Bible in one year

January 26

Exodus 1:1-22
1. These are the sons of Jacob who went with their father to Egypt, each with his family:
2. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,
3. Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin,
4. Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
5. Joseph was already down in Egypt. In all, Jacob had seventy direct descendants.
6. In time, Joseph and each of his brothers died, ending that generation.
7. But their descendants had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so quickly that they soon filled the land.
8. Then a new king came to the throne of Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.
9. He told his people, "These Israelites are becoming a threat to us because there are so many of them.
10. We must find a way to put an end to this. If we don't and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country."
11. So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves and put brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down under heavy burdens. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king.
12. But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more quickly the Israelites multiplied! The Egyptians soon became alarmed
13. and decided to make their slavery more bitter still.
14. They were ruthless with the Israelites, forcing them to make bricks and mortar and to work long hours in the fields.
15. Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah:
16. "When you help the Hebrew women give birth, kill all the boys as soon as they are born. Allow only the baby girls to live."
17. But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king and allowed the boys to live, too.
18. Then the king called for the midwives. "Why have you done this?" he demanded. "Why have you allowed the boys to live?"
19. "Sir," they told him, "the Hebrew women are very strong. They have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time! They are not slow in giving birth like Egyptian women."
20. So God blessed the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful.
21. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
22. Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Throw all the newborn Israelite boys into the Nile River. But you may spare the baby girls."

Exodus 2:1-25
1. During this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married.
2. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw what a beautiful baby he was and kept him hidden for three months.
3. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a little basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the edge of the Nile River.
4. The baby's sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.
5. Soon after this, one of Pharaoh's daughters came down to bathe in the river, and her servant girls walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the little basket among the reeds, she told one of her servant girls to get it for her.
6. As the princess opened it, she found the baby boy. His helpless cries touched her heart. "He must be one of the Hebrew children," she said.
7. Then the baby's sister approached the princess. "Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" she asked.
8. "Yes, do!" the princess replied. So the girl rushed home and called the baby's mother.
9. "Take this child home and nurse him for me," the princess told her. "I will pay you for your help." So the baby's mother took her baby home and nursed him.
10. Later, when he was older, the child's mother brought him back to the princess, who adopted him as her son. The princess named him Moses, for she said, "I drew him out of the water."
11. Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his people, the Israelites, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of the Hebrew slaves.
12. After looking around to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand.
13. The next day, as Moses was out visiting his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. "What are you doing, hitting your neighbor like that?" Moses said to the one in the wrong.
14. "Who do you think you are?" the man replied. "Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Do you plan to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?" Moses was badly frightened because he realized that everyone knew what he had done.
15. And sure enough, when Pharaoh heard about it, he gave orders to have Moses arrested and killed. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and escaped to the land of Midian. When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well.
16. Now it happened that the priest of Midian had seven daughters who came regularly to this well to draw water and fill the water troughs for their father's flocks.
17. But other shepherds would often come and chase the girls and their flocks away. This time, however, Moses came to their aid, rescuing the girls from the shepherds. Then he helped them draw water for their flocks.
18. When the girls returned to Reuel, their father, he asked, "How did you get the flocks watered so quickly today?"
19. "An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds," they told him. "And then he drew water for us and watered our flocks."
20. "Well, where is he then?" their father asked. "Did you just leave him there? Go and invite him home for a meal!"
21. Moses was happy to accept the invitation, and he settled down to live with them. In time, Reuel gave Moses one of his daughters, Zipporah, to be his wife.
22. Later they had a baby boy, and Moses named him Gershom, for he said, "I have been a stranger in a foreign land."
23. Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites still groaned beneath their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their pleas for deliverance rose up to God.
24. God heard their cries and remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
25. He looked down on the Israelites and felt deep concern for their welfare.

Psalms 15:1-5
1. Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
2. Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
3. Those who refuse to slander others or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.
4. Those who despise persistent sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the LORD and keep their promises even when it hurts.
5. Those who do not charge interest on the money they lend, and who refuse to accept bribes to testify against the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.

Proverbs 4:25-27
25. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
26. Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe.
27. Don't get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

Matthew 17:1-27
1. Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain.
2. As the men watched, Jesus' appearance changed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became dazzling white.
3. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.
4. Peter blurted out, "Lord, this is wonderful! If you want me to, I'll make three shrines, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
5. But even as he said it, a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him. Listen to him."
6. The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.
7. Jesus came over and touched them. "Get up," he said, "don't be afraid."
8. And when they looked, they saw only Jesus with them.
9. As they descended the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Don't tell anyone what you have seen until I, the Son of Man, have been raised from the dead."
10. His disciples asked, "Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes?"
11. Jesus replied, "Elijah is indeed coming first to set everything in order.
12. But I tell you, he has already come, but he wasn't recognized, and he was badly mistreated. And soon the Son of Man will also suffer at their hands."
13. Then the disciples realized he had been speaking of John the Baptist.
14. When they arrived at the foot of the mountain, a huge crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said,
15. "Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.
16. So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn't heal him."
17. Jesus replied, "You stubborn, faithless people! How long must I be with you until you believe? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."
18. Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.
19. Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, "Why couldn't we cast out that demon?"
20. "You didn't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I assure you, even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible."
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22. One day after they had returned to Galilee, Jesus told them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed.
23. He will be killed, but three days later he will be raised from the dead." And the disciples' hearts were filled with grief.
24. On their arrival in Capernaum, the tax collectors for the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, "Doesn't your teacher pay the Temple tax?"
25. "Of course he does," Peter replied. Then he went into the house to talk to Jesus about it. But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, "What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the foreigners they have conquered?"
26. "They tax the foreigners," Peter replied. "Well, then," Jesus said, "the citizens are free!
27. However, we don't want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a coin. Take the coin and pay the tax for both of us."