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Bible in one year


April 29


Ruth 3:1-18
1. One day Naomi said to Ruth, "My daughter, it's time that I found a permanent home for you, so that you will be provided for.
2. Boaz is a close relative of ours, and he's been very kind by letting you gather grain with his workers. Tonight he will be winnowing barley at the threshing floor.
3. Now do as I tell you--take a bath and put on perfume and dress in your nicest clothes. Then go to the threshing floor, but don't let Boaz see you until he has finished his meal.
4. Be sure to notice where he lies down; then go and uncover his feet and lie down there. He will tell you what to do."
5. "I will do everything you say," Ruth replied.
6. So she went down to the threshing floor that night and followed the instructions of her mother-in-law.
7. After Boaz had finished his meal and was in good spirits, he lay down beside the heap of grain and went to sleep. Then Ruth came quietly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.
8. Around midnight, Boaz suddenly woke up and turned over. He was surprised to find a woman lying at his feet!
9. "Who are you?" he demanded. "I am your servant Ruth," she replied. "Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer."
10. "The LORD bless you, my daughter!" Boaz exclaimed. "You are showing more family loyalty now than ever by not running after a younger man, whether rich or poor.
11. Now don't worry about a thing, my daughter. I will do what is necessary, for everyone in town knows you are an honorable woman.
12. But there is one problem. While it is true that I am one of your family redeemers, there is another man who is more closely related to you than I am.
13. Stay here tonight, and in the morning I will talk to him. If he is willing to redeem you, then let him marry you. But if he is not willing, then as surely as the LORD lives, I will marry you! Now lie down here until morning."
14. So Ruth lay at Boaz's feet until the morning, but she got up before it was light enough for people to recognize each other. For Boaz said, "No one must know that a woman was here at the threshing floor."
15. Boaz also said to her, "Bring your cloak and spread it out." He measured out six scoops of barley into the cloak and helped her put it on her back. Then Boaz returned to the town.
16. When Ruth went back to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, "What happened, my daughter?" Ruth told Naomi everything Boaz had done for her,
17. and she added, "He gave me these six scoops of barley and said, `Don't go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'"
18. Then Naomi said to her, "Just be patient, my daughter, until we hear what happens. The man won't rest until he has followed through on this. He will settle it today."

Ruth 4:1-22
1. So Boaz went to the town gate and took a seat there. When the family redeemer he had mentioned came by, Boaz called out to him, "Come over here, friend. I want to talk to you." So they sat down together.
2. Then Boaz called ten leaders from the town and asked them to sit as witnesses.
3. And Boaz said to the family redeemer, "You know Naomi, who came back from Moab. She is selling the land that belonged to our relative Elimelech.
4. I felt that I should speak to you about it so that you can redeem it if you wish. If you want the land, then buy it here in the presence of these witnesses. But if you don't want it, let me know right away, because I am next in line to redeem it after you." The man replied, "All right, I'll redeem it."
5. Then Boaz told him, "Of course, your purchase of the land from Naomi also requires that you marry Ruth, the Moabite widow. That way, she can have children who will carry on her husband's name and keep the land in the family."
6. "Then I can't redeem it," the family redeemer replied, "because this might endanger my own estate. You redeem the land; I cannot do it."
7. In those days it was the custom in Israel for anyone transferring a right of purchase to remove his sandal and hand it to the other party. This publicly validated the transaction.
8. So the other family redeemer drew off his sandal as he said to Boaz, "You buy the land."
9. Then Boaz said to the leaders and to the crowd standing around, "You are witnesses that today I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon.
10. And with the land I have acquired Ruth, the Moabite widow of Mahlon, to be my wife. This way she can have a son to carry on the family name of her dead husband and to inherit the family property here in his hometown. You are all witnesses today."
11. Then the leaders and all the people standing there replied, "We are witnesses! May the LORD make the woman who is now coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, from whom all the nation of Israel descended! May you be great in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem.
12. And may the LORD give you descendants by this young woman who will be like those of our ancestor Perez, the son of Tamar and Judah."
13. So Boaz married Ruth and took her home to live with him. When he slept with her, the LORD enabled her to become pregnant, and she gave birth to a son.
14. And the women of the town said to Naomi, "Praise the LORD who has given you a family redeemer today! May he be famous in Israel.
15. May this child restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you so much and who has been better to you than seven sons!"
16. Naomi took care of the baby and cared for him as if he were her own.
17. The neighbor women said, "Now at last Naomi has a son again!" And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David.
18. This is their family line beginning with their ancestor Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron.
19. Hezron was the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab.
20. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon.
21. Salmon was the father of Boaz. Boaz was the father of Obed.
22. Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David.

Psalms 52:6-9
6. The righteous will see it and be amazed. They will laugh and say,
7. "Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness."
8. But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I trust in God's unfailing love forever and ever.
9. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will wait for your mercies in the presence of your people.

Proverbs 15:6-7
6. There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.
7. Only the wise can give good advice; fools cannot do so.

Luke 20:1-26
1. One day as Jesus was teaching and preaching the Good News in the Temple, the leading priests and teachers of religious law and other leaders came up to him.
2. They demanded, "By whose authority did you drive out the merchants from the Temple? Who gave you such authority?"
3. "Let me ask you a question first," he replied.
4. "Did John's baptism come from heaven, or was it merely human?"
5. They talked it over among themselves. "If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn't believe him.
6. But if we say it was merely human, the people will stone us, because they are convinced he was a prophet."
7. Finally they replied, "We don't know."
8. And Jesus responded, "Then I won't answer your question either."
9. Now Jesus turned to the people again and told them this story: "A man planted a vineyard, leased it out to tenant farmers, and moved to another country to live for several years.
10. At grape-picking time, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. But the farmers attacked the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed.
11. So the owner sent another servant, but the same thing happened; he was beaten up and treated shamefully, and he went away empty-handed.
12. A third man was sent and the same thing happened. He, too, was wounded and chased away.
13. "'What will I do?' the owner asked himself. 'I know! I'll send my cherished son. Surely they will respect him.'
14. "But when the farmers saw his son, they said to each other, 'Here comes the heir to this estate. Let's kill him and get the estate for ourselves!'
15. So they dragged him out of the vineyard and murdered him. "What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do to those farmers?" Jesus asked.
16. "I'll tell you--he will come and kill them all and lease the vineyard to others.But God forbid that such a thing should ever happen," his listeners protested.
17. Jesus looked at them and said, "Then what do the Scriptures mean? 'The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone.'
18. All who stumble over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone on whom it falls."
19. When the teachers of religious law and the leading priests heard this story, they wanted to arrest Jesus immediately because they realized he was pointing at them--that they were the farmers in the story. But they were afraid there would be a riot if they arrested him.
20. Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent secret agents pretending to be honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus.
21. They said, "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You sincerely teach the ways of God.
22. Now tell us--is it right to pay taxes to the Roman government or not?"
23. He saw through their trickery and said,
24. "Show me a Roman coin. Whose picture and title are stamped on it?Caesar's," they replied.
25. "Well then," he said, "give to Caesar what belongs to him. But everything that belongs to God must be given to God."
26. So they failed to trap him in the presence of the people. Instead, they were amazed by his answer, and they were silenced.