Bible in one year

September 29

Isaiah 49:1-26
1. People who live on the islands, listen to me. Pay attention, you nations far away. Before I was born the Lord chose me to serve him. He appointed me by name.
2. He made my words like a sharp sword. He hid me in the palm of his hand. He made me into a sharpened arrow. He took good care of me and kept me safe.
3. He said to me, "You are my true servant Israel. I will show my glory through you."
4. But I said, "In spite of my hard work, I feel as if I haven't accomplished anything. I've used up all of my strength. It seems as if everything I've done is worthless. But the Lord will give me what I should receive. My God will reward me."
5. The Lord formed me in my mother's body to be his servant. He wanted me to bring the family of Jacob back to him. He wanted me to gather the people of Israel to himself. The Lord will honor me. My God will give me strength.
6. The Lord says to me, "It is not enough for you as my servant to bring the tribes of Jacob back to their land. It is not enough for you to bring back the people of Israel I have kept alive. I will also make you a light for other nations. Then you will make it possible for the whole world to be saved."
7. The Lord sets his people free. He is the Holy One of Israel. He speaks to his servant, who is looked down on and hated by the nations. He speaks to the servant of rulers. He says to him, "Kings will see you and rise up to honor you. Princes will see you and bow down to show you their respect. I am the Lord. I am faithful. I am the Holy One of Israel. I have chosen you."
8. The Lord says to his servant, "When it is time to show you my favor, I will answer your prayers. When it is time to save you, I will help you. I will keep you safe. You will put my covenant with the people of Israel into effect. Then their land will be made like new again. Each tribe will be sent back to its territory that was left empty.
9. I want you to say to the prisoners, 'Come out.' Tell those who are in their dark cells, 'You are free!' "On their way home they will eat beside the roads. They will find plenty to eat on every bare hill.
10. They will not get hungry or thirsty. The heat from the desert sun will not beat down on them. The One who shows his tender love to them will guide them. Like a shepherd, he will lead them beside springs of water.
11. I will make roads across the mountains. I will build wide roads for my people.
12. They will come from far away. Some of them will come from the north. Others will come from the west. Still others will come from Aswan in the south."
13. Shout with joy, you heavens! Be glad, you earth! Burst into song, you mountains! The Lord will comfort his people. He will show his tender love to those who are suffering.
14. But the city of Zion said, "The Lord has deserted me. The Lord has forgotten me."
15. The Lord answers, "Can a mother forget the baby who is nursing at her breast? Can she stop showing her tender love to the child who was born to her? She might forget her child. But I will not forget you.
16. I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Your walls are never out of my sight.
17. Your people will hurry back. Those who destroyed you so completely will leave you.
18. Look up. Look all around you. All of your people are getting together to come back to you. You can be sure that I live," announces the Lord. "And you can be just as sure that your people will be like decorations you will wear. Like a bride, you will wear them proudly.
19. "Zion, you were destroyed. Your land was left empty. It was turned into a dry and empty desert. But now you will be too small to hold all of your people. And those who destroyed you will be far away.
20. The children who were born during your time of sorrow will speak to you. They will say, 'This city is too small for us. Give us more space to live in.'
21. Then you will say to yourself, 'Whose children are these? I lost my children. And I couldn't have any more. My children were taken far away from me. And no one wanted them. Who brought these children up? I was left all alone. So where have these children come from?' "
22. The Lord and King continues, "I will call out to the nations. I will give a signal to them. They will bring back your sons in their arms. They will carry your daughters on their shoulders.
23. Their kings will become like fathers to you. Their queens will be like mothers who nurse you. They will bow down to you with their faces toward the ground. They will kiss the dust at your feet to show you their respect. Then you will know that I am the Lord. Those who put their hope in me will not be ashamed."
24. Can goods that were stolen by soldiers be taken away from them? Can prisoners be set free from the powerful Babylonians?
25. "Yes, they can," the Lord answers. "Prisoners will be taken away from soldiers. Stolen goods will be taken back from the powerful Babylonians. Zion, I will fight against those who fight against you. And I will save your people.
26. I will make those who beat you down eat the flesh of others. They will drink blood and get drunk on it as if it were wine. Then everyone on earth will know that I am the one who saves you. I am the Lord. I set you free. I am the Mighty One of Jacob."

Isaiah 50:1-11
1. The Lord says to the people in Jerusalem, "Do you think I divorced your people before you? Is that why I sent them away? If it is, show me the letter of divorce. I did not sell you into slavery to pay someone I owe. You were sold because you sinned against me. Your people were sent away because of their lawless acts.
2. When I came to save you, why didn't anyone welcome me? When I called out to you, why didn't anyone answer me? Wasn't my arm powerful enough to set you free? Wasn't I strong enough to save you? I dry up the sea with a single command. I turn rivers into a desert. Then fish rot because they do not have any water. They die because they are thirsty.
3. I make the sky turn dark. It looks as if it is dressed in black clothes."
4. The Lord and King has taught me what to say. He has taught me how to help those who are tired. He wakes me up every morning. He makes me want to listen like a good student.
5. The Lord and King has unplugged my ears. I've always obeyed him. I haven't turned away from him.
6. I let my enemies beat me on my bare back. I let them pull the hair out of my beard. I didn't turn my face away when they made fun of me and spit on me.
7. The Lord and King helps me. He won't let me be dishonored. So I've made up my mind to keep on serving him. I know he won't let me be put to shame.
8. He is near. He will prove I haven't done anything wrong. So who will bring charges against me? Let's face each other in court! Who can bring charges against me? Let him come and face me!
9. The Lord and King helps me. So who will judge me? My enemies will be like clothes that moths have eaten up. They will disappear.
10. Does anyone among you have respect for the Lord? Does anyone obey the message of the Lord's servant? Let the person who walks in the dark trust in the Lord. Let the one who doesn't have any light to guide him depend on his God.
11. But all of you sinners who light fires should go ahead and walk in their light. You who carry flaming torches should walk in their light. Here's what I'm going to do to you. I'll make you lie down in great pain.

Psalms 112:1-4
1. Praise the Lord. Blessed is the one who has respect for the Lord. He finds great delight when he obeys God's commands.
2. His children will be powerful in the land. Because he is honest, his children will be blessed.
3. His family will have wealth and riches. He will always be blessed for doing what is right.
4. Even in the darkness light shines on honest people. It shines on those who are kind and tender and godly.

Proverbs 26:13-15
13. A person who doesn't want to work says, "There's a lion in the road! There's an angry lion wandering in the streets!"
14. A person who doesn't want to work turns over in bed just like a door that swings back and forth.
15. A person who doesn't want to work leaves his hand in the dish. He acts as if he is too tired to bring it back up to his mouth.

Ephesians 1:1-23
1. I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. I am sending this letter to you, God's people in Ephesus. Because you belong to Christ Jesus, you are faithful.
2. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
3. Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. Those blessings come from the heavenly world. They belong to us because we belong to Christ.
4. God chose us to belong to Christ before the world was created. He chose us to be holy and without blame in his eyes. He loved us.
5. So he decided long ago to adopt us as his children. He did it because of what Jesus Christ has done. It pleased God to do it.
6. All those things bring praise to his glorious grace. God freely gave us his grace because of the One he loves.
7. We have been set free because of what Christ has done. Through his blood our sins have been forgiven. We have been set free because God's grace is so rich.
8. He poured his grace on us by giving us great wisdom and understanding.
9. He showed us the mystery of his plan. It was in keeping with what he wanted to do. It was what he had planned through Christ.
10. It will all come about when history has been completed. God will then bring together all things in heaven and on earth under one ruler. The ruler is Christ.
11. We were also chosen to belong to him. God decided to choose us long ago in keeping with his plan. He works out everything to fit his plan and purpose.
12. We were the first to put our hope in Christ. We were chosen to bring praise to his glory.
13. You also became believers in Christ. That happened when you heard the message of truth. It was the good news about how you could be saved. When you believed, he marked you with a seal. The seal is the Holy Spirit that he promised.
14. The Spirit marks us as God's own. We can now be sure that someday we will receive all that God has promised. That will happen after God sets all of his people completely free. All of those things will bring praise to his glory.
15. I have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus. I have also heard about your love for all of God's people. That is why
16. I have not stopped thanking God for you. I always remember you in my prayers.
17. I pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the glorious Father. I keep asking him to give you the wisdom and understanding that come from the Holy Spirit. I want you to know God better.
18. I also pray that your mind might see more clearly. Then you will know the hope God has chosen you to receive. You will know that the things God's people will receive are rich and glorious.
19. And you will know his great power. It can't be compared with anything else. It is at work for us who believe. It is like the mighty strength
20. God showed when he raised Christ from the dead. He seated him at his right hand in his heavenly kingdom.
21. There Christ sits far above all who rule and have authority. He also sits far above all powers and kings. He is above every title that can be given in this world and in the world to come.
22. God placed all things under Christ's rule. He appointed him to be ruler over everything for the church.
23. The church is Christ's body. It is filled by Christ. He fills everything in every way.