Bible Reading Plan
December 9


Daniel 5:1-30
1. King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand.
2. Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem be brought, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.
3. Then they brought in the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.
4. They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
5. Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote.
6. Then the king's color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together.
7. The king called loudly to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers. The king declared to the wise men of Babylon, "Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom."
8. Then all the king's wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or make known to the king the interpretation.
9. Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, and his color changed, and his lords were perplexed.
10. The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banqueting hall, and the queen declared, "O king, live forever! Let not your thoughts alarm you or your color change.
11. There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father- your father the king- made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers,
12. because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation."
13. Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king answered and said to Daniel, "You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom the king my father brought from Judah.
14. I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.
15. Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, but they could not show the interpretation of the matter.
16. But I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom."
17. Then Daniel answered and said before the king, "Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation.
18. O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty.
19. And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled.
20. But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him.
21. He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will.
22. And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this,
23. but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.
24. "Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed.
25. And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN.
26. This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end;
27. TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;
28. PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians."
29. Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
30. That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed.

Daniel 6:1-28
1. It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom;
2. and over them three presidents, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss.
3. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
4. Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.
5. Then these men said, "We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God."
6. Then these presidents and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, "O King Darius, live forever!
7. All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.
8. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked."
9. Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.
10. When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
11. Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God.
12. Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, "O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?" The king answered and said, "The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked."
13. Then they answered and said before the king, "Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day."
14. Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him.
15. Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, "Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed."
16. Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!"
17. And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.
18. Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.
19. Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions.
20. As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, "O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?"
21. Then Daniel said to the king, "O king, live forever!
22. My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm."
23. Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
24. And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions- they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.
25. Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: "Peace be multiplied to you.
26. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end.
27. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions."
28. So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Psalms 136:10-26
10. to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his steadfast love endures forever;
11. and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures forever;
12. with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever;
13. to him who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever;
14. and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever;
15. but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures forever;
16. to him who led his people through the wilderness, for his steadfast love endures forever;
17. to him who struck down great kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;
18. and killed mighty kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;
19. Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his steadfast love endures forever;
20. and Og, king of Bashan, for his steadfast love endures forever;
21. and gave their land as a heritage, for his steadfast love endures forever;
22. a heritage to Israel his servant, for his steadfast love endures forever.
23. It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever;
24. and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever;
25. he who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever.
26. Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Proverbs 29:12-13
12. If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
13. The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.

2 Peter 2:1-22
1. But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
2. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.
3. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
4. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;
5. if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6. if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;
7. and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked
8. (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);
9. then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,
10. and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones,
11. whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord.
12. But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction,
13. suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you.
14. They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!
15. Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing,
16. but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.
17. These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved.
18. For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.
19. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.
20. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
21. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
22. What the true proverb says has happened to them: "The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire."