Bible in one year

January 2

Genesis 3:1-24
1. Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the LORD God had made. "Really?" he asked the woman. "Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?"
2. "Of course we may eat it," the woman told him.
3. "It's only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die."
4. "You won't die!" the serpent hissed.
5. "God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil."
6. The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too.
7. At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves.
8. Toward evening they heard the LORD God walking about in the garden, so they hid themselves among the trees.
9. The LORD God called to Adam, "Where are you?"
10. He replied, "I heard you, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked."
11. "Who told you that you were naked?" the LORD God asked. "Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?"
12. "Yes," Adam admitted, "but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it."
13. Then the LORD God asked the woman, "How could you do such a thing?The serpent tricked me," she replied. "That's why I ate it."
14. So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you will be punished. You are singled out from all the domestic and wild animals of the whole earth to be cursed. You will grovel in the dust as long as you live, crawling along on your belly.
15. From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
16. Then he said to the woman, "You will bear children with intense pain and suffering. And though your desire will be for your husband, he will be your master."
17. And to Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit I told you not to eat, I have placed a curse on the ground. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
18. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.
19. All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day. Then you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from dust, and to the dust you will return."
20. Then Adam named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all people everywhere.
21. And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.
22. Then the LORD God said, "The people have become as we are, knowing everything, both good and evil. What if they eat the fruit of the tree of life? Then they will live forever!"
23. So the LORD God banished Adam and his wife from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made.
24. After banishing them from the garden, the LORD God stationed mighty angelic beings to the east of Eden. And a flaming sword flashed back and forth, guarding the way to the tree of life.

Genesis 4:1-26
1. Now Adam slept with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When the time came, she gave birth to Cain, and she said, "With the LORD's help, I have brought forth a man!"
2. Later she gave birth to a second son and named him Abel. When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain was a farmer.
3. At harvesttime Cain brought to the LORD a gift of his farm produce,
4. while Abel brought several choice lambs from the best of his flock. The LORD accepted Abel and his offering,
5. but he did not accept Cain and his offering. This made Cain very angry and dejected.
6. "Why are you so angry?" the LORD asked him. "Why do you look so dejected?
7. You will be accepted if you respond in the right way. But if you refuse to respond correctly, then watch out! Sin is waiting to attack and destroy you, and you must subdue it."
8. Later Cain suggested to his brother, Abel, "Let's go out into the fields." And while they were there, Cain attacked and killed his brother.
9. Afterward the LORD asked Cain, "Where is your brother? Where is Abel?I don't know!" Cain retorted. "Am I supposed to keep track of him wherever he goes?"
10. But the LORD said, "What have you done? Listen--your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground!
11. You are hereby banished from the ground you have defiled with your brother's blood.
12. No longer will it yield abundant crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless fugitive on the earth, constantly wandering from place to place."
13. Cain replied to the LORD, "My punishment is too great for me to bear!
14. You have banished me from my land and from your presence; you have made me a wandering fugitive. All who see me will try to kill me!"
15. The LORD replied, "They will not kill you, for I will give seven times your punishment to anyone who does." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain to warn anyone who might try to kill him.
16. So Cain left the LORD's presence and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
17. Then Cain's wife became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and they named him Enoch. When Cain founded a city, he named it Enoch after his son.
18. Enoch was the father of Irad. Irad was the father of Mehujael. Mehujael was the father of Methushael. Methushael was the father of Lamech.
19. Lamech married two women--Adah and Zillah.
20. Adah gave birth to a baby named Jabal. He became the first of the herdsmen who live in tents.
21. His brother's name was Jubal, the first musician--the inventor of the harp and flute.
22. To Lamech's other wife, Zillah, was born Tubal-cain. He was the first to work with metal, forging instruments of bronze and iron. Tubal-cain had a sister named Naamah.
23. One day Lamech said to Adah and Zillah, "Listen to me, my wives. I have killed a youth who attacked and wounded me.
24. If anyone who kills Cain is to be punished seven times, anyone who takes revenge against me will be punished seventy-seven times!"
25. Adam slept with his wife again, and she gave birth to another son. She named him Seth, for she said, "God has granted me another son in place of Abel, the one Cain killed."
26. When Seth grew up, he had a son and named him Enosh. It was during his lifetime that people first began to worship the LORD.

Psalms 2:1-6
1. Why do the nations rage? Why do the people waste their time with futile plans?
2. The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one.
3. "Let us break their chains," they cry, "and free ourselves from this slavery."
4. But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.
5. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury.
6. For the LORD declares, "I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, my holy city. "

Proverbs 1:8-9
8. Listen, my child, to what your father teaches you. Don't neglect your mother's teaching.
9. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honor.

Matthew 2:1-23
1. Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
2. "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose, and we have come to worship him."
3. Herod was deeply disturbed by their question, as was all of Jerusalem.
4. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law. "Where did the prophets say the Messiah would be born?" he asked them.
5. "In Bethlehem," they said, "for this is what the prophet wrote:
6. 'O Bethlehem of Judah, you are not just a lowly village in Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.'"
7. Then Herod sent a private message to the wise men, asking them to come see him. At this meeting he learned the exact time when they first saw the star.
8. Then he told them, "Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!"
9. After this interview the wise men went their way. Once again the star appeared to them, guiding them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.
10. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!
11. They entered the house where the child and his mother, Mary, were, and they fell down before him and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12. But when it was time to leave, they went home another way, because God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
13. After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up and flee to Egypt with the child and his mother," the angel said. "Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to try to kill the child."
14. That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother,
15. and they stayed there until Herod's death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: "I called my Son out of Egypt."
16. Herod was furious when he learned that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, because the wise men had told him the star first appeared to them about two years earlier.
17. Herod's brutal action fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah:
18. "A cry of anguish is heard in Ramah--weeping and mourning unrestrained. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted--for they are dead."
19. When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and told him,
20. "Get up and take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead."
21. So Joseph returned immediately to Israel with Jesus and his mother.
22. But when he learned that the new ruler was Herod's son Archelaus, he was afraid. Then, in another dream, he was warned to go to Galilee.
23. So they went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophets concerning the Messiah: "He will be called a Nazarene."