And there came a scribe and said to him, Master, I will come after you wherever you go. Matthew 8.19
Daily reading in version Bible In Basic English - English


Psalm 1
Psalm 2
Psalm 3
Psalm 4
Psalm 5
Psalm 6
1 Corinthians 9

Psalm 1


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Happy is the man who does not go in the company of sinners, or take his place in the way of evil-doers, or in the seat of those who do not give honour to the Lord.
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But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and whose mind is on his law day and night.
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He will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, which gives its fruit at the right time, whose leaves will ever be green and he will do well in all his undertakings.
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The evil-doers are not so but are like the dust from the grain, which the wind takes away.
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For this cause there will be no mercy for sinners when they are judged, and the evil-doers will have no place among the upright,
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Because the Lord sees the way of the upright, but the end of the sinner is destruction.

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Psalm 2


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Why are the nations so violently moved, and why are the thoughts of the people so foolish?
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The kings of the earth have taken their place, and the rulers are fixed in their purpose, against the Lord, and against the king of his selection, saying,
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Let their chains be broken, and their cords taken from off us.
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Then he whose seat is in the heavens will be laughing: the Lord will make sport of them.
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Then will his angry words come to their ears, and by his wrath they will be troubled:
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But I have put my king on my holy hill of Zion.
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I will make clear the Lord's decision: he has said to me, You are my son, this day have I given you being.
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Make your request to me, and I will give you the nations for your heritage, and the farthest limits of the earth will be under your hand.
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They will be ruled by you with a rod of iron they will be broken like a potter's vessel.
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So now be wise, you kings: take his teaching, you judges of the earth.
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Give worship to the Lord with fear, kissing his feet and giving him honour,
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For fear that he may be angry, causing destruction to come on you, because he is quickly moved to wrath. Happy are all those who put their faith in him.

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Psalm 3



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Psalm 4


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Give answer to my cry, O God of my righteousness make me free from my troubles have mercy on me, and give ear to my prayer.
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O you sons of men, how long will you go on turning my glory into shame? how long will you give your love to foolish things, going after what is false? (Selah.)
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See how the Lord has made great his mercy for me the Lord will give ear to my cry.
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Let there be fear in your hearts, and do no sin have bitter feelings on your bed, but make no sound. (Selah.)
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Give the offerings of righteousness, and put your faith in the Lord.
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There are numbers who say, Who will do us any good? the light of his face has gone from us.
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Lord, you have put joy in my heart, more than they have when their grain and their wine are increased.
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I will take my rest on my bed in peace, because you only, Lord, keep me safe.

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Psalm 5


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Give ear to my words, O Lord give thought to my heart-searchings.
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Let the voice of my cry come to you, my King and my God for to you will I make my prayer.
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My voice will come to you in the morning, O Lord in the morning will I send my prayer to you, and keep watch.
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For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wrongdoing there is no evil with you.
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The sons of pride have no place before you you are a hater of all workers of evil.
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You will send destruction on those whose words are false the cruel man and the man of deceit are hated by the Lord.
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But as for me, I will come into your house, in the full measure of your mercy and in your fear I will give worship, turning my eyes to your holy Temple.
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Be my guide, O Lord, in the ways of your righteousness, because of those who are against me make your way straight before my face.
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For no faith may be put in their words their inner part is nothing but evil their throat is like an open place for the dead smooth are the words of their tongues.
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Send them to destruction, O Lord let their evil designs be the cause of their fall let them be forced out by all their sins because they have gone against your authority.
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But let all those who put their faith in you be glad with cries of joy at all times, and let all the lovers of your name be glad in you.
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For you, Lord, will send a blessing on the upright man your grace will be round him, and you will be his strength.

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Psalm 6


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O Lord, do not be bitter with me in your wrath do not send punishment on me in the heat of your passion.
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Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am wasted away: make me well, for even my bones are troubled.
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My soul is in bitter trouble and you, O Lord, how long?
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Come back, O Lord, make my soul free O give me salvation because of your mercy.
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For in death there is no memory of you in the underworld who will give you praise?
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The voice of my sorrow is a weariness to me all the night I make my bed wet with weeping it is watered by the drops flowing from my eyes.
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My eyes are wasting away with trouble they are becoming old because of all those who are against me.
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Go from me, all you workers of evil for the Lord has given ear to the voice of my weeping.
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The Lord has given ear to my request the Lord has let my prayer come before him.
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Let all those who are against me be shamed and deeply troubled let them be turned back and suddenly put to shame.

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1 Corinthians 9


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Am I not free? am I not an Apostle? have I not seen Jesus our Lord? are you not my work in the Lord?
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If to others I am not an Apostle, at least I am one to you: for the fact that you are Christians is the sign that I am an Apostle.
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My answer to those who are judging me is this.
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Have we no right to take food and drink?
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Have we no right to take about with us a Christian wife, like the rest of the Apostles, and the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
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Or I only and Barnabas, have we no right to take a rest from work?
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Who ever goes to war without looking to someone to be responsible for his payment? who puts in vines and does not take the fruit of them? or who takes care of sheep without drinking of their milk?
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Am I talking as a man? does not the law say the same?
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For it says in the law of Moses, It is not right to keep the ox from taking the grain when he is crushing it. Is it for the oxen that God is giving orders?
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Or has he us in mind? Yes, it was said for us because it is right for the ploughman to do his ploughing in hope, and for him who is crushing the grain to do his work hoping for a part in the fruits of it.
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If we have been planting the things of the Spirit for you, does it seem a great thing for you to give us a part in your things of this world?
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If others have a part in this right over you, have we not even more? But we did not make use of our right, so that we might put nothing in the way of the good news of Christ.
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Do you not see that the servants of the holy things get their living from the Temple, and the servants of the altar have their part in the food which is offered on the altar?
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Even so did the Lord give orders that the preachers of the good news might get their living from the good news.
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But I have not made use of any of these things: and I am not writing this in the hope that it may be so for me: for it would be better for me to undergo death, than for any man to make this pride of mine of no effect.
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For if I am a preacher of the good news, I have no cause for pride in this because I am forced to do so, for a curse is on me if I do not.
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But if I do it gladly, I have a reward and if not, I am under orders to do it.
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What then is my reward? This, that when I am giving the good news, I may give it without payment, not making use of my rights as a preacher of the good news.
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For though I was free from all men, I made myself a servant to all, so that more might have salvation.
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And to the Jews I was as a Jew, so that I might give the good news to them to those under the law I was the same, not as being myself under the law, but so that I might give the good news to those under the law.
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To those without the law I was as one without the law, not as being without law to God, but as under law to Christ, so that I might give the good news to those without the law.
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To the feeble, I was as one who is feeble, so that they might have salvation: I have been all things to all men, so that some at least might have salvation.
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And I do all things for the cause of the good news, so that I may have a part in it.
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Do you not see that in a running competition all take part, but only one gets the reward? So let your minds be fixed on the reward.
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And every man who takes part in the sports has self-control in all things. Now they do it to get a crown which is of this world, but we for an eternal crown.
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So then I am running, not uncertainly so I am fighting, not as one who gives blows in the air:
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But I give blows to my body, and keep it under control, for fear that, after having given the good news to others, I myself might not have God's approval.

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