Bible in one year

September 26

Isaiah 43:1-28
1. Family of Jacob, the Lord created you. People of Israel, he formed you. He says, "Do not be afraid. I will set you free. I will send for you by name. You belong to me.
2. You will pass through deep waters. But I will be with you. You will pass through the rivers. But their waters will not sweep over you. You will walk through fire. But you will not be burned. The flames will not harm you.
3. I am the Lord your God. I am the Holy One of Israel. I am the one who saves you. I will give up Egypt to set you free. I will give up Cush and Seba for you.
4. You are priceless to me. I love you and honor you. So I will trade other people for you. I will give up other nations to save your lives.
5. Do not be afraid. I am with you. I will bring your people back from the east. I will gather you from the west.
6. I will say to the north, 'Let them go!' And I will say to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from far away. Bring my daughters from the farthest places on earth.
7. Bring back everyone who belongs to me. I created them to bring glory to me. I formed them and made them."
8. Lead my people into court. They have eyes but can't see. Bring those who have ears but can't hear.
9. All of the nations are gathering together. All of them are coming. Which one of their gods said ahead of time that the people of Israel would return? Which of them told us anything at all about the past? Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right. Then others will hear them. And they will say, "What they said is true."
10. "People of Israel, you are my witnesses," announces the Lord. "I have chosen you to be my servants. I wanted you to know me and believe in me. I wanted you to understand that I am the one and only God. Before me, there was no other god at all. And there will not be any god after me.
11. I am the one and only Lord. I am the only one who can save you.
12. I have made known what would happen. I told you about it. And I saved you. I did it. It was not some other god you worship. You are my witnesses that I am God," announces the Lord.
13. "And that is not all! I have always been God, and I always will be. No one can save people from my powerful hand. When I do something, who can undo it?"
14. The Lord sets his people free. He is the Holy One of Israel. He says, "People of Israel, I will send an army to Babylon to save you. I will cause all of the Babylonians to run away. They will try to escape in the ships they were so proud of.
15. I am your Lord and King. I am your Holy One. I created you."
16. Long ago the Lord opened a way for his people to go through the Red Sea. He made a path through the mighty waters.
17. He caused Egypt to send out its chariots and horses. He sent its entire army to its death. Its soldiers lay down there. They never got up again. They were destroyed. They were blown out like a dimly burning flame. But the Lord says,
18. "Forget the things that happened in the past. Do not keep on thinking about them.
19. I am about to do something new. It is beginning to happen even now. Don't you see it coming? I am going to make a way for you to go through the desert. I will make streams of water in the dry and empty land.
20. Even wild dogs and owls honor me. That is because I provide water in the desert for my people to drink. I cause streams to flow in the dry and empty land for my chosen ones.
21. I do it for the people I made for myself. I want them to sing praise to me.
22. "Family of Jacob, you have not prayed to me as you should. People of Israel, you have not even begun to get tired while doing it.
23. You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings. You have not honored me with your sacrifices. I have not loaded you down by requiring grain offerings. I have not made you tired by requiring you to burn incense.
24. But you have not bought any sweet-smelling cane for me. You have not given me the fattest parts of your animal sacrifices. Instead, you have loaded me down with your sins. You have made me tired with the wrong things you have done.
25. "I am the one who wipes out your lawless acts. I do it because of who I am. I will not remember your sins anymore.
26. But let us go to court together. Remind me of what you have done. State your case. Prove to me that you are not guilty.
27. Your father Jacob sinned. Your priests and prophets refused to obey me.
28. So I will put the high officials of your temple to shame. I will let Jacob's family be totally destroyed. And I will let people make fun of Israel.

Isaiah 44:1-28
1. "Family of Jacob, listen to me. You are my servants. People of Israel, I have chosen you.
2. I made you. I formed you when you were born as a nation. I will help you. So listen to what I am saying. Family of Jacob, do not be afraid. You are my servants. People of Israel, I have chosen you.
3. I will pour water out on the thirsty land. I will make streams flow on the dry ground. I will pour out my Spirit on your children. I will pour out my blessing on their children after them.
4. They will spring up like grass in a meadow. They will grow like poplar trees near flowing streams.
5. Some will say, 'We belong to the Lord.' Others will call themselves by Jacob's name. Still others will write on their hands, 'We belong to the Lord.' And they will be called by the name of Israel.
6. "I am Israel's King. I set them free. I am the Lord who rules over all. So listen to what I am saying. I am the First and the Last. I am the one and only God.
7. Who is like me? Let him come forward and speak boldly. Let him tell me everything that has happened since I created my people long ago. And let him tell me what has not happened yet. Let him announce ahead of time what is going to take place.
8. Do not tremble with fear. Do not be afraid. Didn't I announce everything that has happened? Didn't I tell you about it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any other God but me? No! There is no other Rock. I do not know even one."
9. Those who make statues of gods don't amount to anything. And the statues they think so much of are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind. They don't know anything. So they will be put to shame.
10. People make statues of gods. But those gods can't do them any good.
11. People like that will be put to shame. Those who make statues of gods are mere men. Let all of them come together and state their case. They will be terrified and put to shame.
12. A blacksmith gets his tool. He uses it to shape metal over the burning coals. He uses his hammers to make a statue of a god. He forms it with his powerful arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength. He doesn't drink any water. He gets weaker and weaker.
13. A carpenter measures a piece of wood with a line. He draws a pattern on it with a marker. He cuts out a statue with sharp tools. He marks it with compasses. He shapes it into the form of a handsome man. He does all of that so he can put it in a temple.
14. He cuts down a cedar tree. Or perhaps he takes a cypress or an oak tree. It might be a tree that grew in the forest. Or it might be a pine tree he planted. And the rain made it grow.
15. Man gets wood from trees for fuel. He uses some of it to warm himself. He starts a fire and bakes bread. But he also uses some of it to make a god and worship it. He makes a statue of a god and bows down to it.
16. He burns half of the wood in the fire. He prepares a meal over it. He cooks meat over it. He eats until he is full. He also warms himself. He says, "Good! I'm getting warm. The fire is nice and hot."
17. From the rest of the wood he makes a statue. It becomes his god. He bows down and worships it. He prays to it. He says, "Save me. You are my god."
18. People like that don't even know what they are doing. Their eyes are shut so that they can't see the truth. Their minds are closed so that they can't understand it.
19. No one even stops to think about this. No one has any sense or understanding. If anyone did, he would say, "I used half of the wood for fuel. I even baked bread over the fire. I cooked meat. Then I ate it. Should I now make a statue of a god out of the wood that's left over? Should I bow down to a block of wood? The Lord would hate that."
20. That's as foolish as eating ashes! The mind of someone like that has led him down the wrong path. He can't save himself. He can't bring himself to say, "This thing I'm holding in my right hand isn't really a god at all."
21. The Lord says, "Family of Jacob, remember those things. People of Israel, you are my servants. I have made you. You are my servants. Israel, I will not forget you.
22. I will sweep your sins away as if they were a cloud. I will blow them away as if they were the morning mist. Return to me. Then I will set you free."
23. Sing with joy, you heavens! The Lord does wonderful things. Shout out loud, you earth! Burst into song, you mountains! Sing, you forests and all of your trees! The Lord sets the family of Jacob free. He shows his glory in Israel.
24. The Lord says, "People of Israel, I set you free. I formed you when you were born as a nation. "I am the Lord. I have made everything. I alone spread out the heavens. I formed the earth by myself.
25. "Some prophets are not really prophets at all. I show that their miraculous signs are fake. I make those who practice evil magic look foolish. I destroy the learning of those who think they are wise. Their knowledge does not make any sense at all.
26. I make the words of my servants the prophets come true. I carry out what my messengers say will happen. "I say about Jerusalem, 'My people will live there again.' I say about the towns of Judah, 'They will be rebuilt.' I say about their broken-down buildings, 'I will make them like new again.'
27. I say to the deep waters, 'Dry up. Let your streams become dry.'
28. I say about Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd. He will accomplish everything I want him to. He will say about Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt." And he will say about the temple, "Let its foundations be laid." '

Psalms 110:1-7
1. A psalm of David. The Lord says to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your control."
2. The Lord will make your royal authority spread out from Zion to other lands. You will rule over your enemies who are all around you.
3. Your troops will be willing to fight for you on the day of battle. You will be wrapped in holy majesty. Just as the dew falls fresh early in the morning, you will always be young and strong.
4. The Lord has taken an oath and made a promise. He will not change his mind. He has said, "You are a priest forever, just like Melchizedek."
5. The Lord is at your right hand. He will crush kings on the day when he is angry.
6. He will judge the nations. He will pile up dead bodies on the field of battle. He will crush the rulers of the whole earth.
7. He will drink from a brook along the way and receive new strength. And so he will win the battle.

Proverbs 26:5-9
5. Answer a foolish person in keeping with his foolish acts. If you do, he won't be wise in his own eyes.
6. Sending a message in the hand of a foolish person is like cutting off your feet or drinking something harmful.
7. A proverb in the mouth of a foolish person is like disabled legs that are useless.
8. Giving honor to a foolish person is like tying a stone in a slingshot.
9. A proverb in the mouth of a foolish person is like a thorn in the hand of someone who is drunk.

Galatians 4:1-31
1. Here is what I have been saying. As long as your own children are young, they are no different from slaves in your house. They are no different, even though they own all of the property.
2. They are under the care of guardians and those who manage the property. They are under their care until the time when their fathers give them the property.
3. It is the same with us. When we were children, we were slaves to the basic things the people of the world believe.
4. But then the right time came. God sent his Son. A woman gave birth to him. He was born under the authority of the law.
5. He came to set free those who were under the law. He wanted us to be adopted as children with all the rights children have.
6. Because you are his children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts. He is the Holy Spirit. By his power we call God "[Abba.]" Abba means Father.
7. So you aren't slaves any longer. You are God's children. Because you are his children, he gives you what he promised to give his people.
8. At one time you didn't know God. You were slaves to gods that are really not gods at all.
9. But now you know God. Even better, God knows you. So why are you turning back to those weak and worthless beliefs? Do you want to be slaves to them all over again?
10. You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!
11. I am afraid for you. I am afraid that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
12. I make my appeal to you, brothers and sisters. I'm asking you to become like me. After all, I became like you. You didn't do anything wrong to me.
13. As you know, it was because I was sick that I first preached the good news to you.
14. My sickness was hard on you. But you didn't put me off. You didn't make fun of me. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God. You welcomed me as if I were Christ Jesus himself.
15. What has happened to all of your joy? If you could have torn out your own eyes and given them to me, you would have. I can give witness to that.
16. Have I become your enemy now by telling you the truth?
17. Those people are trying hard to win you over. But it is not for your good. They want to take you away from us. They want you to commit yourselves to them.
18. It is fine to be committed to something, if the purpose is good. And you shouldn't be committed only when I am with you. You should always be committed.
19. My dear children, I am in pain for you. Once again I have pain like a woman giving birth. And my pain will continue until Christ makes you like himself.
20. I wish I could be with you now. I wish I could change my tone of voice. As it is, you bewilder me.
21. You who want to be under the authority of the law, tell me something. Don't you know what the law says?
22. It is written that Abraham had two sons. The slave woman gave birth to one of them. The free woman gave birth to the other one.
23. Abraham's son by the slave woman was born in the usual way. But his son by the free woman was born because of God's promise.
24. Those things can be taken as examples. The two women stand for two covenants. One covenant comes from Mount Sinai. It gives birth to children who are going to be slaves. It is Hagar.
25. Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia. She stands for the present city of Jerusalem. That's because she and her children are slaves.
26. But the Jerusalem that is above is free. She is our mother.
27. It is written, "Be glad, woman, you who have no children. Start shouting, you who have no labor pains. The woman who is all alone has more children than the woman who has a husband." --(Isaiah 54:1)
28. Brothers and sisters, you are children because of God's promise just as Isaac was.
29. At that time, the son born in the usual way tried to hurt the son born by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the same now.
30. But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman. Get rid of her son. The slave woman's son will never have a share of the family's property with the free woman's son."--(Genesis 21:10)
31. Brothers and sisters, we are not the slave woman's children. We are the free woman's children.