Day 41

 

Mark 13

 

13:1 As he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Teacher, see what kind of stones and what kind of buildings!"

 

13:2 Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone on another, which will not be thrown down."

 

13:3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,

 

13:4 "Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are all about to be fulfilled?"

 

13:5 Jesus, answering, began to tell them, "Be careful that no one leads you astray.

 

13:6 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he' and will lead many astray.

 

13:7 "When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, don't be troubled. For those must happen, but the end is not yet.

 

13:8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines and troubles. These things are the beginning of birth pains.

 

13:9 But watch yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils. You will be beaten in synagogues. You will stand before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them.

 

13:10 The Good News must first be preached to all the nations.

 

13:11 When they lead you away and deliver you up, don't be anxious beforehand, or premeditate what you will say, but say whatever will be given you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

 

13:12 "Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.

 

13:13 You will be hated by all men for my name's sake, but he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.

 

13:14 But when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not - let the reader understand, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains,

 

13:15 and let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter in, to take anything out of his house.

 

13:16 Let him who is in the field not return back to take his cloak.

 

13:17 But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babies in those days!

 

13:18 Pray that your flight won't be in the winter.

 

13:19 For in those days there will be oppression, such as there has not been the like from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be.

 

13:20 Unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved; but for the sake of the chosen ones, whom he picked out, he shortened the days.

 

13:21 Then if anyone tells you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, there!' don't believe it.

 

13:22 For there will arise false christs and false prophets, and will show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.

 

13:23 But you watch. "Behold, I have told you all things beforehand.

 

13:24 But in those days, after that oppression, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light,

 

13:25 the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.

 

13:26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

 

13:27 Then he will send out his angels, and will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky.

 

13:28 "Now from the fig tree, learn this parable. When the branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near;

 

13:29 even so you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know that it is near, at the doors.

 

13:30 Most certainly I say to you, this generation  will not pass away until all these things happen.

 

13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

 

13:32 But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

 

13:33 Watch, keep alert, and pray; for you don't know when the time is.

 

13:34 "It is like a man, traveling to another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, and to each one his work, and also commanded the doorkeeper to keep watch.

 

13:35 Watch therefore, for you don't know when the lord of the house is coming, whether at evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning;

 

13:36 lest coming suddenly he might find you sleeping.

 

13:37 What I tell you, I tell all: Watch."

 

Ephesians 1

 

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus:

 

1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ;

 

1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love;

 

1:5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire,

 

1:6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he freely bestowed favor on us in the Beloved,

 

1:7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

 

1:8 which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

 

1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him

 

1:10 to an administration of the fullness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, in him;

 

1:11 in whom also we were assigned an inheritance, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his will;

 

1:12 to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

 

1:13 in whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the Good News of your salvation,--in whom, having also believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

 

1:14 who is a pledge of our inheritance, to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of his glory.

 

1:15 For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which you have toward all the saints,

 

1:16 don't cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,

 

1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

 

1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

 

1:19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might

 

1:20 which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places,

 

1:21 far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.

 

1:22 He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things for the assembly,

 

1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

Ephesians 2

 

2:1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins,

 

2:2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience;

 

2:3 among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

 

2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,

 

2:5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

 

2:6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

 

2:7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus;

 

2:8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

 

2:9 not of works, that no one would boast.

 

2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

 

2:11 Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "uncircumcision" by that which is called "circumcision," (in the flesh, made by hands);

 

2:12 that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

 

2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ.

 

2:14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition,

 

2:15 having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making peace;

 

2:16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility thereby.

 

2:17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near.

 

2:18 For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

 

2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,

 

2:20 being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone;

 

2:21 in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord;


2:22 in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.

Day 42

Mark 14

14:1 It was now two days before the feast of the Passover and the unleavened bread, and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might seize him by deception, and kill him. 

14:2 For they said, "Not during the feast, because there might be a riot of the people." 

14:3 While he was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster jar of ointment of pure nard--very costly. She broke the jar, and poured it over his head. 

14:4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, saying, "Why has this ointment been wasted? 

14:5 For this might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii,{300 denarii was about a years wages for an agricultural laborer.} and given to the poor." They grumbled against her. 

14:6 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me. 

14:7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want to, you can do them good; but you will not always have me. 

14:8 She has done what she could. She has anointed my body beforehand for the burying. 

14:9 Most certainly I tell you, wherever this Good News may be preached throughout the whole world, that which this woman has done will also be spoken of for a memorial of her." 

14:10 Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went away to the chief priests, that he might deliver him to them. 

14:11 They, when they heard it, were glad, and promised to give him money. He sought how he might conveniently deliver him. 

14:12 On the first day of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the Passover, his disciples asked him, "Where do you want us to go and make ready that you may eat the Passover?" 

14:13 He sent two of his disciples, and said to them, "Go into the city, and there you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, 

14:14 and wherever he enters in, tell the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, "Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"' 

14:15 He will himself show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Make ready for us there." 

14:16 His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found things as he had said to them, and they prepared the Passover. 

14:17 When it was evening he came with the twelve. 

14:18 As they sat and were eating, Jesus said, "Most certainly I tell you, one of you will betray me--he who eats with me." 

14:19 They began to be sorrowful, and to ask him one by one, "Surely not I?" And another said, "Surely not I?" 

14:20 He answered them, "It is one of the twelve, he who dips with me in the dish. 

14:21 For the Son of Man goes, even as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born." 

14:22 As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had blessed, he broke it, and gave to them, and said, "Take, eat. This is my body." 

14:23 He took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them. They all drank of it. 

14:24 He said to them, "This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many. 

14:25 Most certainly I tell you, I will no more drink of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it anew in the Kingdom of God." 

14:26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 

14:27 Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'{Zechariah 13:7} 

14:28 However, after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee." 

14:29 But Peter said to him, "Although all will be offended, yet I will not." 

14:30 Jesus said to him, "Most certainly I tell you, that you today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." 

14:31 But he spoke all the more, "If I must die with you, I will not deny you." They all said the same thing. 

14:32 They came to a place which was named Gethsemane. He said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I pray." 

14:33 He took with him Peter, James, and John, and began to be greatly troubled and distressed. 

14:34 He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch." 

14:35 He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him. 

14:36 He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire, but what you desire." 

14:37 He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn't you watch one hour? 

14:38 Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." 

14:39 Again he went away, and prayed, saying the same words. 

14:40 Again he returned, and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they didn't know what to answer him. 

14:41 He came the third time, and said to them, "Sleep on now, and take your rest. It is enough. The hour has come. Behold, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 

14:42 Arise, let us be going. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand." 

14:43 Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came--and with him a multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 

14:44 Now he who betrayed him had given them a sign, saying, "Whoever I will kiss, that is he. Seize him, and lead him away safely." 

14:45 When he had come, immediately he came to him, and said, "Rabbi! Rabbi!" and kissed him. 

14:46 They laid their hands on him, and seized him. 

14:47 But a certain one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 

14:48 Jesus answered them, "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to seize me? 

14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you didn't arrest me. But this is so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled." 

14:50 They all left him, and fled. 

14:51 A certain young man followed him, having a linen cloth thrown around himself, over his naked body. The young men grabbed him, 

14:52 but he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. 

14:53 They led Jesus away to the high priest. All the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes came together with him. 

14:54 Peter had followed him from a distance, until he came into the court of the high priest. He was sitting with the officers, and warming himself in the light of the fire. 

14:55 Now the chief priests and the whole council sought witnesses against Jesus to put him to death, and found none. 

14:56 For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony didn't agree with each other. 

14:57 Some stood up, and gave false testimony against him, saying, 

14:58 "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.'" 

14:59 Even so, their testimony did not agree. 

14:60 The high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, "Have you no answer? What is it which these testify against you?" 

14:61 But he stayed quiet, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" 

14:62 Jesus said, "I am. You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of the sky." 

14:63 The high priest tore his clothes, and said, "What further need have we of witnesses? 

14:64 You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?" They all condemned him to be worthy of death. 

14:65 Some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to beat him with fists, and to tell him, "Prophesy!" The officers struck him with the palms of their hands. 

14:66 As Peter was in the courtyard below, one of the maids of the high priest came, 

14:67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him, and said, "You were also with the Nazarene, Jesus!" 

14:68 But he denied it, saying, "I neither know, nor understand what you are saying." He went out on the porch, and the rooster crowed. 

14:69 The maid saw him, and began again to tell those who stood by, "This is one of them." 

14:70 But he again denied it. After a little while again those who stood by said to Peter, "You truly are one of them, for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it." 

14:71 But he began to curse, and to swear, "I don't know this man of whom you speak!" 

14:72 The rooster crowed the second time. Peter remembered the word, how that Jesus said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." When he thought about that, he wept. 

 

Ephesians 3

3:1 For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles, 

3:2 if it is so that you have heard of the administration of that grace of God which was given me toward you; 

3:3 how that by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I wrote before in few words, 

3:4 by which, when you read, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ; 

3:5 which in other generations was not made known to the children of men, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 

3:6 that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of his promise in Christ Jesus through the Good News,

3:7 of which I was made a servant, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power. 

3:8 To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 

3:9 and to make all men see what is the administration{TR reads "fellowship" instead of "administration"} of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ; 

3:10 to the intent that now through the assembly the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places, 

3:11 according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord; 

3:12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him. 

3:13 Therefore I ask that you may not lose heart at my troubles for you, which are your glory. 

3:14 For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

3:15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 

3:16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; 

3:17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 

3:18 may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 

3:19 and to know Christ's love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 

3:20 Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 

3:21 to him be the glory in the assembly and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. 

 

Ephesians 4

4:1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, 

4:2 with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love; 

4:3 being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling; 

4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 

4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all. 

4:7 But to each one of us was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 

4:8 Therefore he says, "When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men."{Psalm 68:18} 

4:9 Now this, "He ascended," what is it but that he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 

4:10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. 

4:11 He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds{or, pastors} and teachers; 

4:12 for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ; 

4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 

4:14 that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; 

4:15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, Christ; 

4:16 from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love. 

4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 

4:18 being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts; 

4:19 who having become callous gave themselves up to lust, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 

4:20 But you did not learn Christ that way; 

4:21 if indeed you heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus: 

4:22 that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man, that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit; 

4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 

4:24 and put on the new man, who in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth. 

4:25 Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak truth each one with his neighbor. For we are members of one another. 

4:26 "Be angry, and don't sin."{Psalm 4:4} Don't let the sun go down on your wrath, 

4:27 neither give place to the devil. 

4:28 Let him who stole steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have something to give to him who has need. 

4:29 Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for building up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear. 

4:30 Don't grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 

4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander, be put away from you, with all malice. 

4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you. 

Day 43

Mark 15

15:1 Immediately in the morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him up to Pilate. 

15:2 Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" He answered, "So you say." 

15:3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 

15:4 Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer? See how many things they testify against you!" 

15:5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate marveled. 

15:6 Now at the feast he used to release to them one prisoner, whom they asked of him. 

15:7 There was one called Barabbas, bound with those who had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder. 

15:8 The multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do as he always did for them. 

15:9 Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?" 

15:10 For he perceived that for envy the chief priests had delivered him up. 

15:11 But the chief priests stirred up the multitude, that he should release Barabbas to them instead. 

15:12 Pilate again asked them, "What then should I do to him whom you call the King of the Jews?" 

15:13 They cried out again, "Crucify him!" 

15:14 Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they cried out exceedingly, "Crucify him!" 

15:15 Pilate, wishing to please the multitude, released Barabbas to them, and handed over Jesus, when he had flogged him, to be crucified. 

15:16 The soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they called together the whole cohort. 

15:17 They clothed him with purple, and weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 

15:18 They began to salute him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 

15:19 They struck his head with a reed, and spat on him, and bowing their knees, did homage to him. 

15:20 When they had mocked him, they took the purple off of him, and put his own garments on him. They led him out to crucify him. 

15:21 They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross. 

15:22 They brought him to the place called Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, "The place of a skull." 

15:23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh to drink, but he didn't take it. 

15:24 Crucifying him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots on them, what each should take. 

15:25 It was the third hour,{9:00 A. M.} and they crucified him. 

15:26 The superscription of his accusation was written over him, "THE KING OF THE JEWS." 

15:27 With him they crucified two robbers; one on his right hand, and one on his left. 

15:28 The Scripture was fulfilled, which says, "He was numbered with transgressors." 

15:29 Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, 

15:30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!" 

15:31 Likewise, also the chief priests mocking among themselves with the scribes said, "He saved others. He can't save himself. 

15:32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe him.{TR omits "him"}" Those who were crucified with him insulted him. 

15:33 When the sixth hour{or, noon} had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.{3:00 PM} 

15:34 At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is, being interpreted, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"{Psalm 22:1} 

15:35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, "Behold, he is calling Elijah." 

15:36 One ran, and filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Let him be. Let's see whether Elijah comes to take him down." 

15:37 Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and gave up the spirit. 

15:38 The veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. 

15:39 When the centurion, who stood by opposite him, saw that he cried out like this and breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!" 

15:40 There were also women watching from afar, among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 

15:41 who, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and served him; and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem. 

15:42 When evening had now come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 

15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member who also himself was looking for the Kingdom of God, came. He boldly went in to Pilate, and asked for Jesus' body. 

15:44 Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long. 

15:45 When he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 

15:46 He bought a linen cloth, and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been cut out of a rock. He rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 

15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was laid. 

 

Ephesians 5

5:1 Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children. 

5:2 Walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance. 

5:3 But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned among you, as becomes saints; 

5:4 nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks. 

5:5 Know this for sure, that no sexually immoral person, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God. 

5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 

5:7 Therefore don't be partakers with them. 

5:8 For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, 

5:9 for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth, 

5:10 proving what is well pleasing to the Lord. 

5:11 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them. 

5:12 For the things which are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of. 

5:13 But all things, when they are reproved, are revealed by the light, for everything that reveals is light. 

5:14 Therefore he says, "Awake, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." 

5:15 Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise; 

5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 

5:17 Therefore don't be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 

5:18 Don't be drunken with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 

5:19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; singing, and singing praises in your heart to the Lord; 

5:20 giving thanks always concerning all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God, even the Father; 

5:21 subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ. 

5:22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 

5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the assembly, being himself the savior of the body. 

5:24 But as the assembly is subject to Christ, so let the wives also be to their own husbands in everything. 

5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it; 

5:26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, 

5:27 that he might present the assembly to himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 

5:28 Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. 

5:29 For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord also does the assembly; 

5:30 because we are members of his body, of his flesh and bones. 

5:31 "For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife. The two will become one flesh."{Genesis 2:24} 

5:32 This mystery is great, but I speak concerning Christ and of the assembly. 

5:33 Nevertheless each of you must also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she respects her husband. 

 

Ephesians 6

6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 

6:2 "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise: 

6:3 "that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth."{Deuteronomy 5:16} 

6:4 You fathers, don't provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 

6:5 Servants, be obedient to those who according to the flesh are your masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ; 

6:6 not in the way of service only when eyes are on you, as men pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 

6:7 with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men; 

6:8 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, he will receive the same again from the Lord, whether he is bound or free. 

6:9 You masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with him. 

6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. 

6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 

6:13 Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. 

6:14 Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 

6:15 and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace; 

6:16 above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. 

6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the spoken word of God; 

6:18 with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints: 

6:19 on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Good News, 

6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 

6:21 But that you also may know my affairs, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make known to you all things; 

6:22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our state, and that he may comfort your hearts. 

6:23 Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

6:24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love. Amen.

Day 44

Mark 16

 

16:1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him.

 

16:2 Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.

 

16:3 They were saying among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?"

 

16:4 for it was very big. Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back.

 

16:5 Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed.

 

16:6 He said to them, "Don't be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him!

 

16:7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see him, as he said to you.'"

 

16:8 They went out,  and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid.

 

16:9 Now when he had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

 

16:10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

 

16:11 When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they disbelieved.

 

16:12 After these things he was revealed in another form to two of them, as they walked, on their way into the country.

 

16:13 They went away and told it to the rest. They didn't believe them, either.

 

16:14 Afterward he was revealed to the eleven themselves as they sat at the table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they didn't believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

 

16:15 He said to them, "Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation.

 

16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned.

 

16:17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages;

 

16:18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

 

16:19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

 

16:20 They went out, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen.

 

Philippians 1

 

1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ; To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and servants:

 

1:2 Grace to you, and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1:3 I thank my God whenever I remember you,

 

1:4 always in every request of mine on behalf of you all making my requests with joy,

 

1:5 for your partnership  in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now;

 

1:6 being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

 

1:7 It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News, you all are partakers with me of grace.

 

1:8 For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

 

1:9 This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;

 

1:10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ;

 

1:11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

 

1:12 Now I desire to have you know, brothers,  that the things which happened to me have turned out rather to the progress of the Good News;

 

1:13 so that it became evident to the whole praetorian guard, and to all the rest, that my bonds are in Christ;

 

1:14 and that most of the brothers in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.

 

1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will.

 

1:16 The former insincerely preach Christ from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains;

 

1:17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Good News.

 

1:18 What does it matter? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed. I rejoice in this, yes, and will rejoice.

 

1:19 For I know that this will turn out to my salvation, through your supplication and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

 

1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will in no way be disappointed, but with all boldness, as always, now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.

 

1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

 

1:22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will bring fruit from my work; yet I don't make known what I will choose.

 

1:23 But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.

 

1:24 Yet, to remain in the flesh is more needful for your sake.

 

1:25 Having this confidence, I know that I will remain, yes, and remain with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,

 

1:26 that your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my presence with you again.

 

1:27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the Good News of Christ, that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your state, that you stand firm in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the Good News;

 

1:28 and in nothing frightened by the adversaries, which is for them a proof of destruction, but to you of salvation, and that from God.

 

1:29 Because it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on his behalf,

 

1:30 having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now here is in me.

 

Philippians 2

 

2:1 If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion,

 

2:2 make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind;

 

2:3 doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself;

 

2:4 each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.

 

2:5 Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus,

 

2:6 who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider equality with God a thing to be grasped,

 

2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.

 

2:8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross.

 

2:9 Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name;

 

2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth,

 

2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

2:12 So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

 

2:13 For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.

 

2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputes,

 

2:15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world,

 

2:16 holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn't run in vain nor labor in vain.

 

2:17 Yes, and if I am poured out on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all.

 

2:18 In the same way, you also rejoice, and rejoice with me.

 

2:19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered up when I know how you are doing.

 

2:20 For I have no one else like-minded, who will truly care about you.

 

2:21 For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.

 

2:22 But you know the proof of him, that, as a child serves a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the Good News.

 

2:23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it will go with me.

 

2:24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself also will come shortly.

 

2:25 But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier, and your apostle and servant of my need;

 

2:26 since he longed for you all, and was very troubled, because you had heard that he was sick.

 

2:27 For indeed he was sick, nearly to death, but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow on sorrow.

 

2:28 I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that, when you see him again, you may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.

 

2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy, and hold such in honor,


2:30 because for the work of Christ he came near to death, risking his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.

Day 45

Luke 1

 

1:1 Since many have undertaken to set in order a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us,

 

1:2 even as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word delivered them to us,

 

1:3 it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write to you in order, most excellent Theophilus;

 

1:4 that you might know the certainty concerning the things in which you were instructed.

 

1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the priestly division of Abijah. He had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

 

1:6 They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord.

 

1:7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they both were well advanced in years.

 

1:8 Now it happened, while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his division,

 

1:9 according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

 

1:10 The whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.

 

1:11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

 

1:12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.

 

1:13 But the angel said to him, "Don't be afraid, Zacharias, because your request has been heard, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.

 

1:14 You will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth.

 

1:15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.

 

1:16 He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord, their God.

 

1:17 He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

 

1:18 Zacharias said to the angel, "How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."

 

1:19 The angel answered him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God. I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news.

 

1:20 Behold, you will be silent and not able to speak, until the day that these things will happen, because you didn't believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time."

 

1:21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled that he delayed in the temple.

 

1:22 When he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple. He continued making signs to them, and remained mute.

 

1:23 It happened, when the days of his service were fulfilled, he departed to his house.

 

1:24 After these days Elizabeth, his wife, conceived, and she hid herself five months, saying,

 

1:25 "Thus has the Lord done to me in the days in which he looked at me, to take away my reproach among men."

 

1:26 Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

 

1:27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.

 

1:28 Having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, you highly favored one! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women!"

 

1:29 But when she saw him, she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered what kind of salutation this might be.

 

1:30 The angel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

 

1:31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and will call his name 'Jesus.'

 

1:32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David,

 

1:33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever. There will be no end to his Kingdom."

 

1:34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, seeing I am a virgin?"

 

1:35 The angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore also the holy one who is born from you will be called the Son of God.

 

1:36 Behold, Elizabeth, your relative, also has conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.

 

1:37 For everything spoken by God is possible."

 

1:38 Mary said, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word." The angel departed from her.

 

1:39 Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah,

 

1:40 and entered into the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.

 

1:41 It happened, when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, that the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

1:42 She called out with a loud voice, and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

 

1:43 Why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

 

1:44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came into my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy!

 

1:45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord!"

 

1:46 Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord.

 

1:47 My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,

 

1:48 for he has looked at the humble state of his handmaid. For behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed.

 

1:49 For he who is mighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name.

 

1:50 His mercy is for generations of generations on those who fear him.

 

1:51 He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

 

1:52 He has put down princes from their thrones. And has exalted the lowly.

 

1:53 He has filled the hungry with good things. He has sent the rich away empty.

 

1:54 He has given help to Israel, his servant, that he might remember mercy,

 

1:55 As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his seed forever."

 

1:56 Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her house.

 

1:57 Now the time that Elizabeth should give birth was fulfilled, and she brought forth a son.

 

1:58 Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her, and they rejoiced with her.

 

1:59 It happened on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him Zacharias, after the name of the father.

 

1:60 His mother answered, "Not so; but he will be called John."

 

1:61 They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name."

 

1:62 They made signs to his father, what he would have him called.

 

1:63 He asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, "His name is John." They all marveled.

 

1:64 His mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue freed, and he spoke, blessing God.

 

1:65 Fear came on all who lived around them, and all these sayings were talked about throughout all the hill country of Judea.

 

1:66 All who heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, "What then will this child be?" The hand of the Lord was with him.

 

1:67 His father, Zacharias, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,

 

1:68 "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and worked redemption for his people;

 

1:69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David

 

1:70 (as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets who have been from of old),

 

1:71 salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us;

 

1:72 to show mercy towards our fathers, to remember his holy covenant,

 

1:73 the oath which he spoke to Abraham, our father,

 

1:74 to grant to us that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, should serve him without fear,

 

1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.

 

1:76 And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways,

 

1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins,

 

1:78 because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the dawn from on high will visit us,

 

1:79 to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death; to guide our feet into the way of peace."

 

1:80 The child was growing, and becoming strong in spirit, and was in the desert until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

 

Philippians 3

 

3:1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not tiresome, but for you it is safe.

 

3:2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision.

 

3:3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh;

 

3:4 though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has confidence in the flesh, I yet more:

 

3:5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;

 

3:6 concerning zeal, persecuting the assembly; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless.

 

3:7 However, what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ.

 

3:8 Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ

 

3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

 

3:10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death;

 

3:11 if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

 

3:12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus.

 

3:13 Brothers, I don't regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,

 

3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

3:15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, think this way. If in anything you think otherwise, God will also reveal that to you.

 

3:16 Nevertheless, to the extent that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule. Let us be of the same mind.

 

3:17 Brothers, be imitators together of me, and note those who walk this way, even as you have us for an example.

 

3:18 For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ,

 

3:19 whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who think about earthly things.

 

3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

 

3:21 who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.

 

Philippians 4


 

4:1 Therefore, my brothers, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.

 

4:2 I exhort Euodia, and I exhort Syntyche, to think the same way in the Lord.

 

4:3 Yes, I beg you also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they labored with me in the Good News, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

 

4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, Rejoice!

 

4:5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

 

4:6 In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

 

4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

 

4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.

 

4:9 The things which you learned, received, heard, and saw in me: do these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

 

4:10 But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length you have revived your thought for me; in which you did indeed take thought, but you lacked opportunity.

 

4:11 Not that I speak in respect to lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it.

 

4:12 I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need.

 

4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

 

4:14 However you did well that you shared in my affliction.

 

4:15 You yourselves also know, you Philippians, that in the beginning of the Good News, when I departed from Macedonia, no assembly shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you only.

 

4:16 For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again to my need.

 

4:17 Not that I seek for the gift, but I seek for the fruit that increases to your account.

 

4:18 But I have all things, and abound. I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, a sweet-smelling fragrance, an acceptable and well-pleasing sacrifice to God.

 

4:19 My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

 

4:20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever! Amen.

 

4:21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you.

 

4:22 All the saints greet you, especially those who are of Caesar's household.

 

4:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

Day 46

Luke 2

 

2:1 Now it happened in those days, that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.

 

2:2 This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

 

2:3 All went to enroll themselves, everyone to his own city.

 

2:4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David;

 

2:5 to enroll himself with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him as wife, being pregnant.

 

2:6 It happened, while they were there, that the day had come that she should give birth.

 

2:7 She brought forth her firstborn son, and she wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

2:8 There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.

 

2:9 Behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

 

2:10 The angel said to them, "Don't be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people.

 

2:11 For there is born to you, this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

 

2:12 This is the sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough."

 

2:13 Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying,

 

2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, goodwill toward men."

 

2:15 It happened, when the angels went away from them into the sky, that the shepherds said one to another, "Let's go to Bethlehem, now, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."

 

2:16 They came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby was lying in the feeding trough.

 

2:17 When they saw it, they publicized widely the saying which was spoken to them about this child.

 

2:18 All who heard it wondered at the things which were spoken to them by the shepherds.

 

2:19 But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart.

 

2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, just as it was told them.

 

2:21 When eight days were fulfilled for the circumcision of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

 

2:22 When the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord

 

2:23 as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord",

 

2:24 and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, "A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."

 

2:25 Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.

 

2:26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

 

2:27 He came in the Spirit into the temple. When the parents brought in the child, Jesus, that they might do concerning him according to the custom of the law,

 

2:28 then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,

 

2:29 "Now you are releasing your servant, Master, according to your word, in peace;

 

2:30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,

 

2:31 which you have prepared before the face of all peoples;

 

2:32 a light for revelation to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel."

 

2:33 Joseph and his mother were marveling at the things which were spoken concerning him,

 

2:34 and Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against.

 

2:35 Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

 

2:36 There was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity,

 

2:37 and she had been a widow for about eighty-four years), who didn't depart from the temple, worshipping with fastings and petitions night and day.

 

2:38 Coming up at that very hour, she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of him to all those who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem.

 

2:39 When they had accomplished all things that were according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.

 

2:40 The child was growing, and was becoming strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

 

2:41 His parents went every year to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover.

 

2:42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast,

 

2:43 and when they had fulfilled the days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. Joseph and his mother didn't know it,

 

2:44 but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day's journey, and they looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances.

 

2:45 When they didn't find him, they returned to Jerusalem, looking for him.

 

2:46 It happened after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions.

 

2:47 All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

 

2:48 When they saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, your father and I were anxiously looking for you."

 

2:49 He said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know that I must be in my Father's house?"

 

2:50 They didn't understand the saying which he spoke to them.

 

2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth. He was subject to them, and his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

 

2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

 

Colossians 1

 

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

 

1:2 to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1:3 We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

 

1:4 having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have toward all the saints,

 

1:5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Good News,

 

1:6 which has come to you; even as it is in all the world and is bearing fruit and growing, as it does in you also, since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

 

1:7 even as you learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,

 

1:8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

 

1:9 For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don't cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

 

1:10 that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

 

1:11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy;

 

1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;

 

1:13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love;

 

1:14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins;

 

1:15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

 

1:16 For by him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and for him.

 

1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things are held together.

 

1:18 He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

 

1:19 For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him;

 

1:20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, whether things on the earth, or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross.

 

1:21 You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works,

 

1:22 yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and blameless before him,

 

1:23 if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News which you heard, which is being proclaimed in all creation under heaven; of which I, Paul, was made a servant.

 

1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the assembly;

 

1:25 of which I was made a servant, according to the stewardship of God which was given me toward you, to fulfill the word of God,

 

1:26 the mystery which has been hidden for ages and generations. But now it has been revealed to his saints,

 

1:27 to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory;

 

1:28 whom we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus;

 

1:29 for which I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

 

Colossians 2

 

2:1 For I desire to have you know how greatly I struggle for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

 

2:2 that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and gaining all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,

 

2:3 in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.

 

2:4 Now this I say that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech.

 

2:5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and seeing your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

 

2:6 As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him,

 

2:7 rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving.

 

2:8 Be careful that you don't let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.

 

2:9 For in him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily,

 

2:10 and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power;

 

2:11 in whom you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ;

 

2:12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

 

2:13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

 

2:14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us; and he has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross;

 

2:15 having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

 

2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day,

 

2:17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's.

 

2:18 Let no one rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

 

2:19 and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God's growth.

 

2:20 If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances,

 

2:21 "Don't handle, nor taste, nor touch"

 

2:22 all of which perish with use, according to the precepts and doctrines of men?


2:23 Which things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, and humility, and severity to the body; but aren't of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Day 47

Luke 3

 

3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,

 

3:2 in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.

 

3:3 He came into all the region around the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for remission of sins.

 

3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.

 

3:5 Every valley will be filled. Every mountain and hill will be brought low. The crooked will become straight, and the rough ways smooth.

 

3:6 All flesh will see God's salvation.'

 

3:7 He said therefore to the multitudes who went out to be baptized by him, "You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

 

3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and don't begin to say among yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father;' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones!

 

3:9 Even now the axe also lies at the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doesn't bring forth good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire."

 

3:10 The multitudes asked him, "What then must we do?"

 

3:11 He answered them, "He who has two coats, let him give to him who has none. He who has food, let him do likewise."

 

3:12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Teacher, what must we do?"

 

3:13 He said to them, "Collect no more than that which is appointed to you."

 

3:14 Soldiers also asked him, saying, "What about us? What must we do?" He said to them, "Extort from no one by violence, neither accuse anyone wrongfully. Be content with your wages."

 

3:15 As the people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he was the Christ,

 

3:16 John answered them all, "I indeed baptize you with water, but he comes who is mightier than I, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to loosen. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire,

 

3:17 whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor, and will gather the wheat into his barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

 

3:18 Then with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people,

 

3:19 but Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things which Herod had done,

 

3:20 added this also to them all, that he shut up John in prison.

 

3:21 Now it happened, when all the people were baptized, Jesus also had been baptized, and was praying. The sky was opened,

 

3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form as a dove on him; and a voice came out of the sky, saying "You are my beloved Son. In you I am well pleased."

 

3:23 Jesus himself, when he began to teach, was about thirty years old, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,

 

3:24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,

 

3:25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,

 

3:26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Simeon, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah,

 

3:27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,

 

3:28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er,

 

3:29 the son of Jose, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,

 

3:30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim,

 

3:31 the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,

 

3:32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,

 

3:33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Aram,  the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,

 

3:34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,

 

3:35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,

 

3:36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,

 

3:37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,

 

3:38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

 

Colossians 3

 

3:1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God.

 

3:2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.

 

3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

 

3:4 When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory.

 

3:5 Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry;

 

3:6 for which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.

 

3:7 You also once walked in those, when you lived in them;

 

3:8 but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth.

 

3:9 Don't lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings,

 

3:10 and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator,

 

3:11 where there can't be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond servant, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all.

 

3:12 Put on therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance;

 

3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.

 

3:14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.

 

3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

 

3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord.

 

3:17 Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through him.

 

3:18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

 

3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and don't be bitter against them.

 

3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this pleases the Lord.

 

3:21 Fathers, don't provoke your children, so that they won't be discouraged.

 

3:22 Servants, obey in all things those who are your masters according to the flesh, not just when they are looking, as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God.

 

3:23 And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men,

 

3:24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

 

3:25 But he who does wrong will receive again for the wrong that he has done, and there is no partiality.

 

Colossians 4

 

4:1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

 

4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

 

4:3 praying together for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds;

 

4:4 that I may reveal it as I ought to speak.

 

4:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

 

4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

 

4:7 All my affairs will be made known to you by Tychicus, the beloved brother, faithful servant, and fellow bondservant in the Lord.

 

4:8 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts,

 

4:9 together with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you everything that is going on here.

 

4:10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you received commandments, "if he comes to you, receive him"),

 

4:11 and Jesus who is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These are my only fellow workers for the Kingdom of God, men who have been a comfort to me.

 

4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always striving for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

 

4:13 For I testify about him, that he has great zeal for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis.

 

4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you.

 

4:15 Greet the brothers who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the assembly that is in his house.

 

4:16 When this letter has been read among you, cause it to be read also in the assembly of the Laodiceans; and that you also read the letter from Laodicea.

 

4:17 Tell Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it."


4:18 The salutation of me, Paul, with my own hand: remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Day 48

Luke 4

4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 

4:2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry. 

4:3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." 

4:4 Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'"{Deuteronomy 8:3} 

4:5 The devil, leading him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 

4:6 The devil said to him, "I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want. 

4:7 If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours." 

4:8 Jesus answered him, "Get behind me Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.'"{Deuteronomy 6:13} 

4:9 He led him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here, 

4:10 for it is written, 'He will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you;' 

4:11 and, 'On their hands they will bear you up, lest perhaps you dash your foot against a stone.'"{Psalm 91:11-12} 

4:12 Jesus answering, said to him, "It has been said, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"{Deuteronomy 6:16} 

4:13 When the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until another time. 

4:14 Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and news about him spread through all the surrounding area. 

4:15 He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 

4:16 He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. He entered, as was his custom, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 

4:17 The book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He opened the book, and found the place where it was written, 

4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,{NU omits "to heal the brokenhearted"} to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed, 

4:19 and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."{Isaiah 61:1-2} 

4:20 He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him. 

4:21 He began to tell them, "Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." 

4:22 All testified about him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth, and they said, "Isn't this Joseph's son?" 

4:23 He said to them, "Doubtless you will tell me this parable, 'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in your hometown.'" 

4:24 He said, "Most certainly I tell you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 

4:25 But truly I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land. 

4:26 Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 

4:27 There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, except Naaman, the Syrian." 

4:28 They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things. 

4:29 They rose up, threw him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might throw him off the cliff. 

4:30 But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way. 

4:31 He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. He was teaching them on the Sabbath day, 

4:32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. 

4:33 In the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 

4:34 saying, "Ah! what have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!"

4:35 Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" When the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 

4:36 Amazement came on all, and they spoke together, one with another, saying, "What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!" 

4:37 News about him went out into every place of the surrounding region. 

4:38 He rose up from the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a great fever, and they begged him for her. 

4:39 He stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her. Immediately she rose up and served them. 

4:40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 

4:41 Demons also came out from many, crying out, and saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of God!" Rebuking them, he didn't allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ. 

4:42 When it was day, he departed and went into an uninhabited place, and the multitudes looked for him, and came to him, and held on to him, so that he wouldn't go away from them. 

4:43 But he said to them, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other cities also. For this reason I have been sent." 

4:44 He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee. 

 

1 Thessalonians 1

1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

1:2 We always give thanks to God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers, 

1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father. 

1:4 We know, brothers{The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} loved by God, that you are chosen, 

1:5 and that our Good News came to you not in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we showed ourselves to be among you for your sake. 

1:6 You became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 

1:7 so that you became an example to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. 

1:8 For from you the word of the Lord has been declared, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone out; so that we need not to say anything. 

1:9 For they themselves report concerning us what kind of a reception we had from you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 

1:10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead--Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come. 

 

1 Thessalonians 2

2:1 For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you wasn't in vain, 

2:2 but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the Good News of God in much conflict. 

2:3 For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception. 

2:4 But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts. 

2:5 For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness), 

2:6 nor seeking glory from men (neither from you nor from others), when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Christ. 

2:7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 

2:8 Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us. 

2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail; for working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached to you the Good News of God. 

2:10 You are witnesses with God, how holy, righteously, and blamelessly we behaved ourselves toward you who believe. 

2:11 As you know, we exhorted, comforted, and implored every one of you, as a father does his own children, 

2:12 to the end that you should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own Kingdom and glory. 

2:13 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when you received from us the word of the message of God, you accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe. 

2:14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the assemblies of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus; for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews; 

2:15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and drove us out, and didn't please God, and are contrary to all men; 

2:16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins always. But wrath has come on them to the uttermost. 

2:17 But we, brothers, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, tried even harder to see your face with great desire, 

2:18 because we wanted to come to you--indeed, I, Paul, once and again--but Satan hindered us. 

2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn't it even you, before our Lord Jesus{TR adds "Christ"} at his coming? 

2:20 For you are our glory and our joy. 

Day 49

Luke 5

 

5:1 Now it happened, while the multitude pressed on him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret.

 

5:2 He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

 

5:3 He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.

 

5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch."

 

5:5 Simon answered him, "Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the net."

 

5:6 When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish, and their net was breaking.

 

5:7 They beckoned to their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. They came, and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.

 

5:8 But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord."

 

5:9 For he was amazed, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had caught;

 

5:10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid. From now on you will be catching people alive."

 

5:11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything, and followed him.

 

5:12 It happened, while he was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man full of leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and begged him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean."

 

5:13 He stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I want to. Be made clean." Immediately the leprosy left him.

 

5:14 He commanded him to tell no one, "But go your way, and show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing according to what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them."

 

5:15 But the report concerning him spread much more, and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.

 

5:16 But he withdrew himself into the desert, and prayed.

 

5:17 It happened on one of those days, that he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was with him to heal them.

 

5:18 Behold, men brought a paralyzed man on a cot, and they sought to bring him in to lay before Jesus.

 

5:19 Not finding a way to bring him in because of the multitude, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiles with his cot into the midst before Jesus.

 

5:20 Seeing their faith, he said to him, "Man, your sins are forgiven you."

 

5:21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

 

5:22 But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, answered them, "Why are you reasoning so in your hearts?

 

5:23 Which is easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you;' or to say, 'Arise and walk?'

 

5:24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" (he said to the paralyzed man), "I tell you, arise, and take up your cot, and go to your house."

 

5:25 Immediately he rose up before them, and took up that which he was laying on, and departed to his house, glorifying God.

 

5:26 Amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God. They were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen strange things today."

 

5:27 After these things he went out, and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office, and said to him, "Follow me!"

 

5:28 He left everything, and rose up and followed him.

 

5:29 Levi made a great feast for him in his house. There was a great crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining with them.

 

5:30 Their scribes and the Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?"

 

5:31 Jesus answered them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do.

 

5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

 

5:33 They said to him, "Why do John's disciples often fast and pray, likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink?"

 

5:34 He said to them, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

 

5:35 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then they will fast in those days."

 

5:36 He also told a parable to them. "No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old garment, or else he will tear the new, and also the piece from the new will not match the old.

 

5:37 No one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.

 

5:38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.

 

5:39 No man having drunk old wine immediately desires new, for he says, 'The old is better.'"

 

I Thessalonians 3

 

3:1 Therefore, when we couldn't stand it any longer, we thought it good to be left behind at Athens alone,

 

3:2 and sent Timothy, our brother and God's servant in the Good News of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith;

 

3:3 that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you know that we are appointed to this task.

 

3:4 For most certainly, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction, even as it happened, and you know.

 

3:5 For this cause I also, when I couldn't stand it any longer, sent that I might know your faith, for fear that by any means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor would have been in vain.

 

3:6 But when Timothy came just now to us from you, and brought us glad news of your faith and love, and that you have good memories of us always, longing to see us, even as we also long to see you;

 

3:7 for this cause, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our distress and affliction through your faith.

 

3:8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

 

3:9 For what thanksgiving can we render again to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God;

 

3:10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

 

3:11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you;

 

3:12 and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you,

 

3:13 to the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

 

I Thessalonians 4

 

4:1 Finally then, brothers, we beg and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, that you abound more and more.

 

4:2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

 

4:3 For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality,

 

4:4 that each one of you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

 

4:5 not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who don't know God;

 

4:6 that no one should take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister in this matter; because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified.

 

4:7 For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.

 

4:8 Therefore he who rejects this doesn't reject man, but God, who has also given his Holy Spirit to you.

 

4:9 But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another,

 

4:10 for indeed you do it toward all the brothers who are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you, brothers, that you abound more and more;

 

4:11 and that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, even as we instructed you;

 

4:12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and may have need of nothing.

 

4:13 But we don't want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don't grieve like the rest, who have no hope.

 

4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

 

4:15 For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left to the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep.

 

4:16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God's trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first,

 

4:17 then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.


4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Day 50

Luke 6

 

6:1 Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first, that he was going through the grain fields. His disciples plucked the heads of grain, and ate, rubbing them in their hands.

 

6:2 But some of the Pharisees said to them, "Why do you do that which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath day?"

 

6:3 Jesus, answering them, said, "Haven't you read what David did when he was hungry, he, and those who were with him;

 

6:4 how he entered into the house of God, and took and ate the show bread, and gave also to those who were with him, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests alone?"

 

6:5 He said to them, "The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath."

 

6:6 It also happened on another Sabbath that he entered into the synagogue and taught. There was a man there, and his right hand was withered.

 

6:7 The scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against him.

 

6:8 But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Rise up, and stand in the middle." He arose and stood.

 

6:9 Then Jesus said to them, "I will ask you something: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?"

 

6:10 He looked around at them all, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did, and his hand was restored as sound as the other.

 

6:11 But they were filled with rage, and talked with one another about what they might do to Jesus.

 

6:12 It happened in these days, that he went out to the mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God.

 

6:13 When it was day, he called his disciples, and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles:

 

6:14 Simon, whom he also named Peter; Andrew, his brother; James; John; Philip; Bartholomew;

 

6:15 Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Simon, who was called the Zealot;

 

6:16 Judas the son of James; and Judas Iscariot, who also became a traitor.

 

6:17 He came down with them, and stood on a level place, with a crowd of his disciples, and a great number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;

 

6:18 as well as those who were troubled by unclean spirits, and they were being healed.

 

6:19 All the multitude sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.

 

6:20 He lifted up his eyes to his disciples, and said, "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.

 

6:21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

 

6:22 Blessed are you when men shall hate you, and when they shall exclude and mock you, and throw out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake.

 

6:23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven, for their fathers did the same thing to the prophets.

 

6:24 "But woe to you who are rich! For you have received your consolation.

 

6:25 Woe to you, you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.

 

6:26 Woe,  men speak well of you, for their fathers did the same thing to the false prophets.

 

6:27 "But I tell you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

 

6:28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.

 

6:29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer also the other; and from him who takes away your cloak, don't withhold your coat also.

 

6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, and don't ask him who takes away your goods to give them back again.

 

6:31 "As you would like people to do to you, do exactly so to them.

 

6:32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

 

6:33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

 

6:34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive back as much.

 

6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.

 

6:36 Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful.

 

6:37 Don't judge, and you won't be judged. Don't condemn, and you won't be condemned. Set free, and you will be set free.

 

6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you."

 

6:39 He spoke a parable to them. "Can the blind guide the blind? Won't they both fall into a pit?

 

6:40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.

 

6:41 Why do you see the speck of chaff that is in your brother's eye, but don't consider the beam that is in your own eye?

 

6:42 Or how can you tell your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck of chaff that is in your eye,' when you yourself don't see the beam that is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck of chaff that is in your brother's eye.

 

6:43 For there is no good tree that brings forth rotten fruit; nor again a rotten tree that brings forth good fruit.

 

6:44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. For people don't gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.

 

6:45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings out that which is good, and the evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings out that which is evil, for out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks.

 

6:46 "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say?

 

6:47 Everyone who comes to me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you who he is like.

 

6:48 He is like a man building a house, who dug and went deep, and laid a foundation on the rock. When a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it was founded on the rock.

 

6:49 But he who hears, and doesn't do, is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great."

 

1 Thessalonians 5

 

5:1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that anything be written to you.

 

5:2 For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.

 

5:3 For when they are saying, "Peace and safety," then sudden destruction will come on them, like birth pains on a pregnant woman; and they will in no way escape.

 

5:4 But you, brothers, aren't in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief.

 

5:5 You are all children of light, and children of the day. We don't belong to the night, nor to darkness,

 

5:6 so then let's not sleep, as the rest do, but let's watch and be sober.

 

5:7 For those who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk are drunk in the night.

 

5:8 But let us, since we belong to the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and, for a helmet, the hope of salvation.

 

5:9 For God didn't appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

5:10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

 

5:11 Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do.

 

5:12 But we beg you, brothers, to know those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you,

 

5:13 and to respect and honor them in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

 

5:14 We exhort you, brothers, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient toward all.

 

5:15 See that no one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always follow after that which is good, for one another, and for all.

 

5:16 Rejoice always.

 

5:17 Pray without ceasing.

 

5:18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.

 

5:19 Don't quench the Spirit.

 

5:20 Don't despise prophecies.

 

5:21 Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.

 

5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.

 

5:23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

5:24 He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.

 

5:25 Brothers, pray for us.

 

5:26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.

 

5:27 I solemnly command you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the holy brothers.


5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Day 51

Luke 7

 

7:1 After he had finished speaking in the hearing of the people, he entered into Capernaum.

 

7:2 A certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick and at the point of death.

 

7:3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and save his servant.

 

7:4 When they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy for you to do this for him,

 

7:5 for he loves our nation, and he built our synagogue for us."

 

7:6 Jesus went with them. When he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I am not worthy for you to come under my roof.

 

7:7 Therefore I didn't even think myself worthy to come to you; but say the word, and my servant will be healed.

 

7:8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, 'Go!' and he goes; and to another, 'Come!' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."

 

7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude who followed him, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel."

 

7:10 Those who were sent, returning to the house, found that the servant who had been sick was well.

 

7:11 It happened soon afterwards, that he went to a city called Nain. Many of his disciples, along with a great multitude, went with him.

 

7:12 Now when he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, one who was dead was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. Many people of the city were with her.

 

7:13 When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her, "Don't cry."

 

7:14 He came near and touched the coffin, and the bearers stood still. He said, "Young man, I tell you, arise!"

 

7:15 He who was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.

 

7:16 Fear took hold of all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and, "God has visited his people!"

 

7:17 This report went out concerning him in the whole of Judea, and in all the surrounding region.

 

7:18 The disciples of John told him about all these things.

 

7:19 John, calling to himself two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, "Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?"

 

7:20 When the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptizer has sent us to you, saying, 'Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?'"

 

7:21 In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and to many who were blind he gave sight.

 

7:22 Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard: that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.

 

7:23 Blessed is he who is not offended by me."

 

7:24 When John's messengers had departed, he began to tell the multitudes about John, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

 

7:25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously dressed, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.

 

7:26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.

 

7:27 This is he of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'

 

7:28 "For I tell you, among those who are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptizer, yet he who is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he."

 

7:29 When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they declared God to be just, having been baptized with John's baptism.

 

7:30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the counsel of God, not being baptized by him themselves.

 

7:31 "To what then will I liken the people of this generation? What are they like?

 

7:32 They are like children who sit in the marketplace, and call one to another, saying, 'We piped to you, and you didn't dance. We mourned, and you didn't weep.'

 

7:33 For John the Baptizer came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.'

 

7:34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard; a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'

 

7:35 Wisdom is justified by all her children."

 

7:36 One of the Pharisees invited him to eat with him. He entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat at the table.

 

7:37 Behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that he was reclining in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of ointment.

 

7:38 Standing behind at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

 

7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, that she is a sinner."

 

7:40 Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." He said, "Teacher, say on."

 

7:41 "A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

 

7:42 When they couldn't pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?"

 

7:43 Simon answered, "He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most." He said to him, "You have judged correctly."

 

7:44 Turning to the woman, he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head.

 

7:45 You gave me no kiss, but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet.

 

7:46 You didn't anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.

 

7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."

 

7:48 He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

 

7:49 Those who sat at the table with him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"

 

7:50 He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

 

2 Thessalonians 1

 

1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1:3 We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers, even as it is appropriate, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each and every one of you towards one another abounds;

 

1:4 so that we ourselves boast about you in the assemblies of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you endure.

 

1:5 This is an obvious sign of the righteous judgment of God, to the end that you may be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which you also suffer.

 

1:6 Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay affliction to those who afflict you,

 

1:7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire,

 

1:8 giving vengeance to those who don't know God, and to those who don't obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus,

 

1:9 who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might,

 

1:10 when he comes to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired among all those who have believed (because our testimony to you was believed) in that day.

 

1:11 To this end we also pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and work of faith, with power;

 

1:12 that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2 Thessalonians 2

 

2:1 Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him, we ask you

 

2:2 not to be quickly shaken in your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as from us, saying that the day of Christ had come.

 

2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction,

 

2:4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.

 

2:5 Don't you remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things?

 

2:6 Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season.

 

2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way.

 

2:8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming;

 

2:9 even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

 

2:10 and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn't receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

 

2:11 Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie;

 

2:12 that they all might be judged who didn't believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

2:13 But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth;

 

2:14 to which he called you through our Good News, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2:15 So then, brothers, stand firm, and hold the traditions which you were taught by us, whether by word, or by letter.

 

2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,


2:17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word.

Day 52

Luke 8

 

8:1 It happened soon afterwards, that he went about through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the Kingdom of God. With him were the twelve,

 

8:2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out;

 

8:3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuzas, Herod's steward; Susanna; and many others; who served them from their possessions.

 

8:4 When a great multitude came together, and people from every city were coming to him, he spoke by a parable.

 

8:5 "The farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell along the road, and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the sky devoured it.

 

8:6 Other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture.

 

8:7 Other fell amid the thorns, and the thorns grew with it, and choked it.

 

8:8 Other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit one hundred times." As he said these things, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

 

8:9 Then his disciples asked him, "What does this parable mean?"

 

8:10 He said, "To you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables; that 'seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.'  

 

8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

 

8:12 Those along the road are those who hear, then the devil comes, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved.

 

8:13 Those on the rock are they who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; but these have no root, who believe for a while, then fall away in time of temptation.

 

8:14 That which fell among the thorns, these are those who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

 

8:15 That in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience.

 

8:16 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a container, or puts it under a bed; but puts it on a stand, that those who enter in may see the light.

 

8:17 For nothing is hidden, that will not be revealed; nor anything secret, that will not be known and come to light.

 

8:18 Be careful therefore how you hear. For whoever has, to him will be given; and whoever doesn't have, from him will be taken away even that which he thinks he has."

 

8:19 His mother and brothers came to him, and they could not come near him for the crowd.

 

8:20 It was told him by some saying, "Your mother and your brothers stand outside, desiring to see you."

 

8:21 But he answered them, "My mother and my brothers are these who hear the word of God, and do it."

 

8:22 Now it happened on one of those days, that he entered into a boat, himself and his disciples, and he said to them, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they launched out.

 

8:23 But as they sailed, he fell asleep. A wind storm came down on the lake, and they were taking on dangerous amounts of water.

 

8:24 They came to him, and awoke him, saying, "Master, master, we are dying!" He awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased, and it was calm.

 

8:25 He said to them, "Where is your faith?" Being afraid they marveled, saying one to another, "Who is this, then, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?"

 

8:26 They arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.

 

8:27 When Jesus stepped ashore, a certain man out of the city who had demons for a long time met him. He wore no clothes, and didn't live in a house, but in the tombs.

 

8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, "What do I have to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torment me!"

 

8:29 For Jesus was commanding the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For the unclean spirit had often seized the man. He was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters. Breaking the bands apart, he was driven by the demon into the desert.

 

8:30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He said, "Legion," for many demons had entered into him.

 

8:31 They begged him that he would not command them to go into the abyss.

 

8:32 Now there was there a herd of many pigs feeding on the mountain, and they begged him that he would allow them to enter into those. He allowed them.

 

8:33 The demons came out from the man, and entered into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned.

 

8:34 When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country.

 

8:35 People went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

 

8:36 Those who saw it told them how he who had been possessed by demons was healed.

 

8:37 All the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them, for they were very much afraid. He entered into the boat, and returned.

 

8:38 But the man from whom the demons had gone out begged him that he might go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,

 

8:39 "Return to your house, and declare what great things God has done for you." He went his way, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

 

8:40 It happened, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.

 

8:41 Behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. He fell down at Jesus' feet, and begged him to come into his house,

 

8:42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as he went, the multitudes pressed against him.

 

8:43 A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living on physicians, and could not be healed by any,

 

8:44 came behind him, and touched the fringe of his cloak, and immediately the flow of her blood stopped.

 

8:45 Jesus said, "Who touched me?" When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes press and jostle you, and you say, 'Who touched me?'"

 

8:46 But Jesus said, "Someone did touch me, for I perceived that power has gone out of me."

 

8:47 When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared to him in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

 

8:48 He said to her, "Daughter, cheer up. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace."

 

8:49 While he still spoke, one from the ruler of the synagogue's house came, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Don't trouble the Teacher."

 

8:50 But Jesus hearing it, answered him, "Don't be afraid. Only believe, and she will be healed."

 

8:51 When he came to the house, he didn't allow anyone to enter in, except Peter, John, James, the father of the child, and her mother.

 

8:52 All were weeping and mourning her, but he said, "Don't weep. She isn't dead, but sleeping."

 

8:53 They were ridiculing him, knowing that she was dead.

 

8:54 But he put them all outside, and taking her by the hand, he called, saying, "Child, arise!"

 

8:55 Her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately. He commanded that something be given to her to eat.

 

8:56 Her parents were amazed, but he commanded them to tell no one what had been done.

 

II Thessalonians 3

 

3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as also with you;

 

3:2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for not all have faith.

 

3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the evil one.

 

3:4 We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you both do and will do the things we command.

 

3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.

 

3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us.

 

3:7 For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we didn't behave ourselves rebelliously among you,

 

3:8 neither did we eat bread from anyone's hand without paying for it, but in labor and travail worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you;

 

3:9 not because we don't have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us.

 

3:10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: "If anyone will not work, neither let him eat."

 

3:11 For we hear of some who walk among you in rebellion, who don't work at all, but are busybodies.

 

3:12 Now those who are that way, we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

 

3:13 But you, brothers, don't be weary in doing well.

 

3:14 If any man doesn't obey our word in this letter, note that man, that you have no company with him, to the end that he may be ashamed.

 

3:15 Don't count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

 

3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.

 

3:17 The greeting of me, Paul, with my own hand, which is the sign in every letter: this is how I write.


3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Day 53

Luke 9

 

9:1 He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.

 

9:2 He sent them forth to preach the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

 

9:3 He said to them, "Take nothing for your journey--neither staffs, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats apiece.

 

9:4 Into whatever house you enter, stay there, and depart from there.

 

9:5 As many as don't receive you, when you depart from that city, shake off even the dust from your feet for a testimony against them."

 

9:6 They departed, and went throughout the villages, preaching the Good News, and healing everywhere.

 

9:7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him; and he was very perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,

 

9:8 and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.

 

9:9 Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this, about whom I hear such things?" He sought to see him.

 

9:10 The apostles, when they had returned, told him what things they had done. He took them, and withdrew apart to a deserted place of a city called Bethsaida.

 

9:11 But the multitudes, perceiving it, followed him. He welcomed them, and spoke to them of the Kingdom of God, and he cured those who needed healing.

 

9:12 The day began to wear away; and the twelve came, and said to him, "Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and farms, and lodge, and get food, for we are here in a deserted place."

 

9:13 But he said to them, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we should go and buy food for all these people."

 

9:14 For they were about five thousand men. He said to his disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each."

 

9:15 They did so, and made them all sit down.

 

9:16 He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to the sky, he blessed them, and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude.

 

9:17 They ate, and were all filled. They gathered up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over.

 

9:18 It happened, as he was praying alone, that the disciples were with him, and he asked them, "Who do the multitudes say that I am?"

 

9:19 They answered, "'John the Baptizer,' but others say, 'Elijah,' and others, that one of the old prophets is risen again."

 

9:20 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ of God."

 

9:21 But he warned them, and commanded them to tell this to no one,

 

9:22 saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up."

 

9:23 He said to all, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross,  and follow me.

 

9:24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same will save it.

 

9:25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits his own self?

 

9:26 For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed, when he comes in his glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy angels.

 

9:27 But I tell you the truth: There are some of those who stand here, who will in no way taste of death, until they see the Kingdom of God."

 

9:28 It happened about eight days after these sayings, that he took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up onto the mountain to pray.

 

9:29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became white and dazzling.

 

9:30 Behold, two men were talking with him, who were Moses and Elijah,

 

9:31 who appeared in glory, and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

 

9:32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory, and the two men who stood with him.

 

9:33 It happened, as they were parting from him, that Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let's make three tents: one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah," not knowing what he said.

 

9:34 While he said these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered into the cloud.

 

9:35 A voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!"

 

9:36 When the voice came, Jesus was found alone. They were silent, and told no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.

 

9:37 It happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met him.

 

9:38 Behold, a man from the crowd called out, saying, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.

 

9:39 Behold, a spirit takes him, he suddenly cries out, and it convulses him so that he foams, and it hardly departs from him, bruising him severely.

 

9:40 I begged your disciples to cast it out, and they couldn't."

 

9:41 Jesus answered, "Faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here."

 

9:42 While he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him violently. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.

 

9:43 They were all astonished at the majesty of God. But while all were marveling at all the things which Jesus did, he said to his disciples,

 

9:44 "Let these words sink into your ears, for the Son of Man will be delivered up into the hands of men."

 

9:45 But they didn't understand this saying. It was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

 

9:46 There arose an argument among them about which of them was the greatest.

 

9:47 Jesus, perceiving the reasoning of their hearts, took a little child, and set him by his side,

 

9:48 and said to them, "Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me. Whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For whoever is least among you all, this one will be great."

 

9:49 John answered, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he doesn't follow with us."

 

9:50 Jesus said to him, "Don't forbid him, for he who is not against us is for us."

 

9:51 It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem,

 

9:52 and sent messengers before his face. They went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him.

 

9:53 They didn't receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem.

 

9:54 When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?"

 

9:55 But he turned and rebuked them, "You don't know of what kind of spirit you are.

 

9:56 For the Son of Man didn't come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." They went to another village.

 

9:57 As they went on the way, a certain man said to him, "I want to follow you wherever you go, Lord."

 

9:58 Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

 

9:59 He said to another, "Follow me!" But he said, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father."

 

9:60 But Jesus said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead, but you go and announce the Kingdom of God."

 

9:61 Another also said, "I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to bid farewell to those who are at my house."

 

9:62 But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God."


 

1 Timothy 1

 

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and Christ Jesus our hope;

 

1:2 to Timothy, my true child in faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

1:3 As I urged you when I was going into Macedonia, stay at Ephesus that you might command certain men not to teach a different doctrine,

 

1:4 neither to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause disputes, rather than God's stewardship, which is in faith--

 

1:5 but the goal of this command is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and unfeigned faith;

 

1:6 from which things some, having missed the mark, have turned aside to vain talking;

 

1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor about what they strongly affirm.

 

1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully,

 

1:9 as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

 

1:10 for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for slave-traders, for liars, for perjurers, and for any other thing contrary to the sound doctrine;

 

1:11 according to the Good News of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

 

1:12 And I thank him who enabled me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he counted me faithful, appointing me to service;

 

1:13 although I was before a blasphemer, a persecutor, and insolent. However, I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

 

1:14 The grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

 

1:15 The saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

 

1:16 However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first, Jesus Christ might display all his patience, for an example of those who were going to believe in him for eternal life.

 

1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

1:18 This instruction I commit to you, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies which led the way to you, that by them you may wage the good warfare;

 

1:19 holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust away made a shipwreck concerning the faith;

 

1:20 of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I delivered to Satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme.

 

1 Timothy 2

 

2:1 I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and givings of thanks, be made for all men:

 

2:2 for kings and all who are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and reverence.

 

2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;

 

2:4 who desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth.

 

2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

 

2:6 who gave himself as a ransom for all; the testimony in its own times;

 

2:7 to which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth in Christ, not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

 

2:8 I desire therefore that the men in every place pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and doubting.

 

2:9 In the same way, that women also adorn themselves in decent clothing, with modesty and propriety; not just with braided hair, gold, pearls, or expensive clothing;

 

2:10 but (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

 

2:11 Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection.

 

2:12 But I don't permit a woman to teach, nor to exercise authority over a man, but to be in quietness.

 

2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

 

2:14 Adam wasn't deceived, but the woman, being deceived, has fallen into disobedience;


2:15 but she will be saved through her childbearing, if they continue in faith, love, and sanctification with sobriety.

Day 54

Luke 10

 

10:1 Now after these things, the Lord also appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of him into every city and place, where he was about to come.

 

10:2 Then he said to them, "The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he may send out laborers into his harvest.

 

10:3 Go your ways. Behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.

 

10:4 Carry no purse, nor wallet, nor sandals. Greet no one on the way.

 

10:5 Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house.'

 

10:6 If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.

 

10:7 Remain in that same house, eating and drinking the things they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Don't go from house to house.

 

10:8 Into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat the things that are set before you.

 

10:9 Heal the sick who are therein, and tell them, 'The Kingdom of God has come near to you.'

 

10:10 But into whatever city you enter, and they don't receive you, go out into its streets and say,

 

10:11 'Even the dust from your city that clings to us, we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the Kingdom of God has come near to you.'

 

10:12 I tell you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city.

 

10:13 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

 

10:14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you.

 

10:15 You, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to hell.

 

10:16 Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me. Whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me."

 

10:17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!"

 

10:18 He said to them, "I saw Satan having fallen like lightning from heaven.

 

10:19 Behold, I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will in any way hurt you.

 

10:20 Nevertheless, don't rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

 

10:21 In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, "I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight."

 

10:22 Turning to the disciples, he said, "All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son desires to reveal him."

 

10:23 Turning to the disciples, he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see,

 

10:24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see the things which you see, and didn't see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and didn't hear them."

 

10:25 Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

 

10:26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?"

 

10:27 He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind;  and your neighbor as yourself."

 

10:28 He said to him, "You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live."

 

10:29 But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"

 

10:30 Jesus answered, "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

 

10:31 By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

 

10:32 In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.

 

10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion,

 

10:34 came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

 

10:35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, 'Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.'

 

10:36 Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?"

 

10:37 He said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

 

10:38 It happened as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

 

10:39 She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

 

10:40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she came up to him, and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister left me to serve alone? Ask her therefore to help me."

 

10:41 Jesus answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,

 

10:42 but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her."

 

1 Timothy 3

 

3:1 This is a faithful saying: if a man seeks the office of an overseer, he desires a good work.

 

3:2 The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;

 

3:3 not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;

 

3:4 one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence;

 

3:5 (but if a man doesn't know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the assembly of God?)

 

3:6 not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

 

3:7 Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.

 

3:8 Servants, in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money;

 

3:9 holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

 

3:10 Let them also first be tested; then let them serve if they are blameless.

 

3:11 Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

 

3:12 Let servants be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

 

3:13 For those who have served well gain for themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

 

3:14 These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly;

 

3:15 but if I wait long, that you may know how men ought to behave themselves in the house of God, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

 

3:16 Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.

 

1 Timothy 4

 

4:1 But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons,

 

4:2 through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron;

 

4:3 forbidding marriage and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

 

4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving.

 

4:5 For it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.

 

4:6 If you instruct the brothers of these things, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith, and of the good doctrine which you have followed.

 

4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables. Exercise yourself toward godliness.

 

4:8 For bodily exercise has some value, but godliness has value in all things, having the promise of the life which is now, and of that which is to come.

 

4:9 This saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance.

 

4:10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we have set our trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

 

4:11 Command and teach these things.

 

4:12 Let no man despise your youth; but be an example to those who believe, in word, in your way of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity.

 

4:13 Until I come, pay attention to reading, to exhortation, and to teaching.

 

4:14 Don't neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the elders.

 

4:15 Be diligent in these things. Give yourself wholly to them, that your progress may be revealed to all.


4:16 Pay attention to yourself, and to your teaching. Continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Day 55

Luke 11

 

11:1 It happened, that when he finished praying in a certain place, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples."

 

11:2 He said to them, "When you pray, say, 'Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come. May your will be done on Earth, as it is in heaven.

 

11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

 

11:4 Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'"

 

11:5 He said to them, "Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight, and tell him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,

 

11:6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,'

 

11:7 and he from within will answer and say, 'Don't bother me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give it to you'?

 

11:8 I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as many as he needs.

 

11:9 "I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you.

 

11:10 For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.

 

11:11 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he won't give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?

 

11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, he won't give him a scorpion, will he?

 

11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"

 

11:14 He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. It happened, when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke; and the multitudes marveled.

 

11:15 But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons."

 

11:16 Others, testing him, sought from him a sign from heaven.

 

11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. A house divided against itself falls.

 

11:18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.

 

11:19 But if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore will they be your judges.

 

11:20 But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come to you.

 

11:21 "When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe.

 

11:22 But when someone stronger attacks him and overcomes him, he takes from him his whole armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

 

11:23 "He that is not with me is against me. He who doesn't gather with me scatters.

 

11:24 The unclean spirit, when he has gone out of the man, passes through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none, he says, 'I will turn back to my house from which I came out.'

 

11:25 When he returns, he finds it swept and put in order.

 

11:26 Then he goes, and takes seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there. The last state of that man becomes worse than the first."

 

11:27 It came to pass, as he said these things, a certain woman out of the multitude lifted up her voice, and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts which nursed you!"

 

11:28 But he said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it."

 

11:29 When the multitudes were gathering together to him, he began to say, "This is an evil generation. It seeks after a sign. No sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah, the prophet.

 

11:30 For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will also the Son of Man be to this generation.

 

11:31 The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and will condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, one greater than Solomon is here.

 

11:32 The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, one greater than Jonah is here.

 

11:33 "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, that those who come in may see the light.

 

11:34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness.

 

11:35 Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn't darkness.

 

11:36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light."

 

11:37 Now as he spoke, a certain Pharisee asked him to dine with him. He went in, and sat at the table.

 

11:38 When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first washed himself before dinner.

 

11:39 The Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but your inward part is full of extortion and wickedness.

 

11:40 You foolish ones, didn't he who made the outside make the inside also?

 

11:41 But give for gifts to the needy those things which are within, and behold, all things will be clean to you.

 

11:42 But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, but you bypass justice and the love of God. You ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.

 

11:43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues, and the greetings in the marketplaces.

 

11:44 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like hidden graves, and the men who walk over them don't know it."

 

11:45 One of the lawyers answered him, "Teacher, in saying this you insult us also."

 

11:46 He said, "Woe to you lawyers also! For you load men with burdens that are difficult to carry, and you yourselves won't even lift one finger to help carry those burdens.

 

11:47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

 

11:48 So you testify and consent to the works of your fathers. For they killed them, and you build their tombs.

 

11:49 Therefore also the wisdom of God said, 'I will send to them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will kill and persecute,

 

11:50 that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

 

11:51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary.' Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.

 

11:52 Woe to you lawyers! For you took away the key of knowledge. You didn't enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in, you hindered."

 

11:53 As he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be terribly angry, and to draw many things out of him;

 

11:54 lying in wait for him, and seeking to catch him in something he might say, that they might accuse him.

 

1 Timothy 5

 

5:1 Don't rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brothers;

 

5:2 the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.

 

5:3 Honor widows who are widows indeed.

 

5:4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety towards their own family, and to repay their parents, for this is acceptable in the sight of God.

 

5:5 Now she who is a widow indeed, and desolate, has her hope set on God, and continues in petitions and prayers night and day.

 

5:6 But she who gives herself to pleasure is dead while she lives.

 

5:7 Also command these things, that they may be without reproach.

 

5:8 But if anyone doesn't provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

 

5:9 Let no one be enrolled as a widow under sixty years old, having been the wife of one man,

 

5:10 being approved by good works, if she has brought up children, if she has been hospitable to strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, and if she has diligently followed every good work.

 

5:11 But refuse younger widows, for when they have grown wanton against Christ, they desire to marry;

 

5:12 having condemnation, because they have rejected their first pledge.

 

5:13 Besides, they also learn to be idle, going about from house to house. Not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

 

5:14 I desire therefore that the younger widows marry, bear children, rule the household, and give no occasion to the adversary for reviling.

 

5:15 For already some have turned aside after Satan.

 

5:16 If any man or woman who believes has widows, let them relieve them, and don't let the assembly be burdened; that it might relieve those who are widows indeed.

 

5:17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching.

 

5:18 For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle the ox when it treads out the grain." And, "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

 

5:19 Don't receive an accusation against an elder, except at the word of two or three witnesses.

 

5:20 Those who sin, reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear.

 

5:21 I command you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the chosen angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.

 

5:22 Lay hands hastily on no one, neither be a participant in other men's sins. Keep yourself pure.

 

5:23 Be no longer a drinker of water only, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.

 

5:24 Some men's sins are evident, preceding them to judgment, and some also follow later.

 

5:25 In the same way also there are good works that are obvious, and those that are otherwise can't be hidden.

 

1 Timothy 6

 

6:1 Let as many as are bondservants under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and the doctrine not be blasphemed.

 

6:2 Those who have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brothers, but rather let them serve them, because those who partake of the benefit are believing and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.

 

6:3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn't consent to sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness,

 

6:4 he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,

 

6:5 constant friction of people of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Withdraw yourself from such.

 

6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

 

6:7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can't carry anything out.

 

6:8 But having food and clothing, we will be content with that.

 

6:9 But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction.

 

6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

6:11 But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.

 

6:12 Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.

 

6:13 I command you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate testified the good confession,

 

6:14 that you keep the commandment without spot, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;

 

6:15 which in its own times he will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

 

6:16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen.

 

6:17 Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be haughty, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy;

 

6:18 that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

 

6:19 laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.

 

6:20 Timothy, guard that which is committed to you, turning away from the empty chatter and oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called;


6:21 which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

Day 56

Luke 12

12:1 Meanwhile, when a multitude of many thousands had gathered together, so much so that they trampled on each other, he began to tell his disciples first of all, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

 

12:2 But there is nothing covered up, that will not be revealed, nor hidden, that will not be known.

 

12:3 Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light. What you have spoken in the ear in the inner chambers will be proclaimed on the housetops.

 

12:4 "I tell you, my friends, don't be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

 

12:5 But I will warn you whom you should fear. Fear him, who after he has killed, has power to cast into hell.  Yes, I tell you, fear him.

 

12:6 "Aren't five sparrows sold for two assaria coins? Not one of them is forgotten by God.

 

12:7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.

 

12:8 "I tell you, everyone who confesses me before men, him will the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God;

 

12:9 but he who denies me in the presence of men will be denied in the presence of the angels of God.

 

12:10 Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

 

12:11 When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, don't be anxious how or what you will answer, or what you will say;

 

12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that same hour what you must say."

 

12:13 One of the multitude said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

 

12:14 But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?"

 

12:15 He said to them, "Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man's life doesn't consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses."

 

12:16 He spoke a parable to them, saying, "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.

 

12:17 He reasoned within himself, saying, 'What will I do, because I don't have room to store my crops?'

 

12:18 He said, 'This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns, and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

 

12:19 I will tell my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years. Take your ease, eat, drink, be merry."'

 

12:20 "But God said to him, 'You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which you have prepared--whose will they be?'

 

12:21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

 

12:22 He said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, don't be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear.

 

12:23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.

 

12:24 Consider the ravens: they don't sow, they don't reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds!

 

12:25 Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height?

 

12:26 If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?

 

12:27 Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

 

12:28 But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?

 

12:29 Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious.

 

12:30 For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things.

 

12:31 But seek God's Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.

 

12:32 Don't be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

 

12:33 Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don't grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn't fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys.

 

12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

12:35 "Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning.

 

12:36 Be like men watching for their lord, when he returns from the marriage feast; that, when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open to him.

 

12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord will find watching when he comes. Most certainly I tell you, that he will dress himself, and make them recline, and will come and serve them.

 

12:38 They will be blessed if he comes in the second or third watch, and finds them so.

 

12:39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not allowed his house to be broken into.

 

12:40 Therefore be ready also, for the Son of Man is coming in an hour that you don't expect him."

 

12:41 Peter said to him, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everybody?"

 

12:42 The Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the right times?

 

12:43 Blessed is that servant whom his lord will find doing so when he comes.

 

12:44 Truly I tell you, that he will set him over all that he has.

 

12:45 But if that servant says in his heart, 'My lord delays his coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunk,

 

12:46 then the lord of that servant will come in a day when he isn't expecting him, and in an hour that he doesn't know, and will cut him in two, and place his portion with the unfaithful.

 

12:47 That servant, who knew his lord's will, and didn't prepare, nor do what he wanted, will be beaten with many stripes,

 

12:48 but he who didn't know, and did things worthy of stripes, will be beaten with few stripes. To whoever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.

 

12:49 "I came to throw fire on the earth. I wish it were already kindled.

 

12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

 

12:51 Do you think that I have come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.

 

12:52 For from now on, there will be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

 

12:53 They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

 

12:54 He said to the multitudes also, "When you see a cloud rising from the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming,' and so it happens.

 

12:55 When a south wind blows, you say, 'There will be a scorching heat,' and it happens.

 

12:56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how is it that you don't interpret this time?

 

12:57 Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?

 

12:58 For when you are going with your adversary before the magistrate, try diligently on the way to be released from him, lest perhaps he drag you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.

 

12:59 I tell you, you will by no means get out of there, until you have paid the very last penny.

 

2 Timothy 1

 

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus,

 

1:2 to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

1:3 I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did, with a pure conscience. How unceasing is my memory of you in my petitions, night and day

 

1:4 longing to see you, remembering your tears, that I may be filled with joy;

 

1:5 having been reminded of the unfeigned faith that is in you; which lived first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and, I am persuaded, in you also.

 

1:6 For this cause, I remind you that you should stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

 

1:7 For God didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.

 

1:8 Therefore don't be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God,

 

1:9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,

 

1:10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News.

 

1:11 For this, I was appointed as a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

 

1:12 For this cause I also suffer these things. Yet I am not ashamed, for I know him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I have committed to him against that day.

 

1:13 Hold the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

 

1:14 That good thing which was committed to you, guard through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

 

1:15 This you know, that all who are in Asia turned away from me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.

 

1:16 May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain,

 

1:17 but when he was in Rome, he sought me diligently, and found me

 

1:18 (the Lord grant to him to find the Lord's mercy in that day); and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well.

 

2 Timothy 2

 

2:1 You therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

 

2:2 The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit the same to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

 

2:3 You therefore must endure hardship, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

 

2:4 No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

 

2:5 Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isn't crowned unless he has competed by the rules.

 

2:6 The farmers who labor must be the first to get a share of the crops.

 

2:7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

 

2:8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my Good News,

 

2:9 in which I suffer hardship to the point of chains as a criminal. But God's word isn't chained.

 

2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the chosen ones' sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

 

2:11 This saying is faithful: "For if we died with him, we will also live with him.

 

2:12 If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we deny him, he also will deny us.

 

2:13 If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He can't deny himself."

 

2:14 Remind them of these things, charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they don't argue about words, to no profit, to the subverting of those who hear.

 

2:15 Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn't need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth.

 

2:16 But shun empty chatter, for they will proceed further in ungodliness,

 

2:17 and their word will consume like gangrene, of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

 

2:18 men who have erred concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past, and overthrowing the faith of some.

 

2:19 However God's firm foundation stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness."

 

2:20 Now in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of clay. Some are for honor, and some for dishonor.

 

2:21 If anyone therefore purges himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and suitable for the master's use, prepared for every good work.

 

2:22 Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

2:23 But refuse foolish and ignorant questionings, knowing that they generate strife.

 

2:24 The Lord's servant must not quarrel, but be gentle towards all, able to teach, patient,

 

2:25 in gentleness correcting those who oppose him: perhaps God may give them repentance leading to a full knowledge of the truth,


2:26 and they may recover themselves out of the devil's snare, having been taken captive by him to his will.

Day 57

Luke 13

 

13:1 Now there were some present at the same time who told him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

 

13:2 Jesus answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered such things?

 

13:3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way.

 

13:4 Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them; do you think that they were worse offenders than all the men who dwell in Jerusalem?

 

13:5 I tell you, no, but, unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way."

 

13:6 He spoke this parable. "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.

 

13:7 He said to the vinedresser, 'Behold, these three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and found none. Cut it down. Why does it waste the soil?'

 

13:8 He answered, 'Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it, and fertilize it.

 

13:9 If it bears fruit, fine; but if not, after that, you can cut it down.'"

 

13:10 He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day.

 

13:11 Behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and she was bent over, and could in no way straighten herself up.

 

13:12 When Jesus saw her, he called her, and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity."

 

13:13 He laid his hands on her, and immediately she stood up straight, and glorified God.

 

13:14 The ruler of the synagogue, being indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the multitude, "There are six days in which men ought to work. Therefore come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day!"

 

13:15 Therefore the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each one of you free his ox or his donkey from the stall on the Sabbath, and lead him away to water?

 

13:16 Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound eighteen long years, be freed from this bondage on the Sabbath day?"

 

13:17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were disappointed, and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

 

13:18 He said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? To what shall I compare it?

 

13:19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and put in his own garden. It grew, and became a large tree, and the birds of the sky lodged in its branches."

 

13:20 Again he said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?

 

13:21 It is like yeast, which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened."

 

13:22 He went on his way through cities and villages, teaching, and traveling on to Jerusalem.

 

13:23 One said to him, "Lord, are they few who are saved?" He said to them,

 

13:24 "Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

 

13:25 When once the master of the house has risen up, and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside, and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' then he will answer and tell you, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'

 

13:26 Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.'

 

13:27 He will say, 'I tell you, I don't know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.'

 

13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of God, and yourselves being thrown outside.

 

13:29 They will come from the east, west, north, and south, and will sit down in the Kingdom of God.

 

13:30 Behold, there are some who are last who will be first, and there are some who are first who will be last."

 

13:31 On that same day, some Pharisees came, saying to him, "Get out of here, and go away, for Herod wants to kill you."

 

13:32 He said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I complete my mission.

 

13:33 Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, for it can't be that a prophet perish outside of Jerusalem.'

 

13:34 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her own brood under her wings, and you refused!

 

13:35 Behold, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me, until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'"


 

2 Timothy 3

 

3:1 But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come.

 

3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 

3:3 without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good,

 

3:4 traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;

 

3:5 holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. Turn away from these, also.

 

3:6 For of these are those who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,

 

3:7 always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

3:8 Even as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so do these also oppose the truth; men corrupted in mind, reprobate concerning the faith.

 

3:9 But they will proceed no further. For their folly will be evident to all men, as theirs also came to be.

 

3:10 But you did follow my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness,

 

3:11 persecutions, and sufferings: those things that happened to me at Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. I endured those persecutions. Out of them all the Lord delivered me.

 

3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

 

3:13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

 

3:14 But you remain in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.

 

3:15 From infancy, you have known the holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.

 

3:16 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness,

 

3:17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

2 Timothy 4

 

4:1 I command you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his Kingdom:

 

4:2 preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching.

 

4:3 For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts;

 

4:4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables.

 

4:5 But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry.

 

4:6 For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come.

 

4:7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.

 

4:8 From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day; and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing.

 

4:9 Be diligent to come to me soon,

 

4:10 for Demas left me, having loved this present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.

 

4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service.

 

4:12 But I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.

 

4:13 Bring the cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus when you come, and the books, especially the parchments.

 

4:14 Alexander, the coppersmith, did much evil to me. The Lord will repay him according to his works,

 

4:15 of whom you also must beware; for he greatly opposed our words.

 

4:16 At my first defense, no one came to help me, but all left me. May it not be held against them.

 

4:17 But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me, that through me the message might be fully proclaimed, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

 

4:18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

4:19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the house of Onesiphorus.

 

4:20 Erastus remained at Corinth, but I left Trophimus at Miletus sick.

 

4:21 Be diligent to come before winter. Eubulus salutes you, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers.


4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

Day 58

Luke 14

 

14:1 It happened, when he went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on a Sabbath to eat bread, that they were watching him.

 

14:2 Behold, a certain man who had dropsy was in front of him.

 

14:3 Jesus, answering, spake to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"

 

14:4 But they were silent. He took him, and healed him, and let him go.

 

14:5 He answered them, "Which of you, if your son or an ox fell into a well, wouldn't immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?"

 

14:6 They couldn't answer him regarding these things.

 

14:7 He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them,

 

14:8 "When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, don't sit in the best seat, since perhaps someone more honorable than you might be invited by him,

 

14:9 and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, 'Make room for this person.' Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place.

 

14:10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes, he may tell you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.

 

14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."

 

14:12 He also said to the one who had invited him, "When you make a dinner or a supper, don't call your friends, nor your brothers, nor your kinsmen, nor rich neighbors, or perhaps they might also return the favor, and pay you back.

 

14:13 But when you make a feast, ask the poor, the maimed, the lame, or the blind;

 

14:14 and you will be blessed, because they don't have the resources to repay you. For you will be repaid in the resurrection of the righteous."

 

14:15 When one of those who sat at the table with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed is he who will feast in the Kingdom of God!"

 

14:16 But he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and he invited many people.

 

14:17 He sent out his servant at supper time to tell those who were invited, 'Come, for everything is ready now.'

 

14:18 They all as one began to make excuses. "The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please have me excused.'

 

14:19 "Another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go try them out. Please have me excused.'

 

14:20 "Another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I can't come.'

 

14:21 "That servant came, and told his lord these things. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor, maimed, blind, and lame.'

 

14:22 "The servant said, 'Lord, it is done as you commanded, and there is still room.'

 

14:23 "The lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

 

14:24 For I tell you that none of those men who were invited will taste of my supper.'"

 

14:25 Now great multitudes were going with him. He turned and said to them,

 

14:26 "If anyone comes to me, and doesn't hate his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can't be my disciple.

 

14:27 Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't be my disciple.

 

14:28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?

 

14:29 Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him,

 

14:30 saying, 'This man began to build, and wasn't able to finish.'

 

14:31 Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?

 

14:32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an envoy, and asks for conditions of peace.

 

14:33 So therefore whoever of you who doesn't renounce all that he has, he can't be my disciple.

 

14:34 Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless, with what do you season it?

 

14:35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


 

Titus 1

 

1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's chosen ones, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,

 

1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who can't lie, promised before time began;

 

1:3 but in his own time revealed his word in the message with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior;

 

1:4 to Titus, my true child according to a common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

 

1:5 I left you in Crete for this reason, that you would set in order the things that were lacking, and appoint elders in every city, as I directed you;

 

1:6 if anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, who are not accused of loose or unruly behavior.

 

1:7 For the overseer must be blameless, as God's steward; not self-pleasing, not easily angered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for dishonest gain;

 

1:8 but given to hospitality, as a lover of good, sober minded, fair, holy, self-controlled;

 

1:9 holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict those who contradict him.

 

1:10 For there are also many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,

 

1:11 whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for dishonest gain's sake.

 

1:12 One of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and idle gluttons."

 

1:13 This testimony is true. For this cause, reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

 

1:14 not paying attention to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.

 

1:15 To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.

 

1:16 They profess that they know God, but by their works they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work.


 

Titus 2

 

2:1 But say the things which fit sound doctrine,

 

2:2 that older men should be temperate, sensible, sober minded, sound in faith, in love, and in patience:

 

2:3 and that older women likewise be reverent in behavior, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good;

 

2:4 that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,

 

2:5 to be sober minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that God's word may not be blasphemed.

 

2:6 Likewise, exhort the younger men to be sober minded;

 

2:7 in all things showing yourself an example of good works; in your teaching show integrity, seriousness, incorruptibility,

 

2:8 and soundness of speech that can't be condemned; that he who opposes you may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say about us.

 

2:9 Exhort servants to be in subjection to their own masters, and to be well-pleasing in all things; not contradicting;

 

2:10 not stealing, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God, our Savior, in all things.

 

2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,

 

2:12 instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world;

 

2:13 looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ;

 

2:14 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works.


2:15 Say these things and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise you.

Day 59

Luke 15

 

15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him.

 

15:2 The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them."

 

15:3 He told them this parable.

 

15:4 "Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it?

 

15:5 When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

 

15:6 When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

 

15:7 I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

 

15:8 Or what woman, if she had ten drachmas coins, if she lost one drachma coin, wouldn't light a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she found it?

 

15:9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the drachma which I had lost.'

 

15:10 Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting."

 

15:11 He said, "A certain man had two sons.

 

15:12 The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of your property.' He divided his livelihood between them.

 

15:13 Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and traveled into a far country. There he wasted his property with riotous living.

 

15:14 When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need.

 

15:15 He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.

 

15:16 He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any.

 

15:17 But when he came to himself he said, 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and I'm dying with hunger!

 

15:18 I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight.

 

15:19 I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants."'

 

15:20 "He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

 

15:21 The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

 

15:22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.

 

15:23 Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate;

 

15:24 for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' They began to celebrate.

 

15:25 "Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

 

15:26 He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was going on.

 

15:27 He said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and healthy.'

 

15:28 But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him.

 

15:29 But he answered his father, 'Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends.

 

15:30 But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'

 

15:31 "He said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.

 

15:32 But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.'"

 

Titus 3

 

3:1 Remind them to be in subjection to rulers and to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

 

3:2 to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all humility toward all men.

 

3:3 For we were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

 

3:4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love toward mankind appeared,

 

3:5 not by works of righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

 

3:6 whom he poured out on us richly, through Jesus Christ our Savior;

 

3:7 that, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

3:8 This saying is faithful, and concerning these things I desire that you affirm confidently, so that those who have believed God may be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men;

 

3:9 but shun foolish questionings, genealogies, strife, and disputes about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

 

3:10 Avoid a factious man after a first and second warning;

 

3:11 knowing that such a one is perverted, and sins, being self-condemned.

 

3:12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me to Nicopolis, for I have determined to winter there.

 

3:13 Send Zenas, the lawyer, and Apollos on their journey speedily, that nothing may be lacking for them.

 

3:14 Let our people also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they may not be unfruitful.

 

3:15 All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

 

Philemon

 

1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved fellow worker,

 

1:2 to the beloved Apphia, and Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the assembly in your house:

 

1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1:4 I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,

 

1:5 hearing of your love, and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints;

 

1:6 that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.

 

1:7 For we have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.

 

1:8 Therefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to command you that which is appropriate,

 

1:9 yet for love's sake I rather beg, being such a one as Paul, the aged, but also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

 

1:10 I beg you for my child, whom I have become the father of in my chains, Onesimus,

 

1:11 who once was useless to you, but now is useful to you and to me.

 

1:12 I am sending him back. Therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,

 

1:13 whom I desired to keep with me, that on your behalf he might serve me in my chains for the Good News.

 

1:14 But I was willing to do nothing without your consent, that your goodness would not be as of necessity, but of free will.

 

1:15 For perhaps he was therefore separated from you for a while, that you would have him forever,

 

1:16 no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

 

1:17 If then you count me a partner, receive him as you would receive me.

 

1:18 But if he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, put that to my account.

 

1:19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self besides).

 

1:20 Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Lord.

 

1:21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say.

 

1:22 Also, prepare a guest room for me, for I hope that through your prayers I will be restored to you.

 

1:23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,

 

1:24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.


1:25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Day 60

Luke 16

 

16:1 He also said to his disciples, "There was a certain rich man who had a manager. An accusation was made to him that this man was wasting his possessions.

 

16:2 He called him, and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.'

 

16:3 "The manager said within himself, 'What will I do, seeing that my lord is taking away the management position from me? I don't have strength to dig. I am ashamed to beg.

 

16:4 I know what I will do, so that when I am removed from management, they may receive me into their houses.'

 

16:5 Calling each one of his lord's debtors to him, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe to my lord?'

 

16:6 He said, 'A hundred gallons of oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'

 

16:7 Then said he to another, 'How much do you owe?' He said, 'A hundred pounds of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'

 

16:8 "His lord commended the dishonest manager because he had done wisely, for the children of this world are, in their own generation, wiser than the children of the light.

 

16:9 I tell you, make for yourselves friends by means of unrighteous money, so that when you fail, they may receive you into the eternal tents.

 

16:10 He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

 

16:11 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous money, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

 

16:12 If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?

 

16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You aren't able to serve God and money."

 

16:14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they scoffed at him.

 

16:15 He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

 

16:16 The law and the prophets were until John. From that time the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.

 

16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tiny stroke of a pen in the law to fall.

 

16:18 Everyone who divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery. He who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.

 

16:19 "Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day.

 

16:20 A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, full of sores,

 

16:21 and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores.

 

16:22 It happened that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried.

 

16:23 In hell, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom.

 

16:24 He cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue! For I am in anguish in this flame.'

 

16:25 "But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you, in your lifetime, received your good things, and Lazarus, in like manner, bad things. But now here he is comforted and you are in anguish.

 

16:26 Besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that those who want to pass from here to you are not able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'

 

16:27 "He said, 'I ask you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house;

 

16:28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, so they won't also come into this place of torment.'

 

16:29 "But Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.'

 

16:30 "He said, 'No, father Abraham, but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'

 

16:31 "He said to him, 'If they don't listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the dead.'"


 

Hebrews 1

 

1:1 God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,

 

1:2 has at the end of these days spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds.

 

1:3 His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself made purification for our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

 

1:4 having become so much better than the angels, as he has inherited a more excellent name than they have.

 

1:5 For to which of the angels did he say at any time, "You are my Son. Today have I become your father?" and again, "I will be to him a Father, and he will be to me a Son?"

 

1:6 Again, when he brings in the firstborn into the world he says, "Let all the angels of God worship him."

 

1:7 Of the angels he says, "Who makes his angels winds, and his servants a flame of fire."

 

1:8 But of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your Kingdom.

 

1:9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows."

 

1:10 And, "You, Lord, in the beginning, laid the foundation of the earth. The heavens are the works of your hands.

 

1:11 They will perish, but you continue. They all will grow old like a garment does.

 

1:12 As a mantle, you will roll them up, and they will be changed; but you are the same. Your years will not fail."

 

1:13 But which of the angels has he told at any time, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet?"

 

1:14 Aren't they all serving spirits, sent out to do service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?

 

Hebrews 2

 

2:1 Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, lest perhaps we drift away.

 

2:2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense;

 

2:3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation--which at the first having been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard;

 

2:4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders, by various works of power, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will?

 

2:5 For he didn't subject the world to come, of which we speak, to angels.

 

2:6 But one has somewhere testified, saying, "What is man, that you think of him? Or the son of man, that you care for him?

 

2:7 You made him a little lower than the angels. You crowned him with glory and honor.

 

2:8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet."For in that he subjected all things to him, he left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we don't see all things subjected to him, yet.

 

2:9 But we see him who has been made a little lower than the angels, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should taste of death for everyone.

 

2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many children to glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

 

2:11 For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

 

2:12 saying, "I will declare your name to my brothers. In the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise."

 

2:13 Again, "I will put my trust in him." Again, "Behold, here I am with the children whom God has given me."

 

2:14 Since then the children have shared in flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same, that through death he might bring to nothing him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

 

2:15 and might deliver all of them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

 

2:16 For most certainly, he doesn't give help to angels, but he gives help to the seed of Abraham.

 

2:17 Therefore he was obligated in all things to be made like his brothers, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people.


2:18 For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.