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Read through the Whole Bible
Enjoy daily readings for 365 days, each with one Old Testament reading, one New Testament reading, and one reading from the Psalms. Over the course of a year, you’ll read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice.

This reading plan is featured in the ESV Journaling Bible.

© 2018 Crossway. All Rights Reserved.

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Read through the Whole Bible
Enjoy daily readings for 365 days, each with one Old Testament reading, one New Testament reading, and one reading from the Psalms. Over the course of a year, you’ll read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice.

This reading plan is featured in the ESV Journaling Bible.

© 2018 Crossway. All Rights Reserved.

    September 19: Proverbs 27–28; Psalm 74; John 16

    September 19: Proverbs 27–28; Psalm 74; John 16

    Old Testament:


    Proverbs 27–28






    Proverbs 27–28 (Listen)

    27   Do not boast about tomorrow,
        for you do not know what a day may bring.
    2   Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
        a stranger, and not your own lips.
    3   A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,
        but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
    4   Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,
        but who can stand before jealousy?
    5   Better is open rebuke
        than hidden love.
    6   Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
        profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
    7   One who is full loathes honey,
        but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.
    8   Like a bird that strays from its nest
        is a man who strays from his home.
    9   Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
        and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.1
    10   Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend,
        and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.
      Better is a neighbor who is near
        than a brother who is far away.
    11   Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
        that I may answer him who reproaches me.
    12   The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
        but the simple go on and suffer for it.
    13   Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
        and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.2
    14   Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,
        rising early in the morning,
        will be counted as cursing.
    15   A continual dripping on a rainy day
        and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
    16   to restrain her is to restrain the wind
        or to grasp3 oil in one’s right hand.
    17   Iron sharpens iron,
        and one man sharpens another.4
    18   Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
        and he who guards his master will be honored.
    19   As in water face reflects face,
        so the heart of man reflects the man.
    20   Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied,
        and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
    21   The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
        and a man is tested by his praise.
    22   Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle
        along with crushed grain,
        yet his folly will not depart from him.


    23   Know well the condition of your flocks,
        and give attention to your herds,
    24   for riches do not last forever;
        and does a crown endure to all generations?
    25   When the grass is gone and the new growth appears
        and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
    26   the lambs will provide your clothing,
        and the goats the price of a field.
    27   There will be enough goats’ milk for your food,
        for the food of your household
        and maintenance for your girls.
    28   The wicked flee when no one pursues,
        but the righteous are bold as a lion.
    2   When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,
        but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
        its stability will long continue.
    3   A poor man who oppresses the poor
        is a beating rain that leaves no food.
    4   Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
        but those who keep the law strive against them.
    5   Evil men do not understand justice,
        but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.
    6   Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
        than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
    7   The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
        but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
    8   Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit5
        gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
    9   If one turns away his ear from

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    September 18: Proverbs 25–26; Psalm 73; John 15

    September 18: Proverbs 25–26; Psalm 73; John 15

    Old Testament:


    Proverbs 25–26






    Proverbs 25–26 (Listen)
    More Proverbs of Solomon
    25 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.


    2   It is the glory of God to conceal things,
        but the glory of kings is to search things out.
    3   As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
        so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
    4   Take away the dross from the silver,
        and the smith has material for a vessel;
    5   take away the wicked from the presence of the king,
        and his throne will be established in righteousness.
    6   Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence
        or stand in the place of the great,
    7   for it is better to be told, “Come up here,”
        than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.


      What your eyes have seen
    8     do not hastily bring into court,1
      for2 what will you do in the end,
        when your neighbor puts you to shame?
    9   Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
        and do not reveal another’s secret,
    10   lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,
        and your ill repute have no end.


    11   A word fitly spoken
        is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
    12   Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
        is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
    13   Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest
        is a faithful messenger to those who send him;
        he refreshes the soul of his masters.
    14   Like clouds and wind without rain
        is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.


    15   With patience a ruler may be persuaded,
        and a soft tongue will break a bone.
    16   If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,
        lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
    17   Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,
        lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
    18   A man who bears false witness against his neighbor
        is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
    19   Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble
        is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
    20   Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart
        is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,
        and like vinegar on soda.
    21   If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,
        and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
    22   for you will heap burning coals on his head,
        and the LORD will reward you.
    23   The north wind brings forth rain,
        and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
    24   It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
        than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
    25   Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
        so is good news from a far country.
    26   Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
        is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
    27   It is not good to eat much honey,
        nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.3
    28   A man without self-control
        is like a city broken into and left without walls.
    26   Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
        so honor is not fitting for a fool.
    2   Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,
        a curse that is causeless does not alight.
    3   A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
        and a rod for the back of fools.
    4   Answer not a fool according to his folly,
        lest you be like him yourself.
    5   Answer a fool according to his folly,
        lest he be wise in his own eyes.
    6   Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool
        cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
    7   Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless,
        is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
    8   Like one who binds the stone in the slin

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    September 17: Proverbs 23–24; Psalm 72; John 14

    September 17: Proverbs 23–24; Psalm 72; John 14

    Old Testament:


    Proverbs 23–24






    Proverbs 23–24 (Listen)

    23   When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
        observe carefully what1 is before you,
    2   and put a knife to your throat
        if you are given to appetite.
    3   Do not desire his delicacies,
        for they are deceptive food.
    4   Do not toil to acquire wealth;
        be discerning enough to desist.
    5   When your eyes light on it, it is gone,
        for suddenly it sprouts wings,
        flying like an eagle toward heaven.
    6   Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy;2
        do not desire his delicacies,
    7   for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.3
        “Eat and drink!” he says to you,
        but his heart is not with you.
    8   You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,
        and waste your pleasant words.
    9   Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
        for he will despise the good sense of your words.
    10   Do not move an ancient landmark
        or enter the fields of the fatherless,
    11   for their Redeemer is strong;
        he will plead their cause against you.
    12   Apply your heart to instruction
        and your ear to words of knowledge.
    13   Do not withhold discipline from a child;
        if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
    14   If you strike him with the rod,
        you will save his soul from Sheol.
    15   My son, if your heart is wise,
        my heart too will be glad.
    16   My inmost being4 will exult
        when your lips speak what is right.
    17   Let not your heart envy sinners,
        but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.
    18   Surely there is a future,
        and your hope will not be cut off.


    19   Hear, my son, and be wise,
        and direct your heart in the way.
    20   Be not among drunkards5
        or among gluttonous eaters of meat,
    21   for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
        and slumber will clothe them with rags.


    22   Listen to your father who gave you life,
        and do not despise your mother when she is old.
    23   Buy truth, and do not sell it;
        buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
    24   The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
        he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
    25   Let your father and mother be glad;
        let her who bore you rejoice.


    26   My son, give me your heart,
        and let your eyes observe6 my ways.
    27   For a prostitute is a deep pit;
        an adulteress7 is a narrow well.
    28   She lies in wait like a robber
        and increases the traitors among mankind.


    29   Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
        Who has strife? Who has complaining?
      Who has wounds without cause?
        Who has redness of eyes?
    30   Those who tarry long over wine;
        those who go to try mixed wine.
    31   Do not look at wine when it is red,
        when it sparkles in the cup
        and goes down smoothly.
    32   In the end it bites like a serpent
        and stings like an adder.
    33   Your eyes will see strange things,
        and your heart utter perverse things.
    34   You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
        like one who lies on the top of a mast.8
    35   “They struck me,” you will say,9 “but I was not hurt;
        they beat me, but I did not feel it.
      When shall I awake?
        I must have another drink.”
    24   Be not envious of evil men,
        nor desire to be with them,
    2   for their hearts devise violence,
        and their lips talk of trouble.


    3   By wisdom a house is built,
        and by understanding it is established;
    4   by knowledge the rooms are filled
        with all precious and pleasant riches.
    5   A wise man is full of strength,
     

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    September 16: Proverbs 21–22; Psalm 71; John 13

    September 16: Proverbs 21–22; Psalm 71; John 13

    Old Testament:


    Proverbs 21–22






    Proverbs 21–22 (Listen)

    21   The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD;
        he turns it wherever he will.
    2   Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
        but the LORD weighs the heart.
    3   To do righteousness and justice
        is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
    4   Haughty eyes and a proud heart,
        the lamp1 of the wicked, are sin.
    5   The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,
        but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
    6   The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
        is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.2
    7   The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
        because they refuse to do what is just.
    8   The way of the guilty is crooked,
        but the conduct of the pure is upright.
    9   It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
        than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
    10   The soul of the wicked desires evil;
        his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.
    11   When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise;
        when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.
    12   The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;
        he throws the wicked down to ruin.
    13   Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
        will himself call out and not be answered.
    14   A gift in secret averts anger,
        and a concealed bribe,3 strong wrath.
    15   When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous
        but terror to evildoers.
    16   One who wanders from the way of good sense
        will rest in the assembly of the dead.
    17   Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man;
        he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
    18   The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,
        and the traitor for the upright.
    19   It is better to live in a desert land
        than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.
    20   Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling,
        but a foolish man devours it.
    21   Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
        will find life, righteousness, and honor.
    22   A wise man scales the city of the mighty
        and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
    23   Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue
        keeps himself out of trouble.
    24   “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man
        who acts with arrogant pride.
    25   The desire of the sluggard kills him,
        for his hands refuse to labor.
    26   All day long he craves and craves,
        but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
    27   The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
        how much more when he brings it with evil intent.
    28   A false witness will perish,
        but the word of a man who hears will endure.
    29   A wicked man puts on a bold face,
        but the upright gives thought to4 his ways.
    30   No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel
        can avail against the LORD.
    31   The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
        but the victory belongs to the LORD.
    22   A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
        and favor is better than silver or gold.
    2   The rich and the poor meet together;
        the LORD is the Maker of them all.
    3   The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
        but the simple go on and suffer for it.
    4   The reward for humility and fear of the LORD
        is riches and honor and life.5
    5   Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;
        whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.
    6   Train up a child in the way he should go;
        even when he is old he will not depart from it.
    7   The rich rules over the poor,
        and the borrower is the slave of th

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    September 15: Proverbs 19–20; Psalm 70; John 12

    September 15: Proverbs 19–20; Psalm 70; John 12

    Old Testament:


    Proverbs 19–20






    Proverbs 19–20 (Listen)

    19   Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity
        than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
    2   Desire1 without knowledge is not good,
        and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
    3   When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin,
        his heart rages against the LORD.
    4   Wealth brings many new friends,
        but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
    5   A false witness will not go unpunished,
        and he who breathes out lies will not escape.
    6   Many seek the favor of a generous man,2
        and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
    7   All a poor man’s brothers hate him;
        how much more do his friends go far from him!
      He pursues them with words, but does not have them.3
    8   Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
        he who keeps understanding will discover good.
    9   A false witness will not go unpunished,
        and he who breathes out lies will perish.
    10   It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,
        much less for a slave to rule over princes.
    11   Good sense makes one slow to anger,
        and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
    12   A king’s wrath is like the growling of a lion,
        but his favor is like dew on the grass.
    13   A foolish son is ruin to his father,
        and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
    14   House and wealth are inherited from fathers,
        but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
    15   Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
        and an idle person will suffer hunger.
    16   Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life;
        he who despises his ways will die.
    17   Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD,
        and he will repay him for his deed.
    18   Discipline your son, for there is hope;
        do not set your heart on putting him to death.
    19   A man of great wrath will pay the penalty,
        for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
    20   Listen to advice and accept instruction,
        that you may gain wisdom in the future.
    21   Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
        but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
    22   What is desired in a man is steadfast love,
        and a poor man is better than a liar.
    23   The fear of the LORD leads to life,
        and whoever has it rests satisfied;
        he will not be visited by harm.
    24   The sluggard buries his hand in the dish
        and will not even bring it back to his mouth.
    25   Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;
        reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
    26   He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother
        is a son who brings shame and reproach.
    27   Cease to hear instruction, my son,
        and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
    28   A worthless witness mocks at justice,
        and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
    29   Condemnation is ready for scoffers,
        and beating for the backs of fools.
    20   Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
        and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.4
    2   The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
        whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
    3   It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,
        but every fool will be quarreling.
    4   The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
        he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
    5   The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,
        but a man of understanding will draw it out.
    6   Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
        but a faithful man who can find?
    7   The righteous who walks in his int

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    September 14: Proverbs 17–18; Psalm 69:19–36; John 11

    September 14: Proverbs 17–18; Psalm 69:19–36; John 11

    Old Testament:


    Proverbs 17–18






    Proverbs 17–18 (Listen)

    17   Better is a dry morsel with quiet
        than a house full of feasting1 with strife.
    2   A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully
        and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
    3   The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
        and the LORD tests hearts.
    4   An evildoer listens to wicked lips,
        and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
    5   Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;
        he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
    6   Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
        and the glory of children is their fathers.
    7   Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;
        still less is false speech to a prince.
    8   A bribe is like a magic2 stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;
        wherever he turns he prospers.
    9   Whoever covers an offense seeks love,
        but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
    10   A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
        than a hundred blows into a fool.
    11   An evil man seeks only rebellion,
        and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
    12   Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs
        rather than a fool in his folly.
    13   If anyone returns evil for good,
        evil will not depart from his house.
    14   The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
        so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
    15   He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous
        are both alike an abomination to the LORD.
    16   Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom
        when he has no sense?
    17   A friend loves at all times,
        and a brother is born for adversity.
    18   One who lacks sense gives a pledge
        and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.
    19   Whoever loves transgression loves strife;
        he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
    20   A man of crooked heart does not discover good,
        and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.
    21   He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,
        and the father of a fool has no joy.
    22   A joyful heart is good medicine,
        but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
    23   The wicked accepts a bribe in secret3
        to pervert the ways of justice.
    24   The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,
        but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
    25   A foolish son is a grief to his father
        and bitterness to her who bore him.
    26   To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,
        nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
    27   Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
        and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
    28   Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
        when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
    18   Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
        he breaks out against all sound judgment.
    2   A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
        but only in expressing his opinion.
    3   When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,
        and with dishonor comes disgrace.
    4   The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
        the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
    5   It is not good to be partial to4 the wicked
        or to deprive the righteous of justice.
    6   A fool’s lips walk into a fight,
        and his mouth invites a beating.
    7   A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
        and his lips are a snare to his soul.
    8   The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
        they go down into the inner parts of the body.
    9   Whoever is slack in his work
        is a brother to him who destroys.
    10   The

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