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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 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


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 21:22–34

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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 to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard t

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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 For the LORD had closed all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham

    • 13 min
    January 20: Psalm 19; Genesis 19; 1 Chronicles 21:18–22:19; Luke 12:13–48

    January 20: Psalm 19; Genesis 19; 1 Chronicles 21:18–22:19; Luke 12:13–48

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 19

    Psalm 19 (Listen)
    The Law of the Lord Is Perfect
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    19   The heavens declare the glory of God,
        and the sky above1 proclaims his handiwork.
    2   Day to day pours out speech,
        and night to night reveals knowledge.
    3   There is no speech, nor are there words,
        whose voice is not heard.
    4   Their voice2 goes out through all the earth,
        and their words to the end of the world.
      In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    5     which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
        and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
    6   Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
        and its circuit to the end of them,
        and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

    7   The law of the LORD is perfect,3
        reviving the soul;
      the testimony of the LORD is sure,
        making wise the simple;
    8   the precepts of the LORD are right,
        rejoicing the heart;
      the commandment of the LORD is pure,
        enlightening the eyes;
    9   the fear of the LORD is clean,
        enduring forever;
      the rules4 of the LORD are true,
        and righteous altogether.
    10   More to be desired are they than gold,
        even much fine gold;
      sweeter also than honey
        and drippings of the honeycomb.
    11   Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
        in keeping them there is great reward.

    12   Who can discern his errors?
        Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
    13   Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
        let them not have dominion over me!
      Then I shall be blameless,
        and innocent of great transgression.

    14   Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
        be acceptable in your sight,
        O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

    [1] 19:1 Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6–8

    [2] 19:4 Or Their measuring line

    [3] 19:7 Or blameless

    [4] 19:9 Or just decrees


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 19

    Genesis 19 (Listen)
    God Rescues Lot
    19 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth 2 and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” 3 But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

    4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” 6 Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, 7 and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. 8 Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” 9 But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. 10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. 11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.

    12 Then the men said to Lot, “Hav

    • 16 min
    January 19: Psalm 18; Genesis 18:16–33; 1 Chronicles 21:1–17; Luke 11:37–12:12

    January 19: Psalm 18; Genesis 18:16–33; 1 Chronicles 21:1–17; Luke 11:37–12:12

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 18

    Psalm 18 (Listen)
    The Lord Is My Rock and My Fortress
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said:

    18   I love you, O LORD, my strength.
    2   The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
        my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
        my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
    3   I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
        and I am saved from my enemies.

    4   The cords of death encompassed me;
        the torrents of destruction assailed me;1
    5   the cords of Sheol entangled me;
        the snares of death confronted me.

    6   In my distress I called upon the LORD;
        to my God I cried for help.
      From his temple he heard my voice,
        and my cry to him reached his ears.

    7   Then the earth reeled and rocked;
        the foundations also of the mountains trembled
        and quaked, because he was angry.
    8   Smoke went up from his nostrils,2
        and devouring fire from his mouth;
        glowing coals flamed forth from him.
    9   He bowed the heavens and came down;
        thick darkness was under his feet.
    10   He rode on a cherub and flew;
        he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
    11   He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him,
        thick clouds dark with water.
    12   Out of the brightness before him
        hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.

    13   The LORD also thundered in the heavens,
        and the Most High uttered his voice,
        hailstones and coals of fire.
    14   And he sent out his arrows and scattered them;
        he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.
    15   Then the channels of the sea were seen,
        and the foundations of the world were laid bare
      at your rebuke, O LORD,
        at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

    16   He sent from on high, he took me;
        he drew me out of many waters.
    17   He rescued me from my strong enemy
        and from those who hated me,
        for they were too mighty for me.
    18   They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
        but the LORD was my support.
    19   He brought me out into a broad place;
        he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

    20   The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness;
        according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
    21   For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
        and have not wickedly departed from my God.
    22   For all his rules3 were before me,
        and his statutes I did not put away from me.
    23   I was blameless before him,
        and I kept myself from my guilt.
    24   So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
        according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

    25   With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
        with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
    26   with the purified you show yourself pure;
        and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
    27   For you save a humble people,
        but the haughty eyes you bring down.
    28   For it is you who light my lamp;
        the LORD my God lightens my darkness.
    29   For by you I can run against a troop,
        and by my God I can leap over a wall.
    30   This God—his way is perfect;4
        the word of the LORD proves true;
        he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

    31   For who is God, but the LORD?
        And who is a rock, except our God?—
    32   the God who equipped me with strength
        and made my way blameless.
    33   He made my feet like the feet of a deer
        and set me secure on the heights.
    34   He trains my hands for war,
        so that my

    • 15 min
    January 18: Psalm 17; Genesis 18:1–15; 1 Chronicles 18–20; Luke 11:1–36

    January 18: Psalm 17; Genesis 18:1–15; 1 Chronicles 18–20; Luke 11:1–36

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 17

    Psalm 17 (Listen)
    In the Shadow of Your Wings
    A Prayer of David.

    17   Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry!
        Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
    2   From your presence let my vindication come!
        Let your eyes behold the right!

    3   You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night,
        you have tested me, and you will find nothing;
        I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
    4   With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips
        I have avoided the ways of the violent.
    5   My steps have held fast to your paths;
        my feet have not slipped.

    6   I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
        incline your ear to me; hear my words.
    7   Wondrously show1 your steadfast love,
        O Savior of those who seek refuge
        from their adversaries at your right hand.

    8   Keep me as the apple of your eye;
        hide me in the shadow of your wings,
    9   from the wicked who do me violence,
        my deadly enemies who surround me.

    10   They close their hearts to pity;
        with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
    11   They have now surrounded our steps;
        they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.
    12   He is like a lion eager to tear,
        as a young lion lurking in ambush.

    13   Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him!
        Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
    14   from men by your hand, O LORD,
        from men of the world whose portion is in this life.2
      You fill their womb with treasure;3
        they are satisfied with children,
        and they leave their abundance to their infants.

    15   As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
        when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

    [1] 17:7 Or Distinguish me by

    [2] 17:14 Or from men whose portion in life is of the world

    [3] 17:14 Or As for your treasured ones, you fill their womb


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 18:1–15

    Genesis 18:1–15 (Listen)
    18 And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks1 of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3 and said, “O Lord,2 if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5 while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs3 of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

    9 They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard4 for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

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stretchkeen ,


These scriptures are put together in a very thoughtful and meaningful way, ties the Bible together!

Mu$ic4Life ,


This is amazing

Tryintohinkofanickname ,

Great concept, but the execution is wanting

This is a great tool. It’s a very convenient way to get into a lot of scripture in one year. However, I wish the scripture references would be announced. It would also be good to have a pause between passages to briefly think about what you heard. Also, sometimes sentences are smashed close together without any pause. Very awkward! And occasionally the last word of a sentence is actually cut out by mistake. (I noticed this at least 2-3 times when I listened yesterday to the Dec 31 episode.) These problems are somewhat resolved if you n read along in the show notes (which is a great feature). But I can’t always do that, so I hope to find something with a similar concept but better execution.

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