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Bible in one year


August 2


Esther 5:1-14
1. Three days later, Esther put on her royal robes and entered the inner court of the palace, just across from the king's hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne, facing the entrance.
2. When he saw Queen Esther standing there in the inner court, he welcomed her, holding out the gold scepter to her. So Esther approached and touched its tip.
3. Then the king asked her, "What do you want, Queen Esther? What is your request? I will give it to you, even if it is half the kingdom!"
4. And Esther replied, "If it please Your Majesty, let the king and Haman come today to a banquet I have prepared for the king."
5. The king turned to his attendants and said, "Tell Haman to come quickly to a banquet, as Esther has requested." So the king and Haman went to Esther's banquet.
6. And while they were drinking wine, the king said to Esther, "Now tell me what you really want. What is your request? I will give it to you, even if it is half the kingdom!"
7. Esther replied, "This is my request and deepest wish.
8. If Your Majesty is pleased with me and wants to grant my request, please come with Haman tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for you. Then tomorrow I will explain what this is all about."
9. What a happy man Haman was as he left the banquet! But when he saw Mordecai sitting at the gate, not standing up or trembling nervously before him, he was furious.
10. However, he restrained himself and went on home. Then he gathered together his friends and Zeresh, his wife,
11. and boasted to them about his great wealth and his many children. He bragged about the honors the king had given him and how he had been promoted over all the other officials and leaders.
12. Then Haman added, "And that's not all! Queen Esther invited only me and the king himself to the banquet she prepared for us. And she has invited me to dine with her and the king again tomorrow!"
13. Then he added, "But all this is meaningless as long as I see Mordecai the Jew just sitting there at the palace gate."
14. So Haman's wife, Zeresh, and all his friends suggested, "Set up a gallows that stands seventy-five feet tall, and in the morning ask the king to hang Mordecai on it. When this is done, you can go on your merry way to the banquet with the king." This pleased Haman immensely, and he ordered the gallows set up.

Esther 6:1-14
1. That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the historical records of his kingdom so they could be read to him.
2. In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king's private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate the king.
3. "What reward or recognition did we ever give Mordecai for this?" the king asked. His attendants replied, "Nothing has been done."
4. "Who is that in the outer court?" the king inquired. Now, as it happened, Haman had just arrived in the outer court of the palace to ask the king to hang Mordecai from the gallows he had prepared.
5. So the attendants replied to the king, "Haman is out there.Bring him in," the king ordered.
6. So Haman came in, and the king said, "What should I do to honor a man who truly pleases me?" Haman thought to himself, "Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?"
7. So he replied, "If the king wishes to honor someone,
8. he should bring out one of the king's own royal robes, as well as the king's own horse with a royal emblem on its head.
9. Instruct one of the king's most noble princes to dress the man in the king's robe and to lead him through the city square on the king's own horse. Have the prince shout as they go, `This is what happens to those the king wishes to honor!'"
10. "Excellent!" the king said to Haman. "Hurry and get the robe and my horse, and do just as you have said for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the gate of the palace. Do not fail to carry out everything you have suggested."
11. So Haman took the robe and put it on Mordecai, placed him on the king's own horse, and led him through the city square, shouting, "This is what happens to those the king wishes to honor!"
12. Afterward Mordecai returned to the palace gate, but Haman hurried home dejected and completely humiliated.
13. When Haman told his wife, Zeresh, and all his friends what had happened, they said, "Since Mordecai--this man who has humiliated you--is a Jew, you will never succeed in your plans against him. It will be fatal to continue to oppose him."
14. While they were still talking, the king's eunuchs arrived to take Haman to the banquet Esther had prepared.

Psalms 90:1-6
1. Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!
2. Before the mountains were created, before you made the earth and the world, you are God, without beginning or end.
3. You turn people back to dust, saying, "Return to dust!"
4. For you, a thousand years are as yesterday! They are like a few hours!
5. You sweep people away like dreams that disappear or like grass that springs up in the morning.
6. In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered.

Proverbs 22:9-9
9. Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

Romans 4:1-25
1. Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What were his experiences concerning this question of being saved by faith?
2. Was it because of his good deeds that God accepted him? If so, he would have had something to boast about. But from God's point of view Abraham had no basis at all for pride.
3. For the Scriptures tell us, "Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous."
4. When people work, their wages are not a gift. Workers earn what they receive.
5. But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work.
6. King David spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving sinner who is declared to be righteous:
7. "Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.
8. Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord."
9. Now then, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it for Gentiles, too? Well, what about Abraham? We have been saying he was declared righteous by God because of his faith.
10. But how did his faith help him? Was he declared righteous only after he had been circumcised, or was it before he was circumcised? The answer is that God accepted him first, and then he was circumcised later!
11. The circumcision ceremony was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous--even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are made right with God by faith.
12. And Abraham is also the spiritual father of those who have been circumcised, but only if they have the same kind of faith Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13. It is clear, then, that God's promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was not based on obedience to God's law, but on the new relationship with God that comes by faith.
14. So if you claim that God's promise is for those who obey God's law and think they are "good enough" in God's sight, then you are saying that faith is useless. And in that case, the promise is also meaningless.
15. But the law brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)
16. So that's why faith is the key! God's promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.
17. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, "I have made you the father of many nations." This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who brings into existence what didn't exist before.
18. When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars," even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible!
19. And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children.
20. Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.
21. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised.
22. And because of Abraham's faith, God declared him to be righteous.
23. Now this wonderful truth--that God declared him to be righteous--wasn't just for Abraham's benefit.
24. It was for us, too, assuring us that God will also declare us to be righteous if we believe in God, who brought Jesus our Lord back from the dead.
25. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised from the dead to make us right with God.