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Bible in one year


July 29


Nehemiah 10:1-39
1. The document was ratified and sealed with the following names: Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah. The priests who signed were Zedekiah,
2. Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,
3. Pashhur, Amariah, Malkijah,
4. Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,
5. Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,
6. Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,
7. Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,
8. Maaziah, Bilgai, and Shemaiah. These were the priests.
9. The Levites who signed were Jeshua son of Azaniah, Binnui from the family of Henadad, Kadmiel,
10. and their fellow Levites: Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,
11. Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah,
12. Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,
13. Hodiah, Bani, and Beninu.
14. The leaders who signed were Parosh, Pahath-moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,
15. Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,
16. Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,
17. Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,
18. Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai,
19. Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,
20. Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,
21. Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,
22. Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,
23. Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub,
24. Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,
25. Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,
26. Ahiah, Hanan, Anan,
27. Malluch, Harim, and Baanah.
28. The rest of the people--the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, Temple servants, and all who had separated themselves from the pagan people of the land in order to serve God, and who were old enough to understand--
29. now all heartily bound themselves with an oath. They vowed to accept the curse of God if they failed to obey the law of God as issued by his servant Moses. They solemnly promised to carefully follow all the commands, laws, and regulations of the LORD their Lord.
30. "We promise not to let our daughters marry the pagan people of the land, nor to let our sons marry their daughters.
31. We further promise that if the people of the land should bring any merchandise or grain to be sold on the Sabbath or on any other holy day, we will refuse to buy it. And we promise not to do any work every seventh year and to cancel the debts owed to us by other Jews.
32. "In addition, we promise to obey the command to pay the annual Temple tax of an eighth of an ounce of silver, so that there will be enough money to care for the Temple of our God.
33. This will provide for the Bread of the Presence; for the regular grain offerings and burnt offerings; for the offerings on the Sabbaths, the new moon celebrations, and the annual festivals; for the holy offerings; and for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel. It will also provide for the other items necessary for the work of the Temple of our God.
34. "We have cast sacred lots to determine when--at regular times each year--the families of the priests, Levites, and the common people should bring wood to God's Temple to be burned on the altar of the LORD our God, as required in the law.
35. "We promise always to bring the first part of every harvest to the LORD's Temple--whether it be a crop from the soil or from our fruit trees.
36. We agree to give to God our oldest sons and the firstborn of all our herds and flocks, just as the law requires. We will present them to the priests who minister in the Temple of our God.
37. We will store the produce in the storerooms of the Temple of our God. We will bring the best of our flour and other grain offerings, the best of our fruit, and the best of our new wine and olive oil. And we promise to bring to the Levites a tenth of everything our land produces, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our rural towns.
38. A priest--a descendant of Aaron--will be with the Levites as they receive these tithes. And a tenth of all that is collected as tithes will be delivered by the Levites to the Temple of our God and placed in the storerooms.
39. The people and the Levites must bring these offerings of grain, new wine, and olive oil to the Temple and place them in the sacred containers near the ministering priests, the gatekeepers, and the singers. "So we promise together not to neglect the Temple of our God."

Nehemiah 11:1-36
1. Now the leaders of the people were living in Jerusalem, the holy city, at this time. A tenth of the people from the other towns of Judah and Benjamin were chosen by sacred lots to live there, too, while the rest stayed where they were.
2. And the people commended everyone who volunteered to resettle in Jerusalem.
3. Here is a list of the names of the provincial officials who came to Jerusalem. Most of the people, priests, Levites, Temple servants, and descendants of Solomon's servants continued to live in their own homes in the various towns of Judah,
4. but some of the people from Judah and Benjamin resettled in Jerusalem. From the tribe of Judah: Athaiah son of Uzziah, son of Zechariah, son of Amariah, son of Shephatiah, son of Mahalalel, of the family of Perez;
5. and Maaseiah son of Baruch, son of Col-hozeh, son of Hazaiah, son of Adaiah, son of Joiarib, son of Zechariah, of the family of Shelah.
6. There were also 468 descendants of Perez who lived in Jerusalem--all outstanding men.
7. From the tribe of Benjamin: Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Joed, son of Pedaiah, son of Kolaiah, son of Maaseiah, son of Ithiel, son of Jeshaiah;
8. and after him there were Gabbai and Sallai, and a total of 928 relatives.
9. Their chief officer was Joel son of Zicri, who was assisted by Judah son of Hassenuah, second-in-command over the city.
10. From the priests: Jedaiah son of Joiarib; Jakin;
11. and Seraiah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the supervisor of the Temple of God;
12. together with 822 of their associates, who worked at the Temple. Also, there was Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pelaliah, son of Amzi, son of Zechariah, son of Pashhur, son of Malkijah;
13. and 242 of his associates, who were heads of their families. There were also Amashsai son of Azarel, son of Ahzai, son of Meshillemoth, son of Immer;
14. and 128 of his outstanding associates. Their chief officer was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim.
15. From the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, son of Bunni;
16. Shabbethai and Jozabad, who were in charge of the work outside the Temple of God;
17. Mattaniah son of Mica, son of Zabdi, a descendant of Asaph, who opened the thanksgiving services with prayer; Bakbukiah, who was Mattaniah's assistant; and Abda son of Shammua, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun.
18. In all, there were 284 Levites in the holy city.
19. From the gatekeepers: Akkub, Talmon, and 172 of their associates, who guarded the gates.
20. The other priests, Levites, and the rest of the Israelites lived wherever their family inheritance was located in any of the towns of Judah.
21. However, the Temple servants, whose leaders were Ziha and Gishpa, all lived on the hill of Ophel.
22. The chief officer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi son of Bani, son of Hashabiah, son of Mattaniah, son of Mica, a descendant of Asaph, whose family served as singers at God's Temple.
23. They were under royal orders, which determined their daily activities.
24. Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, a descendant of Zerah son of Judah, was the king's agent in all matters of public administration.
25. Some of the people of Judah lived in Kiriath-arba with its villages, Dibon with its villages, and Jekabzeel with its villages.
26. They also lived in Jeshua, Moladah, Beth-pelet,
27. Hazar-shual, Beersheba with its villages,
28. Ziklag, and Meconah with its villages.
29. They were also in En-rimmon, Zorah, Jarmuth,
30. Zanoah, and Adullam with their villages. They were also in Lachish and its nearby fields and Azekah with its surrounding villages. So the people of Judah were living all the way from Beersheba to the valley of Hinnom.
31. Some of the people of Benjamin lived at Geba, Micmash, Aija, and Bethel with its surrounding villages.
32. They were also in Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,
33. Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,
34. Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,
35. Lod, Ono, and the Valley of Craftsmen.
36. Some of the Levites who lived in Judah were sent to live with the tribe of Benjamin.

Psalms 89:19-29
19. You once spoke in a vision to your prophet and said, "I have given help to a warrior. I have selected him from the common people to be king.
20. I have found my servant David. I have anointed him with my holy oil.
21. I will steady him, and I will make him strong.
22. His enemies will not get the best of him, nor will the wicked overpower him.
23. I will beat down his adversaries before him and destroy those who hate him.
24. My faithfulness and unfailing love will be with him, and he will rise to power because of me.
25. I will extend his rule from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the east.
26. And he will say to me, `You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'
27. I will make him my firstborn son, the mightiest king on earth.
28. I will love him and be kind to him forever; my covenant with him will never end.
29. I will preserve an heir for him; his throne will be as endless as the days of heaven.

Proverbs 22:1-2
1. Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold.
2. The rich and the poor have this in common: The LORD made them both.

Acts 28:1-31
1. Once we were safe on shore, we learned that we were on the island of Malta.
2. The people of the island were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us and warm us.
3. As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, fastened itself onto his hand.
4. The people of the island saw it hanging there and said to each other, "A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live."
5. But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed.
6. The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and decided he was a god.
7. Near the shore where we landed was an estate belonging to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us courteously and fed us for three days.
8. As it happened, Publius's father was ill with fever and dysentery. Paul went in and prayed for him, and laying his hands on him, he healed him.
9. Then all the other sick people on the island came and were cured.
10. As a result we were showered with honors, and when the time came to sail, people put on board all sorts of things we would need for the trip.
11. It was three months after the shipwreck that we set sail on another ship that had wintered at the island--an Alexandrian ship with the twin gods as its figurehead.
12. Our first stop was Syracuse, where we stayed three days.
13. From there we sailed across to Rhegium. A day later a south wind began blowing, so the following day we sailed up the coast to Puteoli.
14. There we found some believers, who invited us to stay with them seven days. And so we came to Rome.
15. The brothers and sisters in Rome had heard we were coming, and they came to meet us at the Forum on the Appian Way. Others joined us at The Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
16. When we arrived in Rome, Paul was permitted to have his own private lodging, though he was guarded by a soldier.
17. Three days after Paul's arrival, he called together the local Jewish leaders. He said to them, "Brothers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Roman government, even though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors.
18. The Romans tried me and wanted to release me, for they found no cause for the death sentence.
19. But when the Jewish leaders protested the decision, I felt it necessary to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no desire to press charges against my own people.
20. I asked you to come here today so we could get acquainted and so I could tell you that I am bound with this chain because I believe that the hope of Israel--the Messiah--has already come."
21. They replied, "We have heard nothing against you. We have had no letters from Judea or reports from anyone who has arrived here.
22. But we want to hear what you believe, for the only thing we know about these Christians is that they are denounced everywhere."
23. So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul's house. He told them about the Kingdom of God and taught them about Jesus from the Scriptures--from the five books of Moses and the books of the prophets. He began lecturing in the morning and went on into the evening.
24. Some believed and some didn't.
25. But after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: "The Holy Spirit was right when he said to our ancestors through Isaiah the prophet,
26. 'Go and say to my people, You will hear my words, but you will not understand; you will see what I do, but you will not perceive its meaning.
27. For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes--so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.'
28. So I want you to realize that this salvation from God is also available to the Gentiles, and they will accept it."
29. See Footnote
30. For the next two years, Paul lived in his own rented house. He welcomed all who visited him,
31. proclaiming the Kingdom of God with all boldness and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.