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<h2>Just Read</h2> <p>In this online version of the <a href="https://www.crossway.org/tracts/through-the-bible-in-a-year-2656/">popular tract</a>, each day includes a reading from the Old Testament and New Testament. Starting in Genesis and Matthew, the readings continue sequentially. Over the course of a year, you will never read the same passage twice.</p> <p>© 2005 Crossway. All Rights Reserved.</p>

  • August 21: Psalm 119:1–48; 1 Corinthians 3

    Morning: Psalm 119:1–48

    Psalm 119:1–48 (Listen)

    Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet


    119   1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
        who walk in the law of the LORD!
      Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
        who seek him with their whole heart,
      who also do no wrong,
        but walk in his ways!
      You have commanded your precepts
        to be kept diligently.
      Oh that my ways may be steadfast
        in keeping your statutes!
      Then I shall not be put to shame,
        having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
      I will praise you with an upright heart,
        when I learn your righteous rules.2
      I will keep your statutes;
        do not utterly forsake me!


      How can a young man keep his way pure?
        By guarding it according to your word.
    10   With my whole heart I seek you;
        let me not wander from your commandments!
    11   I have stored up your word in my heart,
        that I might not sin against you.
    12   Blessed are you, O LORD;
        teach me your statutes!
    13   With my lips I declare
        all the rules3 of your mouth.
    14   In the way of your testimonies I delight
        as much as in all riches.
    15   I will meditate on your precepts
        and fix my eyes on your ways.
    16   I will delight in your statutes;
        I will not forget your word.


    17   Deal bountifully with your servant,
        that I may live and keep your word.
    18   Open my eyes, that I may behold
        wondrous things out of your law.
    19   I am a sojourner on the earth;
        hide not your commandments from me!
    20   My soul is consumed with longing
        for your rules4 at all times.
    21   You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
        who wander from your commandments.
    22   Take away from me scorn and contempt,
        for I have kept your testimonies.
    23   Even though princes sit plotting against me,
        your servant will meditate on your statutes.
    24   Your testimonies are my delight;
        they are my counselors.


    25   My soul clings to the dust;
        give me life according to your word!
    26   When I told of my ways, you answered me;
        teach me your statutes!
    27   Make me understand the way of your precepts,
        and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
    28   My soul melts away for sorrow;
        strengthen me according to your word!
    29   Put false ways far from me
        and graciously teach me your law!
    30   I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
        I set your rules before me.
    31   I cling to your testimonies, O LORD;
        let me not be put to shame!
    32   I will run in the way of your commandments
        when you enlarge my heart!5


    33   Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;
        and I will keep it to the end.6
    34   Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
        and observe it with my whole heart.
    35   Lead me in the path of your commandments,
        for I delight in it.
    36   Incline my heart to your testimonies,
        and not to selfish gain!
    37   Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
        and give me life in your ways.
    38   Confirm to your servant your promise,
        that you may be feared.
    39   Turn away the reproach that I dread,
        for your rules are good.
    40   Behold, I long for your precepts;
        in your righteousness give me life!


    41   Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD,
        your salvation according to your promise;
    42   then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,
        for I trust in your word.
    43   And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
        for my hope is in your rules.
    44   I will keep your law continually,
        forever and ever,
    45   and I shall walk in a wide place,
        for I have sought your precepts.
    46   I will also speak of your testimonies before kings
        and shall not be put to shame,
    47   for I find my delight in your commandments,
        which I love.
    48   I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,
        and I will meditate on your statutes.


    [1] 119:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem of twenty-two stanzas, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet; within a stanza, each verse begins with the same Hebrew letter
    [2] 119:7 Or your just and righteous decrees; also verses 62, 106, 160, 164
    [3] 119:13 Or all the just decrees
    [4] 119:20 Or your just decrees; also verses 30, 39, 43, 52, 75, 102, 108, 137, 156, 175
    [5] 119:32 Or for you set my heart free
    [6] 119:33 Or keep it as my reward


    Evening: 1 Corinthians 3

    1 Corinthians 3 (Listen)

    Divisions in the Church

    But I, brothers,1 could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

    What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.

    10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled2 master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—13 each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

    16 Do you not know that you3 are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

    18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.


    [1] 3:1 Or brothers and sisters
    [2] 3:10 Or wise
    [3] 3:16 The Greek for you is plural in verses 16 and 17


  • August 20: Psalms 116–118; 1 Corinthians 2

    Morning: Psalms 116–118

    Psalms 116–118 (Listen)

    I Love the Lord

    116   I love the LORD, because he has heard
        my voice and my pleas for mercy.
      Because he inclined his ear to me,
        therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
      The snares of death encompassed me;
        the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
        I suffered distress and anguish.
      Then I called on the name of the LORD:
        “O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!”
      Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
        our God is merciful.
      The LORD preserves the simple;
        when I was brought low, he saved me.
      Return, O my soul, to your rest;
        for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
      For you have delivered my soul from death,
        my eyes from tears,
        my feet from stumbling;
      I will walk before the LORD
        in the land of the living.
    10   I believed, even when1 I spoke:
        “I am greatly afflicted”;
    11   I said in my alarm,
        “All mankind are liars.”
    12   What shall I render to the LORD
        for all his benefits to me?
    13   I will lift up the cup of salvation
        and call on the name of the LORD,
    14   I will pay my vows to the LORD
        in the presence of all his people.
    15   Precious in the sight of the LORD
        is the death of his saints.
    16   O LORD, I am your servant;
        I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
        You have loosed my bonds.
    17   I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
        and call on the name of the LORD.
    18   I will pay my vows to the LORD
        in the presence of all his people,
    19   in the courts of the house of the LORD,
        in your midst, O Jerusalem.
      Praise the LORD!

    The Lord's Faithfulness Endures Forever

    117   Praise the LORD, all nations!
        Extol him, all peoples!
      For great is his steadfast love toward us,
        and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
      Praise the LORD!

    His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

    118   Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
        for his steadfast love endures forever!
      Let Israel say,
        “His steadfast love endures forever.”
      Let the house of Aaron say,
        “His steadfast love endures forever.”
      Let those who fear the LORD say,
        “His steadfast love endures forever.”
      Out of my distress I called on the LORD;
        the LORD answered me and set me free.
      The LORD is on my side; I will not fear.
        What can man do to me?
      The LORD is on my side as my helper;
        I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
      It is better to take refuge in the LORD
        than to trust in man.
      It is better to take refuge in the LORD
        than to trust in princes.
    10   All nations surrounded me;
        in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
    11   They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
        in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
    12   They surrounded me like bees;
        they went out like a fire among thorns;
        in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
    13   I was pushed hard,2 so that I was falling,
        but the LORD helped me.
    14   The LORD is my strength and my song;
        he has become my salvation.
    15   Glad songs of salvation
        are in the tents of the righteous:
      “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,
    16     the right hand of the LORD exalts,
        the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”
    17   I shall not die, but I shall live,
        and recount the deeds of the LORD.
    18   The LORD has disciplined me severely,
        but he has not given me over to death.
    19   Open to me the gates of righteousness,
        that I may enter through them
        and give thanks to the LORD.
    20   This is the gate of the LORD;
        the righteous shall enter through it.
    21   I thank you that you have answered me
        and have become my salvation.
    22   The stone that the builders rejected
        has become the cornerstone.3
    23   This is the LORD's doing;
        it is marvelous in our eyes.
    24   This is the day that the LORD has made;
        let us rejoice and be glad in it.
    25   Save us, we pray, O LORD!
        O LORD, we pray, give us success!
    26   Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
        We bless you from the house of the LORD.
    27   The LORD is God,
        and he has made his light to shine upon us.
      Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
        up to the horns of the altar!
    28   You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
        you are my God; I will extol you.
    29   Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
        for his steadfast love endures forever!


    [1] 116:10 Or believed, indeed; Septuagint believed, therefore
    [2] 118:13 Hebrew You (that is, the enemy) pushed me hard
    [3] 118:22 Hebrew the head of the corner


    Evening: 1 Corinthians 2

    1 Corinthians 2 (Listen)

    Proclaiming Christ Crucified

    And I, when I came to you, brothers,1 did not come proclaiming to you the testimony2 of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men3 but in the power of God.

    Wisdom from the Spirit

    Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

      “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
        nor the heart of man imagined,
      what God has prepared for those who love him”—

    10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.4

    14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.


    [1] 2:1 Or brothers and sisters
    [2] 2:1 Some manuscripts mystery (or secret)
    [3] 2:5 The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women
    [4] 2:13 Or interpreting spiritual truths in spiritual language, or comparing spiritual things with spiritual


  • August 19: Psalms 112–115; 1 Corinthians 1

    Morning: Psalms 112–115

    Psalms 112–115 (Listen)

    The Righteous Will Never Be Moved

    112   1 Praise the LORD!
      Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
        who greatly delights in his commandments!
      His offspring will be mighty in the land;
        the generation of the upright will be blessed.
      Wealth and riches are in his house,
        and his righteousness endures forever.
      Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
        he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
      It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
        who conducts his affairs with justice.
      For the righteous will never be moved;
        he will be remembered forever.
      He is not afraid of bad news;
        his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
      His heart is steady;2 he will not be afraid,
        until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
      He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
        his righteousness endures forever;
        his horn is exalted in honor.
    10   The wicked man sees it and is angry;
        he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
        the desire of the wicked will perish!

    Who Is like the Lord Our God?

    113   Praise the LORD!
      Praise, O servants of the LORD,
        praise the name of the LORD!
      Blessed be the name of the LORD
        from this time forth and forevermore!
      From the rising of the sun to its setting,
        the name of the LORD is to be praised!
      The LORD is high above all nations,
        and his glory above the heavens!
      Who is like the LORD our God,
        who is seated on high,
      who looks far down
        on the heavens and the earth?
      He raises the poor from the dust
        and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
      to make them sit with princes,
        with the princes of his people.
      He gives the barren woman a home,
        making her the joyous mother of children.
      Praise the LORD!

    Tremble at the Presence of the Lord

    114   When Israel went out from Egypt,
        the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
      Judah became his sanctuary,
        Israel his dominion.
      The sea looked and fled;
        Jordan turned back.
      The mountains skipped like rams,
        the hills like lambs.
      What ails you, O sea, that you flee?
        O Jordan, that you turn back?
      O mountains, that you skip like rams?
        O hills, like lambs?
      Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
        at the presence of the God of Jacob,
      who turns the rock into a pool of water,
        the flint into a spring of water.

    To Your Name Give Glory

    115   Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
        for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
      Why should the nations say,
        “Where is their God?”
      Our God is in the heavens;
        he does all that he pleases.
      Their idols are silver and gold,
        the work of human hands.
      They have mouths, but do not speak;
        eyes, but do not see.
      They have ears, but do not hear;
        noses, but do not smell.
      They have hands, but do not feel;
        feet, but do not walk;
        and they do not make a sound in their throat.
      Those who make them become like them;
        so do all who trust in them.
      O Israel,3 trust in the LORD!
        He is their help and their shield.
    10   O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD!
        He is their help and their shield.
    11   You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!
        He is their help and their shield.
    12   The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us;
        he will bless the house of Israel;
        he will bless the house of Aaron;
    13   he will bless those who fear the LORD,
        both the small and the great.
    14   May the LORD give you increase,
        you and your children!
    15   May you be blessed by the LORD,
        who made heaven and earth!
    16   The heavens are the LORD's heavens,
        but the earth he has given to the children of man.
    17   The dead do not praise the LORD,
        nor do any who go down into silence.
    18   But we will bless the LORD
        from this time forth and forevermore.
      Praise the LORD!


    [1] 112:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each line beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
    [2] 112:8 Or established (compare 111:8)
    [3] 115:9 Masoretic Text; many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac O house of Israel


    Evening: 1 Corinthians 1

    1 Corinthians 1 (Listen)


    Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,

    To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


    I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Divisions in the Church

    10 I appeal to you, brothers,1 by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

    Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

    18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

      “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
        and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

    20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach2 to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,3 not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being4 might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him5 you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”


    [1] 1:10 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 11, 26
    [2] 1:21 Or the folly of preaching
    [3] 1:26 Greek according to the flesh
    [4] 1:29 Greek no flesh
    [5] 1:30 Greek And from him


  • August 18: Psalms 109–111; Romans 16

    Morning: Psalms 109–111

    Psalms 109–111 (Listen)

    Help Me, O Lord My God

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    109   Be not silent, O God of my praise!
      For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
        speaking against me with lying tongues.
      They encircle me with words of hate,
        and attack me without cause.
      In return for my love they accuse me,
        but I give myself to prayer.1
      So they reward me evil for good,
        and hatred for my love.
      Appoint a wicked man against him;
        let an accuser stand at his right hand.
      When he is tried, let him come forth guilty;
        let his prayer be counted as sin!
      May his days be few;
        may another take his office!
      May his children be fatherless
        and his wife a widow!
    10   May his children wander about and beg,
        seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!
    11   May the creditor seize all that he has;
        may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
    12   Let there be none to extend kindness to him,
        nor any to pity his fatherless children!
    13   May his posterity be cut off;
        may his name be blotted out in the second generation!
    14   May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD,
        and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!
    15   Let them be before the LORD continually,
        that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!
    16   For he did not remember to show kindness,
        but pursued the poor and needy
        and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.
    17   He loved to curse; let curses come2 upon him!
        He did not delight in blessing; may it be far3 from him!
    18   He clothed himself with cursing as his coat;
        may it soak4 into his body like water,
        like oil into his bones!
    19   May it be like a garment that he wraps around him,
        like a belt that he puts on every day!
    20   May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD,
        of those who speak evil against my life!
    21   But you, O GOD my Lord,
        deal on my behalf for your name's sake;
        because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
    22   For I am poor and needy,
        and my heart is stricken within me.
    23   I am gone like a shadow at evening;
        I am shaken off like a locust.
    24   My knees are weak through fasting;
        my body has become gaunt, with no fat.
    25   I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
        when they see me, they wag their heads.
    26   Help me, O LORD my God!
        Save me according to your steadfast love!
    27   Let them know that this is your hand;
        you, O LORD, have done it!
    28   Let them curse, but you will bless!
        They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
    29   May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
        may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!
    30   With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD;
        I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
    31   For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
        to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

    Sit at My Right Hand

    A Psalm of David.

    110   The LORD says to my Lord:
        “Sit at my right hand,
      until I make your enemies your footstool.”
      The LORD sends forth from Zion
        your mighty scepter.
        Rule in the midst of your enemies!
      Your people will offer themselves freely
        on the day of your power,5
        in holy garments;6
      from the womb of the morning,
        the dew of your youth will be yours.7
      The LORD has sworn
        and will not change his mind,
      “You are a priest forever
        after the order of Melchizedek.”
      The Lord is at your right hand;
        he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
      He will execute judgment among the nations,
        filling them with corpses;
      he will shatter chiefs8
        over the wide earth.
      He will drink from the brook by the way;
        therefore he will lift up his head.

    Great Are the Lord's Works

    111   9 Praise the LORD!
      I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
        in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
      Great are the works of the LORD,
        studied by all who delight in them.
      Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
        and his righteousness endures forever.
      He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
        the LORD is gracious and merciful.
      He provides food for those who fear him;
        he remembers his covenant forever.
      He has shown his people the power of his works,
        in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
      The works of his hands are faithful and just;
        all his precepts are trustworthy;
      they are established forever and ever,
        to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
      He sent redemption to his people;
        he has commanded his covenant forever.
        Holy and awesome is his name!
    10   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
        all those who practice it have a good understanding.
        His praise endures forever!


    [1] 109:4 Hebrew but I am prayer
    [2] 109:17 Revocalization; Masoretic Text curses have come
    [3] 109:17 Revocalization; Masoretic Text it is far
    [4] 109:18 Revocalization; Masoretic Text it has soaked
    [5] 110:3 Or on the day you lead your forces
    [6] 110:3 Masoretic Text; some Hebrew manuscripts and Jerome on the holy mountains
    [7] 110:3 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
    [8] 110:6 Or the head
    [9] 111:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each line beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet


    Evening: Romans 16

    Romans 16 (Listen)

    Personal Greetings

    16 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant1 of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.

    Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert2 to Christ in Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia,3 my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles,4 and they were in Christ before me. Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. 10 Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. 11 Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. 12 Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well. 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers5 who are with them. 15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

    Final Instructions and Greetings

    17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites,6 and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. 19 For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

    21 Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.

    22 I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord.

    23 Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.7


    25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.


    [1] 16:1 Or deaconess
    [2] 16:5 Greek firstfruit
    [3] 16:7 Or Junias
    [4] 16:7 Or messengers
    [5] 16:14 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 17
    [6] 16:18 Greek their own belly
    [7] 16:23 Some manuscripts insert verse 24: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen


  • August 17: Psalms 107–108; Romans 15:21–33

    Morning: Psalms 107–108

    Psalms 107–108 (Listen)

    Book Five

    Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

    107   Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
        for his steadfast love endures forever!
      Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
        whom he has redeemed from trouble1
      and gathered in from the lands,
        from the east and from the west,
        from the north and from the south.
      Some wandered in desert wastes,
        finding no way to a city to dwell in;
      hungry and thirsty,
        their soul fainted within them.
      Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
        and he delivered them from their distress.
      He led them by a straight way
        till they reached a city to dwell in.
      Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
        for his wondrous works to the children of man!
      For he satisfies the longing soul,
        and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
    10   Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
        prisoners in affliction and in irons,
    11   for they had rebelled against the words of God,
        and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
    12   So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
        they fell down, with none to help.
    13   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
        and he delivered them from their distress.
    14   He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
        and burst their bonds apart.
    15   Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
        for his wondrous works to the children of man!
    16   For he shatters the doors of bronze
        and cuts in two the bars of iron.
    17   Some were fools through their sinful ways,
        and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
    18   they loathed any kind of food,
        and they drew near to the gates of death.
    19   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
        and he delivered them from their distress.
    20   He sent out his word and healed them,
        and delivered them from their destruction.
    21   Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
        for his wondrous works to the children of man!
    22   And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
        and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
    23   Some went down to the sea in ships,
        doing business on the great waters;
    24   they saw the deeds of the LORD,
        his wondrous works in the deep.
    25   For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
        which lifted up the waves of the sea.
    26   They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
        their courage melted away in their evil plight;
    27   they reeled and staggered like drunken men
        and were at their wits' end.2
    28   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
        and he delivered them from their distress.
    29   He made the storm be still,
        and the waves of the sea were hushed.
    30   Then they were glad that the waters3 were quiet,
        and he brought them to their desired haven.
    31   Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
        for his wondrous works to the children of man!
    32   Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
        and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
    33   He turns rivers into a desert,
        springs of water into thirsty ground,
    34   a fruitful land into a salty waste,
        because of the evil of its inhabitants.
    35   He turns a desert into pools of water,
        a parched land into springs of water.
    36   And there he lets the hungry dwell,
        and they establish a city to live in;
    37   they sow fields and plant vineyards
        and get a fruitful yield.
    38   By his blessing they multiply greatly,
        and he does not let their livestock diminish.
    39   When they are diminished and brought low
        through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
    40   he pours contempt on princes
        and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
    41   but he raises up the needy out of affliction
        and makes their families like flocks.
    42   The upright see it and are glad,
        and all wickedness shuts its mouth.
    43   Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
        let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

    With God We Shall Do Valiantly

    A Song. A Psalm of David.

    108   My heart is steadfast, O God!
        I will sing and make melody with all my being!4
      Awake, O harp and lyre!
        I will awake the dawn!
      I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples;
        I will sing praises to you among the nations.
      For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
        your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
      Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
        Let your glory be over all the earth!
      That your beloved ones may be delivered,
        give salvation by your right hand and answer me!
      God has promised in his holiness:5
        “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
        and portion out the Valley of Succoth.
      Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
        Ephraim is my helmet,
        Judah my scepter.
      Moab is my washbasin;
        upon Edom I cast my shoe;
        over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
    10   Who will bring me to the fortified city?
        Who will lead me to Edom?
    11   Have you not rejected us, O God?
        You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
    12   Oh grant us help against the foe,
        for vain is the salvation of man!
    13   With God we shall do valiantly;
        it is he who will tread down our foes.


    [1] 107:2 Or from the hand of the foe
    [2] 107:27 Hebrew and all their wisdom was swallowed up
    [3] 107:30 Hebrew they
    [4] 108:1 Hebrew with my glory
    [5] 108:7 Or sanctuary


    Evening: Romans 15:21–33

    Romans 15:21–33 (Listen)

    21 but as it is written,

      “Those who have never been told of him will see,
        and those who have never heard will understand.”

    Paul's Plan to Visit Rome

    22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected,1 I will leave for Spain by way of you. 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing2 of Christ.

    30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.


    [1] 15:28 Greek sealed to them this fruit
    [2] 15:29 Some manuscripts insert of the gospel



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