the Law. You must turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
11. What I'm commanding you today is not too hard for you. It isn't beyond your reach.
12. It isn't up in heaven. So you don't have to ask, "Who will go up into heaven to get it? Who will announce it to us so we can obey it?"
13. And it isn't beyond the ocean. So you don't have to ask, "Who will go across the ocean to get it? Who will announce it to us so we can obey it?"
14. No, the message isn't far away at all. In fact, it's really near you. It's in your mouth and in your heart so that you can obey it.
15. Today I'm giving you a choice. You can have life and success. Or you can have death and harm.
16. I'm commanding you today to love the Lord your God. I'm commanding you to live exactly as he wants you to live. You must obey his commands, rules and laws. Then you will live. Your numbers will increase. The Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to take as your own.
17. Don't let your hearts turn away from the Lord. Instead, obey him. Don't let yourselves be drawn away to other gods. And don't bow down to them and worship them.
18. If you do, I announce to you this very day that you will certainly be destroyed. You are about to go across the Jordan River and take over the land. But you won't live there very long.
19. I'm calling for heaven and earth to give witness against you this very day. I'm offering you the choice of life or death. You can choose either blessings or curses. But I want you to choose life. Then you and your children will live.
20. And you will love the Lord your God. You will obey him. You will remain true to him. The Lord is your very life. He will give you many years in the land. He took an oath. He promised to give that land to your fathers. He promised it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Psalms 40:1-5
1. For the director of music. A psalm of David. I was patient while I waited for the Lord. He turned to me and heard my cry for help.
2. I was sliding down into the pit of death, and he pulled me out. He brought me up out of the mud and dirt. He set my feet on a rock. He gave me a firm place to stand on.
3. He gave me a new song to sing. It is a hymn of praise to our God. Many people will see what he has done and will worship him. They will put their trust in the Lord.
4. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. He doesn't look to proud people for help. He doesn't turn away to worship statues of gods.
5. Lord my God, no one can compare with you. You have done many miracles. And you plan to do many more for us. There are too many of them for me to talk about.

Proverbs 13:9-10
9. The lights of godly people shine brightly. But the lamps of sinners are blown out.
10. Pride only leads to arguing. But those who take advice are wise.

Luke 7:1-30
1. Jesus finished saying all those things to the people. Then he entered Capernaum.
2. There the servant of a Roman commander was sick and about to die. His master thought highly of him.
3. The commander heard about Jesus. So he sent some elders of the Jews to him. He told them to ask Jesus to come and heal his servant.
4. They came to Jesus and begged him, "This man deserves to have you do this.
5. He loves our nation and has built our synagogue."
6. So Jesus went with them. When Jesus came near the house, the Roman commander sent friends to him. He told them to say, "Lord, don't trouble yourself. I am not good enough to have you come into my house.
7. That is why I did not even think I was fit to come to you. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.
8. I myself am a man who is under authority. And I have soldiers who obey my orders. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes. I tell that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
9. When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him. He turned to the crowd that was following him. He said, "I tell you, even in Israel I have not found anyone whose faith is so strong."
10. Then the men who had been sent to Jesus returned to the house. They found that the servant was healed.
11. Some time later, Jesus went to a town called Nain. His disciples and a large crowd went along with him.
12. He approached the town gate. Just then, a dead person was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother. She was a widow. A large crowd from the town was with her.
13. When the Lord saw her, he felt sorry for her. So he said, "Don't cry."
14. Then he went up and touched the coffin. Those carrying it stood still. Jesus said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"
15. The dead man sat up and began to talk. Then Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16. The people were all filled with wonder and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people."
17. This news about Jesus spread all through Judea and the whole country.
18. John's disciples told him about all these things. So he chose two of them.
19. He sent them to the Lord. They were to ask Jesus, "Are you the one who was supposed to come? Or should we look for someone else?"
20. The men came to Jesus. They said, "John the Baptist sent us to ask you, 'Are you the one who was supposed to come? Or should we look for someone else?' "
21. At that very time Jesus healed many people. They had illnesses, sicknesses and evil spirits. He also gave sight to many who were blind.
22. So Jesus replied to the messengers, "Go back to John. Tell him what you have seen and heard. Blind people receive sight. Disabled people walk. Those who have skin diseases are healed. Deaf people hear. Those who are dead are raised to life. And the good news is preached to those who are poor.
23. Blessed are those who do not give up their faith because of me."
24. So John's messengers left. Then Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John. He said, "What did you go out into the desert to see? Tall grass waving in the wind?
25. If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No. Those who wear fine clothes and have many expensive things are in palaces.
26. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
27. "He is the one written about in Scripture. It says, " 'I will send my messenger ahead of you. He will prepare your way for you.' --(Malachi 3:1)
28. I tell you, no one more important than John has ever been born. But the least important person in God's kingdom is more important than he is."
29. All the people who heard Jesus' words agreed that God's way was right. Even the tax collectors agreed. These people had all been baptized by John.
30. But the Pharisees and the authorities on the law did not accept God's purpose for themselves. They had not been baptized by John.