2-Year Bible Reading Plan {Updated}

Do you struggle to finish a 1-year Bible reading plan?

Trying to squeeze all 66 books of the Bible into 12 months is no easy task, especially if you don’t want to just speed through.

Here’s an alternative option:

Use a 2-year Bible reading plan instead.

2 Year Bible Reading Plan

  • 5 days a week (no weekends)
  • Alternate 2 weeks in the Old Testament/1 week in the New Testament
  • No dates; start anytime
  • Take several weeks off per year as needed (total schedule=95 weeks)
  • Basic chronological order within each Testament
  • Psalms and Proverbs sprinkled throughout

With this plan you only read 5 days a week and take the weekends off. Two weeks in the Old Testament alternate with one week in the New Testament. The blocks aren’t dated so you can start anytime. You can also skip days here and there and still finish on time. Or read straight through and finish in less than 2 years.

I created this two-year plan based on a chronological timeline of the Bible, with the exception of Psalms and Proverbs, which are interspersed throughout the plan. I’ve shared a similar version, but this year I did significant revisions. I like it even better.

So here’s the brand-new version of my 2-Year Bible Reading Plan. If you try it, let me know what you think.

We should never have to rush as we read through the Bible. But we do benefit with a steady diet, whatever our pace.

Reading the testimonies of God’s encounters with others awakens us to our own encounters with God.

PRINT THE PLAN (not dated, so start anytime)


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Do you have a daily Bible reading plan you like? Please share in the comments.

50 thoughts on “2-Year Bible Reading Plan {Updated}

  1. Lynn D. Morrissey

    Thanks, Lisa, I copied it. I love reading the Bible through in a year (or two) for the full sweep of it, and reading it all in context. I started reading a One-Year bible, b/c I had never done that. Admittedly, it’s handy, but then difficult to find passages, so I always have a “regular” Bible at hand. One year, I read a chronological Bible that truly put things in order, in context. I have also read a two-year Bible (same format as the one-year, but less to read). I love Dr. RC Sproul’s ministry’s plans. They give you lots of options. Bottomline, we need to be in God’s Word, however we do it, prayerfully, soulfully, faithfully. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Lynn D. Morrissey

    Lisa, is basically the only difference in your two plans that one alternates between Testaments, and the other doesn’t? Pls. advise.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      They both alternate between the Testaments, but the newer one is more chronologically correct within each Testament. In the end you still read everything through one time, just in a slightly different order. 🙂

      Hope you had a great Christmas, Lynn! And Happy New 2019 to you!

        1. LisaNotes Post author

          I do it vertically. I won’t be starting the new plan myself until around April. I still haven’t finished up my last series; I got behind when my grandbaby was born. I typically journal on one verse per day from my readings, so when I wasn’t home with my journal, I paused my reading, too, as if it’s all or nothing. Mistake. It took a couple months before I finally realized: even if I can’t journal, I can still read. And when the season is right, I’ll return to journaling.

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  4. Lesley

    This looks like a great plan, Lisa! I have done a one-year plan before and it is a lot, especially if you don’t just want to skim through it. I love that your plan is chronological – it helps a lot to get a sense of the big picture and how it all fits together. Lately I’ve been using the plans at She Reads Truth which tend to go through a book of the Bible in about a month, but I was thinking I should read through the whole Bible again at some point so I will remember your plan.

  5. Jill Foley

    Thank you for this! I’ve done the one year plan many times, and this past year I took the year off. I wasn’t excited about starting again, because I know how daunting it can be to keep up. But this plan…taking up to 2 years…this is doable!

  6. Laura Thomas

    Such a great idea, Lisa! I’ve attempted the 1-year thing before and end up feeling the pressure and guilt steals the joy! I’ve been using the Read Scripture app from The Bible Project most days, and I really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing. 😊 Stopping by from #raralinkup

  7. floyd samons

    I’m closing in on another cover to cover reading of the Bible.

    I have to admit that I’ve stalled severely this time around.

    I’ll use this as my encouragement and reminder to get back to it!

  8. Anonymous

    This is an excellent Bible reading plan. Thank you for laboring over creating it. I started this plan just over a year ago and was able to finish it today!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      That’s so exciting! Thanks for sharing about finishing the reading plan. And congratulations on reading through the Bible. It brings such rewards to listen for God’s voice through the stories.

  9. Wolfie

    Thrilled to have found this as I need time to consider deeply and pray through Scripture. I love that you allow for NT alternating and any start date. Started today!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Awesome! I pray that you will have a fruitful journey through the scriptures. I use this schedule again and again and have been blessed each time I read through the Bible. God is always revealing something fresh.

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  12. Andrew

    Hi Lisa,

    I intend to use this plan with my church members to read through the Bible for the next two years. As most of them are Chinese, may I have your permission to translate it into Chinese?

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  15. Duane C Farrington

    I’ve been looking for a 2 year Bible reading plan for some time could find one I understood. I have a problem understanding yours also. Does one block equal one day? I would like to get some old testament and some new testament each. Is it best to read vertically or horizontally.
    I really want to get reading with a 2 year plan. Thank you for all the work you put into this plan.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Each block, which has 5 readings, represents 5 days. The plan alternates between two weeks reading in the Old Testament with one week reading in the New Testament. Read vertically so that you stay in sequence. Hope you find a plan that works well for you!

  16. Bill Craig

    I would love to get another copy of the previous version. Mine has been marked up as I’ve read through it enough times that it’s difficult to keep track of where I am anymore.

  17. elaine

    i absolutely love this reading plan! i’m not rushing through just to check off the box…. i can actually read it slower and enjoy what i’m reading. you said the OT and NT readings kind of coincide….. is that right? or can I just go through the OT (skipping the NT weeks) and then circle back and read the NT? (so far, I’ve been reading it the way you have it on the pdf)

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Glad you are enjoying the reading plan! I’ve used it for years now and haven’t grown tired of it yet. No, there is no coinciding between the OT and NT readings. They’re laid out as they are just to mix it up.

      So you could definitely read all the OT chapters first, then go back and catch all the NT chapters if you want to.

  18. J

    I will be starting this soon with a friend. I’m very excited to find a 2 year plan that doesn’t include weekends and allows some Grace periods as well… it really reduces the stress around completing the plan! Quick question towards the end of the plan it says finish OT one day and and NT the other. What should I read that day? I’m a little confused. Thanks!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’m glad you’ll be starting the plan with a friend. What a great way to do it! I’ve been doing the plan on repeat for several years now and it always works nicely for me to have the extra grace too. 🙂 You can just take a break on the days when you end the OT and end the NT as a celebration! Blessings to you on this journey.

  19. Colin Richards

    Thanks you Lisa, just downloaded, i fully agree with your comments, reading the bible in one year, does not really give you the time to meditate and digest what you have read.

    Will give this a try…

    Every Blessing

  20. Lisa

    Hi! Excited to start this! I’ll be doing with quite a few family members and friends! I’m trying to print it out but it’s almost like the writing is in gray or something, it’s barely visible, if not unreadable. I tried printing something else to see if it was my printer but that printed excellent. Any advice? Or do you have a different version by chance? Thank you!!

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