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Day 8 - Suggested Daily Bible Reading

Daniel 6:1-28; Mark 4:1-23


Daniel 6:1-28 (KJV)


1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;


2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.


3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.


4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.


5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.


6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.


7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.


8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.


9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.


10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.


11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.


12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.


13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.


14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.


15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.


16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.


17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.


18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.


19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.


20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?


21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.


22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.


23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.


24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.


25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.


26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.


27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.


28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.




Mark 4:1-23 (KJV)


1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.


2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,


3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:


4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.


5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:


6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.


7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.


8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.


9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.


10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.


11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:


12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.


13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?


14 The sower soweth the word.


15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.


16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;


17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.


18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,


19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.


20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.


21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?


22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.


23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

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