The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday May 24, 2018 (NIV)

2 Samuel 4-6

The Murder of Ishbosheth

When Ishbosheth,[a] Saul’s son, heard about Abner’s death at Hebron, he lost all courage, and all Israel became paralyzed with fear. Now there were two brothers, Baanah and Recab, who were captains of Ishbosheth’s raiding parties. They were sons of Rimmon, a member of the tribe of Benjamin who lived in Beeroth. The town of Beeroth is now part of Benjamin’s territory because the original people of Beeroth fled to Gittaim, where they still live as foreigners.

(Saul’s son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth,[b] who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when the report came from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle. When the child’s nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, she dropped him, and he became crippled.)

One day Recab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon from Beeroth, went to Ishbosheth’s house around noon as he was taking his midday rest. The doorkeeper, who had been sifting wheat, became drowsy and fell asleep. So Recab and Baanah slipped past her.[c] They went into the house and found Ishbosheth sleeping on his bed. They struck and killed him and cut off his head. Then, taking his head with them, they fled across the Jordan Valley[d] through the night. When they arrived at Hebron, they presented Ishbosheth’s head to David. “Look!” they exclaimed to the king. “Here is the head of Ishbosheth, the son of your enemy Saul who tried to kill you. Today the Lord has given my lord the king revenge on Saul and his entire family!”

But David said to Recab and Baanah, “The Lord, who saves me from all my enemies, is my witness. 10 Someone once told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ thinking he was bringing me good news. But I seized him and killed him at Ziklag. That’s the reward I gave him for his news! 11 How much more should I reward evil men who have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed? Shouldn’t I hold you responsible for his blood and rid the earth of you?”

12 So David ordered his young men to kill them, and they did. They cut off their hands and feet and hung their bodies beside the pool in Hebron. Then they took Ishbosheth’s head and buried it in Abner’s tomb in Hebron.

David Becomes King of All Israel

Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past,[e] when Saul was our king, you were the one who really led the forces of Israel. And the Lord told you, ‘You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be Israel’s leader.’”

So there at Hebron, King David made a covenant before the Lord with all the elders of Israel. And they anointed him king of Israel.

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in all. He had reigned over Judah from Hebron for seven years and six months, and from Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.

David Captures Jerusalem

David then led his men to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebusites, the original inhabitants of the land who were living there. The Jebusites taunted David, saying, “You’ll never get in here! Even the blind and lame could keep you out!” For the Jebusites thought they were safe. But David captured the fortress of Zion, which is now called the City of David.

On the day of the attack, David said to his troops, “I hate those ‘lame’ and ‘blind’ Jebusites.[f] Whoever attacks them should strike by going into the city through the water tunnel.[g]” That is the origin of the saying, “The blind and the lame may not enter the house.”[h]

So David made the fortress his home, and he called it the City of David. He extended the city, starting at the supporting terraces[i] and working inward. 10 And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him.

11 Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built David a palace. 12 And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

13 After moving from Hebron to Jerusalem, David married more concubines and wives, and they had more sons and daughters. 14 These are the names of David’s sons who were born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

David Conquers the Philistines

17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he went into the stronghold. 18 The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim. 19 So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”

The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.”

20 So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). 21 The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David and his men confiscated them.

22 But after a while the Philistines returned and again spread out across the valley of Rephaim. 23 And again David asked the Lord what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” the Lord replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar[j] trees. 24 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! That will be the signal that the Lord is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.” 25 So David did what the Lord commanded, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon[k] to Gezer.

Moving the Ark to Jerusalem

Then David again gathered all the elite troops in Israel, 30,000 in all. He led them to Baalah of Judah[l] to bring back the Ark of God, which bears the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,[m] who is enthroned between the cherubim. They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s house, which was on a hill. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, were guiding the cart that carried the Ark of God.[n] Ahio walked in front of the Ark. David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, singing songs[o] and playing all kinds of musical instruments—lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.

But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God. Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this.[p] So Uzzah died right there beside the Ark of God.

David was angry because the Lord’s anger had burst out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means “to burst out against Uzzah”), as it is still called today.

David was now afraid of the Lord, and he asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of the Lord back into my care?” 10 So David decided not to move the Ark of the Lord into the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath. 11 The Ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his entire household.

12 Then King David was told, “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s household and everything he has because of the Ark of God.” So David went there and brought the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David with a great celebration. 13 After the men who were carrying the Ark of the Lord had gone six steps, David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.[q] 15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.

Michal’s Contempt for David

16 But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him.

17 They brought the Ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the special tent David had prepared for it. And David sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the Lord. 18 When he had finished his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 19 Then he gave to every Israelite man and woman in the crowd a loaf of bread, a cake of dates,[r] and a cake of raisins. Then all the people returned to their homes.

20 When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”

21 David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. 22 Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!” 23 So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.


  1. 4:1 Ishbosheth is another name for Esh-baal.
  2. 4:4 Mephibosheth is another name for Merib-baal.
  3. 4:6 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads So they went into the house pretending to fetch wheat, but they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Recab and Baanah escaped.
  4. 4:7 Hebrew the Arabah.
  5. 5:2 Or For some time.
  6. 5:8a Or Those ‘lame’ and ‘blind’ Jebusites hate me.
  7. 5:8b Or with scaling hooks. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  8. 5:8c The meaning of this saying is uncertain.
  9. 5:9 Hebrew the millo. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  10. 5:23 Or aspen, or balsam; also in 5:24. The exact identification of this tree is uncertain.
  11. 5:25 As in Greek version (see also 1 Chr 14:16); Hebrew reads Geba.
  12. 6:2a Hebrew Baale of Judah, another name for Kiriath-jearim; compare 1 Chr 13:6.
  13. 6:2b Or the Ark of God where the Name is proclaimed—the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
  14. 6:4 As in Dead Sea Scrolls and some Greek manuscripts; Masoretic Text reads and they brought it from Abinadab’s house, which was on a hill, with the Ark of God.
  15. 6:5 As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version (see also 1 Chr 13:8); Masoretic Text reads before the Lord with all manner of cypress wood.
  16. 6:7 As in Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text reads because of his irreverence.
  17. 6:14 Hebrew a linen ephod.
  18. 6:19 Or a portion of meat. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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John 13:31-14:14

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man[a] to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. 32 And since God receives glory because of the Son,[b] he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once. 33 Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

36 Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?”

And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.”

37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.”

38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.

Jesus, the Way to the Father

14 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[c] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[d] When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.[e] From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!


  1. 13:31 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
  2. 13:32 Several early manuscripts do not include And since God receives glory because of the Son.
  3. 14:2a Or There are many rooms in my Father’s house.
  4. 14:2b Or If this were not so, I would have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you. Some manuscripts read If this were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.
  5. 14:7 Some manuscripts read If you have really known me, you will know who my Father is.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Psalm 119:17-32


17 Be good to your servant,
that I may live and obey your word.
18 Open my eyes to see
the wonderful truths in your instructions.
19 I am only a foreigner in the land.
Don’t hide your commands from me!
20 I am always overwhelmed
with a desire for your regulations.
21 You rebuke the arrogant;
those who wander from your commands are cursed.
22 Don’t let them scorn and insult me,
for I have obeyed your laws.
23 Even princes sit and speak against me,
but I will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your laws please me;
they give me wise advice.


25 I lie in the dust;
revive me by your word.
26 I told you my plans, and you answered.
Now teach me your decrees.
27 Help me understand the meaning of your commandments,
and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
28 I weep with sorrow;
encourage me by your word.
29 Keep me from lying to myself;
give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.
30 I have chosen to be faithful;
I have determined to live by your regulations.
31 I cling to your laws.
Lord, don’t let me be put to shame!
32 I will pursue your commands,
for you expand my understanding.

New Living Translation (NLT)

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 15:31-32

31 If you listen to constructive criticism,
you will be at home among the wise.

32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;
but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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05/23/2018 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 2:12-3:39, John 13:1-30, Psalms 119:1-16, Proverbs 15:29-30

Today is the 23rd day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you today. I hope that your week is doing well. And we’re gonna dive back in, picking up where we left off yesterday. And we’re just getting going in the book of 2 Samuel and continuing forward in the life of David. This week we’re reading from the New Living Translation and we’ll read 2 Samuel 2:12-3:39 today.


Alright. So, we have a good amount of political intrigue happening in 2 Samuel. And as we were talking about yesterday, once Saul died it wasn’t just David became the king. Because of all of the reasons of succession, right? So Ish-bosheth who was Saul’s son and the next in line because some of his brothers had been killed in the same battle that Saul had been killed in, was anointed the king and was protected by the army of Israel, with Abner being the first in command. Joab, on the other hand, was David’s first in command of his forces. And let’s just remember, these guys all served in one army at one time. They all knew each other. They were high ranking warriors. They all knew each other. But eventually, right? There can’t be two kings of one country. And so as time went on things heated up, a battle happened. David’s forces won that battle, which left Abner, who was Saul’s general, running for his life. And he happened to be being chased by Joab’s brother, Asahel, so the general of David’s army. So this is like a really really tight close thing going on. Asahel knows Abner. They’ve known each other. They’ve probably fought battles together, but Asahel is chasing Abner to try to kill him. And the battle is going on and Abner’s trying to tell Asahel to stop chasing him because he doesn’t want to kill him, right? Abner doesn’t wanna kill Asahel because Abner and Joab know each other very very well. But in the end, Asahel is killed in battle. And this isn’t murder on Abner’s part. That’s not the way it’s treated because it happened in battle. But later we see the intrigue happen. Ish-bosheth turns on Abner. Abner turns on Ish-bosheth, the king of Israel, and defects to David, bringing the entire country who wants David to be king, along with him. So these two generals, first in command of the military, these guys are highly revered among the people. When Joab realizes that Abner has come to the king even though he doesn’t know the whole situation, he can’t believe that David would have let him go. And so he and his one remaining brother have a plot and they assassinate Abner, the leader of the Israelite army. Which puts David in a very precarious political position. Here the entire nation is coming around him to anoint him king and oust Ish-bosheth and the family of Saul. But the one who had kind of rallied everyone together around David has been murdered by David’s military. That’s what it looks like. So even though Abner’s killing was a revenge killing, it thrust David into a really really weird predicament politically. So, David’s gotta make a move and what we learn, what we see in David, gives us some sage advice. When David finds himself in the wrong, he doesn’t bluster and basically stamp his feet and claim, I’m the king. I can do whatever I want. He humbles himself and that’s what he does in this situation. He humbles himself. He weeps and mourns for Abner. He knew Abner. He had fought alongside Abner. And it was Abner and Saul who were trying to chase David down. But David knew the life of a warrior and he knew Abner was and he respected that. And he felt as if Israel had lost a mighty military person that day. And he mourned. And he had everyone put on sackcloth and ashes and they mourned. And David sang a song at the funeral. So, all this stuff people are seeing this. And it’s helping them see that David didn’t kill Abner. Because had that rumor gotten out and had David been blamed for Abner’s death, it would have probably led to full blown civil war. But David, the king, the king of Judah, humbled himself, honored Abner. And it turned the people’s hearts to David because they knew he didn’t do it. That’s the story of how this shepherd boy David could become the king of Israel. And we will follow that story tomorrow, but when we move into the book of John, we see a very very similar posture. Here we have God Almighty wrapped in flesh in the person of Jesus enjoying his last meal with his friends when he chooses to do the very awkward thing that he did, which is to jump up in front of them and then disrobe, put a towel around his waist, get a basin of water and wash the filthy feet of his friends. Again, a very humble, gracious, kind thing to do. But this is God down on his knees before his friends, before his creation washing the grime off of their feet. So, in the life of David, we see this humility and it gives us an example in our own lives because what happened was David’s humility brought him, actually elevated him to the throne.

And we see God’s humility through Jesus in the same fashion. But with Jesus, He used the entire situation as a teaching moment that has vast implications, not only on His friends, His disciples, but on us. Because once He had washed everyone’s feet and stood up and wiped His hands off, He said, You call Me Teacher and you call Me Lord and you are right because that’s what I Am. So, since I, Your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you oughta wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you and God will bless you. So, let’s consider this humble posture today. Whose feet can we wash today? And this doesn’t have to be disrobing and putting a towel around your waist and getting a wash basin and getting down on your knees and washing someone’s literal feet. This posture of humility, especially when it’s unexpected, brings such calm to any situation. Jesus said, I have given you an example to follow. What does that look like for you today?


Father, we invite You into that question. What does that look like for us today? We don’t necessarily know what that looks like for us today because we don’t know the events of the day. But we do know that we must be aware for these opportunities to be Your hands and feet in the world and follow Your example. So, come Holy Spirit. Make us aware and alert of the situations going on around us. And show us how we can walk through this day in humility, knowing that in Your kingdom to be the servant of all is to be in a very high position. Come Holy Spirit, we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday May 23, 2018 (NIV)

2 Samuel 2:12-3:39

War between Israel and Judah

12 One day Abner led Ishbosheth’s troops from Mahanaim to Gibeon. 13 About the same time, Joab son of Zeruiah led David’s troops out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. The two groups sat down there, facing each other from opposite sides of the pool.

14 Then Abner suggested to Joab, “Let’s have a few of our warriors fight hand to hand here in front of us.”

“All right,” Joab agreed. 15 So twelve men were chosen to fight from each side—twelve men of Benjamin representing Ishbosheth son of Saul, and twelve representing David. 16 Each one grabbed his opponent by the hair and thrust his sword into the other’s side so that all of them died. So this place at Gibeon has been known ever since as the Field of Swords.[a]

17 A fierce battle followed that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the forces of David.

The Death of Asahel

18 Joab, Abishai, and Asahel—the three sons of Zeruiah—were among David’s forces that day. Asahel could run like a gazelle, 19 and he began chasing Abner. He pursued him relentlessly, not stopping for anything. 20 When Abner looked back and saw him coming, he called out, “Is that you, Asahel?”

“Yes, it is,” he replied.

21 “Go fight someone else!” Abner warned. “Take on one of the younger men, and strip him of his weapons.” But Asahel kept right on chasing Abner.

22 Again Abner shouted to him, “Get away from here! I don’t want to kill you. How could I ever face your brother Joab again?”

23 But Asahel refused to turn back, so Abner thrust the butt end of his spear through Asahel’s stomach, and the spear came out through his back. He stumbled to the ground and died there. And everyone who came by that spot stopped and stood still when they saw Asahel lying there.

24 When Joab and Abishai found out what had happened, they set out after Abner. The sun was just going down as they arrived at the hill of Ammah near Giah, along the road to the wilderness of Gibeon. 25 Abner’s troops from the tribe of Benjamin regrouped there at the top of the hill to take a stand.

26 Abner shouted down to Joab, “Must we always be killing each other? Don’t you realize that bitterness is the only result? When will you call off your men from chasing their Israelite brothers?”

27 Then Joab said, “God only knows what would have happened if you hadn’t spoken, for we would have chased you all night if necessary.” 28 So Joab blew the ram’s horn, and his men stopped chasing the troops of Israel.

29 All that night Abner and his men retreated through the Jordan Valley.[b] They crossed the Jordan River, traveling all through the morning,[c] and didn’t stop until they arrived at Mahanaim.

30 Meanwhile, Joab and his men also returned home. When Joab counted his casualties, he discovered that only 19 men were missing in addition to Asahel. 31 But 360 of Abner’s men had been killed, all from the tribe of Benjamin. 32 Joab and his men took Asahel’s body to Bethlehem and buried him there in his father’s tomb. Then they traveled all night and reached Hebron at daybreak.

That was the beginning of a long war between those who were loyal to Saul and those loyal to David. As time passed David became stronger and stronger, while Saul’s dynasty became weaker and weaker.

David’s Sons Born in Hebron

These are the sons who were born to David in Hebron:

The oldest was Amnon, whose mother was Ahinoam from Jezreel.
The second was Daniel,[d] whose mother was Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel.
The third was Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur.
The fourth was Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith.
The fifth was Shephatiah, whose mother was Abital.
The sixth was Ithream, whose mother was Eglah, David’s wife.

These sons were all born to David in Hebron.

Abner Joins Forces with David

As the war between the house of Saul and the house of David went on, Abner became a powerful leader among those loyal to Saul. One day Ishbosheth,[e] Saul’s son, accused Abner of sleeping with one of his father’s concubines, a woman named Rizpah, daughter of Aiah.

Abner was furious. “Am I some Judean dog to be kicked around like this?” he shouted. “After all I have done for your father, Saul, and his family and friends by not handing you over to David, is this my reward—that you find fault with me about this woman? May God strike me and even kill me if I don’t do everything I can to help David get what the Lord has promised him! 10 I’m going to take Saul’s kingdom and give it to David. I will establish the throne of David over Israel as well as Judah, all the way from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south.” 11 Ishbosheth didn’t dare say another word because he was afraid of what Abner might do.

12 Then Abner sent messengers to David, saying, “Doesn’t the entire land belong to you? Make a solemn pact with me, and I will help turn over all of Israel to you.”

13 “All right,” David replied, “but I will not negotiate with you unless you bring back my wife Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come.”

14 David then sent this message to Ishbosheth, Saul’s son: “Give me back my wife Michal, for I bought her with the lives[f] of 100 Philistines.”

15 So Ishbosheth took Michal away from her husband, Palti[g] son of Laish. 16 Palti followed along behind her as far as Bahurim, weeping as he went. Then Abner told him, “Go back home!” So Palti returned.

17 Meanwhile, Abner had consulted with the elders of Israel. “For some time now,” he told them, “you have wanted to make David your king. 18 Now is the time! For the Lord has said, ‘I have chosen David to save my people Israel from the hands of the Philistines and from all their other enemies.’” 19 Abner also spoke with the men of Benjamin. Then he went to Hebron to tell David that all the people of Israel and Benjamin had agreed to support him.

20 When Abner and twenty of his men came to Hebron, David entertained them with a great feast. 21 Then Abner said to David, “Let me go and call an assembly of all Israel to support my lord the king. They will make a covenant with you to make you their king, and you will rule over everything your heart desires.” So David sent Abner safely on his way.

Joab Murders Abner

22 But just after David had sent Abner away in safety, Joab and some of David’s troops returned from a raid, bringing much plunder with them. 23 When Joab arrived, he was told that Abner had just been there visiting the king and had been sent away in safety.

24 Joab rushed to the king and demanded, “What have you done? What do you mean by letting Abner get away? 25 You know perfectly well that he came to spy on you and find out everything you’re doing!”

26 Joab then left David and sent messengers to catch up with Abner, asking him to return. They found him at the well of Sirah and brought him back, though David knew nothing about it. 27 When Abner arrived back at Hebron, Joab took him aside at the gateway as if to speak with him privately. But then he stabbed Abner in the stomach and killed him in revenge for killing his brother Asahel.

28 When David heard about it, he declared, “I vow by the Lord that I and my kingdom are forever innocent of this crime against Abner son of Ner. 29 Joab and his family are the guilty ones. May the family of Joab be cursed in every generation with a man who has open sores or leprosy[h] or who walks on crutches[i] or dies by the sword or begs for food!”

30 So Joab and his brother Abishai killed Abner because Abner had killed their brother Asahel at the battle of Gibeon.

David Mourns Abner’s Death

31 Then David said to Joab and all those who were with him, “Tear your clothes and put on burlap. Mourn for Abner.” And King David himself walked behind the procession to the grave. 32 They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king and all the people wept at his graveside. 33 Then the king sang this funeral song for Abner:

“Should Abner have died as fools die?
34 Your hands were not bound;
your feet were not chained.
No, you were murdered—
the victim of a wicked plot.”

All the people wept again for Abner. 35 David had refused to eat anything on the day of the funeral, and now everyone begged him to eat. But David had made a vow, saying, “May God strike me and even kill me if I eat anything before sundown.”

36 This pleased the people very much. In fact, everything the king did pleased them! 37 So everyone in Judah and all Israel understood that David was not responsible for Abner’s murder.

38 Then King David said to his officials, “Don’t you realize that a great commander has fallen today in Israel? 39 And even though I am the anointed king, these two sons of Zeruiah—Joab and Abishai—are too strong for me to control. So may the Lord repay these evil men for their evil deeds.”


  1. 2:16 Hebrew Helkath-hazzurim.
  2. 2:29a Hebrew the Arabah.
  3. 2:29b Or continued on through the Bithron. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  4. 3:3 As in parallel text at 1 Chr 3:1 (see also Greek version, which reads Daluia, and possible support by Dead Sea Scrolls); Hebrew reads Kileab.
  5. 3:7 Ishbosheth is another name for Esh-baal.
  6. 3:14 Hebrew the foreskins.
  7. 3:15 As in 1 Sam 25:44; Hebrew reads Paltiel, a variant spelling of Palti.
  8. 3:29a Or or a contagious skin disease. The Hebrew word used here can describe various skin diseases.
  9. 3:29b Or who is effeminate; Hebrew reads who handles a spindle.
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John 13:1-30

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

13 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.[a] It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas,[b] son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet,[c] to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

18 “I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen. But this fulfills the Scripture that says, ‘The one who eats my food has turned against me.’[d] 19 I tell you this beforehand, so that when it happens you will believe that I am the Messiah.[e] 20 I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me.”

21 Now Jesus was deeply troubled,[f] and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!”

22 The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean. 23 The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table.[g] 24 Simon Peter motioned to him to ask, “Who’s he talking about?” 25 So that disciple leaned over to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. 27 When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” 28 None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. 29 Since Judas was their treasurer, some thought Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor. 30 So Judas left at once, going out into the night.


  1. 13:1 Or he showed them the full extent of his love.
  2. 13:2 Or the devil had already intended for Judas.
  3. 13:10 Some manuscripts do not include except for the feet.
  4. 13:18 Ps 41:9.
  5. 13:19 Or that the ‘I am’ has come; or that I am the Lord; Greek reads that I am. See Exod 3:14.
  6. 13:21 Greek was troubled in his spirit.
  7. 13:23 Greek was reclining on Jesus’ bosom. The “disciple Jesus loved” was probably John.
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Psalm 119:1-16

Psalm 119[a]


Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
They do not compromise with evil,
and they walk only in his paths.
You have charged us
to keep your commandments carefully.
Oh, that my actions would consistently
reflect your decrees!
Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.
As I learn your righteous regulations,
I will thank you by living as I should!
I will obey your decrees.
Please don’t give up on me!


How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
10 I have tried hard to find you—
don’t let me wander from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 I praise you, O Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 I have recited aloud
all the regulations you have given us.
14 I have rejoiced in your laws
as much as in riches.
15 I will study your commandments
and reflect on your ways.
16 I will delight in your decrees
and not forget your word.


  1. 119 This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; there are twenty-two stanzas, one for each successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the eight verses within each stanza begins with the Hebrew letter named in its heading.
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Proverbs 15:29-30

29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayers of the righteous.

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart;
good news makes for good health.

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05/22/2018 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11, John 12:20-50, Psalms 118:19-29, Proverbs 15:27-28

Today is the 22 day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we move forward, the next step forward in our adventure through the Scriptures, which actually brings us to the doorway of another book. And we’ll step into that today. We completed 1 Samuel yesterday and the life of Saul. And of course, Saul was killed in battle and we read of that. Which brings us today to begin 2 Samuel. And just by way of reminder, 1 and 2 Samuel were of a larger collection of books with other texts that were separated along the way, made individual books for clarification and ease. It would be pretty hard for Samuel to have written 2 Samuel since he had already died. So we don’t actually know who penned this book, but it does seem to be a collection from previous times. But because of the way that the narrative reads, whoever did account for these Scriptures had first hand knowledge. 2 Samuel is gonna pick up right where we left off. So it’s not like we’re switching gears here and have to reframe what we’re looking at. It’s gonna pick up right where we left off. And we’ve basically concluded the book of 1 Samuel with the death of Saul and his sons. So we’ll pick up there as 2 Samuel begins. And then we’ll cover the life of David, his ascension to the throne, his victories, his conquests, his relationship and passion for God and then the mountain top of his life and then the trailing off and his falling away from God as well. And we’ll be able to sit here in the front row and watch all of this happen and apply it to our lives. Because we’ll certainly find ourselves in the life of David. And in his life we’ll have one more example of how pressing into God, obeying God, following God with our whole hearts brings about victory in any situation and the falling away from God brings about rebellion and eventual destruction. And just a heads up. If this is your first time through the Scriptures, one thing to note is that the stories that we’re reading now, these will be re-told again when we get to the books of 1 and 2 Chronicle. But it’s not like it’s the same book word for word and it’s not coming from the same perspective and that’s an interesting thing about the Bible. We have this story of David and we’re reading it in Samuel from a prophetic perspective, from the view of the prophets. When we move back through the story again when we get to the books of Chronicles, we’ll read this same story of David’s life, only from the view of the priestly perspective. So with all of that said, let’s begin this new adventure that we’re on known as 2 Samuel. And we’ll read chapter 1:1-2:11 today.


Okay. So, we’ve talked about 2 Samuel a little bit. Now let’s just talk about the context of the territory that we’re moving into. Because we can be reading the story of David’s life in 2 Samuel or in the books of Chronicles and then we can, at the same time, be reading a Psalm of David and these would be from different periods of his life. So, David can write a Psalm that refers to Jerusalem. But in 2 Samuel where we are right now, Jerusalem doesn’t exist. It is a Canaanite city called Jabez, but it’s not the holy city of Jerusalem that we know of today. It’s not the capital city of Israel. So, we’ve gone through the story, right? David has left Ziklag and moved back into his homeland to the city of Hebron, which still exists today. And the people of the tribe of Judah, which is David’s tribe, they anoint him king over themselves. So Saul had died but he has an heir, Ish-bosheth, who is successor who is also anointed king. David being on the run and his fame from killing Goliath and his fame for his leadership throughout the country has put him in his favor, but he’s just a commoner. And it wasn’t a practice in those days, like it wasn’t a democracy where everybody would vote on who would be their king. So, we have some political intrigue going on here. One of the tribes has spoken and made themselves have a king, King David, over them. Not everyone’s on board with this plan. So, it’s very easy for us to think, well, David comes after Saul so Saul dies than everybody anoints David king and they live happily ever after, but that’s not what happened. So, where we are now is that David is ruling in Hebron and he’s there for seven and a half years as the ruler. But not everyone is united around him. And there is no Jerusalem yet. And we will witness David capturing Jabez but he will make it the City of David where he will eventual build his capital and then the city will become Jerusalem.


So Father, we thank You for Your Word. We thank You for our ability to continue in the journey through Your Word each and every year, each and every day. And we thank You for the different nuances that we get to explore, some historical, some deeply, deeply spiritual, penetrating very much to our essential identity. And all kinds of stuff that just makes us think about the road that we’re walking and Your Holy Spirit knits it together within us, planting the seeds that become a harvest. And we ask for a bountiful harvest of the fruit of the spirit in our lives. Because we spend time in Your Word each day and find counsel in it. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Hi everybody. It’s Margo here from Australia. I just have a little bit of a prayer request. I wanted to say thank you to Beloved by Him from Gloucester in the UK. Prayed for police the other day. It was some sort of police day in the UK. And I would love it if you could pray for my husband. He’s been in the police for about 10 years now and he’s really struggling with it. He’s just really finding the stress of it all, it’s really getting him down, and we, in the process of getting him out of the police, were going as you know to Africa next year to the mission field. But it’s a good eight months away. He’s having trouble sleeping and just really struggling with it at the moment so I would love it if you guys could pray for God’s supernatural peace for him and to help them get some good strategies to help them through this last, hopefully only eight months. And I also have another little interesting fact, I wanted to share with Lee from New Jersey who is doing the anger prayers. And I was listening to Shangri-La hard on CD recently and he mentioned a few little facts that if you are angry you lose 25.2 points. So, that might explain sometimes why we make some pretty poor decisions while were angry. I thought that was interesting anyway guys. Love you all heaps. We really love listening every day to my wonderful DAB peeps. You have a lovely day. Bye.

Hi everyone. It’s Karen in St. Louis. Hey, I just wanted to lift up prayers for some things I heard today, today’s program. I wanted to lift up John in Bethlehem PA. And I also want to lift up Tom. And he and Johnson Jr. John, I love your prayers brother. So, I just ask you Father God, Holy Spirit, Lord Jesus I pray that You would be the God of all comfort to John and the community at his church as well has his family. I pray Lord Jesus that your light words just shine through at the funeral service and I pray that your glory would be shining through in the stories that are going to be told about Al and I pray that hearts would be prepared to receive You Father, for those who don’t know You at the funeral service. And I pray also for Pelham. I pray Father God that he would come so close to You. I just think about Matthew 11:28-30, come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will lift you up, take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, being gentle and knowing and hard and find rest for your souls for My yoke is easy and My burden is light. And Lord, I just pray that for Pelham. I pray that he draws so close to You Lord, that the fear would just totally dissipate, that he trusts his future, every single day of his life. And, you know, I pray that for all of us, for the DAB, and all the believers in the world Lord that we would walk by faith and not by sight Lord, that we would just put all of our days in Your hands. And I know that we go through many trials and that we have griefs that we go through and longings that are fulfilled Lord and I just pray that You would be our all and in all. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Good morning family. This is Cherry Chase, Cherri Pie. I hope all is well. I’m calling for prayer. I know months and months ago I had to call in about my job. And still, same situation. Now we have another new manager, this is like my fifth or sixth manager. The team, now are moving to a totally different new building, but the team we have now, and I hate to say it, they’re very racist. I feel like I’m living in the 60s or what it was like two years old all over again. I work with a bunch of, and I hate to say it, with a bunch of Caucasians or white people who think they’re superior and they think all black people are beneath them. So, that’s my job, that’s what I’m working with. So, I’m asking you guys to protect me on my job. Asking for protection, asking that I don’t snap. I don’t know why God keeps taking me through this, whatever He is taking me through, but when He moves me, trust me, I will be wanting out of there, but I’m not, this is not my time to go yet. I’m not letting anyone push me out of what God brought me into. So, I’m just asking you guys for prayer. I’m working with a lot of evil, a lot of people that just don’t like black people. So, and the __ people in the office more. And they’re moving all of them out. Or their bringing more Caucasian people in too, I guess, to mix it up but it’s very stressful. I’ve never really been… I have, I’m black, so, but it’s hard because you think by now, times changed and people doesn’t talk like that for the do and it’s worse now for whatever reason. It’s horrible, this racial stuff, this hate between our skin color. I don’t understand it or never understand. Mine, I have biracial’s and all of my family. My grandkids on biracial. My son-in-law is white. I don’t have that problem but there’s just so much hate in the world. I’m just asking you guys to cover me on my job. Cover me and asked God to protect me…

Good morning everyone at Daily Audio Bible. This is Silver Bell and I’m calling from the Poconos in Pennsylvania. I’m calling regarding a call from May 19th, Pelham. As soon as Pelham started talking I knew something was wrong and I just want to reassure you that God is not the author of confusion. You said you were confused. God is not the author of confusion and I just want you to know that I’m praying for you and whatever is happening in your life, God is going to work that out for you. And, so, I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that we all love you and just stand and know that God is still on the throne. Father God, I just pray for Pelham right now. I just ask you to calm his fears, calm his doubts, and Lord to show him that You are present with him in Your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is our comforter. Father God, I pray that the Holy Spirit lift him now, Pelham like never before, that Pelham will feel the Holy Spirit’s presence from his head all the way down to his toes. Father God, we pray for Pelham, we pray for each other, we pray for the Daily Audio Bible team and we just thank You for allowing Your face to be able to call this line to get help. As the Bible says, that You God are our refuge. The Daily Audio Bible is a refuge. And Pelham, I thank you for using DAB as your refuge, that we can reach out and safety here. And we just bless the Lord and we pray that God will keep us…

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday May 22, 2018 (NIV)

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11

David Learns of Saul’s Death

After the death of Saul, David returned from his victory over the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag. On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s army camp. He had torn his clothes and put dirt on his head to show that he was in mourning. He fell to the ground before David in deep respect.

“Where have you come from?” David asked.

“I escaped from the Israelite camp,” the man replied.

“What happened?” David demanded. “Tell me how the battle went.”

The man replied, “Our entire army fled from the battle. Many of the men are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.”

“How do you know Saul and Jonathan are dead?” David demanded of the young man.

The man answered, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear with the enemy chariots and charioteers closing in on him. When he turned and saw me, he cried out for me to come to him. ‘How can I help?’ I asked him.

“He responded, ‘Who are you?’

“‘I am an Amalekite,’ I told him.

“Then he begged me, ‘Come over here and put me out of my misery, for I am in terrible pain and want to die.’

10 “So I killed him,” the Amalekite told David, “for I knew he couldn’t live. Then I took his crown and his armband, and I have brought them here to you, my lord.”

11 David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because they had died by the sword that day.

13 Then David said to the young man who had brought the news, “Where are you from?”

And he replied, “I am a foreigner, an Amalekite, who lives in your land.”

14 “Why were you not afraid to kill the Lord’s anointed one?” David asked.

15 Then David said to one of his men, “Kill him!” So the man thrust his sword into the Amalekite and killed him. 16 “You have condemned yourself,” David said, “for you yourself confessed that you killed the Lord’s anointed one.”

David’s Song for Saul and Jonathan

17 Then David composed a funeral song for Saul and Jonathan, 18 and he commanded that it be taught to the people of Judah. It is known as the Song of the Bow, and it is recorded in The Book of Jashar.[a]

19 Your pride and joy, O Israel, lies dead on the hills!
Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen!
20 Don’t announce the news in Gath,
don’t proclaim it in the streets of Ashkelon,
or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice
and the pagans will laugh in triumph.

21 O mountains of Gilboa,
let there be no dew or rain upon you,
nor fruitful fields producing offerings of grain.[b]
For there the shield of the mighty heroes was defiled;
the shield of Saul will no longer be anointed with oil.
22 The bow of Jonathan was powerful,
and the sword of Saul did its mighty work.
They shed the blood of their enemies
and pierced the bodies of mighty heroes.

23 How beloved and gracious were Saul and Jonathan!
They were together in life and in death.
They were swifter than eagles,
stronger than lions.
24 O women of Israel, weep for Saul,
for he dressed you in luxurious scarlet clothing,
in garments decorated with gold.

25 Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen in battle!
Jonathan lies dead on the hills.
26 How I weep for you, my brother Jonathan!
Oh, how much I loved you!
And your love for me was deep,
deeper than the love of women!

27 Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen!
Stripped of their weapons, they lie dead.

David Anointed King of Judah

After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?”

“Yes,” the Lord replied.

Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?”

“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

David’s two wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wives and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled in the villages near Hebron. Then the men of Judah came to David and anointed him king over the people of Judah.

When David heard that the men of Jabesh-gilead had buried Saul, he sent them this message: “May the Lord bless you for being so loyal to your master Saul and giving him a decent burial. May the Lord be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done. Now that Saul is dead, I ask you to be my strong and loyal subjects like the people of Judah, who have anointed me as their new king.”

Ishbosheth Proclaimed King of Israel

But Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, had already gone to Mahanaim with Saul’s son Ishbosheth.[c] There he proclaimed Ishbosheth king over Gilead, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, the land of the Ashurites, and all the rest of Israel.

10 Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he became king, and he ruled from Mahanaim for two years. Meanwhile, the people of Judah remained loyal to David. 11 David made Hebron his capital, and he ruled as king of Judah for seven and a half years.


  1. 1:18 Or The Book of the Upright.
  2. 1:21 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  3. 2:8 Ishbosheth is another name for Esh-baal.
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John 12:20-50

Jesus Predicts His Death

20 Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration 21 paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.” 22 Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.

23 Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man[a] to enter into his glory. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. 25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. 26 Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! 28 Father, bring glory to your name.”

Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.” 29 When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him.

30 Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. 32 And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate how he was going to die.

34 The crowd responded, “We understood from Scripture[b] that the Messiah would live forever. How can you say the Son of Man will die? Just who is this Son of Man, anyway?”

35 Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. 36 Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”

After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.

The Unbelief of the People

37 But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him. 38 This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted:

Lord, who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?”[c]

39 But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said,

40 “The Lord has blinded their eyes
and hardened their hearts—
so that their eyes cannot see,
and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
and have me heal them.”[d]

41 Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory. 42 Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. 43 For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

44 Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. 45 For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. 47 I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. 48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. 49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50 And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.”


  1. 12:23 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
  2. 12:34 Greek from the law.
  3. 12:38 Isa 53:1.
  4. 12:40 Isa 6:10.
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Psalm 118:19-29

19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,
and I will go in and thank the Lord.
20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,
and the godly enter there.
21 I thank you for answering my prayer
and giving me victory!

22 The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.
24 This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Please, Lord, please save us.
Please, Lord, please give us success.
26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, shining upon us.
Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you!
You are my God, and I will exalt you!

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

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Proverbs 15:27-28

27 Greed brings grief to the whole family,
but those who hate bribes will live.

28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking;
the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

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05/21/2018 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 29:1-31:13, John 11:55-12:19, Psalms 118:1-18, Proverbs 15:24-26

Today is the 21st day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you today for the next step forward as we continue to move through the Scriptures. And today we will wrap up the book of 1 Samuel by reading the last couple of chapters. Chapters 29 through 31. We’re reading from the New Living Translation this week.


Okay. So, we have completed the book of 1 Samuel, which will allow us to begin the book of 2 Samuel tomorrow. And we end the book of 1 Samuel with King Saul’s death. 1 Samuel deals largely with the rise of King Saul and his life. And, of course, David becomes a part of that story because their lives get intertwined after David kills Goliath and Saul gets incredibly paranoid and jealous of him. But 1 Samuel ends with the death of King Saul in battle with the Philistines. And all of these places, the place where the battle took place on Mount Gilboa and the Jezreel Valley, that’s for real. That’s a real place. When Saul and his sons’ bodies were discovered and taken and hung from the walls of Beth-shan that’s also a real place. We spent some time wandering around and just marveling at the spectacular ruins that are there just a couple months ago. Ziklag, David’s town that was raided by the Amalekites, that’s a real place too. Pretty far away from the Jezreel Valley. So, we see this three day journey that David and his men have to embark upon to leave the battle lines as they were commanded to do. And that would have been a very strenuous journey for three days. It’s pretty far. Ziklag would be down toward the Negev, down in the transition zone that’s more arid, whereas the Jezreel Valley’s way up north in the Galilee region. So it’s not surprising that some of the soldiers, some of David’s men, were really exhausted. They had just made this very, very strenuous journey very quickly, got back to their town, found their town on fire so their hearts were demoralized, adding to their exhaustion. And then they’re taking of, trying to find what might be left of the life that they knew. Of course, David was able to recover everything. And we will turn the page and begin 2 Samuel tomorrow and pick up the story of David.

Of course, in the gospel of John we kind of recognize what’s going on. We recognize that it’s Passover. We recognize that Jesus is coming into town and he had ridden in on a donkey, so we know that this is the passion narrative. And I wanna invite us to drink deeply. This will be the last time that we come through this territory this year. It won’t be long before we conclude the gospels as we prepare to conclude the Gospel of John and then we’ll be moving from there into the story that happens next, the story after Jesus’ resurrection. So as we go through this narrative for the final time this year through the eyes of John let’s pay attention and give it the reverence that it is due.


And so Father, we thank You. We thank You for Your Word. We do this most every day because we are thankful for Your Word, all of the things that it speaks into our souls, all the things that it instructs us in, all of the contexts and history that it allows us to experience. And so as we make this turn, we reflect back on Saul. There’s been so much of his life we can find in ourselves. And yet as we turn the page, begin to move into the life of David, we’ll see the same thing. And we invite Your Holy Spirit to speak to us

And Jesus, as we experience the final time this year the story of Your willing sacrifice on our behalf in order that the world might be restored, we thank You and we pay attention and we consider deeply and we invite Your Holy Spirit to reveal just what a change in the world this story brings. What Your sacrifice brought to the world was our salvation. Our lives are intertwined with that story. And, so, come Holy Spirit as we move into it, we pray. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi Daily Audio Bible family. This is Joyce and California. I sound a little different cause I have a cold but I just wanted to say I love you all and that tomorrow, May 19th, I’ll be walking across the stage for my graduation from medical school. I just wanted to thank you guys so much cause it’s been such a journey and you all have loved me so well and prayed for me so much. And I can’t thank you enough. I just wanted to pray God’s blessings over each and every single one of you. Just know that as I walk across the stage I’m going to be praising God for each and every single one of you. So, thank you so much and especially Brian and Jill. I thank them so much for building this community, for being obedient to God, and for the More Gathering, which was absolutely amazing. It was amazing because I got to see so many of my beautiful sisters and to meet a lot of you. Thank you so much and may God bless each and every one of us as we step into what He has for us as a community and us individually. May God bless you all. I love you so much. All right, this is Joyce in California. I’ll catch you later. Bye-bye.

Hi neighbors. It’s Lisa the Encourager. I was truly inspired today by what Brian read in Psalms 115 verse 17. And I’ll just repeat it real quick. It says, it is not the dead praise the Lord nor any of those descending into silence of death but we will bless the Lord both now and forever. Halleluiah. And I just wanted to use this opportunity to praise and have adoration for my God right now as I am on this earth and encourage all of you, right now, to even think about something that you can praise God about, no matter what you’re going through or what you’re facing right now because it says once we’re dead we don’t have that opportunity except for when we’re in heaven to praise Him, but we want to praise Him now so that when we are face to face with God that he can be pleased with what we did here on earth. So, I just want to encourage each of You to praise Him. I want to praise Him for that beautiful trees because I live in an area with some beautiful gorgeous lush trees. We’ve got a lot of rain and the green leaves are gorgeous and I just want to praise You God for providing the trees that provide the fruit, and the flowers, the food for us and it gives us shade. I just want to praise You God for that. I want to praise You God for the trees. They give the birds and the squirrels a home and a canopy for all those habitats. I want to praise You God for the wood that people get from the trees that people can make furniture with, the playmates that they are for the kids to climb in these trees God. I praise You for that. And I just want to praise You God for how they change and all the beautiful colors of the seasons. I just even read God that patients that see a tree outside their window heal faster. So, I praise You God for that. I praise You for everything…

Hi. This is Scottish Tom again from the Cleveland Ohio area. I actually planned to call for the women from Ohio and I didn’t quite catch her name but you were originally from the Ukraine and you said that your mom had been they diagnosed with breast cancer. I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for your mom and I’m also praying for you. I understand your pain. I know how hard it can be being so far away. I’m in the same situation myself. And some people are saying, why aren’t you over there? You know, why are you over here? With your mom. You know, I know it’s hard. My mom understands and I’m sure your mom does too, that you can’t just quit your job and leave your life will be here for an un-definite time. We are hoping to get over once she pulls through or if worse comes to the worse she knows we’ll be there and I’m sure your mom does as well. So, I’m praying for your mom but I’m also praying for you because I do understand your pain. Please keep us informed. Bye everybody.

Hello my family. This is Janice calling from Goodyear Arizona. And I finally had my back surgery. Turned out to be a little more complicated than they thought and blah blah blah. It was about six weeks ago. I’m still in a lot of pain and at this point. Worse pain than before the surgery. And I know this is going to be slow going. I just pray that you would reach out on my behalf to our heavenly Father for His healing hands to touch me and for me to have patience and learn what I’m supposed to during this process. And most importantly, that I can be all better and can ride my bike with my grandson. So, I love you all. Thank you for praying for me and I listen and pray for you every day too. Bye family.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday May 21, 2018 (NIV)

1 Samuel 29-31

The Philistines Reject David

29 The entire Philistine army now mobilized at Aphek, and the Israelites camped at the spring in Jezreel. As the Philistine rulers were leading out their troops in groups of hundreds and thousands, David and his men marched at the rear with King Achish. But the Philistine commanders demanded, “What are these Hebrews doing here?”

And Achish told them, “This is David, the servant of King Saul of Israel. He’s been with me for years, and I’ve never found a single fault in him from the day he arrived until today.”

But the Philistine commanders were angry. “Send him back to the town you’ve given him!” they demanded. “He can’t go into the battle with us. What if he turns against us in battle and becomes our adversary? Is there any better way for him to reconcile himself with his master than by handing our heads over to him? Isn’t this the same David about whom the women of Israel sing in their dances,

‘Saul has killed his thousands,
and David his ten thousands’?”

So Achish finally summoned David and said to him, “I swear by the Lord that you have been a trustworthy ally. I think you should go with me into battle, for I’ve never found a single flaw in you from the day you arrived until today. But the other Philistine rulers won’t hear of it. Please don’t upset them, but go back quietly.”

“What have I done to deserve this treatment?” David demanded. “What have you ever found in your servant, that I can’t go and fight the enemies of my lord the king?”

But Achish insisted, “As far as I’m concerned, you’re as perfect as an angel of God. But the Philistine commanders are afraid to have you with them in the battle. 10 Now get up early in the morning, and leave with your men as soon as it gets light.”

11 So David and his men headed back into the land of the Philistines, while the Philistine army went on to Jezreel.

David Destroys the Amalekites

30 Three days later, when David and his men arrived home at their town of Ziklag, they found that the Amalekites had made a raid into the Negev and Ziklag; they had crushed Ziklag and burned it to the ground. They had carried off the women and children and everyone else but without killing anyone.

When David and his men saw the ruins and realized what had happened to their families, they wept until they could weep no more. David’s two wives, Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel, were among those captured. David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

Then he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring me the ephod!” So Abiathar brought it. Then David asked the Lord, “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?”

And the Lord told him, “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!”

So David and his 600 men set out, and they came to the brook Besor. 10 But 200 of the men were too exhausted to cross the brook, so David continued the pursuit with 400 men.

11 Along the way they found an Egyptian man in a field and brought him to David. They gave him some bread to eat and water to drink. 12 They also gave him part of a fig cake and two clusters of raisins, for he hadn’t had anything to eat or drink for three days and nights. Before long his strength returned.

13 “To whom do you belong, and where do you come from?” David asked him.

“I am an Egyptian—the slave of an Amalekite,” he replied. “My master abandoned me three days ago because I was sick. 14 We were on our way back from raiding the Kerethites in the Negev, the territory of Judah, and the land of Caleb, and we had just burned Ziklag.”

15 “Will you lead me to this band of raiders?” David asked.

The young man replied, “If you take an oath in God’s name that you will not kill me or give me back to my master, then I will guide you to them.”

16 So he led David to them, and they found the Amalekites spread out across the fields, eating and drinking and dancing with joy because of the vast amount of plunder they had taken from the Philistines and the land of Judah. 17 David and his men rushed in among them and slaughtered them throughout that night and the entire next day until evening. None of the Amalekites escaped except 400 young men who fled on camels. 18 David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued his two wives. 19 Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken. David brought everything back. 20 He also recovered all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock. “This plunder belongs to David!” they said.

21 Then David returned to the brook Besor and met up with the 200 men who had been left behind because they were too exhausted to go with him. They went out to meet David and his men, and David greeted them joyfully. 22 But some evil troublemakers among David’s men said, “They didn’t go with us, so they can’t have any of the plunder we recovered. Give them their wives and children, and tell them to be gone.”

23 But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us. 24 Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” 25 From then on David made this a decree and regulation for Israel, and it is still followed today.

26 When he arrived at Ziklag, David sent part of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends. “Here is a present for you, taken from the Lord’s enemies,” he said.

27 The gifts were sent to the people of the following towns David had visited: Bethel, Ramoth-negev, Jattir, 28 Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa, 29 Racal,[a] the towns of the Jerahmeelites, the towns of the Kenites, 30 Hormah, Bor-ashan, Athach, 31 Hebron, and all the other places David and his men had visited.

The Death of Saul

31 Now the Philistines attacked Israel, and the men of Israel fled before them. Many were slaughtered on the slopes of Mount Gilboa. The Philistines closed in on Saul and his sons, and they killed three of his sons—Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malkishua. The fighting grew very fierce around Saul, and the Philistine archers caught up with him and wounded him severely.

Saul groaned to his armor bearer, “Take your sword and kill me before these pagan Philistines come to run me through and taunt and torture me.”

But his armor bearer was afraid and would not do it. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it. When his armor bearer realized that Saul was dead, he fell on his own sword and died beside the king. So Saul, his three sons, his armor bearer, and his troops all died together that same day.

When the Israelites on the other side of the Jezreel Valley and beyond the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their towns and fled. So the Philistines moved in and occupied their towns.

The next day, when the Philistines went out to strip the dead, they found the bodies of Saul and his three sons on Mount Gilboa. So they cut off Saul’s head and stripped off his armor. Then they proclaimed the good news of Saul’s death in their pagan temple and to the people throughout the land of Philistia. 10 They placed his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths, and they fastened his body to the wall of the city of Beth-shan.

11 But when the people of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all their mighty warriors traveled through the night to Beth-shan and took the bodies of Saul and his sons down from the wall. They brought them to Jabesh, where they burned the bodies. 13 Then they took their bones and buried them beneath the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and they fasted for seven days.


  1. 30:29 Greek version reads Carmel.
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John 11:55-12:19

55 It was now almost time for the Jewish Passover celebration, and many people from all over the country arrived in Jerusalem several days early so they could go through the purification ceremony before Passover began. 56 They kept looking for Jesus, but as they stood around in the Temple, they said to each other, “What do you think? He won’t come for Passover, will he?” 57 Meanwhile, the leading priests and Pharisees had publicly ordered that anyone seeing Jesus must report it immediately so they could arrest him.

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

12 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate[a] with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar[b] of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages.[c] It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

When all the people[d] heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. 10 Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, 11 for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them[e] and believed in Jesus.

Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

12 The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,

“Praise God![f]
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hail to the King of Israel!”[g]

14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:

15 “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.[h]
Look, your King is coming,
riding on a donkey’s colt.”[i]

16 His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.

17 Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others[j] about it. 18 That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign. 19 Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing we can do. Look, everyone[k] has gone after him!”


  1. 12:2 Or who reclined.
  2. 12:3 Greek took 1 litra [327 grams].
  3. 12:5 Greek worth 300 denarii. A denarius was equivalent to a laborer’s full day’s wage.
  4. 12:9 Greek Jewish people; also in 12:11.
  5. 12:11 Or had deserted their traditions; Greek reads had deserted.
  6. 12:13a Greek Hosanna, an exclamation of praise adapted from a Hebrew expression that means “save now.”
  7. 12:13b Ps 118:25-26; Zeph 3:15.
  8. 12:15a Greek daughter of Zion.
  9. 12:15b Zech 9:9.
  10. 12:17 Greek were testifying.
  11. 12:19 Greek the world.
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Psalm 118:1-18

Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

Let all Israel repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”
Let Aaron’s descendants, the priests, repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”
Let all who fear the Lord repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”

In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
and the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.
I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in people.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

10 Though hostile nations surrounded me,
I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
11 Yes, they surrounded and attacked me,
but I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
12 They swarmed around me like bees;
they blazed against me like a crackling fire.
But I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
13 My enemies did their best to kill me,
but the Lord rescued me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.
15 Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly.
The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
16 The strong right arm of the Lord is raised in triumph.
The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
17 I will not die; instead, I will live
to tell what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has punished me severely,
but he did not let me die.

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Proverbs 15:24-26

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise;
they leave the grave[a] behind.

25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
but he protects the property of widows.

26 The Lord detests evil plans,
but he delights in pure words.


  1. 15:24 Hebrew Sheol.
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