August 20 - John 4.27-42, 1 Chronicles 16.8-43 and Zechariah 5

Sponsored by DailyBible Email

John 4 27At that moment Jesus' disciples returned, and they were greatly surprised to find him talking with a woman. But none of them said to her, "What do you want?" or asked him, "Why are you talking with her?"
28Then the woman left her water jar, went back to the town, and said to the people there, 29"Come and see the man who told me everything I have ever done. Could he be the Messiah?" 30So they left the town and went to Jesus.
31In the meantime the disciples were begging Jesus, "Teacher, have something to eat!"
32But he answered, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
33So the disciples started asking among themselves, "Could somebody have brought him food?"
34"My food," Jesus said to them, "is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do. 35You have a saying, 'Four more months and then the harvest.' But I tell you, take a good look at the fields; the crops are now ripe and ready to be harvested! 36The one who reaps the harvest is being paid and gathers the crops for eternal life; so the one who plants and the one who reaps will be glad together. 37For the saying is true, 'Someone plants, someone else reaps.' 38I have sent you to reap a harvest in a field where you did not work; others worked there, and you profit from their work."
39Many of the Samaritans in that town believed in Jesus because the woman had said, "He told me everything I have ever done." 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them, and Jesus stayed there two days.
41Many more believed because of his message, 42and they told the woman, "We believe now, not because of what you said, but because we ourselves have heard him, and we know that he really is the Savior of the world."

A Song of Praise
(Psalms 105.1-15; 96.1-13; 106.1, 47, 48)

1 Chronicles 16 8Give thanks to the LORD, proclaim his greatness;
tell the nations what he has done.
9Sing praise to the LORD;
tell the wonderful things he has done.
10Be glad that we belong to him;
let all who worship him rejoice!
11Go to the LORD for help,
and worship him continually.
12-13You descendants of Jacob, God's servant,
descendants of Israel, whom God chose,
remember the miracles that God performed
and the judgments that he gave.
14The LORD is our God;
his commands are for all the world.
15Never forget God's covenant,
which he made to last forever,
16 the covenant he made with Abraham,
the promise he made to Isaac.
17The LORD made a covenant with Jacob,
one that will last forever.
18"I will give you the land of Canaan," he said.
"It will be your own possession."

19God's people were few in number,
strangers in the land of Canaan.
20They wandered from country to country,
from one kingdom to another.
21But God let no one oppress them;
to protect them, he warned the kings:
22"Don't harm my chosen servants;
do not touch my prophets."

23Sing to the LORD, all the world!
Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us.
24Proclaim his glory to the nations,
his mighty deeds to all peoples.

25The LORD is great and is to be highly praised;
he is to be honored more than all the gods.
26The gods of all other nations are only idols,
but the LORD created the heavens.
27Glory and majesty surround him,
power and joy fill his Temple.

28Praise the LORD, all people on earth,
praise his glory and might.
29Praise the LORD's glorious name;
bring an offering and come into his Temple.
Bow down before the Holy One when he appears;
30 tremble before him, all the earth!
The earth is set firmly in place and cannot be moved.
31Be glad, earth and sky!
Tell the nations that the LORD is king.
32Roar, sea, and every creature in you;
be glad, fields, and everything in you!
33The trees in the woods will shout for joy
when the LORD comes to rule the earth.

34Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;
his love is eternal.
35Say to him, "Save us, O God our Savior;
gather us together; rescue us from the nations,
so that we may be thankful
and praise your holy name."
36Praise the LORD, the God of Israel!
Praise him now and forever!

Then all the people said, "Amen," and praised the LORD.

Worship at Jerusalem and Gibeon

37King David put Asaph and the other Levites in permanent charge of the worship that was held at the place where the Covenant Box was kept. They were to perform their duties there day by day. 38Obed Edom son of Jeduthun and sixty-eight men of his clan were to assist them. Hosah and Obed Edom were in charge of guarding the gates.
39Zadok the priest and his fellow priests, however, were in charge of the worship of the LORD at the place of worship in Gibeon. 40Every morning and evening they were to burn sacrifices whole on the altar in accordance with what was written in the Law which the LORD gave to Israel. 41There with them were Heman and Jeduthun and the others who were specifically chosen to sing praises to the LORD for his eternal love. 42Heman and Jeduthun also had charge of the trumpets and cymbals and the other instruments which were played when the songs of praise were sung. The members of Jeduthun's clan were in charge of guarding the gates.
43Then everyone went home, and David went home to spend some time with his family.

The Vision of the Flying Scroll

Zechariah 5 I looked again, and this time I saw a scroll flying through the air. 2The angel asked me what I saw. I answered, "A scroll flying through the air; it is thirty feet long and fifteen feet wide."
3Then he said to me, "On it is written the curse that is to go out over the whole land. On one side of the scroll it says that every thief will be removed from the land; and on the other side it says that everyone who tells lies under oath will also be taken away. 4The LORD Almighty says that he will send this curse out, and it will enter the house of every thief and the house of everyone who tells lies under oath. It will remain in their houses and leave them in ruins."

The Vision of the Woman in the Basket

5The angel appeared again and said, "Look! Something else is coming!"
6"What is it?" I asked.
He replied, "It is a basket, and it stands for the sin of the whole land."
7The basket had a lid made of lead. As I watched, the lid was raised, and there in the basket sat a woman!
8The angel said, "This represents wickedness." Then he pushed her down into the basket and put the lid back down. 9I looked up and saw two women flying toward me with powerful wings like those of a stork. They picked up the basket and flew off with it.
10I asked the angel, "Where are they taking it?"
11He answered, "To Babylonia, where they will build a temple for it. When the temple is finished, the basket will be placed there to be worshiped."

Next Page


This reading is from The Holy Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.

Click here to go to BibleNetUSA's main page

Click here to go to the main page of

Copyright 2013 BibleNetUSA.  All rights reserved.  Email

These daily Bible readings from the Good News Translation (GNT), formerly the Today's English Version (TEV), are published by BibleNetUSA.  The web site and BibleCard® designs are by iCreative.  All BibleCard® images are copyrighted by  iCreative.  All rights reserved.