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Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
August 16 - Old & New Testament
Ministering Before the Ark(a)(b)(c)
1 They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched(d) for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. 2 After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed(e) the people in the name of the Lord . 3 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins(f) to each Israelite man and woman.
4 He appointed some of the Levites to minister(g) before the ark of the Lord , to extol,[a] thank, and praise the Lord , the God of Israel: 5 Asaph was the chief, and next to him in rank were Zechariah, then Jaaziel,[b] Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.
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
, 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
, 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
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
, 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
, 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.
For the director of music. A maskil[c] of the Sons of Korah.
1 As the deer(a) pants for streams of water,(b)
so my soul pants(c) for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts(d) for God, for the living God.(e)
When can I go(f) and meet with God?
3 My tears(g) have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
"Where is your God?"(h)
4 These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:(i)
how I used to go to the house of God(j)
under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy(k) and praise(l)
among the festive throng.(m)
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?(n)
Why so disturbed(o) within me?
Put your hope in God,(p)
for I will yet praise(q) him,
my Savior(r) and my God.(s)
6 My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember(t) you
from the land of the Jordan,(u)
the heights of Hermon(v)—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep(w)
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.(x)
8 By day the
directs his love,(y)
at night(z) his song(aa) is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.(ab)
9 I say to God my Rock,(ac)
"Why have you forgotten(ad) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(ae)
oppressed(af) by the enemy?"(ag)
10 My bones suffer mortal agony(ah)
as my foes taunt(ai) me,
saying to me all day long,
"Where is your God?"(aj)
11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.(ak)
1 Vindicate me, my God,
and plead my cause(a)
against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me(b) from those who are
deceitful and wicked.(c)
2 You are God my stronghold.
Why have you rejected(d) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(e)
oppressed by the enemy?(f)
3 Send me your light(g) and your faithful care,(h)
let them lead me;(i)
let them bring me to your holy mountain,(j)
to the place where you dwell.(k)
4 Then I will go(l) to the altar(m) of God,
to God, my joy(n) and my delight.(o)
I will praise you with the lyre,(p)
O God, my God.
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.(q)
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b]
1 We have heard it with our ears,(a) O God;
our ancestors have told us(b)
what you did in their days,
in days long ago.(c)
2 With your hand you drove out(d) the nations
and planted(e) our ancestors;
you crushed(f) the peoples
and made our ancestors flourish.(g)
3 It was not by their sword(h) that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand,(i) your arm,(j)
and the light(k) of your face, for you loved(l) them.
4 You are my King(m) and my God,(n)
who decrees[c] victories(o) for Jacob.
5 Through you we push back(p) our enemies;
through your name we trample(q) our foes.
6 I put no trust in my bow,(r)
my sword does not bring me victory;
7 but you give us victory(s) over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.(t)
8 In God we make our boast(u) all day long,(v)
and we will praise your name forever.[d](w)
9 But now you have rejected(x) and humbled us;(y)
you no longer go out with our armies.(z)
10 You made us retreat(aa) before the enemy,
and our adversaries have plundered(ab) us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep(ac)
and have scattered us among the nations.(ad)
12 You sold your people for a pittance,(ae)
gaining nothing from their sale.
13 You have made us a reproach(af) to our neighbors,(ag)
the scorn(ah) and derision(ai) of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword(aj) among the nations;
the peoples shake their heads(ak) at us.
15 I live in disgrace(al) all day long,
and my face is covered with shame(am)
16 at the taunts(an) of those who reproach and revile(ao) me,
because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.(ap)
17 All this came upon us,
though we had not forgotten(aq) you;
we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned(ar) back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed(as) us and made us a haunt for jackals;(at)
you covered us over with deep darkness.(au)
20 If we had forgotten(av) the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,(aw)
21 would not God have discovered it,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?(ax)
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep(ay) to be slaughtered.(az)
23 Awake,(ba) Lord! Why do you sleep?(bb)
Rouse yourself!(bc) Do not reject us forever.(bd)
24 Why do you hide your face(be)
and forget(bf) our misery and oppression?(bg)
25 We are brought down to the dust;(bh)
our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up(bi) and help us;
rescue(bj) us because of your unfailing love.(bk)
Warnings From Israel's History
1 For I do not want you to be ignorant(a) of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud(b) and that they all passed through the sea.(c) 2 They were all baptized into(d) Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food(e) 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock(f) that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.(g)
6 Now these things occurred as examples(h) to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters,(i) as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry."[a](j) 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.(k) 9 We should not test Christ,[b](l) as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.(m) 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did(n)—and were killed(o) by the destroying angel.(p)
11 These things happened to them as examples(q) and were written down as warnings for us,(r) on whom the culmination of the ages has come.(s) 12 So, if you think you are standing firm,(t) be careful that you don't fall! 13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful;(u) he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear.(v) But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Idol Feasts and the Lord's Supper
14 Therefore, my dear friends,(w) flee from idolatry.(x) 15 I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break(y) a participation in the body of Christ?(z) 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body,(aa) for we all share the one loaf.
18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices(ab) participate in the altar?
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