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Bible in one year


December 7


Hosea 5:1-15
1. "Hear this, you priests and all of Israel's leaders! Listen, all you men of the royal family! These words of judgment are for you: You are doomed! For you have led the people into a snare by worshiping the idols at Mizpah and Tabor.
2. You have dug a deep pit to trap them at Acacia. But never forget--I will settle with all of you for what you have done.
3. I know what you are like, O Israel! You have left me as a prostitute leaves her husband; you are utterly defiled.
4. Your deeds won't let you return to your God. You are a prostitute through and through, and you cannot know the LORD.
5. "The arrogance of Israel testifies against her; she will stumble under her load of guilt. Judah, too, will fall with her.
6. Then at last, they will come with their flocks and herds to offer sacrifices to the LORD. But it will be too late! They will not find him, because he has withdrawn from them, and they are now alone.
7. For they have betrayed the honor of the LORD, bearing children that aren't his. Now their false religion will devour them, along with their wealth.
8. "Blow the ram's horn in Gibeah! Sound the alarm in Ramah! Raise the battle cry in Beth-aven! Lead on into battle, O warriors of Benjamin!
9. One thing is certain, Israel: When your day of punishment comes, you will become a heap of rubble.
10. "The leaders of Judah have become as bad as thieves. So I will pour my anger down on them like a waterfall.
11. The people of Israel will be crushed and broken by my judgment because they are determined to worship idols.
12. I will destroy Israel as a moth consumes wool. I will sap Judah's strength as dry rot weakens wood.
13. "When Israel and Judah saw how sick they were, Israel turned to Assyria, to the great king there, but he could neither help nor cure them.
14. I will tear at Israel and Judah as a lion rips apart its prey. I will carry them off, and there will be no one left to rescue them.
15. Then I will return to my place until they admit their guilt and look to me for help. For as soon as trouble comes, they will search for me."

Hosea 6:1-11
1. "Come, let us return to the LORD! He has torn us in pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds.
2. In just a short time, he will restore us so we can live in his presence.
3. Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him! Then he will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring."
4. "O Israel and Judah, what should I do with you?" asks the LORD. "For your love vanishes like the morning mist and disappears like dew in the sunlight.
5. I sent my prophets to cut you to pieces. I have slaughtered you with my words, threatening you with death. My judgment will strike you as surely as day follows night.
6. I want you to be merciful; I don't want your sacrifices. I want you to know God; that's more important than burnt offerings.
7. "But like Adam, you broke my covenant and rebelled against me.
8. Gilead is a city of sinners, tracked with footprints of blood.
9. Its citizens are bands of robbers, lying in ambush for their victims. Gangs of priests murder travelers along the road to Shechem and practice every kind of sin.
10. Yes, I have seen a horrible thing in Israel: My people have defiled themselves by chasing after other gods!
11. "O Judah, a harvest of punishment is also waiting for you, though I wanted so much to restore the fortunes of my people!

Psalms 139:1-6
1. O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
2. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away.
3. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am.
4. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.
5. You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know!

Proverbs 29:19-19
19. For a servant, mere words are not enough--discipline is needed. For the words may be understood, but they are not heeded.

1 John 5:1-21
1. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too.
2. We know we love God's children if we love God and obey his commandments.
3. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and really, that isn't difficult.
4. For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory.
5. And the ones who win this battle against the world are the ones who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
6. And Jesus Christ was revealed as God's Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross--not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit also gives us the testimony that this is true.
7. So we have these three witnesses--
8. the Spirit, the water, and the blood--and all three agree.
9. Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son.
10. All who believe in the Son of God know that this is true. Those who don't believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don't believe what God has testified about his Son.
11. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12. So whoever has God's Son has life; whoever does not have his Son does not have life.
13. I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.
14. And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will.
15. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.
16. If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it.
17. Every wrong is sin, but not all sin leads to death.
18. We know that those who have become part of God's family do not make a practice of sinning, for God's Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them.
19. We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one.
20. And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we are in God because we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
21. Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts.