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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

May 23 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 9,11

Psalm 9[a][b]

For the director of music. To the tune of "The Death of the Son." A psalm of David.

1 I will give thanks to you, Lord , with all my heart;(a)
     I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.(b)
2 I will be glad and rejoice(c) in you;
     I will sing the praises(d) of your name,(e) O Most High.

3 My enemies turn back;
     they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right(f) and my cause,(g)
     sitting enthroned(h) as the righteous judge.(i)
5 You have rebuked the nations(j) and destroyed the wicked;
     you have blotted out their name(k) for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
     you have uprooted their cities;(l)
     even the memory of them(m) has perished.

7 The Lord reigns forever;(n)
     he has established his throne(o) for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness(p)
     and judges the peoples with equity.(q)
9 The Lord is a refuge(r) for the oppressed,(s)
     a stronghold in times of trouble.(t)
10 Those who know your name(u) trust in you,
     for you, Lord , have never forsaken(v) those who seek you.(w)

11 Sing the praises(x) of the Lord , enthroned in Zion;(y)
     proclaim among the nations(z) what he has done.(aa)
12 For he who avenges blood(ab) remembers;
     he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.(ac)

13  Lord , see how my enemies(ad) persecute me!
     Have mercy(ae) and lift me up from the gates of death,(af)
14 that I may declare your praises(ag)
     in the gates of Daughter Zion,(ah)
     and there rejoice in your salvation.(ai)

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;(aj)
     their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.(ak)
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
     the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[c](al)
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,(am)
     all the nations that forget God.(an)
18 But God will never forget the needy;
     the hope(ao) of the afflicted(ap) will never perish.

19 Arise,(aq) Lord , do not let mortals triumph;(ar)
     let the nations be judged(as) in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror,(at) Lord ;
     let the nations know they are only mortal.(au)

Psalm 10[a]

1 Why, Lord , do you stand far off?(a)
     Why do you hide yourself(b) in times of trouble?

2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,(c)
     who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts(d) about the cravings of his heart;
     he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord .(e)
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
     in all his thoughts there is no room for God.(f)
5 His ways are always prosperous;
     your laws are rejected by[b] him;
     he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, "Nothing will ever shake me."
     He swears, "No one will ever do me harm."(g)

7 His mouth is full(h) of lies and threats;(i)
     trouble and evil are under his tongue.(j)
8 He lies in wait(k) near the villages;
     from ambush he murders the innocent.(l)
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
9       like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;(m)
     he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.(n)
10 His victims are crushed,(o) they collapse;
     they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, "God will never notice;(p)
     he covers his face and never sees."(q)

12 Arise,(r) Lord ! Lift up your hand,(s) O God.
     Do not forget the helpless.(t)
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?(u)
     Why does he say to himself,
     "He won't call me to account"?(v)
14 But you, God, see the trouble(w) of the afflicted;
     you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;(x)
     you are the helper(y) of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;(z)
     call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
     that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;(aa)
     the nations(ab) will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord , hear the desire of the afflicted;(ac)
     you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,(ad)
18 defending the fatherless(ae) and the oppressed,(af)
     so that mere earthly mortals
     will never again strike terror.

Psalm 11

For the director of music. Of David.

1 In the Lord I take refuge.(a)
     How then can you say to me:
     "Flee(b) like a bird to your mountain.(c)
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;(d)
     they set their arrows(e) against the strings
to shoot from the shadows(f)
     at the upright in heart.(g)
3 When the foundations(h) are being destroyed,
     what can the righteous do?"

4 The Lord is in his holy temple;(i)
     the Lord is on his heavenly throne.(j)
He observes everyone on earth;(k)
     his eyes examine(l) them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,(m)
     but the wicked, those who love violence,
     he hates with a passion.(n)
6 On the wicked he will rain
     fiery coals and burning sulfur;(o)
     a scorching wind(p) will be their lot.

7 For the Lord is righteous,(q)
     he loves justice;(r)
     the upright(s) will see his face.(t)

John 8:1-27

Chapter 8

1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.(a)

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.(b) 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.(c) Now what do you say?" 6 They were using this question as a trap,(d) in order to have a basis for accusing him.(e)

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone(f) at her."(g) 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

11 "No one, sir," she said.

"Then neither do I condemn you,"(h) Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."(i)

Dispute Over Jesus' Testimony

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am(j) the light of the world.(k) Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."(l)

13 The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid."(m)

14 Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going.(n) But you have no idea where I come from(o) or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards;(p) I pass judgment on no one.(q) 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.(r) 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.(s) 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."(t)

19 Then they asked him, "Where is your father?"

"You do not know me or my Father,"(u) Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also."(v) 20 He spoke these words while teaching(w) in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put.(x) Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.(y)

Dispute Over Who Jesus Is

21 Once more Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die(z) in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come."(aa)

22 This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come' ?"

23 But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.(ab) 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he,(ac) you will indeed die in your sins."

25 "Who are you?" they asked.

"Just what I have been telling you from the beginning," Jesus replied. 26 "I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy,(ad) and what I have heard from him I tell the world."(ae)

27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.

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