One Year Bible Readings

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The Bible is the Word of God and His inspiration.  By reading the Bible, one gets into the heart and mind of God and able to align him or herself with God’s vision.  The Word of God in the Bible is looked upon as pure water that comes down from heaven, both quenching thirst and purifying one’s heart and soul. 

         The idea of this series of books came from our need of a consistent daily reading that covers both the Old and the New Testament in an ordered way.  Although many have glimpses of the stories of the Old Testament, and the teachings of the New Testament, yet very few have an overall comprehensive grasp of the Bible. 

         Therefore, the goal of this study is to provide a framework of reading that would through the main themes of the Bible in-order, and be completed in one year. 

         The structure of every day contains sequential readings, one reading from the Old Testament, one Psalm, and one reading from the New Testament.  In both the Old and New Testament readings, it was aimed at a whole story or parable or subject. 

 

MONTH 1

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Day 5 

 

Genesis 6

The Wickedness and Judgment of Man

1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. 
3 And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he 
is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Thosewere the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. 
5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man 
was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heartwas only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Noah Pleases God

9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

The Ark Prepared

13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15 And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it withlower, second, and third decks. 17 And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep themalive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. 21 And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.” 
22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.

Psalm 5

1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, 
Consider my meditation. 
2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, 
My King and my God, 
For to You I will pray. 
3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; 
In the morning I will direct 
it to You, 
And I will look up. 
4 For You 
are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, 
Nor shall evil dwell with You. 
5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; 
You hate all workers of iniquity. 
6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; 
The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. 
7 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; 
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. 
8 Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; 
Make Your way straight before my face. 
9 For 
there is no faithfulness in their mouth; 
Their inward part 
is destruction; 
Their throat 
is an open tomb; 
They flatter with their tongue. 
10 Pronounce them guilty, O God! 
Let them fall by their own counsels; 
Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, 
For they have rebelled against You. 
11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; 
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; 
Let those also who love Your name 
Be joyful in You. 
12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; 
With favor You will surround him as 
with a shield.

Matthew 4:1-11

Satan Tempts Jesus

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, 
‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” 
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 
‘ He shall give His angels charge over you,’

and, 
‘ In their hands they shall bear you up, 
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
 
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, 
‘You shall nottempt the LORD your God.’” 
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 
‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” 
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

 

 

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Day 6 

Genesis 7

The Great Flood

1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. 2 You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; 3 also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. 4 For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” 5 And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him. 6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth. 
7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, of animals that 
are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, 9 two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. 
13 On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark— 14 they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. 15 And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which 
is the breath of life. 16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in. 
17 Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. 22 All in whose nostrils 
was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. 23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those whowere with him in the ark remained alive. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.

Psalm 6

1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, 
Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. 
2 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I 
am weak; 
O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. 
3 My soul also is greatly troubled; 
But You, O LORD—how long? 
4 Return, O LORD, deliver me! 
Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake! 
5 For in death 
there is no remembrance of You; 
In the grave who will give You thanks? 
6 I am weary with my groaning; 
All night I make my bed swim; 
I drench my couch with my tears. 
7 My eye wastes away because of grief; 
It grows old because of all my enemies. 8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; 
For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. 
9 The LORD has heard my supplication; 
The LORD will receive my prayer. 
10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; 
Let them turn back 
and be ashamed suddenly.

Matthew 4:12-25

Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry

12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 
15 
“ Theland of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, 
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, 
Galilee of the Gentiles: 
16 
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, 
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death 
Light has dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Four Fishermen Called as Disciples

18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 
21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James 
theson of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Jesus Heals a Great Multitude

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and fromDecapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

 

 

 

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Day 7 

 

Genesis 8

 

Noah’s Deliverance

 

1 Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. 3 And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. 4 Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the firstday of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen. 
6 So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. 7 Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. 8 He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters
were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. 10 And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. 11 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. 12 So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore. 
13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first 
month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried. 
15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that 
is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.

 

God’s Covenant with Creation

 

20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

 

22 “While the earth remains, 
Seedtime and harvest, 
Cold and heat, 
Winter and summer, 
And day and night 
Shall not cease.”

 

 

 

Psalm 7

 

A Meditation of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite.

 

1 O LORD my God, in You I put my trust; 
Save me from all those who persecute me; 
And deliver me, 
2 Lest they tear me like a lion, 
Rending 
me in pieces, while there is none to deliver. 3 O LORD my God, if I have done this: 
If there is iniquity in my hands, 
4 If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, 
Or have plundered my enemy without cause, 
5 Let the enemy pursue me and overtake 
me; 
Yes, let him trample my life to the earth, 
And lay my honor in the dust. Selah 
6 Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; 
Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; 
Rise up for me
 to the judgment You have commanded! 
7 So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; 
For their sakes, therefore, return on high. 
8 The LORD shall judge the peoples; 
Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, 
And according to my integrity within me. 
9 Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, 
But establish the just; 
For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. 
10 My defense 
is of God, 
Who saves the upright in heart. 
11 God 
is a just judge, 
And God is angry 
with the wicked every day. 
12 If he does not turn back, 
He will sharpen His sword; 
He bends His bow and makes it ready. 
13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; 
He makes His arrows into fiery shafts. 14 Behold, 
the wicked brings forth iniquity; 
Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. 
15 He made a pit and dug it out, 
And has fallen into the ditch 
which he made. 
16 His trouble shall return upon his own head, 
And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown. 17 I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, 
And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

 

Matthew 5:1-16

 

The Beatitudes

 

1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 
3 “ Blessed 
are the poor in spirit, 
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
4 Blessed 
are those who mourn, 
For they shall be comforted. 
5 Blessed 
are the meek, 
For they shall inherit the earth. 
6 Blessed 
are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
For they shall be filled. 
7 Blessed 
are the merciful, 
For they shall obtain mercy. 
8 Blessed 
are the pure in heart, 
For they shall see God. 
9 Blessed 
are the peacemakers, 
For they shall be called sons of God. 
10 Blessed 
are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, 
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

Believers Are Salt and Light

 

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all 
who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

 

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Day 8 

Genesis 9:1-17

1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life,that is, its blood. 5 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.

6 “ Whoever sheds man’s blood, 
By man his blood shall be shed; 
For in the image of God 
He made man.

7 And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; 
Bring forth abundantly in the earth 
And multiply in it.” 
8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that 
is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 
12 And God said: “This 
is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that iswith you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

 

Psalm 8

1 O LORD, our Lord, 
How excellent 
is Your name in all the earth, 
Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants 
You have ordained strength, 
Because of Your enemies, 
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. 
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, 
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, 
And the son of man that You visit him? 
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, 
And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; 
You have put all 
things under his feet, 
7 All sheep and oxen— 
Even the beasts of the field, 
8 The birds of the air, 
And the fish of the sea 
That pass through the paths of the seas. 
9 O LORD, our Lord, 
How excellent 
is Your name in all the earth!

 

Matthew 5:17-48

Christ Fulfills the Law

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them,he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds therighteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Murder Begins in the Heart

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Adultery in the Heart

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Marriage Is Sacred and Binding

31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

Jesus Forbids Oaths

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Go the Second Mile

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren[i]only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

 

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Day 9 

 

Genesis 11:1-9

The Tower of Babel

1 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bakethem thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the LORD said, “Indeed the people 
are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

 

Psalm 9

1 I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; 
I will tell of all Your marvelous works. 
2 I will be glad and rejoice in You; 
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. 
3 When my enemies turn back, 
They shall fall and perish at Your presence. 
4 For You have maintained my right and my cause; 
You sat on the throne judging in righteousness. 
5 You have rebuked the nations, 
You have destroyed the wicked; 
You have blotted out their name forever and ever. 
6 O enemy, destructions are finished forever! 
And you have destroyed cities; 
Even their memory has perished. 
7 But the LORD shall endure forever; 
He has prepared His throne for judgment. 
8 He shall judge the world in righteousness, 
And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. 
9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, 
A refuge in times of trouble. 
10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; 
For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. 
11 Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! 
Declare His deeds among the people. 
12 When He avenges blood, He remembers them; 
He does not forget the cry of the humble. 
13 Have mercy on me, O LORD! 
Consider my trouble from those who hate me, 
You who lift me up from the gates of death, 
14 That I may tell of all Your praise 
In the gates of the daughter of Zion. 
I will rejoice in Your salvation. 
15 The nations have sunk down in the pit 
which they made; 
In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught. 
16 The LORD is known 
by the judgment He executes; 
The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Selah. 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, 
And all the nations that forget God. 
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten; 
The expectation of the poor shall 
not perish forever. 
19 Arise, O LORD, 
Do not let man prevail; 
Let the nations be judged in Your sight. 
20 Put them in fear, O LORD, 
That the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah

Matthew 6:1-18

Do Good to Please God

1 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

The Model Prayer

5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name. 
10 Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done 
On earth as 
it is in heaven. 
11 Give us this day our daily bread. 
12 And forgive us our debts, 
As we forgive our debtors. 
13 And do not lead us into temptation, 
But deliver us from the evil one. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting to Be Seen Only by God

16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

 

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Day 10 

Genesis 12:1-9

Promises to Abram

1 Now the LORD had said to Abram: 
“Get out of your country, 
From your family 
And from your father’s house, 
To a land that I will show you.

2 I will make you a great nation; 
I will bless you 
And make your name great; 
And you shall be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you, 
And I will curse him who curses you; 
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 
4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram 
was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. 6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land. 
7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. 8 And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent 
with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD. 9 So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.

 

Psalm 10

A Song of Confidence in God’s Triumph over Evil

1 Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? 
Why do You hide in times of trouble? 
2 The wicked in 
his pride persecutes the poor; 
Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire; 
He blesses the greedy 
and renounces the LORD. 
4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek 
God; 
God 
is in none of his thoughts. 
5 His ways are always prospering; 
Your judgments 
are far above, out of his sight; 
As for all his enemies, he sneers at them. 
6 He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; 
I shall never be in adversity.” 
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; 
Under his tongue 
is trouble and iniquity. 
8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages; 
In the secret places he murders the innocent; 
His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless. 
9 He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; 
He lies in wait to catch the poor; 
He catches the poor when he draws him into his net. 
10 So he crouches, he lies low, 
That the helpless may fall by his strength. 
11 He has said in his heart, 
“God has forgotten; 
He hides His face; 
He will never see.” 
12 Arise, O LORD! 
O God, lift up Your hand! 
Do not forget the humble. 
13 Why do the wicked renounce God? 
He has said in his heart, 
“You will not require 
an account.” 
14 But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, 
To repay 
it by Your hand. 
The helpless commits himself to You; 
You are the helper of the fatherless. 
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil 
man; 
Seek out his wickedness 
until You find none. 
16 The LORD 
is King forever and ever; 
The nations have perished out of His land. 
17 LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; 
You will prepare their heart; 
You will cause Your ear to hear, 
18 To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, 
That the man of the earth may oppress no more.

 

Matthew 6:19-34

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Lamp of the Body

22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

You Cannot Serve God and Riches

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, 
will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day 
is its own trouble.

 

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