This is probably the most widely read collection of daily readings from the Bible ever published, and it is presented in this edition in the words of The New International Version (North American Edition). For three generations, Daily Light on the Daily Path has been a classic religious work, and it has gone through a countless number of printings. It was compiled by the descendants of the London bookseller, Samuel Bagster. Bagster's grandson, Robert, who died in 1924, wrote of the origins of this book, "Daily Light on the Daily Path was prepared entirely within the family. Few are able to appreciate the heart-searching care with which every text was selected, the days, nay the weeks of changes, alterations and improvements, until at last each page was passed to the printer." Here are two selections of Bible readings for every day in the year for Morning and Evening.
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Daily Light on the Daily Path
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Chapter OneJanuary 1
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind, ... I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me."-I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.-He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.-Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.
PHIL. 3:13-14. John 17:24. 2 Tim. 1:12. Phil. 1:6. 1 Cor. 9:24-25. Heb. 12:1-2.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.-I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not hisown; it is not for man to direct his steps.
The Lord delights in the way of the man whose steps he has made firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.-For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
DEUT. 31:8. Exod. 33:15. Jer. 10:23. Pss. 37:23-24; 73:23-24. Rom. 8:38-39.
Sing to the Lord a new song.
Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre.... He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."-"For the joy of the Lord is your strength."-Paul thanked God and was encouraged.
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
ISA. 42:10. Pss. 81:1-2; 40:3. Josh. 1:9. Neh. 8:10. Acts 28:15. Rom. 13:11-14.
May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Make an altar of acacia wood for burning incense.... Put the altar in front of the curtain that is before the ark of the Testimony-before the atonement cover that is over the Testimony-where I will meet with you. Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps. He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the Lord for the generations to come.
[Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.-The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand.
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
PS. 141:2. Exod. 30:1, 6-8. Heb. 7:25. Rev. 8:4. 1 Peter 2:5. 1 Thess. 5:17.
He led them by a straight way.
In a desert land he found him [Jacob], in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. The Lord alone led him; no foreign god was with him.-"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."
He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.-For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.-Who is a teacher like him?
PS. 107:7. Deut. 32:10-12. Isa. 46:4. Ps. 23:3-4. Isa. 58:11. Ps. 48:14. Job 36:22.
"What do you want me to do for you?" ... "Lord, I want to see."
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.-But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things.-Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.
The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and this incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength.
LUKE 18:41. Ps. 119:18. Luke 24:45. John 14:26. James 1:17. Eph. 1:17-19.
Since you have not yet reached the resting place and the inheritance the Lord your God is gluing you.
This is not your resting place.-There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God.... It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.-With Christ, which is better by far.
[God] will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.-There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.-Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
DEUT. 12:9. Mic. 2:10. Heb. 4:9; 6:19-20. John 14:2-3. Phil. 1:23. Rev. 21:4. Job 3:17. Matt. 6:20-21. Col. 3:2.
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin.-Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil-and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness.
1 COR. 15:55. 1 Cor. 15:56. Heb. 9:26-28; 6:14-15. 2 Tim. 4:6-8.
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