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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.

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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.

    August 8: Psalms 82–84; Romans 8:19–39

    August 8: Psalms 82–84; Romans 8:19–39


    Psalms 82–84

    Psalms 82–84 (Listen)
    Rescue the Weak and Needy
    A Psalm of Asaph.

    82   God has taken his place in the divine council;
        in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
    2   “How long will you judge unjustly
        and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
    3   Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
        maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
    4   Rescue the weak and the needy;
        deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

    5   They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
        they walk about in darkness;
        all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

    6   I said, “You are gods,
        sons of the Most High, all of you;
    7   nevertheless, like men you shall die,
        and fall like any prince.”1

    8   Arise, O God, judge the earth;
        for you shall inherit all the nations!

    O God, Do Not Keep Silence
    A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

    83   O God, do not keep silence;
        do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
    2   For behold, your enemies make an uproar;
        those who hate you have raised their heads.
    3   They lay crafty plans against your people;
        they consult together against your treasured ones.
    4   They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
        let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”
    5   For they conspire with one accord;
        against you they make a covenant—
    6   the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
        Moab and the Hagrites,
    7   Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
        Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
    8   Asshur also has joined them;
        they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah

    9   Do to them as you did to Midian,
        as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
    10   who were destroyed at En-dor,
        who became dung for the ground.
    11   Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
        all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
    12   who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves
        of the pastures of God.”

    13   O my God, make them like whirling dust,2
        like chaff before the wind.
    14   As fire consumes the forest,
        as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
    15   so may you pursue them with your tempest
        and terrify them with your hurricane!
    16   Fill their faces with shame,
        that they may seek your name, O LORD.
    17   Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
        let them perish in disgrace,
    18   that they may know that you alone,
        whose name is the LORD,
        are the Most High over all the earth.

    My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord
    To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.3 A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

    84   How lovely is your dwelling place,
        O LORD of hosts!
    2   My soul longs, yes, faints
        for the courts of the LORD;
      my heart and flesh sing for joy
        to the living God.

    3   Even the sparrow finds a home,
        and the swallow a nest for herself,
        where she may lay her young,
      at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
        my King and my God.
    4   Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
        ever singing your praise! Selah

    5   Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
        in whose heart are the highways to Zion.4
    6   As they go through the Valley of Baca
        they make it a place of springs;
        the early rain also covers it with pools.
    7   They go from strength to strength;
        each one appears before God in Zion.

    8   O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
        give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
    9   Behold our shield, O God;
        look on the face of your anointed!

    10   For a day in your courts is better
        than a thousand elsewhere.
      I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
        than dwell in the tents of wickedne

    • 7 min
    August 7: Psalms 79–81; Romans 8:1–18

    August 7: Psalms 79–81; Romans 8:1–18


    Psalms 79–81

    Psalms 79–81 (Listen)
    How Long, O Lord?
    A Psalm of Asaph.

    79   O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
        they have defiled your holy temple;
        they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
    2   They have given the bodies of your servants
        to the birds of the heavens for food,
        the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.
    3   They have poured out their blood like water
        all around Jerusalem,
        and there was no one to bury them.
    4   We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
        mocked and derided by those around us.

    5   How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever?
        Will your jealousy burn like fire?
    6   Pour out your anger on the nations
        that do not know you,
      and on the kingdoms
        that do not call upon your name!
    7   For they have devoured Jacob
        and laid waste his habitation.

    8   Do not remember against us our former iniquities;1
        let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
        for we are brought very low.
    9   Help us, O God of our salvation,
        for the glory of your name;
      deliver us, and atone for our sins,
        for your name’s sake!
    10   Why should the nations say,
        “Where is their God?”
      Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants
        be known among the nations before our eyes!

    11   Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;
        according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!
    12   Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors
        the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!
    13   But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
        will give thanks to you forever;
        from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

    Restore Us, O God
    To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm.

    80   Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
        you who lead Joseph like a flock.
      You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
    2     Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
      stir up your might
        and come to save us!

    3   Restore us,2 O God;
        let your face shine, that we may be saved!

    4   O LORD God of hosts,
        how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
    5   You have fed them with the bread of tears
        and given them tears to drink in full measure.
    6   You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,
        and our enemies laugh among themselves.

    7   Restore us, O God of hosts;
        let your face shine, that we may be saved!

    8   You brought a vine out of Egypt;
        you drove out the nations and planted it.
    9   You cleared the ground for it;
        it took deep root and filled the land.
    10   The mountains were covered with its shade,
        the mighty cedars with its branches.
    11   It sent out its branches to the sea
        and its shoots to the River.3
    12   Why then have you broken down its walls,
        so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
    13   The boar from the forest ravages it,
        and all that move in the field feed on it.

    14   Turn again, O God of hosts!
        Look down from heaven, and see;
      have regard for this vine,
    15     the stock that your right hand planted,
        and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.
    16   They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down;
        may they perish at the rebuke of your face!
    17   But let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
        the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
    18   Then we shall not turn back from you;
        give us life, and we will call upon your name!

    19   Restore us, O LORD God of hosts!
        Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

    Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me
    To the choirmaster:

    • 8 min
    August 6: Psalm 78; Romans 7

    August 6: Psalm 78; Romans 7


    Psalm 78

    Psalm 78 (Listen)
    Tell the Coming Generation
    A Maskil1 of Asaph.

    78   Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
        incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
    2   I will open my mouth in a parable;
        I will utter dark sayings from of old,
    3   things that we have heard and known,
        that our fathers have told us.
    4   We will not hide them from their children,
        but tell to the coming generation
      the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,
        and the wonders that he has done.

    5   He established a testimony in Jacob
        and appointed a law in Israel,
      which he commanded our fathers
        to teach to their children,
    6   that the next generation might know them,
        the children yet unborn,
      and arise and tell them to their children,
    7     so that they should set their hope in God
      and not forget the works of God,
        but keep his commandments;
    8   and that they should not be like their fathers,
        a stubborn and rebellious generation,
      a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
        whose spirit was not faithful to God.

    9   The Ephraimites, armed with2 the bow,
        turned back on the day of battle.
    10   They did not keep God’s covenant,
        but refused to walk according to his law.
    11   They forgot his works
        and the wonders that he had shown them.
    12   In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders
        in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
    13   He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
        and made the waters stand like a heap.
    14   In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
        and all the night with a fiery light.
    15   He split rocks in the wilderness
        and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
    16   He made streams come out of the rock
        and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

    17   Yet they sinned still more against him,
        rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
    18   They tested God in their heart
        by demanding the food they craved.
    19   They spoke against God, saying,
        “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
    20   He struck the rock so that water gushed out
        and streams overflowed.
      Can he also give bread
        or provide meat for his people?”

    21   Therefore, when the LORD heard, he was full of wrath;
        a fire was kindled against Jacob;
        his anger rose against Israel,
    22   because they did not believe in God
        and did not trust his saving power.
    23   Yet he commanded the skies above
        and opened the doors of heaven,
    24   and he rained down on them manna to eat
        and gave them the grain of heaven.
    25   Man ate of the bread of the angels;
        he sent them food in abundance.
    26   He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
        and by his power he led out the south wind;
    27   he rained meat on them like dust,
        winged birds like the sand of the seas;
    28   he let them fall in the midst of their camp,
        all around their dwellings.
    29   And they ate and were well filled,
        for he gave them what they craved.
    30   But before they had satisfied their craving,
        while the food was still in their mouths,
    31   the anger of God rose against them,
        and he killed the strongest of them
        and laid low the young men of Israel.

    32   In spite of all this, they still sinned;
        despite his wonders, they did not believe.
    33   So he made their days vanish like3 a breath,4
        and their years in terror.
    34   When he killed them, they sought him;
        they repented and sought God earnestly.
    35   They remembered that God was their rock,
        the Most High God their redeemer.
    36   But they flattered him with their mouths;
        they lied to him w

    • 10 min
    August 5: Psalms 75–77; Romans 6

    August 5: Psalms 75–77; Romans 6


    Psalms 75–77

    Psalms 75–77 (Listen)
    God Will Judge with Equity
    To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

    75   We give thanks to you, O God;
        we give thanks, for your name is near.
      We1 recount your wondrous deeds.

    2   “At the set time that I appoint
        I will judge with equity.
    3   When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
        it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
    4   I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
        and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
    5   do not lift up your horn on high,
        or speak with haughty neck.’”

    6   For not from the east or from the west
        and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
    7   but it is God who executes judgment,
        putting down one and lifting up another.
    8   For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup
        with foaming wine, well mixed,
      and he pours out from it,
        and all the wicked of the earth
        shall drain it down to the dregs.

    9   But I will declare it forever;
        I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
    10   All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,
        but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.

    Who Can Stand Before You?
    To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

    76   In Judah God is known;
        his name is great in Israel.
    2   His abode has been established in Salem,
        his dwelling place in Zion.
    3   There he broke the flashing arrows,
        the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah

    4   Glorious are you, more majestic
        than the mountains full of prey.
    5   The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil;
        they sank into sleep;
      all the men of war
        were unable to use their hands.
    6   At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
        both rider and horse lay stunned.

    7   But you, you are to be feared!
        Who can stand before you
        when once your anger is roused?
    8   From the heavens you uttered judgment;
        the earth feared and was still,
    9   when God arose to establish judgment,
        to save all the humble of the earth. Selah

    10   Surely the wrath of man shall praise you;
        the remnant2 of wrath you will put on like a belt.
    11   Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them;
        let all around him bring gifts
        to him who is to be feared,
    12   who cuts off the spirit of princes,
        who is to be feared by the kings of the earth.

    In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord
    To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.

    77   I cry aloud to God,
        aloud to God, and he will hear me.
    2   In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
        in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
        my soul refuses to be comforted.
    3   When I remember God, I moan;
        when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah

    4   You hold my eyelids open;
        I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
    5   I consider the days of old,
        the years long ago.
    6   I said,3 “Let me remember my song in the night;
        let me meditate in my heart.”
        Then my spirit made a diligent search:
    7   “Will the Lord spurn forever,
        and never again be favorable?
    8   Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
        Are his promises at an end for all time?
    9   Has God forgotten to be gracious?
        Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah

    10   Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
        to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”4

    11   I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
        yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
    12   I will ponder all your work,
        and meditate on your mighty deeds.
    13   Your way, O God, is holy.
        What god is great like our God?
    14   You

    • 8 min
    August 4: Psalms 73–74; Romans 5

    August 4: Psalms 73–74; Romans 5


    Psalms 73–74

    Psalms 73–74 (Listen)
    Book Three
    God Is My Strength and Portion Forever
    A Psalm of Asaph.

    73   Truly God is good to Israel,
        to those who are pure in heart.
    2   But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
        my steps had nearly slipped.
    3   For I was envious of the arrogant
        when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

    4   For they have no pangs until death;
        their bodies are fat and sleek.
    5   They are not in trouble as others are;
        they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
    6   Therefore pride is their necklace;
        violence covers them as a garment.
    7   Their eyes swell out through fatness;
        their hearts overflow with follies.
    8   They scoff and speak with malice;
        loftily they threaten oppression.
    9   They set their mouths against the heavens,
        and their tongue struts through the earth.
    10   Therefore his people turn back to them,
        and find no fault in them.1
    11   And they say, “How can God know?
        Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
    12   Behold, these are the wicked;
        always at ease, they increase in riches.
    13   All in vain have I kept my heart clean
        and washed my hands in innocence.
    14   For all the day long I have been stricken
        and rebuked every morning.
    15   If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
        I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

    16   But when I thought how to understand this,
        it seemed to me a wearisome task,
    17   until I went into the sanctuary of God;
        then I discerned their end.

    18   Truly you set them in slippery places;
        you make them fall to ruin.
    19   How they are destroyed in a moment,
        swept away utterly by terrors!
    20   Like a dream when one awakes,
        O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
    21   When my soul was embittered,
        when I was pricked in heart,
    22   I was brutish and ignorant;
        I was like a beast toward you.

    23   Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
        you hold my right hand.
    24   You guide me with your counsel,
        and afterward you will receive me to glory.
    25   Whom have I in heaven but you?
        And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
    26   My flesh and my heart may fail,
        but God is the strength2 of my heart and my portion forever.

    27   For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
        you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
    28   But for me it is good to be near God;
        I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
        that I may tell of all your works.

    Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause
    A Maskil3 of Asaph.

    74   O God, why do you cast us off forever?
        Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
    2   Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old,
        which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage!
        Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.
    3   Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins;
        the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!

    4   Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place;
        they set up their own signs for signs.
    5   They were like those who swing axes
        in a forest of trees.4
    6   And all its carved wood
        they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
    7   They set your sanctuary on fire;
        they profaned the dwelling place of your name,
        bringing it down to the ground.
    8   They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;
        they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.

    9   We do not see our signs;
        there is no longer any prophet,
        and there is none among us who knows how long.
    10   How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?

    • 8 min
    August 3: Psalms 70–72; Romans 4

    August 3: Psalms 70–72; Romans 4


    Psalms 70–72

    Psalms 70–72 (Listen)
    O Lord, Do Not Delay
    To the choirmaster. Of David, for the memorial offering.

    70   Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
        O LORD, make haste to help me!
    2   Let them be put to shame and confusion
        who seek my life!
      Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
        who delight in my hurt!
    3   Let them turn back because of their shame
        who say, “Aha, Aha!”

    4   May all who seek you
        rejoice and be glad in you!
      May those who love your salvation
        say evermore, “God is great!”
    5   But I am poor and needy;
        hasten to me, O God!
      You are my help and my deliverer;
        O LORD, do not delay!

    Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent

    71   In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;
        let me never be put to shame!
    2   In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
        incline your ear to me, and save me!
    3   Be to me a rock of refuge,
        to which I may continually come;
      you have given the command to save me,
        for you are my rock and my fortress.

    4   Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
        from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
    5   For you, O Lord, are my hope,
        my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
    6   Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;
        you are he who took me from my mother’s womb.
      My praise is continually of you.

    7   I have been as a portent to many,
        but you are my strong refuge.
    8   My mouth is filled with your praise,
        and with your glory all the day.
    9   Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
        forsake me not when my strength is spent.
    10   For my enemies speak concerning me;
        those who watch for my life consult together
    11   and say, “God has forsaken him;
        pursue and seize him,
        for there is none to deliver him.”

    12   O God, be not far from me;
        O my God, make haste to help me!
    13   May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
        with scorn and disgrace may they be covered
        who seek my hurt.
    14   But I will hope continually
        and will praise you yet more and more.
    15   My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
        of your deeds of salvation all the day,
        for their number is past my knowledge.
    16   With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come;
        I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.

    17   O God, from my youth you have taught me,
        and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
    18   So even to old age and gray hairs,
        O God, do not forsake me,
      until I proclaim your might to another generation,
        your power to all those to come.
    19   Your righteousness, O God,
        reaches the high heavens.
      You who have done great things,
        O God, who is like you?
    20   You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
        will revive me again;
      from the depths of the earth
        you will bring me up again.
    21   You will increase my greatness
        and comfort me again.

    22   I will also praise you with the harp
        for your faithfulness, O my God;
      I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
        O Holy One of Israel.
    23   My lips will shout for joy,
        when I sing praises to you;
        my soul also, which you have redeemed.
    24   And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
      for they have been put to shame and disappointed
        who sought to do me hurt.

    Give the King Your Justice
    Of Solomon.

    72   Give the king your justice, O God,
        and your righteousness to the royal son!
    2   May he judge your people with righteousness,
        and your poor with justice!
    3   Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
        and the hills, in righteousness!
    4   Ma

    • 9 min

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