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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

August 20 - Bible-in-a-Year


1 Chronicles 16:7-43

Chapter 16

7 That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give praise(h) to the Lord in this manner:

8 Give praise(i) to the Lord , proclaim his name;
     make known among the nations(j) what he has done.
9 Sing to him, sing praise(k) to him;
     tell of all his wonderful acts.
10 Glory in his holy name;(l)
     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
11 Look to the Lord and his strength;
     seek(m) his face always.

12 Remember(n) the wonders(o) he has done,
     his miracles,(p) and the judgments he pronounced,
13 you his servants, the descendants of Israel,
     his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
14 He is the Lord our God;
     his judgments(q) are in all the earth.

15 He remembers[c](r) his covenant forever,
     the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
16 the covenant(s) he made with Abraham,
     the oath he swore to Isaac.
17 He confirmed it to Jacob(t) as a decree,
     to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
18 "To you I will give the land of Canaan(u)
     as the portion you will inherit."

19 When they were but few in number,(v)
     few indeed, and strangers in it,
20 they[d] wandered(w) from nation to nation,
     from one kingdom to another.
21 He allowed no one to oppress them;
     for their sake he rebuked kings:(x)
22 "Do not touch my anointed ones;
     do my prophets(y) no harm."

23 Sing to the Lord , all the earth;
     proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 Declare his glory(z) among the nations,
     his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;(aa)
     he is to be feared(ab) above all gods.(ac)
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
     but the Lord made the heavens.(ad)
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
     strength and joy are in his dwelling place.

28 Ascribe to the Lord , all you families of nations,
     ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.(ae)
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;(af)
     bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[e] holiness.(ag)
30       Tremble(ah) before him, all the earth!
     The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.(ai)

31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;(aj)
     let them say among the nations, "The Lord reigns!(ak)"
32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;(al)
     let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
33 Let the trees(am) of the forest sing,
     let them sing for joy before the Lord ,
     for he comes to judge(an) the earth.

34 Give thanks(ao) to the Lord , for he is good;(ap)
     his love endures forever.(aq)
35 Cry out, "Save us, God our Savior;(ar)
     gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
     and glory in your praise."
36 Praise be to the Lord , the God of Israel,(as)
     from everlasting to everlasting.

Then all the people said "Amen" and "Praise the Lord ."

37 David left Asaph and his associates before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister there regularly, according to each day's requirements.(at) 38 He also left Obed-Edom(au) and his sixty-eight associates to minister with them. Obed-Edom son of Jeduthun, and also Hosah,(av) were gatekeepers.

39 David left Zadok(aw) the priest and his fellow priests before the tabernacle of the Lord at the high place in Gibeon(ax) 40 to present burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly, morning and evening, in accordance with everything written in the Law(ay) of the Lord , which he had given Israel. 41 With them were Heman(az) and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the Lord , "for his love endures forever." 42 Heman and Jeduthun were responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song.(ba) The sons of Jeduthun(bb) were stationed at the gate.

43 Then all the people left, each for their own home, and David returned home to bless his family.

Zechariah 5

Chapter 5

The Flying Scroll

1 I looked again, and there before me was a flying scroll.(a)

2 He asked me, "What do you see?"(b)

I answered, "I see a flying scroll, twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide.[a]"

3 And he said to me, "This is the curse(c) that is going out over the whole land; for according to what it says on one side, every thief(d) will be banished, and according to what it says on the other, everyone who swears falsely(e) will be banished. 4 The Lord Almighty declares, ‘I will send it out, and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of anyone who swears falsely(f) by my name. It will remain in that house and destroy it completely, both its timbers and its stones.(g)'"

The Woman in a Basket

5 Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, "Look up and see what is appearing."

6 I asked, "What is it?"

He replied, "It is a basket.(h)" And he added, "This is the iniquity[b] of the people throughout the land."

7 Then the cover of lead was raised, and there in the basket sat a woman! 8 He said, "This is wickedness," and he pushed her back into the basket and pushed its lead cover down on it.(i)

9 Then I looked up—and there before me were two women, with the wind in their wings! They had wings like those of a stork,(j) and they lifted up the basket between heaven and earth.

10 "Where are they taking the basket?" I asked the angel who was speaking to me.

11 He replied, "To the country of Babylonia[c](k) to build a house(l) for it. When the house is ready, the basket will be set there in its place."(m)

John 4:27-42

Chapter 4

27 Just then his disciples returned(z) and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.(aa) Could this be the Messiah?"(ab) 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi,(ac) eat something."

32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat(ad) that you know nothing about."

33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"

34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will(ae) of him who sent me and to finish his work.(af) 35 Don't you have a saying, ‘It's still four months until harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.(ag) 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests(ah) a crop for eternal life,(ai) so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps'(aj) is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."

Many Samaritans Believe

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town(ak) believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did."(al) 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.

42 They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."(am)

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