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Bible in one year


February 3


Exodus 17:1-16
1. From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.
2. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, "Give us water to drink." Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?"
3. But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, "Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?"
4. So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me."
5. The LORD said to Moses, "Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.
6. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink." Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
7. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"
8. Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim.
9. Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some men for us and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand."
10. So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12. But Moses' hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the sun set.
13. And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the sword.
14. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this as a reminder in a book and recite it in the hearing of Joshua: I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven."
15. And Moses built an altar and called it, The LORD is my banner.
16. He said, "A hand upon the banner of the LORD The LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation."

Exodus 18:1-27
1. Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt.
2. After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro took her back,
3. along with her two sons. The name of the one was Gershom (for he said, "I have been an alien in a foreign land"),
4. and the name of the other, Eliezer (for he said, "The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh").
5. Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came into the wilderness where Moses was encamped at the mountain of God, bringing Moses' sons and wife to him.
6. He sent word to Moses, "I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you, with your wife and her two sons."
7. Moses went out to meet his father-in-law; he bowed down and kissed him; each asked after the other's welfare, and they went into the tent.
8. Then Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, all the hardship that had beset them on the way, and how the LORD had delivered them.
9. Jethro rejoiced for all the good that the LORD had done to Israel, in delivering them from the Egyptians.
10. Jethro said, "Blessed be the LORD, who has delivered you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh.
11. Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods, because he delivered the people from the Egyptians, when they dealt arrogantly with them."
12. And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and sacrifices to God; and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses' father-in-law in the presence of God.
13. The next day Moses sat as judge for the people, while the people stood around him from morning until evening.
14. When Moses' father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, "What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?"
15. Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God.
16. When they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make known to them the statutes and instructions of God."
17. Moses' father-in-law said to him, "What you are doing is not good.
18. You will surely wear yourself out, both you and these people with you. For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.
19. Now listen to me. I will give you counsel, and God be with you! You should represent the people before God, and you should bring their cases before God;
20. teach them the statutes and instructions and make known to them the way they are to go and the things they are to do.
21. You should also look for able men among all the people, men who fear God, are trustworthy, and hate dishonest gain; set such men over them as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
22. Let them sit as judges for the people at all times; let them bring every important case to you, but decide every minor case themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.
23. If you do this, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people will go to their home in peace."
24. So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said.
25. Moses chose able men from all Israel and appointed them as heads over the people, as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.
26. And they judged the people at all times; hard cases they brought to Moses, but any minor case they decided themselves.
27. Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went off to his own country.

Psalms 18:28-36
28. It is you who light my lamp; the LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.
29. By you I can crush a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.
30. This God-- his way is perfect; the promise of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
31. For who is God except the LORD? And who is a rock besides our God?--
32. the God who girded me with strength, and made my way safe.
33. He made my feet like the feet of a deer, and set me secure on the heights.
34. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35. You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand has supported me; your help has made me great.
36. You gave me a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.

Proverbs 6:16-19
16. There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him:
17. haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18. a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that hurry to run to evil,
19. a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family.

Matthew 22:1-22
1. Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying:
2. "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.
3. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.
4. Again he sent other slaves, saying, 'Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.'
5. But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,
6. while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.
7. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
8. Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
9. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.'
10. Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11. "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe,
12. and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?' And he was speechless.
13. Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
14. For many are called, but few are chosen."
15. Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said.
16. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.
17. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?"
18. But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?
19. Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius.
20. Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?"
21. They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's."
22. When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.