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Understand the Bible in a Deeper Way
Designed to help you read through the Bible in a year, this plan includes 365 daily readings, each with passages from four sections of the Bible each day: the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.

This popular plan is featured in the best-selling ESV Study Bible.

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Understand the Bible in a Deeper Way
Designed to help you read through the Bible in a year, this plan includes 365 daily readings, each with passages from four sections of the Bible each day: the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.

This popular plan is featured in the best-selling ESV Study Bible.

© 2008 Crossway. All Rights Reserved.

    February 22: Psalm 53; Genesis 47:27–48:22; 2 Chronicles 26; Acts 19:23–20:16

    February 22: Psalm 53; Genesis 47:27–48:22; 2 Chronicles 26; Acts 19:23–20:16

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 53

    Psalm 53 (Listen)
    There Is None Who Does Good
    To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil1 of David.

    53   The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
        They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
        there is none who does good.

    2   God looks down from heaven
        on the children of man
      to see if there are any who understand,2
        who seek after God.

    3   They have all fallen away;
        together they have become corrupt;
      there is none who does good,
        not even one.

    4   Have those who work evil no knowledge,
        who eat up my people as they eat bread,
        and do not call upon God?

    5   There they are, in great terror,
        where there is no terror!
      For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you;
        you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

    6   Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
        When God restores the fortunes of his people,
        let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

    [1] 53:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms

    [2] 53:2 Or who act wisely


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 47:27–48:22

    Genesis 47:27–48:22 (Listen)
    27 Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly. 28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were 147 years.

    29 And when the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and promise to deal kindly and truly with me. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but let me lie with my fathers. Carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burying place.” He answered, “I will do as you have said.” 31 And he said, “Swear to me”; and he swore to him. Then Israel bowed himself upon the head of his bed.1

    Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
    48 After this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 2 And it was told to Jacob, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” Then Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed. 3 And Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty2 appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, 4 and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.’ 5 And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are. 6 And the children that you fathered after them shall be yours. They shall be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance. 7 As for me, when I came from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was still some distance3 to go to Ephrath, and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”

    8 When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, “Who are these?” 9 Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” And he said, “Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them.” 10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. So Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them. 11 And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.” 12 Then Joseph removed them from his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. 13 

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    February 21: Psalm 52; Genesis 47:13–26; 2 Chronicles 25; Acts 18:23–19:22

    February 21: Psalm 52; Genesis 47:13–26; 2 Chronicles 25; Acts 18:23–19:22

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 52

    Psalm 52 (Listen)
    The Steadfast Love of God Endures
    To the choirmaster. A Maskil1 of David, when Doeg, the Edomite, came and told Saul, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”

    52   Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?
        The steadfast love of God endures all the day.
    2   Your tongue plots destruction,
        like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.
    3   You love evil more than good,
        and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah
    4   You love all words that devour,
        O deceitful tongue.

    5   But God will break you down forever;
        he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
        he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
    6   The righteous shall see and fear,
        and shall laugh at him, saying,
    7   “See the man who would not make
        God his refuge,
      but trusted in the abundance of his riches
        and sought refuge in his own destruction!”2

    8   But I am like a green olive tree
        in the house of God.
      I trust in the steadfast love of God
        forever and ever.
    9   I will thank you forever,
        because you have done it.
      I will wait for your name, for it is good,
        in the presence of the godly.

    [1] 52:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

    [2] 52:7 Or in his work of destruction


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 47:13–26

    Genesis 47:13–26 (Listen)
    Joseph and the Famine
    13 Now there was no food in all the land, for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished by reason of the famine. 14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, in exchange for the grain that they bought. And Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house. 15 And when the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? For our money is gone.” 16 And Joseph answered, “Give your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock, if your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the herds, and the donkeys. He supplied them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year. 18 And when that year was ended, they came to him the following year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent. The herds of livestock are my lord's. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh. And give us seed that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.”

    20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for all the Egyptians sold their fields, because the famine was severe on them. The land became Pharaoh's. 21 As for the people, he made servants of them1 from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had a fixed allowance from Pharaoh and lived on the allowance that Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their land.

    23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. 24 And at the harvests you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and as food for yourselves and your households, and as food for your little ones.” 25 And they said

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    February 20: Psalm 51; Genesis 46–47:12; 2 Chronicles 24; Acts 18:1–22

    February 20: Psalm 51; Genesis 46–47:12; 2 Chronicles 24; Acts 18:1–22

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 51

    Psalm 51 (Listen)
    Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

    51   Have mercy on me,1 O God,
        according to your steadfast love;
      according to your abundant mercy
        blot out my transgressions.
    2   Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
        and cleanse me from my sin!

    3   For I know my transgressions,
        and my sin is ever before me.
    4   Against you, you only, have I sinned
        and done what is evil in your sight,
      so that you may be justified in your words
        and blameless in your judgment.
    5   Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
        and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    6   Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
        and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

    7   Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
        wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    8   Let me hear joy and gladness;
        let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
    9   Hide your face from my sins,
        and blot out all my iniquities.
    10   Create in me a clean heart, O God,
        and renew a right2 spirit within me.
    11   Cast me not away from your presence,
        and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
    12   Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
        and uphold me with a willing spirit.

    13   Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
        and sinners will return to you.
    14   Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
        O God of my salvation,
        and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
    15   O Lord, open my lips,
        and my mouth will declare your praise.
    16   For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
        you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
    17   The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
        a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

    18   Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
        build up the walls of Jerusalem;
    19   then will you delight in right sacrifices,
        in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
        then bulls will be offered on your altar.

    [1] 51:1 Or Be gracious to me

    [2] 51:10 Or steadfast


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 46–47:12

    Genesis 46–47:12 (Listen)
    Joseph Brings His Family to Egypt
    46 So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2 And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” 3 Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. 4 I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph's hand shall close your eyes.”

    5 Then Jacob set out from Beersheba. The sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6 They also took their livestock and their goods, which they had gained in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him, 7 his sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters. All his offspring he brought with him into Egypt.

    8 Now these are the names of the descendants of Israel, who came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons. Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, 9 and the sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. 10 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman. 11 The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, a

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    February 19: Psalm 50; Genesis 45; 2 Chronicles 23; Acts 17:16–34

    February 19: Psalm 50; Genesis 45; 2 Chronicles 23; Acts 17:16–34

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 50

    Psalm 50 (Listen)
    God Himself Is Judge
    A Psalm of Asaph.

    50   The Mighty One, God the LORD,
        speaks and summons the earth
        from the rising of the sun to its setting.
    2   Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
        God shines forth.

    3   Our God comes; he does not keep silence;1
        before him is a devouring fire,
        around him a mighty tempest.
    4   He calls to the heavens above
        and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
    5   “Gather to me my faithful ones,
        who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
    6   The heavens declare his righteousness,
        for God himself is judge! Selah

    7   “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
        O Israel, I will testify against you.
        I am God, your God.
    8   Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
        your burnt offerings are continually before me.
    9   I will not accept a bull from your house
        or goats from your folds.
    10   For every beast of the forest is mine,
        the cattle on a thousand hills.
    11   I know all the birds of the hills,
        and all that moves in the field is mine.

    12   “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
        for the world and its fullness are mine.
    13   Do I eat the flesh of bulls
        or drink the blood of goats?
    14   Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,2
        and perform your vows to the Most High,
    15   and call upon me in the day of trouble;
        I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

    16   But to the wicked God says:
        “What right have you to recite my statutes
        or take my covenant on your lips?
    17   For you hate discipline,
        and you cast my words behind you.
    18   If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
        and you keep company with adulterers.

    19   “You give your mouth free rein for evil,
        and your tongue frames deceit.
    20   You sit and speak against your brother;
        you slander your own mother's son.
    21   These things you have done, and I have been silent;
        you thought that I3 was one like yourself.
      But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.

    22   “Mark this, then, you who forget God,
        lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
    23   The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
        to one who orders his way rightly
        I will show the salvation of God!”

    [1] 50:3 Or May our God come, and not keep silence

    [2] 50:14 Or Make thanksgiving your sacrifice to God

    [3] 50:21 Or that the I am


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 45

    Genesis 45 (Listen)
    Joseph Provides for His Brothers and Family
    45 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.

    4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to kee

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    February 18: Psalm 49; Genesis 44; 2 Chronicles 22; Acts 15:36–17:15

    February 18: Psalm 49; Genesis 44; 2 Chronicles 22; Acts 15:36–17:15

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 49

    Psalm 49 (Listen)
    Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

    49   Hear this, all peoples!
        Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
    2   both low and high,
        rich and poor together!
    3   My mouth shall speak wisdom;
        the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
    4   I will incline my ear to a proverb;
        I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.

    5   Why should I fear in times of trouble,
        when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
    6   those who trust in their wealth
        and boast of the abundance of their riches?
    7   Truly no man can ransom another,
        or give to God the price of his life,
    8   for the ransom of their life is costly
        and can never suffice,
    9   that he should live on forever
        and never see the pit.

    10   For he sees that even the wise die;
        the fool and the stupid alike must perish
        and leave their wealth to others.
    11   Their graves are their homes forever,1
        their dwelling places to all generations,
        though they called lands by their own names.
    12   Man in his pomp will not remain;
        he is like the beasts that perish.

    13   This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;
        yet after them people approve of their boasts.2 Selah
    14   Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
        death shall be their shepherd,
      and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.
        Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
    15   But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
        for he will receive me. Selah

    16   Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
        when the glory of his house increases.
    17   For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
        his glory will not go down after him.
    18   For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed
        —and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
    19   his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
        who will never again see light.
    20   Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

    [1] 49:11 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Their inward thought was that their homes were forever

    [2] 49:13 Or and of those after them who approve of their boasts


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 44

    Genesis 44 (Listen)
    Joseph Tests His Brothers
    44 Then he commanded the steward of his house, “Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's money in the mouth of his sack, 2 and put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, with his money for the grain.” And he did as Joseph told him.

    3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away with their donkeys. 4 They had gone only a short distance from the city. Now Joseph said to his steward, “Up, follow after the men, and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good?1 5 Is it not from this that my lord drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil in doing this.’”

    6 When he overtook them, he spoke to them these words. 7 They said to him, “Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing! 8 Behold, the money that we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord's house? 9 Whichever of your servants is found with it shall die, and we also will be my lord's servants.” 10 He said, “Let it be as you say: he

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    February 17: Psalm 48; Genesis 43; 2 Chronicles 21; Acts 15:1–35

    February 17: Psalm 48; Genesis 43; 2 Chronicles 21; Acts 15:1–35

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 48

    Psalm 48 (Listen)
    Zion, the City of Our God
    A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

    48   Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
        in the city of our God!
      His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,
        is the joy of all the earth,
      Mount Zion, in the far north,
        the city of the great King.
    3   Within her citadels God
        has made himself known as a fortress.

    4   For behold, the kings assembled;
        they came on together.
    5   As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
        they were in panic; they took to flight.
    6   Trembling took hold of them there,
        anguish as of a woman in labor.
    7   By the east wind you shattered
        the ships of Tarshish.
    8   As we have heard, so have we seen
        in the city of the LORD of hosts,
      in the city of our God,
        which God will establish forever. Selah

    9   We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,
        in the midst of your temple.
    10   As your name, O God,
        so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
      Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
    11     Let Mount Zion be glad!
      Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
        because of your judgments!

    12   Walk about Zion, go around her,
        number her towers,
    13   consider well her ramparts,
        go through her citadels,
      that you may tell the next generation
    14     that this is God,
      our God forever and ever.
        He will guide us forever.1

    [1] 48:14 Septuagint; another reading is (compare Jerome, Syriac) He will guide us beyond death


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 43

    Genesis 43 (Listen)
    Joseph's Brothers Return to Egypt
    43 Now the famine was severe in the land. 2 And when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” 3 But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ 4 If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. 5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, ‘You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.’” 6 Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly as to tell the man that you had another brother?” 7 They replied, “The man questioned us carefully about ourselves and our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ What we told him was in answer to these questions. Could we in any way know that he would say, ‘Bring your brother down’?” 8 And Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the boy with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, both we and you and also our little ones. 9 I will be a pledge of his safety. From my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever. 10 If we had not delayed, we would now have returned twice.”

    11 Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry a present down to the man, a little balm and a little honey, gum, myrrh, pistachio nuts, and almonds. 12 Take double the money with you. Carry back with you the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks. Perhaps it was an oversight. 13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man. 14 May God Almighty1 grant you mercy before the man, and may he send back your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.”

    15 So the men to

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