Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

August 20 - Old & New Testament
New American Standard

 

Psalms 87,88

The Privileges of Citizenship in Zion.

A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song.

1 His (a)foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The Lord (b)loves the gates of Zion
More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.
3 (c)Glorious things are spoken of you,
O (d)city of God. [a]Selah.
4 "I shall mention [b](e)Rahab and Babylon [c]among those who know Me;
Behold, Philistia and (f)Tyre with [d](g)Ethiopia:
‘This one was born there.'"
5 But of Zion it shall be said, "This one and that one were born in her";
And the Most High Himself will (h)establish her.
6 The Lord will count when He (i)registers the peoples,
"This one was born there." Selah.
7 Then those who (j)sing as well as those who [e](k)play the flutes shall say,
"All my (l)springs of joy are in you."

A Petition to Be Saved from Death.

A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director; according to Mahalath Leannoth. A [a]Maskil of Heman [b]the Ezrahite.

1 O Lord , the (a)God of my salvation,
I have (b)cried out by day and in the night before You.
2 Let my prayer (c)come before You;
(d)Incline Your ear to my cry!
3 For my (e)soul has [c]had enough troubles,
And (f)my life has drawn near to [d]Sheol.
4 I am reckoned among those who (g)go down to the pit;
I have become like a man (h)without strength,
5 [e]Forsaken (i)among the dead,
Like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom You remember no more,
And they are (j)cut off from Your hand.
6 You have put me in (k)the lowest pit,
In (l)dark places, in the (m)depths.
7 Your wrath (n)has rested upon me,
And You have afflicted me with (o)all Your waves. [f]Selah.
8 You have removed (p)my acquaintances far from me;
You have made me an [g](q)object of loathing to them;
I am (r)shut up and cannot go out.
9 My (s)eye has wasted away because of affliction;
I have (t)called upon You every day, O Lord ;
I have (u)spread out my [h]hands to You.

10 Will You perform wonders for the dead?
Will (v)the [i]departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.
11 Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave,
Your faithfulness in [j]Abaddon?
12 Will Your wonders be made known in the (w)darkness?
And Your [k]righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But I, O Lord , have cried out (x)to You for help,
And (y)in the morning my prayer comes before You.
14 O Lord , why (z)do You reject my soul?
Why do You (aa)hide Your face from me?
15 I was afflicted and (ab)about to die from my youth on;
I suffer (ac)Your terrors; I am [l]overcome.
16 Your (ad)burning anger has passed over me;
Your terrors have [m](ae)destroyed me.
17 They have (af)surrounded me (ag)like water all day long;
They have (ah)encompassed me altogether.
18 You have removed (ai)lover and friend far from me;
My acquaintances are in darkness.

1 Corinthians 12

Chapter 12

The Use of Spiritual Gifts

1 Now concerning (a)spiritual gifts, brethren, (b)I do not want you to be unaware. 2 (c)You know that when you were pagans, you were (d)led astray to the (e)mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking [a](f)by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is [b](g)accursed"; and no one can say, "Jesus is (h)Lord," except [c](i)by the Holy Spirit.

4 Now there are (j)varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same (k)God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit (l)for the common good. 8 For to one is given the word of (m)wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of (n)knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another (o)faith [d]by the same Spirit, and to another (p)gifts of [e]healing [f]by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the [g]effecting of [h](q)miracles, and to another (r)prophecy, and to another the [i](s)distinguishing of spirits, to another various (t)kinds of tongues, and to another the (u)interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, (v)distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

12 For even (w)as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, (x)so also is Christ. 13 For [j](y)by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether (z)Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to (aa)drink of one Spirit.

14 For (ab)the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason [k]any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason [l]any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has (ac)placed the members, each one of them, in the body, (ad)just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now (ae)there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." 22 On the contrary, [m]it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body which we [n]deem less honorable, [o]on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no [p]division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is [q]honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now you are (af)Christ's body, and (ag)individually members of it. 28 And God has [r](ah)appointed in (ai)the church, first (aj)apostles, second (ak)prophets, third (al)teachers, then [s](am)miracles, then (an)gifts of healings, helps, (ao)administrations, various (ap)kinds of tongues. 29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of [t]miracles, are they? 30 All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not (aq)interpret, do they? 31 But (ar)earnestly desire the greater gifts.

And I show you a still more excellent way.

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