Bible in one year

September 20

Isaiah 30:1-33
1. "How terrible it will be for these stubborn children of mine!" announces the Lord. "How terrible for those who carry out plans that did not come from me! Their agreement with Egypt did not come from my Spirit. So they pile up one sin on top of another.
2. They go down to Egypt without asking me for advice. They look to Pharaoh to help them. They ask Egypt to keep them safe.
3. But looking to Pharaoh will only bring them shame. Asking Egypt for help will bring them dishonor.
4. Their officials have gone to the city of Zoan. Their messengers have arrived in Hanes.
5. But the people of Judah will be put to shame because they are trusting in a nation that is useless to them. Egypt will not bring them any help or advantage. Instead, it will bring them shame and dishonor."
6. Here is a message the Lord gave me about the animals in the Negev Desert. Judah's messengers carry their riches on the backs of donkeys. They carry their treasures on the humps of camels. They travel through a land of danger and suffering. It's a land that is filled with lions. Poisonous snakes are also there. The messengers travel to a nation that can't do them any good.
7. They travel to Egypt, whose help is totally useless. That's why I call it Rahab the Do-Nothing.
8. The Lord said to me, "Go now. Write on a tablet for the people of Judah what I am about to say. Also write it on a scroll. In days to come it will be a witness that lasts forever.
9. The people of Judah refuse to obey me. They are children who tell lies. They will not listen to what I want to teach them.
10. They say to the seers, 'Don't see any more visions!' They say to the prophets, 'Don't give us any more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things. Prophesy things we want to hear even if they aren't true.
11. Get out of our way! Get off our path! Keep the Holy One of Israel away from us!' "
12. So the Holy One of Israel speaks. He says, "You have turned your backs on what I have said. You have depended on telling people lies. You have crushed others.
13. Those sins are like cracks in a high wall. They get bigger and bigger. Suddenly the wall breaks apart. Then it quickly falls down.
14. It breaks into small pieces like a clay pot. It breaks up completely. Not one piece is left big enough for taking coals from a fireplace. Not one piece is left for dipping water out of a well."
15. The Lord and King is the Holy One of Israel. He says, "You will find peace and rest when you turn away from your sins and depend on me. You will receive the strength you need when you stay calm and trust in me. But you do not want to do what I tell you to.
16. You said, 'No. We'll escape on horses.' So you will have to escape! You said, 'We'll ride off on fast horses.' So those who chase you will use faster horses!
17. When one of them dares you to fight, a thousand of you will run away. When five of them dare you, all of you will run away. So few of you will be left that you will be like a flagpole on top of a mountain. You will be like only one banner on a hill."
18. But the Lord longs to show you his favor. He wants to give you his tender love. The Lord is a God who is always fair. Blessed are all those who wait for him to act!
19. People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you won't sob anymore. When you cry out to the Lord for help, he will show you his favor. As soon as he hears you, he'll answer you.
20. He might treat you like prisoners. You might eat the bread of trouble. You might drink the water of suffering. But he will be your Teacher. He won't hide himself anymore. You will see him with your own eyes.
21. You will hear your Teacher's voice behind you. You will hear it whether you turn to the right or the left. It will say, "Here is the path I want you to take. So walk on it."
22. Then you will get rid of the silver statues of your gods. You won't have anything to do with the gold statues either. All of them are "unclean." So you will throw them away like dirty rags. You will say to them, "Get away from us!"
23. The Lord will send rain on the seeds you plant in the ground. The crops that grow will be rich and plentiful. At that time your cattle will eat grass in rolling meadows.
24. The oxen and donkeys that work the soil will eat the finest feed and crushed grain. The farmers will use pitchforks and shovels to separate it from the straw.
25. At that time the towers of your enemies will fall down. Their soldiers will die. Streams of water will flow on every high mountain and hill.
26. The moon will shine like the sun. And the sunlight will be seven times brighter than usual. It will be like the light of seven full days. That will happen when the Lord bandages and heals the wounds and bruises he has brought on his people.
27. The Lord will come from far away in all of his power and glory. He will show his burning anger. Thick clouds of smoke will be all around him. His mouth will speak angry words. The words from his tongue will be like a destroying fire.
28. His breath will be like a rushing flood that rises up to the neck. He'll separate out the nations he is going to destroy. He'll place a bit in their jaws. It will lead them down the road to death.
29. You will sing as you do on the night you celebrate a holy feast. Your hearts will be filled with joy. You will be as joyful as people playing their flutes as they go up to the mountain of the Lord. He is the Rock of Israel.
30. The Lord will cause people to hear his powerful voice. He will make them see his arm coming down to punish them. It will come down with burning anger and destroying fire. It will come down with rain, thunderstorms and hail.
31. The voice of the Lord will tear the Assyrians apart. He will strike them down with his mighty rod.
32. He will strike them with his rod to punish them. Each time he does, his people will celebrate with the music of harps and tambourines. He will use his powerful arm to strike the Assyrians down in battle.
33. In the Valley of Ben Hinnom, Topheth has been prepared for a long time. It has been made ready for the king of Assyria. Its fire pit has been made deep and wide. It has plenty of wood for the fire. The breath of the Lord will be like a stream of burning sulfur. It will set the wood on fire.

Isaiah 31:1-9
1. How terrible it will be for those who go down to Egypt for help! How terrible for those who depend on horses! They trust in how many chariots they have. They trust in how strong their horsemen are. But they don't look to the Holy One of Israel. They don't ask the Lord for his help.
2. He too is wise. He can bring horrible trouble. He does what he says he'll do. He'll rise up against everyone who does what is evil. He'll fight against those who help them.
3. The men of Egypt are only human. They aren't God. Their horses are only flesh and blood. They aren't spirits. The Lord will reach out his powerful hand to punish everyone. The Egyptians provide help. But they will be tripped up. The people of Judah receive the help. But they will fall down. All of them will be destroyed.
4. The Lord says to me, "A powerful lion stands over its food and growls. A lot of shepherds can be brought together to drive it away. But the lion is not frightened by their shouts. It is not upset by the noise they make. In the same way, I will come down from heaven. I will fight on Mount Zion and on its hills. Nothing will drive me away. I am the Lord who rules over all.
5. Like a bird hovering over its nest, I will guard Jerusalem. I will keep it safe. I will pass over it and save it. I am the Lord who rules over all."
6. People of Israel, return to the Lord. He's the one you have so strongly opposed.
7. The time will come when every one of you will turn your backs on your gods of silver and gold. You sinned when you made them with your own hands.
8. The Lord says, "The Assyrians will be killed with swords. But it will not be men who use them. The swords that kill them will not be used by human beings. The Assyrians will run away from those swords. But their young men will be caught and forced to work hard.
9. Their hiding places will be destroyed when terror strikes them. When their commanders see their enemy's battle flags, they will be filled with panic," announces the Lord. His fire blazes out from Mount Zion. His furnace burns in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 32:1-20
1. A king will come who will do what is right. His officials will govern fairly.
2. Each man will be like a place to get out of the wind. He will be like a place to hide from storms. He'll be like streams of water flowing in the desert. He'll be like the shadow of a huge rock in a dry and thirsty land.
3. Then the eyes of those who see won't be closed anymore. The ears of those who hear will listen to the truth.
4. The minds of thoughtless people will know and understand. Tongues that stutter will speak clearly.
5. Foolish people won't be considered noble anymore. Those who are worthless won't be highly respected.
6. A foolish person says foolish things. His mind is full of evil thoughts. He doesn't do what is right. He tells lies about the Lord. He doesn't give hungry people any food. He doesn't let thirsty people have any water.
7. The one who is worthless uses sinful methods. He makes evil plans against poor people. He destroys them with his lies. He does it even when those people are right.
8. But the man who is noble makes noble plans. And by doing noble things he succeeds.
9. You women who are so contented, pay attention to me. You who feel so secure, listen to what I have to say.
10. You feel secure now. But in a little over a year you will tremble with fear. The grape harvest will fail. There won't be any fruit.
11. So tremble, you contented women. Tremble with fear, you who feel so secure. Take your fine clothes off. Put black clothes on.
12. Beat your chests to show how sad you are. The pleasant fields have been destroyed. The fruitful vines have dried up.
13. My people's land is overgrown with thorns and bushes. Sob over all of the houses that were once filled with joy. Cry over this city that used to be full of wild parties.
14. The royal palace will be left empty. The noisy city will be deserted. The fort and lookout tower will become a dry and empty desert forever. Donkeys will enjoy being there. Flocks will eat there.
15. That will continue until the Holy Spirit is poured out on us from heaven. Then the desert will be turned into rich farm lands. The rich farm lands will seem like a forest.
16. In the desert and the rich farm lands people will do what is right. And they will treat one another fairly.
17. Doing what is right will bring peace and rest. When my people do that, they will stay calm and trust in the Lord forever.
18. They will live in a peaceful land. Their homes will be secure. They will enjoy peace and quiet.
19. Hail might strip the forests bare. Cities might be completely destroyed.
20. But how blessed you people will be! You will plant your seeds by every stream. You will let your cattle and donkeys wander anywhere they want to.

Psalms 108:7-13
7. God has spoken from his temple. He has said, "I will win the battle. Then I will divide up the land around Shechem. I will divide up the Valley of Succoth.
8. Gilead belongs to me. So does the land of Manasseh. Ephraim is the strongest tribe. It is like a helmet for my head. Judah is the royal tribe. It is like a ruler's staff.
9. Moab serves me like one who washes my feet. I toss my sandal on Edom to show that I own it. I shout to Philistia that I have won the battle."
10. Who will bring me to the city that has high walls around it? Who will lead me to the land of Edom?
11. God, isn't it you, even though you have now turned away from us? Isn't it you, even though you don't lead our armies into battle anymore?
12. Help us against our enemies. The help people give doesn't amount to anything.
13. With your help we will win the battle. You will walk all over our enemies.

Proverbs 25:23-24
23. The north wind brings rain. And a crafty tongue brings angry looks.
24. It is better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.

2 Corinthians 11:16-33
16. I will say it again. Don't let anyone think I'm a fool. But if you do, receive me just as you would receive a fool. Then I can do a little bragging.
17. When I brag about myself like this, I'm not talking the way the Lord would. I'm talking like a fool.
18. Many are bragging the way the people of the world do. So I will brag like that too.
19. You are so wise! You gladly put up with fools!
20. In fact, you even put up with anyone who makes you a slave or uses you. You put up with those who take advantage of you. You put up with those who claim to be better than you. You put up with those who slap you in the face.
21. I'm ashamed to have to say that I was too weak for that! What anyone else dares to brag about, I also dare to brag about. I'm speaking like a fool!
22. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Do they belong to the people of Israel? So do I. Are they Abraham's children? So am I.
23. Are they serving Christ? I am serving him even more. I'm out of my mind to talk like this! I have worked much harder. I have been in prison more often. I have suffered terrible beatings. Again and again I almost died.
24. Five times the Jews gave me 39 strokes with a whip.
25. Three times I was beaten with sticks. Once they tried to kill me by throwing stones at me. Three times I was shipwrecked. I spent a night and a day in the open sea.
26. I have had to keep on the move. I have been in danger from rivers. I have been in danger from robbers. I have been in danger from people from my own country. I have been in danger from those who aren't Jews. I have been in danger in the city, in the country, and at sea. I have been in danger from people who pretended they were believers.
27. I have worked very hard. Often I have gone without sleep. I have been hungry and thirsty. Often I have gone without food. I have been cold and naked.
28. Besides everything else, every day I am concerned about all the churches. It is a very heavy load.
29. If anyone is weak, I feel weak. If anyone is led into sin, I burn on the inside.
30. If I have to brag, I will brag about the things that show how weak I am.
31. I am not lying. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus knows this. May God be praised forever.
32. In Damascus the governor who served under King Aretas had their city guarded. He wanted to arrest me.
33. But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall. So I slipped through the governor's hands.