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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

August 17 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 45,46,47

Psalm 45[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Lilies." Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b] A wedding song.(a)

1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme
     as I recite my verses for the king;
     my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

2 You are the most excellent of men
     and your lips have been anointed with grace,(b)
     since God has blessed you forever.(c)

3 Gird your sword(d) on your side, you mighty one;(e)
     clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.(f)
4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously(g)
     in the cause of truth, humility and justice;(h)
     let your right hand(i) achieve awesome deeds.(j)
5 Let your sharp arrows(k) pierce the hearts(l) of the king's enemies;(m)
     let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;(n)
     a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness(o) and hate wickedness;(p)
     therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
     by anointing(q) you with the oil of joy.(r)
8 All your robes are fragrant(s) with myrrh(t) and aloes(u) and cassia;(v)
     from palaces adorned with ivory(w)
     the music of the strings(x) makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings(y) are among your honored women;
     at your right hand(z) is the royal bride(aa) in gold of Ophir.(ab)

10 Listen, daughter,(ac) and pay careful attention:(ad)
     Forget your people(ae) and your father's house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;(af)
     honor(ag) him, for he is your lord.(ah)
12 The city of Tyre(ai) will come with a gift,[d](aj)
     people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious(ak) is the princess within her chamber;
     her gown is interwoven with gold.(al)
14 In embroidered garments(am) she is led to the king;(an)
     her virgin companions(ao) follow her—
     those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,(ap)
     they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
     you will make them princes(aq) throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;(ar)
     therefore the nations will praise you(as) for ever and ever.(at)

Psalm 46[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song.

1 God is our refuge(a) and strength,(b)
     an ever-present(c) help(d) in trouble.(e)
2 Therefore we will not fear,(f) though the earth give way(g)
     and the mountains fall(h) into the heart of the sea,(i)
3 though its waters roar(j) and foam(k)
     and the mountains quake(l) with their surging.[c]

4 There is a river(m) whose streams(n) make glad the city of God,(o)
     the holy place where the Most High(p) dwells.(q)
5 God is within her,(r) she will not fall;(s)
     God will help(t) her at break of day.
6 Nations(u) are in uproar,(v) kingdoms(w) fall;
     he lifts his voice,(x) the earth melts.(y)

7 The Lord Almighty(z) is with us;(aa)
     the God of Jacob(ab) is our fortress.(ac)

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,(ad)
     the desolations(ae) he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars(af) cease
     to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow(ag) and shatters the spear;
     he burns the shields[d] with fire.(ah)
10 He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;(ai)
     I will be exalted(aj) among the nations,
     I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
     the God of Jacob(ak) is our fortress.(al)

Psalm 47[a]

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

1 Clap your hands,(a) all you nations;
     shout to God with cries of joy.(b)

2 For the Lord Most High(c) is awesome,(d)
     the great King(e) over all the earth.
3 He subdued(f) nations under us,
     peoples under our feet.
4 He chose our inheritance(g) for us,
     the pride of Jacob,(h) whom he loved.[b]

5 God has ascended(i) amid shouts of joy,(j)
     the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.(k)
6 Sing praises(l) to God, sing praises;
     sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth;(m)
     sing to him a psalm(n) of praise.

8 God reigns(o) over the nations;
     God is seated on his holy throne.(p)
9 The nobles of the nations assemble
     as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[c] of the earth belong to God;(q)
     he is greatly exalted.(r)

1 Corinthians 10:19-33

Chapter 10

19 Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?(ac) 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons,(ad) not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons.(ae) 22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy?(af) Are we stronger than he?(ag)

The Believer's Freedom

23 "I have the right to do anything," you say—but not everything is beneficial.(ah) "I have the right to do anything"—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.(ai)

25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,(aj) 26 for, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it."[f](ak)

27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you(al) without raising questions of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, "This has been offered in sacrifice," then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience.(am) 29 I am referring to the other person's conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom(an) being judged by another's conscience? 30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?(ao)

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.(ap) 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble,(aq) whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God(ar) 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way.(as) For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many,(at) so that they may be saved.(au)

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