Bible Reading Plan

Below is an outline for a reading schedule to study the Bible.  The lectionaries used on Sunday mornings travel through most of the major events and characters of Scripture on a seasonal and thematic basis.

 

Included is one reading each from the Psalms, other Old Testament writings, the Gospels, and other New Testament sections loosely labeled as the Epistles. All four sets of readings tend to run in sequence within a book, but the Gospel reading generally governs all the cycles and sometimes leads to interruptions in the sequence of the others.

There are also daily lectionaries for churches with daily services and for personal devotion. These are also scheduled seasonally and thematically. Many denominational worship books include lists of both kinds of lectionaries.

Other Bible reading schedules include sequential reading straight through from Genesis to Revelation, other thematic groupings, or attempts to trace the events in Scripture more or less chronologically. Chronological plans might insert the creation accounts in Job and some of the Psalms early in Genesis, or right after it, other Psalms at various places in Exodus, and the rest with II Samuel to accompany the reign of David because tradition holds that he wrote them. Similar rearrangement occurs in the New Testament letters, which are arranged in our canon from longest to shortest, rather than by date of composition. Indeed, all of the authentic letters of Paul were written before any of the Gospels.

The schedule offered here is designed with several main purposes. First, it allows for reading the entire Bible in one year by reading approximately four chapters a day. Three are from the Old Testament: one from the pre-Psalms “historical” books, one Psalm or wisdom chapter, and one from the prophets. The fourth reading is from the New Testament. Second, this schedules starts at the beginning of Creation, both in the Old and New Testaments. Third, it relates the Testaments thematically to some extent, at least when there is an obvious connection. By reading a larger number of Old Testament chapters each day, it is possible to read through the entire Bible in a year with more variety than a straight-through plan provides. Finally, on days when a chapter in one of the four sections is really long, another section might be skipped.


January
1 Genesis 1 Psalm 19 John 1
2 Genesis 2 Psalm 148 Isaiah 1 John 2
3 Genesis 3 Psalm 139 Isaiah 2 John 3
4 Genesis 4 Psalm 1 Isaiah 3 Mark 1
5 Genesis 5 Psalm 2 Isaiah 4 Mark 2
6 Genesis 6 Psalm 3 Isaiah 5 Mark 3
7 Genesis 7 Psalm 4 Isaiah 6 Mark 4
8 Genesis 8 Psalm 5 Isaiah 7 Mark 5
9 Genesis 9 Psalm 6 Isaiah 8 Mark 6
10 Genesis 10 Psalm 7 Isaiah 9 Mark 7
11 Genesis 11 Psalm 8 Isaiah 10 Mark 8
12 Genesis 12 Psalm 9 Isaiah 11 Mark 9
13 Genesis 13 Psalm 10 Isaiah 12 Mark 10
14 Genesis 14 Psalm 11 Isaiah 13 Mark 11
15 Genesis 15 Psalm 12 Isaiah 14 Mark 12
16 Genesis 16 Psalm 13 Isaiah 15 Mark 13
17 Genesis 17 Psalm 14 Isaiah 16 Mark 14
18 Genesis 18 Psalm 15 Isaiah 17 Mark 15
19 Genesis 19 Psalm 16 Isaiah 18 Mark 16
20 Genesis 20 Psalm 17 Isaiah 19 Hebrews 1
21 Genesis 21 Psalm 18 Isaiah 20 Hebrews 2
22 Genesis 22 Psalm 19 Isaiah 21 Hebrews 3
23 Genesis 23 Psalm 20 Isaiah 22 Hebrews 4
24 Genesis 24 Psalm 21 Isaiah 23 Hebrews 5
25 Genesis 25 Psalm 22 Hebrews 6
26 Genesis 26 Psalm 23 Isaiah 24 Hebrews 7
27 Genesis 27 Psalm 24 Isaiah 25 Hebrews 8
28 Genesis 28 Psalm 25 Isaiah 26 Hebrews 9
29 Genesis 29 Psalm 26 Isaiah 27 Hebrews 10
30 Genesis 30 Psalm 27 Isaiah 28 Hebrews 11
31 Genesis 31 Psalm 28 Isaiah 29 Hebrews 12
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February
1 Genesis 32 Isaiah 30 Hebrews 13
2 Genesis 33 Song of Solomon 1 Isaiah 31 Romans 1
3 Genesis 34 Song of Sol. 3 Isaiah 32 Romans 2
4 Genesis 35 Song of Sol. 4 Isaiah 33 Romans 3
5 Genesis 36 Song of Sol. 5 Isaiah 34 Romans 4
6 Genesis 37 Song of Sol. 6 Isaiah 35 Romans 5
7 Genesis 38 Song of Sol. 7 Isaiah 36 Romans 6
8 Genesis 39 Song of Sol. 8 Isaiah 37 Romans 7
9 Genesis 40 Psalm 29 Isaiah 38 Romans 8
10 Genesis 41 Psalm 30 Romans 9
11 Genesis 42 Psalm 31 Isaiah 39 Romans 10
12 Genesis 43 Psalm 32 Isaiah 40 Romans 11
13 Genesis 44 Psalm 33 Isaiah 41 Romans 12
14 Genesis 45 Psalm 34 Isaiah 42 Romans 13
15 Genesis 46 Psalm 35 Isaiah 43 Romans 14
16 Genesis 47 Psalm 36 Isaiah 44 Romans 15
17 Genesis 48 Psalm 37 Isaiah 45 Romans 16
18 Genesis 49 Psalm 38 Isaiah 46 I Corinthians 1
19 Genesis 50 Psalm 39 Isaiah 47 I Cor. 2
20 Exodus 1 Psalm 40 Isaiah 48 I Cor. 3
21 Exodus 2 Psalm 41 Isaiah 49 I Cor. 4
22 Exodus 3 Psalm 42 Isaiah 50 I Cor. 5
23 Exodus 4 Psalm 43 Isaiah 51 I Cor. 6
24 Exodus 5 Psalm 44 Isaiah 52 I Cor. 7
25 Exodus 6 Psalm 45 Isaiah 53 I Cor. 8
26 Exodus 7 Psalm 46 Isaiah 54 I Cor. 9
27 Exodus 8 Psalm 47 Isaiah 55 I Cor. 10
28 Exodus 9 Psalm 48 Isaiah 56 I Cor. 11
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March
1 Exodus 10 Psalm 49 Isaiah 57 I Cor. 12
2 Exodus 12 Isaiah 58 I Cor. 13
3 Exodus 13 Psalm 50 Isaiah 59 I Cor. 14
4 Exodus 14 Psalm 51 Isaiah 60 I Cor. 15
5 Exodus 15 Psalm 52 Isaiah 61 I Cor. 16
6 Exodus 16 Psalm 53 Isaiah 62 II Corinthians 1
7 Exodus 17 Psalm 54 Isaiah 63 II Cor. 2
8 Exodus 18 Psalm 55 Isaiah 64 II Cor. 3
9 Exodus 19 Psalm 56 Isaiah 65 II Cor. 4
10 Exodus 20 Psalm 1 Isaiah 66 II Cor. 5
11 Exodus 21 Job 1 Jeremiah 1 II Cor. 6
12 Exodus 22 Job 2 Jeremiah 2 II Cor. 7
13 Exodus 23 Job 3 Jeremiah 3 II Cor. 8
14 Exodus 24 Job 4 Jeremiah 4 II Cor. 9
15 Exodus 25 Job 5 Jeremiah 5 II Cor. 10
16 Exodus 26 Job 6 Jeremiah 6 II Cor. 11
17 Exodus 27 Job 7 Jeremiah 7 II Cor. 12
18 Exodus 28 Jeremiah 8 II Cor. 13
19 Exodus 29 Jeremiah 9 I Thessalonians 1
20 Exodus 30 Jeremiah 10 I Thes. 2
21 Exodus 31 Job 8 Jeremiah 11 I Thes. 3
22 Exodus 32 Job 9 Jeremiah 12 I Thes. 4
23 Exodus 33 Job 10 Jeremiah 13 I Thes. 5
24 Exodus 34 Job 11 Jeremiah 14 II Thessalonians 1
25 Exodus 35 Job 12 Jeremiah 15 II Thes. 2
26 Exodus 36 Job 13 Jeremiah 16 II Thes. 3
27 Exodus 37 Jeremiah 17 John 4
28 Exodus 38 Jeremiah 18 John 5
29 Exodus 39 Jeremiah 19 John 6
30 Exodus 40 Jeremiah 20 John 7
31 Leviticus 1 Jeremiah 21 John 8
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April
1 Leviticus 2 Job 14 Jeremiah 22 John 9
2 Lev. 3 Job 15 Jer. 23 John 10
3 Lev. 4 Jer. 24 John 11
4 Lev. 5 Job 16 John 12
5 Lev. 6 Jer. 25 John 13
6 Lev. 7 Job 17 Jer. 26 John 14
7 Lev. 8 Job 18 Jer. 27 John 15
8 Lev. 9 Job 19 Jer. 29 John 16
9 Lev. 10 Job 20 Jer. 30 John 17
10 Lev. 11 Jer. 31 John 18
11 Lev. 12 Jer. 32 John 19
12 Lev. 13 Job 21 Jer. 33 John 20
13 Lev. 14 Job 22 Jer. 34 John 21
14 Lev. 15 Job 23 Jer. 35 Acts 1
15 Lev. 16 Job 24 Jer. 36 Acts 2
16 Lev. 17 Job 25 Jer. 37 Acts 3
17 Lev. 18 Job 26 Jer. 38 Acts 4
18 Lev. 19 Job 27 Jer. 39 Acts 5
19 Lev. 20 Job 28 Jer. 40 Acts 6
20 Lev. 21 Jer. 41 Acts 7
21 Lev. 22 Job 29 Jer. 42 Acts 8
22 Lev. 23 Job 30 Jer. 43 Acts 9
23 Lev. 24 Job 31 Jer. 44 Acts 10
24 Lev. 25 Job 32 Jer. 45 Acts 11
25 Lev. 26 Job 33 Jer. 46 Acts 12
26 Lev. 27 Jer. 47 Acts 13
27 Numbers 1 Jer. 48 Acts 14
28 Num. 2 Job 34 Jer. 49 Acts 15
29 Num. 3 Jer. 50 Acts 16
30 Num. 4 Jer. 51 Acts 17
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May
1 Numbers 5 Job 35 Jeremiah 52 Acts 18
2 Num. 6 Job 36 Lamentations 1 Acts 19
3 Num. 7 Lam. 2 Acts 20
4 Num 8 Lam. 3 Acts 21
5 Num. 9 Job 37 Lam. 4 Acts 22
6 Num. 9 Job 38 Lam. 5 Acts 23
7 Num. 10 Job 39 Ezekiel 1 Acts 24
8 Num. 11 Job 40 Ezek.2 Acts 25
9 Num. 12 Ezek. 3 Acts 26
10 Num. 13 Ezek. 4 Acts 27
11 Num. 14 Job 41 Ezek. 5 Acts 28
12 Num. 15 Job 42 Exek. 6 Matthew 1
13 Num. 16 Ezek. 7 Mt. 2
14 Num. 17 Psalm 57 Ezek. 8 Mt. 3
15 Num. 18 Psalm 58 Ezek. 9 Mt. 4
16 Num. 19 Ezek. 10 Mt. 5
17 Num. 20 Psalm 59 Exek. 11 Mt. 6
18 Num. 21 Psalm 60 Ezek. 12 Mt. 7
19 Num. 22 Psalm 61 Ezek. 13 Mt. 8
20 Num. 23 Psalm 62 Ezek. 14 Mt. 9
21 Num. 24 Psalm 63 Ezek. 15 Mt. 10
22 Num. 25 Exek. 16 Mt. 11
23 Num. 26 Psalm 64 Mt. 12
24 Num 27 Psalm 65 Ezek 17 Mt 13
25 Num 28 Psalm 66 Ezek 18 Mt 14
26 Num 29 Psalm 67 Ezek 19 Mt 15
27 Num 30 Ezek 20 Mt 16
28 Num 31 Ezek 21 Mt 17
29 Num 32 Psalm 68 Ezek 22 Mt 18
30 Num 33 Ezek 23 Mt 19
31 Num 34 Psalm 69 Ezek 24 Mt 20
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June
1 Numbers 35 Psalm 70 Ezekiel 25 Matthew 21
2 Num 36 Psalm 71 Ezek 26 Mt 22
3 Deuteronomy 1 Ezek 24 Mt 23
4 Dt 2 Ezek 25 Mt 24
5 Dt 3 Psalm 72 Ezek 26 Mt 25
6 Dt 4 Exek 27 Mt 26
7 Dt 5 Ezek 28 Mt 27
8 Dt 6 Psalm 73 Ezek 29 Mt 28
9 Dt 7 Psalm 74 Ezek 30 I Timothy 1
10 Dt 8 Psalm 75 Ezek 31 I Tim 2
11 Dt 9 Psalm 76 Ezek 32 I Tim 2
12 Dt 10 Psalm 77 Ezek 33 I Tim 3
13 Psalm 78 Ezek 34 I Tim 4
14 Dt 11 Psalm 79 Ezek 35 I Tim 5
15 Dt 12 Psalm 80 Ezek 36 I Tim 6
16 Dt 13 Psalm 81 Ezek 37 II Timothy 1
17 Dt 14 Psalm 82 Ezek 38 II Tim 2
18 Dt 15 Psalm 83 Ezek 39 II Tim 3
19 Dt 16 Ezek 40 II Tim 4
20 Dt 17 Psalm 84 Ezek 41 Titus 1
21 Dt 18 Psalm 85 Ezek 42 Titus 2
22 Dt 19 Psalm 86 Ezek 43 Titus 3
23 Dt 20 Psalm 87 Ezek 44 Philemon
24 Dt 21 Psalm 88 Ezek 45 I Peter 1
25 Dt 22 Psalm 89 I Pet 2
26 Dt 23 Psalm 90 Ezek 46 I Pet 3
27 Dt 24 Psalm 91 Ezek 47 I Pet 4
28 Dt 25 Psalm 92 Ezek 48 I Pet 5
29 Dt 26 Psalm 93 Daniel 1 II Peter 1
30 Dt 27 Dan 2 II Pet 2
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July
1 Deuteronomy 28 Psalm 94 Daniel 3 II Peter 3
2 Dt 29 Psalm 95 Dan 4 I John 1
3 Dt 30 Psalm 96 Dan 5 I Jn 2
4 Dt 31 Psalm 97 Dan 6 I Jn 3
5 Dt 32 Dan 7 I Jn 4
6 Dt 33 Psalm 98 Dan 8 I Jn 5
7 Dt 34 Psalm 99 Dan 9 II John 1
8 Joshua 1 Psalm 100 Dan 10 II Jn 2
9 Josh 2 Psalm 101 Dan 11 II Jn 3
10 Josh 3 Psalm 102 Dan 12 Jude
11 Josh 4 Psalm 105 Hosea 1 Galatians 1
12 Josh 5 Psalm 106 Hos 2 Gal 2
13 Josh 6 Psalm 107 Hos 3 Gal 3
14 Josh 7 Psalm 108 Hos 4 Gal 4
15 Josh 8 Psalm 109 Hos 5 Gal 5
16 Josh 9 Psalm 110 Hos 6 Gal 6
17 Josh 10 Psalm 111 Hos 7 Ephesians 1
18 Josh 11 Psalm 112 Hos 8 Eph 2
19 Josh 12 Psalm 113 Hos 9 Eph 3
20 Josh 13 Psalm 114 Hos 10 Eph 4
21 Josh 14 Psalm 115 Hos 11 Eph 5
22 Josh 15 Hos 12 Eph 6
23 Josh 16 Psalm 116 Hos 13 Philippians 1
24 Josh 17 Psalm 117 Hosea 14 Phil 2
25 Josh 18 Psalm 118 Joel 1 Phil 3
26 Josh 19 Joel 2 Phil 4
27 Josh 20 Ps 119:1-48 Joel 3
28 Josh 21 Ps 119:49-96 Amos 1
29 Josh 22 Ps 119:97-136 Amos 2
30 Josh 23 Ps 119:137-176 Amos 3
31 Josh 24 Ps 120 Amos 4 Colossians 1
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August
1 Judges 1 Psalm 121 Amos 5 Colossians 2
2 Judg 2 Ps 122 Amos 6 Col 3
3 Judg 3 Ps 123 Amos 7 Col 4
4 Judg 4 Amos 8 Luke 1
5 Judg 5 Amos 9 Lk 2
6 Judg 6 Ps 124 Obadiah Lk 3
7 Judg 7 Ps 125 Jonah 1 Lk 4
8 Judg 8 Ps 126 Jonah 2 Lk 5
9 Judg 9 Lk 6
10 Judg 10 Jonah 3 Lk 7
11 Judg 11 Ps 127 Lk 8
12 Judg 12 Micah 1 Lk 9
13 Judg 13 Ps 128 Mic 2 Lk 10
14 Judg 14 Ps 129 Mic 3 Lk 11
15 Judg 15 Mic 4 Lk 12
16 Judg 16 Ps 130 Mic 5 Lk 13
17 Judg 17 Ps 131 Mic 6 Lk 14
18 Judg 18 Ps 132 Mic 7 Lk 15
19 Judg 19 Ps 133 Nahum 1 Lk 16
20 Judg 20 Nahum 2 Lk 17
21 Judg 21 Ps 134 Nahum 3 Lk 18
22 Ruth 1 Ps 135 Lk 19
23 Ruth 2 Ps 136 Lk 20
24 Ruth 3 Ps 137 Habakkuk 1 Lk 21
25 Ruth 4 Habakkuk 2 Lk 22
26 Ps 138 Habakkuk 3 Lk 23
27 I Samuel 1 Zephaniah 1 Lk 24
28 I Sam 2 Ps 140 Zeph 2 James 1
29 I Sam 3 Ps 141 Zeph 3 James 2
30 I Sam 4 Ps 142 Haggai 1 James 3
31 I Sam 5 Ps 143 Hag 2 James 4
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September
1 I Samuel 6 Ps 144 Haggai 3 James 5
2 I Sam 7 Ps 145 Zechariah 1 Revelation 1
3 I Sam 8 Ps 146 Zech 2 Rev 2
4 I Sam 9 Ps 147 Zech 3 Rev 3
5 I Sam 10 Ps 149 Zech 4 Rev 4
6 I Sam 11 Ps 150 Zech 5 Rev 5
7 I Sam 12 Proverbs 1 Zech 6 Rev 6
8 I Sam 13 Prov 2 Zech 7 Rev 7
9 I Sam 14 Zech 8 Rev 8
10 I Sam 15 Prov 3 Zech 9 Rev 9
11 I Sam 16 Prov 4 Zech 10 Rev 10
12 I Sam 17 Zech 11 Rev 11
13 I Sam 18 Prov 5 Zech 12 Rev 12
14 I Sam 19 Prov 6 Zech 13 Rev 13
15 I Sam 20 Prov 7 Zech 14 Rev 14
16 I Sam 21 Prov 8 Malachi 1 Rev 15
17 I Sam 22 Prov 9 Malachi 2 Rev 16
18 I Sam 23 Prov 10 Malachi 3 Rev 17
19 I Sam 24 Prov 11 Rev 18
20 I Sam 25 Prov 12 Rev 19
21 I Sam 26 Prov 13 Rev 20
22 I Sam 27 Prov 14 Rev 21
23 I Sam 28 Prov 15 Rev 22
24 I Sam 29 Prov 16 Mark 1
25 I Sam 30 Prov 17 Mark 2
26 I Sam 31 Prov 18 Mark 3
27 II Samuel 1 Prov 19 Mark 4
28 II Sam 2 Prov 20 Mark 5
29 II Sam 3 Prov 21 Mark 6
30 II Sam 4 Prov 22 Mark 7
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October
1 II Samuel 5 Proverbs 23 Mark 8
2 II Sam 5 Prov 24 Mark 9
3 II Sam 6 Prov 25 Mark 10
4 II Sam 7 Prov 26 Mark 11
5 II Sam 8 Prov 29 Mark 12
6 II Sam 9 Prov 30 Mark 13
8 II Sam 10 Prov 31 Mark 14
9 II Sam 11 Ecclesiastes 1 Mark15
10 II Sam 12 Eccl 2 Mark 16
11 II Sam 13 Eccl 3 III John
12 II Sam 14 Eccl 4 Romans 1
13 II Sam 15 Eccl 5 Rom 2
14 II Sam 16 Eccl 6 Rom 3
15 II Sam 17 Eccl 7 Rom 4
16 II Sam 18 Eccl 8 Rom 5
17 II Sam 19 Eccl 9 Rom 6
18 II Sam 20 Eccl 10 Rom 7
19 II Sam 21 Eccl 11 Rom 8
20 II Sam 22 Eccl 12 Rom 9
21 II Sam 23 Psalm 1 Rom 10
22 II Sam 24 Ps 2 Rom 11
23 I Kings 1 Ps 3 Rom 12
24 I K 2 Ps 4 Rom 13
25 I K 3 Ps 5 Rom 14
26 I K 4 Ps 6 Rom 15
27 I K 5 Ps 7 Rom 16
28 I K 6 Ps 8 John 1
29 I K 7 Ps 9 John 2
30 I K 8 Ps 10 John 3
31 I K 9 Ps 11 John 4
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November
1 I Kings 10 Psalm 12 John 5
2 I K 11 Ps 13 Jn 6
3 I K 12 Ps 14 Jn 7
4 I K 13 Ps 15 Jn 8
5 I K 14 Ps 16 Jn 9
6 I K 15 Ps 17 Jn 10
7 I K 16 I Chronicles 1 Jn 11
8 I K 17 I Chr 2 Jn 12
9 I K 18 I Chr 3 Jn 13
10 I K 19 I Chr 4 Jn 14
11 I K 20 I Chr 5 Jn 15
12 I K 21 I Chr 6 Jn 16
13 I K 22 I Chr 7 Jn 17
14 II Kings 1 I Chr 8 Jn 18
15 II K 2 I Chr 9 Jn 19
16 II K 3 I Chr 10 Jn 20
17 II K 4 I Chr 11 Jn 21
18 II K 5 I Chr 12 Ezra 1
19 II K 6 I Chr 13 Ezra 3
20 II K 7 I Chr 14 Ezra 4
21 II K 8 I Chr 15 Ezra 5
22 II K 9 I Chr 16 Ezra 6
23 II K 10 I Chr 17 Ezra 7
24 II K 11 I Chr 18 Ezra 8
25 II K 12 I Chr 19 Ezra 9
26 II K 13 I Chr 20 Ezra 10
27 II K 14 I Chr 21 Nehemiah 1
28 II K 15 I Chr 22 Neh 2
29 II K 16 I Chr 23 Neh 3
30 II K17 I Chr 24 Neh 4
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December
1 II Kings 18 I Chronicles 25 Nehemiah 5
2 II K 19 I Chr 26 Neh 6
3 II K 20 I Chr 27 Neh 7
4 II K 21 I Chr 28 Neh 8
5 II K 22 I Chr 29 Neh 9
6 II K 23 II Chronicles 1 Neh 10
7 II K 24 II Chr 2 Neh 11
8 II K 25 II Chr 3 Neh 12
9 II Chr 4-5 Neh 13
10 II Chr 6 Esther 1
11 II Chr 7-8 Est 2
12 II Chr 9 Est 3
13 II Chr 10-11 Est 4
14 II Chr 12-13 Est 5
15 II Chr 14-15 Est 6
16 II Chr 16 Est 7
17 II Chr 17 Est 8
18 II Chr 18 Est 9
19 II Chr 19-20 Est 10
20 II Chr 21-22
21 II Chr 23-24
22 II Chr 25-26
23 II Chr 27-28 Matthew 1
24 II Chr 29 Luke 1
25 II Chr 30 John 1
26 II Chr 31 Matthew 2
27 II Chr 32 Luke 2
28 II Chr 33 Matthew 3
29 II Chr 34 Luke 3
30 II Chr 35 Matthew 4
31 II Chr 36 Luke 4
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