Study - Reading

The chronological Bible reading schedule and daily comments are taken directly from:
Skip Andrew's Chronological Reading Schedule
(permission obtained).
The daily links are to each day's reading at

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

January 1 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

1 Peter 1:18-20; Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 3:11; Psalm 40:6-8; Hebrews 10:5-10; John 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16; Colossians 1:17; Acts 17:24-29; Hebrews 11:1-22

These passages remind us of the fact that God had already planned for our redemption through Jesus Christ and His church before creation. Even then, Jesus knew that He would come to earth and die for us. These verses teach that the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) were all in existence before Genesis 1. This section serves as a preview of the events we read about in Genesis.

January 2 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 1:1-31; Exodus 20:11; Genesis 2:4-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Genesis 2:1-3; Isaiah 14:4-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19

This is the inspired record of the first six days of the universe. The date was approximately 4000 years before Christ. The verse in Exodus makes it clear that the days were regular days—24 hours long. These events took place on the sixth day of the first week. Everything was good (Genesis 1:31). The seventh day of the first week. God rested because His work was done. Possibly Satan did not sin until after Genesis 1:31. These passages may give us some hints about his fall.

January 3 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

1 Chronicles 1:1-4; Genesis 3-5:32

The date of Seth's birth takes us to approximately 3874 BC. Enoch was born in 3382 BC, and Noah in 2948 BC.

January 4 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 6-9:29; 1 Chronicles 1:5-34

The flood was in 2348 BC. Only 8 people survived; everyone else on earth died.

January 5 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 10-11:32; Job 1:1-22

The tower of Babel brings us to 2247 BC. The genealogy introduces us to Abraham. But before we read about his life, we will turn to the story of another man who probably lived at about the same time: Job. We are now at about 2000 BC. Let us learn about the methods of Satan and the proper response to suffering.

January 6 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 2-5:27

Job 2 continues the battle between God and Satan, while God continues to compliment His servant Job. Chapter 3 is Job's personal lamentation over his trials. In chapters 4 and 5, we have the first speech of Eliphaz, one of Job's “friends.” He thinks that Job has offended God.

January 7 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 6-7:21; Job 8:1-22; Job 9-10:22

This is Job's answer to Eliphaz. He is disappointed in this kind of friendship. His friends offer no help in understanding his predicament. He is in misery through no fault of his own. Now the second “friend,” Bildad, attacks Job. He appeals to the past—the old ways of thinking “prove” that God was punishing Job for his hypocrisy. Job answers Bildad. He wants to take his case before God. He believes in God's greatness, but does not see how these things harmonize with God's justice.

January 8 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 11:1-20; Job 12-14:22

The third “friend”, Zophar, speaks, attempting to convince Job that his “punishment” is fair and that he needs to repent.
Here is Job's longest response so far. He is confident that his friends are wrong (12:1-5; 13:1-12), that God will vindicate him (13:13-19) and that there is a resurrection after death (14:1-15).

January 9 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 15:1-35; Job 16-17:16

This is the second speech by Eliphaz. He is convinced that Job is wicked.
Job responds by rebuking his friends for not truly comforting him. He wants someone to plead his case to God (16:18-22).

January 10 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 18:1-21; Job 19:1-29

This is the second speech by Bildad, mostly speaking of the fate of the wicked.
Job still does not understand why no one seems to stand up for him, and then speaks of his Redeemer (19:25-29).

January 11 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 20:1-29; Job 21:1-34

This is the second (and last) speech by Zophar, who says that the victory of the wicked is brief, and his doom is certain.
Job responds by reminding them that the wicked often do prosper, but God will deal properly with them.

January 12 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 22:1-30; Job 23-24:25

This is the final speech of Eliphaz. Again he accuses Job of wickedness and calls for his repentance.
In Job's comments, he still wonders why he cannot find God and bring his case before Him (23:1-17). Then he discusses the power of evil and the fate that evildoers deserve (24:1-25).

January 13 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 25:1-6; Job 26-27:23; Job 28:1-28

Bildad's last speech is very brief as he compares God and men.
In these chapters, Job summarizes several of the themes that have run through the book.
This is usually referred to as Job's hymn of wisdom. It is similar to some of the writings of Solomon many years later.

January 14 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 29-31:40

Job is still the speaker. In these three chapters, he remembers happy times (29:1-25), his present suffering (30:1-31), and again proclaims his innocence (31:1-40).

January 15 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 32-34:37

Now Elihu comes into the story with a series of speeches that cover six chapters. In the three for today, he expresses his anger toward the other four men (32:1-22), appeals to Job to listen to him (33:1-33), exalts God (34:130), and rebukes Job (34:31-37).

January 16 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 35-37:24

Elihu's speeches end by accusing Job of speaking in vain (35:1-16), and exalting God for His compassion and might (36:1-37:24).

January 17 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 38-39:30

Jehovah finally speaks, demanding that Job stop and think about the things that establish the difference between Almighty God and mortal man.

January 18 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Job 40-42:17

In these closing chapters, God challenges Job again; and Job admits that he needs to be silent (40:1-5). Then God illustrates His power by describing two of the great creatures (dinosaurs) of His creation (40:6-41:34). In the last chapter, Job repents (42:1-6), and the Lord shows His approval of Job, and thus wins the battle against Satan (42:7-17).

January 19 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Acts 7:1-16; Joshua 24:1-4; Genesis 12-14:24

According to the last chapter of Job, he lived 140 years after his trial of patience. So during the chapters we are now reading in Genesis, Job was alive. Abraham and his family were not the only godly people during that age.

January 20 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 15-19:38

This reading is longer than most of the others, but it clearly shows how there were many very important events in the life of Abraham. These events are still important, as we can see by remembering that the life of Abraham is used throughout the Bible as a tool to teach all generations (see Romans 15:4).

January 21 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 20-22:24; Romans 4:1-25; Hebrews 11:17-19; James 2:20-24

This reading begins with another lie on the part of Abraham, and ends with the great story of his faith and works in the offering of Isaac.

January 22 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 23-25:34; Genesis 26-27:46

Genesis 23 records the death and burial of Sarah. At about this time, we would also have the death of Job (Job 42:16,17). Genesis 24 is the story of how Rebekah became Isaac's wife when he was 40, three years after Sarah died (Genesis 25:20). In the next chapter, Abraham married again and had six more sons. It was at this time that Shem died (Genesis 11:11). Abraham's death, although recorded in Genesis 25:8, actually took place when Jacob and Esau were 15 years old (see verses 24-28). Genesis 26:22 is the approximate time of the marriages of Esau (26:34,35), and after Genesis 26:25 we have the time of Ishmael's death (25:17,18).

January 23 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 28-30:24; Genesis 36:1-43; 1 Chronicles 1:35-54

Since Jacob and Esau were twins, their lives are parallel. These passages show the beginnings of their families after they left home. The date is sometime after 1836 BC.

January 24 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

1 Chronicles 2:1-3; Genesis 30:25-33:20

These events are in the life of Jacob as he grew more wealthy by God's will.
He then decided to begin the journey southward toward his former home.

January 25 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 34-35:15; Genesis 38:1-5

This section runs in order, but the following section is not chronological, since Joseph's story begins to take over.

January 26 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 35:16-19; Genesis 48:7; Genesis 35:20-27; Genesis 37:1-35; Genesis 37:36; Genesis 39:16; Genesis 38:6-30; 1 Chronicles 2:4; Genesis 39:7-23; Genesis 40:1-23; Genesis 35:28; Genesis 35:29

Read these verses in the order we have listed to get a more chronological order.
This reading shows that while Joseph was in Egypt, Judah committed adultery, Isaac died, etc.

January 27 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 41-45:28; 1 Chronicles 2:5-8

This reading is an orderly account of more of the events in Joseph's life.

January 28 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 46-47:26; Genesis 47:28-50:26

The book of Genesis concludes with the reunion of Joseph and his father and the prophetic blessings for the 12 sons of Israel, including one for each of Joseph's two sons.

January 29 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Genesis 47:27; Exodus 1:1-14; Numbers 26:59; Exodus 6:20; Exodus 1:15-22; Hebrews 11:23-26; Acts 7:17-29

As the family of Jacob settles in Egypt, we are in the 1600's BC. At the opening of Exodus, the family is growing into a nation, slavery begins, and Moses is born (in about 1571 BC).

Exodus 2:1-10; 6:23; Numbers 26:60; Exodus 2:11-25; 6:25

These passages show how the families of Aaron and Moses grew while they were separated for 40 years.

January 30 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Exodus 3:1-4:31;Acts 7:30-36

Here we have the call of Moses and his excuses—all of which were answered by God. So, Moses met Aaron and they went to do the will of the Lord.

Exodus 5:1-7:13

This section tells of the final events before the ten plagues.

January 31 - (Online Reading Links - KJV | NKJV | NIV | NASB)

Exodus 7:14-9:35

Now the series of ten plagues begins. The date is about 1491 BC.