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Bible in one year


February 1


Exodus 13:1-22
1. Then the LORD said to Moses,
2. "Dedicate to me all the firstborn sons of Israel and every firstborn male animal. They are mine."
3. So Moses said to the people, "This is a day to remember forever--the day you left Egypt, the place of your slavery. For the LORD has brought you out by his mighty power. (Remember, you are not to use any yeast.)
4. This day in early spring will be the anniversary of your exodus.
5. You must celebrate this day when the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites, and Jebusites. This is the land he swore to give your ancestors--a land flowing with milk and honey.
6. For seven days you will eat only bread without yeast. Then on the seventh day, you will celebrate a great feast to the LORD.
7. Eat only bread without yeast during those seven days. In fact, there must be no yeast in your homes or anywhere within the borders of your land during this time.
8. "During these festival days each year, you must explain to your children why you are celebrating. Say to them, `This is a celebration of what the LORD did for us when we left Egypt.'
9. This annual festival will be a visible reminder to you, like a mark branded on your hands or your forehead. Let it remind you always to keep the LORD's instructions in your minds and on your lips. After all, it was the LORD who rescued you from Egypt with great power.
10. "So celebrate this festival at the appointed time each year.
11. And remember these instructions when the LORD brings you into the land he swore to give your ancestors long ago, the land where the Canaanites are now living.
12. All firstborn sons and firstborn male animals must be presented to the LORD.
13. A firstborn male donkey may be redeemed from the LORD by presenting a lamb in its place. But if you decide not to make the exchange, the donkey must be killed by breaking its neck. However, you must redeem every firstborn son.
14. "And in the future, your children will ask you, `What does all this mean?' Then you will tell them, `With mighty power the LORD brought us out of Egypt from our slavery.
15. Pharaoh refused to let us go, so the LORD killed all the firstborn males throughout the land of Egypt, both people and animals. That is why we now offer all the firstborn males to the LORD--except that the firstborn sons are always redeemed.'
16. Again I say, this ceremony will be like a mark branded on your hands or your forehead. It is a visible reminder that it was the LORD who brought you out of Egypt with great power."
17. When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them on the road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest way from Egypt to the Promised Land. God said, "If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt."
18. So God led them along a route through the wilderness toward the Red Sea, and the Israelites left Egypt like a marching army.
19. Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear that they would take his bones with them when God led them out of Egypt--as he was sure God would.
20. Leaving Succoth, they camped at Etham on the edge of the wilderness.
21. The LORD guided them by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. That way they could travel whether it was day or night.
22. And the LORD did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from their sight.

Exodus 14:1-31
1. Then the LORD gave these instructions to Moses:
2. "Tell the people to march toward Pi-hahiroth between Migdol and the sea. Camp there along the shore, opposite Baal-zephon.
3. Then Pharaoh will think, `Those Israelites are confused. They are trapped between the wilderness and the sea!'
4. And once again I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will chase after you. I have planned this so I will receive great glory at the expense of Pharaoh and his armies. After this, the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD!" So the Israelites camped there as they were told.
5. When word reached the king of Egypt that the Israelites were not planning to return to Egypt after three days, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds. "What have we done, letting all these slaves get away?" they asked.
6. So Pharaoh called out his troops and led the chase in his chariot.
7. He took with him six hundred of Egypt's best chariots, along with the rest of the chariots of Egypt, each with a commander.
8. The LORD continued to strengthen Pharaoh's resolve, and he chased after the people of Israel who had escaped so defiantly.
9. All the forces in Pharaoh's army--all his horses, chariots, and charioteers--were used in the chase. The Egyptians caught up with the people of Israel as they were camped beside the shore near Pi-hahiroth, across from Baal-zephon.
10. As Pharaoh and his army approached, the people of Israel could see them in the distance, marching toward them. The people began to panic, and they cried out to the LORD for help.
11. Then they turned against Moses and complained, "Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren't there enough graves for us in Egypt? Why did you make us leave?
12. Didn't we tell you to leave us alone while we were still in Egypt? Our Egyptian slavery was far better than dying out here in the wilderness!"
13. But Moses told the people, "Don't be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the LORD rescue you. The Egyptians that you see today will never be seen again.
14. The LORD himself will fight for you. You won't have to lift a finger in your defense!"
15. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!
16. Use your shepherd's staff--hold it out over the water, and a path will open up before you through the sea. Then all the people of Israel will walk through on dry ground.
17. Yet I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will follow the Israelites into the sea. Then I will receive great glory at the expense of Pharaoh and his armies, chariots, and charioteers.
18. When I am finished with Pharaoh and his army, all Egypt will know that I am the LORD!"
19. Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to a position behind them, and the pillar of cloud also moved around behind them.
20. The cloud settled between the Israelite and Egyptian camps. As night came, the pillar of cloud turned into a pillar of fire, lighting the Israelite camp. But the cloud became darkness to the Egyptians, and they couldn't find the Israelites.
21. Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the LORD opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land.
22. So the people of Israel walked through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!
23. Then the Egyptians--all of Pharaoh's horses, chariots, and charioteers--followed them across the bottom of the sea.
24. But early in the morning, the LORD looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw them into confusion.
25. Their chariot wheels began to come off, making their chariots impossible to drive. "Let's get out of here!" the Egyptians shouted. "The LORD is fighting for Israel against us!"
26. When all the Israelites were on the other side, the LORD said to Moses, "Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back over the Egyptian chariots and charioteers."
27. So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea. The water roared back into its usual place, and the LORD swept the terrified Egyptians into the surging currents.
28. The waters covered all the chariots and charioteers--the entire army of Pharaoh. Of all the Egyptians who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not a single one survived.
29. The people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry land, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides.
30. This was how the LORD rescued Israel from the Egyptians that day. And the Israelites could see the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the shore.
31. When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the LORD had displayed against the Egyptians, they feared the LORD and put their faith in him and his servant Moses.

Psalms 18:13-19
13. The LORD thundered from heaven; the Most High gave a mighty shout.
14. He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; his lightning flashed, and they were greatly confused.
15. Then at your command, O LORD, at the blast of your breath, the bottom of the sea could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.
16. He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters.
17. He delivered me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
18. They attacked me at a moment when I was weakest, but the LORD upheld me.
19. He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.

Proverbs 6:6-11
6. Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and be wise!
7. Even though they have no prince, governor, or ruler to make them work,
8. they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.
9. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? I want you to learn this lesson:
10. A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--
11. and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

Matthew 21:1-22
1. As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead.
2. "Go into the village over there," he said, "and you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them here.
3. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will immediately send them."
4. This was done to fulfill the prophecy,
5. "Tell the people of Israel, 'Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey--even on a donkey's colt.'"
6. The two disciples did as Jesus said.
7. They brought the animals to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.
8. Most of the crowd spread their coats on the road ahead of Jesus, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9. He was in the center of the procession, and the crowds all around him were shouting, "Praise God for the Son of David! Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!"
10. The entire city of Jerusalem was stirred as he entered. "Who is this?" they asked.
11. And the crowds replied, "It's Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."
12. Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves.
13. He said, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple will be called a place of prayer,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves!"
14. The blind and the lame came to him, and he healed them there in the Temple.
15. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the little children in the Temple shouting, "Praise God for the Son of David." But they were indignant
16. and asked Jesus, "Do you hear what these children are saying?Yes," Jesus replied. "Haven't you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, 'You have taught children and infants to give you praise.'"
17. Then he returned to Bethany, where he stayed overnight.
18. In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry,
19. and he noticed a fig tree beside the road. He went over to see if there were any figs on it, but there were only leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" And immediately the fig tree withered up.
20. The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?"
21. Then Jesus told them, "I assure you, if you have faith and don't doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, 'May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,' and it will happen.
22. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."