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In this online version of the popular tract, each day includes a reading from the Old Testament and New Testament. Starting in Genesis and Matthew, the readings continue sequentially. Over the course of a year, you will never read the same passage twice.

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Just Read
In this online version of the popular tract, each day includes a reading from the Old Testament and New Testament. Starting in Genesis and Matthew, the readings continue sequentially. Over the course of a year, you will never read the same passage twice.

© 2005 Crossway. All Rights Reserved.

    September 29: Isaiah 16–18; Ephesians 1

    September 29: Isaiah 16–18; Ephesians 1


    Isaiah 16–18

    Isaiah 16–18 (Listen)

    16   Send the lamb to the ruler of the land,
      from Sela, by way of the desert,
        to the mount of the daughter of Zion.
    2   Like fleeing birds,
        like a scattered nest,
      so are the daughters of Moab
        at the fords of the Arnon.

    3   “Give counsel;
        grant justice;
      make your shade like night
        at the height of noon;
      shelter the outcasts;
        do not reveal the fugitive;
    4   let the outcasts of Moab
        sojourn among you;
      be a shelter to them1
        from the destroyer.
      When the oppressor is no more,
        and destruction has ceased,
      and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land,
    5   then a throne will be established in steadfast love,
        and on it will sit in faithfulness
        in the tent of David
      one who judges and seeks justice
        and is swift to do righteousness.”

    6   We have heard of the pride of Moab—
        how proud he is!—
      of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;
        in his idle boasting he is not right.
    7   Therefore let Moab wail for Moab,
        let everyone wail.
      Mourn, utterly stricken,
        for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth.

    8   For the fields of Heshbon languish,
        and the vine of Sibmah;
      the lords of the nations
        have struck down its branches,
      which reached to Jazer
        and strayed to the desert;
      its shoots spread abroad
        and passed over the sea.
    9   Therefore I weep with the weeping of Jazer
        for the vine of Sibmah;
      I drench you with my tears,
        O Heshbon and Elealeh;
      for over your summer fruit and your harvest
        the shout has ceased.
    10   And joy and gladness are taken away from the fruitful field,
      and in the vineyards no songs are sung,
        no cheers are raised;
      no treader treads out wine in the presses;
        I have put an end to the shouting.
    11   Therefore my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,
        and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.

    12 And when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.

    13 This is the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab in the past. 14 But now the LORD has spoken, saying, “In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble.”

    An Oracle Concerning Damascus
    17 An oracle concerning Damascus.

      Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city
        and will become a heap of ruins.
    2   The cities of Aroer are deserted;
        they will be for flocks,
        which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.
    3   The fortress will disappear from Ephraim,
        and the kingdom from Damascus;
      and the remnant of Syria will be
        like the glory of the children of Israel,
          declares the LORD of hosts.

    4   And in that day the glory of Jacob will be brought low,
        and the fat of his flesh will grow lean.
    5   And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain
        and his arm harvests the ears,
      and as when one gleans the ears of grain
        in the Valley of Rephaim.
    6   Gleanings will be left in it,
        as when an olive tree is beaten—
      two or three berries
        in the top of the highest bough,
      four or five
        on the branches of a fruit tree,
          declares the LORD God of Israel.

    7 In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel. 8 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either

    • 9 min
    September 28: Isaiah 13–15; Galatians 6

    September 28: Isaiah 13–15; Galatians 6


    Isaiah 13–15

    Isaiah 13–15 (Listen)
    The Judgment of Babylon
    13 The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

    2   On a bare hill raise a signal;
        cry aloud to them;
      wave the hand for them to enter
        the gates of the nobles.
    3   I myself have commanded my consecrated ones,
        and have summoned my mighty men to execute my anger,
        my proudly exulting ones.1

    4   The sound of a tumult is on the mountains
        as of a great multitude!
      The sound of an uproar of kingdoms,
        of nations gathering together!
      The LORD of hosts is mustering
        a host for battle.
    5   They come from a distant land,
        from the end of the heavens,
      the LORD and the weapons of his indignation,
        to destroy the whole land.2

    6   Wail, for the day of the LORD is near;
        as destruction from the Almighty3 it will come!
    7   Therefore all hands will be feeble,
        and every human heart will melt.
    8   They will be dismayed:
        pangs and agony will seize them;
        they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.
      They will look aghast at one another;
        their faces will be aflame.

    9   Behold, the day of the LORD comes,
        cruel, with wrath and fierce anger,
      to make the land a desolation
        and to destroy its sinners from it.
    10   For the stars of the heavens and their constellations
        will not give their light;
      the sun will be dark at its rising,
        and the moon will not shed its light.
    11   I will punish the world for its evil,
        and the wicked for their iniquity;
      I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant,
        and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.
    12   I will make people more rare than fine gold,
        and mankind than the gold of Ophir.
    13   Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,
        and the earth will be shaken out of its place,
      at the wrath of the LORD of hosts
        in the day of his fierce anger.
    14   And like a hunted gazelle,
        or like sheep with none to gather them,
      each will turn to his own people,
        and each will flee to his own land.
    15   Whoever is found will be thrust through,
        and whoever is caught will fall by the sword.
    16   Their infants will be dashed in pieces
        before their eyes;
      their houses will be plundered
        and their wives ravished.

    17   Behold, I am stirring up the Medes against them,
        who have no regard for silver
        and do not delight in gold.
    18   Their bows will slaughter4 the young men;
        they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb;
        their eyes will not pity children.
    19   And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
        the splendor and pomp of the Chaldeans,
      will be like Sodom and Gomorrah
        when God overthrew them.
    20   It will never be inhabited
        or lived in for all generations;
      no Arab will pitch his tent there;
        no shepherds will make their flocks lie down there.
    21   But wild animals will lie down there,
        and their houses will be full of howling creatures;
      there ostriches5 will dwell,
        and there wild goats will dance.
    22   Hyenas6 will cry in its towers,
        and jackals in the pleasant palaces;
      its time is close at hand
        and its days will not be prolonged.

    The Restoration of Jacob
    14 For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob. 2 And the peoples will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them in the LORD’s land as male and female slaves.7 They will take captive

    • 12 min
    September 27: Isaiah 10–12; Galatians 5

    September 27: Isaiah 10–12; Galatians 5


    Isaiah 10–12

    Isaiah 10–12 (Listen)

    10   Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees,
        and the writers who keep writing oppression,
    2   to turn aside the needy from justice
        and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
      that widows may be their spoil,
        and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
    3   What will you do on the day of punishment,
        in the ruin that will come from afar?
      To whom will you flee for help,
        and where will you leave your wealth?
    4   Nothing remains but to crouch among the prisoners
        or fall among the slain.
      For all this his anger has not turned away,
        and his hand is stretched out still.

    Judgment on Arrogant Assyria

    5   Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger;
        the staff in their hands is my fury!
    6   Against a godless nation I send him,
        and against the people of my wrath I command him,
      to take spoil and seize plunder,
        and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
    7   But he does not so intend,
        and his heart does not so think;
      but it is in his heart to destroy,
        and to cut off nations not a few;
    8   for he says:
      “Are not my commanders all kings?
    9   Is not Calno like Carchemish?
        Is not Hamath like Arpad?
        Is not Samaria like Damascus?
    10   As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols,
        whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
    11   shall I not do to Jerusalem and her idols
        as I have done to Samaria and her images?”

    12 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he1 will punish the speech2 of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. 13 For he says:

      “By the strength of my hand I have done it,
        and by my wisdom, for I have understanding;
      I remove the boundaries of peoples,
        and plunder their treasures;
        like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.
    14   My hand has found like a nest
        the wealth of the peoples;
      and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken,
        so I have gathered all the earth;
      and there was none that moved a wing
        or opened the mouth or chirped.”

    15   Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it,
        or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?
      As if a rod should wield him who lifts it,
        or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
    16   Therefore the Lord GOD of hosts
        will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors,
      and under his glory a burning will be kindled,
        like the burning of fire.
    17   The light of Israel will become a fire,
        and his Holy One a flame,
      and it will burn and devour
        his thorns and briers in one day.
    18   The glory of his forest and of his fruitful land
        the LORD will destroy, both soul and body,
        and it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
    19   The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few
        that a child can write them down.

    The Remnant of Israel Will Return
    20 In that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. 22 For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness. 23 For the Lord GOD of hosts will make a full end, as decreed, in the midst of all the earth.

    24 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: “O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with th

    • 11 min
    September 26: Isaiah 7–9; Galatians 4

    September 26: Isaiah 7–9; Galatians 4


    Isaiah 7–9

    Isaiah 7–9 (Listen)
    Isaiah Sent to King Ahaz
    7 In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not yet mount an attack against it. 2 When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with1 Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz2 and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.

    3 And the LORD said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub3 your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field. 4 And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah. 5 Because Syria, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has devised evil against you, saying, 6 “Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it4 for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” 7 thus says the Lord GOD:

      “‘It shall not stand,
        and it shall not come to pass.
    8   For the head of Syria is Damascus,
        and the head of Damascus is Rezin.
      And within sixty-five years
        Ephraim will be shattered from being a people.
    9   And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
        and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
      If you5 are not firm in faith,
        you will not be firm at all.’”

    The Sign of Immanuel
    10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask a sign of the LORD your6 God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.” 13 And he7 said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.8 15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted. 17 The LORD will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!”

    18 In that day the LORD will whistle for the fly that is at the end of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19 And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes, and on all the pastures.9

    20 In that day the Lord will shave with a razor that is hired beyond the River10—with the king of Assyria—the head and the hair of the feet, and it will sweep away the beard also.

    21 In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep, 22 and because of the abundance of milk that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who is left in the land will eat curds and honey.

    23 In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels11 of silver, will become briers and thorns. 24 With bow and arrows a man will come there, for all the land will be briers and thorns. 25 And as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear of briers and thorns, but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.

    The Coming Assyrian Invasion
    8 Then the LORD said to me, “Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters,12 ‘Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz.’13 2 And I will get reliable witnesses, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeber

    • 14 min
    September 25: Isaiah 4–6; Galatians 3

    September 25: Isaiah 4–6; Galatians 3


    Isaiah 4–6

    Isaiah 4–6 (Listen)
    4 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.”

    The Branch of the Lord Glorified
    2 In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. 3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, 4 when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.1 5 Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. 6 There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

    The Vineyard of the Lord Destroyed

    5   Let me sing for my beloved
        my love song concerning his vineyard:
      My beloved had a vineyard
        on a very fertile hill.
    2   He dug it and cleared it of stones,
        and planted it with choice vines;
      he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
        and hewed out a wine vat in it;
      and he looked for it to yield grapes,
        but it yielded wild grapes.

    3   And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem
        and men of Judah,
      judge between me and my vineyard.
    4   What more was there to do for my vineyard,
        that I have not done in it?
      When I looked for it to yield grapes,
        why did it yield wild grapes?

    5   And now I will tell you
        what I will do to my vineyard.
      I will remove its hedge,
        and it shall be devoured;2
      I will break down its wall,
        and it shall be trampled down.
    6   I will make it a waste;
        it shall not be pruned or hoed,
        and briers and thorns shall grow up;
      I will also command the clouds
        that they rain no rain upon it.

    7   For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts
        is the house of Israel,
      and the men of Judah
        are his pleasant planting;
      and he looked for justice,
        but behold, bloodshed;3
      for righteousness,
        but behold, an outcry!4

    Woe to the Wicked

    8   Woe to those who join house to house,
        who add field to field,
      until there is no more room,
        and you are made to dwell alone
        in the midst of the land.
    9   The LORD of hosts has sworn in my hearing:
      “Surely many houses shall be desolate,
        large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.
    10   For ten acres5 of vineyard shall yield but one bath,
        and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah.”6

    11   Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
        that they may run after strong drink,
      who tarry late into the evening
        as wine inflames them!
    12   They have lyre and harp,
        tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts,
      but they do not regard the deeds of the LORD,
        or see the work of his hands.

    13   Therefore my people go into exile
        for lack of knowledge;7
      their honored men go hungry,8
        and their multitude is parched with thirst.
    14   Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite
        and opened its mouth beyond measure,
      and the nobility of Jerusalem9 and her multitude will go down,
        her revelers and he who exults in her.
    15   Man is humbled, and each one is brought low,
        and the eyes of the haughty10 are brought low.
    16   But the LORD of hosts is exalted11 in justice,
        and the Holy God shows himsel

    • 12 min
    September 24: Isaiah 1–3; Galatians 2

    September 24: Isaiah 1–3; Galatians 2


    Isaiah 1–3

    Isaiah 1–3 (Listen)

    1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

    The Wickedness of Judah

    2   Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
        for the LORD has spoken:
      “Children1 have I reared and brought up,
        but they have rebelled against me.
    3   The ox knows its owner,
        and the donkey its master’s crib,
      but Israel does not know,
        my people do not understand.”

    4   Ah, sinful nation,
        a people laden with iniquity,
      offspring of evildoers,
        children who deal corruptly!
      They have forsaken the LORD,
        they have despised the Holy One of Israel,
        they are utterly estranged.

    5   Why will you still be struck down?
        Why will you continue to rebel?
      The whole head is sick,
        and the whole heart faint.
    6   From the sole of the foot even to the head,
        there is no soundness in it,
      but bruises and sores
        and raw wounds;
      they are not pressed out or bound up
        or softened with oil.

    7   Your country lies desolate;
        your cities are burned with fire;
      in your very presence
        foreigners devour your land;
        it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
    8   And the daughter of Zion is left
        like a booth in a vineyard,
      like a lodge in a cucumber field,
        like a besieged city.

    9   If the LORD of hosts
        had not left us a few survivors,
      we should have been like Sodom,
        and become like Gomorrah.

    10   Hear the word of the LORD,
        you rulers of Sodom!
      Give ear to the teaching2 of our God,
        you people of Gomorrah!
    11   “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
        says the LORD;
      I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
        and the fat of well-fed beasts;
      I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
        or of lambs, or of goats.

    12   “When you come to appear before me,
        who has required of you
        this trampling of my courts?
    13   Bring no more vain offerings;
        incense is an abomination to me.
      New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—
        I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
    14   Your new moons and your appointed feasts
        my soul hates;
      they have become a burden to me;
        I am weary of bearing them.
    15   When you spread out your hands,
        I will hide my eyes from you;
      even though you make many prayers,
        I will not listen;
        your hands are full of blood.
    16   Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
        remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
      cease to do evil,
    17     learn to do good;
      seek justice,
        correct oppression;
      bring justice to the fatherless,
        plead the widow’s cause.

    18   “Come now, let us reason3 together, says the LORD:
      though your sins are like scarlet,
        they shall be as white as snow;
      though they are red like crimson,
        they shall become like wool.
    19   If you are willing and obedient,
        you shall eat the good of the land;
    20   but if you refuse and rebel,
        you shall be eaten by the sword;
        for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

    The Unfaithful City

    21   How the faithful city
        has become a whore,4
        she who was full of justice!
      Righteousness lodged in her,
        but now murderers.
    22   Your silver has become dross,
        your best wine mixed with water.
    23   Your princes are rebels
        and companions of thieves.
      Everyone loves a bribe
        and runs after gifts.
      They do not bring justice to the fatherless,

    • 15 min

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