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How much time have we spent in various pursuits during our lives? For most of us, making a living consumes at least 40 hours, if not more, every week, or about 2,000 hours annually. Each year we sleep nearly 3,000 hours. Add another 550 hours per year for eating, and about 1,500 hours per year for watching television.

How much time, then, does it take to read the Scriptures? At a very moderate rate, the entire Bible can be read in about 70 hours — 52 hours for the Old Testament, and 18 hours for the New Testament. Even the longest portion of the Old Testament — the Psalms — takes only four and a half hours to read, while the Gospel of Luke would occupy less than three hours of our time.