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Bible in one year


December 11


Hosea 13:1-16
1. In the past when the tribe of Ephraim spoke, the people shook with fear because the other Israelite tribes looked up to them. But the people of Ephraim sinned by worshiping Baal and thus sealed their destruction.
2. Now they keep on sinning by making silver idols to worship--images shaped skillfully with human hands. "Sacrifice to these," they cry, "and kiss the calf idols!"
3. Therefore, they will disappear like the morning mist, like dew in the morning sun, like chaff blown by the wind, like smoke from a chimney.
4. "I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from your slavery in Egypt. You have no God but me, for there is no other savior.
5. I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land.
6. But when you had eaten and were satisfied, then you became proud and forgot me.
7. So now I will attack you like a lion, or like a leopard that lurks along the road.
8. I will rip you to pieces like a bear whose cubs have been taken away. I will tear you apart and devour you like a hungry lion.
9. "You are about to be destroyed, O Israel, though I am your helper.
10. Where now is your king? Why don't you call on him for help? Where are all the leaders of the land? You asked for them, now let them save you!
11. In my anger I gave you kings, and in my fury I took them away.
12. "The sins of Ephraim have been collected and stored away for punishment.
13. The people have been offered new birth, but they are like a child who resists being born. How stubborn they are! How foolish!
14. Should I ransom them from the grave? Should I redeem them from death? O death, bring forth your terrors! O grave, bring forth your plagues! For I will not relent!
15. Ephraim was the most fruitful of all his brothers, but the east wind--a blast from the LORD--will arise in the desert. It will blow hard against the people of Ephraim, drying up their land. All their flowing springs and wells will disappear. Every precious thing they have will be plundered and carried away.
16. The people of Samaria must bear the consequences of their guilt because they rebelled against their God. They will be killed by an invading army, their little ones dashed to death against the ground, their pregnant women ripped open by swords."

Hosea 14:1-9
1. Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for your sins have brought you down.
2. Bring your petitions, and return to the LORD. Say to him, "Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you the sacrifice of praise.
3. Assyria cannot save us, nor can our strength in battle. Never again will we call the idols we have made `our gods.' No, in you alone do the orphans find mercy."
4. The LORD says, "Then I will heal you of your idolatry and faithlessness, and my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever!
5. I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. It will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon.
6. Its branches will spread out like those of beautiful olive trees, as fragrant as the cedar forests of Lebanon.
7. My people will return again to the safety of their land. They will flourish like grain and blossom like grapevines. They will be as fragrant as the wines of Lebanon.
8. "O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who looks after you and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green, giving my fruit to you all through the year."
9. Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those who are discerning listen carefully. The paths of the LORD are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But sinners stumble and fall along the way.

Psalms 140:1-5
1. O LORD, rescue me from evil people. Preserve me from those who are violent,
2. those who plot evil in their hearts and stir up trouble all day long.
3. Their tongues sting like a snake; the poison of a viper drips from their lips.
4. O LORD, keep me out of the hands of the wicked. Preserve me from those who are violent, for they are plotting against me.
5. The proud have set a trap to catch me; they have stretched out a net; they have placed traps all along the way.

Proverbs 29:23-23
23. Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.

Revelation 1:1-20
1. This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him concerning the events that will happen soon. An angel was sent to God's servant John so that John could share the revelation with God's other servants.
2. John faithfully reported the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ--everything he saw.
3. God blesses the one who reads this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to it and obey what it says. For the time is near when these things will happen.
4. This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne;
5. and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the commander of all the rulers of the world. All praise to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us.
6. He has made us his Kingdom and his priests who serve before God his Father. Give to him everlasting glory! He rules forever and ever! Amen!
7. Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him--even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the earth will weep because of him. Yes! Amen!
8. "I am the Alpha and the Omega--the beginning and the end," says the Lord God. "I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come, the Almighty One."
9. I am John, your brother. In Jesus we are partners in suffering and in the Kingdom and in patient endurance. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and speaking about Jesus.
10. It was the Lord's Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard a loud voice behind me, a voice that sounded like a trumpet blast.
11. It said, "Write down what you see, and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea."
12. When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands.
13. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest.
14. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were bright like flames of fire.
15. His feet were as bright as bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves.
16. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was as bright as the sun in all its brilliance.
17. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, "Don't be afraid! I am the First and the Last.
18. I am the living one who died. Look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
19. Write down what you have seen--both the things that are now happening and the things that will happen later.
20. This is the meaning of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.