Bible in one year

July 20

Ezra 1:1-11
1. It was the first year of the rule of Cyrus. He was king of Persia. The Lord stirred him up to send a message all through his kingdom. It happened so that what the Lord had spoken through Jeremiah would come true. The message was written down. It said,
2. "Cyrus, the king of Persia, says, " 'The Lord is the God of heaven. He has given me all of the kingdoms on earth. He has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.
3. " 'Any one of his people among you can go up to Jerusalem. And may your God be with you. You can build the Lord's temple. He is the God of Israel. He is the God who is in Jerusalem.
4. " 'The people who are still left alive in every place must bring him gifts. They must provide him with silver and gold. They must bring goods and livestock. They should also bring any offerings they choose to. All of those gifts will be for God's temple in Jerusalem.' "
5. Then everyone God had stirred up got ready to go. They wanted to go up to Jerusalem and build the Lord's temple there. They included the family leaders of Judah and Benjamin. They also included the priests and Levites.
6. All of their neighbors helped them. They gave them silver and gold articles. They gave them goods and livestock. And they gave them gifts of great value. All of those things were added to the other offerings the people chose to give.
7. King Cyrus also brought out the articles that belonged to the Lord's temple. Nebuchadnezzar had carried them off from Jerusalem. He had put them in the temple of his own god.
8. Cyrus, the king of Persia, told Mithredath to bring them out. Mithredath was in charge of the temple treasures. He counted the articles. Then he gave them to Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.
9. Here is a list of the articles. There were 30 gold dishes. There were 1,000 silver dishes. There were 29 silver pans.
10. There were 30 gold bowls. There were 410 matching silver bowls. There were 1,000 other articles.
11. The total number of gold and silver articles was 5,400. Sheshbazzar took all of them with him to Jerusalem. He brought them along when the Jews who had been forced to leave Judah came back from Babylon.

Ezra 2:1-70
1. Nebuchadnezzar had taken many Jews away from the land of Judah. He had forced them to go to Babylonia as prisoners. Now they returned to Jerusalem and Judah. All of them went back to their own towns. Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylonia.
2. The leaders of the Jews included Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah and Reelaiah. They also included Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah. Here is a list of the men of Israel who returned home.
3. There were 2,172 from the family line of Parosh.
4. There were 372 from Shephatiah.
5. There were 775 from Arah.
6. There were 2,812 from Pahath-Moab through the family line of Jeshua and Joab.
7. There were 1,254 from Elam.
8. There were 945 from Zattu.
9. There were 760 from Zaccai.
10. There were 642 from Bani.
11. There were 623 from Bebai.
12. There were 1,222 from Azgad.
13. There were 666 from Adonikam.
14. There were 2,056 from Bigvai.
15. There were 454 from Adin.
16. There were 98 from Ater through the family line of Hezekiah.
17. There were 323 from Bezai.
18. There were 112 from Jorah.
19. There were 223 from Hashum.
20. There were 95 from Gibbar.
21. There were 123 from the men of Bethlehem.
22. There were 56 from Netophah.
23. There were 128 from Anathoth.
24. There were 42 from Azmaveth.
25. There were 743 from Kiriath Jearim, Kephirah and Beeroth.
26. There were 621 from Ramah and Geba.
27. There were 122 from Micmash.
28. There were 223 from Bethel and Ai.
29. There were 52 from Nebo.
30. There were 156 from Magbish.
31. There were 1,254 from the other Elam.
32. There were 320 from Harim.
33. There were 725 from Lod, Hadid and Ono.
34. There were 345 from Jericho.
35. There were 3,630 from Senaah.
36. Here is a list of the priests. There were 973 from the family line of Jedaiah through the line of Jeshua.
37. There were 1,052 from Immer.
38. There were 1,247 from Pashhur.
39. There were 1,017 from Harim.
40. Here is a list of the Levites. There were 74 from the family lines of Jeshua and Kadmiel through the line of Hodaviah.
41. Here is a list of the singers. There were 128 from the family line of Asaph.
42. Here is a list of the men who guarded the temple gates. There were 139 from the family lines of 'ZZ'Shallum, Ater, Talmon, 'ZZ'Akkub, Hatita and Shobai.
43. Here is a list of the members of the family lines of the temple servants. Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
44. Keros, Siaha, Padon,
45. Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,
46. Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan,
47. Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,
48. Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,
49. Uzza, Paseah, Besai,
50. Asnah, Meunim, Nephussim,
51. Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
52. Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
53. Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
54. Neziah, Hatipha
55. Here is a list of the members of the family lines of the servants of Solomon. Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
56. Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
57. Shephatiah, Hattil, 'ZZ'Pokereth-Hazzebaim, Ami
58. The total number of the members of the family lines of the temple servants and the servants of Solomon was 392.
59. Many people came up to Judah from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon and Immer. But they weren't able to prove that their families belonged to the people of Israel.
60. There were 652 of them from the family lines of 'ZZ'Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda.
61. Here is a list of the members of the family lines of the priests. They were Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai. Barzillai had married a daughter of Barzillai from Gilead. So he was also called Barzillai.
62. The priests looked for their family records. But they couldn't find them. So they weren't able to serve as priests. They weren't "clean."
63. The governor gave them an order. He told them not to eat any of the most sacred food. They had to wait until there was a priest who could use the Urim and Thummim to find out what the Lord wanted them to do.
64. The total number of the entire group that returned was 42,360.
65. That didn't include their 7,337 male and female slaves. There were also 200 male and female singers.
66. And there were 736 horses, 245 mules,
67. 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.
68. All of the people arrived at the Lord's temple in Jerusalem. Then some of the leaders of the families brought offerings they chose to give. They would be used for rebuilding the house of God. It would stand in the same place it had been before.
69. The people gave money for the work. It was based on how much they had. They gave 1,100 pounds of gold. They also gave three tons of silver. And they gave 100 sets of clothes for the priests. All of that was added to the temple treasure.
70. The priests and Levites settled in their own towns. So did the singers, the men who guarded the gates, and the temple servants. The rest of the people of Israel also settled in their own towns.

Psalms 86:6-10
6. Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for your favor.
7. When I'm in trouble, I will call out to you. And you will answer me.
8. Lord, there's no one like you among the gods. No one can do what you do.
9. Lord, all of the nations you have made will come and worship you. They will bring glory to you.
10. You are great. You do wonderful things. You alone are God.

Proverbs 21:15-16
15. When you do what is fair, you make godly people glad. But you terrify those who do what is evil.
16. A man who leaves the path of understanding ends up with those who are dead.

Acts 21:18-40
18. The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James. All the elders were there.
19. Paul greeted them. Then he reported everything God had done among the non-Jews through his work.
20. When they heard this, they praised God. Then they spoke to Paul. "Brother," they said, "you see that thousands of Jews have become believers. All of them try very hard to obey the law.
21. They have been told that you teach all the Jews who live among the non-Jews to turn away from Moses. They think that you teach them not to circumcise their children. They think that you teach them to give up our Jewish ways.
22. "What should we do? They will certainly hear that you have come.
23. So do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a promise to God.
24. Take them with you. Join them in the Jewish practice that makes people pure and clean. Pay their expenses so they can have their heads shaved. Then everybody will know that these reports about you are not true in any way. They will know that you yourself obey the law.
25. "We have already given written directions to the believers who are not Jews. They must not eat food that has been offered to statues of gods. They must not drink blood. They must not eat the meat of animals that have been choked to death. And they must not commit sexual sins."
26. The next day Paul took the men with him. They all made themselves pure and clean in the usual way. Then Paul went to the temple. There he reported the date when the days of cleansing would end. At that time the proper offering would be made for each of them.
27. The seven days of cleansing were almost over. Some Jews from Asia Minor saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd. They arrested Paul.
28. "Men of Israel, help us!" they shouted. "This is the man who teaches everyone in all places against our people. He speaks against our law and against this holy place. Besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple area. He has made this holy place unclean."
29. They said this because they had seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul. They thought Paul had brought him into the temple area.
30. The whole city was stirred up. People came running from all directions. They grabbed Paul and dragged him out of the temple. Right away the temple gates were shut.
31. The people were trying to kill Paul. But news reached the commander of the Roman troops. He heard that people were making trouble in the whole city of Jerusalem.
32. At once he took some officers and soldiers with him. They ran down to the crowd. The people causing the trouble saw the commander and his soldiers. So they stopped beating Paul.
33. The commander came up and arrested Paul. He ordered him to be held with two chains. Then he asked who Paul was and what he had done.
34. Some in the crowd shouted one thing, some another. But the commander couldn't get the facts because of all the noise. So he ordered that Paul be taken into the fort.
35. Paul reached the steps. But then the mob became so wild that he had to be carried by the soldiers.
36. The crowd that followed kept shouting, "Kill him!"
37. The soldiers were about to take Paul into the fort. Then he asked the commander, "May I say something to you?" "Do you speak Greek?" he replied.
38. "Aren't you the Egyptian who turned some of our people against their leaders? Didn't you lead 4,000 terrorists out into the desert some time ago?"
39. Paul answered, "I am a Jew from Tarsus in Cilicia. I am a citizen of an important city. Please let me speak to the people."
40. The commander told him he could. So Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the crowd. When all of them were quiet, he spoke to them in the Aramaic language.