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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

February 1 - NT, Psalms & Proverbs


Psalms 16-17

Chapter 16

Psalm 16

A miktam[a] of David.

1 Keep me safe,(a) my God,
     for in you I take refuge.(b)

2 I say to the Lord , "You are my Lord;(c)
     apart from you I have no good thing."(d)
3 I say of the holy people(e) who are in the land,(f)
     "They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight."
4 Those who run after other gods(g) will suffer(h) more and more.
     I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
     or take up their names(i) on my lips.

5  Lord , you alone are my portion(j) and my cup;(k)
     you make my lot(l) secure.
6 The boundary lines(m) have fallen for me in pleasant places;
     surely I have a delightful inheritance.(n)
7 I will praise the Lord , who counsels me;(o)
     even at night(p) my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord .
     With him at my right hand,(q) I will not be shaken.(r)

9 Therefore my heart is glad(s) and my tongue rejoices;
     my body also will rest secure,(t)
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,(u)
     nor will you let your faithful[b] one(v) see decay.(w)
11 You make known to me the path of life;(x)
     you will fill me with joy in your presence,(y)
     with eternal pleasures(z) at your right hand.(aa)

Chapter 17

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

1 Hear me,(a) Lord , my plea is just;
     listen to my cry.(b)
Hear(c) my prayer—
     it does not rise from deceitful lips.(d)
2 Let my vindication(e) come from you;
     may your eyes see what is right.(f)

3 Though you probe my heart,(g)
     though you examine me at night and test me,(h)
you will find that I have planned no evil;(i)
     my mouth has not transgressed.(j)
4 Though people tried to bribe me,
     I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
     through what your lips have commanded.
5 My steps have held to your paths;(k)
     my feet have not stumbled.(l)

6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;(m)
     turn your ear to me(n) and hear my prayer.(o)
7 Show me the wonders of your great love,(p)
     you who save by your right hand(q)
     those who take refuge(r) in you from their foes.
8 Keep me(s) as the apple of your eye;(t)
     hide me(u) in the shadow of your wings(v)
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
     from my mortal enemies who surround me.(w)

10 They close up their callous hearts,(x)
     and their mouths speak with arrogance.(y)
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,(z)
     with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion(aa) hungry for prey,(ab)
     like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up,(ac) Lord , confront them, bring them down;(ad)
     with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord ,
     from those of this world(ae) whose reward is in this life.(af)
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
     may their children gorge themselves on it,
     and may there be leftovers(ag) for their little ones.

15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
     when I awake,(ah) I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.(ai)

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