Five Year Bible Reading Plan

There is richness and beauty to be found in digging deep into God’s Word and going beyond a superficial, surface reading. This Bible reading plan draws on the encouragement of several Bible teachers over the years to devote significant time and attention to the study of the Word. It centers around the repeated reading of a single book at a time before moving onto the next book.

How to Use This Plan

  • Each day, read Psalms and Proverbs. My approach is to read the Psalm that starts with the day number, and then in 30x increments after that; followed by the Proverbs of the day number. For example, on the 12th of the month, I’d read Psalm 12, 42, 72, 102, 132 and Proverbs 12.
  • Start with Mark, and read it front to back. If you have to interrupt your reading, put a bookmark in and pick it up at the same point. When you reach the end, start over again.
  • Choose different translations and after 5-10 reads, use study Bible notes or commentaries to help you get more out of the reading.
  • The plan estimates 4 weeks to read Mark 20 times. Adjust your week dates up or down based on this.
  • Keep notes of how often you read each book, which resources and translations you used, and what insights God gave you.
  • If you try this out—let me know what you think and how it works for you.

The Plan

OrderBookChaptersCategoryWeeks
1Mark16Typical4
2Hebrews13Typical4
31 Peter5Typical3
42 Peter3Short3
5Zechariah14Typical4
6Ecclesiastes12Typical4
71 Thessalonians 5Short2
82 Thessalonians3Short2
9Song of Solomon8Typical4
10Job42Very long6
11Genesis50Very long7
12Ezra10Typical4
13Nehemiah13Typical4
14Esther16Typical4
15Malachi3Short2
16Matthew28Very long6
17Haggai2Short2
18Hosea14Typical4
19Exodus40Very long6
201 Corinthians16Typical4
212 Corinthians13Typical4
22Revelation22Typical4
23Ezekiel48Very long7
24Daniel14Typical4
25Leviticus27Very long4
26Numbers36Very long5
27James5Typical3
28Titus3Short2
29Jeremiah52Very long8
30Lamentations5Typical4
311 Chronicles29Very long4
32Luke24Very long6
33Acts28Very long6
34Romans16Typical4
35Phillipians4Typical3
36Ephesians6Typical4
37Galatians6Typical4
38Colossians4Short2
39Philemon1Short2
40Isaiah66Very long9
411 Timothy6Typical4
422 Timothy4Short2
43Deuteronomy34Very long5
44Joshua24Typical5
452 Chronicles36Very long5
46Micah7Typical3
471 Kings22Long4
48Nahum3Short2
49Judges21Typical4
501 Samuel31Very long5
512 Samuel24Long4
52Jude1Short2
53Obadiah1Short2
54Ruth4Short2
55Jonah4Short2
56Zephaniah3Short2
57Habakkuk3Short2
58Amos9Typical4
59Joel4Short2
602 Kings25Long4
61John21Very long4
621 John5Typical3
632, 3 John2Short2