Bible in one year

April 6

Joshua 1:1-18
1. Moses, the servant of the Lord, died. After that, the Lord spoke to Joshua, the son of Nun. Joshua was Moses' helper. The Lord said to Joshua,
2. "My servant Moses is dead. Now then, I want you and all of these people to get ready to go across the Jordan River. I want all of you to go into the land I am about to give to the people of Israel.
3. "I will give all of you every place you walk on, just as I promised Moses.
4. Your territory will reach from the Negev Desert all the way to Lebanon. The great Euphrates River will be to the east. The Mediterranean Sea will be to the west. Your territory will include all of the Hittite country.
5. "Joshua, no one will be able to stand up against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will never leave you. I will never desert you.
6. "Be strong and brave. You will lead these people, and they will take the land as their very own. It is the land I promised with an oath to give their people long ago.
7. "Be strong and very brave. Make sure you obey the whole law my servant Moses gave you. Do not turn away from it to the right or the left. Then you will have success everywhere you go.
8. Never stop reading this Scroll of the Law. Day and night you must think about what it says. Make sure you do everything that is written in it. Then things will go well with you. And you will have great success.
9. "Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go."
10. So Joshua gave orders to the officers of the people. He said,
11. "Go through the camp. Tell the people, 'Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will go across the Jordan River right here. You will go in and take over the land. The Lord your God is giving it to you as your very own.' "
12. Joshua also spoke to the tribes of Reuben and Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh. He said to them,
13. "Remember what Moses, the servant of the Lord, commanded you. He said, 'The Lord your God is giving you this land. It's a place where you can settle down and live in peace and rest.'
14. "Your wives, children and livestock can stay here east of the Jordan River. Moses gave you this land. But all of your fighting men must get ready for battle. They must go across ahead of the other tribes. You must help them
15. until the Lord gives them rest. In the same way, he has already given you rest. You must help them until they also have taken over their land. It's the land the Lord your God is giving them. After that, you can come back here. Then you can live in your own land. It's the land that Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave you east of the Jordan River. It's toward the sunrise."
16. Then the tribes of Reuben and Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh answered Joshua. They said, "We'll do what you have commanded us to do. We'll go where you send us.
17. We obeyed Moses completely. And we'll obey you just as completely. But may the Lord your God be with you, just as he was with Moses.
18. "Suppose people question your authority. And suppose they refuse to obey anything you command them to do. Then they will be put to death. Just be strong and brave!"

Joshua 2:1-24
1. Joshua, the son of Nun, sent two spies from Shittim. He sent them in secret. He said to them, "Go. Look the land over. Most of all, check out Jericho." So they went to Jericho. They stayed at the house of a prostitute. Her name was Rahab.
2. The king of Jericho was told, "Look! Some of the people of Israel have come here tonight. They've come to check out the land."
3. So the king sent a message to Rahab. It said, "Bring out the men who came into your house. They've come to check out the whole land."
4. But the woman had hidden the two men. She said, "It's true that the men came here. But I didn't know where they had come from.
5. They left at sunset, when it was time to close the city gate. I don't know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You might catch up with them."
6. But in fact she had taken them up on the roof. There she had hidden them under some flax she had piled up.
7. The king's men left to hunt down the spies. They took the road that leads to where the Jordan River can be crossed. As soon as they had gone out of the city, the gate was shut.
8. Rahab went up on the roof before the spies settled down for the night.
9. She said to them, "I know that the Lord has given this land to you. We are very much afraid of you. Everyone who lives in this country is weak with fear because of you.
10. "We've heard how the Lord dried up the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt. We've heard what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings. They ruled east of the Jordan River. You completely destroyed them.
11. "When we heard about it, our hearts melted away in fear. Because of you, we aren't brave anymore. The Lord your God is the God who rules over heaven above and earth below.
12. "Now then, please take an oath. Promise me in the name of the Lord that you will be kind to my family. I've been kind to you. Promise me
13. that you will spare the lives of my father and mother. Spare my brothers and sisters. Also spare everyone in their families. Promise that you won't put any of us to death."
14. So the men made a promise to her. "We'll give up our lives to save yours," they said. "But don't tell anyone what we're doing. Then we'll be kind and faithful to you when the Lord gives us the land."
15. The house Rahab lived in was part of the city wall. So she let the spies down by a rope through the window.
16. She had said to them, "Go up into the hills. The men who are chasing you won't be able to find you. Hide yourselves there for three days until they return. Then you can go on your way."
17. The men said to her, "You made us take an oath and make a promise. But we won't keep it
18. unless you do what we say. When we enter the land, you must tie this bright red rope in the window. Tie it in the window you let us down through. "Bring your father and mother into your house. Also bring your brothers and everyone else in your family into your house.
19. None of you must go out into the street. If you do, anything that happens to you will be your own fault. Don't hold us accountable. "But if anyone hurts someone who is inside the house with you, it will be our fault. And you can hold us accountable.
20. "Don't tell anyone what we're doing. If you do, we won't have to keep the promise you asked us to make."
21. "I agree," Rahab replied. "I'll do as you say." So she sent them away, and they left. Then she tied the bright red rope in the window.
22. When the spies left, they went up into the hills. They stayed there for three days. By that time the men who were chasing them had searched all along the road. They couldn't find them. So they returned.
23. Then the two spies started back. They went down out of the hills. They went across the Jordan River. They came to Joshua, the son of Nun. They told him everything that had happened to them.
24. They said, "We're sure the Lord has given the whole land over to us. All of the people there are weak with fear because of us."

Psalms 41:1-13
1. For the director of music. A psalm of David. Blessed is the one who cares about weak people. When he is in trouble, the Lord saves him.
2. The Lord will guard him and keep him alive. He will bless him in the land. He won't hand him over to the wishes of his enemies.
3. The Lord will take care of him when he is lying sick in bed. He will make him well again.
4. I said, "Lord, show me your favor. Heal me. I have sinned against you."
5. My enemies are saying bad things about me. They say, "When will he die and be forgotten?"
6. When anyone comes to see me, he says things he doesn't mean. At the same time, he thinks up lies to tell against me. Then he goes out and spreads those lies around.
7. All of my enemies whisper to each other about me. They want something terrible to happen to me.
8. They say, "He is sick and will die very soon. He will never get up from his bed again."
9. Even my close friend, whom I trusted, has deserted me. I even shared my bread with him.
10. But Lord, show me your favor. Make me well, so I can pay them back.
11. Then I will know that you are pleased with me, because my enemies haven't won the battle over me.
12. You will take good care of me because I've been honest. You will let me be with you forever.
13. Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel, for ever and ever. Amen and Amen.

Proverbs 13:15-16
15. Good understanding wins favor. But the way of liars doesn't last.
16. Wise people act in keeping with the knowledge they have. But foolish people show how foolish they are.

Luke 8:26-56
26. Jesus and his disciples sailed to the area of the Gerasenes across the lake from Galilee.
27. When Jesus stepped on shore, he was met by a man from the town. The man was controlled by demons. For a long time he had not worn clothes or lived in a house. He lived in the tombs.
28. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet. He shouted at the top of his voice, "Jesus, Son of the Most High God, what do you want with me? I beg you, don't hurt me!"
29. This was because Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times the spirit had taken hold of him. His hands and feet were chained, and he was kept under guard. But he had broken his chains. And then the demon had forced him to go out into lonely places in the countryside.
30. Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him.
31. And they begged Jesus again and again not to order them to go into the Abyss.
32. A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs. And he allowed it.
33. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep bank. They ran into the lake and drowned.
34. Those who were tending the pigs saw what had happened. They ran off and reported it in the town and countryside.
35. The people went out to see what had happened. Then they came to Jesus. They found the man who was now free of the demons. He was sitting at Jesus' feet. He was dressed and thinking clearly. All this made the people afraid.
36. Those who had seen it told the others how the man who had been controlled by demons was now healed.
37. Then all the people who lived in the area of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them. They were filled with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
38. The man who was now free of the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him away. He said to him,
39. "Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away. He told people all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
40. When Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him. They were all expecting him.
41. Then a man named Jairus came. He was a synagogue ruler. He fell at Jesus' feet. He begged Jesus to come to his house.
42. His only daughter was dying. She was about 12 years old. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.
43. A woman was there who had a sickness that made her bleed. Her sickness had lasted for 12 years. No one could heal her.
44. She came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his clothes. Right away her bleeding stopped.
45. "Who touched me?" Jesus asked. They all said they didn't do it. Then Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pushing against you."
46. But Jesus said, "Someone touched me. I know that power has gone out from me."
47. The woman realized that people would notice her. Shaking with fear, she came and fell at his feet. In front of everyone, she told why she had touched him. She also told how she had been healed in an instant.
48. Then he said to her, "Dear woman, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."
49. While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus. Jairus was the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," the messenger said. "Don't bother the teacher anymore."
50. Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just believe. She will be healed."
51. When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let everyone go in with him. He took only Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother.
52. During this time, all the people were crying and sobbing loudly over the child. "Stop crying!" Jesus said. "She is not dead. She is sleeping."
53. They laughed at him. They knew she was dead.
54. But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!"
55. Her spirit returned, and right away she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
56. Her parents were amazed. But Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.