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Bible in one year


December 10


Hosea 11:1-12
1. "When Israel was a child, I loved him as a son, and I called my son out of Egypt.
2. But the more I called to him, the more he rebelled, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols.
3. It was I who taught Israel how to walk, leading him along by the hand. But he doesn't know or even care that it was I who took care of him.
4. I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him.
5. "But since my people refuse to return to me, they will go back to Egypt and will be forced to serve Assyria.
6. War will swirl through their cities; their enemies will crash through their gates and destroy them, trapping them in their own evil plans.
7. For my people are determined to desert me. They call me the Most High, but they don't truly honor me.
8. "Oh, how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go? How can I destroy you like Admah and Zeboiim? My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows.
9. No, I will not punish you as much as my burning anger tells me to. I will not completely destroy Israel, for I am God and not a mere mortal. I am the Holy One living among you, and I will not come to destroy.
10. "For someday the people will follow the LORD. I will roar like a lion, and my people will return trembling from the west.
11. Like a flock of birds, they will come from Egypt. Flying like doves, they will return from Assyria. And I will bring them home again," says the LORD.
12. Israel surrounds me with lies and deceit, but Judah still walks with God and is faithful to the Holy One.

Hosea 12:1-14
1. The people of Israel feed on the wind; they chase after the east wind all day long. They multiply lies and violence; they make alliances with Assyria and cut deals with the Egyptians.
2. Now the LORD is bringing a lawsuit against Judah. He is about to punish Jacob for all his deceitful ways.
3. Before Jacob was born, he struggled with his brother; when he became a man, he even fought with God.
4. Yes, he wrestled with the angel and won. He wept and pleaded for a blessing from him. There at Bethel he met God face to face, and God spoke to him--
5. the LORD God Almighty, the LORD is his name!
6. So now, come back to your God! Act on the principles of love and justice, and always live in confident dependence on your God.
7. But no, the people are like crafty merchants selling from dishonest scales--they love to cheat.
8. Israel boasts, "I am rich, and I've gotten it all by myself! No one can say I got it by cheating! My record is spotless!"
9. "I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from your slavery in Egypt. And I will make you live in tents again, as you do each year when you celebrate the Festival of Shelters.
10. I sent my prophets to warn you with many visions and parables."
11. But Gilead is filled with sinners who worship idols. And in Gilgal, too, they sacrifice bulls; their altars are lined up like the heaps of stone along the edges of a plowed field.
12. Jacob fled to the land of Aram and earned a wife by tending sheep.
13. Then the LORD led Jacob's descendants, the Israelites, out of Egypt by a prophet, who guided and protected them.
14. But the people of Israel have bitterly provoked the LORD, so their Lord will now sentence them to death in payment for their sins.

Psalms 139:17-24
17. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable!
18. I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!
19. O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers!
20. They blaspheme you; your enemies take your name in vain.
21. O LORD, shouldn't I hate those who hate you? Shouldn't I despise those who resist you?
22. Yes, I hate them with complete hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.
23. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
24. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Proverbs 29:22-22
22. A hot-tempered person starts fights and gets into all kinds of sin.

Jude 1:1-25
1. This letter is from Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James. I am writing to all who are called to live in the love of God the Father and the care of Jesus Christ.
2. May you receive more and more of God's mercy, peace, and love.
3. Dearly loved friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the truth of the Good News. God gave this unchanging truth once for all time to his holy people.
4. I say this because some godless people have wormed their way in among you, saying that God's forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives. The fate of such people was determined long ago, for they have turned against our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
5. I must remind you--and you know it well--that even though the Lord rescued the whole nation of Israel from Egypt, he later destroyed every one of those who did not remain faithful.
6. And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the day of judgment.
7. And don't forget the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with sexual immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and are a warning of the eternal fire that will punish all who are evil.
8. Yet these false teachers, who claim authority from their dreams, live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at the power of the glorious ones.
9. But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse Satan of blasphemy, but simply said, "The Lord rebuke you." (This took place when Michael was arguing with Satan about Moses' body.)
10. But these people mock and curse the things they do not understand. Like animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and they bring about their own destruction.
11. How terrible it will be for them! For they follow the evil example of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they will do anything for money. And like Korah, they will perish because of their rebellion.
12. When these people join you in fellowship meals celebrating the love of the Lord, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are shameless in the way they care only about themselves. They are like clouds blowing over dry land without giving rain, promising much but producing nothing. They are like trees without fruit at harvesttime. They are not only dead but doubly dead, for they have been pulled out by the roots.
13. They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the dirty foam of their shameful deeds. They are wandering stars, heading for everlasting gloom and darkness.
14. Now Enoch, who lived seven generations after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, "Look, the Lord is coming with thousands of his holy ones.
15. He will bring the people of the world to judgment. He will convict the ungodly of all the evil things they have done in rebellion and of all the insults that godless sinners have spoken against him."
16. These people are grumblers and complainers, doing whatever evil they feel like. They are loudmouthed braggarts, and they flatter others to get favors in return.
17. But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ told you,
18. that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to enjoy themselves in every evil way imaginable.
19. Now they are here, and they are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They live by natural instinct because they do not have God's Spirit living in them.
20. But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith. And continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit.
21. Live in such a way that God's love can bless you as you wait for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give you.
22. Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.
23. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy, but be careful that you aren't contaminated by their sins.
24. And now, all glory to God, who is able to keep you from stumbling, and who will bring you into his glorious presence innocent of sin and with great joy.
25. All glory to him, who alone is God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Yes, glory, majesty, power, and authority belong to him, in the beginning, now, and forevermore. Amen.