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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.

    January 26: Psalm 25; Genesis 24; 1 Chronicles 29:1–22; Luke 17:11–37

    January 26: Psalm 25; Genesis 24; 1 Chronicles 29:1–22; Luke 17:11–37

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 25

    Psalm 25 (Listen)
    Teach Me Your Paths
    Of David.

    25   To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
    2   O my God, in you I trust;
        let me not be put to shame;
        let not my enemies exult over me.
    3   Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
        they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

    4   Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
        teach me your paths.
    5   Lead me in your truth and teach me,
        for you are the God of my salvation;
        for you I wait all the day long.

    6   Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love,
        for they have been from of old.
    7   Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
        according to your steadfast love remember me,
        for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!

    8   Good and upright is the LORD;
        therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
    9   He leads the humble in what is right,
        and teaches the humble his way.
    10   All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
        for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

    11   For your name's sake, O LORD,
        pardon my guilt, for it is great.
    12   Who is the man who fears the LORD?
        Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
    13   His soul shall abide in well-being,
        and his offspring shall inherit the land.
    14   The friendship1 of the LORD is for those who fear him,
        and he makes known to them his covenant.
    15   My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
        for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

    16   Turn to me and be gracious to me,
        for I am lonely and afflicted.
    17   The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
        bring me out of my distresses.
    18   Consider my affliction and my trouble,
        and forgive all my sins.

    19   Consider how many are my foes,
        and with what violent hatred they hate me.
    20   Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
        Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
    21   May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
        for I wait for you.

    22   Redeem Israel, O God,
        out of all his troubles.

    [1] 25:14 Or The secret counsel


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 24

    Genesis 24 (Listen)
    Isaac and Rebekah
    24 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, 3 that I may make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, 4 but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” 5 The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” 6 Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there. 7 The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8 But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.

    10 Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts

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    January 25: Psalm 24; Genesis 23; 1 Chronicles 28; Luke 16–17:10

    January 25: Psalm 24; Genesis 23; 1 Chronicles 28; Luke 16–17:10

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 24

    Psalm 24 (Listen)
    The King of Glory
    A Psalm of David.

    24   The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof,1
        the world and those who dwell therein,
    2   for he has founded it upon the seas
        and established it upon the rivers.

    3   Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
        And who shall stand in his holy place?
    4   He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
        who does not lift up his soul to what is false
        and does not swear deceitfully.
    5   He will receive blessing from the LORD
        and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
    6   Such is the generation of those who seek him,
        who seek the face of the God of Jacob.2 Selah

    7   Lift up your heads, O gates!
        And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
        that the King of glory may come in.
    8   Who is this King of glory?
        The LORD, strong and mighty,
        the LORD, mighty in battle!
    9   Lift up your heads, O gates!
        And lift them up, O ancient doors,
        that the King of glory may come in.
    10   Who is this King of glory?
        The LORD of hosts,
        he is the King of glory! Selah

    [1] 24:1 Or and all that fills it

    [2] 24:6 Septuagint, Syriac, and two Hebrew manuscripts; Masoretic Text who seek your face, Jacob


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 23

    Genesis 23 (Listen)
    Sarah's Death and Burial
    23 Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. 3 And Abraham rose up from before his dead and said to the Hittites,1 4 “I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.” 5 The Hittites answered Abraham, 6 “Hear us, my lord; you are a prince of God2 among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.” 7 Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land. 8 And he said to them, “If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me and entreat for me Ephron the son of Zohar, 9 that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as property for a burying place.”

    10 Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites, and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city, 11 “No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the sight of the sons of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead.” 12 Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. 13 And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “But if you will, hear me: I give the price of the field. Accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there.” 14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “My lord, listen to me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels3 of silver, what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.” 16 Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.

    17 So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, was made over 18 to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, before all who went in at th

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    January 24: Psalm 23; Genesis 22; 1 Chronicles 27; Luke 15

    January 24: Psalm 23; Genesis 22; 1 Chronicles 27; Luke 15

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 23

    Psalm 23 (Listen)
    The Lord Is My Shepherd
    A Psalm of David.

    23   The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.
      He leads me beside still waters.1
    3     He restores my soul.
      He leads me in paths of righteousness2
        for his name's sake.

    4   Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,3
        I will fear no evil,
      for you are with me;
        your rod and your staff,
        they comfort me.

    5   You prepare a table before me
        in the presence of my enemies;
      you anoint my head with oil;
        my cup overflows.
    6   Surely4 goodness and mercy5 shall follow me
        all the days of my life,
      and I shall dwell6 in the house of the LORD

    [1] 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest

    [2] 23:3 Or in right paths

    [3] 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness

    [4] 23:6 Or Only

    [5] 23:6 Or steadfast love

    [6] 23:6 Or shall return to dwell

    [7] 23:6 Hebrew for length of days


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 22

    Genesis 22 (Listen)
    The Sacrifice of Isaac
    22 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy1 will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

    9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”;2 as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”3

    15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his4 enemies, 18 and in your o

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    January 23: Psalm 22; Genesis 21:22–34; 1 Chronicles 26; Luke 14

    January 23: Psalm 22; Genesis 21:22–34; 1 Chronicles 26; Luke 14

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 22

    Psalm 22 (Listen)
    Why Have You Forsaken Me?
    To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

    22   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
        Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
    2   O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
        and by night, but I find no rest.

    3   Yet you are holy,
        enthroned on the praises1 of Israel.
    4   In you our fathers trusted;
        they trusted, and you delivered them.
    5   To you they cried and were rescued;
        in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

    6   But I am a worm and not a man,
        scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
    7   All who see me mock me;
        they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
    8   “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him;
        let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

    9   Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
        you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
    10   On you was I cast from my birth,
        and from my mother's womb you have been my God.
    11   Be not far from me,
        for trouble is near,
        and there is none to help.

    12   Many bulls encompass me;
        strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
    13   they open wide their mouths at me,
        like a ravening and roaring lion.

    14   I am poured out like water,
        and all my bones are out of joint;
      my heart is like wax;
        it is melted within my breast;
    15   my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
        and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
        you lay me in the dust of death.

    16   For dogs encompass me;
        a company of evildoers encircles me;
      they have pierced my hands and feet2—
    17   I can count all my bones—
      they stare and gloat over me;
    18   they divide my garments among them,
        and for my clothing they cast lots.

    19   But you, O LORD, do not be far off!
        O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
    20   Deliver my soul from the sword,
        my precious life from the power of the dog!
    21     Save me from the mouth of the lion!
      You have rescued3 me from the horns of the wild oxen!

    22   I will tell of your name to my brothers;
        in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
    23   You who fear the LORD, praise him!
        All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
        and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
    24   For he has not despised or abhorred
        the affliction of the afflicted,
      and he has not hidden his face from him,
        but has heard, when he cried to him.

    25   From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
        my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
    26   The afflicted4 shall eat and be satisfied;
        those who seek him shall praise the LORD!
        May your hearts live forever!

    27   All the ends of the earth shall remember
        and turn to the LORD,
      and all the families of the nations
        shall worship before you.
    28   For kingship belongs to the LORD,
        and he rules over the nations.

    29   All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
        before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
        even the one who could not keep himself alive.
    30   Posterity shall serve him;
        it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
    31   they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
        that he has done it.

    [1] 22:3 Or dwelling in the praises

    [2] 22:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts like a lion [they are at] my hands and feet

    [3] 22:21 Hebrew answered

    [4] 22:26 Or The meek


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    January 22: Psalm 21; Genesis 21:1–21; 1 Chronicles 25; Luke 13:10–35

    January 22: Psalm 21; Genesis 21:1–21; 1 Chronicles 25; Luke 13:10–35

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 21

    Psalm 21 (Listen)
    The King Rejoices in the Lord's Strength
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    21   O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices,
        and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
    2   You have given him his heart's desire
        and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
    3   For you meet him with rich blessings;
        you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
    4   He asked life of you; you gave it to him,
        length of days forever and ever.
    5   His glory is great through your salvation;
        splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
    6   For you make him most blessed forever;1
        you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
    7   For the king trusts in the LORD,
        and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.

    8   Your hand will find out all your enemies;
        your right hand will find out those who hate you.
    9   You will make them as a blazing oven
        when you appear.
      The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath,
        and fire will consume them.
    10   You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
        and their offspring from among the children of man.
    11   Though they plan evil against you,
        though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
    12   For you will put them to flight;
        you will aim at their faces with your bows.

    13   Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength!
        We will sing and praise your power.

    [1] 21:6 Or make him a source of blessing forever


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 21:1–21

    Genesis 21:1–21 (Listen)
    The Birth of Isaac
    21 The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised. 2 And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. 3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.1 4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” 7 And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

    God Protects Hagar and Ishmael
    8 And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing.2 10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” 11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. 13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.” 14 So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

    15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called

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    January 21: Psalm 20; Genesis 20; 1 Chronicles 23–24; Luke 12:49–13:9

    January 21: Psalm 20; Genesis 20; 1 Chronicles 23–24; Luke 12:49–13:9

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 20

    Psalm 20 (Listen)
    Trust in the Name of the Lord Our God
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    20   May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
        May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
    2   May he send you help from the sanctuary
        and give you support from Zion!
    3   May he remember all your offerings
        and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah

    4   May he grant you your heart's desire
        and fulfill all your plans!
    5   May we shout for joy over your salvation,
        and in the name of our God set up our banners!
      May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!

    6   Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
        he will answer him from his holy heaven
        with the saving might of his right hand.
    7   Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
        but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
    8   They collapse and fall,
        but we rise and stand upright.

    9   O LORD, save the king!
        May he answer us when we call.


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 20

    Genesis 20 (Listen)
    Abraham and Abimelech
    20 From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man's wife.” 4 Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? 5 Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” 6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her. 7 Now then, return the man's wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”

    8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told them all these things. And the men were very much afraid. 9 Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done.” 10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you see, that you did this thing?” 11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. 13 And when God caused me to wander from my father's house, I said to her, ‘This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”

    14 Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.” 16 To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. It is a sign of your innocence in the eyes of all1 who are with you, and before everyone you are vindicated.” 17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children. 18

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