Bible in one year

September 28

Isaiah 47:1-15
1. "City of Babylon, go down and sit in the dust. Leave your throne and sit on the ground. City of the Babylonians, your life will not be comfortable and easy anymore.
2. Get millstones and grind some flour like a female slave. Take your veil off. Lift your skirts up. Make your legs bare. Wade through the streams.
3. Everyone will see your naked body. Everyone will see your shame. I will pay you back for what you did. I will not spare any of your people."
4. The one who sets us free is the Holy One of Israel. His name is The Lord Who Rules Over All.
5. The Lord says, "City of the Babylonians, go into a dark prison and sit there quietly. You will not be called the queen of kingdoms anymore.
6. I was angry with my people. I treated them as if they did not belong to me. I handed them over to you. And you did not show them any pity. You even placed heavy loads on their old people.
7. You said, 'I will continue to be queen forever!' But you did not think about what you were doing. You did not consider how things might turn out.
8. "So listen, you who love pleasure. You think you are safe and secure. You say to yourself, 'I am like a god. No one is greater than I am. I'll never be a widow. And my children will never be taken away from me.'
9. But both of those things will happen to you in a moment. They will take place on a single day. You will lose your children. And you will become a widow. That is what will happen to you. All of your evil magic and powerful spells will not save you.
10. You have felt secure in your evil ways. You have said, 'No one sees what I'm doing.' Your wisdom and knowledge lead you down the wrong path. You say to yourself, 'I am like a god. No one is greater than I am.'
11. So horrible trouble will come on you. You will not know how to use your evil magic to make it go away. Great trouble will fall on you. No amount of money can keep it away. Something terrible will happen to you all at once. You will not see it coming ahead of time.
12. "So keep on casting your magic spells. Keep on practicing your evil magic. You have been doing those things ever since you were a child. Perhaps they will help you. Maybe they will scare your enemies away.
13. All of the advice you have received has only worn you out! Let those who study the heavens come forward. They claim to know what is going to happen by watching the stars every month. So let them save you from the trouble that is coming on you.
14. They are just like straw. Fire will burn them up. They can't even save themselves from the powerful flames. They are not like coals that can warm anyone. They are not like a fire to sit by.
15. They can't do you any good. You have done business with them ever since you were a child. You have always asked them for advice. All of them are bewildered and continue in their own ways. None of them can save you."

Isaiah 48:1-22
1. People of Jacob, listen to me. You are called by the name of Israel. You come from the family line of Judah. You take oaths in the name of the Lord. You pray to Israel's God. But you aren't honest. You don't mean what you say.
2. You call yourselves citizens of the holy city of Jerusalem. You say you depend on Israel's God. His name is The Lord Who Rules Over All. He says,
3. "Long ago I told you ahead of time what would happen. I announced it and made it known. Then all of a sudden I acted. And those things took place.
4. I knew how stubborn you were. Your neck was as unbending as iron. Your forehead was as hard as bronze.
5. So I told you those things long ago. Before they happened I announced them to you. I did it so you would not be able to say, 'My statues of gods did them. My wooden and metal gods made them happen.'
6. You have heard me tell you those things. Think about all of them. Won't you admit they have taken place? "From now on I will tell you about new things that will happen. I have not made them known to you before.
7. Those things are taking place right now. They did not happen long ago. You have not heard of them before today. So you can't say, 'Oh, yes. I already knew about them.'
8. You have not heard or understood what I said. Your ears have been plugged up for a long time. I knew very well that you would turn against me. From the day you were born, you have refused to obey me.
9. For the honor of my own name I put off showing my anger. I hold it back from you so people will continue to praise me. I do not want to destroy you.
10. I have put you to the test in the furnace of suffering. I have tried to make you pure. But I did not use as much heat as it takes to make silver pure.
11. I tried to purify you for my own honor. I did it for the honor of my name. How can I let myself be dishonored? I will not give up my glory to any other god.
12. "Family of Jacob, listen to me. People of Israel, pay attention. I have chosen you. I am the First and the Last. I am the Lord.
13. With my own hand I laid the foundations of the earth. With my right hand I spread out the heavens. When I send for them, they come and stand ready to obey me.
14. "People of Israel, come together and listen to me. What other god has said ahead of time that certain things would happen? I have chosen Cyrus. He will carry out my plans against Babylon. He will use his powerful arm against the Babylonians.
15. I myself have spoken. I have chosen him to carry out my purpose. I will bring him to Babylon. He will succeed in what I tell him to do.
16. "Come close and listen to me. "From the first time I said Cyrus was coming, I did not do it in secret. When he comes, I will be there." The Lord and King has filled me with his Spirit. People of Israel, he has sent me to you.
17. The Lord is the Holy One of Israel. He sets his people free. He says to them, "I am the Lord your God. I teach you what is best for you. I direct you in the way you should go.
18. I wish you would pay attention to my commands. If you did, peace would flow over you like a river. Holiness would sweep over you like the waves of the ocean.
19. Your family would be like the sand. Your children after you would be as many as the grains of sand by the sea. It would be impossible to count them. I would always accept the members of your family line. They would never be cut off or destroyed."
20. People of Israel, leave Babylon! Hurry up and get away from the Babylonians! Here is what I want you to announce. Make it known with shouts of joy. Send the news out from one end of the earth to the other. Say, "The Lord has set Jacob's people free. They are his servants."
21. They didn't get thirsty when he led them through the deserts. He made water flow out of the rock for them. He broke the rock open, and water came out of it.
22. "There is no peace for those who are evil," says the Lord.

Psalms 111:7-10
7. He is faithful and right in everything he does. All his rules can be trusted.
8. They will stand firm for ever and ever. They were given by the Lord. He is faithful and honest.
9. He set his people free. He made a covenant with them that will last forever. His name is holy and wonderful.
10. If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. All those who follow his rules have good understanding. People should praise him forever.

Proverbs 26:11-12
11. A foolish person who does the same foolish things again is like a dog that returns to where it has thrown up.
12. Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a foolish person than for him.

Galatians 6:1-18
1. Brothers and sisters, what if someone is caught in a sin? Then you who are guided by the Spirit should correct that person. Do it in a gentle way. But be careful. You could be tempted too.
2. Carry each other's heavy loads. If you do, you will give the law of Christ its full meaning.
3. If you think you are somebody when you are nobody, you are fooling yourselves.
4. Each of you should put your own actions to the test. Then you can take pride in yourself. You won't be comparing yourself to somebody else.
5. Each of you should carry your own load.
6. Those who are taught the word must share all good things with their teacher.
7. Don't be fooled. You can't outsmart God. A man gathers a crop from what he plants.
8. Some people plant to please their sinful nature. From that nature they will harvest death. Others plant to please the Holy Spirit. From the Spirit they will harvest eternal life.
9. Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don't give up.
10. So when we can do good to everyone, let us do it. Let us make a special point of doing good to those who belong to the family of believers.
11. Look at the big letters I'm using as I write to you with my own hand!
12. Some people want others to think well of them. They are trying to force you to be circumcised. They do it for only one reason. They don't want to suffer by being connected with the cross of Christ.
13. Even those who are circumcised don't obey the law. But they want you to be circumcised. Then they can brag about what has been done to your body.
14. I never want to brag about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through that cross the ways of the world have been crucified as far as I am concerned. And I have been crucified as far as the ways of the world are concerned.
15. Circumcision and uncircumcision don't mean anything. What really counts is the creation of a new nature.
16. May peace and mercy be given to all who follow this rule. May peace and mercy be given to the Israel that belongs to God.
17. Finally, let no one cause trouble for me. My body has marks that show I belong to Jesus.
18. Brothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.