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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

May 24 - NT, Psalms & Proverbs


Psalms 48-49

Chapter 48

Psalm 48[a]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

1 Great is the Lord ,(a) and most worthy of praise,(b)
     in the city of our God,(c) his holy mountain.(d)

2 Beautiful(e) in its loftiness,
     the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[b](f) is Mount Zion,(g)
     the city of the Great King.(h)
3 God is in her citadels;(i)
     he has shown himself to be her fortress.(j)

4 When the kings joined forces,
     when they advanced together,(k)
5 they saw her and were astounded;
     they fled in terror.(l)
6 Trembling seized(m) them there,
     pain like that of a woman in labor.(n)
7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish(o)
     shattered by an east wind.(p)

8 As we have heard,
     so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
     in the city of our God:
God makes her secure

9 Within your temple, O God,
     we meditate(r) on your unfailing love.(s)
10 Like your name,(t) O God,
     your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;(u)
     your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
     the villages of Judah are glad
     because of your judgments.(v)

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
     count her towers,(w)
13 consider well her ramparts,(x)
     view her citadels,(y)
that you may tell of them
     to the next generation.(z)

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
     he will be our guide(aa) even to the end.

Chapter 49

Psalm 49[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 Hear(a) this, all you peoples;(b)
     listen, all who live in this world,(c)
2 both low and high,(d)
     rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;(e)
     the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.(f)
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;(g)
     with the harp(h) I will expound my riddle:(i)

5 Why should I fear(j) when evil days come,
     when wicked deceivers surround me—
6 those who trust in their wealth(k)
     and boast(l) of their great riches?(m)
7 No one can redeem the life of another
     or give to God a ransom for them—
8 the ransom(n) for a life is costly,
     no payment is ever enough—(o)
9 so that they should live on(p) forever
     and not see decay.(q)
10 For all can see that the wise die,(r)
     that the foolish and the senseless(s) also perish,
     leaving their wealth(t) to others.(u)
11 Their tombs(v) will remain their houses[b] forever,
     their dwellings for endless generations,(w)
     though they had[c] named(x) lands after themselves.

12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;(y)
     they are like the beasts that perish.(z)

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,(aa)
     and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[d]
14 They are like sheep and are destined(ab) to die;(ac)
     death will be their shepherd
     (but the upright will prevail(ad) over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
     far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;(ae)
     he will surely take me to himself.(af)
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
     when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing(ag) with them when they die,
     their splendor will not descend with them.(ah)
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—(ai)
     and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,(aj)
     who will never again see the light(ak) of life.

20 People who have wealth but lack understanding(al)
     are like the beasts that perish.(am)

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