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Daily Bible Reading & Praying with the Church


The congregation of Countryside is encouraged to not only read ahead in the texts we will be sharing and studying together during our services, but also to personally read the Scriptures together as a congregation. Here you will find Scripture for the day (a Psalm for each morning (always at least the first Psalm) and night, and selections from the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels), as well as weekly and daily prayers. Together we read through the New Testament once a year, and the Old Testament every two years. The Scripture selections, and the prayers, are from common sources used by most Christians throughout the world.

The historic church found expression in the same rhythms of worship and devotion that were evident in the early church, and among the Hebrews, God's people, before that.  Our hope is that the regular reminder will be of encouragement to us all to join the people of God in reading the Scriptures and praying. Both are meant to go together with our daily prayer and communion service.

Reading for Mon, Apr 24

Psalm 1-4

BOOK I

Psalms 1–41

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one(A)
who does not walk(B) in step with the wicked(C)
or stand in the way(D) that sinners take(E)
or sit(F) in the company of mockers,(G)
but whose delight(H) is in the law of the Lord,(I)
and who meditates(J) on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree(K) planted by streams(L) of water,(M)
which yields its fruit(N) in season
and whose leaf(O) does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.(P)

Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff(Q)
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand(R) in the judgment,(S)
nor sinners in the assembly(T) of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over(U) the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.(V)

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire[a]
and the peoples plot(W) in vain?
The kings(X) of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed,(Y) saying,
“Let us break their chains(Z)
and throw off their shackles.”(AA)

The One enthroned(AB) in heaven laughs;(AC)
the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger(AD)
and terrifies them in his wrath,(AE) saying,
“I have installed my king(AF)
on Zion,(AG) my holy mountain.(AH)

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;(AI)
today I have become your father.(AJ)
Ask me,
and I will make the nations(AK) your inheritance,(AL)
the ends of the earth(AM) your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron[b];(AN)
you will dash them to pieces(AO) like pottery.(AP)

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;(AQ)
be warned, you rulers(AR) of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear(AS)
and celebrate his rule(AT) with trembling.(AU)
12 Kiss his son,(AV) or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath(AW) can flare up in a moment.
Blessed(AX) are all who take refuge(AY) in him.

Psalm 3[c]

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.(AZ)

Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.(BA)[d]

But you, Lord, are a shield(BB) around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.(BC)
I call out to the Lord,(BD)
and he answers me from his holy mountain.(BE)

I lie down and sleep;(BF)
I wake again,(BG) because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear(BH) though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.(BI)

Arise,(BJ) Lord!
Deliver me,(BK) my God!
Strike(BL) all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth(BM) of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.(BN)
May your blessing(BO) be on your people.

Psalm 4[e]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me(BP) when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;(BQ)
have mercy(BR) on me and hear my prayer.(BS)

How long will you people turn my glory(BT) into shame?(BU)
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods[f]?[g](BV)
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant(BW) for himself;
the Lord hears(BX) when I call to him.

Tremble and[h] do not sin;(BY)
when you are on your beds,(BZ)
search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust in the Lord.(CA)

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us.(CB)
Fill my heart(CC) with joy(CD)
when their grain and new wine(CE) abound.

In peace(CF) I will lie down and sleep,(CG)
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.(CH)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 2:1 Hebrew; Septuagint rage
  2. Psalm 2:9 Or will rule them with an iron scepter (see Septuagint and Syriac)
  3. Psalm 3:1 In Hebrew texts 3:1-8 is numbered 3:2-9.
  4. Psalm 3:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 4 and 8.
  5. Psalm 4:1 In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.
  6. Psalm 4:2 Or seek lies
  7. Psalm 4:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 4.
  8. Psalm 4:4 Or In your anger (see Septuagint)

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 1:1 : S Dt 33:29; Ps 40:4; 128:4
  2. Psalm 1:1 : Ps 89:15
  3. Psalm 1:1 : S Job 21:16; Ps 10:2-11
  4. Psalm 1:1 : S Ge 49:6
  5. Psalm 1:1 : Ps 26:9; 37:38; 51:13; 104:35
  6. Psalm 1:1 : Ps 26:4
  7. Psalm 1:1 : S Job 11:3; Pr 1:22; Isa 28:14; Hos 7:5
  8. Psalm 1:2 : Ps 112:1; 119:16, 35; Ro 7:22
  9. Psalm 1:2 : Ps 19:7; 119:1; Eze 11:20; 18:17
  10. Psalm 1:2 : S Ge 24:63
  11. Psalm 1:3 : Ps 52:8; 92:12; 128:3; Jer 11:16; Zec 4:3
  12. Psalm 1:3 : Ps 46:4; 65:9; Isa 33:21; Jer 31:9
  13. Psalm 1:3 : S Nu 24:6; S Job 14:9; S Eze 17:5
  14. Psalm 1:3 : Ps 92:14; Eze 47:12
  15. Psalm 1:3 : Isa 1:30; 64:6
  16. Psalm 1:3 : S Ge 39:3
  17. Psalm 1:4 : S Job 13:25; Isa 40:24; Jer 13:24
  18. Psalm 1:5 : Ps 5:5
  19. Psalm 1:5 : S Job 19:29
  20. Psalm 1:5 : Ps 26:12; 35:18; 82:1; 89:5; 107:32; 111:1; 149:1
  21. Psalm 1:6 : Ps 37:18; 121:5; 145:20; Na 1:7
  22. Psalm 1:6 : S Lev 26:38; Ps 9:6
  23. Psalm 2:1 : Ps 21:11; 83:5; Pr 24:2
  24. Psalm 2:2 : Ps 48:4
  25. Psalm 2:2 : S 1Sa 9:16; Jn 1:41; Ac 4:25-26*
  26. Psalm 2:3 : S Job 36:8
  27. Psalm 2:3 : S 2Sa 3:34
  28. Psalm 2:4 : Isa 37:16; 40:22; 66:1
  29. Psalm 2:4 : Ps 37:13; Pr 1:26
  30. Psalm 2:5 : Ps 6:1; 27:9; 38:1
  31. Psalm 2:5 : Ps 21:9; 79:6; 90:7; 110:5
  32. Psalm 2:6 : Ps 10:16; 24:10
  33. Psalm 2:6 : 2Ki 19:31; Ps 9:11; 48:2, 11; 78:68; 110:2; 133:3
  34. Psalm 2:6 : S Ex 15:17
  35. Psalm 2:7 : S Mt 3:17; S 4:3
  36. Psalm 2:7 : S 2Sa 7:14; Ac 13:33*; Heb 1:5*; 5:5*
  37. Psalm 2:8 : Rev 2:26
  38. Psalm 2:8 : S Job 22:26; Mt 21:38
  39. Psalm 2:8 : Ps 22:27; 67:7
  40. Psalm 2:9 : S Ge 49:10; Rev 12:5
  41. Psalm 2:9 : S Ex 15:6
  42. Psalm 2:9 : Isa 30:14; Jer 19:10; Rev 2:27*; 19:15
  43. Psalm 2:10 : Pr 27:11
  44. Psalm 2:10 : Ps 141:6; Pr 8:15; Am 2:3
  45. Psalm 2:11 : Ps 103:11
  46. Psalm 2:11 : Ps 9:2; 35:9; 104:34; Isa 61:10
  47. Psalm 2:11 : S 1Ch 16:30
  48. Psalm 2:12 : ver 7
  49. Psalm 2:12 : S Dt 9:8; Rev 6:16
  50. Psalm 2:12 : Ps 84:12
  51. Psalm 2:12 : Ps 5:11; 34:8; 64:10
  52. Psalm 3:1 : 2Sa 15:14
  53. Psalm 3:2 : Ps 22:8; 71:11; Isa 36:15; 37:20
  54. Psalm 3:3 : S Ge 15:1
  55. Psalm 3:3 : Ps 27:6
  56. Psalm 3:4 : S Job 30:20
  57. Psalm 3:4 : Ps 2:6
  58. Psalm 3:5 : S Lev 26:6
  59. Psalm 3:5 : Ps 17:15; 139:18
  60. Psalm 3:6 : Job 11:15; Ps 23:4; 27:3
  61. Psalm 3:6 : Ps 118:11
  62. Psalm 3:7 : S 2Ch 6:41
  63. Psalm 3:7 : Ps 6:4; 7:1; 59:1; 109:21; 119:153; Isa 25:9; 33:22; 35:4; 36:15; 37:20; Jer 42:11; Mt 6:13
  64. Psalm 3:7 : Job 16:10
  65. Psalm 3:7 : Job 29:17; Ps 57:4; Pr 30:14; La 3:16
  66. Psalm 3:8 : Ps 27:1; 37:39; 62:1; Isa 43:3, 11; 44:6, 8; 45:21; Hos 13:4; Jnh 2:9; Rev 7:10
  67. Psalm 3:8 : Nu 6:23; Ps 29:11; 129:8
  68. Psalm 4:1 : Ps 13:3; 27:7; 69:16; 86:7; 102:2
  69. Psalm 4:1 : S Ge 32:7; S Jdg 2:15
  70. Psalm 4:1 : Ps 30:10
  71. Psalm 4:1 : Ps 17:6; 54:2; 84:8; 88:2
  72. Psalm 4:2 : Ex 16:7; 1Sa 4:21
  73. Psalm 4:2 : 2Ki 19:26; Job 8:22; Ps 35:26
  74. Psalm 4:2 : Jdg 2:17; Ps 31:6; 40:4; Jer 13:25; 16:19; Am 2:4
  75. Psalm 4:3 : Ps 12:1; 30:4; 31:23; 79:2; Mic 7:2; 1Ti 4:7; 2Pe 3:11
  76. Psalm 4:3 : Ps 6:8; Mic 7:7
  77. Psalm 4:4 : Eph 4:26*
  78. Psalm 4:4 : Ps 63:6; Da 2:28
  79. Psalm 4:5 : Ps 31:6; 115:9; Pr 3:5; 28:26; Isa 26:4; Jn 14:1
  80. Psalm 4:6 : Nu 6:25
  81. Psalm 4:7 : Ac 14:17
  82. Psalm 4:7 : Isa 9:3; 35:10; 65:14, 18
  83. Psalm 4:7 : S Ge 27:28; S Dt 28:51
  84. Psalm 4:8 : S Nu 6:26; S Job 11:18
  85. Psalm 4:8 : S Lev 26:6
  86. Psalm 4:8 : S Dt 33:28; S Jer 32:37
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Psalm 7

Psalm 7[a]

A shiggaion[b](A) of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

Lord my God, I take refuge(B) in you;
save and deliver me(C) from all who pursue me,(D)
or they will tear me apart like a lion(E)
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue(F) me.

Lord my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands(G)
if I have repaid my ally with evil
or without cause(H) have robbed my foe—
then let my enemy pursue and overtake(I) me;
let him trample my life to the ground(J)
and make me sleep in the dust.[c](K)

Arise,(L) Lord, in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my enemies.(M)
Awake,(N) my God; decree justice.
Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
while you sit enthroned over them on high.(O)
Let the Lord judge(P) the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,(Q)
according to my integrity,(R) O Most High.(S)
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—(T)
you, the righteous God(U)
who probes minds and hearts.(V)

10 My shield[d](W) is God Most High,
who saves the upright in heart.(X)
11 God is a righteous judge,(Y)
a God who displays his wrath(Z) every day.
12 If he does not relent,(AA)
he[e] will sharpen his sword;(AB)
he will bend and string his bow.(AC)
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he makes ready his flaming arrows.(AD)

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
conceives trouble and gives birth(AE) to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit(AF) they have made.(AG)
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;(AH)
I will sing the praises(AI) of the name of the Lord Most High.(AJ)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 7:1 In Hebrew texts 7:1-17 is numbered 7:2-18.
  2. Psalm 7:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 7:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  4. Psalm 7:10 Or sovereign
  5. Psalm 7:12 Or If anyone does not repent, / God
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Daniel 1

Daniel’s Training in Babylon

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim(A) king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar(B) king of Babylon(C) came to Jerusalem and besieged it.(D) And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried(E) off to the temple of his god in Babylonia[a] and put in the treasure house of his god.(F)

Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility(G) young men without any physical defect, handsome,(H) showing aptitude for every kind of learning,(I) well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language(J) and literature of the Babylonians.[b] The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine(K) from the king’s table.(L) They were to be trained for three years,(M) and after that they were to enter the king’s service.(N)

Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel,(O) Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.(P) The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar;(Q) to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.(R)

But Daniel resolved not to defile(S) himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor(T) and compassion(U) to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink.(V) Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test(W) your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”(X) 14 So he agreed to this and tested(Y) them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.(Z) 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.(AA)

17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding(AB) of all kinds of literature and learning.(AC) And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.(AD)

18 At the end of the time(AE) set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service.(AF) 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians(AG) and enchanters in his whole kingdom.(AH)

21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.(AI)

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 1:2 Hebrew Shinar
  2. Daniel 1:4 Or Chaldeans
  3. Daniel 1:10 The Hebrew for your and you in this verse is plural.
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1 John 1

The Incarnation of the Word of Life

That which was from the beginning,(A) which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,(B) which we have looked at and our hands have touched(C)—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared;(D) we have seen it and testify to it,(E) and we proclaim to you the eternal life,(F) which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard,(G) so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.(H) We write this(I) to make our[a] joy complete.(J)

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

This is the message we have heard(K) from him and declare to you: God is light;(L) in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness,(M) we lie and do not live out the truth.(N) But if we walk in the light,(O) as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.(P)

If we claim to be without sin,(Q) we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.(R) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins(S) and purify us from all unrighteousness.(T) 10 If we claim we have not sinned,(U) we make him out to be a liar(V) and his word is not in us.(W)

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 1:4 Some manuscripts your
  2. 1 John 1:7 Or every
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John 17:1-11

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified

17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven(A) and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come.(B) Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.(C) For you granted him authority over all people(D) that he might give eternal life(E) to all those you have given him.(F) Now this is eternal life: that they know you,(G) the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.(H) I have brought you glory(I) on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.(J) And now, Father, glorify me(K) in your presence with the glory I had with you(L) before the world began.(M)

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you[a](N) to those whom you gave me(O) out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me(P) and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you,(Q) and they believed that you sent me.(R) I pray for them.(S) I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me,(T) for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine.(U) And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world,(V) and I am coming to you.(W) Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one(X) as we are one.(Y)

Footnotes:

  1. John 17:6 Greek your name
  2. John 17:11 Or Father, keep them faithful to
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