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Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
August 1 - Old & New Testament
1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,(a)
who walk(b) according to the law of the Lord .(c)
2 Blessed(d) are those who keep his statutes(e)
and seek him(f) with all their heart—(g)
3 they do no wrong(h)
but follow his ways.(i)
4 You have laid down precepts(j)
that are to be fully obeyed.(k)
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!(l)
6 Then I would not be put to shame(m)
when I consider all your commands.(n)
7 I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.(o)
8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.(p)
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?(q)
By living according to your word.(r)
10 I seek you with all my heart;(s)
do not let me stray from your commands.(t)
11 I have hidden your word in my heart(u)
that I might not sin(v) against you.
12 Praise be(w) to you, Lord ;
teach me(x) your decrees.(y)
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.(z)
14 I rejoice in following your statutes(aa)
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts(ab)
and consider your ways.
16 I delight(ac) in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
17 Be good to your servant(ad) while I live,
that I may obey your word.(ae)
18 Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth;(af)
do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed(ag) with longing
for your laws(ah) at all times.
21 You rebuke the arrogant,(ai) who are accursed,(aj)
those who stray(ak) from your commands.
22 Remove from me their scorn(al) and contempt,
for I keep your statutes.(am)
23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.
25 I am laid low in the dust;(an)
preserve my life(ao) according to your word.(ap)
26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;
teach me your decrees.(aq)
27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.(ar)
28 My soul is weary with sorrow;(as)
strengthen me(at) according to your word.(au)
29 Keep me from deceitful ways;(av)
be gracious to me(aw) and teach me your law.
30 I have chosen(ax) the way of faithfulness;(ay)
I have set my heart(az) on your laws.
31 I hold fast(ba) to your statutes, Lord ;
do not let me be put to shame.
32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have broadened my understanding.
33 Teach me,(bb)
, the way of your decrees,
that I may follow it to the end.[b]
34 Give me understanding,(bc) so that I may keep your law(bd)
and obey it with all my heart.(be)
35 Direct me(bf) in the path of your commands,(bg)
for there I find delight.(bh)
36 Turn my heart(bi) toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.(bj)
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life(bk) according to your word.[c](bl)
38 Fulfill your promise(bm) to your servant,
so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace(bn) I dread,
for your laws are good.
40 How I long(bo) for your precepts!
In your righteousness preserve my life.(bp)
41 May your unfailing love(bq) come to me,
your salvation, according to your promise;(br)
42 then I can answer(bs) anyone who taunts me,(bt)
for I trust in your word.
43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth,(bu)
for I have put my hope(bv) in your laws.
44 I will always obey your law,(bw)
for ever and ever.
45 I will walk about in freedom,
for I have sought out your precepts.(bx)
46 I will speak of your statutes before kings(by)
and will not be put to shame,(bz)
47 for I delight(ca) in your commands
because I love them.(cb)
48 I reach out for your commands, which I love,
that I may meditate(cc) on your decrees.
49 Remember your word(cd) to your servant,
for you have given me hope.(ce)
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.(cf)
51 The arrogant mock me(cg) unmercifully,
but I do not turn(ch) from your law.
52 I remember,(ci) Lord , your ancient laws,
and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me(cj) because of the wicked,
who have forsaken your law.(ck)
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song(cl)
wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord , I remember(cm) your name,
that I may keep your law.(cn)
56 This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.(co)
57 You are my portion,(cp)
I have promised to obey your words.(cq)
58 I have sought(cr) your face with all my heart;
be gracious to me(cs) according to your promise.(ct)
59 I have considered my ways(cu)
and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.(cv)
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget(cw) your law.
62 At midnight(cx) I rise to give you thanks
for your righteous laws.(cy)
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,(cz)
to all who follow your precepts.(da)
64 The earth is filled with your love,(db) Lord ;
teach me your decrees.(dc)
65 Do good(dd) to your servant
according to your word,(de) Lord .
66 Teach me knowledge(df) and good judgment,
for I trust your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted(dg) I went astray,(dh)
but now I obey your word.(di)
68 You are good,(dj) and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees.(dk)
69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,(dl)
I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are callous(dm) and unfeeling,
but I delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted(dn)
so that I might learn your decrees.
72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me
than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.(do)
73 Your hands made me(dp) and formed me;
give me understanding to learn your commands.
74 May those who fear you rejoice(dq) when they see me,
for I have put my hope in your word.(dr)
75 I know, Lord , that your laws are righteous,(ds)
and that in faithfulness(dt) you have afflicted me.
76 May your unfailing love(du) be my comfort,
according to your promise(dv) to your servant.
77 Let your compassion(dw) come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.(dx)
78 May the arrogant(dy) be put to shame for wronging me without cause;(dz)
but I will meditate on your precepts.
79 May those who fear you turn to me,
those who understand your statutes.(ea)
80 May I wholeheartedly follow(eb) your decrees,(ec)
that I may not be put to shame.(ed)
81 My soul faints(ee) with longing for your salvation,(ef)
but I have put my hope(eg) in your word.
82 My eyes fail,(eh) looking for your promise;(ei)
I say, "When will you comfort me?"
83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do not forget(ej) your decrees.
84 How long(ek) must your servant wait?
When will you punish my persecutors?(el)
85 The arrogant(em) dig pits(en) to trap me,
contrary to your law.
86 All your commands are trustworthy;(eo)
help me,(ep) for I am being persecuted(eq) without cause.(er)
87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
but I have not forsaken(es) your precepts.
88 In your unfailing love(et) preserve my life,(eu)
that I may obey the statutes(ev) of your mouth.
The Day of the Lord
1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates(a) we do not need to write to you,(b) 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord(c) will come like a thief in the night.(d) 3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety,"(e) destruction will come on them suddenly,(f) as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.(g)
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness(h) so that this day should surprise you like a thief.(i) 5 You are all children of the light(j) and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep,(k) but let us be awake(l) and sober.(m) 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.(n) 8 But since we belong to the day,(o) let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate,(p) and the hope of salvation(q) as a helmet.(r) 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath(s) but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.(t) 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.(u) 11 Therefore encourage one another(v) and build each other up,(w) just as in fact you are doing.
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard(x) among you, who care for you in the Lord(y) and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.(z) 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle(aa) and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak,(ab) be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,(ac) but always strive to do what is good for each other(ad) and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always,(ae) 17 pray continually,(af) 18 give thanks in all circumstances;(ag) for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit.(ah) 20 Do not treat prophecies(ai) with contempt 21 but test them all;(aj) hold on to what is good,(ak) 22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace,(al) sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul(am) and body be kept blameless(an) at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.(ao) 24 The one who calls(ap) you is faithful,(aq) and he will do it.(ar)
25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us.(as) 26 Greet all God's people with a holy kiss.(at) 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.(au)
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.(av)
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