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Bible in one year


September 5


Isaiah 1:1-31
1. Here is the vision about Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah had. It came to him when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were ruling. They were kings of Judah. Isaiah was the son of Amoz.
2. Listen to me, heavens! Pay attention to me, earth! The Lord has said, "I raised children. I brought them up. But they have refused to obey me.
3. The ox knows its master. The donkey knows where its owner feeds it. But Israel does not know me. My people do not understand me."
4. They are a sinful nation. They are loaded down with guilt. They are people who do nothing but evil. They are children who are always sinning. They have deserted the Lord. They have turned against the Holy One of Israel. They have turned their backs on him.
5. Israel, why do you want to be beaten all the time? Why do you always refuse to obey the Lord? Your head is covered with wounds. Your whole heart is weak.
6. There isn't a healthy spot on your body from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head. There are only wounds, cuts and open sores. They haven't been cleaned up or bandaged or treated with olive oil.
7. Your country has been deserted. Your cities have been burned down. The food from your fields is being eaten up by outsiders. They are doing it right in front of you. Your land has been completely destroyed. It looks as if strangers have taken it over.
8. The city of Zion is left like a hut where someone stands guard in a vineyard. It is left like an empty cabin in a melon field. It's like a city that is being attacked.
9. The Lord who rules over all has let some people live through that time of trouble. If he hadn't, we would have become like Sodom. We would have been like Gomorrah.
10. Rulers of Sodom, hear the Lord's message. People of Gomorrah, listen to the law of our God.
11. "Do you think I need any more of your sacrifices?" asks the Lord. "I have more than enough of your burnt offerings. I have more than enough of rams and the fat of your fattest animals. I do not find any pleasure in the blood of your bulls, lambs and goats.
12. Who asked you to bring all of those animals when you come to worship me? Who asked you and your animals to walk all over my courtyards?
13. Stop bringing offerings that do not mean anything to me! I hate your incense. I can't stand your evil gatherings. I can't stand the way you celebrate your New Moon Feasts, Sabbath days and special services.
14. I hate your New Moon Feasts and your other appointed feasts. They have become a heavy load to me. I am tired of carrying it.
15. You might spread out your hands toward me when you pray. But I will not look at you. You might even offer many prayers. But I will not listen to them. Your hands are covered with the blood of the people you have murdered.
16. So wash your hands. Make yourselves clean. Get your evil actions out of my sight! Stop doing what is wrong!
17. Learn to do what is right! Treat people fairly. Give hope to those who are beaten down. Cheer them up. Stand up in court for children whose fathers have died. And do the same thing for widows.
18. "Come. Let us talk some more about this matter," says the Lord. "Even though your sins are bright red, they will be as white as snow. Even though they are deep red, they will be white like wool.
19. But you have to be willing to change and obey me. If you are, you will eat the best food that grows on the land.
20. You must follow me. You must obey me. If you do not, you will be killed with swords." The Lord has spoken.
21. See how the faithful city of Jerusalem has become like a prostitute! Once it was full of people who treated others fairly. Those who did what was right used to live in it. But now murderers live there!
22. Jerusalem, your silver isn't pure anymore. Your best wine has been made weak with water.
23. Your rulers refuse to obey the Lord. They are companions of robbers. All of them love to accept money from those who want special favors. They are always looking for gifts from other people. They don't stand up in court for children whose fathers have died. They don't do it for widows either.
24. The Lord is the Mighty One of Israel. The Lord who rules over all announces, "Israel, you have become my enemies. I will pay you back for what you have done. Then you will not trouble me anymore.
25. I will turn my powerful hand against you. I will make you completely clean. I will remove everything that is not pure.
26. I will give judges to you like the ones you had long ago. I will give you advisers like those you had at the beginning. Then you will be called The City That Does What Is Right. You will also be called The Faithful City."
27. Zion will be saved when others are treated fairly. Those who are sorry for their sins will be saved when what is right is done.
28. But sinners and those who refuse to obey the Lord will be destroyed. And those who desert the Lord will die.
29. Israel, you take delight in worshiping among the sacred oak trees. You will be full of shame for doing that. You have chosen to worship in the sacred gardens. You will be dishonored for doing that.
30. You will be like an oak tree whose leaves are dying. You will be like a garden that doesn't have any water.
31. Your strongest men will become like dry pieces of wood. Their worship of other gods will be the spark that lights the fire. Everything will be burned up. No one will be there to put the fire out.

Isaiah 2:1-22
1. Here is a vision that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, had about Judah and Jerusalem.
2. In the last days the mountain where the Lord's temple is located will be famous. It will be the most important mountain of all. It will stand out above the hills. All of the nations will go to it.
3. People from many nations will go there. They will say, "Come. Let us go up to the Lord's mountain. Let's go to the house of Jacob's God. He will teach us how we should live. Then we will live the way he wants us to." The law of the Lord will be taught at Zion. His message will go out from Jerusalem.
4. He will judge between the nations. He'll settle problems among many of them. They will hammer their swords into plows. They'll hammer their spears into pruning tools. Nations will not go to war against one another. They won't even train to fight anymore.
5. People of Jacob, come. Let us live the way the Lord has taught us to.
6. Lord, you have deserted the people of Jacob. They are your people. The land is full of false beliefs from the east. The people practice evil magic, just as the Philistines do. They make ungodly people their friends.
7. Their land is full of silver and gold. There is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses. There is no end to their chariots.
8. Their land is full of statues of gods. They bow down to what their own hands have made. They bow down to what their fingers have shaped.
9. So man will be brought low. People will be put to shame. Do not forgive them.
10. Go and hide in caves in the rocks, you people! Hide in holes in the ground. Hide from the terror of the Lord! Hide when he comes in glory and majesty!
11. A man who brags will be brought low. Men who are proud will be put to shame. The Lord alone will be honored at that time.
12. The Lord who rules over all has set apart a day when he will judge. He has set it apart for all those who are proud and think they are important. He has set it apart for all those who brag about themselves. All of them will be brought low.
13. The Lord has set that day apart for all of the cedar trees in Lebanon. They are very tall. He has set it apart for all of the oak trees in Bashan.
14. He has set it apart for all of the towering mountains. He has set it apart for all of the high hills.
15. He has set it apart for every high tower and every strong wall.
16. He has set it apart for every trading ship and every beautiful boat.
17. A man who brags will be brought low. Men who are proud will be put to shame. The Lord alone will be honored at that time.
18. And the statues of gods will totally disappear.
19. People will run and hide in caves in the rocks. They will go into holes in the ground. They will run away from the terror of the Lord. They will run when he comes in glory and majesty. When he comes, he will shake the earth.
20. Men had made some statues of gods out of silver. They had made others out of gold. Then they worshiped them. But when the Lord comes, they will throw the statues away to the rodents and bats.
21. They will run and hide in caves in the rocks. They will go into holes in the cliffs. They will run away from the terror of the Lord. They will run when he comes in glory and majesty. When he comes, he will shake the earth.
22. Stop trusting man. He can't help you. He only lives for a little while. What good is he?

Psalms 105:1-6
1. Give thanks to the Lord. Worship him. Tell the nations what he has done.
2. Sing to him. Sing praise to him. Tell about all of the wonderful things he has done.
3. Praise him, because his name is holy. Let the hearts of those who trust in the Lord be glad.
4. Look to the Lord and to his strength. Always look to him.
5. Remember the wonderful things he has done. Remember his miracles and how he judged our enemies.
6. Remember what he has done, you children of his servant Abraham. Remember it, you people of Jacob, God's chosen ones.

Proverbs 24:23-25
23. Here are more sayings of those who are wise. Taking sides in court is not good.
24. A curse will fall on those who say the guilty are not guilty. Nations will call down curses on them. People will speak against them.
25. But it will go well with those who sentence guilty people. Rich blessings will come to them.

1 Corinthians 14:21-40
21. In the Law it is written, "Through people who speak unfamiliar languages and through the lips of strangers I will speak to these people. But even then they will not listen to me." --(Isaiah 28:11,12) That is what the Lord says.
22. So speaking in other languages is a sign for those who don't believe. It is not a sign for those who do believe. But prophecy is for believers. It is not for those who don't believe.
23. Suppose the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in other languages. And suppose visitors or unbelievers come in. Won't they say you are out of your minds?
24. But suppose unbelievers or visitors come in while everyone is prophesying. Then they will be shown by all who speak that they are sinners. They will be judged by all.
25. The secrets of their hearts will be brought out into the open. They will fall down and worship God. They will exclaim, "God is really here among you!"
26. Brothers and sisters, what should we say then? When you come together, every one of you brings something. You bring a hymn or a teaching or a word from God. You bring a message in another language or explain what was said. All of those things must be done to make the church strong.
27. No more than two or three people should speak in another language. And they should speak one at a time. Then someone must explain what was said.
28. If there is no one to explain, the speakers should keep quiet in the church. They can speak to themselves and to God.
29. Only two or three prophets are supposed to speak. Others should decide if what is being said is true.
30. What if a message from God comes to someone else who is sitting there? Then the one who is speaking should stop.
31. Those who prophesy can all take turns. In that way, everyone can be taught and be given hope.
32. Those who prophesy should control their speaking.
33. God is not a God of disorder. He is a God of peace. As in all the churches of God's people,
34. women should remain silent in the meetings. They are not allowed to speak. They must follow the lead of those who are in authority, as the Law says.
35. If they have a question about something, they should ask their own husbands at home. It is shameful for women to speak in church meetings.
36. Did the word of God begin with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
37. Suppose some think they are prophets or have gifts of the Holy Spirit. They should agree that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command.
38. Anyone who does not recognize that will not be recognized.
39. Brothers and sisters, you should want to prophesy. And don't stop people from speaking in languages they had not known before.
40. But everything should be done in a proper and orderly way.