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Bible in one year

January 29

Exodus 7:1-25
1. Then the LORD said to Moses, "See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.
2. You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country.
3. But I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt,
4. he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.
5. And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it."
6. Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD commanded them.
7. Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.
8. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
9. "When Pharaoh says to you, 'Perform a miracle,' then say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,' and it will become a snake."
10. So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake.
11. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:
12. Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.
13. Yet Pharaoh's heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.
14. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go.
15. Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the water. Wait on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake.
16. Then say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the desert. But until now you have not listened.
17. This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.
18. The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.'"
19. The LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt-over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs'-and they will turn to blood. Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in the wooden buckets and stone jars."
20. Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood.
21. The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.
22. But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh's heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.
23. Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart.
24. And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river.
25. Seven days passed after the LORD struck the Nile.

Exodus 8:1-32
1. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.
2. If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs.
3. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs.
4. The frogs will go up on you and your people and all your officials.'"
5. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.'"
6. So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land.
7. But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.
8. Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Pray to the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD."
9. Moses said to Pharaoh, "I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile."
10. "Tomorrow," Pharaoh said. Moses replied, "It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the LORD our God.
11. The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile."
12. After Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the LORD about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh.
13. And the LORD did what Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields.
14. They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them.
15. But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.
16. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,' and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats."
17. They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came upon men and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats.
18. But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not. And the gnats were on men and animals.
19. The magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the LORD had said.
20. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh as he goes to the water and say to him, 'This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.
21. If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you and your officials, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies, and even the ground where they are.
22. "'But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the LORD, am in this land.
23. I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This miraculous sign will occur tomorrow.'"
24. And the LORD did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh's palace and into the houses of his officials, and throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies.
25. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Go, sacrifice to your God here in the land."
26. But Moses said, "That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the LORD our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in their eyes, will they not stone us?
27. We must take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, as he commands us."
28. Pharaoh said, "I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God in the desert, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me."
29. Moses answered, "As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the LORD, and tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh and his officials and his people. Only be sure that Pharaoh does not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD."
30. Then Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD,
31. and the LORD did what Moses asked: The flies left Pharaoh and his officials and his people; not a fly remained.
32. But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go.

Psalms 17:1-7
1. Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer- it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2. May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.
3. Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.
4. As for the deeds of men- by the word of your lips I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.
5. My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6. I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.
7. Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.

Proverbs 5:15-20
15. Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16. Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
17. Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers.
18. May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19. A loving doe, a graceful deer- may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.
20. Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?

Matthew 19:1-30
1. When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan.
2. Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3. Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?"
4. "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'
5. and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?
6. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
7. "Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"
8. Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
9. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."
10. The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."
11. Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.
12. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."
13. Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
14. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
15. When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
16. Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"
17. "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments."
18. "Which ones?" the man inquired.
19. Jesus replied, "'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.'"
20. "All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"
21. Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
22. When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23. Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
25. When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"
26. Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
27. Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?"
28. Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
30. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.