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Bible in one year


February 4


Exodus 19:1-25
1. The Israelites arrived in the wilderness of Sinai exactly two months after they left Egypt.
2. After breaking camp at Rephidim, they came to the base of Mount Sinai and set up camp there.
3. Then Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. The LORD called out to him from the mountain and said, "Give these instructions to the descendants of Jacob, the people of Israel:
4. `You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I brought you to myself and carried you on eagle's wings.
5. Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the nations of the earth; for all the earth belongs to me.
6. And you will be to me a kingdom of priests, my holy nation.' Give this message to the Israelites."
7. Moses returned from the mountain and called together the leaders of the people and told them what the LORD had said.
8. They all responded together, "We will certainly do everything the LORD asks of us." So Moses brought the people's answer back to the LORD.
9. Then the LORD said to Moses, "I am going to come to you in a thick cloud so the people themselves can hear me as I speak to you. Then they will always have confidence in you." Moses told the LORD what the people had said.
10. Then the LORD told Moses, "Go down and prepare the people for my visit. Purify them today and tomorrow, and have them wash their clothing.
11. Be sure they are ready on the third day, for I will come down upon Mount Sinai as all the people watch.
12. Set boundary lines that the people may not pass. Warn them, `Be careful! Do not go up on the mountain or even touch its boundaries. Those who do will certainly die!
13. Any people or animals that cross the boundary must be stoned to death or shot with arrows. They must not be touched by human hands.' The people must stay away from the mountain until they hear one long blast from the ram's horn. Then they must gather at the foot of the mountain."
14. So Moses went down to the people. He purified them for worship and had them wash their clothing.
15. He told them, "Get ready for an important event two days from now. And until then, abstain from having sexual intercourse."
16. On the morning of the third day, there was a powerful thunder and lightning storm, and a dense cloud came down upon the mountain. There was a long, loud blast from a ram's horn, and all the people trembled.
17. Moses led them out from the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
18. All Mount Sinai was covered with smoke because the LORD had descended on it in the form of fire. The smoke billowed into the sky like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain shook with a violent earthquake.
19. As the horn blast grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God thundered his reply for all to hear.
20. The LORD came down on the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses climbed the mountain.
21. Then the LORD told Moses, "Go back down and warn the people not to cross the boundaries. They must not come up here to see the LORD, for those who do will die.
22. Even the priests who regularly come near to the LORD must purify themselves, or I will destroy them."
23. "But LORD, the people cannot come up on the mountain!" Moses protested. "You already told them not to. You told me to set boundaries around the mountain and to declare it off limits."
24. But the LORD said, "Go down anyway and bring Aaron back with you. In the meantime, do not let the priests or the people cross the boundaries to come up here. If they do, I will punish them."
25. So Moses went down to the people and told them what the LORD had said.

Exodus 20:1-26
1. Then God instructed the people as follows:
2. "I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.
3. "Do not worship any other gods besides me.
4. "Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish.
5. You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god! I do not leave unpunished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations.
6. But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.
7. "Do not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
8. "Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
9. Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work,
10. but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.
11. For in six days the LORD made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; then he rested on the seventh day. That is why the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
12. "Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God will give you.
13. "Do not murder.
14. "Do not commit adultery.
15. "Do not steal.
16. "Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.
17. "Do not covet your neighbor's house. Do not covet your neighbor's wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else your neighbor owns."
18. When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the horn, and when they saw the lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.
19. And they said to Moses, "You tell us what God says, and we will listen. But don't let God speak directly to us. If he does, we will die!"
20. "Don't be afraid," Moses said, "for God has come in this way to show you his awesome power. From now on, let your fear of him keep you from sinning!"
21. As the people stood in the distance, Moses entered into the deep darkness where God was.
22. And the LORD said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel: You are witnesses that I have spoken to you from heaven.
23. Remember, you must not make or worship idols of silver or gold.
24. "The altars you make for me must be simple altars of earth. Offer on such altars your sacrifices to me--your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Build altars in the places where I remind you who I am, and I will come and bless you there.
25. If you build altars from stone, use only uncut stones. Do not chip or shape the stones with a tool, for that would make them unfit for holy use.
26. And you may not approach my altar by steps. If you do, someone might look up under the skirts of your clothing and see your nakedness.

Psalms 18:37-45
37. I chased my enemies and caught them; I did not stop until they were conquered.
38. I struck them down so they could not get up; they fell beneath my feet.
39. You have armed me with strength for the battle; you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
40. You made them turn and run; I have destroyed all who hated me.
41. They called for help, but no one came to rescue them. They cried to the LORD, but he refused to answer them.
42. I ground them as fine as dust carried by the wind. I swept them into the gutter like dirt.
43. You gave me victory over my accusers. You appointed me as the ruler over nations; people I don't even know now serve me.
44. As soon as they hear of me, they submit; foreigners cringe before me.
45. They all lose their courage and come trembling from their strongholds.

Proverbs 6:20-25
20. My son, obey your father's commands, and don't neglect your mother's teaching.
21. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck.
22. Wherever you walk, their counsel can lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up in the morning, they will advise you.
23. For these commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of you. The correction of discipline is the way to life.
24. These commands and this teaching will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of an adulterous woman.
25. Don't lust for her beauty. Don't let her coyness seduce you.

Matthew 22:23-46
23. That same day some Sadducees stepped forward--a group of Jews who say there is no resurrection after death. They posed this question:
24. "Teacher, Moses said, 'If a man dies without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will be the brother's heir.'
25. Well, there were seven brothers. The oldest married and then died without children, so the second brother married the widow.
26. This brother also died without children, and the wife was married to the next brother, and so on until she had been the wife of each of them.
27. And then she also died.
28. So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For she was the wife of all seven of them!"
29. Jesus replied, "Your problem is that you don't know the Scriptures, and you don't know the power of God.
30. For when the dead rise, they won't be married. They will be like the angels in heaven.
31. But now, as to whether there will be a resurrection of the dead--haven't you ever read about this in the Scriptures? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said,
32. 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' So he is the God of the living, not the dead."
33. When the crowds heard him, they were impressed with his teaching.
34. But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they thought up a fresh question of their own to ask him.
35. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question:
36. "Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?"
37. Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'
38. This is the first and greatest commandment.
39. A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
40. All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."
41. Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question:
42. "What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?" They replied, "He is the son of David."
43. Jesus responded, "Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, call him Lord? For David said,
44. 'The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.'
45. Since David called him Lord, how can he be his son at the same time?"
46. No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.