READ THE ENTIRE BIBLE
365 Day Plan
I’ve read through the entire Bible several times, but
I’ve never been able to read the books in order from Genesis to
Revelation. I’ve also never been able to finish in exactly one
year. The first time I attempted this plan, I fell behind as much
as 5 weeks, but still managed to finish in eleven months. The second
time took me twenty one months since I added study notes and commentaries
to the schedule. I’ve probably
averaged about eighteen months on each additional cycle, sometimes
reading multiple translations.
The following is a plan that I’ve found to work for
me. I get four bookmarks and place them at the beginning of Genesis,
Psalms, Proverbs, and at Matthew. I then divide each day’s reading
into two parts, consisting of a reading from the OT and the NT.
Every other day, I begin with a selection from either the Psalms or
Proverbs (kind of like an appetizer), then continue to my Old and New
Testament reading. This makes the readings more interesting and easier to
see the links and consistency between the testaments. The OT books
are read in the order of the Hebrew Rabbinic Canon, and the NT books in
their traditional order.
Other "Thru the Bible" Plans: If this is your first time to read thru the Bible, we
suggest you check out our First Time Thru
the Bible section. Experienced readers might consider our
Two Year Reading Plan. This plan is
similar to the plan on this page except, over a two year period, you’ll
cover the entire Old Testament once, and the New Testament plus the OT
books of Psalms and Proverbs twice. Since this takes less time per
day as the one year plan, you should be able to read the Bible daily
along with some supplemental readings.
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We’ve labeled the readings by reading number, so you can
start any day of the year. You’ll notice some days do
not have a reading listed for Psalms or Proverbs.
There are 181 chapters in the two books combined, so reading
one chapter a day will take six months. Except for
Psalms 119, I prefer to read a chapter in
its entirety every other day. Others may prefer
reading half the chapter one day and the other half the
next. Either way, we’ll finish in about the same time.
If you don’t finish a reading or miss a day (or two) and fall behind, just continue
where you left off. Be cautious about trying to do too
much to catch up. As I stated before, I’ve never
finished at exactly one year. I think the one year
plan helps with discipline and keeping us on course, but
sometimes we might miss a day. At other times, God may want to deal
with us for two or three days on a single reading. I’ve
sometimes repeated a reading several days in a row when felt led.
The most important thing is to be consistent.
Try to set aside a certain time and place for your readings.
Before long, you’ll find yourself craving the Word.
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