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Bible in one year


March 31


Deuteronomy 23:1-25
1. "If a man's testicles are crushed or his penis is cut off, he may not be included in the assembly of the LORD.
2. "Those of illegitimate birth and their descendants for ten generations may not be included in the assembly of the LORD.
3. "No Ammonites or Moabites, or any of their descendants for ten generations, may be included in the assembly of the LORD.
4. These nations did not welcome you with food and water when you came out of Egypt. Instead, they tried to hire Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram-naharaim to curse you.
5. (But the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam. He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the LORD your God loves you.)
6. You must never, as long as you live, try to help the Ammonites or the Moabites in any way.
7. "Do not detest the Edomites or the Egyptians, because the Edomites are your relatives, and you lived as foreigners among the Egyptians.
8. The third generation of Egyptians who came with you from Egypt may enter the assembly of the LORD.
9. "When you go to war against your enemies, stay away from everything impure.
10. "Any man who becomes ceremonially defiled because of a nocturnal emission must leave the camp and stay away all day.
11. Toward evening he must bathe himself, and at sunset he may return to the camp.
12. "Mark off an area outside the camp for a latrine.
13. Each of you must have a spade as part of your equipment. Whenever you relieve yourself, you must dig a hole with the spade and cover the excrement.
14. The camp must be holy, for the LORD your God moves around in your camp to protect you and to defeat your enemies. He must not see any shameful thing among you, or he might turn away from you.
15. "If slaves should escape from their masters and take refuge with you, do not force them to return.
16. Let them live among you in whatever town they choose, and do not oppress them.
17. "No Israelite man or woman may ever become a temple prostitute.
18. Do not bring to the house of the LORD your God any offering from the earnings of a prostitute, whether a man or a woman, for both are detestable to the LORD your God.
19. "Do not charge interest on the loans you make to a fellow Israelite, whether it is money, food, or anything else that may be loaned with interest.
20. You may charge interest to foreigners, but not to Israelites, so the LORD your God may bless you in everything you do in the land you are about to enter and occupy.
21. "When you make a vow to the LORD your God, be prompt in doing whatever you promised him. For the LORD your God demands that you promptly fulfill all your vows. If you don't, you will be guilty of sin.
22. However, it is not a sin to refrain from making a vow.
23. But once you have voluntarily made a vow, be careful to do as you have said, for you have made a vow to the LORD your God.
24. "You may eat your fill of grapes from your neighbor's vineyard, but do not take any away in a basket.
25. And you may pluck a few heads of your neighbor's grain by hand, but you may not harvest it with a sickle.

Deuteronomy 24:1-22
1. "Suppose a man marries a woman but later discovers something about her that is shameful. So he writes her a letter of divorce, gives it to her, and sends her away.
2. If she then leaves and marries another man
3. and the second husband also divorces her or dies,
4. the former husband may not marry her again, for she has been defiled. That would be detestable to the LORD. You must not bring guilt upon the land the LORD your God is giving you as a special possession.
5. "A newly married man must not be drafted into the army or given any other special responsibilities. He must be free to be at home for one year, bringing happiness to the wife he has married.
6. "It is wrong to take a pair of millstones, or even just the upper millstone, as a pledge, for the owner uses it to make a living.
7. "If anyone kidnaps a fellow Israelite and treats him as a slave or sells him, the kidnapper must die. You must cleanse the evil from among you.
8. "Watch all contagious skin diseases carefully and follow the instructions of the Levitical priests; obey the commands I have given them.
9. Remember what the LORD your God did to Miriam as you were coming from Egypt.
10. "If you lend anything to your neighbor, do not enter your neighbor's house to claim the security.
11. Stand outside and the owner will bring it out to you.
12. If your neighbor is poor and has only a cloak to give as security, do not keep the cloak overnight.
13. Return the cloak to its owner by sunset so your neighbor can sleep in it and bless you. And the LORD your God will count it as a righteous act.
14. "Never take advantage of poor laborers, whether fellow Israelites or foreigners living in your towns.
15. Pay them their wages each day before sunset because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they might cry out to the LORD against you, and it would be counted against you as sin.
16. "Parents must not be put to death for the sins of their children, nor the children for the sins of their parents. Those worthy of death must be executed for their own crimes.
17. "True justice must be given to foreigners living among you and to orphans, and you must never accept a widow's garment in pledge of her debt.
18. Always remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God redeemed you. That is why I have given you this command.
19. "When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
20. When you beat the olives from your olive trees, don't go over the boughs twice. Leave some of the olives for the foreigners, orphans, and widows.
21. This also applies to the grapes in your vineyard. Do not glean the vines after they are picked, but leave any remaining grapes for the foreigners, orphans, and widows.
22. Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt. That is why I am giving you this command.

Psalms 39:1-6
1. I said to myself, "I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will curb my tongue when the ungodly are around me."
2. But as I stood there in silence--not even speaking of good things--the turmoil within me grew to the bursting point.
3. My thoughts grew hot within me and began to burn, igniting a fire of words:
4. "LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away.
5. My life is no longer than the width of my hand. An entire lifetime is just a moment to you; human existence is but a breath."
6. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend.

Proverbs 13:1-3
1. A wise child accepts a parent's discipline; a young mocker refuses to listen.
2. Good people enjoy the positive results of their words, but those who are treacherous crave violence.
3. Those who control their tongue will have a long life; a quick retort can ruin everything.

Luke 5:17-39
17. One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord's healing power was strongly with Jesus.
18. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to push through the crowd to Jesus,
19. but they couldn't reach him. So they went up to the roof, took off some tiles, and lowered the sick man down into the crowd, still on his mat, right in front of Jesus.
20. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
21. "Who does this man think he is?" the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to each other. "This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins?"
22. Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, "Why do you think this is blasphemy?
23. Is it easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven' or 'Get up and walk'?
24. I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins." Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, "Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!"
25. And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped to his feet, picked up his mat, and went home praising God.
26. Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe. And they praised God, saying over and over again, "We have seen amazing things today."
27. Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax-collection booth. "Come, be my disciple!" Jesus said to him.
28. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.
29. Soon Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi's fellow tax collectors and other guests were there.
30. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus' disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with such scum?"
31. Jesus answered them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor--sick people do.
32. I have come to call sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend my time with those who think they are already good enough."
33. The religious leaders complained that Jesus' disciples were feasting instead of fasting. "John the Baptist's disciples always fast and pray," they declared, "and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why are yours always feasting?"
34. Jesus asked, "Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom?
35. Someday he will be taken away from them, and then they will fast."
36. Then Jesus gave them this illustration: "No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old garment. For then the new garment would be torn, and the patch wouldn't even match the old garment.
37. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. The new wine would burst the old skins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins.
38. New wine must be put into new wineskins.
39. But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the fresh and the new. 'The old is better,' they say."