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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.

    September 19: Psalm 49; 2 Samuel 9; Ezekiel 9; Luke 12:49–13:9

    September 19: Psalm 49; 2 Samuel 9; Ezekiel 9; Luke 12:49–13:9

    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:

    2 Samuel 9

    2 Samuel 9 (Listen)
    David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth
    9 And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3 And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4 The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6 And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7 And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” 8 And he paid homage and

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    September 18: Psalm 48; 2 Samuel 8; Ezekiel 8; Luke 12:13–48

    September 18: Psalm 48; 2 Samuel 8; Ezekiel 8; Luke 12:13–48

    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:

    2 Samuel 8

    2 Samuel 8 (Listen)
    David’s Victories
    8 After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and David took Metheg-ammah out of the hand of the Philistines.

    2 And he defeated Moab and he measured them with a line, making them lie down on the ground. Two lines he measured to be put to death, and one full line to be spared. And the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute.

    3 David also defeated Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to restore his power at the river Euphrates. 4 And David took from him 1,700 horsemen, and 20,000 foot soldiers. And David hamstrung all the chariot horses but left enough for 100 chariots. 5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down 22,000 men of the Syrians. 6 Then David put garrisons in Aram of Damascus, and the Syrians became servants to David and brought tribute. And the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went. 7 And David took the shields of gold that were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. 8 And from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took very much bronze.

    9 When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer, 10 Toi sent his son Joram to King David, to ask about his health and to bless him because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him, for Hadadezer had often been at war with Toi. And Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold, and of bronze. 11 These also King David dedicated to the LORD, together with the silver and gold that he dedicated from all the nations he subdued, 12 from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

    13 And David made a name for himself when he returned from striking down 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 14 Then he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. And the

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    September 17: Psalm 47; 2 Samuel 7; Ezekiel 7; Luke 11:37–12:12

    September 17: Psalm 47; 2 Samuel 7; Ezekiel 7; Luke 11:37–12:12

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 47

    Psalm 47 (Listen)
    God Is King over All the Earth
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

    47   Clap your hands, all peoples!
        Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
    2   For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
        a great king over all the earth.
    3   He subdued peoples under us,
        and nations under our feet.
    4   He chose our heritage for us,
        the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

    5   God has gone up with a shout,
        the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
    6   Sing praises to God, sing praises!
        Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
    7   For God is the King of all the earth;
        sing praises with a psalm!1

    8   God reigns over the nations;
        God sits on his holy throne.
    9   The princes of the peoples gather
        as the people of the God of Abraham.
      For the shields of the earth belong to God;
        he is highly exalted!

    [1] 47:7 Hebrew maskil


    Pentateuch and History:

    2 Samuel 7

    2 Samuel 7 (Listen)
    The Lord’s Covenant with David
    7 Now when the king lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, 2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.”

    4 But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7 In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges1 of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 8 Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince2 over my people Israel. 9 And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me.3 Your throne shall be established forever.’” 17 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

    David’s Prayer of Gratitude
    18 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 19 And yet thi

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    September 16: Psalm 46; 2 Samuel 6; Ezekiel 6; Luke 11:1–36

    September 16: Psalm 46; 2 Samuel 6; Ezekiel 6; Luke 11:1–36

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 46

    Psalm 46 (Listen)
    God Is Our Fortress
    To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.1 A Song.

    46   God is our refuge and strength,
        a very present2 help in trouble.
    2   Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
        though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
    3   though its waters roar and foam,
        though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

    4   There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
        the holy habitation of the Most High.
    5   God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
        God will help her when morning dawns.
    6   The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
        he utters his voice, the earth melts.
    7   The LORD of hosts is with us;
        the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

    8   Come, behold the works of the LORD,
        how he has brought desolations on the earth.
    9   He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
        he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
        he burns the chariots with fire.
    10   “Be still, and know that I am God.
        I will be exalted among the nations,
        I will be exalted in the earth!”
    11   The LORD of hosts is with us;
        the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

    [1] 46:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

    [2] 46:1 Or well proved


    Pentateuch and History:

    2 Samuel 6

    2 Samuel 6 (Listen)
    The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
    6 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the LORD of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. 3 And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. And Uzzah and Ahio,1 the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart, 4 with the ark of God,2 and Ahio went before the ark.

    Uzzah and the Ark
    5 And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD, with songs3 and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. 6 And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. 8 And David was angry because the LORD had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah4 to this day. 9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the LORD come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the LORD into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and all his household.

    12 And it was told King David, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing. 13 And when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal. 14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the horn.

    David and Michal
    16 As the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw Kin

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    September 15: Psalm 45; 2 Samuel 5; Ezekiel 5:5–17; Luke 10:25–42

    September 15: Psalm 45; 2 Samuel 5; Ezekiel 5:5–17; Luke 10:25–42

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 45

    Psalm 45 (Listen)
    Your Throne, O God, Is Forever
    To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil1 of the Sons of Korah; a love song.

    45   My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;
        I address my verses to the king;
        my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.

    2   You are the most handsome of the sons of men;
        grace is poured upon your lips;
        therefore God has blessed you forever.
    3   Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
        in your splendor and majesty!

    4   In your majesty ride out victoriously
        for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
        let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
    5   Your arrows are sharp
        in the heart of the king’s enemies;
        the peoples fall under you.

    6   Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
        The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
    7     you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
      Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
        with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
    8     your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
      From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
    9     daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
        at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

    10   Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:
        forget your people and your father’s house,
    11     and the king will desire your beauty.
      Since he is your lord, bow to him.
    12     The people2 of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,
        the richest of the people.3

    13   All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
    14     In many-colored robes she is led to the king,
        with her virgin companions following behind her.
    15   With joy and gladness they are led along
        as they enter the palace of the king.

    16   In place of your fathers shall be your sons;
        you will make them princes in all the earth.
    17   I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
        therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.

    [1] 45:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

    [2] 45:12 Hebrew daughter

    [3] 45:12 Or The daughter of Tyre is here with gifts, the richest of people seek your favor


    Pentateuch and History:

    2 Samuel 5

    2 Samuel 5 (Listen)
    David Anointed King of Israel
    5 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince1 over Israel.’” 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.2

    6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.” 7 Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 8 And David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack ‘the lame and the blind,’ who are hated by David’s soul.” Therefore it is sa

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    September 14: Psalm 44; 2 Samuel 4; Ezekiel 4–5:4; Luke 9:51–10:24

    September 14: Psalm 44; 2 Samuel 4; Ezekiel 4–5:4; Luke 9:51–10:24

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 44

    Psalm 44 (Listen)
    Come to Our Help
    To the choirmaster. A Maskil1 of the Sons of Korah.

    44   O God, we have heard with our ears,
        our fathers have told us,
      what deeds you performed in their days,
        in the days of old:
    2   you with your own hand drove out the nations,
        but them you planted;
      you afflicted the peoples,
        but them you set free;
    3   for not by their own sword did they win the land,
        nor did their own arm save them,
      but your right hand and your arm,
        and the light of your face,
        for you delighted in them.

    4   You are my King, O God;
        ordain salvation for Jacob!
    5   Through you we push down our foes;
        through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
    6   For not in my bow do I trust,
        nor can my sword save me.
    7   But you have saved us from our foes
        and have put to shame those who hate us.
    8   In God we have boasted continually,
        and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah

    9   But you have rejected us and disgraced us
        and have not gone out with our armies.
    10   You have made us turn back from the foe,
        and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
    11   You have made us like sheep for slaughter
        and have scattered us among the nations.
    12   You have sold your people for a trifle,
        demanding no high price for them.
    13   You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
        the derision and scorn of those around us.
    14   You have made us a byword among the nations,
        a laughingstock2 among the peoples.
    15   All day long my disgrace is before me,
        and shame has covered my face
    16   at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
        at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.

    17   All this has come upon us,
        though we have not forgotten you,
        and we have not been false to your covenant.
    18   Our heart has not turned back,
        nor have our steps departed from your way;
    19   yet you have broken us in the place of jackals
        and covered us with the shadow of death.
    20   If we had forgotten the name of our God
        or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
    21   would not God discover this?
        For he knows the secrets of the heart.
    22   Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
        we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.

    23   Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
        Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
    24   Why do you hide your face?
        Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
    25   For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
        our belly clings to the ground.
    26   Rise up; come to our help!
        Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!

    [1] 44:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

    [2] 44:14 Hebrew a shaking of the head


    Pentateuch and History:

    2 Samuel 4

    2 Samuel 4 (Listen)
    Ish-bosheth Murdered
    4 When Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, heard that Abner had died at Hebron, his courage failed, and all Israel was dismayed. 2 Now Saul’s son had two men who were captains of raiding bands; the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon a man of Benjamin from Beeroth (for Beeroth also is counted part of Benjamin; 3 the Beerothites fled to Gittaim and have been sojourners there to this day).

    4 Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son who was crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled, and as she fled in her haste, he fell and became lame. And his na

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