Bible in one year

March 28

Deuteronomy 17:1-20
1. "Never sacrifice a sick or defective ox or sheep to the LORD your God, for he detests such gifts.
2. "Suppose a man or woman among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, has done evil in the sight of the LORD your God and has violated the covenant
3. by serving other gods or by worshiping the sun, the moon, or any of the forces of heaven, which I have strictly forbidden.
4. When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel,
5. then that man or woman must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death.
6. But never put a person to death on the testimony of only one witness. There must always be at least two or three witnesses.
7. The witnesses must throw the first stones, and then all the people will join in. In this way, you will purge all evil from among you.
8. "Suppose a case arises in a local court that is too hard for you to decide--for instance, whether someone is guilty of murder or only of manslaughter, or a difficult lawsuit, or a case involving different kinds of assault. Take such cases to the place the LORD your God will choose,
9. where the Levitical priests and the judge on duty will hear the case and decide what to do.
10. The decision they make at the place the LORD chooses will always stand. You must do exactly what they say.
11. After they have interpreted the law and reached a verdict, the sentence they impose must be fully executed; do not modify it in any way.
12. Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel.
13. Then everyone will hear about it and be afraid to act so arrogantly.
14. "You will soon arrive in the land the LORD your God is giving you, and you will conquer it and settle there. Then you may begin to think, `We ought to have a king like the other nations around us.'
15. If this happens, be sure that you select as king the man the LORD your God chooses. You must appoint a fellow Israelite, not a foreigner.
16. The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself, and he must never send his people to Egypt to buy horses there, for the LORD has told you, `You must never return to Egypt.'
17. The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will lead him away from the LORD. And he must not accumulate vast amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.
18. "When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy these laws on a scroll for himself in the presence of the Levitical priests.
19. He must always keep this copy of the law with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the LORD his God by obeying all the terms of this law.
20. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. This will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.

Deuteronomy 18:1-22
1. "Remember that the Levitical priests and the rest of the tribe of Levi will not be given an inheritance of land like the other tribes in Israel. Instead, the priests and Levites will eat from the offerings given to the LORD by fire, for that is their inheritance.
2. They will have no inheritance of their own among the Israelites. The LORD himself is their inheritance, just as he promised them.
3. "These are the parts the priests may claim as their share from the oxen and sheep that the people bring as offerings: the shoulder, the cheeks, and the stomach.
4. You must also give to the priests the first share of the grain, the new wine, the olive oil, and the wool at shearing time.
5. For the LORD your God chose the tribe of Levi out of all your tribes to minister in the LORD's name forever.
6. "Any Levite who so desires may come from any town in Israel, from wherever he is living, to the place the LORD chooses.
7. He may minister there in the name of the LORD his God, just like his fellow Levites who are serving the LORD there.
8. He may eat his share of the sacrifices and offerings, even if he has a private source of income.
9. "When you arrive in the land the LORD your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there.
10. For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling or sorcery, or allow them to interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft,
11. or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead.
12. Anyone who does these things is an object of horror and disgust to the LORD. It is because the other nations have done these things that the LORD your God will drive them out ahead of you.
13. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.
14. The people you are about to displace consult with sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the LORD your God forbids you to do such things.
15. "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites, and you must listen to that prophet.
16. For this is what you yourselves requested of the LORD your God when you were assembled at Mount Sinai. You begged that you might never again have to listen to the voice of the LORD your God or see this blazing fire for fear you would die.
17. "Then the LORD said to me, `Fine, I will do as they have requested.
18. I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will tell that prophet what to say, and he will tell the people everything I command him.
19. I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf.
20. But any prophet who claims to give a message from another god or who falsely claims to speak for me must die.'
21. You may wonder, `How will we know whether the prophecy is from the LORD or not?'
22. If the prophet predicts something in the LORD's name and it does not happen, the LORD did not give the message. That prophet has spoken on his own and need not be feared.

Psalms 37:37-40
37. Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future lies before those who love peace.
38. But the wicked will be destroyed; they have no future.
39. The LORD saves the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40. The LORD helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in him.

Proverbs 12:20-22
20. Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!
21. No real harm befalls the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22. The LORD hates those who don't keep their word, but he delights in those who do.

Luke 4:1-30
1. Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit to go out into the wilderness,
2. where the Devil tempted him for forty days. He ate nothing all that time and was very hungry.
3. Then the Devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, change this stone into a loaf of bread."
4. But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 'People need more than bread for their life.'"
5. Then the Devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6. The Devil told him, "I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them--because they are mine to give to anyone I please.
7. I will give it all to you if you will bow down and worship me."
8. Jesus replied, "The Scriptures say, 'You must worship the Lord your God; serve only him.'"
9. Then the Devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, "If you are the Son of God, jump off!
10. For the Scriptures say, 'He orders his angels to protect and guard you.
11. And they will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.'"
12. Jesus responded, "The Scriptures also say, 'Do not test the Lord your God.'"
13. When the Devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.
14. Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit's power. Soon he became well known throughout the surrounding country.
15. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
16. When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures.
17. The scroll containing the messages of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him, and he unrolled the scroll to the place where it says:
18. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors,
19. and that the time of the Lord's favor has come. "
20. He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. Everyone in the synagogue stared at him intently.
21. Then he said, "This Scripture has come true today before your very eyes!"
22. All who were there spoke well of him and were amazed by the gracious words that fell from his lips. "How can this be?" they asked. "Isn't this Joseph's son?"
23. Then he said, "Probably you will quote me that proverb, 'Physician, heal yourself'--meaning, 'Why don't you do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum?'
24. But the truth is, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.
25. "Certainly there were many widows in Israel who needed help in Elijah's time, when there was no rain for three and a half years and hunger stalked the land.
26. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a widow of Zarephath--a foreigner in the land of Sidon.
27. Or think of the prophet Elisha, who healed Naaman, a Syrian, rather than the many lepers in Israel who needed help."
28. When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious.
29. Jumping up, they mobbed him and took him to the edge of the hill on which the city was built. They intended to push him over the cliff,
30. but he slipped away through the crowd and left them.