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    to read ten chapters of the Bible every day

    My New Year's resolution is to read ten chapters of the Bible every day: two chapters from the New Testament, five chapters from Psalms, one chapter from Proverbs, two chapters from the other Old Testament Books.

    Is the above sentence grammatically correct?
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    Re: to read ten chapters of the Bible every day

    I would replace the final comma with the word "and". Otherwise, it looks OK to me.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Jan-2016 at 18:13. Reason: Oops!
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    Re: to read ten chapters of the Bible every day

    Please note that I have fixed post #2. The final comma should be replaced with the word "and". Sorry about that!
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    Re: to read ten chapters of the Bible every day

    I'd leave the comma, and add 'and' (serial comma).

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    Re: to read ten chapters of the Bible every day

    Grammar aside, I'd just comment that 10 chapters a day is very ambitious, putting you on pace to finish it in something like four months. As a child, I remember my mother following various plans that got passed around in church which broke it down over the course of a year.

    Of course, that was before the days of the Internet, and now a quick Google search shows a wealth of guides for reading it in a year. They're often organized around meaningful stopping points versus simply stopping at the end of a chapter.

    Here's one which takes a similar approach you're attempting, taking smaller chunks at a time with daily readings from the Old and New Testaments, along with something from Proverbs or Psalms.

    The advantage of not reading front to back is that it helps relieve some of the monotony you'll experience when you hit all the genealogical stuff in Chronicles.
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    Re: to read ten chapters of the Bible every day

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    Hello, Sitifan:

    I am certainly not an expert on the Bible, but I wish to respectfully suggest that some people (who are not acquainted with the Bible at all) might be confused by all those numbers.

    Maybe it might be clearer to "some people" if you expressed it something like this:

    "My New Year's resolution is to read ten chapters of the Bible every day: eight chapters from the Old Testament (including "Psalms" and "Proverbs") and two chapters from the New Testament."

    (Since the Old Testament comes first in the Bible, might it be helpful to mention it first? I think that many people prefer to think in chronological order.)

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    Re: to read ten chapters of the Bible every day

    Logically, I agree with TheParser but it's possible that the OP does not plan to read it chronologically at all. Perhaps he/she really is going to start with two chapters from the New Testament each day, then jump back to five from Psalms, one from Proverbs and then two other random Old Testament chapters.
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    #8

    Re: to read ten chapters of the Bible every day

    Won't the reader run out of Psalms to read long before finishing the rest of the Old Testament? The grammar strikes me as probably better than the maths.

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    #9

    Re: to read ten chapters of the Bible every day

    There's something like 150 Psalms and around 930 Proverbs. Most of the Proverbs are only one or two verses long, though. Psalms averages around 10 verses per Psalm.

    There wouldn't be equal volumes (in terms of lines/words), but that 2nd link in #5 shows a shorter Psalms/Proverbs reading to balance out the longer New/Old readings for all 365 days.

    Regarding the chronological question, the Bible is only roughly chronological in sense of Old before New, but the book order within the Testaments isn't very chronological at all. There are reading plans that follow a stricter chronological order, but you have to hop all around the Bible.
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    Re: to read ten chapters of the Bible every day

    In about one year, I will read through the New Testament(260 chapters) 3 times, Psalms(150 psalms) and Proverbs(31 chapters) 12 times, and the other books of the Old Testament(747 chapters) once.
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