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August 18: Job 2–4; Colossians 1:1–20; Psalm 44; Proverbs 21:25–26

Old Testament: Job 2–4 Job 2–4 Listen Satan Attacks Job's Health 2 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 3 And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the...


August 17: Job 1; Philippians 4:2–23; Psalm 43; Proverbs 21:23–24

Old Testament: Job 1 Job 1 Listen Job's Character and Wealth 1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3 He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. 4 His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each...


August 16: Esther 6–10; Philippians 3–4:1; Psalm 42; Proverbs 21:21–22

Old Testament: Esther 6–10 Esther 6–10 Listen The King Honors Mordecai 6 On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written how Mordecai had told about BigthanaBigthana is an alternate spelling of Bigthan (see 2:21)">1 and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 3 And the king said, “What honor...


August 15: Esther 3–5; Philippians 2:12–30; Psalm 41; Proverbs 21:19–20

Old Testament: Esther 3–5 Esther 3–5 Listen Haman Plots Against the Jews 3 After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, and advanced him and set his throne above all the officials who were with him. 2 And all the king's servants who were at the king's gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman, for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage. 3 Then the king's servants who were at the king's gate said to...


August 14: Esther 1–2; Philippians 1:27–2:11; Psalm 40; Proverbs 21:17–18

Old Testament: Esther 1–2 Esther 1–2 Listen The King's Banquets 1 Now in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces, 2 in those days when King Ahasuerus sat on his royal throne in Susa, the citadel, 3 in the third year of his reign he gave a feast for all his officials and servants. The army of Persia and Media and the nobles and governors of the provinces were before him, 4 while he showed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor and...


August 13: Nehemiah 12–13; Philippians 1:1–26; Psalm 39; Proverbs 21:14–16

Old Testament: Nehemiah 12–13 Nehemiah 12–13 Listen Priests and Levites 12 These are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, 3 Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4 Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah, 5 Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, 6 Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah, 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chiefs of the priests and of their brothers in the days of Jeshua. 8 And the Levites: Jeshua,...


August 12: Nehemiah 11; Ephesians 6:10–24; Psalm 38; Proverbs 21:13

Old Testament: Nehemiah 11 Nehemiah 11 Listen The Leaders in Jerusalem 11 Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem. And the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem the holy city, while nine out of tenHebrew nine hands">1 remained in the other towns. 2 And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem. 3 These are the chiefs of the province who lived in Jerusalem; but in the towns of Judah everyone lived on his property...


August 11: Nehemiah 10; Ephesians 5:22–6:9; Psalm 37:23–40; Proverbs 21:11–12

Old Testament: Nehemiah 10 Nehemiah 10 Listen The People Who Sealed the Covenant 10 “On the seals are the names ofHebrew lacks the names of">1 Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah, Zedekiah, 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, 3 Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah, 4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, 7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, 8 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah; these are the priests. 9 And the Levites: Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons...


August 10: Nehemiah 8–9; Ephesians 5:1–21; Psalm 37:1–22; Proverbs 21:8–10

Old Testament: Nehemiah 8–9 Nehemiah 8–9 Listen Ezra Reads the Law 8 And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the LORD had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning...


August 9: Nehemiah 7; Ephesians 4:17–32; Psalm 36; Proverbs 21:5–7

Old Testament: Nehemiah 7 Nehemiah 7 Listen 7 Now when the wall had been built and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, 2 I gave my brother Hanani and Hananiah the governor of the castle charge over Jerusalem, for he was a more faithful and God-fearing man than many. 3 And I said to them, “Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot. And while they are still standing guard, let them shut and bar the doors. Appoint...


August 8: Nehemiah 4–6; Ephesians 4:1–16; Psalm 35; Proverbs 21:4

Old Testament: Nehemiah 4–6 Nehemiah 4–6 Listen Opposition to the Work 4 Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. 2 And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves?Or Will they commit themselves to God?">1 Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and...


August 7: Nehemiah 2–3; Ephesians 3; Psalm 34; Proverbs 21:3

Old Testament: Nehemiah 2–3 Nehemiah 2–3 Listen Nehemiah Sent to Judah 2 In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. 2 And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid. 3 I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city,...


August 6: Nehemiah 1; Ephesians 2:11–22; Psalm 33; Proverbs 21:1–2

Old Testament: Nehemiah 1 Nehemiah 1 Listen Report from Jerusalem 1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the citadel, 2 that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and...


August 5: Ezra 8–10; Ephesians 2:1–10; Psalm 32; Proverbs 20:28–30

Old Testament: Ezra 8–10 Ezra 8–10 Listen Genealogy of Those Who Returned with Ezra 8 These are the heads of their fathers' houses, and this is the genealogy of those who went up with me from Babylonia, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king: 2 Of the sons of Phinehas, Gershom. Of the sons of Ithamar, Daniel. Of the sons of David, Hattush. 3 Of the sons of Shecaniah, who was of the sons of Parosh, Zechariah, with whom were registered 150 men. 4 Of the sons of Pahath-moab, Eliehoenai the son...


August 4: Ezra 6–7; Ephesians 1; Psalm 31; Proverbs 20:26–27

Old Testament: Ezra 6–7 Ezra 6–7 Listen The Decree of Darius 6 Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in Babylonia, in the house of the archives where the documents were stored. 2 And in Ecbatana, the citadel that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found on which this was written: “A record. 3 In the first year of Cyrus the king, Cyrus the king issued a decree: Concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the house be rebuilt, the place where sacrifices were...


August 3: Ezra 3–5; Galatians 6; Psalm 30; Proverbs 20:24–25

Old Testament: Ezra 3–5 Ezra 3–5 Listen Rebuilding the Altar 3 When the seventh month came, and the children of Israel were in the towns, the people gathered as one man to Jerusalem. 2 Then arose Jeshua the son of Jozadak, with his fellow priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel with his kinsmen, and they built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God. 3 They set the altar in its place, for fear was on them...


August 2: Ezra 1–2; Galatians 5; Psalm 29; Proverbs 20:22–23

Old Testament: Ezra 1–2 Ezra 1–2 Listen The Proclamation of Cyrus 1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: 2 “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem,...


August 1: 2 Chronicles 35–36; Galatians 4:8–31; Psalm 28; Proverbs 20:20–21

Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 35–36 2 Chronicles 35–36 Listen Josiah Keeps the Passover 35 Josiah kept a Passover to the LORD in Jerusalem. And they slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month. 2 He appointed the priests to their offices and encouraged them in the service of the house of the LORD. 3 And he said to the Levites who taught all Israel and who were holy to the LORD, “Put the holy ark in the house that Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, built....


July 31: 2 Chronicles 33–34; Galatians 4:1–7; Psalm 27; Proverbs 20:19

Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 33–34 2 Chronicles 33–34 Listen Manasseh Reigns in Judah 33 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD drove out before the people of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had broken down, and he erected altars to the Baals, and made Asheroth, and worshiped all the...


July 30: 2 Chronicles 31–32; Galatians 3; Psalm 26; Proverbs 20:16–18

Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 31–32 2 Chronicles 31–32 Listen Hezekiah Organizes the Priests 31 Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke in pieces the pillars and cut down the Asherim and broke down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, and in Ephraim and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them all. Then all the people of Israel returned to their cities, every man to his possession. 2 And Hezekiah...