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Bible in one year

June 7

2 Kings 1:1-18
1. After Ahab died, Moab refused to remain under Israel's control.
2. Ahaziah had fallen through the window of his upstairs room in Samaria. He had hurt himself. So he sent messengers to ask the god Baal-Zebub for advice. Baal-Zebub was the god of the city of Ekron. Ahaziah said to the messengers, "Go and ask Baal-Zebub whether I will get well again."
3. But the angel of the Lord spoke to Elijah, who was from Tishbe. He said, "Go up to see the messengers of Ahaziah, the king of Samaria. Tell them, 'You are on your way to ask Baal-Zebub for advice. He is the god of Ekron. Are you going to that god because you think there is no God in Israel?'
4. The Lord says to Ahaziah, 'You will never leave the bed you are lying on. You can be sure that you will die!' " So Elijah went to see the messengers.
5. They returned to the king. He asked them, "Why have you come back?"
6. "A man met us on our way there," they replied. "He said to us, 'Go back to the king who sent you. Tell him, "The Lord says, 'You are sending messengers to ask Baal-Zebub for advice. He is the god of Ekron. Are you going to that god because you think there is no God in Israel? You will never leave the bed you are lying on. You can be sure that you will die!' " ' "
7. The king asked them, "What kind of man came to see you? Who told you those things?"
8. They replied, "He was wearing clothes that were made out of hair. He had a leather belt around his waist." The king said, "That was Elijah from Tishbe."
9. Then Ahaziah sent a captain to Elijah. The captain had his company of 50 men with him. Elijah was sitting on top of a hill. The captain went up to him. He said to Elijah, "Man of God, the king says, 'Come down!' "
10. Elijah answered the captain, "If I'm really a man of God, may fire come down from heaven! May it burn you and your 50 men up!" Then fire came down from heaven. It burned up the captain and his men.
11. After that happened, the king sent another captain to Elijah. The captain had his 50 men with him. He said to Elijah, "Man of God, the king says, 'Come down at once!' "
12. Elijah replied, "If I'm really a man of God, may fire come down from heaven! May it burn you and your 50 men up!" Then the fire of God came down from heaven. It burned up the captain and his 50 men.
13. So the king sent a third captain with his 50 men. The captain went up to Elijah. He fell on his knees in front of him. "Man of God," he begged, "please have respect for my life! Please have respect for the lives of these 50 men!
14. Fire has come down from heaven. It has burned up the first two captains and all of their men. But please have respect for my life!"
15. The angel of the Lord spoke to Elijah. He said, "Go down with him. Don't be afraid of him." So Elijah got up. He went down with the captain to the king.
16. Elijah told the king, "The Lord says, 'You have sent messengers to ask Baal-Zebub for advice. He is the god of Ekron. Did you go to that god for advice because you think there is no God in Israel? You will never leave the bed you are lying on. You can be sure that you will die!' "
17. So Ahaziah died. It happened just as the Lord had said it would. He had spoken that message through Elijah. Ahaziah didn't have any sons. So Joram, his younger brother, became the next king after him. It was the second year of Jehoram, the king of Judah. Jehoram was the son of Jehoshaphat.
18. All of the other events of Ahaziah's rule are written down. The things he did are written down. All of those things are written in the official records of the kings of Israel.

2 Kings 2:1-25
1. Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. The Lord was going to use a strong wind to take Elijah up to heaven.
2. Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here. The Lord has sent me to Bethel." But Elisha said, "I won't leave you. And that's just as sure as the Lord and you are alive." So they went down to Bethel.
3. There was a company of prophets at Bethel. They came out to where Elisha was. They asked him, "Do you know what the Lord is going to do? He's going to take your master away from you today." "Yes, I know," Elisha replied. "But don't talk about it."
4. Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here, Elisha. The Lord has sent me to Jericho." Elisha replied, "I won't leave you. And that's just as sure as the Lord and you are alive." So they went to Jericho.
5. There was a company of prophets at Jericho. They went up to where Elisha was. They asked him, "Do you know what the Lord is going to do? He's going to take your master away from you today." "Yes, I know," Elisha replied. "But don't talk about it."
6. Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here. The Lord has sent me to the Jordan River." Elisha replied, "I won't leave you. And that's just as sure as the Lord and you are alive." So the two of them walked on.
7. Fifty men from the company of the prophets followed them. The men stopped and stood not far away from them. They faced the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan River.
8. Elijah rolled his coat up. Then he struck the water with it. The water parted to the right and to the left. The two of them went across the river on dry ground.
9. After they had gone across, Elijah spoke to Elisha. He said, "Tell me. What can I do for you before I'm taken away from you?" "Please give me a double share of your spirit," Elisha replied.
10. "You have asked me for something I can't give you," Elijah said. "Only the Lord can give it. But suppose you see me when I'm taken away from you. Then you will receive what you have asked for. If you don't see me, you won't receive it."
11. They kept walking along and talking together. Suddenly a chariot and horses appeared. Fire was all around them. The chariot and horses came between the two men. Then Elijah went up to heaven in a strong wind.
12. Elisha saw it. He cried out to Elijah, "My father! You are like a father to me! You are the true chariots and horsemen of Israel!" Elisha didn't see Elijah anymore. Then Elisha took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.
13. He picked up the coat that had fallen from Elijah. He went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan River.
14. Then he struck the water with Elijah's coat. "Where is the power of the Lord?" he asked. "Where is the power of the God of Elijah?" When Elisha struck the water, it parted to the right and to the left. He went across the river.
15. The company of the prophets from Jericho were watching. They said, "The spirit of Elijah has been given to Elisha." They went over to him. They bowed down to him with their faces toward the ground.
16. "Look," they said. "We have 50 able men. Let them go and look for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has lifted him up. Maybe he has put him down on a mountain or in a valley." "No," Elisha replied. "Don't send them."
17. But they kept asking until he felt he couldn't say no. So he said, "Send them." And they sent 50 men. They looked for Elijah for three days. But they didn't find him.
18. So they returned to Elisha. He was staying in Jericho. Elisha said to them, "Didn't I tell you not to go?"
19. The men of Jericho spoke to Elisha. "Look," they said. "This town has a good location. You can see that for yourself. But the spring of water here is bad. So the land doesn't produce anything."
20. "Bring me a new bowl," Elisha said. "Put some salt in it." So they brought it to him.
21. Then he went out to the spring. He threw the salt into it. He told them, "The Lord says, 'I have made this water pure. It will never cause death again. It will never keep the land from producing crops again.' "
22. The water has stayed pure to this very day. That's what Elisha had said would happen.
23. Elisha left Jericho and went up to Bethel. He was walking along the road. Some young fellows came out of the town. They made fun of him. "Go on up! You don't even have any hair on your head!" they said. "Go on up! You don't even have any hair on your head!"
24. He turned around and looked at them. And he called down a curse on them. He did it in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods. They attacked 42 of the young fellows.
25. Elisha went on to Mount Carmel. From there he returned to Samaria.

Psalms 71:9-16
9. Don't push me away when I'm old. Don't desert me when my strength is gone.
10. My enemies speak against me. Those who want to kill me get together and make evil plans.
11. They say, "God has deserted him. Go after him and grab him. No one will save him."
12. God, don't stay so far away from me. My God, come quickly and help me.
13. May those who bring charges against me die in shame. May those who want to harm me be covered with shame and dishonor.
14. But I will always have hope. I will praise you more and more.
15. I will say that what you have done is right. All day long I will talk about how you have saved your people. It is more than I can understand.
16. Lord and King, I will come and announce your mighty acts. I will announce that you alone do what is right.

Proverbs 18:6-8
6. What a foolish person says leads to arguing. He is just asking for a beating.
7. The words of a foolish person drag him down. He is trapped by what he says.
8. The words of anyone who talks about others are like tasty bites of food. They go deep down inside you.

John 16:1-33
1. "I have told you all of this so that you will not go down the wrong path.
2. You will be thrown out of the synagogue. In fact, a time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing God a favor.
3. They will do things like that because they do not know the Father or me.
4. "Why have I told you this? So that when the time comes, you will remember that I warned you. I didn't tell you this at first because I was with you.
5. "Now I am going to the One who sent me. But none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'
6. Because I have said these things, you are filled with sadness.
7. "But what I'm about to tell you is true. It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Friend will not come to help you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
8. When he comes, he will prove that the world's people are guilty. He will prove their guilt concerning sin and godliness and judgment.
9. "The world is guilty as far as sin is concerned. That is because people do not believe in me.
10. The world is guilty as far as godliness is concerned. That is because I am going to the Father, where you can't see me anymore.
11. The world is guilty as far as judgment is concerned. That is because the devil, the prince of this world, has already been judged.
12. "I have much more to say to you. It is more than you can handle right now.
13. But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own. He will speak only what he hears. And he will tell you what is still going to happen.
14. "He will bring me glory by receiving something from me and showing it to you.
15. Everything that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Holy Spirit will receive something from me and show it to you.
16. "In a little while, you will no longer see me. Then after a little while, you will see me."
17. Some of his disciples spoke to one another. They said, "What does he mean by saying, 'In a little while, you will no longer see me. Then after a little while, you will see me'? And what does he mean by saying, 'I am going to the Father'?"
18. They kept asking, "What does he mean by 'a little while'? We don't understand what he is saying."
19. Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about those things. So he said to them, "Are you asking one another what I meant? Didn't you understand when I said, 'In a little while, you will no longer see me. Then after a little while, you will see me'?
20. What I'm about to tell you is true. You will cry and be full of sorrow while the world is full of joy. You will be sad, but your sadness will turn into joy.
21. "A woman giving birth to a baby has pain. This is because her time to give birth has come. But when her baby is born, she forgets the pain. She forgets because she is so happy that a baby has been born into the world.
22. "That's the way it is with you. Now it's your time to be sad. But I will see you again. Then you will be full of joy. And no one will take your joy away.
23. "When that day comes, you will no longer ask me for anything. What I'm about to tell you is true. My Father will give you anything you ask for in my name.
24. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask, and you will receive what you ask for. Then your joy will be complete.
25. "I have not been speaking to you plainly. But a time is coming when I will speak clearly. Then I will tell you plainly about my Father.
26. When that day comes, you will ask for things in my name. I am not saying I will ask the Father instead of you asking him.
27. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me. He also loves you because you have believed that I came from God.
28. "I came from the Father and entered the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
29. Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking plainly. You are using examples that are clear.
30. Now we can see that you know everything. You don't even need anyone to ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God."
31. "At last you believe!" Jesus said.
32. "But a time is coming when you will be scattered and go to your own homes. In fact, that time is already here. You will leave me all alone. But I am not really alone. My Father is with me.
33. "I have told you these things, so that you can have peace because of me. In this world you will have trouble. But cheer up! I have won the battle over the world."