Bible in one year

April 26

Judges 17:1-13
1. A man named Micah lived in the hill country of Ephraim.
2. One day he said to his mother, "I heard you curse the thief who stole eleven hundred pieces of silver from you. Well, here they are. I was the one who took them.The LORD bless you for admitting it," his mother replied.
3. He returned the money to her, and she said, "I now dedicate these silver coins to the LORD. In honor of my son, I will have an image carved and an idol cast."
4. So his mother took two hundred of the silver coins to a silversmith, who made them into an image and an idol. And these were placed in Micah's house.
5. Micah set up a shrine, and he made a sacred ephod and some household idols. Then he installed one of his sons as the priest.
6. In those days Israel had no king, so the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
7. One day a young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah
8. arrived in that area of Ephraim, looking for a good place to live. He happened to stop at Micah's house as he was traveling through.
9. "Where are you from?" Micah asked him. And he replied, "I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am looking for a place to live."
10. "Stay here with me," Micah said, "and you can be a father and priest to me. I will give you ten pieces of silver a year, plus a change of clothes and your food."
11. The Levite agreed to this and became like one of Micah's sons.
12. So Micah ordained the Levite as his personal priest, and he lived in Micah's house.
13. "I know the LORD will bless me now," Micah said, "because I have a Levite serving as my priest."

Judges 18:1-30
1. Now in those days Israel had no king. And the tribe of Dan was trying to find a place to settle, for they had not yet driven out the people who lived in the land assigned to them.
2. So the men of Dan chose five warriors from among their clans, who lived in the towns of Zorah and Eshtaol, to scout out a land for them to settle in. When these warriors arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, they came to Micah's home and spent the night there.
3. Noticing the young Levite's accent, they took him aside and asked him, "Who brought you here, and what are you doing? Why are you here?"
4. He told them about his agreement with Micah and that he was Micah's personal priest.
5. Then they said, "Ask God whether or not our journey will be successful."
6. "Go in peace," the priest replied. "For the LORD will go ahead of you on your journey."
7. So the five men went on to the town of Laish, where they noticed the people living carefree lives, like the Sidonians; they were peaceful and secure. The people were also wealthy because their land was very fertile. And they lived a great distance from Sidon and had no allies nearby.
8. When the men returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their relatives asked them, "What did you find?"
9. The men replied, "Let's attack! We have seen the land, and it is very good. You should not hesitate to go and take possession of it.
10. When you get there, you will find the people living carefree lives. God has given us a spacious and fertile land, lacking in nothing!"
11. So six hundred warriors from the tribe of Dan set out from Zorah and Eshtaol.
12. They camped at a place west of Kiriath-jearim in Judah, which is called Mahaneh-dan to this day.
13. Then they went up into the hill country of Ephraim and came to the house of Micah.
14. The five men who had scouted out the land around Laish said to the others, "There is a shrine here with a sacred ephod, some household idols, a carved image, and a cast idol. It's obvious what we ought to do."
15. So the five men went over to Micah's house, where the young Levite lived, and greeted him kindly.
16. As the six hundred warriors from the tribe of Dan stood just outside the gate,
17. the five spies entered the shrine and took the carved image, the sacred ephod, the household idols, and the cast idol.
18. When the priest saw the men carrying all the sacred objects out of Micah's shrine, he said, "What are you doing?"
19. "Be quiet and come with us," they said. "Be a father and priest to all of us. Isn't it better to be a priest for an entire tribe of Israel than just for the household of one man?"
20. The young priest was quite happy to go with them, so he took along the sacred ephod, the household idols, and the carved image.
21. They started on their way again, placing their children, livestock, and possessions in front of them.
22. When the people from the tribe of Dan were quite a distance from Micah's home, Micah and some of his neighbors came chasing after them.
23. They were shouting as they caught up with them. The men of Dan turned around and said, "What do you want? Why have you called these men together and chased after us like this?"
24. "What do you mean, What do I want?" Micah replied. "You've taken away all my gods and my priest, and I have nothing left!"
25. The men of Dan said, "Watch what you say! Some of us are short-tempered, and they might get angry and kill you and your family."
26. So the men of Dan went on their way. When Micah saw that there were too many of them for him to attack, he turned around and went home.
27. Then, with Micah's idols and his priest, the men of Dan came to the town of Laish, whose people were peaceful and secure. They attacked and killed all the people and burned the town to the ground.
28. There was no one to rescue the residents of the town, for they lived a great distance from Sidon and had no allies nearby. This happened in the valley near Beth-rehob. Then the people of the tribe of Dan rebuilt the town and lived there.
29. They renamed the town Dan after their ancestor, Israel's son, but it had originally been called Laish.
30. Then they set up the carved image, and they appointed Jonathan son of Gershom, a descendant of Moses, as their priest. This family continued as priests for the tribe of Dan until the Exile.

Psalms 51:7-11
7. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me--now let me rejoice.
9. Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.
10. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.
11. Do not banish me from your presence, and don't take your Holy Spirit from me.

Proverbs 14:33-35
33. Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools.
34. Godliness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
35. A king rejoices in servants who know what they are doing; he is angry with those who cause trouble.

Luke 18:24-43
24. Jesus watched him go and then said to his disciples, "How hard it is for rich people to get into the Kingdom of God!
25. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!"
26. Those who heard this said, "Then who in the world can be saved?"
27. He replied, "What is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God."
28. Peter said, "We have left our homes and followed you."
29. "Yes," Jesus replied, "and I assure you, everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God,
30. will be repaid many times over in this life, as well as receiving eternal life in the world to come."
31. Gathering the twelve disciples around him, Jesus told them, "As you know, we are going to Jerusalem. And when we get there, all the predictions of the ancient prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true.
32. He will be handed over to the Romans to be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon.
33. They will whip him and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again."
34. But they didn't understand a thing he said. Its significance was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.
35. As they approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road.
36. When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening.
37. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was going by.
38. So he began shouting, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39. The crowds ahead of Jesus tried to hush the man, but he only shouted louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
40. When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him.
41. Then Jesus asked the man, "What do you want me to do for you?Lord," he pleaded, "I want to see!"
42. And Jesus said, "All right, you can see! Your faith has healed you."
43. Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.