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January 4 - Bible-in-a-Year
1 But God remembered(a) Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth,(b) and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens(c) had been closed, and the rain(d) had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days(e) the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month(f) the ark came to rest on the mountains(g) of Ararat.(h) 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
6 After forty days(i) Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven,(j) and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.(k) 8 Then he sent out a dove(l) to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.(m) 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
13 By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year,(n) the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month(o) the earth was completely dry.
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.(p) 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it."(q)
18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives.(r) 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord (s) and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean(t) birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings(u) on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma(v) and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground(w) because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood.(x) And never again will I destroy(y) all living creatures,(z) as I have done.
22 "As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,(aa)
cold and heat,
summer and winter,(ab)
day and night
will never cease."(ac)
God's Covenant With Noah
1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.(a) 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands.(b) 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you.(c) Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.(d)
4 "But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.(e) 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting.(f) I will demand an accounting from every animal.(g) And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.(h)
6 "Whoever sheds human blood,
by humans shall their blood be shed;(i)
for in the image of God(j)
has God made mankind.
7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it."(k)
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 "I now establish my covenant with you(l) and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant(m) with you:(n) Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.(o)"
12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant(p) I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:(q) 13 I have set my rainbow(r) in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow(s) appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant(t) between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.(u) 16 Whenever the rainbow(v) appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant(w) between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."
17 So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant(x) I have established between me and all life on the earth."
The Sons of Noah
18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth.(y) (Ham was the father of Canaan.)(z) 19 These were the three sons of Noah,(aa) and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.(ab)
20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded[a] to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine,(ac) he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked(ad) and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father's naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,
"Cursed(ae) be Canaan!(af)
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers.(ag)"
26 He also said,
"Praise be to the
, the God of Shem!(ah)
May Canaan be the slave(ai) of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth's[b] territory;(aj)
may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,(ak)
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth."
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.(al)
The Table of Nations
1 This is the account(a) of Shem, Ham and Japheth,(b) Noah's sons,(c) who themselves had sons after the flood.
2 The sons[a] of Japheth:
Gomer,(e) Magog,(f) Madai, Javan,(g) Tubal,(h) Meshek(i) and Tiras.
3 The sons of Gomer:
Ashkenaz,(j) Riphath and Togarmah.(k)
4 The sons of Javan:
Elishah,(l) Tarshish,(m) the Kittites(n) and the Rodanites.[b] 5 (From these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language.)(o)
6 The sons of Ham:
Cush,(q) Egypt, Put(r) and Canaan.(s)
7 The sons of Cush:
Seba,(t) Havilah,(u) Sabtah, Raamah(v) and Sabteka.
The sons of Raamah:
Sheba(w) and Dedan.(x)
8 Cush was the father[c] of Nimrod,(y) who became a mighty warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty(z) hunter(aa) before the Lord ; that is why it is said, "Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord ." 10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon,(ab) Uruk,(ac) Akkad and Kalneh,(ad) in[d] Shinar.[e](ae) 11 From that land he went to Assyria,(af) where he built Nineveh,(ag) Rehoboth Ir,[f] Calah 12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.
13 Egypt was the father of
the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, 14 Pathrusites, Kasluhites (from whom the Philistines(ah) came) and Caphtorites.(ai)
15 Canaan(aj) was the father of
Sidon(ak) his firstborn,[g](al) and of the Hittites,(am) 16 Jebusites,(an) Amorites,(ao) Girgashites,(ap) 17 Hivites,(aq) Arkites, Sinites, 18 Arvadites,(ar) Zemarites and Hamathites.(as)
Later the Canaanite(at) clans scattered 19 and the borders of Canaan(au) reached from Sidon(av) toward Gerar(aw) as far as Gaza,(ax) and then toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim,(ay) as far as Lasha.
20 These are the sons of Ham by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.
21 Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was[h] Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.(ba)
22 The sons of Shem:
Elam,(bb) Ashur,(bc) Arphaxad,(bd) Lud and Aram.(be)
23 The sons of Aram:
Uz,(bf) Hul, Gether and Meshek.[i]
24 Arphaxad was the father of[j] Shelah,
and Shelah the father of Eber.(bg)
25 Two sons were born to Eber:
One was named Peleg,[k] because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.
26 Joktan was the father of
Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 27 Hadoram, Uzal,(bh) Diklah, 28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba,(bi) 29 Ophir,(bj) Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.
30 The region where they lived stretched from Mesha toward Sephar, in the eastern hill country.
31 These are the sons of Shem by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.
32 These are the clans of Noah's sons,(bk) according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth(bl) after the flood.
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
1 Answer me(a) when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;(b)
have mercy(c) on me and hear my prayer.(d)
2 How long will you people turn my glory(e) into shame?(f)
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[b]?[c](g)
3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant(h) for himself;
the Lord hears(i) when I call to him.
4 Tremble and[d] do not sin;(j)
when you are on your beds,(k)
search your hearts and be silent.
5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust in the Lord .(l)
, are asking, "Who will bring us prosperity?"
Let the light of your face shine on us.(m)
7 Fill my heart(n) with joy(o)
when their grain and new wine(p) abound.
8 In peace(q) I will lie down and sleep,(r)
for you alone, Lord ,
make me dwell in safety.(s)
The Faith of the Centurion(a)
1 When Jesus had finished saying all this(b) to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.(c) 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,' and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,' and he does it."
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
Jesus Raises a Widow's Son(d)
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord(e) saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"(f) 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe(g) and praised God.(h) "A great prophet(i) has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people."(j) 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.(k)
the Fifth Week after Easter