4

DEC

2 CORINTHIANS 1:1-24

1. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: 2. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4. who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. 8. For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 12. For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. 13. For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and acknowledge and I hope you will fully acknowledge— 14. just as you did partially acknowledge us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you. 15. Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace. 16. I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea. 17. Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 18. As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. 19. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. 20. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 21. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22. and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 23. But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth. 24. Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.

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DEC

1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-13

1. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5. or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6. it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10. but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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2

DEC

1 CORINTHIANS 9:1-27

1. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? 2. If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 3. This is my defense to those who would examine me. 4. Do we not have the right to eat and drink? 5. Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? 6. Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? 7. Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? 8. Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? 9. For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10. Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. 11. If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12. If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ. 13. Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? 14. In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. 15. But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting. 16. For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17. For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18. What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. 19. For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. 24. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

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DEC

1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-13

1. It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. 2. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. 3. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. 4. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5. you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. 6. Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7. Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9. I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10. not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13. God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

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30

NOV

1 CORINTHIANS 1

1. Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2. To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5. that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6. even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7. so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8. who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 10. I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14. I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15. so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17. For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 18. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20. Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21. For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23. but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24. but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28. God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29. so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31. so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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29

NOV

2 JOHN 1:1-13

1. The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2. because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: 3. Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love. 4. I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 7. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11. for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. 12. Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 13. The children of your elect sister greet you.

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28

NOV

1 JOHN 1:1-10

1. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2. the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3. that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 5. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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 his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

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27

NOV

JOHN 19

1. Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4. Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5. So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6. When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7. The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” 8. When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9. He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10. So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11. Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” 12. From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13. So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. 14. Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15. They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16. So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, 17. and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20. Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’ ” 22. Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” 23. When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24. so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” So the soldiers did these things, 25. but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27. Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. 28. After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29. A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 31. Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37. And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.” 38. After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

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27

NOV

JOHN 20

1. Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3. So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7. and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9. for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10. Then the disciples went back to their homes. 11. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14. Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16. Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17. Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” 18. Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her. 19. On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20. When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” 24. Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26. Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28. Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29. Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30. Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31. but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

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