I am going to try and be doing a daily verse, as well as a passage that will allow the visitors to The Virtual Pew to read the entire Bible through a year. I will post first the daily verse, then the passages that can be read on a daily basis, if reading these passages each day, it will be possible for each person to read the entire Bible in a year. Good luck and welcome to the journey.
Jesus Is Rejected
John 10 (22) That winter, Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Temple Festival. (23) One day he was walking in that part of the temple known as Solomon's Porch, (24) and the people gathered all around him. They said, "How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly!"
(25) Jesus answered:
I have told you, and you refused to believe me. The things I do by my Father's authority show who I am. (26) But since you are not my sheep, you don't believe me. (27) My sheep know my voice, and I know them. They follow me, (28) and I give them eternal life, so that they will never be lost. No one can snatch them out of my hand. (29) My Father gave them to me, and he is greater than all others. No one can snatch them from his hands, (30) and I am one with the Father.
(31) Once again the people picked up stones in order to kill Jesus. (32) But he said, "I have shown you many good things that my Father sent me to do. Which one are you going to stone me for?"
(33) They answered, "We are not stoning you because of any good thing you did. We are stoning you because you did a terrible thing. You are just a man, and here you are claiming to be God!"
(34) Jesus replied:
In your Scriptures doesn't God say, "You are gods"? (35) You can't argue with the Scriptures, and God spoke to those people and called them gods. (36) So why do you accuse me of a terrible sin for saying that I am the Son of God? After all, it is the Father who prepared me for this work. He is also the one who sent me into the world. (37) If I don't do as my Father does, you should not believe me. 38But if I do what my Father does, you should believe because of that, even if you don't have faith in me. Then you will know for certain that the Father is one with me, and I am one with the Father.
(39) Again they wanted to arrest Jesus. But he escaped (40) and crossed the Jordan to the place where John had earlier been baptizing. While Jesus was there, (41) many people came to him. They were saying, "John didn't work any miracles, but everything he said about Jesus is true." (42) A lot of those people also put their faith in Jesus.
The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon
(1 Kings 10.1-13)
2 Chronicles 9 The Queen of Sheba heard how famous Solomon was, so she went to Jerusalem to test him with difficult questions. She took along several of her officials, and she loaded her camels with gifts of spices, jewels, and gold. When she arrived, she and Solomon talked about everything she could think of. (2) He answered every question, no matter how difficult it was.
(3-4) The Queen was amazed at Solomon's wisdom. She was breathless when she saw his palace, the food on his table, his officials, all his servants in their uniforms, and the sacrifices he offered at the LORD's temple. (5) She said:
Solomon, in my own country I had heard about your wisdom and all you've done. (6) But I didn't believe it until I saw it with my own eyes! And there's so much I didn't hear about. You are greater than I was told. (7) Your people and officials are lucky to be here where they can listen to the wise things you say.
(8) I praise the LORD your God. He is pleased with you and has made you king of Israel. God loves the people of this country and will never desert them, so he has given them a king who will rule fairly and honestly.
(9) The Queen of Sheba gave Solomon almost five tons of gold, a large amount of jewels, and the best spices anyone had ever seen.
(10-12) In return, Solomon gave her everything she wanted--even more than she had given him. Then she and her officials went back to their own country.
(1 Kings 10.14-29)
Hiram's and Solomon's sailors brought gold, juniper wood, and jewels from the country of Ophir. Solomon used the wood to make steps for the temple and palace, and harps and other stringed instruments for the musicians. Nothing like these had ever been made in Judah.
(13) Solomon received about twenty-five tons of gold each year, (14) not counting what the merchants and traders brought him. The kings of Arabia and the leaders of Israel also gave him gold and silver.
(15) Solomon made two hundred gold shields that weighed about seven and a half pounds each. (16) He also made three hundred smaller gold shields that weighed almost four pounds, and he put these shields in his palace in Forest Hall.
(17) His throne was made of ivory and covered with pure gold. (18) It had a gold footstool attached to it and armrests on each side. There was a statue of a lion on each side of the throne, (19) and there were two lion statues on each of the six steps leading up to the throne. No other throne in the world was like Solomon's.
(20) Solomon's cups and dishes in Forest Hall were made of pure gold, because silver was almost worthless in those days.
(21) Solomon had a lot of seagoing ships. Every three years he sent them out with Hiram's ships to bring back gold, silver, and ivory, as well as monkeys and peacocks.
(22) Solomon was the richest and wisest king in the world. (23-24) Year after year, other kings came to hear the wisdom God had given him. And they brought gifts of silver and gold, as well as clothes, weapons, spices, horses, and mules.
(25) Solomon had four thousand stalls for his horses and chariots, and he owned twelve thousand horses that he kept in Jerusalem and other towns.
(26) He ruled all the nations from the Euphrates River in the north to the land of Philistia in the south, as far as the border of Egypt.
(27) While Solomon was king, there was silver everywhere in Jerusalem, and cedar was as common as the sycamore trees in the western foothills. (28) Solomon's horses were brought in from other countries, including Musri.
(1 Kings 11.41-43)
(29) Everything else Solomon did while he was king is written in the records of Nathan the prophet, Ahijah the prophet from Shiloh, and Iddo the prophet who wrote about Jeroboam son of Nebat. (30) After Solomon had ruled forty years from Jerusalem, (31) he died and was buried in the city of his father David. His son Rehoboam then became king.
[A special psalm by Asaph.]
A Prayer for the Nation in Times of Trouble
(1) Our God, why have you completely rejected us?
Why are you so angry with the ones you care for?
(2) Remember the people you rescued long ago,
the tribe you chose to be your very own.
Think of Mount Zion, your home;
(3) walk over to the temple left in ruins forever
by those who hate us.
(4) Your enemies roared like lions in your holy temple,
and they have placed their banners there.
(5) It looks like a forest chopped to pieces.
(6) They used axes and hatchets to smash the carvings.
(7) They burned down your temple and badly disgraced it.
(8) They said to themselves, "We'll crush them!"
Then they burned every one of your meeting places
all over the country.
(9) There are no more miracles and no more prophets.
Who knows how long it will be like this?
(10) Our God, how much longer will our enemies sneer?
Won't they ever stop insulting you?
(11) Why don't you punish them? Why are you holding back?
(12) Our God and King, you have ruled since ancient times;
you have won victories everywhere on this earth.
(13) By your power you made a path through the sea,
and you smashed the heads of sea monsters.
(14) You crushed the heads of the monster Leviathan,
then fed him to wild creatures in the desert.
(15) You opened the ground for streams and springs
and dried up mighty rivers.
(16) You rule the day and the night,
and you put the moon and the sun in place.
(17) You made summer and winter
and gave them to the earth.
(18) Remember your enemies, LORD!
They foolishly sneer and won't respect you.
(19) You treat us like pet doves, but they mistreat us.
Don't keep forgetting us
and letting us be fed to those wild animals.
(20) Remember the agreement you made with us.
Violent enemies are hiding
in every dark corner of the earth.
(21) Don't disappoint those in need
or make them turn from you,
but help the poor and homeless to shout your praises.
(22) Do something, God! Defend yourself.
Remember how those fools sneer at you all day long.
(23) Don't forget the loud shouts of your enemies.
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