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April 12 - Bible-in-a-Year


Deuteronomy 17-18

Chapter 17

1 Do not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect(a) or flaw in it, for that would be detestable(b) to him.(c)

2 If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the Lord gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God in violation of his covenant,(d) 3 and contrary to my command(e) has worshiped other gods,(f) bowing down to them or to the sun(g) or the moon or the stars in the sky,(h) 4 and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true(i) and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel,(j) 5 take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.(k) 6 On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.(l) 7 The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting that person to death,(m) and then the hands of all the people.(n) You must purge the evil(o) from among you.

Law Courts

8 If cases come before your courts that are too difficult for you to judge(p)—whether bloodshed, lawsuits or assaults(q)—take them to the place the Lord your God will choose.(r) 9 Go to the Levitical(s) priests and to the judge(t) who is in office at that time. Inquire of them and they will give you the verdict.(u) 10 You must act according to the decisions they give you at the place the Lord will choose. Be careful to do everything they instruct you to do. 11 Act according to whatever they teach you and the decisions they give you. Do not turn aside from what they tell you, to the right or to the left.(v) 12 Anyone who shows contempt(w) for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering(x) there to the Lord your God is to be put to death.(y) You must purge the evil from Israel.(z) 13 All the people will hear and be afraid, and will not be contemptuous again.(aa)

The King

14 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession(ab) of it and settled in it,(ac) and you say, "Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,"(ad) 15 be sure to appoint(ae) over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites.(af) Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. 16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses(ag) for himself(ah) or make the people return to Egypt(ai) to get more of them,(aj) for the Lord has told you, "You are not to go back that way again."(ak) 17 He must not take many wives,(al) or his heart will be led astray.(am) He must not accumulate(an) large amounts of silver and gold.(ao)

18 When he takes the throne(ap) of his kingdom, he is to write(aq) for himself on a scroll a copy(ar) of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life(as) so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees(at) 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law(au) to the right or to the left.(av) Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.(aw)

Chapter 18

Offerings for Priests and Levites

1 The Levitical(a) priests—indeed, the whole tribe of Levi—are to have no allotment or inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the food offerings(b) presented to the Lord , for that is their inheritance.(c) 2 They shall have no inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the Lord is their inheritance,(d) as he promised them.(e)

3 This is the share due the priests(f) from the people who sacrifice a bull(g) or a sheep: the shoulder, the internal organs and the meat from the head.(h) 4 You are to give them the firstfruits of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep,(i) 5 for the Lord your God has chosen them(j) and their descendants out of all your tribes to stand and minister(k) in the Lord 's name always.(l)

6 If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he is living, and comes in all earnestness to the place the Lord will choose,(m) 7 he may minister in the name(n) of the Lord his God like all his fellow Levites who serve there in the presence of the Lord . 8 He is to share equally in their benefits, even though he has received money from the sale of family possessions.(o)

Occult Practices

9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate(p) the detestable ways(q) of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire,(r) who practices divination(s) or sorcery,(t) interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,(u) 11 or casts spells,(v) or who is a medium or spiritist(w) or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord ; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.(x) 13 You must be blameless(y) before the Lord your God.(z)

The Prophet

14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination.(aa) But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so. 15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites.(ab) You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die."(ac)

17 The Lord said to me: "What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet(ad) like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words(ae) in his mouth.(af) He will tell them everything I command him.(ag) 19 I myself will call to account(ah) anyone who does not listen(ai) to my words that the prophet speaks in my name.(aj) 20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods,(ak) is to be put to death."(al)

21 You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord ?" 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true,(am) that is a message the Lord has not spoken.(an) That prophet has spoken presumptuously,(ao) so do not be alarmed.

Job 12

Chapter 12


1 Then Job replied:

2 "Doubtless you are the only people who matter,
     and wisdom will die with you!(a)
3 But I have a mind as well as you;
     I am not inferior to you.
     Who does not know all these things?(b)

4 "I have become a laughingstock(c) to my friends,(d)
     though I called on God and he answered(e)
     a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!(f)
5 Those who are at ease have contempt(g) for misfortune
     as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.(h)
6 The tents of marauders are undisturbed,(i)
     and those who provoke God are secure(j)
     those God has in his hand.[a]

7 "But ask the animals, and they will teach you,(k)
     or the birds in the sky,(l) and they will tell you;(m)
8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
     or let the fish in the sea inform you.
9 Which of all these does not know(n)
     that the hand of the Lord has done this?(o)
10 In his hand is the life(p) of every creature
     and the breath of all mankind.(q)
11 Does not the ear test words
     as the tongue tastes food?(r)
12 Is not wisdom found among the aged?(s)
     Does not long life bring understanding?(t)

13 "To God belong wisdom(u) and power;(v)
     counsel and understanding are his.(w)
14 What he tears down(x) cannot be rebuilt;(y)
     those he imprisons cannot be released.(z)
15 If he holds back the waters,(aa) there is drought;(ab)
     if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.(ac)
16 To him belong strength and insight;(ad)
     both deceived and deceiver are his.(ae)
17 He leads rulers away stripped(af)
     and makes fools of judges.(ag)
18 He takes off the shackles(ah) put on by kings
     and ties a loincloth[b] around their waist.(ai)
19 He leads priests away stripped(aj)
     and overthrows officials long established.(ak)
20 He silences the lips of trusted advisers
     and takes away the discernment of elders.(al)
21 He pours contempt on nobles(am)
     and disarms the mighty.(an)
22 He reveals the deep things of darkness(ao)
     and brings utter darkness(ap) into the light.(aq)
23 He makes nations great, and destroys them;(ar)
     he enlarges nations,(as) and disperses them.(at)
24 He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason;(au)
     he makes them wander in a trackless waste.(av)
25 They grope in darkness with no light;(aw)
     he makes them stagger like drunkards.(ax)

Acts 3

Chapter 3

Peter Heals a Lame Beggar

1 One day Peter and John(a) were going up to the temple(b) at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.(c) 2 Now a man who was lame from birth(d) was being carried to the temple gate(e) called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg(f) from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

6 Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,(g) walk." 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping,(h) and praising God. 9 When all the people(i) saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful,(j) and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Peter Speaks to the Onlookers

11 While the man held on to Peter and John,(k) all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon's Colonnade.(l) 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: "Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,(m) the God of our fathers,(n) has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over(o) to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate,(p) though he had decided to let him go.(q) 14 You disowned the Holy(r) and Righteous One(s) and asked that a murderer be released to you.(t) 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.(u) We are witnesses(v) of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus,(w) this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

17 "Now, fellow Israelites,(x) I know that you acted in ignorance,(y) as did your leaders.(z) 18 But this is how God fulfilled(aa) what he had foretold(ab) through all the prophets,(ac) saying that his Messiah would suffer.(ad) 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,(ae) that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah,(af) who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him(ag) until the time comes for God to restore everything,(ah) as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.(ai) 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.(aj) 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.'[a](ak)

24 "Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets(al) who have spoken have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs(am) of the prophets and of the covenant(an) God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.'[b](ao) 26 When God raised up(ap) his servant, he sent him first(aq) to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."

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