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Bible in one year


September 6


Isaiah 3:1-26
1. Here is what the Lord who rules over all is about to do. The Lord will take away from Jerusalem and Judah supplies and help alike. He will take away all of the supplies of food and water.
2. He'll take away heroes and soldiers. He'll take away judges and prophets. He'll take away fortune tellers and elders.
3. He'll take away captains of companies of 50 men. He'll take away government leaders. He'll take away advisers, skilled workers and those who are clever at doing evil magic.
4. The Lord will make young boys rule over all of them. Mere children will govern them.
5. People will crush one another. They will fight against each other. They will fight against their neighbors. Young people will attack old people. Ordinary people will attack those who are more important.
6. A man will grab hold of one of his brothers at his father's home. He will say, "You have a coat. So you be our leader. Take charge of all of these broken-down buildings!"
7. But at that time the brother will cry out, "I can't help you. I don't have any food or clothing in my house. Don't make me the leader of these people."
8. Jerusalem is about to fall. And so is Judah. They say and do things against the Lord. They dare to disobey him to his very face.
9. The look on their faces is a witness against them. They show off their sin, just as the people of Sodom did. They don't even try to hide it. How terrible it will be for them! They have brought trouble on themselves.
10. Tell those who do what is right that things will go well with them. They will enjoy the results of the good things they've done.
11. But how terrible it will be for those who do what is evil! Trouble is about to fall on them. They will be paid back for the evil things they've done.
12. Those who are young crush my people. Women rule over them. My people, your leaders have taken you down the wrong path. They have turned you away from the right path.
13. The Lord takes his place in court. He stands up to judge the people.
14. He judges the elders and leaders of his people. He says to them, "My people are like a vineyard. You have destroyed them. The things you have taken from poor people are in your houses.
15. What do you mean by crushing my people? Why are you grinding the faces of the poor into the dirt?" announces the Lord. He is the Lord who rules over all.
16. The Lord continues, "The women in Zion are very proud. They walk along with their noses in the air. They tease men with their eyes. They walk with quick, short steps. Little chains jingle on their ankles.
17. So I will put sores on the heads of Zion's women. And I will remove the hair from their heads."
18. At that time the Lord will take away the beautiful things they wear. He will take away their decorations, headbands and moon-shaped necklaces.
19. He'll take away their earrings, bracelets and veils.
20. He'll remove their headdresses, ankle chains and belts. He'll take away their perfume bottles and charms.
21. He'll remove the rings they wear on their fingers and in their noses.
22. He'll take away their fine robes and their capes and coats. He'll take away their purses
23. and mirrors. And he'll take away their linen clothes, turbans and shawls.
24. Instead of smelling sweet, the women will smell bad. Instead of wearing belts, they will wear ropes. Instead of having beautiful hair, they won't have any hair at all. Instead of wearing fine clothes, they'll wear black clothes to show how sad they are. Instead of being beautiful, they'll have the brands of slaves on their bodies.
25. Jerusalem, your men will be killed with swords. Your soldiers will die in battle.
26. The city of Zion will be very sad. Like a widow, she will lose everything. She will sit on the ground and sob.

Isaiah 4:1-6
1. At that time seven women will grab hold of one man. They'll say to him, "We will eat our own food. We'll provide our own clothes. Just let us become your wives. Take away our shame!"
2. At that time Israel's king will be beautiful and glorious. He will be called The Branch of the Lord. The fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of those who are still left alive in Israel.
3. Those who are left in Zion will be called holy. They will be recorded among those who are alive in Jerusalem.
4. The Lord will wash away the sin of the women in Zion. He will clean up the blood that was spilled there. He will judge those who spilled that blood. His burning anger will blaze out at them.
5. Then the Lord will create over Jerusalem a cloud of smoke by day. He will also create a glow of flaming fire at night. They will appear over all of Mount Zion and those who gather together there. The Lord's glory will be like a tent over them.
6. It will cover them and give them shade from the hot sun all day long. It will be a safe place where they can hide from storms and rain.

Psalms 105:7-22
7. He is the Lord our God. He judges the whole earth.
8. He will keep his covenant forever. He will keep his promise for all time to come.
9. He will keep the covenant he made with Abraham. He will keep the oath he took when he made his promise to Isaac.
10. He made it stand as a law for Jacob. He made it stand as a covenant for Israel. It will last forever.
11. He said, "I will give you the land of Canaan. It will belong to you."
12. At first there weren't very many of God's people. There were only a few. And they were strangers in the land.
13. They wandered from nation to nation. They wandered from one kingdom to another.
14. But God didn't allow anyone to beat them down. To keep them safe, he gave a command to kings.
15. He said to them, "Do not touch my anointed ones. Do not harm my prophets."
16. He made the people in the land go hungry. He destroyed all their food supplies.
17. He sent a man ahead of them into Egypt. That man was Joseph. He had been sold as a slave.
18. The Egyptians put his feet in chains. They put an iron collar around his neck.
19. He was in prison until what he said would happen came true. The word of the Lord proved that he was right.
20. The king of Egypt sent for Joseph and let him out of prison. The ruler of many nations set him free.
21. He put Joseph in charge of his palace. He made him ruler over everything he owned.
22. Joseph was in charge of teaching the princes. He taught the elders how to think and live wisely.

Proverbs 24:26-27
26. An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
27. Finish your outdoor work. Get your fields ready. After that, build your house.

1 Corinthians 15:1-28
1. Brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the good news I preached to you. You received it and have put your faith in it.
2. Because you believed the good news, you are saved. But you must hold firmly to the message I preached to you. If you don't, you have believed it for nothing.
3. What I received I passed on to you. And it is the most important of all. Here is what it is. Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would.
4. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.
5. He appeared to Peter. Then he appeared to the Twelve.
6. After that, he appeared to more than 500 believers at the same time. Most of them are still living. But some have died.
7. He appeared to James. Then he appeared to all the apostles.
8. Last of all, he also appeared to me. I was like someone who wasn't born at the right time or in a normal way.
9. I am the least important of the apostles. I'm not even fit to be called an apostle. I tried to destroy God's church.
10. But because of God's grace I am what I am. And his grace was not wasted on me. No, I have worked harder than all the other apostles. But I didn't do the work. God's grace was with me.
11. So whether it was I or the other apostles who preached to you, that is what we preach. And that is what you believed.
12. We have preached that Christ has been raised from the dead. So how can some of you say that no one rises from the dead?
13. If no one rises from the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
14. And if Christ has not been raised, what we preach doesn't mean anything. Your faith doesn't mean anything either.
15. More than that, we would be lying about God. We have given witness that God raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if the dead are not raised.
16. If the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
17. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith doesn't mean anything. Your sins have not been forgiven.
18. Those who have died believing in Christ are also lost.
19. Do we have hope in Christ only for this life? Then people should pity us more than anyone else.
20. But Christ really has been raised from the dead. He is the first of all those who will rise.
21. Death came because of what a man did. Rising from the dead also comes because of what a man did.
22. Because of Adam, all people die. So because of Christ, all will be made alive.
23. But here is the order of events. Christ is the first of those who rise from the dead. When he comes back, those who belong to him will be raised.
24. Then the end will come. Christ will destroy all rule, authority and power. He will hand over the kingdom to God the Father.
25. Christ must rule until he has put all his enemies under his control.
26. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
27. Scripture says that God "has put everything under his control."--(Psalm 8:6) It says that "everything" has been put under him. But it is clear that this does not include God himself, who puts everything under Christ.
28. When he has done that, the Son also will be under God's rule. God puts everything under the Son. In that way, God will be all in all.