Archive for January, 2013

page in BibleFortieth in the series Get close to God

Reading through the entire Bible in one year is a worthy goal, but three Chapters a day in one sitting is quite a commitment and encourages one to rush through the verses instead of taking the time to study and prayerfully meditate on them.

However, you can read the entire New Testament and the book of Psalms in one year if you read just one chapter a day, which is only about one page in your Bible.  If you do this in the morning, you can read two chapters from the Old Testament at bedtime and be finished with it by the end of the year as well.  Or read one chapter a night and be done in two years.  There’s no hurry.

There are many Bible reading schedules out there but I personally don’t like reading all of the gospels together.  I would like to hear from Jesus all throughout the year, so I mix them in with the rest of the New Testament.  I do this with the Psalms as well.

While most chapters average about 32 verses, they can vary between 2 to 176, so the best way to pace yourself is to go by pages.  Most Bibles average about a page per chapter, but some big letter and study editions can take up two or more.  To determine this for your Bible, divide the total pages of your New Testament by 260 (the number of chapters in the New Testament) to get the number of pages to read per day.  Since the chapters in the Psalms average only 16 verses per chapter, you can read two of those per day.

This schedule leaves 30 days left over so you can miss a reading every other week and still stay on track.  You can start anytime; it doesn’t have to be January First.  How about today?

First half of the year:
Psalms 1-18
Psalms 19-31
Psalms 32-42
Psalms 43-56
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Psalms 57-69
Psalms 70-78

Second half of the year:
Psalms 79-91
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Psalms 92-105
Psalms 106-116
Psalms 117-130
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Psalms 131-150

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