I am constantly reading through my bible from cover to cover. I began this some seven or eight years ago, reading through a different translation each time. So far I’ve been through the New International Version, God’s Word, English Standard Version, Today’s New International Version, New Living Translation, and am about halfway through the NET Bible from bible.org. It usually takes me more than a year to do this, so I don’t always start on January 1.
Even though this is a good habit, there are pitfalls to reading the bible in this way. Typically, Genesis and about half of Exodus are pretty interesting. As soon as you get into the specs for the tabernacle, though, it gets tedious. Leviticus isn’t much fun, either. Most people usually give up by then. The other problem is that you will spend a long time in the Old Testament before you get to the New. And if you don’t have a good handle on the whole story of scripture and how the books fit together, you can soon get lost in genealogies, laws, and Hebrew poetry.
Are there some good ways to approach reading your bible in 2010? Absolutely.
- If you’d like to go through it cover to cover, subscribe to Daily Walk. It’s a little guide that helps you know where you’re at and where you’re headed, and you’ll get through the bible in a year.
- Use the suggested daily readings in The Lutheran Service Book. Old and New Testament are mixed up enough to keep you going. There are lots off other daily bible reading plans you can find online.
- Alternate between Old and New testament books, using a good study bible or handbook to give you an introduction to each book as you go.
Each day I also read five Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs. I start with the Psalm that corresponds to the day of the month, and add multiples of 30. So today I read Psalm 1, 31, 61. 91. and 121, along with Proverbs 1. Tomorrow will be Psalm 2,32,62, 92, and 122. Psalm 119 (the longie) is only read on the 31st of the month when it occurs. A pretty nice way to read through the bible’s hymnbook often.
I’d be interested in learning about some ways that you’ve read through the bible.