Day 61

Luke 17

 

17:1 He said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no occasions of stumbling should come, but woe to him through whom they come!

 

17:2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.

 

17:3 Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.

 

17:4 If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."

 

17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."

 

17:6 The Lord said, "If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, 'Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

 

17:7 But who is there among you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say, when he comes in from the field, 'Come immediately and sit down at the table,'

 

17:8 and will not rather tell him, 'Prepare my supper, clothe yourself properly, and serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterward you shall eat and drink'?

 

17:9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded? I think not.

 

17:10 Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.'"

 

17:11 It happened as he was on his way to Jerusalem, that he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee.

 

17:12 As he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him, who stood at a distance.

 

17:13 They lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"

 

17:14 When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." It happened that as they went, they were cleansed.

 

17:15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice.

 

17:16 He fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan.

 

17:17 Jesus answered, "Weren't the ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

 

17:18 Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this stranger?"

 

17:19 Then he said to him, "Get up, and go your way. Your faith has healed you."

 

17:20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The Kingdom of God doesn't come with observation;

 

17:21 neither will they say, 'Look, here!' or, 'Look, there!' for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you."

 

17:22 He said to the disciples, "The days will come, when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.

 

17:23 They will tell you, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Don't go away, nor follow after them,

 

17:24 for as the lightning, when it flashes out of the one part under the sky, shines to the other part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in his day.

 

17:25 But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

 

17:26 As it happened in the days of Noah, even so will it be also in the days of the Son of Man.

 

17:27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ship, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

 

17:28 Likewise, even as it happened in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;

 

17:29 but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from the sky, and destroyed them all.

 

17:30 It will be the same way in the day that the Son of Man is revealed.

 

17:31 In that day, he who will be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away. Let him who is in the field likewise not turn back.

 

17:32 Remember Lot's wife!

 

17:33 Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it.

 

17:34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed. The one will be taken, and the other will be left.

 

17:35 There will be two grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other will be left."

 

17:36 "Two will be in the field: the one taken, and the other left."

 

17:37 They, answering, asked him, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there will the vultures also be gathered together."

 

Hebrews 3

 

3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Jesus;

 

3:2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, as also was Moses in all his house.

 

3:3 For he has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who built the house has more honor than the house.

 

3:4 For every house is built by someone; but he who built all things is God.

 

3:5 Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were afterward to be spoken,

 

3:6 but Christ is faithful as a Son over his house; whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the glorying of our hope firm to the end.

 

3:7 Therefore, even as the Holy Spirit says, "Today if you will hear his voice,

 

3:8 don't harden your hearts, as in the provocation, like as in the day of the trial in the wilderness,

 

3:9 where your fathers tested me by proving me, and saw my works for forty years.

 

3:10 Therefore I was displeased with that generation, and said, 'They always err in their heart, but they didn't know my ways;'

 

3:11 as I swore in my wrath, 'They will not enter into my rest.'

 

3:12 Beware, brothers, lest perhaps there be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God;

 

3:13 but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called "today;" lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

 

3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm to the end:

 

3:15 while it is said, "Today if you will hear his voice, don't harden your hearts, as in the rebellion."

 

3:16 For who, when they heard, rebelled? No, didn't all those who came out of Egypt by Moses?

 

3:17 With whom was he displeased forty years? Wasn't it with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?

 

3:18 To whom did he swear that they wouldn't enter into his rest, but to those who were disobedient?

 

3:19 We see that they were not able to enter in because of unbelief.

 

Hebrews 4

 

4:1 Let us fear therefore, lest perhaps anyone of you should seem to have come short of a promise of entering into his rest.

 

4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, even as they also did, but the word they heard didn't profit them, because it wasn't mixed with faith by those who heard.

 

4:3 For we who have believed do enter into that rest, even as he has said, "As I swore in my wrath, they will not enter into my rest;"  although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

 

4:4 For he has said this somewhere about the seventh day, "God rested on the seventh day from all his works;"

 

4:5 and in this place again, "They will not enter into my rest."

 

4:6 Seeing therefore it remains that some should enter therein, and they to whom the good news was before preached failed to enter in because of disobedience,

 

4:7 he again defines a certain day, today, saying through David so long a time afterward (just as has been said), "Today if you will hear his voice, don't harden your hearts."

 

4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken afterward of another day.

 

4:9 There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

 

4:10 For he who has entered into his rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from his.

 

4:11 Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.

 

4:12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 

4:13 There is no creature that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

 

4:14 Having then a great high priest, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold tightly to our confession.

 

4:15 For we don't have a high priest who can't be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.

 

4:16 Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need.

 

Day 62

Luke 18

 

18:1 He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up,

 

18:2 saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn't fear God, and didn't respect man.

 

18:3 A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, 'Defend me from my adversary!'

 

18:4 He wouldn't for a while, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God, nor respect man,

 

18:5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.'"

 

18:6 The Lord said, "Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.

 

18:7 Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?

 

18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

 

18:9 He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.

 

18:10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.

 

18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

 

18:12 I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.'

 

18:13 But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'

 

18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

 

18:15 They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.

 

18:16 Jesus summoned them, saying, "Allow the little children to come to me, and don't hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

 

18:17 Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."

 

18:18 A certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

 

18:19 Jesus asked him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one--God.

 

18:20 You know the commandments: 'Don't commit adultery,' 'Don't murder,' 'Don't steal,' 'Don't give false testimony,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'

 

18:21 He said, "I have observed all these things from my youth up."

 

18:22 When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me."

 

18:23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.

 

18:24 Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!

 

18:25 For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."

 

18:26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"

 

18:27 But he said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

 

18:28 Peter said, "Look, we have left everything, and followed you."

 

18:29 He said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the Kingdom of God's sake,

 

18:30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life."

 

18:31 He took the twelve aside, and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed.

 

18:32 For he will be delivered up to the Gentiles, will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit on.

 

18:33 They will scourge and kill him. On the third day, he will rise again."

 

18:34 They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn't understand the things that were said.

 

18:35 It happened, as he came near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road, begging.

 

18:36 Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant.

 

18:37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.

 

18:38 He cried out, "Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!"

 

18:39 Those who led the way rebuked him, that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "You son of David, have mercy on me!"

 

18:40 Standing still, Jesus commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him,

 

18:41 "What do you want me to do?" He said, "Lord, that I may see again."

 

18:42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you."

 

18:43 Immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God.

 

Hebrews 5

 

5:1 For every high priest, being taken from among men, is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.

 

5:2 The high priest can deal gently with those who are ignorant and going astray, because he himself is also surrounded with weakness.

 

5:3 Because of this, he must offer sacrifices for sins for the people, as well as for himself.

 

5:4 Nobody takes this honor on himself, but he is called by God, just like Aaron was.

 

5:5 So also Christ didn't glorify himself to be made a high priest, but it was he who said to him, "You are my Son. Today I have become your father."

 

5:6 As he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek."

 

5:7 He, in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and petitions with strong crying and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear,

 

5:8 though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered.

 

5:9 Having been made perfect, he became to all of those who obey him the author of eternal salvation,

 

5:10 named by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

 

5:11 About him we have many words to say, and hard to interpret, seeing you have become dull of hearing.

 

5:12 For when by reason of the time you ought to be teachers, you again need to have someone teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God. You have come to need milk, and not solid food.

 

5:13 For everyone who lives on milk is not experienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby.

 

5:14 But solid food is for those who are full grown, who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.

 

Hebrews 6

 

6:1 Therefore leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ, let us press on to perfection--not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, of faith toward God,

 

6:2 of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

 

6:3 This will we do, if God permits.

 

6:4 For concerning those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,

 

6:5 and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come,

 

6:6 and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify the Son of God for themselves again, and put him to open shame.

 

6:7 For the land which has drunk the rain that comes often on it, and brings forth a crop suitable for them for whose sake it is also tilled, receives blessing from God;

 

6:8 but if it bears thorns and thistles, it is rejected and near being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

 

6:9 But, beloved, we are persuaded of better things for you, and things that accompany salvation, even though we speak like this.

 

6:10 For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your work and the labor of love which you showed toward his name, in that you served the saints, and still do serve them.

 

6:11 We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence to the fullness of hope even to the end,

 

6:12 that you won't be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherited the promises.

 

6:13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he swore by himself,

 

6:14 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you."

 

6:15 Thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

 

6:16 For men indeed swear by a greater one, and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.

 

6:17 In this way God, being determined to show more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed with an oath;

 

6:18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to take hold of the hope set before us.

 

6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and stedfast and entering into that which is within the veil;


6:20 where as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Day 63

Luke 19

 

19:1 He entered and was passing through Jericho.

 

19:2 There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.

 

19:3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of the crowd, because he was short.

 

19:4 He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way.

 

19:5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house."

 

19:6 He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully.

 

19:7 When they saw it, they all murmured, saying, "He has gone into lodge with a man who is a sinner."

 

19:8 Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much."

 

19:9 Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.

 

19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost."

 

19:11 As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately.

 

19:12 He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

 

19:13 He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.'

 

19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, 'We don't want this man to reign over us.'

 

19:15 "It happened when he had come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by conducting business.

 

19:16 The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.'

 

19:17 "He said to him, 'Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'

 

19:18 "The second came, saying, 'Your mina, Lord, has made five minas.'

 

19:19 "So he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.'

 

19:20 Another came, saying, 'Lord, behold, your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief,

 

19:21 for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn't lay down, and reap that which you didn't sow.'

 

19:22 "He said to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn't lay down, and reaping that which I didn't sow.

 

19:23 Then why didn't you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?'

 

19:24 He said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has the ten minas.'

 

19:25 "They said to him, 'Lord, he has ten minas!'

 

19:26 'For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given; but from him who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away from him.

 

19:27 But bring those enemies of mine who didn't want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me.'"

 

19:28 Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

 

19:29 It happened, when he drew near to Bethphage  and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,

 

19:30 saying, "Go your way into the village on the other side, in which, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it.

 

19:31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say to him: 'The Lord needs it.'"

 

19:32 Those who were sent went away, and found things just as he had told them.

 

19:33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?"

 

19:34 They said, "The Lord needs it."

 

19:35 They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them.

 

19:36 As he went, they spread their cloaks in the way.

 

19:37 As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen,

 

19:38 saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!"

 

19:39 Some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"

 

19:40 He answered them, "I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out."

 

19:41 When he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,

 

19:42 saying, "If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes.

 

19:43 For the days will come on you, when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, surround you, hem you in on every side,

 

19:44 and will dash you and your children within you to the ground. They will not leave in you one stone on another, because you didn't know the time of your visitation."

 

19:45 He entered into the temple, and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,

 

19:46 saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of robbers'!"

 

19:47 He was teaching daily in the temple, but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people sought to destroy him.

 

19:48 They couldn't find what they might do, for all the people hung on to every word that he said.

 

Hebrews 7

 

7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

 

7:2 to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace;

 

7:3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God), remains a priest continually.

 

7:4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the best spoils.

 

7:5 They indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest's office have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brothers, though these have come out of the body of Abraham,

 

7:6 but he whose genealogy is not counted from them has accepted tithes from Abraham, and has blessed him who has the promises.

 

7:7 But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.

 

7:8 Here people who die receive tithes, but there one receives tithes of whom it is testified that he lives.

 

7:9 We can say that through Abraham even Levi, who receives tithes, has paid tithes,

 

7:10 for he was yet in the body of his father when Melchizedek met him.

 

7:11 Now if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people have received the law), what further need was there for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

 

7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is of necessity a change made also in the law.

 

7:13 For he of whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.

 

7:14 For it is evident that our Lord has sprung out of Judah, about which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

 

7:15 This is yet more abundantly evident, if after the likeness of Melchizedek there arises another priest,

 

7:16 who has been made, not after the law of a fleshly commandment, but after the power of an endless life:

 

7:17 for it is testified, "You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek."

 

7:18 For there is an annulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and uselessness

 

7:19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

 

7:20 Inasmuch as he was not made priest without the taking of an oath

 

7:21 (for they indeed have been made priests without an oath), but he with an oath by him that says of him, "The Lord swore and will not change his mind, 'You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.'

 

7:22 By so much, Jesus has become the collateral of a better covenant.

 

7:23 Many, indeed, have been made priests, because they are hindered from continuing by death.

 

7:24 But he, because he lives forever, has his priesthood unchangeable.

 

7:25 Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing that he lives forever to make intercession for them.

 

7:26 For such a high priest was fitting for us: holy, guiltless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 

7:27 who doesn't need, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices daily, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. For he did this once for all, when he offered up himself.

 

7:28 For the law appoints men as high priests who have weakness, but the word of the oath which came after the law appoints a Son forever who has been perfected.

 

Hebrews 8

 

8:1 Now in the things which we are saying, the main point is this. We have such a high priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

 

8:2 a servant of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

 

8:3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.

 

8:4 For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;

 

8:5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses was warned by God when he was about to make the tabernacle, for he said, "See, you shall make everything according to the pattern that was shown to you on the mountain."

 

8:6 But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which on better promises has been given as law.

 

8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

 

8:8 For finding fault with them, he said, "Behold, the days come," says the Lord, "that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;

 

8:9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they didn't continue in my covenant, and I disregarded them," says the Lord.

 

8:10 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days," says the Lord; "I will put my laws into their mind, I will also write them on their heart. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

 

8:11 They will not teach every man his fellow citizen, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

 

8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more."


8:13 In that he says, "A new covenant," he has made the first old. But that which is becoming old and grows aged is near to vanishing away.

Day 64

Luke 20

20:1 It happened on one of those days, as he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the Good News, that the priests and scribes came to him with the elders.

 

20:2 They asked him, "Tell us: by what authority do you do these things? Or who is giving you this authority?"

 

20:3 He answered them, "I also will ask you one question. Tell me:

 

20:4 the baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men?"

 

20:5 They reasoned with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why didn't you believe him?'

 

20:6 But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet."

 

20:7 They answered that they didn't know where it was from.

 

20:8 Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."

 

20:9 He began to tell the people this parable. "A man planted a vineyard, and rented it out to some farmers, and went into another country for a long time.

 

20:10 At the proper season, he sent a servant to the farmers to collect his share of the fruit of the vineyard. But the farmers beat him, and sent him away empty.

 

20:11 He sent yet another servant, and they also beat him, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.

 

20:12 He sent yet a third, and they also wounded him, and threw him out.

 

20:13 The lord of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. It may be that seeing him, they will respect him.'

 

20:14 "But when the farmers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'

 

20:15 They threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do to them?

 

20:16 He will come and destroy these farmers, and will give the vineyard to others." When they heard it, they said, "May it never be!"

 

20:17 But he looked at them, and said, "Then what is this that is written, 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the chief cornerstone?

 

20:18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but it will crush whomever it falls on to dust."

 

20:19 The chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on him that very hour, but they feared the people--for they knew he had spoken this parable against them.

 

20:20 They watched him, and sent out spies, who pretended to be righteous, that they might trap him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor.

 

20:21 They asked him, "Teacher, we know that you say and teach what is right, and aren't partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God.

 

20:22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"

 

20:23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, "Why do you test me?

 

20:24 Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?" They answered, "Caesar's."

 

20:25 He said to them, "Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

 

20:26 They weren't able to trap him in his words before the people. They marveled at his answer, and were silent.

 

20:27 Some of the Sadducees came to him, those who deny that there is a resurrection.

 

20:28 They asked him, "Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies having a wife, and he is childless, his brother should take the wife, and raise up children for his brother.

 

20:29 There were therefore seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died childless.

 

20:30 The second took her as wife, and he died childless.

 

20:31 The third took her, and likewise the seven all left no children, and died.

 

20:32 Afterward the woman also died.

 

20:33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them will she be? For the seven had her as a wife."

 

20:34 Jesus said to them, "The children of this age marry, and are given in marriage.

 

20:35 But those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage.

 

20:36 For they can't die anymore, for they are like the angels, and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.

 

20:37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord 'The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'

 

20:38 Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to him."

 

20:39 Some of the scribes answered, "Teacher, you speak well."

 

20:40 They didn't dare to ask him any more questions.

 

20:41 He said to them, "Why do they say that the Christ is David's son?

 

20:42 David himself says in the book of Psalms, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand,

 

20:43 until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet."

 

20:44 "David therefore calls him Lord, so how is he his son?"

 

20:45 In the hearing of all the people, he said to his disciples,

 

20:46 "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts;

 

20:47 who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these will receive greater condemnation."

 

Hebrews 9

 

9:1 Now indeed even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service, and an earthly sanctuary.

 

9:2 For a tabernacle was prepared. In the first part were the lampstand, the table, and the show bread; which is called the Holy Place.

 

9:3 After the second veil was the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,

 

9:4 having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which was a golden pot holding the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;

 

9:5 and above it cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat, of which things we can't speak now in detail.

 

9:6 Now these things having been thus prepared, the priests go in continually into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the services,

 

9:7 but into the second the high priest alone, once in the year, not without blood, which he offers for himself, and for the errors of the people.

 

9:8 The Holy Spirit is indicating this, that the way into the Holy Place wasn't yet revealed while the first tabernacle was still standing;

 

9:9 which is a symbol of the present age, where gifts and sacrifices are offered that are incapable, concerning the conscience, of making the worshipper perfect;

 

9:10 being only with meats and drinks and various washings fleshly ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation.

 

9:11 But Christ having come as a high priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation,

 

9:12 nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption.

 

9:13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness of the flesh:

 

9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 

9:15 For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, since a death has occurred for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, that those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

 

9:16 For where a last will and testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him who made it.

 

9:17 For a will is in force where there has been death, for it is never in force while he who made it lives.

 

9:18 Therefore even the first covenant has not been dedicated without blood.

 

9:19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

 

9:20 saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you."

 

9:21 Moreover he sprinkled the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry in like manner with the blood.

 

9:22 According to the law, nearly everything is cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission.

 

9:23 It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens should be cleansed with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

 

9:24 For Christ hasn't entered into holy places made with hands, which are representations of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

 

9:25 nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy place year by year with blood not his own,

 

9:26 or else he must have suffered often since the foundation of the world. But now once at the end of the ages, he has been revealed to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

 

9:27 Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment,

 

9:28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, without sin, to those who are eagerly waiting for him for salvation.

 

Hebrews 10

 

10:1 For the law, having a shadow of the good to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near.

 

10:2 Or else wouldn't they have ceased to be offered, because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins?

 

10:3 But in those sacrifices there is yearly reminder of sins.

 

10:4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.

 

10:5 Therefore when he comes into the world, he says, "Sacrifice and offering you didn't desire, but you prepared a body for me;

 

10:6 You had no pleasure in whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin.

 

10:7 Then I said, 'Behold, I have come in the scroll of the book it is written of me to do your will, O God.'

 

10:8 Previously saying, "Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you didn't desire, neither had pleasure in them" those which are offered according to the law,

 

10:9 then he has said, "Behold, I have come to do your will." He takes away the first, that he may establish the second,

 

10:10 by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

 

10:11 Every priest indeed stands day by day serving and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins,

 

10:12 but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;

 

10:13 from that time waiting until his enemies are made the footstool of his feet.

 

10:14 For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

 

10:15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

 

10:16 "This is the covenant that I will make with them: 'After those days,' says the Lord, 'I will put my laws on their heart, I will also write them on their mind;'  then he says,

 

10:17 "I will remember their sins and their iniquities no more."

 

10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

 

10:19 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus,

 

10:20 by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

 

10:21 and having a great priest over the house of God,

 

10:22 let's draw near with a true heart in fullness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and having our body washed with pure water,

 

10:23 let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering; for he who promised is faithful.

 

10:24 Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good works,

 

10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as you see the Day approaching.

 

10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins,

 

10:27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which will devour the adversaries.

 

10:28 A man who disregards Moses' law dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses.

 

10:29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will he be judged worthy of, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

 

10:30 For we know him who said, "Vengeance belongs to me," says the Lord, "I will repay." Again, "The Lord will judge his people."

 

10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

 

10:32 But remember the former days, in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings;

 

10:33 partly, being exposed to both reproaches and oppressions; and partly, becoming partakers with those who were treated so.

 

10:34 For you both had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an enduring one in the heavens.

 

10:35 Therefore don't throw away your boldness, which has a great reward.

 

10:36 For you need endurance so that, having done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

 

10:37 "In a very little while, he who comes will come, and will not wait.

 

10:38 But the righteous will live by faith. If he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him."


10:39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the saving of the soul.

Day 65

Luke 21

 

21:1 He looked up, and saw the rich people who were putting their gifts into the treasury.

 

21:2 He saw a certain poor widow casting in two small brass coins.

 

21:3 He said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them,

 

21:4 for all these put in gifts for God from their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, put in all that she had to live on."

 

21:5 As some were talking about the temple and how it was decorated with beautiful stones and gifts, he said,

 

21:6 "As for these things which you see, the days will come, in which there will not be left here one stone on another that will not be thrown down."

 

21:7 They asked him, "Teacher, so when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are about to happen?"

 

21:8 He said, "Watch out that you don't get led astray, for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is at hand.' Therefore don't follow them.

 

21:9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, don't be terrified, for these things must happen first, but the end won't come immediately."

 

21:10 Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

 

21:11 There will be great earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places. There will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

 

21:12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you up to synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for my name's sake.

 

21:13 It will turn out as a testimony for you.

 

21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand how to answer,

 

21:15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to withstand or to contradict.

 

21:16 You will be handed over even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will cause some of you to be put to death.

 

21:17 You will be hated by all men for my name's sake.

 

21:18 And not a hair of your head will perish.

 

21:19 "By your endurance you will win your lives.

 

21:20 "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is at hand.

 

21:21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let those who are in the midst of her depart. Let those who are in the country not enter therein.

 

21:22 For these are days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

 

21:23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who nurse infants in those days! For there will be great distress in the land, and wrath to this people.

 

21:24 They will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

 

21:25 There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and on the earth anxiety of nations, in perplexity for the roaring of the sea and the waves;

 

21:26 men fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on the world: for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

 

21:27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

 

21:28 But when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near."

 

21:29 He told them a parable. "See the fig tree, and all the trees.

 

21:30 When they are already budding, you see it and know by your own selves that the summer is already near.

 

21:31 Even so you also, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near.

 

21:32 Most certainly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things are accomplished.

 

21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.

 

21:34 "So be careful, or your hearts will be loaded down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day will come on you suddenly.

 

21:35 For it will come like a snare on all those who dwell on the surface of all the earth.

 

21:36 Therefore be watchful all the time, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen, and to stand before the Son of Man."

 

21:37 Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple, and every night he would go out and spend the night on the mountain that is called Olivet.

 

21:38 All the people came early in the morning to him in the temple to hear him.

 

Hebrews 11

 

11:1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.

 

11:2 For by this, the elders obtained testimony.

 

11:3 By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.

 

11:4 By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had testimony given to him that he was righteous, God testifying with respect to his gifts; and through it he, being dead, still speaks.

 

11:5 By faith, Enoch was taken away, so that he wouldn't see death, and he was not found, because God translated him. For he has had testimony given to him that before his translation he had been well pleasing to God.

 

11:6 Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.

 

11:7 By faith, Noah, being warned about things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared a ship for the saving of his house, through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

 

11:8 By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out to the place which he was to receive for an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he went.

 

11:9 By faith, he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a land not his own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.

 

11:10 For he looked for the city which has the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

 

11:11 By faith, even Sarah herself received power to conceive, and she bore a child when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised.

 

11:12 Therefore as many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as innumerable as the sand which is by the sea shore, were fathered by one man, and him as good as dead.

 

11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and embraced them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

 

11:14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.

 

11:15 If indeed they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had enough time to return.

 

11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

 

11:17 By faith, Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac. Yes, he who had gladly received the promises was offering up his one and only son;

 

11:18 even he to whom it was said, "In Isaac will your seed be called;"

 

11:19 concluding that God is able to raise up even from the dead. Figuratively speaking, he also did receive him back from the dead.

 

11:20 By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even concerning things to come.

 

11:21 By faith, Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

 

11:22 By faith, Joseph, when his end was near, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel; and gave instructions concerning his bones.

 

11:23 By faith, Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

 

11:24 By faith, Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,

 

11:25 choosing rather to share ill treatment with God's people, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time;

 

11:26 accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

 

11:27 By faith, he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

 

11:28 By faith, he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them.

 

11:29 By faith, they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land. When the Egyptians tried to do so, they were swallowed up.

 

11:30 By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been encircled for seven days.

 

11:31 By faith, Rahab the prostitute, didn't perish with those who were disobedient, having received the spies in peace.

 

11:32 What more shall I say? For the time would fail me if I told of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets;

 

11:33 who, through faith subdued kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

 

11:34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, grew mighty in war, and caused foreign armies to flee.

 

11:35 Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.

 

11:36 Others were tried by mocking and scourging, yes, moreover by bonds and imprisonment.

 

11:37 They were stoned. They were sawn apart. They were tempted. They were slain with the sword.  They went around in sheepskins and in goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated

 

11:38 of whom the world was not worthy, wandering in deserts, mountains, caves, and the holes of the earth.

 

11:39 These all, having had testimony given to them through their faith, didn't receive the promise,

 

11:40 God having provided some better thing concerning us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

 

Hebrews 12

 

12:1 Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

 

12:2 looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

12:3 For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you don't grow weary, fainting in your souls.

 

12:4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin;

 

12:5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children, "My son, don't take lightly the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by him;

 

12:6 For whom the Lord loves, he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives."

 

12:7 It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with children, for what son is there whom his father doesn't discipline?

 

12:8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have been made partakers, then are you illegitimate, and not children.

 

12:9 Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?

 

12:10 For they indeed, for a few days, punished us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

 

12:11 All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised thereby.

 

12:12 Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees,

 

12:13 and make straight paths for your feet,  so that which is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

 

12:14 Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord,

 

12:15 looking carefully lest there be any man who falls short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and many be defiled by it;

 

12:16 lest there be any sexually immoral person, or profane person, like Esau, who sold his birthright for one meal.

 

12:17 For you know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for a change of mind though he sought it diligently with tears.

 

12:18 For you have not come to a mountain that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and to blackness, darkness, storm,

 

12:19 the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which those who heard it begged that not one more word should be spoken to them,

 

12:20 for they could not stand that which was commanded, "If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned

 

12:21 and so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, "I am terrified and trembling."

 

12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels,

 

12:23 to the general assembly and assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,

 

12:24 to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.

 

12:25 See that you don't refuse him who speaks. For if they didn't escape when they refused him who warned on the Earth, how much more will we not escape who turn away from him who warns from heaven,

 

12:26 whose voice shook the earth then, but now he has promised, saying, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens."

 

12:27 This phrase, "Yet once more," signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are not shaken may remain.

 

12:28 Therefore, receiving a Kingdom that can't be shaken, let us have grace, through which we serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe,


12:29 for our God is a consuming fire.

Day 66

Luke 22

 

22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread, which is called the Passover, drew near.

 

22:2 The chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put him to death, for they feared the people.

 

22:3 Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered with the twelve.

 

22:4 He went away, and talked with the chief priests and captains about how he might deliver him to them.

 

22:5 They were glad, and agreed to give him money.

 

22:6 He consented, and sought an opportunity to deliver him to them in the absence of the multitude.

 

22:7 The day of unleavened bread came, on which the Passover must be sacrificed.

 

22:8 He sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat."

 

22:9 They said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare?"

 

22:10 He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him into the house which he enters.

 

22:11 Tell the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, "Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"'

 

22:12 He will show you a large, furnished upper room. Make preparations there."

 

22:13 They went, found things as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

 

22:14 When the hour had come, he sat down with the twelve apostles.

 

22:15 He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,

 

22:16 for I tell you, I will no longer by any means eat of it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God."

 

22:17 He received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, "Take this, and share it among yourselves,

 

22:18 for I tell you, I will not drink at all again from the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God comes."

 

22:19 He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me."

 

22:20 Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

 

22:21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table.

 

22:22 The Son of Man indeed goes, as it has been determined, but woe to that man through whom he is betrayed!"

 

22:23 They began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.

 

22:24 There arose also a contention among them, which of them was considered to be greatest.

 

22:25 He said to them, "The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called 'benefactors.'

 

22:26 But not so with you. But one who is the greater among you, let him become as the younger, and one who is governing, as one who serves.

 

22:27 For who is greater, one who sits at the table, or one who serves? Isn't it he who sits at the table? But I am in the midst of you as one who serves.

 

22:28 But you are those who have continued with me in my trials.

 

22:29 I confer on you a kingdom, even as my Father conferred on me,

 

22:30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. You will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

 

22:31 The Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat,

 

22:32 but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn't fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers."

 

22:33 He said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!"

 

22:34 He said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will by no means crow today until you deny that you know me three times."

 

22:35 He said to them, "When I sent you out without purse, and wallet, and shoes, did you lack anything?" They said, "Nothing."

 

22:36 Then he said to them, "But now, whoever has a purse, let him take it, and likewise a wallet. Whoever has none, let him sell his cloak, and buy a sword.

 

22:37 For I tell you that this which is written must still be fulfilled in me: 'He was counted with the lawless.' For that which concerns me has an end."

 

22:38 They said, "Lord, behold, here are two swords." He said to them, "That is enough."

 

22:39 He came out, and went, as his custom was, to the Mount of Olives. His disciples also followed him.

 

22:40 When he was at the place, he said to them, "Pray that you don't enter into temptation."

 

22:41 He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and he knelt down and prayed,

 

22:42 saying, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done."

 

22:43 An angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him.

 

22:44 Being in agony he prayed more earnestly. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.

 

22:45 When he rose up from his prayer, he came to the disciples, and found them sleeping because of grief,

 

22:46 and said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation."

 

22:47 While he was still speaking, behold, a multitude, and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He came near to Jesus to kiss him.

 

22:48 But Jesus said to him, "Judas, do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?"

 

22:49 When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said to him, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?"

 

22:50 A certain one of them struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

 

22:51 But Jesus answered, "Let me at least do this"--and he touched his ear, and healed him.

 

22:52 Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and elders, who had come against him, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs?

 

22:53 When I was with you in the temple daily, you didn't stretch out your hands against me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."

 

22:54 They seized him, and led him away, and brought him into the high priest's house. But Peter followed from a distance.

 

22:55 When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard, and had sat down together, Peter sat among them.

 

22:56 A certain servant girl saw him as he sat in the light, and looking intently at him, said, "This man also was with him."

 

22:57 He denied Jesus, saying, "Woman, I don't know him."

 

22:58 After a little while someone else saw him, and said, "You also are one of them!" But Peter answered, "Man, I am not!"

 

22:59 After about one hour passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, "Truly this man also was with him, for he is a Galilean!"

 

22:60 But Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you are talking about!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed.

 

22:61 The Lord turned, and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the Lord's word, how he said to him, "Before the rooster crows you will deny me three times."

 

22:62 He went out, and wept bitterly.

 

22:63 The men who held Jesus mocked him and beat him.

 

22:64 Having blindfolded him, they struck him on the face and asked him, "Prophesy! Who is the one who struck you?"

 

22:65 They spoke many other things against him, insulting him.

 

22:66 As soon as it was day, the assembly of the elders of the people was gathered together, both chief priests and scribes, and they led him away into their council, saying,

 

22:67 "If you are the Christ, tell us." But he said to them, "If I tell you, you won't believe,

 

22:68 and if I ask, you will in no way answer me or let me go.

 

22:69 From now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God."

 

22:70 They all said, "Are you then the Son of God?" He said to them, "You say it, because I am."

 

22:71 They said, "Why do we need any more witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth!"

 

Hebrews 13

 

13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

 

13:2 Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.

 

13:3 Remember those who are in bonds, as bound with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you are also in the body.

 

13:4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled: but God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.

 

13:5 Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he has said, "I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you."

 

13:6 So that with good courage we say, "The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?"

 

13:7 Remember your leaders, men who spoke to you the word of God, and considering the results of their conduct, imitate their faith.

 

13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

13:9 Don't be carried away by various and strange teachings, for it is good that the heart be established by grace, not by food, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.

 

13:10 We have an altar from which those who serve the holy tabernacle have no right to eat.

 

13:11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside of the camp.

 

13:12 Therefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people through his own blood, suffered outside of the gate.

 

13:13 Let us therefore go out to him outside of the camp, bearing his reproach.

 

13:14 For we don't have here an enduring city, but we seek that which is to come.

 

13:15 Through him, then, let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which proclaim allegiance to his name.

 

13:16 But don't forget to be doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

 

13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch on behalf of your souls, as those who will give account, that they may do this with joy, and not with groaning, for that would be unprofitable for you.

 

13:18 Pray for us, for we are persuaded that we have a good conscience, desiring to live honorably in all things.

 

13:19 I strongly urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you sooner.

 

13:20 Now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, our Lord Jesus,

 

13:21 make you complete in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

13:22 But I exhort you, brothers, endure the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words.

 

13:23 Know that our brother Timothy has been freed, with whom, if he comes shortly, I will see you.

 

13:24 Greet all of your leaders and all the saints. The Italians greet you.


13:25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

Day 67

Luke 23

 

23:1 The whole company of them rose up and brought him before Pilate.

 

23:2 They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting the nation, forbidding paying taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king."

 

23:3 Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" He answered him, "So you say."

 

23:4 Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."

 

23:5 But they insisted, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee even to this place."

 

23:6 But when Pilate heard Galilee mentioned, he asked if the man was a Galilean.

 

23:7 When he found out that he was in Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem during those days.

 

23:8 Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad, for he had wanted to see him for a long time, because he had heard many things about him. He hoped to see some miracle done by him.

 

23:9 He questioned him with many words, but he gave no answers.

 

23:10 The chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently accusing him.

 

23:11 Herod with his soldiers humiliated him and mocked him. Dressing him in luxurious clothing, they sent him back to Pilate.

 

23:12 Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before that they were enemies with each other.

 

23:13 Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,

 

23:14 and said to them, "You brought this man to me as one that perverts the people, and see, I have examined him before you, and found no basis for a charge against this man concerning those things of which you accuse him.

 

23:15 Neither has Herod, for I sent you to him, and see, nothing worthy of death has been done by him.

 

23:16 I will therefore chastise him and release him."

 

23:17 Now he had to release one prisoner to them at the feast.

 

23:18 But they all cried out together, saying, "Away with this man! Release to us Barabbas!"--

 

23:19 one who was thrown into prison for a certain revolt in the city, and for murder.

 

23:20 Then Pilate spoke to them again, wanting to release Jesus,

 

23:21 but they shouted, saying, "Crucify! Crucify him!"

 

23:22 He said to them the third time, "Why? What evil has this man done? I have found no capital crime in him. I will therefore chastise him and release him."

 

23:23 But they were urgent with loud voices, asking that he might be crucified. Their voices and the voices of the chief priests prevailed.

 

23:24 Pilate decreed that what they asked for should be done.

 

23:25 He released him who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus up to their will.

 

23:26 When they led him away, they grabbed one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it after Jesus.

 

23:27 A great multitude of the people followed him, including women who also mourned and lamented him.

 

23:28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.

 

23:29 For behold, the days are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.'

 

23:30 Then they will begin to tell the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and tell the hills, 'Cover us.'

 

23:31 For if they do these things in the green tree, what will be done in the dry?"

 

23:32 There were also others, two criminals, led with him to be put to death.

 

23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified him there with the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.

 

23:34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing." Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots.

 

23:35 The people stood watching. The rulers with them also scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others. Let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen one!"

 

23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming to him and offering him vinegar,

 

23:37 and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"

 

23:38 An inscription was also written over him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: "THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS."

 

23:39 One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!"

 

23:40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Don't you even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?

 

23:41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong."

 

23:42 He said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom."

 

23:43 Jesus said to him, "Assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

 

23:44 It was now about the sixth hour-

 

23:45 The sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.

 

23:46 Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" Having said this, he breathed his last.

 

23:47 When the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, "Certainly this was a righteous man."

 

23:48 All the multitudes that came together to see this, when they saw the things that were done, returned home beating their breasts.

 

23:49 All his acquaintances, and the women who followed with him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

 

23:50 Behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man

 

23:51 (he had not consented to their counsel and deed), from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who was also waiting for the Kingdom of God:

 

23:52 this man went to Pilate, and asked for Jesus' body.

 

23:53 He took it down, and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb that was cut in stone, where no one had ever been laid.

 

23:54 It was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was drawing near.

 

23:55 The women, who had come with him out of Galilee, followed after, and saw the tomb, and how his body was laid.

 

23:56 They returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

 

James 1

 

1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are in the Dispersion: Greetings.

 

1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations,

 

1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

 

1:4 Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

 

1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him.

 

1:6 But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.

 

1:7 For let that man not think that he will receive anything from the Lord.

 

1:8 He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

1:9 But let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position;

 

1:10 and the rich, in that he is made humble, because like the flower in the grass, he will pass away.

 

1:11 For the sun arises with the scorching wind, and withers the grass, and the flower in it falls, and the beauty of its appearance perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in his pursuits.

 

1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.

 

1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God," for God can't be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one.

 

1:14 But each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed.

 

1:15 Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.

 

1:16 Don't be deceived, my beloved brothers.

 

1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.

 

1:18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

 

1:19 So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger;

 

1:20 for the anger of man doesn't produce the righteousness of God.

 

1:21 Therefore, putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

 

1:22 But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves.

 

1:23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror;

 

1:24 for he sees himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

 

1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of freedom, and continues, not being a hearer who forgets, but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does.

 

1:26 If anyone among you thinks himself to be religious while he doesn't bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, this man's religion is worthless.

 

1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

 

James 2

 

2:1 My brothers, don't hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with partiality.

 

2:2 For if a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, comes into your synagogue, and a poor man in filthy clothing also comes in;

 

2:3 and you pay special attention to him who wears the fine clothing, and say, "Sit here in a good place;" and you tell the poor man, "Stand there," or "Sit by my footstool;"

 

2:4 haven't you shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

 

2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers. Didn't God choose those who are poor in this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which he promised to those who love him?

 

2:6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Don't the rich oppress you, and personally drag you before the courts?

 

2:7 Don't they blaspheme the honorable name by which you are called?

 

2:8 However, if you fulfill the royal law, according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself,"  you do well.

 

2:9 But if you show partiality, you commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.

 

2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

 

2:11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery,"  also said, "Do not commit murder."  Now if you do not commit adultery, but murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

 

2:12 So speak, and so do, as men who are to be judged by a law of freedom.

 

2:13 For judgment is without mercy to him who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

 

2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith, but has no works? Can faith save him?

 

2:15 And if a brother or sister is naked and in lack of daily food,

 

2:16 and one of you tells them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled;" and yet you didn't give them the things the body needs, what good is it?

 

2:17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself.

 

2:18 Yes, a man will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

 

2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder.

 

2:20 But do you want to know, vain man, that faith apart from works is dead?

 

2:21 Wasn't Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

 

2:22 You see that faith worked with his works, and by works faith was perfected;

 

2:23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness;" and he was called the friend of God.

 

2:24 You see then that by works, a man is justified, and not only by faith.

 

2:25 In like manner wasn't Rahab the prostitute also justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way?


2:26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.

Day 68

Luke 24

24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared.

 

24:2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb.

 

24:3 They entered in, and didn't find the Lord Jesus' body.

 

24:4 It happened, while they were greatly perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing.

 

24:5 Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?

 

24:6 He isn't here, but is risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee,

 

24:7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again?"

 

24:8 They remembered his words,

 

24:9 returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest.

 

24:10 Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them told these things to the apostles.

 

24:11 These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they didn't believe them.

 

24:12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he departed to his home, wondering what had happened.

 

24:13 Behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about 7 miles from Jerusalem.

 

24:14 They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened.

 

24:15 It happened, while they talked and questioned together, that Jesus himself came near, and went with them.

 

24:16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

 

24:17 He said to them, "What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?"

 

24:18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who doesn't know the things which have happened there in these days?"

 

24:19 He said to them, "What things?" They said to him, "The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people;

 

24:20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.

 

24:21 But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.

 

24:22 Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb;

 

24:23 and when they didn't find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.

 

24:24 Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they didn't see him."

 

24:25 He said to them, "Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!

 

24:26 Didn't the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?"

 

24:27 Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

 

24:28 They drew near to the village, where they were going, and he acted like he would go further.

 

24:29 They urged him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over." He went in to stay with them.

 

24:30 It happened, that when he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave to them.

 

24:31 Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished out of their sight.

 

24:32 They said one to another, "Weren't our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?"

 

24:33 They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them,

 

24:34 saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!"

 

24:35 They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

 

24:36 As they said these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace be to you."

 

24:37 But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

 

24:38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts?

 

24:39 See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn't have flesh and bones, as you see that I have."

 

24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

 

24:41 While they still didn't believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"

 

24:42 They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.

 

24:43 He took them, and ate in front of them.

 

24:44 He said to them, "This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled."

 

24:45 Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures.

 

24:46 He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,

 

24:47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

 

24:48 You are witnesses of these things.

 

24:49 Behold, I send forth the promise of my Father on you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high."

 

24:50 He led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

 

24:51 It happened, while he blessed them, that he withdrew from them, and was carried up into heaven.

 

24:52 They worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

 

24:53 and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

 

James 3

 

3:1 Let not many of you be teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive heavier judgment.

 

3:2 For in many things we all stumble. If anyone doesn't stumble in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.

 

3:3 Indeed, we put bits into the horses' mouths so that they may obey us, and we guide their whole body.

 

3:4 Behold, the ships also, though they are so big and are driven by fierce winds, are yet guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires.

 

3:5 So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest!

 

3:6 And the tongue is a fire. The world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by hell.

 

3:7 For every kind of animal, bird, creeping thing, and thing in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind.

 

3:8 But nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

 

3:9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God.

 

3:10 Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

 

3:11 Does a spring send out from the same opening fresh and bitter water?

 

3:12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, yield olives, or a vine figs? Thus no spring yields both saltwater and freshwater.

 

3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom.

 

3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't boast and don't lie against the truth.

 

3:15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.

 

3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed.

 

3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

 

3:18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

 

James 4

 

4:1 Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don't they come from your pleasures that war in your members?

 

4:2 You lust, and don't have. You kill, covet, and can't obtain. You fight and make war. You don't have, because you don't ask.

 

4:3 You ask, and don't receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures.

 

4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, don't you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

 

4:5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously"?

 

4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

 

4:7 Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

4:9 Lament, mourn, and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloom.

 

4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.

 

4:11 Don't speak against one another, brothers. He who speaks against a brother and judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge.

 

4:12 Only one is the lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge another?

 

4:13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow let's go into this city, and spend a year there, trade, and make a profit."

 

4:14 Whereas you don't know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.

 

4:15 For you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that."

 

4:16 But now you glory in your boasting. All such boasting is evil.


4:17 To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesn't do it, to him it is sin.

Day 69

John 1

 

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

 

1:3 All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.

 

1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

 

1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn't overcome it.

 

1:6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.

 

1:7 The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him.

 

1:8 He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.

 

1:9 The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.

 

1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn't recognize him.

 

1:11 He came to his own, and those who were his own didn't receive him.

 

1:12 But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in his name:

 

1:13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

1:14 The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

1:15 John testified about him. He cried out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.'"

 

1:16 From his fullness we all received grace upon grace.

 

1:17 For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.

 

1:19 This is John's testimony, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"

 

1:20 He confessed, and didn't deny, but he confessed, "I am not the Christ."

 

1:21 They asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" He answered, "No."

 

1:22 They said therefore to him, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"

 

1:23 He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as Isaiah the prophet said."

 

1:24 The ones who had been sent were from the Pharisees.

 

1:25 They asked him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"

 

1:26 John answered them, "I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you don't know.

 

1:27 He is the one who comes after me, who is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I'm not worthy to loosen."

 

1:28 These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

 

1:29 The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

 

1:30 This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.'

 

1:31 I didn't know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel."

 

1:32 John testified, saying, "I have seen the Spirit descending like a dove out of heaven, and it remained on him.

 

1:33 I didn't recognize him, but he who sent me to baptize in water, he said to me, 'On whomever you will see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.'

 

1:34 I have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God."

 

1:35 Again, the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples,

 

1:36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"

 

1:37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

 

1:38 Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, being interpreted, Teacher), "where are you staying?"

 

1:39 He said to them, "Come, and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour.

 

1:40 One of the two who heard John, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.

 

1:41 He first found his own brother, Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah!" which is, being interpreted, Christ - "Messiah".

 

1:42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is by interpretation, Peter).

 

1:43 On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, "Follow me."

 

1:44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.

 

1:45 Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, "We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

 

1:46 Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

 

1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said about him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!"

 

1:48 Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."

 

1:49 Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are King of Israel!"

 

1:50 Jesus answered him, "Because I told you, 'I saw you underneath the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these!"

 

1:51 He said to him, "Most certainly, I tell you, hereafter you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

 

James 5

 

5:1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming on you.

 

5:2 Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten.

 

5:3 Your gold and your silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be for a testimony against you, and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up your treasure in the last days.

 

5:4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you have kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of those who reaped have entered into the ears of the Lord of Armies.

 

5:5 You have lived delicately on the earth, and taken your pleasure. You have nourished your hearts as in a day of slaughter.

 

5:6 You have condemned, you have murdered the righteous one. He doesn't resist you.

 

5:7 Be patient therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receives the early and late rain.

 

5:8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

 

5:9 Don't grumble, brothers, against one another, so that you won't be judged. Behold, the judge stands at the door.

 

5:10 Take, brothers, for an example of suffering and of patience, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

 

5:11 Behold, we call them blessed who endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the Lord in the outcome, and how the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

 

5:12 But above all things, my brothers, don't swear, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath; but let your "yes" be "yes," and your "no," "no;" so that you don't fall into hypocrisy.

 

5:13 Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praises.

 

5:14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord,

 

5:15 and the prayer of faith will heal him who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

 

5:16 Confess your offenses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective.

 

5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it didn't rain on the earth for three years and six months.

 

5:18 He prayed again, and the sky gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit.

 

5:19 Brothers, if any among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,


5:20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.

Day 70

John 2

 

2:1 The third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Jesus' mother was there.

 

2:2 Jesus also was invited, with his disciples, to the marriage.

 

2:3 When the wine ran out, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no wine."

 

2:4 Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does that have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come."

 

2:5 His mother said to the servants, "Whatever he says to you, do it."

 

2:6 Now there were six waterpots of stone set thereafter the Jews' manner of purifying, containing twenty to thirty gallons  apiece.

 

2:7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." They filled them up to the brim.

 

2:8 He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the ruler of the feast." So they took it.

 

2:9 When the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and didn't know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast called the bridegroom,

 

2:10 and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the guests have drunk freely, then that which is worse. You have kept the good wine until now!"

 

2:11 This beginning of his signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

2:12 After this, he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they stayed there a few days.

 

2:13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

 

2:14 He found in the temple those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, and the changers of money sitting.

 

2:15 He made a whip of cords, and threw all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the changers' money, and overthrew their tables.

 

2:16 To those who sold the doves, he said, "Take these things out of here! Don't make my Father's house a marketplace!"

 

2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will eat me up."

 

2:18 The Jews therefore answered him, "What sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things?"

 

2:19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

 

2:20 The Jews therefore said, "Forty-six years was this temple in building, and will you raise it up in three days?"

 

2:21 But he spoke of the temple of his body.

 

2:22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he said this, and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

 

2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in his name, observing his signs which he did.

 

2:24 But Jesus didn't trust himself to them, because he knew everyone,

 

2:25 and because he didn't need for anyone to testify concerning man; for he himself knew what was in man.

 

1 Peter 1

 

1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen ones who are living as foreigners in the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

 

1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with his blood: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

 

1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy became our father again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 

1:4 to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn't fade away, reserved in Heaven for you,

 

1:5 who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

1:6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been put to grief in various trials,

 

1:7 that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes even though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ--

 

1:8 whom not having known you love; in whom, though now you don't see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory--

 

1:9 receiving the result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

1:10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you,

 

1:11 searching for who or what kind of time the Spirit of Christ, which was in them, pointed to, when he predicted the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that would follow them.

 

1:12 To them it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you, they ministered these things, which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Good News to you by the Holy Spirit sent out from heaven; which things angels desire to look into.

 

1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, be sober and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ--

 

1:14 as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance,

 

1:15 but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior;

 

1:16 because it is written, "You shall be holy; for I am holy."

 

1:17 If you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man's work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear:

 

1:18 knowing that you were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from the useless way of life handed down from your fathers,

 

1:19 but with precious blood, as of a faultless and pure lamb, the blood of Christ;

 

1:20 who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of times for your sake,

 

1:21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope might be in God.

 

1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently:

 

1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which lives and remains forever.

 

1:24 For, "All flesh is like grass, and all of man's glory like the flower in the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls;

 

1:25 but the Lord's word endures forever."  This is the word of Good News which was preached to you.

 

1 Peter 2

 

2:1 Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking,

 

2:2 as newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby,

 

2:3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious:

 

2:4 coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious.

 

2:5 You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

2:6 Because it is contained in Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen, and precious: He who believes in him will not be disappointed."

 

2:7 For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected, has become the chief cornerstone,"

 

2:8 and, "a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense."  For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed.

 

2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

 

2:10 who in time past were no people, but now are God's people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

 

2:11 Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

 

2:12 having good behavior among the nations, so in that of which they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation.

 

2:13 Therefore subject yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether to the king, as supreme;

 

2:14 or to governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evildoers and for praise to those who do well.

 

2:15 For this is the will of God, that by well-doing you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

 

2:16 as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.

 

2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

 

2:18 Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the wicked.

 

2:19 For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God.

 

2:20 For what glory is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God.

 

2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps,

 

2:22 who did not sin, "neither was deceit found in his mouth."

 

2:23 Who, when he was cursed, didn't curse back. When he suffered, didn't threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously;

 

2:24 who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.


2:25 For you were going astray like sheep; but now have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Day 71

John 3

 

3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.

 

3:2 The same came to him by night, and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him."

 

3:3 Jesus answered him, "Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born again,  he can't see the Kingdom of God."

 

3:4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"

 

3:5 Jesus answered, "Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and of the Spirit, he can't enter into the Kingdom of God!

 

3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 

3:7 Don't marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again”.

 

3:8 The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don't know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

 

3:9 Nicodemus answered him, "How can these things be?"

 

3:10 Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and don't understand these things?

 

3:11 Most certainly I tell you, we speak that which we know, and testify of that which we have seen, and you don't receive our witness.

 

3:12 If I told you earthly things and you won't believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

 

3:13 No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven.

 

3:14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

 

3:15 that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 

3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 

3:17 For God didn't send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.

 

3:18 He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn't believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

 

3:19 This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.

 

3:20 For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn't come to the light, lest his works would be exposed.

 

3:21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God."

 

3:22 After these things, Jesus came with his disciples into the land of Judea. He stayed there with them, and baptized.

 

3:23 John also was baptizing in Enon near Salim, because there was much water there. They came, and were baptized.

 

3:24 For John was not yet thrown into prison.

 

3:25 There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with some Jews about purification.

 

3:26 They came to John, and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, the same baptizes, and everyone is coming to him."

 

3:27 John answered, "A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven.

 

3:28 You yourselves testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before him.'

 

3:29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. This, my joy, therefore is made full.

 

3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

 

3:31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the Earth belongs to the Earth, and speaks of the Earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.

 

3:32 What he has seen and heard, of that he testifies; and no one receives his witness.

 

3:33 He who has received his witness has set his seal to this, that God is true.

 

3:34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God gives the Spirit without measure.

 

3:35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.

 

3:36 One who believes in the Son has eternal life, but one who disobeys the Son won't see life, but the wrath of God remains on him."

 

1 Peter 3

 

3:1 In like manner, wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; so that, even if any don't obey the Word, they may be won by the behavior of their wives without a word;

 

3:2 seeing your pure behavior in fear.

 

3:3 Let your beauty be not just the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on fine clothing;

 

3:4 but in the hidden person of the heart, in the incorruptible adornment of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God very precious.

 

3:5 For this is how the holy women before, who hoped in God also adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

 

3:6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose children you now are, if you do well, and are not put in fear by any terror.

 

3:7 You husbands, in like manner, live with your wives according to knowledge, giving honor to the woman, as to the weaker vessel, as being also joint heirs of the grace of life; that your prayers may not be hindered.

 

3:8 Finally, be all like-minded, compassionate, loving as brothers, tenderhearted, courteous,

 

3:9 not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but instead blessing; knowing that to this were you called, that you may inherit a blessing.

 

3:10 For, "He who would love life, and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.

 

3:11 Let him turn away from evil, and do good. Let him seek peace, and pursue it.

 

3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears open to their prayer; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

 

3:13 Now who is he who will harm you, if you become imitators of that which is good?

 

3:14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "Don't fear what they fear, neither be troubled."

 

3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear:

 

3:16 having a good conscience; that, while you are spoken against as evildoers, they may be disappointed who curse your good manner of life in Christ.

 

3:17 For it is better, if it is God's will, that you suffer for doing well than for doing evil.

 

3:18 Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

 

3:19 in which he also went and preached to the spirits in prison,

 

3:20 who before were disobedient, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, while the ship was being built. In it, few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.

 

3:21 This is a symbol of baptism, which now saves you--not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

 

3:22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers being made subject to him.

 

1 Peter 4

 

4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind; for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin;

 

4:2 that you no longer should live the rest of your time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

 

4:3 For we have spent enough of our past time doing the desire of the Gentiles, and having walked in lewdness, lusts, drunken binges, orgies, carousing, and abominable idolatries.

 

4:4 They think it is strange that you don't run with them into the same excess of riot, blaspheming:

 

4:5 who will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

 

4:6 For to this end the Good News was preached even to the dead, that they might be judged indeed as men in the flesh, but live as to God in the spirit.

 

4:7 But the end of all things is near. Therefore be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer.

 

4:8 And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.

 

4:9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.

 

4:10 As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms.

 

4:11 If anyone speaks, let it be as it were the very words of God. If anyone serves, let it be as of the strength which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

4:12 Beloved, don't be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you.

 

4:13 But because you are partakers of Christ's sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory you also may rejoice with exceeding joy.

 

4:14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed; because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. On their part he is blasphemed, but on your part he is glorified.

 

4:15 For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil doer, or a meddler in other men's matters.

 

4:16 But if one of you suffers for being a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this matter.

 

4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God. If it begins first with us, what will happen to those who don't obey the Good News of God?

 

4:18 "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and the sinner?"


4:19 Therefore let them also who suffer according to the will of God in doing good entrust their souls to him, as to a faithful Creator.

Day 72

John 4

 

4:1 Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John

 

4:2 although Jesus himself didn't baptize, but his disciples,

 

4:3 he left Judea, and departed into Galilee.

 

4:4 He needed to pass through Samaria.

 

4:5 So he came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph.

 

4:6 Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being tired from his journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

 

4:7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."

 

4:8 For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

 

4:9 The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, "How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

 

4:10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."

 

4:11 The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. From where then have you that living water?

 

4:12 Are you greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, as did his children, and his livestock?"

 

4:13 Jesus answered her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again,

 

4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."

 

4:15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I don't get thirsty, neither come all the way here to draw."

 

4:16 Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."

 

4:17 The woman answered, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You said well, 'I have no husband,'

 

4:18 for you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband. This you have said truly."

 

4:19 The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.

 

4:20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship."

 

4:21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, will you worship the Father.

 

4:22 You worship that which you don't know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.

 

4:23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshippers.

 

4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."

 

4:25 The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah comes," (he who is called Christ). "When he has come, he will declare to us all things."

 

4:26 Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one who speaks to you."

 

4:27 At this, his disciples came. They marveled that he was speaking with a woman; yet no one said, "What are you looking for?" or, "Why do you speak with her?"

 

4:28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went away into the city, and said to the people,

 

4:29 "Come, see a man who told me everything that I did. Can this be the Christ?"

 

4:30 They went out of the city, and were coming to him.

 

4:31 In the meanwhile, the disciples urged him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."

 

4:32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you don't know about."

 

4:33 The disciples therefore said one to another, "Has anyone brought him something to eat?"

 

4:34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.

 

4:35 Don't you say, 'There are yet four months until the harvest?' Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already.

 

4:36 He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to eternal life; that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

 

4:37 For in this the saying is true, 'One sows, and another reaps.'

 

4:38 I sent you to reap that for which you haven't labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."

 

4:39 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the word of the woman, who testified, "He told me everything that I did."

 

4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed there two days.

 

4:41 Many more believed because of his word.

 

4:42 They said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of your speaking; for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

 

4:43 After the two days he went out from there and went into Galilee.

 

4:44 For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.

 

4:45 So when he came into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also went to the feast.

 

4:46 Jesus came therefore again to Cana of Galilee, where he made the water into wine. There was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.

 

4:47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him, and begged him that he would come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.

 

4:48 Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders, you will in no way believe."

 

4:49 The nobleman said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies."

 

4:50 Jesus said to him, "Go your way. Your son lives." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.

 

4:51 As he was now going down, his servants met him and reported, saying "Your child lives!"

 

4:52 So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. They said therefore to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour, the fever left him."

 

4:53 So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives." He believed, as did his whole house.

 

4:54 This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out of Judea into Galilee.

 

1 Peter 5

 

5:1 I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and who will also share in the glory that will be revealed.

 

5:2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion, but voluntarily, not for dishonest gain, but willingly;

 

5:3 neither as lording it over those entrusted to you, but making yourselves examples to the flock.

 

5:4 When the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the crown of glory that doesn't fade away.

 

5:5 Likewise, you younger ones, be subject to the elder. Yes, all of you gird yourselves with humility, to subject yourselves to one another; for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

 

5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time;

 

5:7 casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.

 

5:8 Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

 

5:9 Withstand him steadfast in your faith, knowing that your brothers who are in the world are undergoing the same sufferings.

 

5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

 

5:11 To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

 

5:12 Through Silvanus, our faithful brother, as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.

 

5:13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, greets you; and so does Mark, my son.


5:14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Day 73

John 5

 

5:1 After these things, there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

 

5:2 Now in Jerusalem by the sheep gate, there is a pool, which is called in Hebrew, "Bethesda," having five porches.

 

5:3 In these lay a great multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, or paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water;

 

5:4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain times into the pool, and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made whole of whatever disease he had.

 

5:5 A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years.

 

5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to be made well?"

 

5:7 The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I'm coming, another steps down before me."

 

5:8 Jesus said to him, "Arise, take up your mat, and walk."

 

5:9 Immediately, the man was made well, and took up his mat and walked. Now it was the Sabbath on that day.

 

5:10 So the Jews said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to carry the mat."

 

5:11 He answered them, "He who made me well, the same said to me, 'Take up your mat, and walk.'"

 

5:12 Then they asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your mat, and walk'?"

 

5:13 But he who was healed didn't know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a crowd being in the place.

 

5:14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "Behold, you are made well. Sin no more, so that nothing worse happens to you."

 

5:15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

 

5:16 For this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he did these things on the Sabbath.

 

5:17 But Jesus answered them, "My Father is still working, so I am working, too."

 

5:18 For this cause therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

 

5:19 Jesus therefore answered them, "Most certainly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does likewise.

 

5:20 For the Father has affection for the Son, and shows him all things that he himself does. He will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel.

 

5:21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires.

 

5:22 For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son,

 

5:23 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesn't honor the Son doesn't honor the Father who sent him.

 

5:24 "Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn't come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

 

5:25 Most certainly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of God's voice; and those who hear will live.

 

5:26 For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.

 

5:27 He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man.

 

5:28 Don't marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice,

 

5:29 and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.

 

5:30 I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous; because I don't seek my own will, but the will of my Father who sent me.

 

5:31 "If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid.

 

5:32 It is another who testifies about me. I know that the testimony which he testifies about me is true.

 

5:33 You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.

 

5:34 But the testimony which I receive is not from man. However, I say these things that you may be saved.

 

5:35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

 

5:36 But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John, for the works which the Father gave me to accomplish, the very works that I do, testify about me, that the Father has sent me.

 

5:37 The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form.

 

5:38 You don't have his word living in you; because you don't believe him whom he sent.

 

5:39 "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me.

 

5:40 Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life.

 

5:41 I don't receive glory from men.

 

5:42 But I know you, that you don't have God's love in yourselves.

 

5:43 I have come in my Father's name, and you don't receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.

 

5:44 How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you don't seek the glory that comes from the only God?

 

5:45 "Don't think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope.

 

5:46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me.

 

5:47 But if you don't believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"

 

2 Peter 1

 

1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

 

1:2 Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

 

1:3 seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue;

 

1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.

 

1:5 Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge;

 

1:6 and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control patience; and in patience godliness;

 

1:7 and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.

 

1:8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1:9 For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.

 

1:10 Therefore, brothers, be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.

 

1:11 For thus you will be richly supplied with the entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

1:12 Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth.

 

1:13 I think it right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you;

 

1:14 knowing that the putting off of my tent comes swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.

 

1:15 Yes, I will make every effort that you may always be able to remember these things even after my departure.

 

1:16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

 

1:17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

 

1:18 We heard this voice come out of heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

 

1:19 We have the more sure word of prophecy; and you do well that you heed it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star arises in your hearts:

 

1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation.

 

1:21 For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit.

 

2 Peter 2

 

2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, as false teachers will also be among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master who bought them, bringing on themselves swift destruction.

 

2:2 Many will follow their immoral ways, and as a result, the way of the truth will be maligned.

 

2:3 In covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words: whose sentence now from of old doesn't linger, and their destruction will not slumber.

 

2:4 For if God didn't spare angels when they sinned, but cast them down to hell, and committed them to pits of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;

 

2:5 and didn't spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah with seven others, a preacher of righteousness, when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly;

 

2:6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly;

 

2:7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was very distressed by the lustful life of the wicked

 

2:8 (for that righteous man dwelling among them, was tormented in his righteous soul from day to day with seeing and hearing lawless deeds):

 

2:9 the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment;

 

2:10 but chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of defilement, and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries;

 

2:11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, don't bring a railing judgment against them before the Lord.

 

2:12 But these, as unreasoning creatures, born natural animals to be taken and destroyed, speaking evil in matters about which they are ignorant, will in their destroying surely be destroyed,

 

2:13 receiving the wages of unrighteousness; people who count it pleasure to revel in the daytime, spots and blemishes, reveling in their deceit while they feast with you;

 

2:14 having eyes full of adultery, and who can't cease from sin; enticing unsettled souls; having a heart trained in greed; children of cursing;

 

2:15 forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of wrongdoing;

 

2:16 but he was rebuked for his own disobedience. A mute donkey spoke with a man's voice and stopped the madness of the prophet.

 

2:17 These are wells without water, clouds driven by a storm; for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever.

 

2:18 For, uttering great swelling words of emptiness, they entice in the lusts of the flesh, by licentiousness, those who are indeed escaping from those who live in error;

 

2:19 promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for a man is brought into bondage by whoever overcomes him.

 

2:20 For if, after they have escaped the defilement of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in it and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

 

2:21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.


2:22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, "The dog turns to his own vomit again,"  and "the sow that has washed to wallowing in the mire."

Day 74

John 6

 

6:1 After these things, Jesus went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is also called the Sea of Tiberias.

 

6:2 A great multitude followed him, because they saw his signs which he did on those who were sick.

 

6:3 Jesus went up into the mountain, and he sat there with his disciples.

 

6:4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.

 

6:5 Jesus therefore lifting up his eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to him, said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?"

 

6:6 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.

 

6:7 Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that everyone of them may receive a little."

 

6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,

 

6:9 "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?"

 

6:10 Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." Now there was much grass in that place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

 

6:11 Jesus took the loaves; and having given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to those who were sitting down; likewise also of the fish as much as they desired.

 

6:12 When they were filled, he said to his disciples, "Gather up the broken pieces which are left over, that nothing be lost."

 

6:13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.

 

6:14 When therefore the people saw the sign which Jesus did, they said, "This is truly the prophet who comes into the world."

 

6:15 Jesus therefore, perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

 

6:16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,

 

6:17 and they entered into the boat, and were going over the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not come to them.

 

6:18 The sea was tossed by a great wind blowing.

 

6:19 When therefore they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea,  and drawing near to the boat; and they were afraid.

 

6:20 But he said to them, "It is I. Don't be afraid."

 

6:21 They were willing therefore to receive him into the boat. Immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.

 

6:22 On the next day, the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except the one in which his disciples had embarked, and that Jesus hadn't entered with his disciples into the boat, but his disciples had gone away alone.

 

6:23 However boats from Tiberias came near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.

 

6:24 When the multitude therefore saw that Jesus wasn't there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats, and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

 

6:25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?"

 

6:26 Jesus answered them, "Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.

 

6:27 Don't work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him."

 

6:28 They said therefore to him, "What must we do, that we may work the works of God?"

 

6:29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."

 

6:30 They said therefore to him, "What then do you do for a sign, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you do?

 

6:31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, 'He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.'

 

6:32 Jesus therefore said to them, "Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn't Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.

 

6:33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world."

 

6:34 They said therefore to him, "Lord, always give us this bread."

 

6:35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

6:36 But I told you that you have seen me, and yet you don't believe.

 

6:37 All those who the Father gives me will come to me. Him who comes to me I will in no way throw out.

 

6:38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

 

6:39 This is the will of my Father who sent me, that of all he has given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day.

 

6:40 This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day."

 

6:41 The Jews therefore murmured concerning him, because he said, "I am the bread which came down out of heaven."

 

6:42 They said, "Isn't this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then does he say, 'I have come down out of heaven?'"

 

6:43 Therefore Jesus answered them, "Don't murmur among yourselves.

 

6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.

 

6:45 It is written in the prophets, 'They will all be taught by God.'  Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me.

 

6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father.

 

6:47 Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life.

 

6:48 I am the bread of life.

 

6:49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.

 

6:50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.

 

6:51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."

 

6:52 The Jews therefore contended with one another, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

 

6:53 Jesus therefore said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don't have life in yourselves.

 

6:54 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

6:55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

 

6:56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him.

 

6:57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he who feeds on me, he will also live because of me.

 

6:58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven--not as our fathers ate the manna, and died. He who eats this bread will live forever."

 

6:59 He said these things in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

 

6:60 Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?"

 

6:61 But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, "Does this cause you to stumble?

 

6:62 Then what if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?

 

6:63 It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.

 

6:64 But there are some of you who don't believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who didn't believe, and who it was who would betray him.

 

6:65 He said, "For this cause have I said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father."

 

6:66 At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

 

6:67 Jesus said therefore to the twelve, "You don't also want to go away, do you?"

 

6:68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.

 

6:69 We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

 

6:70 Jesus answered them, "Didn't I choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?"

 

6:71 Now he spoke of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, for it was he who would betray him, being one of the twelve.

 

2 Peter 3

 

3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter that I have written to you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by reminding you;

 

3:2 that you should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandments of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior:

 

3:3 knowing this first, that in the last days mockers will come, walking after their own lusts,

 

3:4 and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."

 

3:5 For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth formed out of water and amid water, by the word of God;

 

3:6 by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.

 

3:7 But the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

 

3:8 But don't forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

 

3:9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

 

3:11 Therefore since all these things will be destroyed like this, what kind of people ought you to be in holy living and godliness,

 

3:12 looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, which will cause the burning heavens to be dissolved, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

 

3:13 But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

 

3:14 Therefore, beloved, seeing that you look for these things, be diligent to be found in peace, without blemish and blameless in his sight.

 

3:15 Regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote to you;

 

3:16 as also in all of his letters, speaking in them of these things. In those, there are some things that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unsettled twist, as they also do to the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

 

3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand, beware, lest being carried away with the error of the wicked, you fall from your own steadfastness.

 

3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

 

Day 75

John 7

7:1 After these things, Jesus was walking in Galilee, for he wouldn't walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.

 

7:2 Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand.

 

7:3 His brothers therefore said to him, "Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see your works which you do.

 

7:4 For no one does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world."

 

7:5 For even his brothers didn't believe in him.

 

7:6 Jesus therefore said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.

 

7:7 The world can't hate you, but it hates me, because I testify about it, that its works are evil.

 

7:8 You go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled."

 

7:9 Having said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.

 

7:10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.

 

7:11 The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, "Where is he?"

 

7:12 There was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so, but he leads the multitude astray."

 

7:13 Yet no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.

 

7:14 But when it was now the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.

 

7:15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, "How does this man know letters, having never been educated?"

 

7:16 Jesus therefore answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

 

7:17 If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself.

 

7:18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

 

7:19 Didn't Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?"

 

7:20 The multitude answered, "You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?"

 

7:21 Jesus answered them, "I did one work, and you all marvel because of it.

 

7:22 Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a boy.

 

7:23 If a boy receives circumcision on the Sabbath, that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me, because I made a man completely healthy on the Sabbath?

 

7:24 Don't judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

 

7:25 Therefore some of them of Jerusalem said, "Isn't this he whom they seek to kill?

 

7:26 Behold, he speaks openly, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that the rulers indeed know that this is truly the Christ?

 

7:27 However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from."

 

7:28 Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, "You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you don't know.

 

7:29 I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me."

 

7:30 They sought therefore to take him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.

 

7:31 But of the multitude, many believed in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, he won't do more signs than those which this man has done, will he?"

 

7:32 The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.

 

7:33 Then Jesus said, "I will be with you a little while longer, then I go to him who sent me.

 

7:34 You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come."

 

7:35 The Jews therefore said among themselves, "Where will this man go that we won't find him? Will he go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?

 

7:36 What is this word that he said, 'You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come'?"

 

7:37 Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!

 

7:38 He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water."

 

7:39 But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn't yet glorified.

 

7:40 Many of the multitude therefore, when they heard these words, said, "This is truly the prophet."

 

7:41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "What, does the Christ come out of Galilee?

 

7:42 Hasn't the Scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem,  the village where David was?"

 

7:43 So there arose a division in the multitude because of him.

 

7:44 Some of them would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him.

 

7:45 The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, "Why didn't you bring him?"

 

7:46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"

 

7:47 The Pharisees therefore answered them, "You aren't also led astray, are you?

 

7:48 Have any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees?

 

7:49 But this multitude that doesn't know the law is accursed."

 

7:50 Nicodemus (he who came to him by night, being one of them) said to them,

 

7:51 "Does our law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?"

 

7:52 They answered him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."

 

7:53 Everyone went to his own house.

 

I John 1

 

1:1 That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we saw, and our hands touched, concerning the Word of life

 

1:2 and the life was revealed, and we have seen, and testify, and declare to you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was revealed to us;

 

1:3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us. Yes, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

 

1:4 And we write these things to you, that our joy may be fulfilled.

 

1:5 This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don't tell the truth.

 

1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

 

1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

1:10 If we say that we haven't sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

I John 2

 

2:1 My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have a Counselor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous.

 

2:2 And he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.

 

2:3 This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commandments.

 

2:4 One who says, "I know him," and doesn't keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn't in him.

 

2:5 But whoever keeps his word, God's love has most certainly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him:

 

2:6 he who says he remains in him ought himself also to walk just like he walked.

 

2:7 Brothers, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.

 

2:8 Again, I write a new commandment to you, which is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away, and the true light already shines.

 

2:9 He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

 

2:10 He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him.

 

2:11 But he who hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and doesn't know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

 

2:12 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.

 

2:13 I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, little children, because you know the Father.

 

2:14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God remains in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

 

2:15 Don't love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father's love isn't in him.

 

2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, isn't the Father's, but is the world's.

 

2:17 The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God's will remains forever.

 

2:18 Little children, these are the end times, and as you heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen. By this we know that it is the final hour.

 

2:19 They went out from us, but they didn't belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have continued with us. But they left, that they might be revealed that none of them belong to us.

 

2:20 You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.

 

2:21 I have not written to you because you don't know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.

 

2:22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

 

2:23 Whoever denies the Son, the same doesn't have the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also.

 

2:24 Therefore, as for you, let that remain in you which you heard from the beginning. If that which you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son, and in the Father.

 

2:25 This is the promise which he promised us, the eternal life.

 

2:26 These things I have written to you concerning those who would lead you astray.

 

2:27 As for you, the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you don't need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him.

 

2:28 Now, little children, remain in him, that when he appears, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.


2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of him.

Day 76

John 8

 

8:1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

 

8:2 Now very early in the morning, he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him. He sat down, and taught them.

 

8:3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery. Having set her in the midst,

 

8:4 they told him, "Teacher, we found this woman in adultery, in the very act.

 

8:5 Now in our law, Moses commanded us to stone such. What then do you say about her?"

 

8:6 They said this testing him, that they might have something to accuse him of. But Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger.

 

8:7 But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her."

 

8:8 Again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

 

8:9 They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last. Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, in the middle.

 

8:10 Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, "Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?"

 

8:11 She said, "No one, Lord." Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more."

 

8:12 Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world.  He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life."

 

8:13 The Pharisees therefore said to him, "You testify about yourself. Your testimony is not valid."

 

8:14 Jesus answered them, "Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from, and where I am going; but you don't know where I came from, or where I am going.

 

8:15 You judge according to the flesh. I judge no one.

 

8:16 Even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me.

 

8:17 It's also written in your law that the testimony of two people is valid.

 

8:18 I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me."

 

8:19 They said therefore to him, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me, nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also."

 

8:20 Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, as he taught in the temple. Yet no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

 

8:21 Jesus said therefore again to them, "I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins. Where I go, you can't come."

 

8:22 The Jews therefore said, "Will he kill himself, that he says, 'Where I am going, you can't come?'"

 

8:23 He said to them, "You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world.

 

8:24 I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins."

 

8:25 They said therefore to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.

 

8:26 I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you. However he who sent me is true; and the things which I heard from him, these I say to the world."

 

8:27 They didn't understand that he spoke to them about the Father.

 

8:28 Jesus therefore said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing of myself, but as my Father taught me, I say these things.

 

8:29 He who sent me is with me. The Father hasn't left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him."

 

8:30 As he spoke these things, many believed in him.

 

8:31 Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, "If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.

 

8:32 You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

 

8:33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's seed, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How do you say, 'You will be made free?'"

 

8:34 Jesus answered them, "Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin.

 

8:35 A bondservant doesn't live in the house forever. A son remains forever.

 

8:36 If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

 

8:37 I know that you are Abraham's seed, yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.

 

8:38 I say the things which I have seen with my Father; and you also do the things which you have seen with your father."

 

8:39 They answered him, "Our father is Abraham." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.

 

8:40 But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham didn't do this.

 

8:41 You do the works of your father." They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, God."

 

8:42 Therefore Jesus said to them, "If God were your father, you would love me, for I came out and have come from God. For I haven't come of myself, but he sent me.

 

8:43 Why don't you understand my speech? Because you can't hear my word.

 

8:44 You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and its father.

 

8:45 But because I tell the truth, you don't believe me.

 

8:46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

 

8:47 He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you don't hear, because you are not of God."

 

8:48 Then the Jews answered him, "Don't we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?"

 

8:49 Jesus answered, "I don't have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.

 

8:50 But I don't seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges.

 

8:51 Most certainly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death."

 

8:52 Then the Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets; and you say, 'If a man keeps my word, he will never taste of death.'

 

8:53 Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who died? The prophets died. Who do you make yourself out to be?"

 

8:54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is our God.

 

8:55 You have not known him, but I know him. If I said, 'I don't know him,' I would be like you, a liar. But I know him, and keep his word.

 

8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He saw it, and was glad."

 

8:57 The Jews therefore said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"

 

8:58 Jesus said to them, "Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM.

 

8:59 Therefore they took up stones to throw at him, but Jesus was hidden, and went out of the temple, having gone through the midst of them, and so passed by.

 

1 John 3

 

3:1 Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn't know us, because it didn't know him.

 

3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it is not yet revealed what we will be. But we know that, when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is.

 

3:3 Everyone who has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

 

3:4 Everyone who sins also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness.

 

3:5 You know that he was revealed to take away our sins, and in him is no sin.

 

3:6 Whoever remains in him doesn't sin. Whoever sins hasn't seen him, neither knows him.

 

3:7 Little children, let no one lead you astray. He who does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

 

3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. To this end the Son of God was revealed, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 

3:9 Whosoever is born of God doesn't commit sin, because his seed remains in him; and he can't sin, because he is born of God.

 

3:10 In this the children of God are revealed, and the children of the devil. Whoever doesn't do righteousness is not of God, neither is he who doesn't love his brother.

 

3:11 For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;

 

3:12 unlike Cain, who was of the evil one, and killed his brother. Why did he kill him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

 

3:13 Don't be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.

 

3:14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. He who doesn't love his brother remains in death.

 

3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.

 

3:16 By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

 

3:17 But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart of compassion against him, how does the love of God remain in him?

 

3:18 My little children, let's not love in word only, neither with the tongue only, but in deed and truth.

 

3:19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and persuade our hearts before him,

 

3:20 because if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

 

3:21 Beloved, if our hearts don't condemn us, we have boldness toward God;

 

3:22 and whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.

 

3:23 This is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he commanded.

 

3:24 He who keeps his commandments remains in him, and he in him. By this we know that he remains in us, by the Spirit which he gave us.

 

1 John 4

 

4:1 Beloved, don't believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

 

4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

 

4:3 and every spirit who doesn't confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of whom you have heard that it comes. Now it is in the world already.

 

4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.

 

4:5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them.

 

4:6 We are of God. He who knows God listens to us. He who is not of God doesn't listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

 

4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God.

 

4:8 He who doesn't love doesn't know God, for God is love.

 

4:9 By this God's love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

 

4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

 

4:11 Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another.

 

4:12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.

 

4:13 By this we know that we remain in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

 

4:14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as the Savior of the world.

 

4:15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him, and he in God.

 

4:16 We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.

 

4:17 In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so are we in this world.

 

4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.

 

4:19 We love Him, because he first loved us.

 

4:20 If a man says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn't love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?


4:21 This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother.

Day 77

John 9

 

9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.

 

9:2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

 

9:3 Jesus answered, "Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him.

 

9:4 I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work.

 

9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

 

9:6 When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, anointed the blind man's eyes with the mud,

 

9:7 and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means "Sent"). So he went away, washed, and came back seeing.

 

9:8 The neighbors therefore, and those who saw that he was blind before, said, "Isn't this he who sat and begged?"

 

9:9 Others were saying, "It is he." Still others were saying, "He looks like him." He said, "I am he."

 

9:10 They therefore were asking him, "How were your eyes opened?"

 

9:11 He answered, "A man called Jesus made mud, anointed my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash.' So I went away and washed, and I received sight."

 

9:12 Then they asked him, "Where is he?" He said, "I don't know."

 

9:13 They brought him who had been blind to the Pharisees.

 

9:14 It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.

 

9:15 Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them, "He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see."

 

9:16 Some therefore of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, because he doesn't keep the Sabbath." Others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" There was division among them.

 

9:17 Therefore they asked the blind man again, "What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."

 

9:18 The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight,

 

9:19 and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?"

 

9:20 His parents answered them, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;

 

9:21 but how he now sees, we don't know; or who opened his eyes, we don't know. He is of age. Ask him. He will speak for himself."

 

9:22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.

 

9:23 Therefore his parents said, "He is of age. Ask him."

 

9:24 So they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him, "Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner."

 

9:25 He therefore answered, "I don't know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: that though I was blind, now I see."

 

9:26 They said to him again, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

 

9:27 He answered them, "I told you already, and you didn't listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don't also want to become his disciples, do you?"

 

9:28 They insulted him and said, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

 

9:29 We know that God has spoken to Moses. But as for this man, we don't know where he comes from."

 

9:30 The man answered them, "How amazing! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.

 

9:31 We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God, and does his will, he listens to him.

 

9:32 Since the world began it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of someone born blind.

 

9:33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."

 

9:34 They answered him, "You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?" They threw him out.

 

9:35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of God?"

 

9:36 He answered, "Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?"

 

9:37 Jesus said to him, "You have both seen him, and it is he who speaks with you."

 

9:38 He said, "Lord, I believe!" and he worshiped him.

 

9:39 Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment, that those who don't see may see; and that those who see may become blind."

 

9:40 Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him, "Are we also blind?"

 

9:41 Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains.

 

1 John 5

 

5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. Whoever loves the father also loves the child who is born of him.

 

5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.

 

5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. His commandments are not grievous.

 

5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith.

 

5:5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

5:6 This is he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

 

5:7 For there are three who testify the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that testify on earth":

 

5:8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one.

 

5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is God's testimony which he has testified concerning his Son.

 

5:10 He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who doesn't believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son.

 

5:11 The testimony is this, that God gave to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

 

5:12 He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn't have God's Son doesn't have the life.

 

5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

 

5:14 This is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us.

 

5:15 And if we know that he listens to us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

 

5:16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for those who sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death. I don't say that he should make a request concerning this.

 

5:17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death.

 

5:18 We know that whoever is born of God doesn't sin, but he who was born of God keeps himself, and the evil one doesn't touch him.

 

5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

 

5:20 We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

 

5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

 

2 John 1

 

1:1 The elder, to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all those who know the truth;

 

1:2 for the truth's sake, which remains in us, and it will be with us forever:

 

1:3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

 

1:4 I rejoice greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, even as we have been commanded by the Father.

 

1:5 Now I beg you, dear lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

 

1:6 This is love, that we should walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, even as you heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.

 

1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don't confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist.

 

1:8 Watch yourselves, that we don't lose the things which we have accomplished, but that we receive a full reward.

 

1:9 Whoever transgresses and doesn't remain in the teaching of Christ, doesn't have God. He who remains in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son.

 

1:10 If anyone comes to you, and doesn't bring this teaching, don't receive him into your house, and don't welcome him,

 

1:11 for he who welcomes him participates in his evil works.

 

1:12 Having many things to write to you, I don't want to do so with paper and ink, but I hope to come to you, and to speak face to face, that our joy may be made full.


1:13 The children of your chosen sister greet you. Amen.

Day 78

John 10

 

10:1 "Most certainly, I tell you, one who doesn't enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

 

10:2 But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

 

10:3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.

 

10:4 Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

 

10:5 They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don't know the voice of strangers."

 

10:6 Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn't understand what he was telling them.

 

10:7 Jesus therefore said to them again, "Most certainly, I tell you, I am the sheep's door.

 

10:8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them.

 

10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture.

 

10:10 The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

 

10:11 I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

 

10:12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who doesn't own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep, and scatters them.

 

10:13 The hired hand flees because he is a hired hand, and doesn't care for the sheep.

 

10:14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I'm known by my own;

 

10:15 even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.

 

10:16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold.  I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd.

 

10:17 Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

 

10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father."

 

10:19 Therefore a division arose again among the Jews because of these words.

 

10:20 Many of them said, "He has a demon, and is insane! Why do you listen to him?"

 

10:21 Others said, "These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. It isn't possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?"

 

10:22 It was the Feast of the Dedication  at Jerusalem.

 

10:23 It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's porch.

 

10:24 The Jews therefore came around him and said to him, "How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."

 

10:25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you don't believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, these testify about me.

 

10:26 But you don't believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I told you.

 

10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

 

10:28 I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

 

10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father's hand.

 

10:30 I and the Father are one."

 

10:31 Therefore Jews took up stones again to stone him.

 

10:32 Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?"

 

10:33 The Jews answered him, "We don't stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy: because you, being a man, make yourself God."

 

10:34 Jesus answered them, "Isn't it written in your law, 'I said, you are gods?”

 

10:35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came and the Scripture can't be broken,

 

10:36 do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You blaspheme,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God?'

 

10:37 If I don't do the works of my Father, don't believe me.

 

10:38 But if I do them, though you don't believe me, believe the works; that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."

 

10:39 They sought again to seize him, and he went out of their hand.

 

10:40 He went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was baptizing at first, and there he stayed.

 

10:41 Many came to him. They said, "John indeed did no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true."

 

10:42 Many believed in him there.

 

III John

 

1:1 The elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth.

 

1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers.

 

1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when brothers came and testified about your truth, even as you walk in truth.

 

1:4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear about my children walking in truth.

 

1:5 Beloved, you do a faithful work in whatever you accomplish for those who are brothers and strangers.

 

1:6 They have testified about your love before the assembly. You will do well to send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God,

 

1:7 because for the sake of the Name they went out, taking nothing from the Gentiles.

 

1:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

 

1:9 I wrote to the assembly, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, doesn't accept what we say.

 

1:10 Therefore, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words. Not content with this, neither does he himself receive the brothers, and those who would, he forbids and throws out of the assembly.

 

1:11 Beloved, don't imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. He who does good is of God. He who does evil hasn't seen God.

 

1:12 Demetrius has the testimony of all, and of the truth itself; yes, we also testify, and you know that our testimony is true.

 

1:13 I had many things to write to you, but I am unwilling to write to you with ink and pen;

 

1:14 but I hope to see you soon, and we will speak face to face. Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.

 

Jude 1

 

1:1 Jude,  a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ:

 

1:2 Mercy to you and peace and love be multiplied.

 

1:3 Beloved, while I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I was constrained to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

 

1:4 For there are certain men who crept in secretly, even those who were long ago written about for this condemnation: ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying our only Master, God, and Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

1:5 Now I desire to remind you, though you already know this, that the Lord, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who didn't believe.

 

1:6 Angels who didn't keep their first domain, but deserted their own dwelling place, he has kept in everlasting bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.

 

1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, having, in the same way as these, given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.

 

1:8 Yet in like manner these also in their dreaming defile the flesh, despise authority, and slander celestial beings.

 

1:9 But Michael, the archangel, when contending with the devil and arguing about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him an abusive condemnation, but said, "May the Lord rebuke you!"

 

1:10 But these speak evil of whatever things they don't know. What they understand naturally, like the creatures without reason, they are destroyed in these things.

 

1:11 Woe to them! For they went in the way of Cain, and ran riotously in the error of Balaam for hire, and perished in Korah's rebellion.

 

1:12 These are hidden rocky reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you, shepherds who without fear feed themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn leaves without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

 

1:13 wild waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever.

 

1:14 About these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones,

 

1:15 to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their works of ungodliness which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."

 

1:16 These are murmurers and complainers, walking after their lusts (and their mouth speaks proud things), showing respect of persons to gain advantage.

 

1:17 But you, beloved, remember the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1:18 They said to you that "In the last time there will be mockers, walking after their own ungodly lusts."

 

1:19 These are they who cause divisions, and are sensual, not having the Spirit.

 

1:20 But you, beloved, keep building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.

 

1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

 

1:22 On some have compassion, making a distinction,

 

1:23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh.

 

1:24 Now to him who is able to keep them  from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory in great joy,

 

1:25 to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.

 

Day 79

John 11

 

11:1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister, Martha.

 

11:2 It was that Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother, Lazarus, was sick.

 

11:3 The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, "Lord, behold, he for whom you have great affection is sick."

 

11:4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that God's Son may be glorified by it."

 

11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

 

11:6 When therefore he heard that he was sick, he stayed two days in the place where he was.

 

11:7 Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let's go into Judea again."

 

11:8 The disciples told him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"

 

11:9 Jesus answered, "Aren't there twelve hours of daylight? If a man walks in the day, he doesn't stumble, because he sees the light of this world.

 

11:10 But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light isn't in him."

 

11:11 He said these things, and after that, he said to them, "Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep."

 

11:12 The disciples therefore said, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."

 

11:13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he spoke of taking rest in sleep.

 

11:14 So Jesus said to them plainly that, "Lazarus is dead.

 

11:15 I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe. Nevertheless, let's go to him."

 

11:16 Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus,  said to his fellow disciples, "Let's go also, that we may die with him."

 

11:17 So when Jesus came, he found that he had been in the tomb four days already.

 

11:18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, almost two miles away.

 

11:19 Many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.

 

11:20 Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary stayed in the house.

 

11:21 Therefore Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn't have died.

 

11:22 Even now I know that, whatever you ask of God, God will give you."

 

11:23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

 

11:24 Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

 

11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies.

 

11:26 Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

 

11:27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God's Son, he who comes into the world."

 

11:28 When she had said this, she went away, and called Mary, her sister, secretly, saying, "The Teacher is here, and is calling you."

 

11:29 When she heard this, she arose quickly, and went to him.

 

11:30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was in the place where Martha met him.

 

11:31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and were consoling her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there."

 

11:32 Therefore when Mary came to where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn't have died."

 

11:33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

 

11:34 and said, "Where have you laid him?" They told him, "Lord, come and see."

 

11:35 Jesus wept.

 

11:36 The Jews therefore said, "See how much affection he had for him!"

 

11:37 Some of them said, "Couldn't this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have also kept this man from dying?"

 

11:38 Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

 

11:39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days."

 

11:40 Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that if you believed, you would see God's glory?"

 

11:41 So they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.  Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, "Father, I thank you that you listened to me.

 

11:42 I know that you always listen to me, but because of the multitude that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me."

 

11:43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"

 

11:44 He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Free him, and let him go."

 

11:45 Therefore many of the Jews, who came to Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in him.

 

11:46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees, and told them the things which Jesus had done.

 

11:47 The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, "What are we doing? For this man does many signs.

 

11:48 If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."

 

11:49 But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all,

 

11:50 nor do you consider that it is advantageous for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish."

 

11:51 Now he didn't say this of himself, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,

 

11:52 and not for the nation only, but that he might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

 

11:53 So from that day forward they took counsel that they might put him to death.

 

11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews, but departed from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim. He stayed there with his disciples.

 

11:55 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand. Many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.

 

11:56 Then they sought for Jesus and spoke one with another, as they stood in the temple, "What do you think--that he isn't coming to the feast at all?"

 

11:57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had commanded that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it, that they might seize him.

 

Revelation 1

 

1:1 This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon, which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John,

 

1:2 who testified to God's word, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, about everything that he saw.

 

1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it, for the time is at hand.

 

1:4 John, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from God, who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before his throne;

 

1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us, and washed us from our sins by his blood;

 

1:6 and he made us to be a Kingdom, priests to his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

1:7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who pierced him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. Even so, Amen.

 

1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega,  says the Lord God,  "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

 

1:9 I John, your brother and partner with you in oppression, Kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God's Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet

 

1:11 saying, "What you see, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea."

 

1:12 I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands.

 

1:13 And among the lampstands was one like a son of man,  clothed with a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around his chest.

 

1:14 His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire.

 

1:15 His feet were like burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the voice of many waters.

 

1:16 He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest.

 

1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, "Don't be afraid. I am the first and the last,

 

1:18 and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. I have the keys of death and of hell.

 

1:19 Write therefore the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will happen hereafter;

 

1:20 the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven assemblies. The seven lampstands are seven assemblies.

 

Revelation 2

 

2:1 "To the angel of the assembly in Ephesus write: "He who holds the seven stars in his right hand, he who walks among the seven golden lampstands says these things:

 

2:2 "I know your works, and your toil and perseverance, and that you can't tolerate evil men, and have tested those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and found them false.

 

2:3 You have perseverance and have endured for my name's sake, and have  not grown weary.

 

2:4 But I have this against you, that you left your first love.

 

2:5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I am coming to you swiftly, and will move your lampstand out of its place, unless you repent.

 

2:6 But this you have, that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

 

2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of my God.

 

2:8 "To the angel of the assembly in Smyrna write: "The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life says these things:

 

2:9 "I know your works, oppression, and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, and they are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

 

2:10 Don't be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life.

 

2:11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He who overcomes won't be harmed by the second death.

 

2:12 "To the angel of the assembly in Pergamum write: "He who has the sharp two-edged sword says these things:

 

2:13 "I know your works and where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. You hold firmly to my name, and didn't deny my faith in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

 

2:14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to throw a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.

 

2:15 So you also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans likewise.

 

2:16 Repent therefore, or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

 

2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes, to him I will give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows but he who receives it.

 

2:18 "To the angel of the assembly in Thyatira write: "The Son of God, who has his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like burnished brass, says these things:

 

2:19 "I know your works, your love, faith, service, patient endurance, and that your last works are more than the first.

 

2:20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate your woman, Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. She teaches and seduces my servants to commit sexual immorality, and to eat things sacrificed to idols.

 

2:21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.

 

2:22 Behold, I will throw her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her into great oppression, unless they repent of her works.

 

2:23 I will kill her children with Death, and all the assemblies will know that I am he who searches the minds and hearts. I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.

 

2:24 But to you I say, to the rest who are in Thyatira, as many as don't have this teaching, who don't know what some call 'the deep things of Satan,' to you I say, I am not putting any other burden on you.

 

2:25 Nevertheless, hold that which you have firmly until I come.

 

2:26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps my works to the end, to him I will give authority over the nations.

 

2:27 He will rule them with a rod of iron, shattering them like clay pots;  as I also have received of my Father:

 

2:28 and I will give him the morning star.


2:29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

Day 80

John 12

 

12:1 Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

 

12:2 So they made him a supper there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him.

 

12:3 Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.

 

12:4 Then Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, one of his disciples, who would betray him, said,

 

12:5 "Why wasn't this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, (300 denarii was about a year's wages for an agricultural laborer) and given to the poor?"

 

12:6 Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the money box, used to steal what was put into it.

 

12:7 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of my burial.

 

12:8 For you always have the poor with you, but you don't always have me."

 

12:9 A large crowd therefore of the Jews learned that he was there, and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

 

12:10 But the chief priests conspired to put Lazarus to death also,

 

12:11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

 

12:12 On the next day a great multitude had come to the feast. When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

 

12:13 they took the branches of the palm trees, and went out to meet him, and cried out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!"

 

12:14 Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it. As it is written,

 

12:15 "Don't be afraid, daughter of Zion. Behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey's colt."

 

12:16 His disciples didn't understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him.

 

12:17 The multitude therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb, and raised him from the dead, was testifying about it.

 

12:18 For this cause also the multitude went and met him, because they heard that he had done this sign.

 

12:19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "See how you accomplish nothing. Behold, the world has gone after him."

 

12:20 Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast.

 

12:21 These, therefore, came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, "Sir, we want to see Jesus."

 

12:22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn, Andrew came with Philip, and they told Jesus.

 

12:23 Jesus answered them, "The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

 

12:24 Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.

 

12:25 He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life.

 

12:26 If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

 

12:27 "Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say? 'Father, save me from this time?' But for this cause I came to this time.

 

12:28 Father, glorify your name!" Then there came a voice out of the sky, saying, "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."

 

12:29 The multitude therefore, who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."

 

12:30 Jesus answered, "This voice hasn't come for my sake, but for your sakes.

 

12:31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out.

 

12:32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."

 

12:33 But he said this, signifying by what kind of death he should die.

 

12:34 The multitude answered him, "We have heard out of the law that the Christ remains forever.  How do you say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up?' Who is this Son of Man?"

 

12:35 Jesus therefore said to them, "Yet a little while the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness doesn't overtake you. He who walks in the darkness doesn't know where he is going.

 

12:36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light." Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them.

 

12:37 But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they didn't believe in him,

 

12:38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, "Lord, who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

 

12:39 For this cause they couldn't believe, for Isaiah said again,

 

12:40 "He has blinded their eyes and he hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and would turn, and I would heal them."

 

12:41 Isaiah said these things when he saw his glory, and spoke of him.

 

12:42 Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they didn't confess it, so that they wouldn't be put out of the synagogue,

 

12:43 for they loved men's praise more than God's praise.

 

12:44 Jesus cried out and said, "Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me.

 

12:45 He who sees me sees him who sent me.

 

12:46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in the darkness.

 

12:47 If anyone listens to my sayings, and doesn't believe, I don't judge him. For I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

 

12:48 He who rejects me, and doesn't receive my sayings, has one who judges him. The word that I spoke, the same will judge him in the last day.

 

12:49 For I spake not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

 

12:50 I know that his commandment is eternal life. The things therefore which I speak, even as the Father has said to me, so I speak."

 

Revelation 3

 

3:1 "And to the angel of the assembly in Sardis write: "He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars says these things: "I know your works, that you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

 

3:2 Wake up, and keep the things that remain, which you were about to throw away, for I have found no works of yours perfected before my God.

 

3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If therefore you won't watch, I will come as a thief, and you won't know what hour I will come upon you.

 

3:4 Nevertheless you have a few names in Sardis that did not defile their garments. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.

 

3:5 He who overcomes will be arrayed in white garments, and I will in no way blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

 

3:6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

 

3:7 "To the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia write: "He who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, he who opens and no one can shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says these things:

 

3:8 "I know your works (behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one can shut), that you have a little power, and kept my word, and didn't deny my name.

 

3:9 Behold, I give of the synagogue of Satan, of those who say they are Jews, and they are not, but lie. Behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

 

3:10 Because you kept my command to endure, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, which is to come on the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

 

3:11 I am coming quickly! Hold firmly that which you have, so that no one takes your crown.

 

3:12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will go out from there no more. I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name.

 

3:13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

 

3:14 "To the angel of the assembly in Laodicea write: "The Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Head of God's creation, says these things:

 

3:15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.

 

3:16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth.

 

3:17 Because you say, 'I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing;' and don't know that you are the wretched one, miserable, poor, blind, and naked;

 

3:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich; and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.

 

3:19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent.

 

3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.

 

3:21 He who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me on my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne.

 

3:22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies."

 

Revelation 4

 

4:1 After these things I looked and saw a door opened in heaven, and the first voice that I heard, like a trumpet speaking with me, was one saying, "Come up here, and I will show you the things which must happen after this."

 

4:2 Immediately I was in the Spirit. Behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting on the throne

 

4:3 that looked like a jasper stone and a sardius. There was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald to look at.

 

4:4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones. On the thrones were twenty-four elders sitting, dressed in white garments, with crowns of gold on their heads.

 

4:5 Out of the throne proceed lightnings, sounds, and thunders. There were seven lamps of fire burning before his throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

 

4:6 Before the throne was something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal. In the midst of the throne, and around the throne were four living creatures full of eyes before and behind.

 

4:7 The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like a man, and the fourth was like a flying eagle.

 

4:8 The four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within. They have no rest day and night, saying, "Holy, holy, holy  is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come!"

 

4:9 When the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to him who sits on the throne, to him who lives forever and ever,

 

4:10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever, and throw their crowns before the throne, saying,

 

4:11 "Worthy are you, our Lord and God, the Holy One, to receive the glory, the honor, and the power, for you created all things, and because of your desire they existed, and were created!"