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Bible in one year

September 24

Isaiah 39:1-8
1. Soon after this, Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent Hezekiah his best wishes and a gift. He had heard that Hezekiah had been very sick and that he had recovered.
2. Hezekiah welcomed the Babylonian envoys and showed them everything in his treasure-houses--the silver, the gold, the spices, and the aromatic oils. He also took them to see his armory and showed them all his other treasures--everything! There was nothing in his palace or kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
3. Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked him, "What did those men want? Where were they from?" Hezekiah replied, "They came from the distant land of Babylon."
4. "What did they see in your palace?" asked Isaiah. "They saw everything," Hezekiah replied. "I showed them everything I own--all my treasures."
5. Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Listen to this message from the LORD Almighty:
6. The time is coming when everything you have--all the treasures stored up by your ancestors--will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD.
7. Some of your own descendants will be taken away into exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the palace of Babylon's king."
8. Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "This message you have given me from the LORD is good." But the king was thinking, "At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime."

Isaiah 40:1-31
1. "Comfort, comfort my people," says your God.
2. "Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and that her sins are pardoned. Yes, the LORD has punished her in full for all her sins."
3. Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, "Make a highway for the LORD through the wilderness. Make a straight, smooth road through the desert for our God.
4. Fill the valleys and level the hills. Straighten out the curves and smooth off the rough spots.
5. Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The LORD has spoken!"
6. A voice said, "Shout!" I asked, "What should I shout?Shout that people are like the grass that dies away. Their beauty fades as quickly as the beauty of flowers in a field.
7. The grass withers, and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the LORD. And so it is with people.
8. The grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever."
9. Messenger of good news, shout to Zion from the mountaintops! Shout louder to Jerusalem--do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, "Your God is coming!"
10. Yes, the Sovereign LORD is coming in all his glorious power. He will rule with awesome strength. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
11. He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
12. Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed out the mountains and the hills?
13. Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to be his teacher or counselor?
14. Has the LORD ever needed anyone's advice? Does he need instruction about what is good or what is best?
15. No, for all the nations of the world are nothing in comparison with him. They are but a drop in the bucket, dust on the scales. He picks up the islands as though they had no weight at all.
16. All Lebanon's forests do not contain sufficient fuel to consume a sacrifice large enough to honor him. All Lebanon's sacrificial animals would not make an offering worthy of our God.
17. The nations of the world are as nothing to him. In his eyes they are less than nothing--mere emptiness and froth.
18. To whom, then, can we compare God? What image might we find to resemble him?
19. Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
20. Or is a poor person's wooden idol better? Can God be compared to an idol that must be placed on a stand so it won't fall down?
21. Have you never heard or understood? Are you deaf to the words of God--the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant?
22. It is God who sits above the circle of the earth. The people below must seem to him like grasshoppers! He is the one who spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them.
23. He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing.
24. They hardly get started, barely taking root, when he blows on them and their work withers. The wind carries them off like straw.
25. "To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?" asks the Holy One.
26. Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out one after another, calling each by its name. And he counts them to see that none are lost or have strayed away.
27. O Israel, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case?
28. Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.
30. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up.
31. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Psalms 109:21-25
21. But deal well with me, O Sovereign LORD, for the sake of your own reputation! Rescue me because you are so faithful and good.
22. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is full of pain.
23. I am fading like a shadow at dusk; I am falling like a grasshopper that is brushed aside.
24. My knees are weak from fasting, and I am skin and bones.
25. I am an object of mockery to people everywhere; when they see me, they shake their heads.

Proverbs 26:2-2
2. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an unfair curse will not land on its intended victim.

Galatians 2:1-21
1. Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too.
2. I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I talked privately with the leaders of the church. I wanted them to understand what I had been preaching to the Gentiles. I wanted to make sure they did not disagree, or my ministry would have been useless.
3. And they did agree. They did not even demand that my companion Titus be circumcised, though he was a Gentile.
4. Even that question wouldn't have come up except for some so-called Christians there--false ones, really--who came to spy on us and see our freedom in Christ Jesus. They wanted to force us, like slaves, to follow their Jewish regulations.
5. But we refused to listen to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the Good News for you.
6. And the leaders of the church who were there had nothing to add to what I was preaching. (By the way, their reputation as great leaders made no difference to me, for God has no favorites.)
7. They saw that God had given me the responsibility of preaching the Good News to the Gentiles, just as he had given Peter the responsibility of preaching to the Jews.
8. For the same God who worked through Peter for the benefit of the Jews worked through me for the benefit of the Gentiles.
9. In fact, James, Peter, and John, who were known as pillars of the church, recognized the gift God had given me, and they accepted Barnabas and me as their co-workers. They encouraged us to keep preaching to the Gentiles, while they continued their work with the Jews.
10. The only thing they suggested was that we remember to help the poor, and I have certainly been eager to do that.
11. But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him publicly, speaking strongly against what he was doing, for it was very wrong.
12. When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile Christians, who don't bother with circumcision. But afterward, when some Jewish friends of James came, Peter wouldn't eat with the Gentiles anymore because he was afraid of what these legalists would say.
13. Then the other Jewish Christians followed Peter's hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was influenced to join them in their hypocrisy.
14. When I saw that they were not following the truth of the Good News, I said to Peter in front of all the others, "Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you trying to make these Gentiles obey the Jewish laws you abandoned?
15. You and I are Jews by birth, not 'sinners' like the Gentiles.
16. And yet we Jewish Christians know that we become right with God, not by doing what the law commands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be accepted by God because of our faith in Christ--and not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be saved by obeying the law."
17. But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not!
18. Rather, I make myself guilty if I rebuild the old system I already tore down.
19. For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God's approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ.
20. I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
21. I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.