Bible in one year

March 24

Deuteronomy 9:1-29
1. "Hear, O Israel! Today you are about to cross the Jordan River to occupy the land belonging to nations much greater and more powerful than you. They live in cities with walls that reach to the sky!
2. They are strong and tall--descendants of the famous Anakite giants. You've heard the saying, `Who can stand up to the Anakites?'
3. But the LORD your God will cross over ahead of you like a devouring fire to destroy them. He will subdue them so that you will quickly conquer them and drive them out, just as the LORD has promised.
4. "After the LORD your God has done this for you, don't say to yourselves, `The LORD has given us this land because we are so righteous!' No, it is because of the wickedness of the other nations that he is doing it.
5. It is not at all because you are such righteous, upright people that you are about to occupy their land. The LORD your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath he had sworn to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
6. I will say it again: The LORD your God is not giving you this good land because you are righteous, for you are not--you are a stubborn people.
7. "Remember how angry you made the LORD your God out in the wilderness. From the day you left Egypt until now, you have constantly rebelled against him.
8. Remember how angry you made the LORD at Mount Sinai, where he was ready to destroy you.
9. That was when I was on the mountain receiving the tablets of stone inscribed with the covenant that the LORD had made with you. I was there for forty days and forty nights, and all that time I ate nothing and drank no water.
10. The LORD gave me the covenant, the tablets on which God himself had written all the words he had spoken to you from the fire on the mountain.
11. "At the end of the forty days and nights, the LORD handed me the two stone tablets with the covenant inscribed on them.
12. Then the LORD said to me, `Go down immediately because the people you led out of Egypt have become corrupt. They have already turned from the way I commanded them to live and have cast an idol for themselves from gold.'
13. "The LORD said to me, `I have been watching this people, and they are extremely stubborn.
14. Leave me alone so I may destroy them and erase their name from under heaven. Then I will make a mighty nation of your descendants, a nation larger and more powerful than they are.'
15. "So I came down from the fiery mountain, holding in my hands the two stone tablets of the covenant.
16. There below me I could see the gold calf you had made in your terrible sin against the LORD your God. How quickly you had turned from the path the LORD had commanded you to follow!
17. So I raised the stone tablets and dashed them to the ground. I smashed them before your very eyes.
18. Then for forty days and nights I lay prostrate before the LORD, neither eating bread nor drinking water. I did this because you had sinned by doing what the LORD hated, thus making him very angry.
19. How I feared for you, for the LORD was ready to destroy you. But again he listened to me.
20. The LORD was so angry with Aaron that he wanted to destroy him. But I prayed for Aaron, and the LORD spared him.
21. I took your sin--the calf you had made--and I melted it in the fire and ground it into fine dust. I threw the dust into the stream that cascades down the mountain.
22. "You also made the LORD angry at Taberah, Massah, and Kibroth-hattaavah.
23. And at Kadesh-barnea the LORD sent you out with this command: `Go up and take the land I have given you.' But you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God and refused to trust him or obey him.
24. Yes, you have been rebelling against the LORD as long as I have known you.
25. "That is why I fell down and lay before the LORD for forty days and nights when he was ready to destroy you.
26. I prayed to the LORD and said, `O Sovereign LORD, do not destroy your own people. They are your special possession, redeemed from Egypt by your mighty power and glorious strength.
27. Overlook the stubbornness and sin of these people, but remember instead your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
28. If you destroy these people, the Egyptians will say, "The LORD destroyed them because he wasn't able to bring them to the land he had sworn to give them." Or they might say, "He destroyed them because he hated them; he brought them into the wilderness to slaughter them."
29. But they are your people and your special possession, whom you brought from Egypt by your mighty power and glorious strength.'

Deuteronomy 10:1-22
1. "At that time the LORD said to me, `Prepare two stone tablets like the first ones, and make a sacred chest of wood to keep them in. Return to me on the mountain,
2. and I will write on the tablets the same words that were on the ones you smashed. Then place the tablets in the sacred chest--the Ark of the Covenant.'
3. "So I made a chest of acacia wood and cut two stone tablets like the first two, and I took the tablets up the mountain.
4. The LORD again wrote the terms of the covenant--the Ten Commandments--on them and gave them to me. They were the same words the LORD had spoken to you from the heart of the fire on the mountain as you were assembled below.
5. Then I came down and placed the tablets in the Ark of the Covenant, which I had made, just as the LORD commanded me. And the tablets are still there in the Ark.
6. "The people of Israel set out from the wells of the people of Jaakan and traveled to Moserah, where Aaron died and was buried. His son Eleazar became the high priest in his place.
7. Then they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from there to Jotbathah, a land with brooks of water.
8. At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the Ark of the LORD's covenant, to minister before the LORD, and to pronounce blessings in his name. These are still their duties.
9. That is why the Levites have no share or inheritance reserved for them among the other Israelite tribes. The LORD himself is their inheritance, as the LORD your God told them.
10. "As I said before, I stayed on the mountain in the LORD's presence for forty days and nights, as I had done the first time. And once again the LORD yielded to my pleas and didn't destroy you.
11. But the LORD said to me, `Get up and lead the people into the land I swore to give their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.'
12. "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires you to fear him, to live according to his will, to love and worship him with all your heart and soul,
13. and to obey the LORD's commands and laws that I am giving you today for your own good.
14. The highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the LORD your God.
15. Yet the LORD chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And he chose you, their descendants, above every other nation, as is evident today.
16. Therefore, cleanse your sinful hearts and stop being stubborn.
17. "The LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and takes no bribes.
18. He gives justice to orphans and widows. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.
19. You, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.
20. You must fear the LORD your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone.
21. He is your God, the one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done mighty miracles that you yourselves have seen.
22. When your ancestors went down into Egypt, there were only seventy of them. But now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky!

Psalms 37:12-17
12. The wicked plot against the godly; they snarl at them in defiance.
13. But the Lord just laughs, for he sees their day of judgment coming.
14. The wicked draw their swords and string their bows to kill the poor and the oppressed, to slaughter those who do right.
15. But they will be stabbed through the heart with their own swords, and their bows will be broken.
16. It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and possess much.
17. For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the LORD takes care of the godly.

Proverbs 12:11-11
11. Hard work means prosperity; only fools idle away their time.

Luke 1:57-80
57. Now it was time for Elizabeth's baby to be born, and it was a boy.
58. The word spread quickly to her neighbors and relatives that the Lord had been very kind to her, and everyone rejoiced with her.
59. When the baby was eight days old, all the relatives and friends came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father.
60. But Elizabeth said, "No! His name is John!"
61. "What?" they exclaimed. "There is no one in all your family by that name."
62. So they asked the baby's father, communicating to him by making gestures.
63. He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone's surprise he wrote, "His name is John!"
64. Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God.
65. Wonder fell upon the whole neighborhood, and the news of what had happened spread throughout the Judean hills.
66. Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, "I wonder what this child will turn out to be? For the hand of the Lord is surely upon him in a special way."
67. Then his father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave this prophecy:
68. "Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited his people and redeemed them.
69. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David,
70. just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago.
71. Now we will be saved from our enemies and from all who hate us.
72. He has been merciful to our ancestors by remembering his sacred covenant with them,
73. the covenant he gave to our ancestor Abraham.
74. We have been rescued from our enemies, so we can serve God without fear,
75. in holiness and righteousness forever.
76. "And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord.
77. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins.
78. Because of God's tender mercy, the light from heaven is about to break upon us,
79. to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace."
80. John grew up and became strong in spirit. Then he lived out in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel.