15 million Ukrainian are displaced by Russia's war.
Millions miss a meal or two each day.
Help us change that! Click to donate today!

Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

August 23 - Old & New Testament


1 Chronicles 23,24,25

The Levites

1 When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon(a) king over Israel.(b)

2 He also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites. 3 The Levites thirty years old or more(c) were counted,(d) and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand.(e) 4 David said, "Of these, twenty-four thousand are to be in charge(f) of the work(g) of the temple of the Lord and six thousand are to be officials and judges.(h) 5 Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the Lord with the musical instruments(i) I have provided for that purpose."(j)

6 David separated(k) the Levites into divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi:(l) Gershon, Kohath and Merari.


7 Belonging to the Gershonites:(m)

Ladan and Shimei.

8 The sons of Ladan:

Jehiel the first, Zetham and Joel—three in all.

9 The sons of Shimei:

Shelomoth, Haziel and Haran—three in all.

These were the heads of the families of Ladan.

10 And the sons of Shimei:

Jahath, Ziza,[a] Jeush and Beriah.

These were the sons of Shimei—four in all.

11 Jahath was the first and Ziza the second, but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons; so they were counted as one family with one assignment.


12 The sons of Kohath:(n)

Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel—four in all.

13 The sons of Amram:(o)

Aaron and Moses.

Aaron was set apart,(p) he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the Lord , to minister(q) before him and to pronounce blessings(r) in his name forever. 14 The sons of Moses the man(s) of God were counted as part of the tribe of Levi.

15 The sons of Moses:

Gershom and Eliezer.(t)

16 The descendants of Gershom:(u)

Shubael was the first.

17 The descendants of Eliezer:

Rehabiah(v) was the first.

Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very numerous.

18 The sons of Izhar:

Shelomith(w) was the first.

19 The sons of Hebron:(x)

Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth.

20 The sons of Uzziel:

Micah the first and Ishiah the second.


21 The sons of Merari:(y)

Mahli and Mushi.(z)

The sons of Mahli:

Eleazar and Kish.

22 Eleazar died without having sons: he had only daughters. Their cousins, the sons of Kish, married them.(aa)

23 The sons of Mushi:

Mahli, Eder and Jerimoth—three in all.

24 These were the descendants of Levi by their families—the heads of families as they were registered under their names and counted individually, that is, the workers twenty years old or more(ab) who served in the temple of the Lord . 25 For David had said, "Since the Lord , the God of Israel, has granted rest(ac) to his people and has come to dwell in Jerusalem forever, 26 the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service."(ad) 27 According to the last instructions of David, the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more.

28 The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron's descendants in the service of the temple of the Lord : to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification(ae) of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God. 29 They were in charge of the bread set out on the table,(af) the special flour for the grain offerings,(ag) the thin loaves made without yeast, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.(ah) 30 They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord . They were to do the same in the evening(ai) 31 and whenever burnt offerings were presented to the Lord on the Sabbaths, at the New Moon(aj) feasts and at the appointed festivals.(ak) They were to serve before the Lord regularly in the proper number and in the way prescribed for them.

32 And so the Levites(al) carried out their responsibilities for the tent of meeting,(am) for the Holy Place and, under their relatives the descendants of Aaron, for the service of the temple of the Lord .(an)

The Divisions of Priests

1 These were the divisions(a) of the descendants of Aaron:(b)

The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.(c) 2 But Nadab and Abihu died before their father did,(d) and they had no sons; so Eleazar and Ithamar served as the priests. 3 With the help of Zadok(e) a descendant of Eleazar and Ahimelek a descendant of Ithamar, David separated them into divisions for their appointed order of ministering. 4 A larger number of leaders were found among Eleazar's descendants than among Ithamar's, and they were divided accordingly: sixteen heads of families from Eleazar's descendants and eight heads of families from Ithamar's descendants. 5 They divided them impartially by casting lots,(f) for there were officials of the sanctuary and officials of God among the descendants of both Eleazar and Ithamar.

6 The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded their names in the presence of the king and of the officials: Zadok the priest, Ahimelek(g) son of Abiathar and the heads of families of the priests and of the Levites—one family being taken from Eleazar and then one from Ithamar.

7 The first lot fell to Jehoiarib,

the second to Jedaiah,(h)

8 the third to Harim,(i)

the fourth to Seorim,

9 the fifth to Malkijah,

the sixth to Mijamin,

10 the seventh to Hakkoz,

the eighth to Abijah,(j)

11 the ninth to Jeshua,

the tenth to Shekaniah,

12 the eleventh to Eliashib,

the twelfth to Jakim,

13 the thirteenth to Huppah,

the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,

14 the fifteenth to Bilgah,

the sixteenth to Immer,(k)

15 the seventeenth to Hezir,(l)

the eighteenth to Happizzez,

16 the nineteenth to Pethahiah,

the twentieth to Jehezkel,

17 the twenty-first to Jakin,

the twenty-second to Gamul,

18 the twenty-third to Delaiah

and the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.

19 This was their appointed order of ministering when they entered the temple of the Lord , according to the regulations prescribed for them by their ancestor Aaron, as the Lord , the God of Israel, had commanded him.

The Rest of the Levites

20 As for the rest of the descendants of Levi:(m)

from the sons of Amram: Shubael;

from the sons of Shubael: Jehdeiah.

21 As for Rehabiah,(n) from his sons:

Ishiah was the first.

22 From the Izharites: Shelomoth;

from the sons of Shelomoth: Jahath.

23 The sons of Hebron:(o) Jeriah the first,[a] Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth.

24 The son of Uzziel: Micah;

from the sons of Micah: Shamir.

25 The brother of Micah: Ishiah;

from the sons of Ishiah: Zechariah.

26 The sons of Merari:(p) Mahli and Mushi.

The son of Jaaziah: Beno.

27 The sons of Merari:

from Jaaziah: Beno, Shoham, Zakkur and Ibri.

28 From Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.

29 From Kish: the son of Kish:


30 And the sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder and Jerimoth.

These were the Levites, according to their families. 31 They also cast lots,(q) just as their relatives the descendants of Aaron did, in the presence of King David and of Zadok, Ahimelek, and the heads of families of the priests and of the Levites. The families of the oldest brother were treated the same as those of the youngest.

The Musicians

1 David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph,(a) Heman(b) and Jeduthun(c) for the ministry of prophesying,(d) accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals.(e) Here is the list of the men(f) who performed this service:(g)

2 From the sons of Asaph:

Zakkur, Joseph, Nethaniah and Asarelah. The sons of Asaph were under the supervision of Asaph, who prophesied under the king's supervision.

3 As for Jeduthun, from his sons:(h)

Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei,[a] Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six in all, under the supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied, using the harp(i) in thanking and praising the Lord .

4 As for Heman, from his sons:

Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael and Jerimoth; Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-Ezer; Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. 5 (All these were sons of Heman the king's seer. They were given him through the promises of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.)

6 All these men were under the supervision of their father(j) for the music of the temple of the Lord , with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God.

Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman(k) were under the supervision of the king.(l) 7 Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord —they numbered 288. 8 Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots(m) for their duties.

9 The first lot, which was for Asaph,(n) fell to Joseph,
his sons and relatives[b] 12[c]
the second to Gedaliah,
him and his relatives and sons 12
10 the third to Zakkur,
his sons and relatives 12
11 the fourth to Izri,[d]
his sons and relatives 12
12 the fifth to Nethaniah,
his sons and relatives 12
13 the sixth to Bukkiah,
his sons and relatives 12
14 the seventh to Jesarelah,[e]
his sons and relatives 12
15 the eighth to Jeshaiah,
his sons and relatives 12
16 the ninth to Mattaniah,
his sons and relatives 12
17 the tenth to Shimei,
his sons and relatives 12
18 the eleventh to Azarel,[f]
his sons and relatives 12
19 the twelfth to Hashabiah,
his sons and relatives 12
20 the thirteenth to Shubael,
his sons and relatives 12
21 the fourteenth to Mattithiah,
his sons and relatives 12
22 the fifteenth to Jerimoth,
his sons and relatives 12
23 the sixteenth to Hananiah,
his sons and relatives 12
24 the seventeenth to Joshbekashah,
his sons and relatives 12
25 the eighteenth to Hanani,
his sons and relatives 12
26 the nineteenth to Mallothi,
his sons and relatives 12
27 the twentieth to Eliathah,
his sons and relatives 12
28 the twenty-first to Hothir,
his sons and relatives 12
29 the twenty-second to Giddalti,
his sons and relatives 12
30 the twenty-third to Mahazioth,
his sons and relatives 12
31 the twenty-fourth to Romamti-Ezer,
his sons and relatives 12.(o)

1 Corinthians 14:21-40

Chapter 14

21 In the Law(af) it is written:

"With other tongues
     and through the lips of foreigners
I will speak to this people,
     but even then they will not listen to me,(ag)
says the Lord."[e]

22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy,(ah) however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?(ai) 24 But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25 as the secrets(aj) of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"(ak)

Good Order in Worship

26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters?(al) When you come together, each of you(am) has a hymn,(an) or a word of instruction,(ao) a revelation, a tongue(ap) or an interpretation.(aq) Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.(ar) 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

29 Two or three prophets(as) should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.(at) 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.(au) 33 For God is not a God of disorder(av) but of peace(aw)—as in all the congregations(ax) of the Lord's people.(ay)

34 Women[f] should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak,(az) but must be in submission,(ba) as the law(bb) says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.[g]

36 Or did the word of God(bc) originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? 37 If anyone thinks they are a prophet(bd) or otherwise gifted by the Spirit,(be) let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command.(bf) 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.[h]

39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager(bg) to prophesy,(bh) and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly(bi) way.

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.