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Bible in one year


April 3


Deuteronomy 29:1-29
1. These are the terms of the covenant the LORD commanded Moses to make with the Israelites while they were in the land of Moab, in addition to the covenant he had made with them at Mount Sinai.
2. Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them, "You have seen with your own eyes everything the LORD did in Egypt to Pharaoh and all his servants and his whole country--
3. all the great tests of strength, the miraculous signs, and the amazing wonders.
4. But to this day the LORD has not given you minds that understand, nor eyes that see, nor ears that hear!
5. For forty years I led you through the wilderness, yet your clothes and sandals did not wear out.
6. You had no bread or wine or other strong drink, but he gave you food so you would know that he is the LORD your God.
7. When we came here, King Sihon of Heshbon and King Og of Bashan came out to fight against us, but we defeated them.
8. We took their land and gave it to the tribes of Reuben and Gad and to the half-tribe of Manasseh as their inheritance.
9. "Therefore, obey the terms of this covenant so that you will prosper in everything you do.
10. All of you--your tribal leaders, your judges, your officers, all the men of Israel--are standing today before the LORD your God.
11. With you are your little ones, your wives, and the foreigners living among you who chop your wood and carry your water.
12. You are standing here today to enter into a covenant with the LORD your God. The LORD is making this covenant with you today, and he has sealed it with an oath.
13. He wants to confirm you today as his people and to confirm that he is your God, just as he promised you, and as he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
14. But you are not the only ones with whom the LORD is making this covenant with its obligations.
15. The LORD your God is making this covenant with you who stand in his presence today and also with all future generations of Israel.
16. "Surely you remember how we lived in the land of Egypt and how we traveled through the lands of enemy nations as we left.
17. You have seen their detestable idols made of wood, stone, silver, and gold.
18. The LORD made this covenant with you so that no man, woman, family, or tribe among you would turn away from the LORD our God to worship these gods of other nations, and so that no root among you would bear bitter and poisonous fruit.
19. Let none of those who hear the warnings of this curse consider themselves immune, thinking, `I am safe, even though I am walking in my own stubborn way.' This would lead to utter ruin!
20. The LORD will not pardon such people. His anger and jealousy will burn against them. All the curses written in this book will come down on them, and the LORD will erase their names from under heaven.
21. The LORD will separate them from all the tribes of Israel, to pour out on them all the covenant curses recorded in this Book of the Law.
22. "Then the generations to come, both your own descendants and the foreigners who come from distant lands, will see the devastation of the land and the diseases the LORD will send against it.
23. They will find its soil turned into sulfur and salt, with nothing planted and nothing growing, not even a blade of grass. It will be just like Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD destroyed in his anger.
24. The surrounding nations will ask, `Why has the LORD done this to his land? Why was he so angry?'
25. "And they will be told, `This happened because the people of the land broke the covenant they made with the LORD, the God of their ancestors, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
26. They turned to serve and worship other gods that were foreign to them, gods that the LORD had not designated for them.
27. That is why the LORD's anger burned against this land, bringing down on it all the curses recorded in this book.
28. In great anger and fury the LORD uprooted his people from their land and exiled them to another land, where they still live today!'
29. "There are secret things that belong to the LORD our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our descendants forever, so that we may obey these words of the law.

Deuteronomy 30:1-20
1. "Suppose all these things happen to you--the blessings and the curses I have listed--and you meditate on them as you are living among the nations to which the LORD your God has exiled you.
2. If at that time you return to the LORD your God, and you and your children begin wholeheartedly to obey all the commands I have given you today,
3. then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes. He will have mercy on you and gather you back from all the nations where he has scattered you.
4. Though you are at the ends of the earth, the LORD your God will go and find you and bring you back again.
5. He will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again. He will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors!
6. "The LORD your God will cleanse your heart and the hearts of all your descendants so that you will love him with all your heart and soul, and so you may live!
7. The LORD your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and persecutors.
8. Then you will again obey the LORD and keep all the commands I am giving you today.
9. The LORD your God will make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and your fields will produce abundant harvests, for the LORD will delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors.
10. The LORD your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and laws written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.
11. "This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand or perform.
12. It is not up in heaven, so distant that you must ask, `Who will go to heaven and bring it down so we can hear and obey it?'
13. It is not beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, `Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear and obey it?'
14. The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.
15. "Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between prosperity and disaster, between life and death.
16. I have commanded you today to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, laws, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and become a great nation, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.
17. But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods,
18. then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.
19. "Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live!
20. Choose to love the LORD your God and to obey him and commit yourself to him, for he is your life. Then you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."

Psalms 40:1-5
1. I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
3. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the LORD.
4. Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud, or in those who worship idols.
5. O LORD my God, you have done many miracles for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.

Proverbs 13:9-10
9. The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the sinner's light is snuffed out.
10. Pride leads to arguments; those who take advice are wise.

Luke 7:1-30
1. When Jesus had finished saying all this, he went back to Capernaum.
2. Now the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death.
3. When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish leaders to ask him to come and heal his slave.
4. So they earnestly begged Jesus to come with them and help the man. "If anyone deserves your help, it is he," they said,
5. "for he loves the Jews and even built a synagogue for us."
6. So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, "Lord, don't trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor.
7. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.
8. I know because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, 'Go,' and they go, or 'Come,' and they come. And if I say to my slaves, 'Do this or that,' they do it."
9. When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd, he said, "I tell you, I haven't seen faith like this in all the land of Israel!"
10. And when the officer's friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed.
11. Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, with a great crowd following him.
12. A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The boy who had died was the only son of a widow, and many mourners from the village were with her.
13. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. "Don't cry!" he said.
14. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. "Young man," he said, "get up."
15. Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk to those around him! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16. Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, "A mighty prophet has risen among us," and "We have seen the hand of God at work today."
17. The report of what Jesus had done that day spread all over Judea and even out across its borders.
18. The disciples of John the Baptist told John about everything Jesus was doing. So John called for two of his disciples,
19. and he sent them to the Lord to ask him, "Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?"
20. John's two disciples found Jesus and said to him, "John the Baptist sent us to ask, 'Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?'"
21. At that very time, he cured many people of their various diseases, and he cast out evil spirits and restored sight to the blind.
22. Then he told John's disciples, "Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard--the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.
23. And tell him, 'God blesses those who are not offended by me. '"
24. After they left, Jesus talked to the crowd about John. "Who is this man in the wilderness that you went out to see? Did you find him weak as a reed, moved by every breath of wind?
25. Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people who wear beautiful clothes and live in luxury are found in palaces, not in the wilderness.
26. Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet.
27. John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say, 'Look, I am sending my messenger before you, and he will prepare your way before you.'
28. I tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John. Yet even the most insignificant person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he is!"
29. When they heard this, all the people, including the unjust tax collectors, agreed that God's plan was right, for they had been baptized by John.
30. But the Pharisees and experts in religious law had rejected God's plan for them, for they had refused John's baptism.