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Bible in one year


September 24


Isaiah 39:1-8
1. At that time King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered.
2. Hezekiah welcomed them; he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.
3. Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and said to him, "What did these men say? From where did they come to you?" Hezekiah answered, "They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon."
4. He said, "What have they seen in your house?" Hezekiah answered, "They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them."
5. Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD of hosts:
6. Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the LORD.
7. Some of your own sons who are born to you shall be taken away; they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon."
8. Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good." For he thought, "There will be peace and security in my days."

Isaiah 40:1-31
1. Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.
2. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.
3. A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
5. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
6. A voice says, "Cry out!" And I said, "What shall I cry?" All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.
7. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass.
8. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.
9. Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!"
10. See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
11. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
12. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
13. Who has directed the spirit of the LORD, or as his counselor has instructed him?
14. Whom did he consult for his enlightenment, and who taught him the path of justice? Who taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?
15. Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales; see, he takes up the isles like fine dust.
16. Lebanon would not provide fuel enough, nor are its animals enough for a burnt offering.
17. All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
18. To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?
19. An idol?-- A workman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold, and casts for it silver chains.
20. As a gift one chooses mulberry wood-- wood that will not rot-- then seeks out a skilled artisan to set up an image that will not topple.
21. Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22. It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in;
23. who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
24. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25. To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
26. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.
27. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God"?
28. Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
29. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.
30. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;
31. but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Psalms 109:21-25
21. But you, O LORD my Lord, act on my behalf for your name's sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me.
22. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is pierced within me.
23. I am gone like a shadow at evening; I am shaken off like a locust.
24. My knees are weak through fasting; my body has become gaunt.
25. I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.

Proverbs 26:2-2
2. Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.

Galatians 2:1-21
1. Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.
2. I went up in response to a revelation. Then I laid before them (though only in a private meeting with the acknowledged leaders) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure that I was not running, or had not run, in vain.
3. But even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.
4. But because of false believers secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might enslave us--
5. we did not submit to them even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might always remain with you.
6. And from those who were supposed to be acknowledged leaders (what they actually were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)-- those leaders contributed nothing to me.
7. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel for the circumcised
8. (for he who worked through Peter making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me in sending me to the Gentiles),
9. and when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
10. They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do.
11. But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood self-condemned;
12. for until certain people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But after they came, he drew back and kept himself separate for fear of the circumcision faction.
13. And the other Jews joined him in this hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.
14. But when I saw that they were not acting consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, "If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?"
15. We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners;
16. yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law.
17. But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not!
18. But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor.
19. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ;
20. and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
21. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.