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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

May 16 - Chronological Order


Psalms 3-4

Chapter 3

Psalm 3[a]

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.(a)

1  Lord , how many are my foes!
     How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
     "God will not deliver him.(b)"[b]

3 But you, Lord , are a shield(c) around me,
     my glory, the One who lifts my head high.(d)
4 I call out to the Lord ,(e)
     and he answers me from his holy mountain.(f)

5 I lie down and sleep;(g)
     I wake again,(h) because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear(i) though tens of thousands
     assail me on every side.(j)

7 Arise,(k) Lord !
     Deliver me,(l) my God!
Strike(m) all my enemies on the jaw;
     break the teeth(n) of the wicked.

8 From the Lord comes deliverance.(o)
     May your blessing(p) be on your people.

Chapter 4

Psalm 4[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

1 Answer me(a) when I call to you,
     my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;(b)
     have mercy(c) on me and hear my prayer.(d)

2 How long will you people turn my glory(e) into shame?(f)
     How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[b]?[c](g)
3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant(h) for himself;
     the Lord hears(i) when I call to him.

4 Tremble and[d] do not sin;(j)
     when you are on your beds,(k)
     search your hearts and be silent.
5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
     and trust in the Lord .(l)

6 Many, Lord , are asking, "Who will bring us prosperity?"
     Let the light of your face shine on us.(m)
7 Fill my heart(n) with joy(o)
     when their grain and new wine(p) abound.

8 In peace(q) I will lie down and sleep,(r)
     for you alone, Lord ,
     make me dwell in safety.(s)

Psalms 12-13

Chapter 12

Psalm 12[a]

For the director of music. According to sheminith.[b] A psalm of David.

1 Help, Lord , for no one is faithful anymore;(a)
     those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2 Everyone lies(b) to their neighbor;
     they flatter with their lips
     but harbor deception in their hearts.(c)

3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips(d)
     and every boastful tongue—(e)
4 those who say,
     "By our tongues we will prevail;(f)
     our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?"

5 "Because the poor are plundered(g) and the needy groan,(h)
     I will now arise,(i)" says the Lord .
     "I will protect them(j) from those who malign them."
6 And the words of the Lord are flawless,(k)
     like silver purified(l) in a crucible,(m)
     like gold[c] refined seven times.

7 You, Lord , will keep the needy safe(n)
     and will protect us forever from the wicked,(o)
8 who freely strut(p) about
     when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Chapter 13

Psalm 13[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 How long,(a) Lord ? Will you forget me(b) forever?
     How long will you hide your face(c) from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts(d)
     and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
     How long will my enemy triumph over me?(e)

3 Look on me(f) and answer,(g) Lord my God.
     Give light to my eyes,(h) or I will sleep in death,(i)
4 and my enemy will say, "I have overcome him,(j)"
     and my foes will rejoice when I fall.(k)

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;(l)
     my heart rejoices in your salvation.(m)
6 I will sing(n) the Lord 's praise,
     for he has been good to me.

Psalms 28

Chapter 28

Psalm 28

Of David.

1 To you, Lord , I call;
     you are my Rock,
     do not turn a deaf ear(a) to me.
For if you remain silent,(b)
     I will be like those who go down to the pit.(c)
2 Hear my cry for mercy(d)
     as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands(e)
     toward your Most Holy Place.(f)

3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,
     with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
     but harbor malice in their hearts.(g)
4 Repay them for their deeds
     and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done(h)
     and bring back on them what they deserve.(i)

5 Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord
     and what his hands have done,(j)
he will tear them down
     and never build them up again.

6 Praise be to the Lord ,(k)
     for he has heard my cry for mercy.(l)
7 The Lord is my strength(m) and my shield;
     my heart trusts(n) in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,(o)
     and with my song I praise him.(p)

8 The Lord is the strength(q) of his people,
     a fortress of salvation(r) for his anointed one.(s)
9 Save your people(t) and bless your inheritance;(u)
     be their shepherd(v) and carry them(w) forever.

Psalms 55

Chapter 55

Psalm 55[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David.

1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
     do not ignore my plea;(a)
2       hear me and answer me.(b)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught(c)
3       because of what my enemy is saying,
     because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me(d)
     and assail(e) me in their anger.(f)

4 My heart is in anguish(g) within me;
     the terrors(h) of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling(i) have beset me;
     horror(j) has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
     I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
     and stay in the desert;[c](k)
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,(l)
     far from the tempest and storm.(m)"

9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,(n)
     for I see violence and strife(o) in the city.(p)
10 Day and night they prowl(q) about on its walls;
     malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces(r) are at work in the city;
     threats and lies(s) never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
     I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
     I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
     my companion, my close friend,(t)
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship(u)
     at the house of God,(v)
as we walked about
     among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;(w)
     let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,(x)
     for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God,
     and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening,(y) morning(z) and noon(aa)
     I cry out in distress,
     and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
     from the battle waged against me,
     even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,(ab)
     who does not change—
he will hear(ac) them and humble them,
     because they have no fear of God.(ad)

20 My companion attacks his friends;(ae)
     he violates his covenant.(af)
21 His talk is smooth as butter,(ag)
     yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,(ah)
     yet they are drawn swords.(ai)

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
     and he will sustain you;(aj)
he will never let
     the righteous be shaken.(ak)
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
     into the pit(al) of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful(am)
     will not live out half their days.(an)

But as for me, I trust in you.(ao)

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