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Read through the Bible in 15 Minutes Per Day
The popular reading plan features a reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day. This plan divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one unforgettable year—in as little as 15 minutes a day. In one year, you read the full Old Testament and the New Testament once, and Psalms and Proverbs twice.

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Read through the Bible in 15 Minutes Per Day
The popular reading plan features a reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day. This plan divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one unforgettable year—in as little as 15 minutes a day. In one year, you read the full Old Testament and the New Testament once, and Psalms and Proverbs twice.

© 2018 Crossway. All Rights Reserved.

    September 25: Song of Solomon 1–4; Hebrews 1; Psalm 79; Proverbs 24:11–12

    September 25: Song of Solomon 1–4; Hebrews 1; Psalm 79; Proverbs 24:11–12

    Old Testament:

    Song of Solomon 1–4

    Song of Solomon 1–4 (Listen)

    1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.

    The Bride Confesses Her Love

    2   Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
      For your love is better than wine;
    3     your anointing oils are fragrant;
      your name is oil poured out;
        therefore virgins love you.
    4   Draw me after you; let us run.
        The king has brought me into his chambers.


      We will exult and rejoice in you;
        we will extol your love more than wine;
        rightly do they love you.


    5   I am very dark, but lovely,
        O daughters of Jerusalem,
      like the tents of Kedar,
        like the curtains of Solomon.
    6   Do not gaze at me because I am dark,
        because the sun has looked upon me.
      My mother’s sons were angry with me;
        they made me keeper of the vineyards,
        but my own vineyard I have not kept!
    7   Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
        where you pasture your flock,
        where you make it lie down at noon;
      for why should I be like one who veils herself
        beside the flocks of your companions?

    Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each Other

    8   If you do not know,
        O most beautiful among women,
      follow in the tracks of the flock,
        and pasture your young goats
        beside the shepherds’ tents.

    9   I compare you, my love,
        to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.
    10   Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
        your neck with strings of jewels.


    11   We will make for you2 ornaments of gold,
        studded with silver.


    12   While the king was on his couch,
        my nard gave forth its fragrance.
    13   My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh
        that lies between my breasts.
    14   My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
        in the vineyards of Engedi.


    15   Behold, you are beautiful, my love;
        behold, you are beautiful;
        your eyes are doves.


    16   Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful.
      Our couch is green;
    17     the beams of our house are cedar;
        our rafters are pine.

    2   I am a rose3 of Sharon,
        a lily of the valleys.


    2   As a lily among brambles,
        so is my love among the young women.


    3   As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
        so is my beloved among the young men.
      With great delight I sat in his shadow,
        and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
    4   He brought me to the banqueting house,4
        and his banner over me was love.
    5   Sustain me with raisins;
        refresh me with apples,
        for I am sick with love.
    6   His left hand is under my head,
        and his right hand embraces me!
    7   I adjure you,5 O daughters of Jerusalem,
        by the gazelles or the does of the field,
      that you not stir up or awaken love
        until it pleases.

    The Bride Adores Her Beloved

    8   The voice of my beloved!
        Behold, he comes,
      leaping over the mountains,
        bounding over the hills.
    9   My beloved is like a gazelle
        or a young stag.
      Behold, there he stands
        behind our wall,
      gazing through the windows,
        looking through the lattice.
    10   My beloved speaks and says to me:
      “Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
        and come away,
    11   for behold, the winter is past;
        the rain is over and gone.
    12   The flowers appear on the earth,
        the time of singing6 has come,
      and the voice of the turtledove
        is heard in our land.
    13   The fig tree ripens its figs,
        and the vines are in blossom;
        they give forth fragrance.
      Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
        and come away.
    14   O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
        in the crannies of the cliff,
      let me see

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    September 24: Ecclesiastes 10–12; Philemon 23–25; Psalm 78:40–72; Proverbs 24:9–10

    September 24: Ecclesiastes 10–12; Philemon 23–25; Psalm 78:40–72; Proverbs 24:9–10

    Old Testament:

    Ecclesiastes 10–12

    Ecclesiastes 10–12 (Listen)

    10   Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench;
        so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
    2   A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right,
        but a fool’s heart to the left.
    3   Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense,
        and he says to everyone that he is a fool.
    4   If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place,
        for calmness1 will lay great offenses to rest.

    5 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler: 6 folly is set in many high places, and the rich sit in a low place. 7 I have seen slaves on horses, and princes walking on the ground like slaves.

    8   He who digs a pit will fall into it,
        and a serpent will bite him who breaks through a wall.
    9   He who quarries stones is hurt by them,
        and he who splits logs is endangered by them.
    10   If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge,
        he must use more strength,
        but wisdom helps one to succeed.2
    11   If the serpent bites before it is charmed,
        there is no advantage to the charmer.

    12   The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor,3
        but the lips of a fool consume him.
    13   The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness,
        and the end of his talk is evil madness.
    14   A fool multiplies words,
        though no man knows what is to be,
        and who can tell him what will be after him?
    15   The toil of a fool wearies him,
        for he does not know the way to the city.

    16   Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child,
        and your princes feast in the morning!
    17   Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility,
        and your princes feast at the proper time,
        for strength, and not for drunkenness!
    18   Through sloth the roof sinks in,
        and through indolence the house leaks.
    19   Bread is made for laughter,
        and wine gladdens life,
        and money answers everything.
    20   Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king,
        nor in your bedroom curse the rich,
      for a bird of the air will carry your voice,
        or some winged creature tell the matter.

    Cast Your Bread upon the Waters

    11   Cast your bread upon the waters,
        for you will find it after many days.
    2   Give a portion to seven, or even to eight,
        for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.
    3   If the clouds are full of rain,
        they empty themselves on the earth,
      and if a tree falls to the south or to the north,
        in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.
    4   He who observes the wind will not sow,
        and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

    5 As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb4 of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

    6 In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

    7 Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.

    8 So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity.5

    9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

    10 Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain6 from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.

    Remember Your Creator in Your Youth
    12 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of whic

    • 9 min
    September 23: Ecclesiastes 7–9; Philemon 8–22; Psalm 78:1–39; Proverbs 24:8

    September 23: Ecclesiastes 7–9; Philemon 8–22; Psalm 78:1–39; Proverbs 24:8

    Old Testament:

    Ecclesiastes 7–9

    Ecclesiastes 7–9 (Listen)
    The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly

    7   A good name is better than precious ointment,
        and the day of death than the day of birth.
    2   It is better to go to the house of mourning
        than to go to the house of feasting,
      for this is the end of all mankind,
        and the living will lay it to heart.
    3   Sorrow is better than laughter,
        for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.
    4   The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
        but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
    5   It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise
        than to hear the song of fools.
    6   For as the crackling of thorns under a pot,
        so is the laughter of the fools;
        this also is vanity.1
    7   Surely oppression drives the wise into madness,
        and a bribe corrupts the heart.
    8   Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,
        and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
    9   Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,
        for anger lodges in the heart2 of fools.
    10   Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?”
        For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
    11   Wisdom is good with an inheritance,
        an advantage to those who see the sun.
    12   For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,
        and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
    13   Consider the work of God:
        who can make straight what he has made crooked?

    14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

    15 In my vain3 life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time? 18 It is good that you should take hold of this, and from that withhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out from both of them.

    19 Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.

    20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

    21 Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. 22 Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.

    23 All this I have tested by wisdom. I said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me. 24 That which has been is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out?

    25 I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness. 26 And I find something more bitter than death: the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her. 27 Behold, this is what I found, says the Preacher, while adding one thing to another to find the scheme of things—28 which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found. 29 See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.

    Keep the King’s Command

    8   Who is like the wise?
        And who knows the interpretation of a thing?
      A man’s wisdom makes his face shine,
        and the hardness of his face is changed.

    2 I say:4 Keep the king’s command, because of God’s oath to him.5 3 Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for he does whatever he pleases. 4 For the wor

    • 14 min
    September 22: Ecclesiastes 4–6; Philemon 4–7; Psalm 77; Proverbs 24:7

    September 22: Ecclesiastes 4–6; Philemon 4–7; Psalm 77; Proverbs 24:7

    Old Testament:

    Ecclesiastes 4–6

    Ecclesiastes 4–6 (Listen)
    Evil Under the Sun
    4 Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. 2 And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. 3 But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.

    4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity1 and a striving after wind.

    5 The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.

    6 Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.

    7 Again, I saw vanity under the sun: 8 one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, “For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?” This also is vanity and an unhappy business.

    9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

    13 Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice. 14 For he went from prison to the throne, though in his own kingdom he had been born poor. 15 I saw all the living who move about under the sun, along with that2 youth who was to stand in the king’s3 place. 16 There was no end of all the people, all of whom he led. Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a striving after wind.

    4 Fear God
    5 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 5 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.

    4 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Let not your mouth lead you6 into sin, and do not say before the messenger7 that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;8 but9 God is the one you must fear.

    The Vanity of Wealth and Honor
    8 If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. 9 But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields.10

    10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. 11 When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? 12 Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.

    13 There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt, 14 and those riches were lost in a bad venture. And he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand. 15 As he came from his mother’s womb he shall go again, naked as he came, an

    • 9 min
    September 21: Ecclesiastes 1–3; Philemon 1–3; Psalm 76; Proverbs 24:5–6

    September 21: Ecclesiastes 1–3; Philemon 1–3; Psalm 76; Proverbs 24:5–6

    Old Testament:

    Ecclesiastes 1–3

    Ecclesiastes 1–3 (Listen)
    All Is Vanity
    1 The words of the Preacher,1 the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

    2   Vanity2 of vanities, says the Preacher,
        vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
    3   What does man gain by all the toil
        at which he toils under the sun?
    4   A generation goes, and a generation comes,
        but the earth remains forever.
    5   The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
        and hastens3 to the place where it rises.
    6   The wind blows to the south
        and goes around to the north;
      around and around goes the wind,
        and on its circuits the wind returns.
    7   All streams run to the sea,
        but the sea is not full;
      to the place where the streams flow,
        there they flow again.
    8   All things are full of weariness;
        a man cannot utter it;
      the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
        nor the ear filled with hearing.
    9   What has been is what will be,
        and what has been done is what will be done,
        and there is nothing new under the sun.
    10   Is there a thing of which it is said,
        “See, this is new”?
      It has been already
        in the ages before us.
    11   There is no remembrance of former things,4
        nor will there be any remembrance
      of later things5 yet to be
        among those who come after.

    The Vanity of Wisdom
    12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my heart6 to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity7 and a striving after wind.8

    15   What is crooked cannot be made straight,
        and what is lacking cannot be counted.

    16 I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.

    18   For in much wisdom is much vexation,
        and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

    The Vanity of Self-Indulgence
    2 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity.9 2 I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” 3 I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. 4 I made great works. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. 5 I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house. I had also great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines,10 the delight of the sons of man.

    9 So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. 10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. 11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.

    The Vanity of Living Wisely
    12 So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly. For what can

    • 10 min
    September 20: Proverbs 29–31; Titus 3:12–15; Psalm 75; Proverbs 24:3–4

    September 20: Proverbs 29–31; Titus 3:12–15; Psalm 75; Proverbs 24:3–4

    Old Testament:

    Proverbs 29–31

    Proverbs 29–31 (Listen)

    29   He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
        will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
    2   When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
        but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
    3   He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,
        but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
    4   By justice a king builds up the land,
        but he who exacts gifts1 tears it down.
    5   A man who flatters his neighbor
        spreads a net for his feet.
    6   An evil man is ensnared in his transgression,
        but a righteous man sings and rejoices.
    7   A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;
        a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
    8   Scoffers set a city aflame,
        but the wise turn away wrath.
    9   If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
        the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
    10   Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless
        and seek the life of the upright.2
    11   A fool gives full vent to his spirit,
        but a wise man quietly holds it back.
    12   If a ruler listens to falsehood,
        all his officials will be wicked.
    13   The poor man and the oppressor meet together;
        the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
    14   If a king faithfully judges the poor,
        his throne will be established forever.
    15   The rod and reproof give wisdom,
        but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
    16   When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
        but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
    17   Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
        he will give delight to your heart.
    18   Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,3
        but blessed is he who keeps the law.
    19   By mere words a servant is not disciplined,
        for though he understands, he will not respond.
    20   Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
        There is more hope for a fool than for him.
    21   Whoever pampers his servant from childhood
        will in the end find him his heir.4
    22   A man of wrath stirs up strife,
        and one given to anger causes much transgression.
    23   One’s pride will bring him low,
        but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
    24   The partner of a thief hates his own life;
        he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.
    25   The fear of man lays a snare,
        but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.
    26   Many seek the face of a ruler,
        but it is from the LORD that a man gets justice.
    27   An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
        but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.

    The Words of Agur
    30 The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.5

      The man declares, I am weary, O God;
        I am weary, O God, and worn out.6
    2   Surely I am too stupid to be a man.
        I have not the understanding of a man.
    3   I have not learned wisdom,
        nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
    4   Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
        Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
      Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
        Who has established all the ends of the earth?
      What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
        Surely you know!

    5   Every word of God proves true;
        he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
    6   Do not add to his words,
        lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

    7   Two things I ask of you;
        deny them not to me before I die:
    8   Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
        give me neither poverty nor riches;
        feed me with the food that is needful for me,
    9   lest I be full and deny you
        and say, “Who is the LORD?”
      or lest I be poor and steal
        and pr

    • 11 min

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Readings Not Demarcated

This is a great, straightforward podcast. The readings are taken from the ESV audiobible, non-dramatic or anything fancy. One annoyance: there are four readings each episode, OT passage, NT passage, Psalms, and Proverbs. However, there is no demarcation between them. It flows directly from 1 Samuel to Gospel of John which can be jarring. Adding a little preface to each reading so I know which book I'm in would be a great improvement.

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