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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.

    October 25: Jeremiah 10–12; Psalm 106:24–48; Romans 7

    October 25: Jeremiah 10–12; Psalm 106:24–48; Romans 7

    Old Testament:


    Jeremiah 10–12






    Jeremiah 10–12 (Listen)
    Idols and the Living God
    10 Hear the word that the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the LORD:


      “Learn not the way of the nations,
        nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
        because the nations are dismayed at them,
    3   for the customs of the peoples are vanity.1
      A tree from the forest is cut down
        and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
    4   They decorate it with silver and gold;
        they fasten it with hammer and nails
        so that it cannot move.
    5   Their idols2 are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
        and they cannot speak;
      they have to be carried,
        for they cannot walk.
      Do not be afraid of them,
        for they cannot do evil,
        neither is it in them to do good.”


    6   There is none like you, O LORD;
        you are great, and your name is great in might.
    7   Who would not fear you, O King of the nations?
        For this is your due;
      for among all the wise ones of the nations
        and in all their kingdoms
        there is none like you.
    8   They are both stupid and foolish;
        the instruction of idols is but wood!
    9   Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish,
        and gold from Uphaz.
      They are the work of the craftsman and of the hands of the goldsmith;
        their clothing is violet and purple;
        they are all the work of skilled men.
    10   But the LORD is the true God;
        he is the living God and the everlasting King.
      At his wrath the earth quakes,
        and the nations cannot endure his indignation.


    11 Thus shall you say to them: “The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.”3


    12   It is he who made the earth by his power,
        who established the world by his wisdom,
        and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
    13   When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
        and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
      He makes lightning for the rain,
        and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
    14   Every man is stupid and without knowledge;
        every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols,
      for his images are false,
        and there is no breath in them.
    15   They are worthless, a work of delusion;
        at the time of their punishment they shall perish.
    16   Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob,
        for he is the one who formed all things,
      and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance;
        the LORD of hosts is his name.


    17   Gather up your bundle from the ground,
        O you who dwell under siege!
    18   For thus says the LORD:
      “Behold, I am slinging out the inhabitants of the land
        at this time,
      and I will bring distress on them,
        that they may feel it.”


    19   Woe is me because of my hurt!
        My wound is grievous.
      But I said, “Truly this is an affliction,
        and I must bear it.”
    20   My tent is destroyed,
        and all my cords are broken;
      my children have gone from me,
        and they are not;
      there is no one to spread my tent again
        and to set up my curtains.
    21   For the shepherds are stupid
        and do not inquire of the LORD;
      therefore they have not prospered,
        and all their flock is scattered.


    22   A voice, a rumor! Behold, it comes!—
        a great commotion out of the north country
      to make the cities of Judah a desolation,
        a lair of jackals.


    23   I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself,
        that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
    24   Correct me, O LORD, but in justice;
        not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.


    25   Pour out your wrath o

    • 16 min
    October 24: Jeremiah 8–9; Psalm 106:1–23; Romans 5–6

    October 24: Jeremiah 8–9; Psalm 106:1–23; Romans 5–6

    Old Testament:


    Jeremiah 8–9






    Jeremiah 8–9 (Listen)
    8 “At that time, declares the LORD, the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of its officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be brought out of their tombs. 2 And they shall be spread before the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, which they have loved and served, which they have gone after, and which they have sought and worshiped. And they shall not be gathered or buried. They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. 3 Death shall be preferred to life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family in all the places where I have driven them, declares the LORD of hosts.

    Sin and Treachery

    4   “You shall say to them, Thus says the LORD:
      When men fall, do they not rise again?
        If one turns away, does he not return?
    5   Why then has this people turned away
        in perpetual backsliding?
      They hold fast to deceit;
        they refuse to return.
    6   I have paid attention and listened,
        but they have not spoken rightly;
      no man relents of his evil,
        saying, ‘What have I done?’
      Everyone turns to his own course,
        like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
    7   Even the stork in the heavens
        knows her times,
      and the turtledove, swallow, and crane1
        keep the time of their coming,
      but my people know not
        the rules2 of the LORD.


    8   “How can you say, ‘We are wise,
        and the law of the LORD is with us’?
      But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
        has made it into a lie.
    9   The wise men shall be put to shame;
        they shall be dismayed and taken;
      behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD,
        so what wisdom is in them?
    10   Therefore I will give their wives to others
        and their fields to conquerors,
      because from the least to the greatest
        everyone is greedy for unjust gain;
      from prophet to priest,
        everyone deals falsely.
    11   They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
        saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
        when there is no peace.
    12   Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
        No, they were not at all ashamed;
        they did not know how to blush.
      Therefore they shall fall among the fallen;
        when I punish them, they shall be overthrown,
          says the LORD.
    13   When I would gather them, declares the LORD,
        there are no grapes on the vine,
        nor figs on the fig tree;
      even the leaves are withered,
        and what I gave them has passed away from them.”3


    14   Why do we sit still?
      Gather together; let us go into the fortified cities
        and perish there,
      for the LORD our God has doomed us to perish
        and has given us poisoned water to drink,
        because we have sinned against the LORD.
    15   We looked for peace, but no good came;
        for a time of healing, but behold, terror.


    16   “The snorting of their horses is heard from Dan;
        at the sound of the neighing of their stallions
        the whole land quakes.
      They come and devour the land and all that fills it,
        the city and those who dwell in it.
    17   For behold, I am sending among you serpents,
        adders that cannot be charmed,
        and they shall bite you,”
          declares the LORD.


    Jeremiah Grieves for His People

    18   My joy is gone; grief is upon me;4
        my heart is sick within me.
    19   Behold, the cry of the daughter of my people
        from the length and breadth of the land:
      “Is the LORD not in Zion?
        Is her King not in her?”
      “Why have they provoked me to anger with their carved images
        and with their foreign idols?”
    20   “The harvest is past, the summer is ended,

    • 17 min
    October 23: Jeremiah 6–7; Psalm 105:26–45; Romans 3–4

    October 23: Jeremiah 6–7; Psalm 105:26–45; Romans 3–4

    Old Testament:


    Jeremiah 6–7






    Jeremiah 6–7 (Listen)
    Impending Disaster for Jerusalem

    6   Flee for safety, O people of Benjamin,
        from the midst of Jerusalem!
      Blow the trumpet in Tekoa,
        and raise a signal on Beth-haccherem,
      for disaster looms out of the north,
        and great destruction.
    2   The lovely and delicately bred I will destroy,
        the daughter of Zion.1
    3   Shepherds with their flocks shall come against her;
        they shall pitch their tents around her;
        they shall pasture, each in his place.
    4   “Prepare war against her;
        arise, and let us attack at noon!
      Woe to us, for the day declines,
        for the shadows of evening lengthen!
    5   Arise, and let us attack by night
        and destroy her palaces!”


    6   For thus says the LORD of hosts:
      “Cut down her trees;
        cast up a siege mound against Jerusalem.
      This is the city that must be punished;
        there is nothing but oppression within her.
    7   As a well keeps its water fresh,
        so she keeps fresh her evil;
      violence and destruction are heard within her;
        sickness and wounds are ever before me.
    8   Be warned, O Jerusalem,
        lest I turn from you in disgust,
      lest I make you a desolation,
        an uninhabited land.”


    9   Thus says the LORD of hosts:
      “They shall glean thoroughly as a vine
        the remnant of Israel;
      like a grape gatherer pass your hand again
        over its branches.”
    10   To whom shall I speak and give warning,
        that they may hear?
      Behold, their ears are uncircumcised,
        they cannot listen;
      behold, the word of the LORD is to them an object of scorn;
        they take no pleasure in it.
    11   Therefore I am full of the wrath of the LORD;
        I am weary of holding it in.
      “Pour it out upon the children in the street,
        and upon the gatherings of young men, also;
      both husband and wife shall be taken,
        the elderly and the very aged.
    12   Their houses shall be turned over to others,
        their fields and wives together,
      for I will stretch out my hand
        against the inhabitants of the land,”
          declares the LORD.
    13   “For from the least to the greatest of them,
        everyone is greedy for unjust gain;
      and from prophet to priest,
        everyone deals falsely.
    14   They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
        saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
        when there is no peace.
    15   Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
        No, they were not at all ashamed;
        they did not know how to blush.
      Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
        at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,”
          says the LORD.


    16   Thus says the LORD:
      “Stand by the roads, and look,
        and ask for the ancient paths,
      where the good way is; and walk in it,
        and find rest for your souls.
      But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
    17   I set watchmen over you, saying,
        ‘Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!’
      But they said, ‘We will not pay attention.’
    18   Therefore hear, O nations,
        and know, O congregation, what will happen to them.
    19   Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people,
        the fruit of their devices,
      because they have not paid attention to my words;
        and as for my law, they have rejected it.
    20   What use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba,
        or sweet cane from a distant land?
      Your burnt offerings are not acceptable,
        nor your sacrifices pleasing to me.
    21   Therefore thus says the LORD:
      ‘Behold, I will lay before this people
        stumbling blocks against which they shall stumble;
      fathers and sons together,
        neigh

    • 18 min
    October 22: Jeremiah 4–5; Psalm 105:1–25; Romans 2

    October 22: Jeremiah 4–5; Psalm 105:1–25; Romans 2

    Old Testament:


    Jeremiah 4–5






    Jeremiah 4–5 (Listen)

    4   “If you return, O Israel,
          declares the LORD,
        to me you should return.
      If you remove your detestable things from my presence,
        and do not waver,
    2   and if you swear, ‘As the LORD lives,’
        in truth, in justice, and in righteousness,
      then nations shall bless themselves in him,
        and in him shall they glory.”


    3 For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:


      “Break up your fallow ground,
        and sow not among thorns.
    4   Circumcise yourselves to the LORD;
        remove the foreskin of your hearts,
        O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem;
      lest my wrath go forth like fire,
        and burn with none to quench it,
        because of the evil of your deeds.”


    Disaster from the North
    5 Declare in Judah, and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say,


      “Blow the trumpet through the land;
        cry aloud and say,
      ‘Assemble, and let us go
        into the fortified cities!’
    6   Raise a standard toward Zion,
        flee for safety, stay not,
      for I bring disaster from the north,
        and great destruction.
    7   A lion has gone up from his thicket,
        a destroyer of nations has set out;
        he has gone out from his place
      to make your land a waste;
        your cities will be ruins
        without inhabitant.
    8   For this put on sackcloth,
        lament and wail,
      for the fierce anger of the LORD
        has not turned back from us.”


    9 “In that day, declares the LORD, courage shall fail both king and officials. The priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded.” 10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD, surely you have utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘It shall be well with you,’ whereas the sword has reached their very life.”

    11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A hot wind from the bare heights in the desert toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow or cleanse, 12 a wind too full for this comes for me. Now it is I who speak in judgment upon them.”


    13   Behold, he comes up like clouds;
        his chariots like the whirlwind;
      his horses are swifter than eagles—
        woe to us, for we are ruined!
    14   O Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil,
        that you may be saved.
      How long shall your wicked thoughts
        lodge within you?
    15   For a voice declares from Dan
        and proclaims trouble from Mount Ephraim.
    16   Warn the nations that he is coming;
        announce to Jerusalem,
      “Besiegers come from a distant land;
        they shout against the cities of Judah.
    17   Like keepers of a field are they against her all around,
        because she has rebelled against me,
          declares the LORD.
    18   Your ways and your deeds
        have brought this upon you.
      This is your doom, and it is bitter;
        it has reached your very heart.”


    Anguish over Judah’s Desolation

    19   My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!
        Oh the walls of my heart!
      My heart is beating wildly;
        I cannot keep silent,
      for I hear the sound of the trumpet,
        the alarm of war.
    20   Crash follows hard on crash;
        the whole land is laid waste.
      Suddenly my tents are laid waste,
        my curtains in a moment.
    21   How long must I see the standard
        and hear the sound of the trumpet?


    22   “For my people are foolish;
        they know me not;
      they are stupid children;
        they have no understanding.
      They are ‘wise’—in doing evil!
        But how to do good they know not.”


    23   I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void;
        and to the heavens, and they had no light.
    24   I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking,

    • 15 min
    October 21: Jeremiah 2–3; Psalm 104; Romans 1

    October 21: Jeremiah 2–3; Psalm 104; Romans 1

    Old Testament:


    Jeremiah 2–3






    Jeremiah 2–3 (Listen)
    Israel Forsakes the Lord
    2 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD,


      “I remember the devotion of your youth,
        your love as a bride,
      how you followed me in the wilderness,
        in a land not sown.
    3   Israel was holy to the LORD,
        the firstfruits of his harvest.
      All who ate of it incurred guilt;
        disaster came upon them,
          declares the LORD.”


    4 Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the clans of the house of Israel. 5 Thus says the LORD:


      “What wrong did your fathers find in me
        that they went far from me,
      and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?
    6   They did not say, ‘Where is the LORD
        who brought us up from the land of Egypt,
      who led us in the wilderness,
        in a land of deserts and pits,
      in a land of drought and deep darkness,
        in a land that none passes through,
        where no man dwells?’
    7   And I brought you into a plentiful land
        to enjoy its fruits and its good things.
      But when you came in, you defiled my land
        and made my heritage an abomination.
    8   The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’
        Those who handle the law did not know me;
      the shepherds1 transgressed against me;
        the prophets prophesied by Baal
        and went after things that do not profit.


    9   “Therefore I still contend with you,
          declares the LORD,
        and with your children’s children I will contend.
    10   For cross to the coasts of Cyprus and see,
        or send to Kedar and examine with care;
        see if there has been such a thing.
    11   Has a nation changed its gods,
        even though they are no gods?
      But my people have changed their glory
        for that which does not profit.
    12   Be appalled, O heavens, at this;
        be shocked, be utterly desolate,
          declares the LORD,
    13   for my people have committed two evils:
      they have forsaken me,
        the fountain of living waters,
      and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
        broken cisterns that can hold no water.


    14   “Is Israel a slave? Is he a homeborn servant?
        Why then has he become a prey?
    15   The lions have roared against him;
        they have roared loudly.
      They have made his land a waste;
        his cities are in ruins, without inhabitant.
    16   Moreover, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes
        have shaved2 the crown of your head.
    17   Have you not brought this upon yourself
        by forsaking the LORD your God,
        when he led you in the way?
    18   And now what do you gain by going to Egypt
        to drink the waters of the Nile?
      Or what do you gain by going to Assyria
        to drink the waters of the Euphrates?3
    19   Your evil will chastise you,
        and your apostasy will reprove you.
      Know and see that it is evil and bitter
        for you to forsake the LORD your God;
        the fear of me is not in you,
          declares the Lord GOD of hosts.


    20   “For long ago I broke your yoke
        and burst your bonds;
        but you said, ‘I will not serve.’
      Yes, on every high hill
        and under every green tree
        you bowed down like a whore.
    21   Yet I planted you a choice vine,
        wholly of pure seed.
      How then have you turned degenerate
        and become a wild vine?
    22   Though you wash yourself with lye
        and use much soap,
        the stain of your guilt is still before me,
          declares the Lord GOD.
    23   How can you say, ‘I am not unclean,
        I have not gone after the Baals’?
      Look at your way in the valley;
        know what you have done—
      a restless young camel running here an

    • 18 min
    October 20: Jeremiah 1; Psalm 103; Acts 28

    October 20: Jeremiah 1; Psalm 103; Acts 28

    Old Testament:


    Jeremiah 1






    Jeremiah 1 (Listen)

    1 The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, and until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month.

    The Call of Jeremiah
    4 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,


    5   “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
      and before you were born I consecrated you;
      I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”


    6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the LORD said to me,


      “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
      for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
      and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
    8   Do not be afraid of them,
      for I am with you to deliver you,
          declares the LORD.”


    9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me,


      “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
    10   See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
      to pluck up and to break down,
      to destroy and to overthrow,
      to build and to plant.”


    11 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond1 branch.” 12 Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

    13 The word of the LORD came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.” 14 Then the LORD said to me, “Out of the north disaster2 shall be let loose upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For behold, I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, declares the LORD, and they shall come, and every one shall set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls all around and against all the cities of Judah. 16 And I will declare my judgments against them, for all their evil in forsaking me. They have made offerings to other gods and worshiped the works of their own hands. 17 But you, dress yourself for work;3 arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. 18 And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the LORD, to deliver you.”


    Footnotes
    [1] 1:11 Almond sounds like the Hebrew for watching (compare verse 12)


    [2] 1:14 The Hebrew word can mean evil, harm, or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jeremiah


    [3] 1:17 Hebrew gird up your loins




    (ESV)







    Psalm:


    Psalm 103






    Psalm 103 (Listen)
    Bless the Lord, O My Soul
    Of David.

    103   Bless the LORD, O my soul,
        and all that is within me,
        bless his holy name!
    2   Bless the LORD, O my soul,
        and forget not all his benefits,
    3   who forgives all your iniquity,
        who heals all your diseases,
    4   who redeems your life from the pit,
        who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
    5   who satisfies you with good
        so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


    6   The LORD works righteousness
        and justice for all who are oppressed.
    7   He made known his ways to Moses,
        his acts to the people of Israel.
    8   The LORD is merciful and gracious,
        slow to a

    • 9 min

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