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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.

    July 30: Song of Solomon 6:13–7:9; Judges 9; Jeremiah 25:1–14; Hebrews 8–9:10

    July 30: Song of Solomon 6:13–7:9; Judges 9; Jeremiah 25:1–14; Hebrews 8–9:10

    Psalms and Wisdom:


    Song of Solomon 6:13–7:9






    Song of Solomon 6:13–7:9 (Listen)
    Others

    13   1 Return, return, O Shulammite,
        return, return, that we may look upon you.

    He

      Why should you look upon the Shulammite,
        as upon a dance before two armies?2


      7 How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
        O noble daughter!
      Your rounded thighs are like jewels,
        the work of a master hand.
    2   Your navel is a rounded bowl
        that never lacks mixed wine.
      Your belly is a heap of wheat,
        encircled with lilies.
    3   Your two breasts are like two fawns,
        twins of a gazelle.
    4   Your neck is like an ivory tower.
      Your eyes are pools in Heshbon,
        by the gate of Bath-rabbim.
      Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon,
        which looks toward Damascus.
    5   Your head crowns you like Carmel,
        and your flowing locks are like purple;
        a king is held captive in the tresses.


    6   How beautiful and pleasant you are,
        O loved one, with all your delights!3
    7   Your stature is like a palm tree,
        and your breasts are like its clusters.
    8   I say I will climb the palm tree
        and lay hold of its fruit.
      Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine,
        and the scent of your breath like apples,
    9   and your mouth4 like the best wine.

    She

      It goes down smoothly for my beloved,
        gliding over lips and teeth.5



    Footnotes
    [1] 6:13 Ch 7:1 in Hebrew


    [2] 6:13 Or dance of Mahanaim


    [3] 7:6 Or among delights


    [4] 7:9 Hebrew palate


    [5] 7:9 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew causing the lips of sleepers to speak, or gliding over the lips of those who sleep




    (ESV)







    Pentateuch and History:


    Judges 9






    Judges 9 (Listen)
    Abimelech’s Conspiracy
    9 Now Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother’s relatives and said to them and to the whole clan of his mother’s family, 2 “Say in the ears of all the leaders of Shechem, ‘Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal rule over you, or that one rule over you?’ Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.”

    3 And his mother’s relatives spoke all these words on his behalf in the ears of all the leaders of Shechem, and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech, for they said, “He is our brother.” 4 And they gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-berith with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows, who followed him. 5 And he went to his father’s house at Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, for he hid himself. 6 And all the leaders of Shechem came together, and all Beth-millo, and they went and made Abimelech king, by the oak of the pillar at Shechem.

    7 When it was told to Jotham, he went and stood on top of Mount Gerizim and cried aloud and said to them, “Listen to me, you leaders of Shechem, that God may listen to you. 8 The trees once went out to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us.’ 9 But the olive tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my abundance, by which gods and men are honored, and go hold sway over the trees?’ 10 And the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and reign over us.’ 11 But the fig tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit and go hold sway over the trees?’ 12 And the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and reign over us.’ 13 But the vine said to them, ‘Shall I leave my wine that cheers God and men and go hold sway over the trees?’ 14 Then all the trees said to t

    • 15 min
    July 29: Song of Solomon 6:4–12; Judges 8; Jeremiah 24; Hebrews 7

    July 29: Song of Solomon 6:4–12; Judges 8; Jeremiah 24; Hebrews 7

    Psalms and Wisdom:


    Song of Solomon 6:4–12






    Song of Solomon 6:4–12 (Listen)
    Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each Other
    He

    4   You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love,
        lovely as Jerusalem,
        awesome as an army with banners.
    5   Turn away your eyes from me,
        for they overwhelm me—
      Your hair is like a flock of goats
        leaping down the slopes of Gilead.
    6   Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
        that have come up from the washing;
      all of them bear twins;
        not one among them has lost its young.
    7   Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
        behind your veil.
    8   There are sixty queens and eighty concubines,
        and virgins without number.
    9   My dove, my perfect one, is the only one,
        the only one of her mother,
        pure to her who bore her.
      The young women saw her and called her blessed;
        the queens and concubines also, and they praised her.


    10   “Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
        beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,
        awesome as an army with banners?”

    She

    11   I went down to the nut orchard
        to look at the blossoms of the valley,
      to see whether the vines had budded,
        whether the pomegranates were in bloom.
    12   Before I was aware, my desire set me
        among the chariots of my kinsman, a prince.1



    Footnotes
    [1] 6:12 Or chariots of Ammi-Nadib




    (ESV)







    Pentateuch and History:


    Judges 8






    Judges 8 (Listen)
    Gideon Defeats Zebah and Zalmunna
    8 Then the men of Ephraim said to him, “What is this that you have done to us, not to call us when you went to fight against Midian?” And they accused him fiercely. 2 And he said to them, “What have I done now in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the grape harvest of Abiezer? 3 God has given into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb. What have I been able to do in comparison with you?” Then their anger1 against him subsided when he said this.

    4 And Gideon came to the Jordan and crossed over, he and the 300 men who were with him, exhausted yet pursuing. 5 So he said to the men of Succoth, “Please give loaves of bread to the people who follow me, for they are exhausted, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.” 6 And the officials of Succoth said, “Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna already in your hand, that we should give bread to your army?” 7 So Gideon said, “Well then, when the LORD has given Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will flail your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.” 8 And from there he went up to Penuel, and spoke to them in the same way, and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered. 9 And he said to the men of Penuel, “When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.”

    10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with their army, about 15,000 men, all who were left of all the army of the people of the East, for there had fallen 120,000 men who drew the sword. 11 And Gideon went up by the way of the tent dwellers east of Nobah and Jogbehah and attacked the army, for the army felt secure. 12 And Zebah and Zalmunna fled, and he pursued them and captured the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and he threw all the army into a panic.

    13 Then Gideon the son of Joash returned from the battle by the ascent of Heres. 14 And he captured a young man of Succoth and questioned him. And he wrote down for him the officials and elders of Succoth, seventy-seven men. 15 And he came to the men of Succoth and said, “Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, about who

    • 12 min
    July 28: Song of Solomon 5:10–6:3; Judges 7; Jeremiah 23:9–40; Hebrews 5:11–6:20

    July 28: Song of Solomon 5:10–6:3; Judges 7; Jeremiah 23:9–40; Hebrews 5:11–6:20

    Psalms and Wisdom:


    Song of Solomon 5:10–6:3






    Song of Solomon 5:10–6:3 (Listen)
    The Bride Praises Her Beloved
    She

    10   My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
        distinguished among ten thousand.
    11   His head is the finest gold;
        his locks are wavy,
        black as a raven.
    12   His eyes are like doves
        beside streams of water,
      bathed in milk,
        sitting beside a full pool.1
    13   His cheeks are like beds of spices,
        mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
      His lips are lilies,
        dripping liquid myrrh.
    14   His arms are rods of gold,
        set with jewels.
      His body is polished ivory,2
        bedecked with sapphires.3
    15   His legs are alabaster columns,
        set on bases of gold.
      His appearance is like Lebanon,
        choice as the cedars.
    16   His mouth4 is most sweet,
        and he is altogether desirable.
      This is my beloved and this is my friend,
        O daughters of Jerusalem.

    Others

    6   Where has your beloved gone,
        O most beautiful among women?
      Where has your beloved turned,
        that we may seek him with you?


    Together in the Garden of Love
    She

    2   My beloved has gone down to his garden
        to the beds of spices,
      to graze5 in the gardens
        and to gather lilies.
    3   I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;
        he grazes among the lilies.



    Footnotes
    [1] 5:12 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain


    [2] 5:14 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain


    [3] 5:14 Hebrew lapis lazuli


    [4] 5:16 Hebrew palate


    [5] 6:2 Or to pasture his flock; also verse 3




    (ESV)







    Pentateuch and History:


    Judges 7






    Judges 7 (Listen)
    Gideon’s Three Hundred Men
    7 Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod. And the camp of Midian was north of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

    2 The LORD said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ 3 Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home and hurry away from Mount Gilead.’” Then 22,000 of the people returned, and 10,000 remained.

    4 And the LORD said to Gideon, “The people are still too many. Take them down to the water, and I will test them for you there, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ shall go with you, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ shall not go.” 5 So he brought the people down to the water. And the LORD said to Gideon, “Every one who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself. Likewise, every one who kneels down to drink.” 6 And the number of those who lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was 300 men, but all the rest of the people knelt down to drink water. 7 And the LORD said to Gideon, “With the 300 men who lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hand, and let all the others go every man to his home.” 8 So the people took provisions in their hands, and their trumpets. And he sent all the rest of Israel every man to his tent, but retained the 300 men. And the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.

    9 That same night the LORD said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand. 10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant. 11 And you shall hear what they say, and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his

    • 14 min
    July 27: Song of Solomon 5:2–9; Judges 6; Jeremiah 22–23:8; Hebrews 4:14–5:10

    July 27: Song of Solomon 5:2–9; Judges 6; Jeremiah 22–23:8; Hebrews 4:14–5:10

    Psalms and Wisdom:


    Song of Solomon 5:2–9






    Song of Solomon 5:2–9 (Listen)
    The Bride Searches for Her Beloved
    She

    2   I slept, but my heart was awake.
      A sound! My beloved is knocking.
      “Open to me, my sister, my love,
        my dove, my perfect one,
      for my head is wet with dew,
        my locks with the drops of the night.”
    3   I had put off my garment;
        how could I put it on?
      I had bathed my feet;
        how could I soil them?
    4   My beloved put his hand to the latch,
        and my heart was thrilled within me.
    5   I arose to open to my beloved,
        and my hands dripped with myrrh,
      my fingers with liquid myrrh,
        on the handles of the bolt.
    6   I opened to my beloved,
        but my beloved had turned and gone.
      My soul failed me when he spoke.
      I sought him, but found him not;
        I called him, but he gave no answer.
    7   The watchmen found me
        as they went about in the city;
      they beat me, they bruised me,
        they took away my veil,
        those watchmen of the walls.
    8   I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
        if you find my beloved,
      that you tell him
        I am sick with love.

    Others

    9   What is your beloved more than another beloved,
        O most beautiful among women?
      What is your beloved more than another beloved,
        that you thus adjure us?


    (ESV)







    Pentateuch and History:


    Judges 6






    Judges 6 (Listen)
    Midian Oppresses Israel
    6 The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD gave them into the hand of Midian seven years. 2 And the hand of Midian overpowered Israel, and because of Midian the people of Israel made for themselves the dens that are in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds. 3 For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. 4 They would encamp against them and devour the produce of the land, as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel and no sheep or ox or donkey. 5 For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in. 6 And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the LORD.

    7 When the people of Israel cried out to the LORD on account of the Midianites, 8 the LORD sent a prophet to the people of Israel. And he said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of slavery. 9 And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 And I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.’ But you have not obeyed my voice.”

    The Call of Gideon
    11 Now the angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.” 13 And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 And the LORD1 turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and sa

    • 16 min
    July 26: Song of Solomon 4:9–5:1; Judges 5; Jeremiah 21; Hebrews 3:7–4:13

    July 26: Song of Solomon 4:9–5:1; Judges 5; Jeremiah 21; Hebrews 3:7–4:13

    Psalms and Wisdom:


    Song of Solomon 4:9–5:1






    Song of Solomon 4:9–5:1 (Listen)

    9   You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride;
        you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes,
        with one jewel of your necklace.
    10   How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!
        How much better is your love than wine,
        and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!
    11   Your lips drip nectar, my bride;
        honey and milk are under your tongue;
        the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
    12   A garden locked is my sister, my bride,
        a spring locked, a fountain sealed.
    13   Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates
        with all choicest fruits,
        henna with nard,
    14   nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,
        with all trees of frankincense,
      myrrh and aloes,
        with all choice spices—
    15   a garden fountain, a well of living water,
        and flowing streams from Lebanon.


    16   Awake, O north wind,
        and come, O south wind!
      Blow upon my garden,
        let its spices flow.


    Together in the Garden of Love
    She

      Let my beloved come to his garden,
        and eat its choicest fruits.

    He

    5   I came to my garden, my sister, my bride,
        I gathered my myrrh with my spice,
        I ate my honeycomb with my honey,
        I drank my wine with my milk.

    Others

      Eat, friends, drink,
        and be drunk with love!


    (ESV)







    Pentateuch and History:


    Judges 5






    Judges 5 (Listen)
    The Song of Deborah and Barak
    5 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day:


    2   “That the leaders took the lead in Israel,
        that the people offered themselves willingly,
        bless the LORD!


    3   “Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes;
        to the LORD I will sing;
        I will make melody to the LORD, the God of Israel.


    4   “LORD, when you went out from Seir,
        when you marched from the region of Edom,
      the earth trembled
        and the heavens dropped,
        yes, the clouds dropped water.
    5   The mountains quaked before the LORD,
        even Sinai before the LORD,1 the God of Israel.


    6   “In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath,
        in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned,
        and travelers kept to the byways.
    7   The villagers ceased in Israel;
        they ceased to be until I arose;
        I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.
    8   When new gods were chosen,
        then war was in the gates.
      Was shield or spear to be seen
        among forty thousand in Israel?
    9   My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel
        who offered themselves willingly among the people.
        Bless the LORD.


    10   “Tell of it, you who ride on white donkeys,
        you who sit on rich carpets2
        and you who walk by the way.
    11   To the sound of musicians3 at the watering places,
        there they repeat the righteous triumphs of the LORD,
        the righteous triumphs of his villagers in Israel.


      “Then down to the gates marched the people of the LORD.


    12   “Awake, awake, Deborah!
        Awake, awake, break out in a song!
      Arise, Barak, lead away your captives,
        O son of Abinoam.
    13   Then down marched the remnant of the noble;
        the people of the LORD marched down for me against the mighty.
    14   From Ephraim their root they marched down into the valley,4
        following you, Benjamin, with your kinsmen;
      from Machir marched down the commanders,
        and from Zebulun those who bear the lieutenant’s5 staff;
    15   the princes of Issachar came with Deborah,
      

    • 11 min
    July 25: Song of Solomon 4:1–8; Judges 4; Jeremiah 20; Hebrews 3:1–6

    July 25: Song of Solomon 4:1–8; Judges 4; Jeremiah 20; Hebrews 3:1–6

    Psalms and Wisdom:


    Song of Solomon 4:1–8






    Song of Solomon 4:1–8 (Listen)
    Solomon Admires His Bride’s Beauty
    He

    4   Behold, you are beautiful, my love,
        behold, you are beautiful!
      Your eyes are doves
        behind your veil.
      Your hair is like a flock of goats
        leaping down the slopes of Gilead.
    2   Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes
        that have come up from the washing,
      all of which bear twins,
        and not one among them has lost its young.
    3   Your lips are like a scarlet thread,
        and your mouth is lovely.
      Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
        behind your veil.
    4   Your neck is like the tower of David,
        built in rows of stone;1
      on it hang a thousand shields,
        all of them shields of warriors.
    5   Your two breasts are like two fawns,
        twins of a gazelle,
        that graze among the lilies.
    6   Until the day breathes
        and the shadows flee,
      I will go away to the mountain of myrrh
        and the hill of frankincense.
    7   You are altogether beautiful, my love;
        there is no flaw in you.
    8   Come with me from Lebanon, my bride;
        come with me from Lebanon.
      Depart2 from the peak of Amana,
        from the peak of Senir and Hermon,
      from the dens of lions,
        from the mountains of leopards.



    Footnotes
    [1] 4:4 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain


    [2] 4:8 Or Look




    (ESV)







    Pentateuch and History:


    Judges 4






    Judges 4 (Listen)
    Deborah and Barak
    4 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD after Ehud died. 2 And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim. 3 Then the people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help, for he had 900 chariots of iron and he oppressed the people of Israel cruelly for twenty years.

    4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5 She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6 She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, “Has not the LORD, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun. 7 And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand’?” 8 Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” 9 And she said, “I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh. 10 And Barak called out Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh. And 10,000 men went up at his heels, and Deborah went up with him.

    11 Now Heber the Kenite had separated from the Kenites, the descendants of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.

    12 When Sisera was told that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor, 13 Sisera called out all his chariots, 900 chariots of iron, and all the men who were with him, from Harosheth-hagoyim to the river Kishon. 14 And Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the LORD has given Sisera into your hand. Does not the LORD go out before you?” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men foll

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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stretchkeen ,

Excellent!!

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

Mu$ic4Life ,

Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!

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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