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Bible in one year


September 27


Isaiah 45:1-25
1. "Cyrus is my anointed king. I take hold of his right hand. I give him the power to bring nations under his control. I help him strip kings of their power to go to war against him. I break city gates open so he can go through them. I say to him,
2. 'I will march out ahead of you. I will make the mountains level. I will break down bronze gates. I will cut through their heavy iron bars.
3. I will give you treasures that are hidden away in dark places. I will give you riches that are stored up in secret places. Then you will know that I am the Lord. I am the God of Israel. I am sending for you by name.
4. Cyrus, I am sending for you by name. I am doing it for the good of the family of Jacob. They are my servants. I am doing it for Israel. They are my chosen people. You do not know anything about me. But I am giving you a title of honor.
5. I am the Lord. There is no other Lord. I am the one and only God. You do not know anything about me. But I will make you strong.
6. Then people will know there is no God but me. Everyone from where the sun rises in the east to where it sets in the west will know it. I am the Lord. There is no other Lord.
7. I cause light to shine. I also create darkness. I bring good times. I also create hard times. I do all of those things. I am the Lord.
8. " 'Rain down godliness, you heavens above. Let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide to receive it. Let freedom spring to life. Let godliness grow along with it. I have created all of those things. I am the Lord.' "
9. How terrible it will be for anyone who argues with his Maker! He is like a broken piece of pottery lying on the ground. Does clay say to a potter, "What are you making?" Does a pot say, "You don't have any skill"?
10. How terrible it will be for anyone who says to his father, "Why did you give me life?" How terrible for anyone who says to his mother, "Why have you brought me into the world?"
11. The Lord is the Holy One of Israel. He made them. He says to them, "Are you asking me about what will happen to my children? Are you telling me what I should do with what my hands have made?
12. I made the earth. I created man to live there. My own hands spread out the heavens. I put all of the stars in their places.
13. I will stir up Cyrus and help him win his battles. I will make all of his roads straight. He will rebuild Jerusalem. My people have been taken away from their country. But he will set them free. I will not pay him to do it. He will not receive a reward for it," says the Lord who rules over all.
14. The Lord says to the people of Jerusalem, "You will get everything Egypt produces. You will receive everything the people of Cush and the tall Sabeans get in trade. All of it will belong to you. And all of those people will walk behind you as slaves. They will be put in chains and come over to you. They will bow down to you. They will admit, 'God is with you. There is no other God.' "
15. You are a God who hides yourself. You are the God of Israel. You save us.
16. All those who make statues of gods will be put to shame. They will be dishonored. They will be led away in shame together.
17. But the Lord will save Israel. He will save them forever. They will never be put to shame or dishonored. That will be true for all time to come.
18. The Lord created the heavens. He is God. He formed the earth and made it. He set it firmly in place. He didn't create it to be empty. Instead, he formed it for people to live on. He says, "I am the Lord. There is no other Lord.
19. I have not spoken in secret. I have not spoken from a dark place. I have not said to Jacob's people, 'It is useless to look for me.' I am the Lord. I always speak the truth. I always say what is right.
20. "Come together, you people of the nations who escaped from Babylonia. Gather together and come into court. Only people who do not know anything would carry around gods that are made out of wood. They pray to gods that can't save them.
21. Tell me what will happen. State your case. Talk it over together. Who spoke long ago about what would happen? Who said it a long time ago? I did. I am the Lord. I am the one and only God. I always do what is right. I am the one who saves. There is no God but me.
22. "All of you who live anywhere on earth, turn to me and be saved. I am God. There is no other God.
23. I have made a promise with an oath in my own name. I have spoken with complete honesty. I will not take back a single word. I said, 'Everyone's knee will bow down to me. Everyone's mouth will take an oath in my name.'
24. They will say, 'The Lord always does what is right. Only he can make us strong.' " All those who have been angry with the Lord will come to him. And they will be put to shame.
25. But the Lord will help all of the people of Israel. He will make them right with himself. And they will praise him.

Isaiah 46:1-13
1. The gods Bel and Nebo are brought down in shame. The statues of them are being carried away on the backs of animals. They used to be carried around by the people who worshiped them. But now they've become a heavy load for tired animals.
2. Bel and Nebo are brought down in shame together. They aren't able to save their own statues. They themselves are carried off as prisoners.
3. The Lord says, "Family of Jacob, listen to me. Pay attention, you people of Israel who are left alive. I have taken good care of you since your life began. I have carried you since you were born as a nation.
4. I will continue to carry you even when you are old. I will take good care of you even when your hair is gray. I have made you. And I will carry you. I will take care of you. And I will save you. I am the Lord.
5. "Who will you compare me to? Who is equal to me? What am I like? Who can you compare me to?
6. Some people pour gold out of their bags. They weigh out silver on the scales. They hire someone who works with gold to make it into a god. They bow down to it and worship it.
7. They lift it up on their shoulders and carry it. They set it up in its place. And there it stands. It can't move from that spot. Someone might cry out to it. But it does not answer him. It can't save him from his troubles.
8. So remember that, you who refuse to obey me. Keep it in your minds and hearts.
9. "Remember what happened in the past. Think about what took place long ago. I am God. There is no other God. I am God. There is no one like me.
10. Before something even happens, I announce how it will end. In fact, from times long ago I announced what was still to come. I say, 'My plan will succeed. I will do anything I want to do.'
11. I will send for a man from the east to carry out my plan. From a land far away, he will come like a bird that eats dead bodies. I will bring about what I have said. I will do what I have planned.
12. Listen to me, you stubborn people. Pay attention, you who refuse to do what is right.
13. The time is almost here for me to make everything right. It is not far away. The time for me to save you will not be put off. I will save the city of Zion. I will bring honor to Israel.

Psalms 111:1-6
1. Praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord with all my heart. I will praise him where honest people gather for worship.
2. The Lord has done great things. All who take delight in what he has done will spend time thinking about it.
3. What he does shows his glory and majesty. He will always do what is right.
4. The Lord causes his miracles to be remembered. He is kind and tender.
5. He provides food for those who have respect for him. He remembers his covenant forever.
6. He has shown his people what his power can do. He has given them the lands of other nations.

Proverbs 26:10-10
10. Anyone who hires a foolish person or someone who is passing by is like a person who shoots arrows at just anybody.

Galatians 5:1-26
1. Christ has set us free. He wants us to enjoy freedom. So stand firm. Don't let the chains of slavery hold you again.
2. Here is what I, Paul, say to you. Don't let yourselves be circumcised. If you do, Christ won't be of any value to you.
3. I say it again. Every man who lets himself be circumcised must obey the whole law.
4. Some of you are trying to be made right with God by obeying the law. You have been separated from Christ. You have fallen away from God's grace.
5. But we expect to be made completely holy because of our faith in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit we wait in hope.
6. Circumcision and uncircumcision aren't worth anything to those who believe in Christ Jesus. The only thing that really counts is faith that shows itself through love.
7. You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?
8. The One who chooses you does not keep you from obeying the truth.
9. You should know that "just a little yeast works its way through the whole batch of dough."
10. The Lord makes me certain that you will not think in any other way. The one who has gotten you all mixed up will pay the price. It doesn't matter who that may be.
11. Brothers and sisters, I am not still preaching that people must be circumcised. If I were, why am I still being opposed? If that were what I preach, then the cross wouldn't upset anyone.
12. So then, what about troublemakers who try to get others to be circumcised? I wish they would go the whole way! I wish they would cut off everything that marks them as men!
13. My brothers and sisters, you were chosen to be free. But don't use your freedom as an excuse to live in sin. Instead, serve one another in love.
14. The whole law can be found in a single command. "Love your neighbor as you love yourself."--(Leviticus 19:18)
15. You must not keep on biting each other. You must not keep eating each other up. Watch out! You might destroy each other.
16. So I say, live by the Holy Spirit's power. Then you will not do what your sinful nature wants you to do.
17. The sinful nature does not want what the Spirit delights in. And the Spirit does not want what the sinful nature delights in. The two are at war with each other. That's what makes you do what you don't want to do.
18. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the authority of the law.
19. What the sinful nature does is clear. It enjoys sexual sins, impure acts and wild living.
20. It worships statues of gods. It also worships evil powers. It is full of hatred and fighting. It is full of jealousy and fits of anger. It is interested only in getting ahead. It stirs up trouble. It separates people into their own little groups.
21. It wants what others have. It gets drunk and takes part in wild parties. It does many things of that kind. I warn you now as I did before. People who live like that will not receive God's kingdom.
22. But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful
23. and gentle and having control of oneself. There is no law against things of that kind.
24. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed their sinful nature to his cross. They don't want what their sinful nature loves and longs for.
25. Since we live by the Spirit, let us march in step with the Spirit.
26. Let us not become proud. Let us not make each other angry. Let us not want what belongs to others.