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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

August 9 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 147,148

Psalm 147

1 Praise the Lord .[a]

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
     how pleasant(a) and fitting to praise him!(b)

2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;(c)
     he gathers the exiles(d) of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted(e)
     and binds up their wounds.(f)
4 He determines the number of the stars(g)
     and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord(h) and mighty in power;(i)
     his understanding has no limit.(j)
6 The Lord sustains the humble(k)
     but casts the wicked(l) to the ground.

7 Sing to the Lord (m) with grateful praise;(n)
     make music(o) to our God on the harp.(p)

8 He covers the sky with clouds;(q)
     he supplies the earth with rain(r)
     and makes grass grow(s) on the hills.
9 He provides food(t) for the cattle
     and for the young ravens(u) when they call.

10 His pleasure is not in the strength(v) of the horse,(w)
     nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights(x) in those who fear him,(y)
     who put their hope(z) in his unfailing love.(aa)

12 Extol the Lord , Jerusalem;(ab)
     praise your God, Zion.

13 He strengthens the bars of your gates(ac)
     and blesses your people(ad) within you.
14 He grants peace(ae) to your borders
     and satisfies you(af) with the finest of wheat.(ag)

15 He sends his command(ah) to the earth;
     his word runs(ai) swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow(aj) like wool
     and scatters the frost(ak) like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail(al) like pebbles.
     Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word(am) and melts them;
     he stirs up his breezes,(an) and the waters flow.

19 He has revealed his word(ao) to Jacob,(ap)
     his laws and decrees(aq) to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;(ar)
     they do not know(as) his laws.[b]

Praise the Lord .(at)

Psalm 148

1 Praise the Lord .[a](a)

Praise the Lord from the heavens;(b)
     praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;(c)
     praise him, all his heavenly hosts.(d)
3 Praise him, sun(e) and moon;
     praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens(f)
     and you waters above the skies.(g)

5 Let them praise the name(h) of the Lord ,
     for at his command(i) they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
     he issued a decree(j) that will never pass away.

7 Praise the Lord (k) from the earth,
     you great sea creatures(l) and all ocean depths,(m)
8 lightning and hail,(n) snow and clouds,
     stormy winds that do his bidding,(o)
9 you mountains and all hills,(p)
     fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals(q) and all cattle,
     small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings(r) of the earth and all nations,
     you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
     old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord ,(s)
     for his name alone is exalted;
     his splendor(t) is above the earth and the heavens.(u)
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b](v)
     the praise(w) of all his faithful servants,(x)
     of Israel, the people close to his heart.(y)

Praise the Lord .

1 Corinthians 4

Chapter 4

The Nature of True Apostleship

1 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants(a) of Christ and as those entrusted(b) with the mysteries(c) God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience(d) is clear, but that does not make me innocent.(e) It is the Lord who judges me.(f) 5 Therefore judge nothing(g) before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes.(h) He will bring to light(i) what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.(j)

6 Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, "Do not go beyond what is written."(k) Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.(l) 7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive?(m) And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich!(n) You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! 9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die(o) in the arena. We have been made a spectacle(p) to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ,(q) but you are so wise in Christ!(r) We are weak, but you are strong!(s) You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.(t) 12 We work hard with our own hands.(u) When we are cursed, we bless;(v) when we are persecuted,(w) we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage(x) of the world—right up to this moment.

Paul's Appeal and Warning

14 I am writing this not to shame you(y) but to warn you as my dear children.(z) 15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father(aa) through the gospel.(ab) 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.(ac) 17 For this reason I have sent to you(ad) Timothy,(ae) my son(af) whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.(ag)

18 Some of you have become arrogant,(ah) as if I were not coming to you.(ai) 19 But I will come to you very soon,(aj) if the Lord is willing,(ak) and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of(al) talk but of power.(am) 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline,(an) or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

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