Zephaniah 1-3; Psalm 74; 2 Cor 8
Discuss in the comments section.
The following text is from the English Standard Version.
The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
The Coming Judgment on Judah
2 “I will utterly sweep away everything
The Day of the Lord Is Near
7 Be silent before the Lord God!
10 “On that day,” declares the Lord,
14 The great day of the Lord is near,
17 I will bring distress on mankind,
Judgment on Judah’s Enemies
2 Gather together, yes, gather,
5 Woe to you inhabitants of the seacoast,
8 “I have heard the taunts of Moab
12 You also, O Cushites,
13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north
Judgment on Jerusalem and the Nations
3 Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,
3 Her officials within her
6 “I have cut off nations;
8 “Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord,
The Conversion of the Nations
9 “For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples
11 “On that day you shall not be put to shame
Israel’s Joy and Restoration
14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause
A Maskil[a] of Asaph.
74 O God, why do you cast us off forever?
4 Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place;
9 We do not see our signs;
12 Yet God my King is from of old,
18 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
20 Have regard for the covenant,
22 Arise, O God, defend your cause;
Encouragement to Give Generously
8 We want you to know, brothers,[a] about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor[b] of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.6 Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. 7 But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you[c]—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
8 I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 10 And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. 11 So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 15 As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”
Commendation of Titus
16 But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going[d] to you of his own accord.18 With him we are sending[e] the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. 19 And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. 20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. 22 And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers[f] of the churches, the glory of Christ.24 So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.
The reading plan I’ve chosen is from Bible Class Material and it’s a 5 day plan, with weekend days to catch up or get ahead or just take a break!