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Bible in one year


January 30


Exodus 9:1-35
1. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: "Let my people go, so that they may worship me."
2. If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back,
3. the hand of the LORD will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field-on your horses and donkeys and camels and on your cattle and sheep and goats.
4. But the LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die.'"
5. The LORD set a time and said, "Tomorrow the LORD will do this in the land."
6. And the next day the LORD did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died.
7. Pharaoh sent men to investigate and found that not even one of the animals of the Israelites had died. Yet his heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go.
8. Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh.
9. It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land."
10. So they took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh. Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on men and animals.
11. The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils that were on them and on all the Egyptians.
12. But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said to Moses.
13. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, 'This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me,
14. or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.
15. For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.
16. But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.
17. You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go.
18. Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now.
19. Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.'"
20. Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the LORD hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside.
21. But those who ignored the word of the LORD left their slaves and livestock in the field.
22. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that hail will fall all over Egypt-on men and animals and on everything growing in the fields of Egypt."
23. When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt;
24. hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.
25. Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields-both men and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree.
26. The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were.
27. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. "This time I have sinned," he said to them. "The LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong.
28. Pray to the LORD, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don't have to stay any longer."
29. Moses replied, "When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the LORD. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the LORD's.
30. But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the LORD God."
31. (The flax and barley were destroyed, since the barley had headed and the flax was in bloom.
32. The wheat and spelt, however, were not destroyed, because they ripen later.)
33. Then Moses left Pharaoh and went out of the city. He spread out his hands toward the LORD; the thunder and hail stopped, and the rain no longer poured down on the land.
34. When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts.
35. So Pharaoh's heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the LORD had said through Moses.

Exodus 10:1-29
1. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these miraculous signs of mine among them
2. that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD."
3. So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, "This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.
4. If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.
5. They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields.
6. They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians-something neither your fathers nor your forefathers have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.'" Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.
7. Pharaoh's officials said to him, "How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the LORD their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?"
8. Then Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. "Go, worship the LORD your God," he said. "But just who will be going?"
9. Moses answered, "We will go with our young and old, with our sons and daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to the LORD."
10. Pharaoh said, "The LORD be with you-if I let you go, along with your women and children! Clearly you are bent on evil.
11. No! Have only the men go; and worship the LORD, since that's what you have been asking for." Then Moses and Aaron were driven out of Pharaoh's presence.
12. And the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts will swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail."
13. So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the LORD made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts;
14. they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again.
15. They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail-everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.
16. Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you.
17. Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the LORD your God to take this deadly plague away from me."
18. Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD.
19. And the LORD changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt.
20. But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.
21. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt-darkness that can be felt."
22. So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days.
23. No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.
24. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, "Go, worship the LORD. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind."
25. But Moses said, "You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the LORD our God.
26. Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the LORD our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the LORD."
27. But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he was not willing to let them go.
28. Pharaoh said to Moses, "Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die."
29. "Just as you say," Moses replied, "I will never appear before you again."

Psalms 17:8-15
8. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
9. from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
10. They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11. They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12. They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a great lion crouching in cover.
13. Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down; rescue me from the wicked by your sword.
14. O LORD, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life. You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children.
15. And I-in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Proverbs 5:21-23
21. For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
22. The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.
23. He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.

Matthew 20:1-16
1. "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard.
2. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3. "About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.
4. He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.'
5. So they went.
6. "He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?'
7. "'Because no one has hired us,' they answered. "He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.'
8. "When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.'
9. "The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius.
10. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.
11. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.
12. 'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.'
13. "But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius?
14. Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you.
15. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'
16. "So the last will be first, and the first will be last."