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Bible in one year

February 5

Exodus 21:1-36
1. "Here are some other instructions you must present to Israel:
2. "If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom.
3. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him.
4. "If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master.
5. But the slave may plainly declare, `I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.'
6. If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever.
7. "When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are.
8. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her.
9. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter.
10. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife.
11. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment.
12. "Anyone who hits a person hard enough to cause death must be put to death.
13. But if it is an accident and God allows it to happen, I will appoint a place where the slayer can run for safety.
14. However, if someone deliberately attacks and kills another person, then the slayer must be dragged even from my altar and put to death.
15. "Anyone who strikes father or mother must be put to death.
16. "Kidnappers must be killed, whether they are caught in possession of their victims or have already sold them as slaves.
17. "Anyone who curses father or mother must be put to death.
18. "Now suppose two people quarrel, and one hits the other with a stone or fist, causing injury but not death.
19. If the injured person is later able to walk again, even with a crutch, the assailant will be innocent. Nonetheless, the assailant must pay for time lost because of the injury and must pay for the medical expenses.
20. "If a male or female slave is beaten and dies, the owner must be punished.
21. If the slave recovers after a couple of days, however, then the owner should not be punished, since the slave is the owner's property.
22. "Now suppose two people are fighting, and in the process, they hurt a pregnant woman so her child is born prematurely. If no further harm results, then the person responsible must pay damages in the amount the woman's husband demands and the judges approve.
23. But if any harm results, then the offender must be punished according to the injury. If the result is death, the offender must be executed.
24. If an eye is injured, injure the eye of the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the person who did it. Similarly, the payment must be hand for hand, foot for foot,
25. burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
26. "If an owner hits a male or female slave in the eye and the eye is blinded, then the slave may go free because of the eye.
27. And if an owner knocks out the tooth of a male or female slave, the slave should be released in payment for the tooth.
28. "If a bull gores a man or woman to death, the bull must be stoned, and its flesh may not be eaten. In such a case, however, the owner will not be held liable.
29. Suppose, on the other hand, that the owner knew the bull had gored people in the past, yet the bull was not kept under control. If this is true and if the bull kills someone, it must be stoned, and the owner must also be killed.
30. However, the dead person's relatives may accept payment from the owner of the bull to compensate for the loss of life. The owner will have to pay whatever is demanded.
31. "The same principle applies if the bull gores a boy or a girl.
32. But if the bull gores a slave, either male or female, the slave's owner is to be given thirty silver coins in payment, and the bull must be stoned.
33. "Suppose someone digs or uncovers a well and fails to cover it, and then an ox or a donkey falls into it.
34. The owner of the well must pay in full for the dead animal but then gets to keep it.
35. "If someone's bull injures a neighbor's bull and the injured bull dies, then the two owners must sell the live bull and divide the money between them. Each will also own half of the dead bull.
36. But if the bull was known from past experience to gore, yet its owner failed to keep it under control, the money will not be divided. The owner of the living bull must pay in full for the dead bull but then gets to keep it.

Exodus 22:1-29
1. "A fine must be paid by anyone who steals an ox or sheep and then kills or sells it. For oxen the fine is five oxen for each one stolen. For sheep the fine is four sheep for each one stolen.
2. "If a thief is caught in the act of breaking into a house and is killed in the process, the person who killed the thief is not guilty.
3. But if it happens in daylight, the one who killed the thief is guilty of murder. "A thief who is caught must pay in full for everything that was stolen. If payment is not made, the thief must be sold as a slave to pay the debt.
4. If someone steals an ox or a donkey or a sheep and it is recovered alive, then the thief must pay double the value.
5. "If an animal is grazing in a field or vineyard and the owner lets it stray into someone else's field to graze, then the animal's owner must pay damages in the form of high-quality grain or grapes.
6. "If a fire gets out of control and goes into another person's field, destroying the sheaves or the standing grain, then the one who started the fire must pay for the lost crops.
7. "Suppose someone entrusts money or goods to a neighbor, and they are stolen from the neighbor's house. If the thief is found, the fine is double the value of what was stolen.
8. But if the thief is not found, God will determine whether or not it was the neighbor who stole the property.
9. "Suppose there is a dispute between two people as to who owns a particular ox, donkey, sheep, article of clothing, or anything else. Both parties must come before God for a decision, and the person whom God declares guilty must pay double to the other.
10. "Now suppose someone asks a neighbor to care for a donkey, ox, sheep, or any other animal, but it dies or is injured or gets away, and there is no eyewitness to report just what happened.
11. The neighbor must then take an oath of innocence in the presence of the LORD. The owner must accept the neighbor's word, and no payment will be required.
12. But if the animal or property was stolen, payment must be made to the owner.
13. If it was attacked by a wild animal, the carcass must be shown as evidence, and no payment will be required.
14. "If someone borrows an animal from a neighbor and it is injured or killed, and if the owner was not there at the time, the person who borrowed it must pay for it.
15. But if the owner is there, no payment is required. And no payment is required if the animal was rented because this loss was covered by the rental fee.
16. "If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged to anyone and sleeps with her, he must pay the customary dowry and accept her as his wife.
17. But if her father refuses to let her marry him, the man must still pay the money for her dowry.
18. "A sorceress must not be allowed to live.
19. "Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be executed.
20. "Anyone who sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.
21. "Do not oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.
22. "Do not exploit widows or orphans.
23. If you do and they cry out to me, then I will surely help them.
24. My anger will blaze forth against you, and I will kill you with the sword. Your wives will become widows, and your children will become fatherless.
25. "If you lend money to a fellow Hebrew in need, do not be like a money lender, charging interest.
26. If you take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge of repayment, you must return it by nightfall.
27. Your neighbor will need it to stay warm during the night. If you do not return it and your neighbor cries out to me for help, then I will hear, for I am very merciful.
28. "Do not blaspheme God or curse anyone who rules over you.
29. "Do not hold anything back when you give me the tithe of your crops and your wine. "You must make the necessary payment for redemption of your firstborn sons.

Psalms 18:45-50
45. They all lose their courage and come trembling from their strongholds.
46. The LORD lives! Blessed be my rock! May the God of my salvation be exalted!
47. He is the God who pays back those who harm me; he subdues the nations under me
48. and rescues me from my enemies. You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies; you save me from violent opponents.
49. For this, O LORD, I will praise you among the nations; I will sing joyfully to your name.
50. You give great victories to your king; you show unfailing love to your anointed, to David and all his descendants forever.

Proverbs 6:26-29
26. For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, and sleeping with another man's wife may cost you your very life.
27. Can a man scoop fire into his lap and not be burned?
28. Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet?
29. So it is with the man who sleeps with another man's wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished.

Matthew 23:1-22
1. Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,
2. "The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the Scriptures.
3. So practice and obey whatever they say to you, but don't follow their example. For they don't practice what they teach.
4. They crush you with impossible religious demands and never lift a finger to help ease the burden.
5. "Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear extra long tassels on their robes.
6. And how they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the most prominent seats in the synagogue!
7. They enjoy the attention they get on the streets, and they enjoy being called 'Rabbi.'
8. Don't ever let anyone call you 'Rabbi,' for you have only one teacher, and all of you are on the same level as brothers and sisters.
9. And don't address anyone here on earth as 'Father,' for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father.
10. And don't let anyone call you 'Master,' for there is only one master, the Messiah.
11. The greatest among you must be a servant.
12. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
13. "How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you won't let others enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and you won't go in yourselves.
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15. Yes, how terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn him into twice the son of hell as you yourselves are.
16. "Blind guides! How terrible it will be for you! For you say that it means nothing to swear 'by God's Temple'--you can break that oath. But then you say that it is binding to swear 'by the gold in the Temple.'
17. Blind fools! Which is greater, the gold, or the Temple that makes the gold sacred?
18. And you say that to take an oath 'by the altar' can be broken, but to swear 'by the gifts on the altar' is binding!
19. How blind! For which is greater, the gift on the altar, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
20. When you swear 'by the altar,' you are swearing by it and by everything on it.
21. And when you swear 'by the Temple,' you are swearing by it and by God, who lives in it.
22. And when you swear 'by heaven,' you are swearing by the throne of God and by God, who sits on the throne.