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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

May 22 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 7,8

Psalm 7[a]

A shiggaion[b](a) of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

1  Lord my God, I take refuge(b) in you;
     save and deliver me(c) from all who pursue me,(d)
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion(e)
     and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue(f) me.

3  Lord my God, if I have done this
     and there is guilt on my hands(g)
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil
     or without cause(h) have robbed my foe—
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake(i) me;
     let him trample my life to the ground(j)
     and make me sleep in the dust.[c](k)

6 Arise,(l) Lord , in your anger;
     rise up against the rage of my enemies.(m)
     Awake,(n) my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
     while you sit enthroned over them on high.(o)
8       Let the Lord judge(p) the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord , according to my righteousness,(q)
     according to my integrity,(r) O Most High.(s)
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
     and make the righteous secure—(t)
you, the righteous God(u)
     who probes minds and hearts.(v)

10 My shield[d](w) is God Most High,
     who saves the upright in heart.(x)
11 God is a righteous judge,(y)
     a God who displays his wrath(z) every day.
12 If he does not relent,(aa)
     he[e] will sharpen his sword;(ab)
     he will bend and string his bow.(ac)
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
     he makes ready his flaming arrows.(ad)

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
     conceives trouble and gives birth(ae) to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
     falls into the pit(af) they have made.(ag)
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
     their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;(ah)
     I will sing the praises(ai) of the name of the Lord Most High.(aj)

Psalm 8[a]

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

1  Lord , our Lord,
     how majestic is your name(a) in all the earth!

You have set your glory(b)
     in the heavens.(c)
2 Through the praise of children and infants
     you have established a stronghold(d) against your enemies,
     to silence the foe(e) and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,(f)
     the work of your fingers,(g)
the moon and the stars,(h)
     which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
     human beings that you care for them?[c](i)

5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e](j)
     and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.(k)
6 You made them rulers(l) over the works of your hands;(m)
     you put everything under their[g] feet:(n)
7 all flocks and herds,(o)
     and the animals of the wild,(p)
8 the birds in the sky,
     and the fish in the sea,(q)
     all that swim the paths of the seas.

9  Lord , our Lord,
     how majestic is your name in all the earth!(r)

John 7:28-53

Chapter 7

28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts,(ae) cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from.(af) I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true.(ag) You do not know him, 29 but I know him(ah) because I am from him and he sent me."(ai)

30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him,(aj) because his hour had not yet come.(ak) 31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him.(al) They said, "When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs(am) than this man?"

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.

33 Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time,(an) and then I am going to the one who sent me.(ao) 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come."(ap)

35 The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered(aq) among the Greeks,(ar) and teach the Greeks? 36 What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,' and ‘Where I am, you cannot come' ?"(as)

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival,(at) Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.(au) 38 Whoever believes(av) in me, as Scripture has said,(aw) rivers of living water(ax) will flow from within them."[c](ay) 39 By this he meant the Spirit,(az) whom those who believed in him were later to receive.(ba) Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.(bb)

40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, "Surely this man is the Prophet."(bc)

41 Others said, "He is the Messiah."

Still others asked, "How can the Messiah come from Galilee?(bd) 42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David's descendants(be) and from Bethlehem,(bf) the town where David lived?" 43 Thus the people were divided(bg) because of Jesus. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.(bh)

Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders

45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring him in?"

46 "No one ever spoke the way this man does,"(bi) the guards replied.

47 "You mean he has deceived you also?"(bj) the Pharisees retorted. 48 "Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?(bk) 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them."

50 Nicodemus,(bl) who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 "Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?"

52 They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee."(bm)

[The earliest manuscripts and many other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53—8:11. A few manuscripts include these verses, wholly or in part, after John 7:36, John 21:25, Luke 21:38 or Luke 24:53.]

53 Then they all went home,

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