25

JAN

ISAIAH 54:1-8

1. ``Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman," says the LORD. 2. ``Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords And strengthen your pegs. 3. ``For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations And will resettle the desolate cities. 4. ``Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; But you will forget the shame of your youth, And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. 5. ``For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth. 6. ``For the LORD has called you, Like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, Even like a wife of one's youth when she is rejected," Says your God. 7. ``For a brief moment I forsook you, But with great compassion I will gather you. 8. ``In an outburst of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, But with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you," Says the LORD your Redeemer.

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18

JAN

MARK 1:1-28

1. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: ``BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY; 3. THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, `MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.'" 4. John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5. And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6. John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey. 7. And he was preaching, and saying, ``After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. 8. ``I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." 9. In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 11. and a voice came out of the heavens: ``You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased." 12. Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness. 13. And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him. 14. Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15. and saying, ``The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." 16. As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17. And Jesus said to them, ``Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." 18. Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 19. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. 20. Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him. 21. They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach. 22. They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23. Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24. saying, ``What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!" 25. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, ``Be quiet, and come out of him!" 26. Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 27. They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, ``What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him." 28. Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee.

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11

JAN

JOHN 1:43-51

43. The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, ``Follow Me." 44. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. 45. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ``We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 46. Nathanael said to him, ``Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, ``Come and see." 47. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, ``Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!" 48. Nathanael said to Him, ``How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, ``Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." 49. Nathanael answered Him, ``Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel." 50. Jesus answered and said to him, ``Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these." 51. And He said to him, ``Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

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4

JAN

MARK 1:4-11

4. John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5. And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6. John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey. 7. And he was preaching, and saying, ``After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. 8. ``I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." 9. In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 11. and a voice came out of the heavens: ``You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased."

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