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Bible in one year


April 7


Joshua 3:1-17
1. Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over.
2. After three days the officers went throughout the camp,
3. giving orders to the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.
4. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it."
5. Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you."
6. Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people." So they took it up and went ahead of them.
7. And the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.
8. Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river.'"
9. Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God.
10. This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.
11. See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.
12. Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.
13. And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD -the Lord of all the earth-set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap."
14. So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them.
15. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge,
16. the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea ) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
17. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

Joshua 4:1-24
1. When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,
2. "Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe,
3. and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight."
4. So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe,
5. and said to them, "Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites,
6. to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?'
7. tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever."
8. So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.
9. Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.
10. Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the LORD had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over,
11. and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the LORD and the priests came to the other side while the people watched.
12. The men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over, armed, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them.
13. About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war.
14. That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life, just as they had revered Moses.
15. Then the LORD said to Joshua,
16. "Command the priests carrying the ark of the Testimony to come up out of the Jordan."
17. So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan."
18. And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.
19. On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho.
20. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.
21. He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, 'What do these stones mean?'
22. tell them, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'
23. For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.
24. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God."

Psalms 42:1-5
1. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
2. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
3. My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
4. These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.
5. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and

Proverbs 13:17-18
17. A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
18. He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.

Luke 9:1-17
1. When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases,
2. and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
3. He told them: "Take nothing for the journey--no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic.
4. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.
5. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them."
6. So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.
7. Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed, because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead,
8. others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life.
9. But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried to see him.
10. When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida,
11. but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.
12. Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here."
13. He replied, "You give them something to eat."
14. They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish--unless we go and buy food for all this crowd." (About five thousand men were there.)
15. But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each." The disciples did so, and everybody sat down.
16. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people.
17. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.