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Bible in one year

December 9

Hosea 9:1-17
1. O people of Israel, do not rejoice as others do. For you have been unfaithful to your God, hiring yourselves out like prostitutes, offering sacrifices to other gods on every threshing floor.
2. So now your harvests will be too small to feed you. The grapes you gather will not quench your thirst.
3. You may no longer stay here in this land of the LORD. You will be carried off to Egypt and Assyria, where you will live on food that is ceremonially unclean.
4. There, far from home, you will not be allowed to pour out wine as a sacrifice to the LORD. None of the sacrifices you offer there will please him. Such sacrifices will be unclean, just as food touched by a person in mourning is unclean. All who present such sacrifices will be defiled. They may eat this food to feed themselves, but they may not offer it to the LORD.
5. What then will you do on festival days? What will you do on days of feasting in the LORD's presence?
6. Even if you escape destruction from Assyria, you will be conquered by Egypt. Memphis will bury you. Briers will take over your treasures of silver; brambles will fill your homes.
7. The time of Israel's punishment has come; the day of payment is almost here. Soon Israel will know this all too well. "The prophets are crazy!" the people shout. "The inspired men are mad!" So they taunt, for the nation is burdened with sin and shows only hatred for those who love God.
8. The prophet is a watchman for my God over Israel, yet traps are laid in front of him wherever he goes. He faces hostility even in the house of God.
9. The things my people do are as depraved as what they did in Gibeah long ago. God will not forget. He will surely punish them for their sins.
10. The LORD says, "O Israel, when I first found you, it was like finding fresh grapes in the desert! When I saw your ancestors, it was like seeing the first ripe figs of the season! But then they deserted me for Baal-peor, giving themselves to that shameful idol. Soon they became as vile as the god they worshiped.
11. The glory of Israel will fly away like a bird, for your children will die at birth or perish in the womb or never even be conceived.
12. Even if your children do survive to grow up, I will take them from you. It will be a terrible day when I turn away and leave you alone.
13. I have watched Israel become as beautiful and pleasant as Tyre. But now Israel will bring out her children to be slaughtered."
14. O LORD, what should I request for your people? I will ask for wombs that don't give birth and breasts that give no milk.
15. The LORD says, "All their wickedness began at Gilgal; there I began to hate them. I will drive them from my land because of their evil actions. I will love them no more because all their leaders are rebels.
16. The people of Israel are stricken. Their roots are dried up; they will bear no more fruit. And if they give birth, I will slaughter their beloved children."
17. My God will reject the people of Israel because they will not listen or obey. They will be wanderers, homeless among the nations.

Hosea 10:1-15
1. How prosperous Israel is--a luxuriant vine loaded with fruit! But the more wealth the people got, the more they poured it on the altars of their foreign gods. The richer the harvests they brought in, the more beautiful the statues and idols they built.
2. The hearts of the people are fickle; they are guilty and must be punished. The LORD will break down their foreign altars and smash their many idols.
3. Then they will say, "We have no king because we didn't fear the LORD. But what's the difference? What could a king do for us anyway?"
4. They spout empty words and make promises they don't intend to keep. So perverted justice springs up among them like poisonous weeds in a farmer's field.
5. The people of Samaria tremble for their calf idol at Beth-aven. The people mourn over it, and the priests wail for it, because its glory will be stripped away.
6. This idol they love so much will be carted away with them when they go as captives to Assyria, a gift to the great king there. Israel will be laughed at and shamed because its people have trusted in this idol.
7. Samaria will be cut off, and its king will disappear like a chip of wood on an ocean wave.
8. And the pagan shrines of Aven, the place of Israel's sin, will crumble. Thorns and thistles will grow up around them. They will beg the mountains to bury them and the hills to fall on them.
9. The LORD says, "O Israel, ever since that awful night in Gibeah, there has been only sin and more sin! You have made no progress whatsoever. Was it not right that the wicked men of Gibeah were attacked?
10. Now I will attack you, too, for your rebellion and disobedience. I will call out the armies of the nations to punish you for your multiplied sins.
11. "Israel is like a trained heifer accustomed to treading out the grain--an easy job that she loves. Now I will put a heavy yoke on her tender neck. I will drive her in front of the plow. Israel and Judah must now break up the hard ground; their days of ease are gone.
12. I said, `Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.'
13. "But you have cultivated wickedness and raised a thriving crop of sins. You have eaten the fruit of lies--trusting in your military might, believing that great armies could make your nation safe!
14. Now the terrors of war will rise among your people. All your fortifications will fall, just as they did when Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel. Even mothers and children were dashed to death there.
15. You will share that fate, Bethel, because of your great wickedness. When the day of judgment dawns, the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.

Psalms 139:13-16
13. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.
14. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous--and how well I know it.
15. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Proverbs 29:21-21
21. A servant who is pampered from childhood will later become a rebel.

3 John 1:1-14
1. This letter is from John the Elder. It is written to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth.
2. Dear friend, I am praying that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is.
3. Some of the brothers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living in the truth.
4. I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children live in the truth.
5. Dear friend, you are doing a good work for God when you take care of the traveling teachers who are passing through, even though they are strangers to you.
6. They have told the church here of your friendship and your loving deeds. You do well to send them on their way in a manner that pleases God.
7. For they are traveling for the Lord and accept nothing from those who are not Christians.
8. So we ourselves should support them so that we may become partners with them for the truth.
9. I sent a brief letter to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, does not acknowledge our authority.
10. When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the wicked things he is saying about us. He not only refuses to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church.
11. Dear friend, don't let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God's children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.
12. But everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, even truth itself. We ourselves can say the same for him, and you know we speak the truth.
13. I have much to tell you, but I don't want to do it in a letter.
14. For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face.