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Daily Bible Readings

Abbreviations

The Bible contains two main parts: the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament, see table 1) and the New Testament (see table 3). Occasionally, the Daily Office Lectionary also includes readings from the deuterocanonical works (or Apocrypha, see table 2). Each part contains several books. The books further divide into chapters, and chapters into verses.

When referring to an entire book of the Bible, the book name is usually spelled out. When referring to a section of a book, the abbreviated book name appears first, followed by a chapter number. When referring to verses within a chapter, the chapter number is followed by a colon, then one or more verses. Consecutive verses are connected with an endash (–). A comma followed by a space separate nonconsecutive verses. Sometimes a semicolon followed by a space separate references to different chapters.

For example, Zech 12:9–11; 13:1, 7–9 refers to the book of Zechariah (from the Hebrew Bible), chapter 12, verses 9 through 11, then chapter 13, verse 1, then verses 7 through 9.

Hebrew Bible
AbbreviationBook
1GenGenesis
2ExodExodus
3LevLeviticus
4NumNumbers
5DeutDeuteronomy
6JoshJoshua
7JudgJudges
8RuthRuth
91 Sam or 1 Kgdms1 Samuel or 1 Kingdoms
102 Sam or 2 Kgdms2 Samuel or 2 Kingdoms
111 Kgs or 3 Kgdms1 Kings or 3 Kingdoms
122 Kgs or 4 Kgdms2 Kings or 4 Kingdoms
131 Chr1 Chronicles
142 Chr2 Chronicles
15EzraEzra
16NehNehemiah
17EsthEsther
18JobJob
19PsPsalms
20ProvProverbs
21Eccl or QohEcclesiates or Qoheleth
22Song or CanSong of Songs or Canticles
23IsaIsaiah
24JerJeremiah
25LamLamentations
26EzekEzekiel
27DanDaniel
28HosHosea
29AmosAmos
30ObadObadiah
31JonahJonah
32MicMicah
32NahNahum
33HabHabakkuk
34ZephZephaniah
35HagHaggai
36ZechZechariah
37MalMalachi
Source: SBL Handbook of Style 8.3.1
Deuterocanonical Works
AbbreviationBook
1TobTobit
2JdtJudith
3Add EsthAdditions to Esther
4WisWisdom of Solomon
5SirSirach or Ecclesiasticus
6BarBaruch
7Ep JerEpistile of Jeremiah
8Add DanAdditions to Daniel
9SusSusanna
10BelBel and the Dragon
111 Macc1 Maccabees
122 Macc2 Maccabees
131 Esd1 Esdras
14Pr ManPrayer of Manasseh
15Ps 151Psalm 151
163 Macc3 Maccabees
172 Esd2 Esdras
184 Macc4 Maccabees
Source: SBL Handbook of Style 8.3.3
New Testament
AbbreviationBook
1MattMatthew
2MarkMark
3LukeLuke
4JohnJohn
5ActsActs
6RomRomans
71 Cor1 Corinthians
82 Cor2 Corinthians
9GalGalatians
10EphEphesians
11PhilPhilippians
12ColColossians
131 Thess1 Thessalonians
142 Thess2 Thessalonians
151 Tim1 Timothy
162 Tim2 Timothy
17TitusTitus
18PhlmPhilemon
19HebHebrews
20JasJames
211 Pet1 Peter
222 Pet2 Peter
231 John1 John
242 John2 John
253 John3 John
26JudeJude
27RevRevelation
Source: SBL Handbook of Style 8.3.2