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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.

    February 3: Psalm 33; Genesis 29:31–30:43; 2 Chronicles 7; Luke 23:26–56

    February 3: Psalm 33; Genesis 29:31–30:43; 2 Chronicles 7; Luke 23:26–56

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 33

    Psalm 33 (Listen)
    The Steadfast Love of the Lord

    33   Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
        Praise befits the upright.
    2   Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre;
        make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
    3   Sing to him a new song;
        play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

    4   For the word of the LORD is upright,
        and all his work is done in faithfulness.
    5   He loves righteousness and justice;
        the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

    6   By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
        and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
    7   He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
        he puts the deeps in storehouses.

    8   Let all the earth fear the LORD;
        let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
    9   For he spoke, and it came to be;
        he commanded, and it stood firm.

    10   The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
        he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
    11   The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
        the plans of his heart to all generations.
    12   Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
        the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

    13   The LORD looks down from heaven;
        he sees all the children of man;
    14   from where he sits enthroned he looks out
        on all the inhabitants of the earth,
    15   he who fashions the hearts of them all
        and observes all their deeds.
    16   The king is not saved by his great army;
        a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
    17   The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
        and by its great might it cannot rescue.

    18   Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,
        on those who hope in his steadfast love,
    19   that he may deliver their soul from death
        and keep them alive in famine.

    20   Our soul waits for the LORD;
        he is our help and our shield.
    21   For our heart is glad in him,
        because we trust in his holy name.
    22   Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
        even as we hope in you.


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 29:31–30:43

    Genesis 29:31–30:43 (Listen)
    Jacob’s Children
    31 When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben,1 for she said, “Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the LORD has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon.2 34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi.3 35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” Therefore she called his name Judah.4 Then she ceased bearing.

    30 When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” 2 Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?” 3 Then she said, “Here is my servant Bilhah; go in to her, so that she may give birth on my behalf,5 that even I may have children6 through her.” 4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her. 5 And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. 6 Then Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan.7 7 Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Ja

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    February 2: Psalm 32; Genesis 29:1–30; 2 Chronicles 6; Luke 22:47–23:25

    February 2: Psalm 32; Genesis 29:1–30; 2 Chronicles 6; Luke 22:47–23:25

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 32

    Psalm 32 (Listen)
    Blessed Are the Forgiven
    A Maskil1 of David.

    32   Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
        whose sin is covered.
    2   Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
        and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

    3   For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
        through my groaning all day long.
    4   For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
        my strength was dried up2 as by the heat of summer. Selah

    5   I acknowledged my sin to you,
        and I did not cover my iniquity;
      I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
        and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

    6   Therefore let everyone who is godly
        offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
      surely in the rush of great waters,
        they shall not reach him.
    7   You are a hiding place for me;
        you preserve me from trouble;
        you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

    8   I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
        I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
    9   Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
        which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
        or it will not stay near you.

    10   Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
        but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
    11   Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,
        and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

    [1] 32:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

    [2] 32:4 Hebrew my vitality was changed


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 29:1–30

    Genesis 29:1–30 (Listen)
    Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
    29 Then Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the east. 2 As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep lying beside it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well’s mouth was large, 3 and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place over the mouth of the well.

    4 Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, “We are from Haran.” 5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.” 6 He said to them, “Is it well with him?” They said, “It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!” 7 He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.” 8 But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”

    9 While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’s son, and she ran and told her father.

    13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 14 and Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.

    15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban h

    • 17 min
    February 1: Psalm 31; Genesis 28:10–22; 2 Chronicles 5; Luke 22:1–46

    February 1: Psalm 31; Genesis 28:10–22; 2 Chronicles 5; Luke 22:1–46

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 31

    Psalm 31 (Listen)
    Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    31   In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;
        let me never be put to shame;
        in your righteousness deliver me!
    2   Incline your ear to me;
        rescue me speedily!
      Be a rock of refuge for me,
        a strong fortress to save me!

    3   For you are my rock and my fortress;
        and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
    4   you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
        for you are my refuge.
    5   Into your hand I commit my spirit;
        you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.

    6   I hate1 those who pay regard to worthless idols,
        but I trust in the LORD.
    7   I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
        because you have seen my affliction;
        you have known the distress of my soul,
    8   and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
        you have set my feet in a broad place.

    9   Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
        my eye is wasted from grief;
        my soul and my body also.
    10   For my life is spent with sorrow,
        and my years with sighing;
      my strength fails because of my iniquity,
        and my bones waste away.

    11   Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
        especially to my neighbors,
      and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
        those who see me in the street flee from me.
    12   I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
        I have become like a broken vessel.
    13   For I hear the whispering of many—
        terror on every side!—
      as they scheme together against me,
        as they plot to take my life.

    14   But I trust in you, O LORD;
        I say, “You are my God.”
    15   My times are in your hand;
        rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
    16   Make your face shine on your servant;
        save me in your steadfast love!
    17   O LORD, let me not be put to shame,
        for I call upon you;
      let the wicked be put to shame;
        let them go silently to Sheol.
    18   Let the lying lips be mute,
        which speak insolently against the righteous
        in pride and contempt.

    19   Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
        which you have stored up for those who fear you
      and worked for those who take refuge in you,
        in the sight of the children of mankind!
    20   In the cover of your presence you hide them
        from the plots of men;
      you store them in your shelter
        from the strife of tongues.

    21   Blessed be the LORD,
        for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
        when I was in a besieged city.
    22   I had said in my alarm,2
        “I am cut off from your sight.”
      But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
        when I cried to you for help.

    23   Love the LORD, all you his saints!
        The LORD preserves the faithful
        but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
    24   Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
        all you who wait for the LORD!

    [1] 31:6 Masoretic Text; one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome You hate

    [2] 31:22 Or in my haste


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 28:10–22

    Genesis 28:10–22 (Listen)
    Jacob’s Dream
    10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder1 set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending a

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    January 31: Psalm 30; Genesis 27:41–28:9; 2 Chronicles 4; Luke 20:45–21:38

    January 31: Psalm 30; Genesis 27:41–28:9; 2 Chronicles 4; Luke 20:45–21:38

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 30

    Psalm 30 (Listen)
    Joy Comes with the Morning
    A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple.

    30   I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up
        and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
    2   O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
        and you have healed me.
    3   O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
        you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.1

    4   Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
        and give thanks to his holy name.2
    5   For his anger is but for a moment,
        and his favor is for a lifetime.3
      Weeping may tarry for the night,
        but joy comes with the morning.

    6   As for me, I said in my prosperity,
        “I shall never be moved.”
    7   By your favor, O LORD,
        you made my mountain stand strong;
      you hid your face;
        I was dismayed.

    8   To you, O LORD, I cry,
        and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
    9   “What profit is there in my death,4
        if I go down to the pit?5
      Will the dust praise you?
        Will it tell of your faithfulness?
    10   Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me!
        O LORD, be my helper!”

    11   You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
        you have loosed my sackcloth
        and clothed me with gladness,
    12   that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
        O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

    [1] 30:3 Or to life, that I should not go down to the pit

    [2] 30:4 Hebrew to the memorial of his holiness (see Exodus 3:15)

    [3] 30:5 Or and in his favor is life

    [4] 30:9 Hebrew in my blood

    [5] 30:9 Or to corruption


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 27:41–28:9

    Genesis 27:41–28:9 (Listen)
    41 Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” 42 But the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son and said to him, “Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself about you by planning to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice. Arise, flee to Laban my brother in Haran 44 and stay with him a while, until your brother’s fury turns away—45 until your brother’s anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereft of you both in one day?”

    46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I loathe my life because of the Hittite women.1 If Jacob marries one of the Hittite women like these, one of the women of the land, what good will my life be to me?”

    Jacob Sent to Laban
    28 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. 2 Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. 3 God Almighty2 bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. 4 May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” 5 Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

    Esau Marries an Ishmaelite
    6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,” 7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Pad

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    January 30: Psalm 29; Genesis 27:1–40; 2 Chronicles 3; Luke 19:47–20:44

    January 30: Psalm 29; Genesis 27:1–40; 2 Chronicles 3; Luke 19:47–20:44

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 29

    Psalm 29 (Listen)
    Ascribe to the Lord Glory
    A Psalm of David.

    29   Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,1
        ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
    2   Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
        worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.2

    3   The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
        the God of glory thunders,
        the LORD, over many waters.
    4   The voice of the LORD is powerful;
        the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

    5   The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
        the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
    6   He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
        and Sirion like a young wild ox.

    7   The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
    8   The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
        the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

    9   The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth3
        and strips the forests bare,
        and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

    10   The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
        the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
    11   May the LORD give strength to his people!
        May the LORD bless4 his people with peace!

    [1] 29:1 Hebrew sons of God, or sons of might

    [2] 29:2 Or in holy attire

    [3] 29:9 Revocalization yields makes the oaks to shake

    [4] 29:11 Or The Lord will give . . . The Lord will bless


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 27:1–40

    Genesis 27:1–40 (Listen)
    Isaac Blesses Jacob
    27 When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. 3 Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me, 4 and prepare for me delicious food, such as I love, and bring it to me so that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.”

    5 Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, 7 ‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the LORD before I die.’ 8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you. 9 Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves. 10 And you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.” 11 But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12 Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.” 13 His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me.”

    14 So he went and took them and brought them to his mother, and his mother prepared delicious food, such as his father loved. 15 Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her older son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. 16 And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 And she put the delicious food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

    18 So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” 19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.” 20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the LOR

    • 14 min
    January 29: Psalm 28; Genesis 26; 2 Chronicles 2; Luke 19:28–46

    January 29: Psalm 28; Genesis 26; 2 Chronicles 2; Luke 19:28–46

    Psalms and Wisdom:

    Psalm 28

    Psalm 28 (Listen)
    The Lord Is My Strength and My Shield
    Of David.

    28   To you, O LORD, I call;
        my rock, be not deaf to me,
      lest, if you be silent to me,
        I become like those who go down to the pit.
    2   Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy,
        when I cry to you for help,
      when I lift up my hands
        toward your most holy sanctuary.1

    3   Do not drag me off with the wicked,
        with the workers of evil,
      who speak peace with their neighbors
        while evil is in their hearts.
    4   Give to them according to their work
        and according to the evil of their deeds;
      give to them according to the work of their hands;
        render them their due reward.
    5   Because they do not regard the works of the LORD
        or the work of his hands,
      he will tear them down and build them up no more.

    6   Blessed be the LORD!
        For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
    7   The LORD is my strength and my shield;
        in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
      my heart exults,
        and with my song I give thanks to him.

    8   The LORD is the strength of his people;2
        he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
    9   Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
        Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

    [1] 28:2 Hebrew your innermost sanctuary

    [2] 28:8 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts is their strength


    Pentateuch and History:

    Genesis 26

    Genesis 26 (Listen)
    God’s Promise to Isaac
    26 Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. 2 And the LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. 4 I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”

    Isaac and Abimelech
    6 So Isaac settled in Gerar. 7 When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance. 8 When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with1 Rebekah his wife. 9 So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘Lest I die because of her.’” 10 Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 11 So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

    12 And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The LORD blessed him, 13 and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. 14 He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him. 15 (Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.) 16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”

    17 So Isaac departe

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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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