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This plan follows the Daily Office Lectionary found in The Book of Common Prayer (1979) used worldwide by Anglicans and Episcopalians.

Over the course of 2 years, enjoy daily readings comprised of passages from the Psalms, Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels.

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A Worldwide Classic
This plan follows the Daily Office Lectionary found in The Book of Common Prayer (1979) used worldwide by Anglicans and Episcopalians.

Over the course of 2 years, enjoy daily readings comprised of passages from the Psalms, Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels.

© 2017 Crossway. All Rights Reserved.

    November 30: Psalm 119:1–24; Psalms 12–14; Isaiah 2:1–11; 1 Thessalonians 2:13–20; Luke 20:19–26

    November 30: Psalm 119:1–24; Psalms 12–14; Isaiah 2:1–11; 1 Thessalonians 2:13–20; Luke 20:19–26

    1 Advent

    First Psalm:

    Psalm 119:1–24

    Psalm 119:1–24 (Listen)
    Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet

    119   1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
        who walk in the law of the LORD!
    2   Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
        who seek him with their whole heart,
    3   who also do no wrong,
        but walk in his ways!
    4   You have commanded your precepts
        to be kept diligently.
    5   Oh that my ways may be steadfast
        in keeping your statutes!
    6   Then I shall not be put to shame,
        having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
    7   I will praise you with an upright heart,
        when I learn your righteous rules.2
    8   I will keep your statutes;
        do not utterly forsake me!


    9   How can a young man keep his way pure?
        By guarding it according to your word.
    10   With my whole heart I seek you;
        let me not wander from your commandments!
    11   I have stored up your word in my heart,
        that I might not sin against you.
    12   Blessed are you, O LORD;
        teach me your statutes!
    13   With my lips I declare
        all the rules3 of your mouth.
    14   In the way of your testimonies I delight
        as much as in all riches.
    15   I will meditate on your precepts
        and fix my eyes on your ways.
    16   I will delight in your statutes;
        I will not forget your word.


    17   Deal bountifully with your servant,
        that I may live and keep your word.
    18   Open my eyes, that I may behold
        wondrous things out of your law.
    19   I am a sojourner on the earth;
        hide not your commandments from me!
    20   My soul is consumed with longing
        for your rules4 at all times.
    21   You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
        who wander from your commandments.
    22   Take away from me scorn and contempt,
        for I have kept your testimonies.
    23   Even though princes sit plotting against me,
        your servant will meditate on your statutes.
    24   Your testimonies are my delight;
        they are my counselors.

    [1] 119:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem of twenty-two stanzas, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet; within a stanza, each verse begins with the same Hebrew letter

    [2] 119:7 Or your just and righteous decrees; also verses 62, 106, 160, 164

    [3] 119:13 Or all the just decrees

    [4] 119:20 Or your just decrees; also verses 30, 39, 43, 52, 75, 102, 108, 137, 156, 175


    Second Psalm:

    Psalms 12–14

    Psalms 12–14 (Listen)
    The Faithful Have Vanished
    To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith.1 A Psalm of David.

    12   Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone;
        for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
    2   Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
        with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

    3   May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
        the tongue that makes great boasts,
    4   those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
        our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

    5   “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
        I will now arise,” says the LORD;
        “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
    6   The words of the LORD are pure words,
        like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
        purified seven times.

    7   You, O LORD, will keep them;
        you will guard us2 from this generation forever.
    8   On every side the wicked prowl,
        as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

    How Long, O Lord?
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    13   How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
        How long will you hide your face from me?
    2   How long must

    • 8 min
    November 29: Psalms 5–6; Psalms 10–11; Isaiah 1:21–31; 1 Thessalonians 2:1–12; Luke 20:9–18

    November 29: Psalms 5–6; Psalms 10–11; Isaiah 1:21–31; 1 Thessalonians 2:1–12; Luke 20:9–18

    1 Advent

    First Psalm:

    Psalms 5–6

    Psalms 5–6 (Listen)
    Lead Me in Your Righteousness
    To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.

    5   Give ear to my words, O LORD;
        consider my groaning.
    2   Give attention to the sound of my cry,
        my King and my God,
        for to you do I pray.
    3   O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;
        in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you1 and watch.

    4   For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
        evil may not dwell with you.
    5   The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
        you hate all evildoers.
    6   You destroy those who speak lies;
        the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

    7   But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
        will enter your house.
      I will bow down toward your holy temple
        in the fear of you.
    8   Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness
        because of my enemies;
        make your way straight before me.

    9   For there is no truth in their mouth;
        their inmost self is destruction;
      their throat is an open grave;
        they flatter with their tongue.
    10   Make them bear their guilt, O God;
        let them fall by their own counsels;
      because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
        for they have rebelled against you.

    11   But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
        let them ever sing for joy,
      and spread your protection over them,
        that those who love your name may exult in you.
    12   For you bless the righteous, O LORD;
        you cover him with favor as with a shield.

    O Lord, Deliver My Life
    To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith.2 A Psalm of David.

    6   O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,
        nor discipline me in your wrath.
    2   Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
        heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.
    3   My soul also is greatly troubled.
        But you, O LORD—how long?

    4   Turn, O LORD, deliver my life;
        save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
    5   For in death there is no remembrance of you;
        in Sheol who will give you praise?

    6   I am weary with my moaning;
        every night I flood my bed with tears;
        I drench my couch with my weeping.
    7   My eye wastes away because of grief;
        it grows weak because of all my foes.

    8   Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
        for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
    9   The LORD has heard my plea;
        the LORD accepts my prayer.
    10   All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
        they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

    [1] 5:3 Or I direct my prayer to you

    [2] 6:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term


    Second Psalm:

    Psalms 10–11

    Psalms 10–11 (Listen)
    Why Do You Hide Yourself?

    10   Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?
        Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

    2   In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
        let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
    3   For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
        and the one greedy for gain curses1 and renounces the LORD.
    4   In the pride of his face2 the wicked does not seek him;3
        all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
    5   His ways prosper at all times;
        your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
        as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
    6   He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
        throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
    7   His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
        under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
    8   H

    • 10 min
    November 28: Psalms 1–3; Psalm 4; Psalm 7; Isaiah 1:10–20; 1 Thessalonians 1; Luke 20:1–8

    November 28: Psalms 1–3; Psalm 4; Psalm 7; Isaiah 1:10–20; 1 Thessalonians 1; Luke 20:1–8

    1 Advent

    First Psalm:

    Psalms 1–3

    Psalms 1–3 (Listen)
    Book One
    The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

    1   Blessed is the man1
        who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
      nor stands in the way of sinners,
        nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
    2   but his delight is in the law2 of the LORD,
        and on his law he meditates day and night.

    3   He is like a tree
        planted by streams of water
      that yields its fruit in its season,
        and its leaf does not wither.
      In all that he does, he prospers.
    4   The wicked are not so,
        but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

    5   Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
        nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
    6   for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
        but the way of the wicked will perish.

    The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed

    2   Why do the nations rage3
        and the peoples plot in vain?
    2   The kings of the earth set themselves,
        and the rulers take counsel together,
        against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
    3   “Let us burst their bonds apart
        and cast away their cords from us.”

    4   He who sits in the heavens laughs;
        the Lord holds them in derision.
    5   Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
        and terrify them in his fury, saying,
    6   “As for me, I have set my King
        on Zion, my holy hill.”

    7   I will tell of the decree:
      The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
        today I have begotten you.
    8   Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
        and the ends of the earth your possession.
    9   You shall break4 them with a rod of iron
        and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

    10   Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
        be warned, O rulers of the earth.
    11   Serve the LORD with fear,
        and rejoice with trembling.
    12   Kiss the Son,
        lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
        for his wrath is quickly kindled.
      Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

    Save Me, O My God
    A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

    3   O LORD, how many are my foes!
        Many are rising against me;
    2   many are saying of my soul,
        “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah5

    3   But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
        my glory, and the lifter of my head.
    4   I cried aloud to the LORD,
        and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

    5   I lay down and slept;
        I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
    6   I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
        who have set themselves against me all around.

    7   Arise, O LORD!
        Save me, O my God!
      For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
        you break the teeth of the wicked.

    8   Salvation belongs to the LORD;
        your blessing be on your people! Selah

    [1] 1:1 The singular Hebrew word for man (ish) is used here to portray a representative example of a godly person; see Preface

    [2] 1:2 Or instruction

    [3] 2:1 Or nations noisily assemble

    [4] 2:9 Revocalization yields (compare Septuagint) You shall rule

    [5] 3:2 The meaning of the Hebrew word Selah, used frequently in the Psalms, is uncertain. It may be a musical or liturgical direction


    Second Psalm:

    Psalm 4; Psalm 7

    Psalm 4 (Listen)
    Answer Me When I Call
    To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

    4   Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
        You have given me relief when I was in distress.
        Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

    2   O men,1 how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
        How long will you love vain words and seek aft

    • 9 min
    November 27: Psalms 146–147; Psalms 111–113; Isaiah 1:1–9; 2 Peter 3:1–10; Matthew 25:1–13

    November 27: Psalms 146–147; Psalms 111–113; Isaiah 1:1–9; 2 Peter 3:1–10; Matthew 25:1–13

    1 Advent

    First Psalm:

    Psalms 146–147

    Psalms 146–147 (Listen)
    Put Not Your Trust in Princes

    146   Praise the LORD!
      Praise the LORD, O my soul!
    2   I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
        I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

    3   Put not your trust in princes,
        in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
    4   When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
        on that very day his plans perish.

    5   Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
        whose hope is in the LORD his God,
    6   who made heaven and earth,
        the sea, and all that is in them,
      who keeps faith forever;
    7     who executes justice for the oppressed,
        who gives food to the hungry.

      The LORD sets the prisoners free;
    8     the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
      The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
        the LORD loves the righteous.
    9   The LORD watches over the sojourners;
        he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
        but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

    10   The LORD will reign forever,
        your God, O Zion, to all generations.
      Praise the LORD!

    He Heals the Brokenhearted

    147   Praise the LORD!
      For it is good to sing praises to our God;
        for it is pleasant,1 and a song of praise is fitting.
    2   The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
        he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
    3   He heals the brokenhearted
        and binds up their wounds.
    4   He determines the number of the stars;
        he gives to all of them their names.
    5   Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
        his understanding is beyond measure.
    6   The LORD lifts up the humble;2
        he casts the wicked to the ground.

    7   Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
        make melody to our God on the lyre!
    8   He covers the heavens with clouds;
        he prepares rain for the earth;
        he makes grass grow on the hills.
    9   He gives to the beasts their food,
        and to the young ravens that cry.
    10   His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
        nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
    11   but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
        in those who hope in his steadfast love.

    12   Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem!
        Praise your God, O Zion!
    13   For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
        he blesses your children within you.
    14   He makes peace in your borders;
        he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
    15   He sends out his command to the earth;
        his word runs swiftly.
    16   He gives snow like wool;
        he scatters frost like ashes.
    17   He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;
        who can stand before his cold?
    18   He sends out his word, and melts them;
        he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
    19   He declares his word to Jacob,
        his statutes and rules3 to Israel.
    20   He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
        they do not know his rules.4
      Praise the LORD!

    [1] 147:1 Or for he is beautiful

    [2] 147:6 Or afflicted

    [3] 147:19 Or and just decrees

    [4] 147:20 Or his just decrees


    Second Psalm:

    Psalms 111–113

    Psalms 111–113 (Listen)
    Great Are the Lord’s Works

    111   1 Praise the LORD!
      I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
        in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
    2   Great are the works of the LORD,
        studied by all who delight in them.
    3   Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
        and his righteousness endures forever.
    4   He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
        the LORD is gracious and merciful.
    5   He provides food for those who fear him;

    • 10 min
    November 26: Psalm 137; Psalm 144; Psalm 104; Zechariah 14:12–21; Philippians 2:1–11; Luke 19:41–48

    November 26: Psalm 137; Psalm 144; Psalm 104; Zechariah 14:12–21; Philippians 2:1–11; Luke 19:41–48

    Proper 29

    First Psalm:

    Psalm 137; Psalm 144

    Psalm 137 (Listen)
    How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?

    137   By the waters of Babylon,
        there we sat down and wept,
        when we remembered Zion.
    2   On the willows1 there
        we hung up our lyres.
    3   For there our captors
        required of us songs,
      and our tormentors, mirth, saying,
        “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

    4   How shall we sing the LORD’s song
        in a foreign land?
    5   If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
        let my right hand forget its skill!
    6   Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
        if I do not remember you,
      if I do not set Jerusalem
        above my highest joy!

    7   Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites
        the day of Jerusalem,
      how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,
        down to its foundations!”
    8   O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed,
        blessed shall he be who repays you
        with what you have done to us!
    9   Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones
        and dashes them against the rock!

    [1] 137:2 Or poplars


    Psalm 144 (Listen)
    My Rock and My Fortress
    Of David.

    144   Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
        who trains my hands for war,
        and my fingers for battle;
    2   he is my steadfast love and my fortress,
        my stronghold and my deliverer,
      my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
        who subdues peoples1 under me.

    3   O LORD, what is man that you regard him,
        or the son of man that you think of him?
    4   Man is like a breath;
        his days are like a passing shadow.

    5   Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down!
        Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
    6   Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
        send out your arrows and rout them!
    7   Stretch out your hand from on high;
        rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
        from the hand of foreigners,
    8   whose mouths speak lies
        and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

    9   I will sing a new song to you, O God;
        upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
    10   who gives victory to kings,
        who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
    11   Rescue me and deliver me
        from the hand of foreigners,
      whose mouths speak lies
        and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

    12   May our sons in their youth
        be like plants full grown,
      our daughters like corner pillars
        cut for the structure of a palace;
    13   may our granaries be full,
        providing all kinds of produce;
      may our sheep bring forth thousands
        and ten thousands in our fields;
    14   may our cattle be heavy with young,
        suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;2
      may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
    15   Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
        Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!

    [1] 144:2 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Dead Sea Scroll, Jerome, Syriac, Aquila; most Hebrew manuscripts subdues my people

    [2] 144:14 Hebrew with no breaking in or going out


    Second Psalm:

    Psalm 104

    Psalm 104 (Listen)
    O Lord My God, You Are Very Great

    104   Bless the LORD, O my soul!
        O LORD my God, you are very great!
      You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
    2     covering yourself with light as with a garment,
        stretching out the heavens like a tent.
    3   He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
      he makes the clouds his chariot;
        he rides on the wings of the wind;
    4   he makes his messengers winds,
        his ministers a flaming fire.

    5   He set the ear

    • 10 min
    November 25: Psalm 140; Psalm 142; Psalm 141; Psalm 143; Zechariah 14:1–11; Romans 15:7–13; Luke 19:28–40

    November 25: Psalm 140; Psalm 142; Psalm 141; Psalm 143; Zechariah 14:1–11; Romans 15:7–13; Luke 19:28–40

    Proper 29

    First Psalm:

    Psalm 140; Psalm 142

    Psalm 140 (Listen)
    Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    140   Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men;
        preserve me from violent men,
    2   who plan evil things in their heart
        and stir up wars continually.
    3   They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s,
        and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

    4   Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
        preserve me from violent men,
        who have planned to trip up my feet.
    5   The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
        and with cords they have spread a net;1
        beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah

    6   I say to the LORD, You are my God;
        give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!
    7   O LORD, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
        you have covered my head in the day of battle.
    8   Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;
        do not further their2 evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah

    9   As for the head of those who surround me,
        let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
    10   Let burning coals fall upon them!
        Let them be cast into fire,
        into miry pits, no more to rise!
    11   Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
        let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!

    12   I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
        and will execute justice for the needy.
    13   Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
        the upright shall dwell in your presence.

    [1] 140:5 Or they have spread cords as a net

    [2] 140:8 Hebrew his


    Psalm 142 (Listen)
    You Are My Refuge
    A Maskil1 of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

    142   With my voice I cry out to the LORD;
        with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.
    2   I pour out my complaint before him;
        I tell my trouble before him.

    3   When my spirit faints within me,
        you know my way!
      In the path where I walk
        they have hidden a trap for me.
    4   Look to the right and see:
        there is none who takes notice of me;
      no refuge remains to me;
        no one cares for my soul.

    5   I cry to you, O LORD;
        I say, “You are my refuge,
        my portion in the land of the living.”
    6   Attend to my cry,
        for I am brought very low!
      Deliver me from my persecutors,
        for they are too strong for me!
    7   Bring me out of prison,
        that I may give thanks to your name!
      The righteous will surround me,
        for you will deal bountifully with me.

    [1] 142:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term


    Second Psalm:

    Psalm 141; Psalm 143

    Psalm 141 (Listen)
    Give Ear to My Voice
    A Psalm of David.

    141   O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me!
        Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
    2   Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
        and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

    3   Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
        keep watch over the door of my lips!
    4   Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
        to busy myself with wicked deeds
      in company with men who work iniquity,
        and let me not eat of their delicacies!

    5   Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
        let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
        let my head not refuse it.
      Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
    6   When their judges are thrown over the cliff,1
        then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
    7   As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
        so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth

    • 9 min

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4.6 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

tbc0 ,

Must listen every day

These words were meant to be heard, not red. I listen to this podcast every day before I listen to any other podcast. It enables me to get through the Bible in two years. I have red through the Bible several times during my life, but I have not made a daily discipline of it. I listened to The Message translation during the pandemic. Used a Bible-in-a-year plan in the YouVersion app. That put me in the habit of reading Holy Scripture every single day. I realize that I would rather go through the Bible with the lectionary, joining my prayers to all the other Christians around the world as we all read the same Scriptures on the same day.

brandyjdjsjdbd ,

Great, but…

Any chance the reader could say the book, chapter, and verse as he switches to different passages? It is a bit jarring and confusing when just listening.

I❤️blue! ,

Citations would be helpful

Love this app and the narrator but I find it disconcerting that each day launches right into the reading without citing what is being read. Perhaps it could include something like: “Today’s reading begins with Genesis 2:1. A reading from Psalm 114, etc.”. Having listened to the readings I find it confusing to know exactly what I am listening to. Adding citations would make this a 5-star podcast. Thanks!

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