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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

August 3 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 120,121,122

Psalm 120

A song of ascents.

1 I call on the Lord (a) in my distress,(b)
     and he answers me.
2 Save me, Lord ,
     from lying lips(c)
     and from deceitful tongues.(d)

3 What will he do to you,
     and what more besides,
     you deceitful tongue?
4 He will punish you with a warrior's sharp arrows,(e)
     with burning coals of the broom bush.

5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
     that I live among the tents of Kedar!(f)
6 Too long have I lived
     among those who hate peace.
7 I am for peace;
     but when I speak, they are for war.

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
     where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord ,
     the Maker of heaven(a) and earth.(b)

3 He will not let your foot slip—
     he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches(c) over Israel
     will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over(d) you—
     the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun(e) will not harm you by day,
     nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm(f)
     he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
     both now and forevermore.(g)

Psalm 122

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me,
     "Let us go to the house of the Lord ."
2 Our feet are standing
     in your gates, Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built like a city
     that is closely compacted together.
4 That is where the tribes go up—
     the tribes of the Lord
to praise the name of the Lord
     according to the statute given to Israel.
5 There stand the thrones for judgment,
     the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
     "May those who love(a) you be secure.
7 May there be peace(b) within your walls
     and security within your citadels.(c)"
8 For the sake of my family and friends,
     I will say, "Peace be within you."
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
     I will seek your prosperity.(d)

2 Thessalonians 2

Chapter 2

The Man of Lawlessness

1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ(a) and our being gathered to him,(b) we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter(c)—asserting that the day of the Lord(d) has already come.(e) 3 Don't let anyone deceive you(f) in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion(g) occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed,(h) the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God(i) or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.(j)

5 Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?(k) 6 And now you know what is holding him back,(l) so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back(m) will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed,(n) whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth(o) and destroy by the splendor of his coming.(p) 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan(q) works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders(r) that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing.(s) They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.(t) 11 For this reason God sends them(u) a powerful delusion(v) so that they will believe the lie(w) 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.(x)

Stand Firm

13 But we ought always to thank God for you,(y) brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits[b](z) to be saved(aa) through the sanctifying work of the Spirit(ab) and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you(ac) to this through our gospel,(ad) that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm(ae) and hold fast to the teachings[c] we passed on to you,(af) whether by word of mouth or by letter.

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,(ag) who loved us(ah) and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage(ai) your hearts and strengthen(aj) you in every good deed and word.

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