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Bible in one year


January 9


Genesis 17:1-27
1. When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty; serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.
2. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to make you into a mighty nation."
3. At this, Abram fell face down in the dust. Then God said to him,
4. "This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of not just one nation, but a multitude of nations!
5. What's more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram; now you will be known as Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations.
6. I will give you millions of descendants who will represent many nations. Kings will be among them!
7. "I will continue this everlasting covenant between us, generation after generation. It will continue between me and your offspring forever. And I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
8. Yes, I will give all this land of Canaan to you and to your offspring forever. And I will be their God.
9. "Your part of the agreement," God told Abraham, "is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility.
10. This is the covenant that you and your descendants must keep: Each male among you must be circumcised;
11. the flesh of his foreskin must be cut off. This will be a sign that you and they have accepted this covenant.
12. Every male child must be circumcised on the eighth day after his birth. This applies not only to members of your family, but also to the servants born in your household and the foreign-born servants whom you have purchased.
13. All must be circumcised. Your bodies will thus bear the mark of my everlasting covenant.
14. Anyone who refuses to be circumcised will be cut off from the covenant family for violating the covenant."
15. Then God added, "Regarding Sarai, your wife--her name will no longer be Sarai; from now on you will call her Sarah.
16. And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings will be among her descendants!"
17. Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. "How could I become a father at the age of one hundred?" he wondered. "Besides, Sarah is ninety; how could she have a baby?"
18. And Abraham said to God, "Yes, may Ishmael enjoy your special blessing!"
19. But God replied, "Sarah, your wife, will bear you a son. You will name him Isaac, and I will confirm my everlasting covenant with him and his descendants.
20. As for Ishmael, I will bless him also, just as you have asked. I will cause him to multiply and become a great nation. Twelve princes will be among his descendants.
21. But my covenant is with Isaac, who will be born to you and Sarah about this time next year."
22. That ended the conversation, and God left Abraham.
23. On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and every other male in his household and circumcised them, cutting off their foreskins, exactly as God had told him.
24. Abraham was ninety-nine years old at that time,
25. and Ishmael his son was thirteen.
26. Both were circumcised the same day,
27. along with all the other men and boys of the household, whether they were born there or bought as servants.

Genesis 18:1-33
1. The LORD appeared again to Abraham while he was camped near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day about noon, as Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent,
2. he suddenly noticed three men standing nearby. He got up and ran to meet them, welcoming them by bowing low to the ground.
3. "My lord," he said, "if it pleases you, stop here for a while.
4. Rest in the shade of this tree while my servants get some water to wash your feet.
5. Let me prepare some food to refresh you. Please stay awhile before continuing on your journey.All right," they said. "Do as you have said."
6. So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, "Quick! Get three measures of your best flour, and bake some bread."
7. Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a fat calf and told a servant to hurry and butcher it.
8. When the food was ready, he took some cheese curds and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them there beneath the trees.
9. "Where is Sarah, your wife?" they asked him. "In the tent," Abraham replied.
10. Then one of them said, "About this time next year I will return, and your wife Sarah will have a son." Now Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent nearby.
11. And since Abraham and Sarah were both very old, and Sarah was long past the age of having children,
12. she laughed silently to herself. "How could a worn-out woman like me have a baby?" she thought. "And when my master--my husband--is also so old?"
13. Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, `Can an old woman like me have a baby?'
14. Is anything too hard for the LORD? About a year from now, just as I told you, I will return, and Sarah will have a son."
15. Sarah was afraid, so she denied that she had laughed. But he said, "That is not true. You did laugh."
16. Then the men got up from their meal and started on toward Sodom. Abraham went with them part of the way.
17. "Should I hide my plan from Abraham?" the LORD asked.
18. "For Abraham will become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him.
19. I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the LORD and do what is right and just. Then I will do for him all that I have promised."
20. So the LORD told Abraham, "I have heard that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are extremely evil, and that everything they do is wicked.
21. I am going down to see whether or not these reports are true. Then I will know."
22. The two other men went on toward Sodom, but the LORD remained with Abraham for a while.
23. Abraham approached him and said, "Will you destroy both innocent and guilty alike?
24. Suppose you find fifty innocent people there within the city--will you still destroy it, and not spare it for their sakes?
25. Surely you wouldn't do such a thing, destroying the innocent with the guilty. Why, you would be treating the innocent and the guilty exactly the same! Surely you wouldn't do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?"
26. And the LORD replied, "If I find fifty innocent people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake."
27. Then Abraham spoke again. "Since I have begun, let me go on and speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes.
28. Suppose there are only forty-five? Will you destroy the city for lack of five?" And the LORD said, "I will not destroy it if I find forty-five."
29. Then Abraham pressed his request further. "Suppose there are only forty?" And the LORD replied, "I will not destroy it if there are forty."
30. "Please don't be angry, my Lord," Abraham pleaded. "Let me speak--suppose only thirty are found?" And the LORD replied, "I will not destroy it if there are thirty."
31. Then Abraham said, "Since I have dared to speak to the Lord, let me continue--suppose there are only twenty?" And the LORD said, "Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty."
32. Finally, Abraham said, "Lord, please do not get angry; I will speak but once more! Suppose only ten are found there?" And the LORD said, "Then, for the sake of the ten, I will not destroy it."
33. The LORD went on his way when he had finished his conversation with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his tent.

Psalms 5:8-12
8. Lead me in the right path, O LORD, or my enemies will conquer me. Tell me clearly what to do, and show me which way to turn.
9. My enemies cannot speak one truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their speech is filled with flattery.
10. O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they rebel against you.
11. But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Protect them, so all who love your name may be filled with joy.
12. For you bless the godly, O LORD, surrounding them with your shield of love.

Proverbs 2:10-22
10. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
11. Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.
12. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose speech is corrupt.
13. These people turn from right ways to walk down dark and evil paths.
14. They rejoice in doing wrong, and they enjoy evil as it turns things upside down.
15. What they do is crooked, and their ways are wrong.
16. Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the flattery of the adulterous woman.
17. She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God.
18. Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to hell.
19. The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life.
20. Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous.
21. For only the upright will live in the land, and those who have integrity will remain in it.
22. But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be destroyed.

Matthew 7:1-29
1. "Stop judging others, and you will not be judged.
2. For others will treat you as you treat them. Whatever measure you use in judging others, it will be used to measure how you are judged.
3. And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own?
4. How can you think of saying, 'Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye?
5. Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.
6. "Don't give what is holy to unholy people. Don't give pearls to swine! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.
7. "Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.
8. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.
9. You parents--if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?
10. Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!
11. If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
12. "Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
13. "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way.
14. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.
15. "Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart.
16. You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You don't pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles.
17. A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit.
18. A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit.
19. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire.
20. Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.
21. "Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as 'Lord,' but they still won't enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.
22. On judgment day many will tell me, 'Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.'
23. But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized. '
24. "Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
25. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse, because it is built on rock.
26. But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.
27. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash."
28. After Jesus finished speaking, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,
29. for he taught as one who had real authority--quite unlike the teachers of religious law.