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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

May 24 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 12,13,14

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.

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.

Psalm 14(a)

For the director of music. Of David.

1 The fool[a] says in his heart,
     "There is no God."(b)
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
     there is no one who does good.

2 The Lord looks down from heaven(c)
     on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,(d)
     any who seek God.(e)
3 All have turned away,(f) all have become corrupt;(g)
     there is no one who does good,(h)
     not even one.(i)

4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?(j)

They devour my people(k) as though eating bread;
     they never call on the Lord .(l)
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
     for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
     but the Lord is their refuge.(m)

7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!(n)
     When the Lord restores(o) his people,
     let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

John 8:28-59

Chapter 8

28 So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up[a] the Son of Man,(af) then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.(ag) 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone,(ah) for I always do what pleases him."(ai) 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.(aj)

Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus' Opponents Are

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching,(ak) you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."(al)

33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants(am) and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"

34 Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.(an) 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.(ao) 36 So if the Son sets you free,(ap) you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me,(aq) because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence,(ar) and you are doing what you have heard from your father.[b]"(as)

39 "Abraham is our father," they answered.

"If you were Abraham's children,"(at) said Jesus, "then you would[c] do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me,(au) a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.(av) Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father."(aw)

"We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself."(ax)

42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me,(ay) for I have come here from God.(az) I have not come on my own;(ba) God sent me.(bb) 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil,(bc) and you want to carry out your father's desires.(bd) He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.(be) 45 Yet because I tell the truth,(bf) you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.(bg) The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."

Jesus' Claims About Himself

48 The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan(bh) and demon-possessed?"(bi)

49 "I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself;(bj) but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death."(bk)

52 At this they exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed!(bl) Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham?(bm) He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?"

54 Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself,(bn) my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.(bo) 55 Though you do not know him,(bp) I know him.(bq) If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word.(br) 56 Your father Abraham(bs) rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it(bt) and was glad."

57 "You are not yet fifty years old," they said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"

58 "Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born,(bu) I am!"(bv) 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him,(bw) but Jesus hid himself,(bx) slipping away from the temple grounds.

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