11/28/2020 DAB Transcript

Daniel 5:1-31, 2 Peter 2:1-22, Psalms 119:113-128, Proverbs 28:19-20

Today is the 28th day of November welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is great to be here with you today as we bring another one of our weeks together to a close and then make the final push through the end of this month and into the next month, which is the last month of the year. But we’re here and we’re here now and our next step forward will lead us back into the book of Daniel. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. Daniel chapter 5.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and once again we find ourselves closing down a week and looking forward. And once again in that practice, looking back, looking forward and being right here where we are, we get a glimpse of this thread of redemption that has always been a part of our story. You have always been here, and You are at work in our lives. Sometimes we want You to be at work in our lives and want some sort of instantaneous thing to happen when Your work in our lives is the work of transformation, of remaking us, of sanctifying us. And this is a process that takes place over time. And, so, we find ourselves at little places that mark time, like the end of a week or the beginning of a week and we take the time to acknowledge this, that things are happening. When we look back to the beginning of the year and we zoom forward until this present moment things are happening, You are at work in our lives. This is how it works. And, so, we open our hearts and say continue the work. Continue the good work that You have begun in us. Transform us so that our will, aligns with Your will, so that our desires are things that You desire. And, so, often when we say things like that it’s about big things that we’re fighting, maybe lust, or greed, or envy, or whatever we’re fighting, but to have our desires be aligned with Your desires is that we look through the eyes of love at everyone that we encounter. Come Holy Spirit, help us to be Your image bearers on this earth we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning everyone from Budapest this is John, John in Budapest and the many of the longtime listeners will know me as Paul in Barcelona. I know we all have our fun nick names and mine is rather boring, but Paul in Barcelona has moved to Budapest and taken his middle name of John as his nickname. So, I’m John and Budapest now. Okay? And doing quite well with my Hungarian by the way. So, you know, also if anyone wants to follow me on Facebook look for John Ransom in Budapest. So, John Ransom. So anyway, that’s not the cause of this message, the cause of this message is to just ask for special prayer for both Brian and Jill but also the entire staff during these very frenetic holiday season days. And I also want to kinda do a shout out for someone many of the new listeners will not know – SJ, SarahJane in Colorado in the DAB warehouse. And they’re gonna be going through just craziness starting from now. And, so, I just want us all to lift them up in prayer, you know, that they would have all the resources they need. They’re shipping out all those goodies to all of us and…but they’re…it’s not just what they do, it’s who they are. And they’re just pillars of the DAB from the very beginning. SJ has, you know, was in the UK, formerly organized some of the first European meetings. I could go on and on. So, we just pray for you. I also want to give a shout out to Victoria Soldier. Victoria I was praying for you this morning as I had breakfast with Abba and I just love your sweet spirit and your powerful prayers. Blind Tony and so so many others I send you much love and it’s a pleasure to be on the pod waves again with you. God bless.

Hey this is the Prodigal calling in. Just listened to the pain and the heartbreak of Terry the trucker. He’s back out in his truck again because of this plague and I just beg God to let the devil take his foot off…off Terry’s neck and give him some peace, he and his wife. They’ve been together 32 years, a lot longer than me and mine. And he needs some comfort. And only you Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ can give him that comfort. So, please God I beg that You…sorry I just worked out…You give him some peace, some release, some grace. Shine Your light on him. Let him rise up and get back in with his wife and with all the losses and everything lead as normal life as possible. We’re all challenged, we’re all plagued. It’s part of the human condition these days and it doesn’t look like it’s gonna get better for a while. So, please just…I beg You’d help everybody who calls in with cancer and MS and divorces and loneliness and depression. Unfortunately, I’ve had all those simultaneously and it sucks. So, Terry I know how you feel brother and it broke my heart dude. So, I’m praying for you. Always love to hear your calls. And you keep on drivin’ keep on truckin’ brother and God’s there with you. He’s riddin’ with you in the truck. He’ll heal ya. He’ll help ya. He’ll lift you up. Praying. And only …

This is I am Blessed from Canada and I don’t call in very often, but God is prompting me so often to call in and I don’t know why I don’t. So, in the midst of doing my dishes right now listening to the prayers I thought, “here it comes again. God’s prompting.” And I’m not gonna ignore this time. I just want to let God’s Yellow Flower know that you are in my heart, my thoughts, my prayers. Praying for Keith. Love you and can only imagine how difficult this is. You bring a smile to my face. The talk about the pounding of the concrete. I wonder whether that’s on Cordon Avenue or Pembina Highway or I don’t know I’ve driven by so much construction lately and I think of my other fellow Winnipeggers like Nave. Where you these days? And I’m just so thankful that there is community out there. And I think so often as I drive down, “I wonder if anyone out here is a DABber?” And it’s just such a big part of my life and I just thank you Brian for that. And I thank You Lord for everything for You have done and that You’ve called Brian to do and his faithfulness and for the faithfulness of others that call in. It’s just so valuable. Thank you, Jesus for these people.

Hey there Daily Audio Bible family this is John from Bethlehem Pennsylvania I hope you are doing awesome. I wanted to say first of all happy Thanksgiving to everybody it is Tuesday the 24th November, hard to believe. But happy Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving week. There’s so much to be thankful for. Family if you would be so kind as to keep a couple people in mind for me. We’ve got a good friend her name’s Jill and she’s on our worship team for our church in Easton Pennsylvania and she’s having some complications after having surgery…and…with some infection. If you can keep Jill in mind, that God’s amazing power and healing and mighty touch would be on her for healing and wholeness and health and peace and comfort and bring her through that, I…I’d greatly appreciate it. And then, if you could keep Pastor Randy and Maribel Landis in mind as well, they…they tragically lost…they’re the senior pastors for our church, Life Church here in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania…and they tragically lost their son Randall who’s in his 30s last week. Pastor Randy and Randal, his son were doing mission work in the Dominican and his son got a mosquito bite and tragically died two days later of dengue. So, it’s a tragic time as it is for so, so many. I love you guys and covet your prayers over all these folks in Jesus’ name. Thank you.

Hello, my dear Daily Audio Bible family. How are you? I am so thankful for you for the Hardin family, thankful for technology that we can go through the Bible together in community during this pandemic in this crazy year. I am so thankful for all of you who prayed for our coworker Barb. The surgery to remove the tumor that was behind her ear in her skull was a complete success. They didn’t think that they would get all of the tumor, but they did, 100%. Not only that, her nerves in her face all the things that she was concerned about were totally protected and she has complete use, function of her nerves. Thank you, Lord we are so grateful. Today Brian read the passage about spouses with…well…with Christians with unbelieving spouses. I want to pray for some of those people. Lord, I want to lift up Radiant Rachel to You and Joe and all of the people in our Daily Audio  Bible community who love You and seek You, who worship You and whose spouses are not walking with You. Father, I just pray that You would do mighty work through these brothers and sisters of ours, that You would help them to be Jesus to their spouses and that You would be convicting the hearts of their unbelieving spouses so that they would see Your love and their sin and their need to…need to bend the knee before Your Father. Also, for our friends who are in that same boat Lord, please just touch the hearts of the spouses. Happy Thanksgiving Daily Audio Bible. Talk to you later. We love you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday November 28, 2020 (NIV)

Daniel 5

The Writing on the Wall

King Belshazzar(A) gave a great banquet(B) for a thousand of his nobles(C) and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking(D) his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets(E) that Nebuchadnezzar his father[a] had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines(F) might drink from them.(G) So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods(H) of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.(I)

Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale(J) and he was so frightened(K) that his legs became weak(L) and his knees were knocking.(M)

The king summoned the enchanters,(N) astrologers[b](O) and diviners.(P) Then he said to these wise(Q) men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck,(R) and he will be made the third(S) highest ruler in the kingdom.”(T)

Then all the king’s wise men(U) came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant.(V) So King Belshazzar became even more terrified(W) and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.

10 The queen,[c] hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. “May the king live forever!”(X) she said. “Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale! 11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods(Y) in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom(Z) like that of the gods.(AA) Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners.(AB) 12 He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar,(AC) was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles(AD) and solve difficult problems.(AE) Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.(AF)

13 So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah?(AG) 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods(AH) is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom.(AI) 15 The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it.(AJ) 16 Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems.(AK) If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck,(AL) and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”(AM)

17 Then Daniel answered the king, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else.(AN) Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.

18 “Your Majesty, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar(AO) sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor.(AP) 19 Because of the high position he gave him, all the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death;(AQ) those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled.(AR) 20 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride,(AS) he was deposed from his royal throne(AT) and stripped(AU) of his glory.(AV) 21 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign(AW) over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.(AX)

22 “But you, Belshazzar, his son,[d] have not humbled(AY) yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against(AZ) the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives(BA) and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand.(BB) But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life(BC) and all your ways.(BD) 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

mene, mene, tekel, parsin

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days(BE) of your reign and brought it to an end.(BF)

27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales(BG) and found wanting.(BH)

28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes(BI) and Persians.”(BJ)

29 Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck,(BK) and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.(BL)

30 That very night Belshazzar,(BM) king(BN) of the Babylonians,[h] was slain,(BO) 31 and Darius(BP) the Mede(BQ) took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.[i]

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 5:2 Or ancestor; or predecessor; also in verses 11, 13 and 18
  2. Daniel 5:7 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 11
  3. Daniel 5:10 Or queen mother
  4. Daniel 5:22 Or descendant; or successor
  5. Daniel 5:26 Mene can mean numbered or mina (a unit of money).
  6. Daniel 5:27 Tekel can mean weighed or shekel.
  7. Daniel 5:28 Peres (the singular of Parsin) can mean divided or Persia or a half mina or a half shekel.
  8. Daniel 5:30 Or Chaldeans
  9. Daniel 5:31 In Aramaic texts this verse (5:31) is numbered 6:1.

Cross references:

  1. Daniel 5:1 : ver 30; Da 7:1; 8:1
  2. Daniel 5:1 : S 1Ki 3:15
  3. Daniel 5:1 : Jer 50:35
  4. Daniel 5:2 : S Isa 21:5
  5. Daniel 5:2 : S 2Ki 24:13; S 2Ch 36:10; S Jer 52:19
  6. Daniel 5:2 : S Est 2:14
  7. Daniel 5:2 : S Est 1:7; Da 1:2
  8. Daniel 5:4 : Jdg 16:24
  9. Daniel 5:4 : S Est 1:10; Ps 135:15-18; Hab 2:19; Rev 9:20
  10. Daniel 5:6 : S Job 4:15
  11. Daniel 5:6 : S Da 4:5
  12. Daniel 5:6 : S Ps 22:14; Eze 7:17
  13. Daniel 5:6 : S Isa 7:2
  14. Daniel 5:7 : S Ge 41:8
  15. Daniel 5:7 : S Isa 19:3
  16. Daniel 5:7 : Isa 44:25
  17. Daniel 5:7 : Jer 50:35; Da 4:6-7
  18. Daniel 5:7 : S Ge 41:42
  19. Daniel 5:7 : Est 10:3
  20. Daniel 5:7 : Da 2:5-6, 48
  21. Daniel 5:8 : S Ex 8:18
  22. Daniel 5:8 : S Da 2:10, 27; S 4:18
  23. Daniel 5:9 : S Ps 48:5; S Isa 21:4
  24. Daniel 5:10 : S Ne 2:3; S Da 3:9
  25. Daniel 5:11 : S Ge 41:38
  26. Daniel 5:11 : ver 14; S Da 1:17
  27. Daniel 5:11 : S Da 2:22
  28. Daniel 5:11 : Da 2:47-48
  29. Daniel 5:12 : S Da 1:7
  30. Daniel 5:12 : S Nu 12:8
  31. Daniel 5:12 : ver 14-16; Da 6:3
  32. Daniel 5:12 : S Eze 28:3
  33. Daniel 5:13 : S Est 2:5-6; Da 6:13
  34. Daniel 5:14 : S Ge 41:38
  35. Daniel 5:14 : S Da 2:22
  36. Daniel 5:15 : S Da 4:18
  37. Daniel 5:16 : S Ge 41:15
  38. Daniel 5:16 : S Ge 41:42
  39. Daniel 5:16 : S Est 5:3; S Da 2:6
  40. Daniel 5:17 : S 2Ki 5:16
  41. Daniel 5:18 : S Jer 28:14
  42. Daniel 5:18 : S Jer 27:7; S Da 2:37-38; S 4:36
  43. Daniel 5:19 : Da 2:12-13; S 3:6
  44. Daniel 5:19 : S Da 4:22
  45. Daniel 5:20 : Da 4:30
  46. Daniel 5:20 : Jer 43:10
  47. Daniel 5:20 : Jer 13:18; S Da 4:31
  48. Daniel 5:20 : S Job 40:12; Isa 14:13-15; Eze 31:10-11; Da 8:8
  49. Daniel 5:21 : S Eze 17:24
  50. Daniel 5:21 : Da 4:16-17, 35
  51. Daniel 5:22 : S Ex 10:3
  52. Daniel 5:23 : S Isa 14:13; S Jer 50:29
  53. Daniel 5:23 : Jer 44:9
  54. Daniel 5:23 : Ps 115:4-8; Hab 2:19; Rev 9:20
  55. Daniel 5:23 : Job 12:10; Ac 17:28
  56. Daniel 5:23 : S Job 31:4; S Isa 13:11; Jer 10:23; S 48:26
  57. Daniel 5:26 : Jer 27:7
  58. Daniel 5:26 : Isa 13:6
  59. Daniel 5:27 : S Job 6:2
  60. Daniel 5:27 : Ps 62:9
  61. Daniel 5:28 : Isa 13:17
  62. Daniel 5:28 : S Jer 27:7; 50:41-43; Da 6:28
  63. Daniel 5:29 : S Ge 41:42
  64. Daniel 5:29 : S Da 2:6
  65. Daniel 5:30 : S ver 1
  66. Daniel 5:30 : Jer 50:35
  67. Daniel 5:30 : S Isa 21:9; S Jer 51:31
  68. Daniel 5:31 : Jer 50:41; Da 6:1; 9:1; 11:1
  69. Daniel 5:31 : S Isa 13:3
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2 Peter 2

False Teachers and Their Destruction

But there were also false prophets(A) among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.(B) They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord(C) who bought them(D)—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct(E) and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed(F) these teachers will exploit you(G) with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned,(H) but sent them to hell,[a] putting them in chains of darkness[b] to be held for judgment;(I) if he did not spare the ancient world(J) when he brought the flood on its ungodly people,(K) but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;(L) if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes,(M) and made them an example(N) of what is going to happen to the ungodly;(O) and if he rescued Lot,(P) a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless(Q) (for that righteous man,(R) living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials(S) and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.(T) 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire(U) of the flesh[c] and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;(V) 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from[d] the Lord.(W) 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.(X)

13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight.(Y) They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.[e](Z) 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce(AA) the unstable;(AB) they are experts in greed(AC)—an accursed brood!(AD) 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam(AE) son of Bezer,[f] who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.(AF)

17 These people are springs without water(AG) and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them.(AH) 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words(AI) and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping(AJ) from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”(AK) 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing(AL) our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ(AM) and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.(AN) 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.(AO) 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[g](AP) and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Peter 2:4 Greek Tartarus
  2. 2 Peter 2:4 Some manuscripts in gloomy dungeons
  3. 2 Peter 2:10 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verse 18.
  4. 2 Peter 2:11 Many manuscripts beings in the presence of
  5. 2 Peter 2:13 Some manuscripts in their love feasts
  6. 2 Peter 2:15 Greek Bosor
  7. 2 Peter 2:22 Prov. 26:11
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Psalm 119:113-128

ס Samekh

113 I hate double-minded people,(A)
but I love your law.(B)
114 You are my refuge and my shield;(C)
I have put my hope(D) in your word.
115 Away from me,(E) you evildoers,
that I may keep the commands of my God!
116 Sustain me,(F) my God, according to your promise,(G) and I will live;
do not let my hopes be dashed.(H)
117 Uphold me,(I) and I will be delivered;(J)
I will always have regard for your decrees.(K)
118 You reject all who stray(L) from your decrees,
for their delusions come to nothing.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;(M)
therefore I love your statutes.(N)
120 My flesh trembles(O) in fear of you;(P)
I stand in awe(Q) of your laws.

ע Ayin

121 I have done what is righteous and just;(R)
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;(S)
do not let the arrogant oppress me.(T)
123 My eyes fail,(U) looking for your salvation,(V)
looking for your righteous promise.(W)
124 Deal with your servant according to your love(X)
and teach me your decrees.(Y)
125 I am your servant;(Z) give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes.(AA)
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
your law is being broken.(AB)
127 Because I love your commands(AC)
more than gold,(AD) more than pure gold,(AE)
128 and because I consider all your precepts right,(AF)
I hate every wrong path.(AG)

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Proverbs 28:19-20

19 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.(A)

20 A faithful person will be richly blessed,
but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.(B)

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11/27/2020 DAB Transcript

Daniel 4:1-37, 2 Peter 1:1-21, Psalms 119:97-112, Proverbs 28:17-18

Today’s the 27th day of November welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here like I tell you every day because I’m telling you the truth. Every day it’s wonderful, wonderful to come and take a place at the Global Campfire and be together and take the next step forward. And there are some days that just being able to come here and take the next step forward and saying I’m not not doing that, I’ve never not, I’ve never stopped doing that. That is the one thing I will do every day that makes a difference. So, it is a joy. It’s wonderful to be here with you today. And we are continuing our journey to the book of Daniel in the Old Testament. When we get to the New Testament today, we will begin another letter, second Peter. We concluded first Peter yesterday and just a heads up, like I now it’s the day after Thanksgiving here and this is Black Friday and this is traditionally like the beginning of the holiday season and things just kinda ramp up and get at warp speed by the time it’s over. As we continue and push toward the end of the Bible the Bible’s gonna kind of do that too and we’re going to be moving through a number of smaller writings, not just in the New Testament, but in the Old Testament as well. And, so, we’re gonna be changing books often throughout the rest of this year. But we’ll talk about them like we’ve talked about everything else and we’ll talk about second Peter when we get to second Peter. But first we need to read from the book of Daniel. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. Daniel chapter 4. And we will remember that we had the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace yesterday. And, so, as we move into the territory today, we begin reading a letter from King Nebuchadnezzar.

Introduction to Second Peter:

Okay. So, we find ourselves at the…at the threshold of the New Testament reading for today, which as I said at the beginning brings us into some new territory, what is thought to be the final writing of the apostle Peter as he’s elderly and…and execution is before him, but it’s worth noting…and I mean the Bible…there’s not a book that every word hasn’t been poured over for thousands of years. And, so, like many other portions of Scripture whether or not this is the apostle Peter’s writing or not has been questioned and that dates well back into antiquity. It’s actually, that this letter became accepted as an authentic letter of Peter over time. And by the time we reach the fourth century then this letter…this letter had found its place in the canon of the New Testament. But even still today the things that were suspect, if you want to call it that, in antiquity have carried forward. And scholars today observed that there is a vast difference stylistically between first and second Peter. And, so, on the one hand, those defending the authorship of Peter would say that the stylistic differences arise because Peter more than likely was illiterate and was dictating his letters to a secretary, to someone who wrote them down. And it just happens that one person wrote down what Peter dictated in first Peter and a different person wrote down what Peter dictated in…in second Peter. Then, on the flipside of that, there would be other scholars that would argue against that theory put forth other theories about what could be. And all in all, we kind of come to a similar place that we would…we would with the book of Hebrews. We’re not exactly hundred percent sure. What we are sure of is that this letter mattered and was preserved and was copied and was carried forward and over time became part of the New Testament. If Peter wrote this letter then it’s the last thing, it’s like the last leaving words of the apostle Peter, probably somewhere in the late 60s, A.D., and then he would have been martyred, but shortly thereafter. Church tradition holds that Peter was crucified upside down in…in Rome and also that Paul was, martyred, executed by beheading in Rome and that these things happened close together. So, that would make second Peter and second Timothy, the last writings of Paul and Peter, somewhat contemporary with each other. So, second Peter doesn’t explicit…explicitly say who…who…who the recipients are to be. He says, “I’m writing to you who share the same precious faith that we have.” And we can assume that that is to the same people that received the first letter. But what hopeful words, “he’s writing to you who share the same precious faith we have.” That’s us brothers and sisters. So, this letter has spanned thousands of years and been read by probably billions of brothers and sisters over the years but now we’re gonna read it because we hold that…share that same precious faith they did. So, Peter wrote the first letter just to encourage people who were being marginalized, people who were being pushed to the side and suppressed and were not sure when Jesus was gonna come back, and how this was all gonna work. And it’s just the culture was crushing them, and they were moving around. So, he’s encouraging them to endure and he’s encouraging them to stay true when and continue to walk forward. Second Peter, what we’re about to read warns more about false teachings and…and the behaviors that can erode a community from within. And as we do with second Timothy, when we consider what’s in that letter and instructions to bring a coat, because Paul’s in a dungeon and his parchments and….it’s just such a melancholy scene, we should understand then that this could very likely be the last things that Peter wrote down and the last words that we would hear from Peter in the Bible. And we got to know Peter. He walked with Jesus. I’ve been to Israel so many times now that I can just picture the Sea of Galilee in my mind and just picture Jesus with the…with the boats, with the fishermen and Him meeting Peter and calling Peter and knowing that Peter walked with Jesus around the Sea of Galilee, and saw His ministry, and saw the miracles, and laughed with Him and…and had all kinds of conversations with Him over the course of three years that…that aren’t in the Bible, all kinds of a relationship that was there, this disciple that denied Jesus and that Jesus restored and that stood up on the day of Pentecost and preached the gospel with boldness and 3000 people came to follow the Savior. This is the person that was in the garden of Gethsemane with Him. This is the person that watched Him die. But this is also the person that saw Him raised back to life again. So, we’re…we’re basically saying goodbye to Peter for this year anyway. And, so, let’s give this letter it’s honor. Second Peter, chapter 1.

Prayer:

Father once again, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for the daily interaction that we’re able to have with it and the change that that makes. That rhythm changes so much. We look back over a year that is unforgettable, although in some respects we might like to forget it. It’s been quite an interesting year. How would we have navigated without this rhythm without coming together in community and letting Your word speak to us. It has rescued us on so many occasions and corrected us, just taken the wind out of all kinds of situations that we would’ve wandered into and caused mayhem. Thank You for Your kindness. Thank You for the Scriptures to guide our lives. And as this year accelerates and as each day when we’re moving through the Scriptures as that accelerates and we encounter new territory more often, come Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth, illuminate Your word. Make it a lamp for our feet and a light for our path as…as we read in the Psalms today. We need You. We can’t do this by ourselves. We can certainly read a book over and over and over, but it’s Holy Spirit that comes and illuminates and makes things alive to us, shifts things, shifts our thoughts, words and deeds and we are grateful and we humble ourselves before You. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com is home base, it’s the website, its where you find out what’s going on around here. This is…this is Black Friday. I think it’s Black Friday no matter where you are in the world pretty much. This is the day that although all of these kind of advance Black Friday marketing things have been going on for a long time, it’s kind of like the official day, it’s always been the tradition of, “this is…this is when you start shopping for Christmas. And, so, each year…well…not every year, but for less…more…more than a decade we’ve kind of participated in Black Friday. Usually we have a Christmas box, actually for years and years and years and years we’ve had a Christmas box stuffed full of all kinds of goodies, stuff that you’re gonna want to keep, stuff that you’re gonna want to give away. We don’t have that this year. We determined a few months ago with just…I mean COVID…just I mean the whole…everything being so disruptive…disrupted and the ability to actually do that with excellence, just knowing what it takes to do it this season in the weeks of December, just determined that it is near impossible to…to…to achieve a high level of excellence. And, so, I just decided, “you know what? This has been a really, really strange year. And a lot of things…and a lot of places around the world…like a lot of things have had to change and find new rhythms.” And, so, this is one of the ways in which we’ve had to kind of adjust as well; however, that doesn’t mean you can’t make up your own Christmas box by going to the shop dailyaudiobible.com and looking through the resources there that…well like I…like I said a second ago, some things, you may just want for yourself, you may want to carry with you into the future commemorating the year in the Bible that we’ve had together. And there may be many, many things that are worth looking at and giving as gifts. For example, the God of Your Story is a resource that we brought out last year around this time and it is really…it’s a 365 day, dated companion along with the Daily Audio Bible or if you’re ever disconnected from the Internet or traveling or whatever it…it brings the essence of the journey that we’re on. It brings daily commentary. It’s basically, the kinds of stuff we talk about on the Daily Audio Bible, it’s written down and organized in a daily fashion. And if you don’t have the God of Your Story, and it…it really is a…it was written…it was birthed out of this community, created for this community, its heartbeat is this community. It’s the gold of the things, the commentary, the things we talk about as we move through the Bible in written form. It’s just one resource that’s there and available. And what we’re doing this year is putting most everything on sale, as much as we possibly can. And one of the fun unique things about the Daily Audio Bible Christmas box that’s been true, every year we’ve created a Christmas ornament for each year. I think we began it in 2013. So, when Ezekiel was one, the year after his birth. And we’ve carried that forward. We have them this year. Any order of $40 or more when we’re gonna send you the Christmas ornament in your order for free. So, check out the Daily Audio Bible shop for all of your Black Friday needs. I don’t even know. I have had like every conceivable Black Friday marketing push pushed my way. I even got one add for a bleak Friday sale since it’s been kind of a quote unquote bleak year. And I’m trying not to look at it like that. It’s been a hard year, but it’s been a year of incredible eye-opening. But I don’t know the right words to tell you that we have this Black Friday sale other than to tell you we have this Black Friday sale. This what happens around this time year. We have a lot of really really good resources that make really great gifts and fantastic invitations, direct invitations to take the journey. But like this isn’t the big gift around here the Scriptures? And Isn’t the big gift around here each other? So, anyway, it’s Black Friday and we have a big sale going on in the Daily Audio Bible Shop, which you can find at dailyaudioobible.com then just click Shop up at the top or if you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, just push the Drawer icon in the upper left-hand corner and push Shop and it’ll take you there.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is Victory Michelle from New York I’m calling because I want to encourage Sheer Joy. I think you said you’re from Alabama. I’m calling on November 17th…November 22nd, sorry. Just want to let you know I know how you feel about going through all the sheer panic and anxiety and fear because I’ve been through it myself and am getting help to. Sometimes that help is prayer, sometimes that help is my family, sometimes that help comes from the form of medication and that’s okay to because God made medication, doctors as well. Just praying that you get the help you need. If you pray this prayer with me, I think it will help. Just repeat after me. Dear God, I loose from my soul right now as an act of my will all my fears and anxieties. I rebuke the spirit of fear in Jesus name and I bind to my soul love, faith, peace, and the sheer joy of God in Jesus name. I’ll be praying for you and don’t stay away from the Daily Audio Bible. That’s one thing that’s been an anchor to me. It’s really the enemies thought that you stay away from the Bible and that God is gonna condemn you or something. He’s not. He’s not gonna condemn you or come after you just because you’ve been away from Him. That’s really from the enemy. So, don’t believe the lie. Listen to Daily Audio Bible every day. It will be a great anchor to you. Okay. Thank you and goodbye.

Good evening Daily Audio Bible family this is Rhonda the Prayer Warrior from Chicago and I am calling to say hello. This is the first time I’m calling in. I’m also calling to say, to ask for prayer because I have been having a situation in my body called Demetra myositis which has kept me from having strong muscle movement in my entire body and I am looking for a solution to this situation. I’m praying that all is well with you all. Pray for me as I have been praying for you all throughout this year of 2020. God bless you all. Bye for now.

[singing starts] May your name be praised in all the earth. May your name be praised in all the earth hallelujah, hallelujah. In all the earth may your name be praised. Glory glory to you alone for you are God the only one. Hallelujah. Hallelujah.  In all the earth may your name be praised [singing stops]. Oh Lord may your people bless your holy name. May your name be lifted up and may people who are about to come into your kingdom Lord be protected and introduced to you clearly and I pray Lord that your good news of the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior will spread throughout the earth at this time. In Jesus’ name and for His sake. Candace from Oregon.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is Pamela from Pennsylvania and I am just getting caught up, I’m on October 9th. I’m really enjoying listening to one after the other after the other just seamlessly. It’s really very uplifting and blessing my spirit. I’m responding to the call from Sonia from Austin Texas. It really resonated with me. My father was schizophrenic, and my father committed suicide when I was 16 years old. I’ve been haunted much of my life from the events of my childhood and visiting him in a mental institution where he was locked down. It was like a prison. I don’t think my mother should’ve taken us there. But anyway, God has finally healed all of that pain. My father’s suicide haunted me for 3 years or 15 years sorry but God has healed that and God has also allowed me to minister to my son who has been through so much trauma in his 22 years and has been suicidal most of his life. I’ve been sick, very very sick for 20 years of his life and that was part of it. I could not protect him. But up to recently he has…he still feels he wants to be with God not here, but he has agreed not to do anything to harm himself while I am still walking on this earth. So, that’s a blessing to me. God bless everyone. I love you all. Thank you. Bye-bye.

Hello this is RY calling from California, first-time caller but I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible for about 10 years now. I just wanted to say…oh…I’m responding to the November 24th podcast talking about living above the stereotype. I am a black American. So, it definitely hit home, your message resonated with me Brian. I agree, not only as a black American but then also being a Christian. You see, you know, where our countries in a post-Christian society, Christians are more and more being stereotyped in a negative way and what resonated to me was when you said the example starts at home. When you live amongst nonbelievers you have to live above the stereotype, so they have something to aspire to mentally in terms of how they view Christians. And I just want to say thank you, I appreciate your message. Thank you for your words on that and it’s a good reminder for me to live above the stereotype, not only with within my own racial group but also as a disciple and really give people some hope that there is a better way and a different way to live, that they don’t have to live according to the lowest common denominator.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday November 27, 2020 (NIV)

Daniel 4

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of a Tree

[a]King Nebuchadnezzar,

To the nations and peoples of every language,(A) who live in all the earth:

May you prosper greatly!(B)

It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs(C) and wonders that the Most High God(D) has performed for me.

How great are his signs,
how mighty his wonders!(E)
His kingdom is an eternal kingdom;
his dominion endures(F) from generation to generation.

I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented(G) and prosperous. I had a dream(H) that made me afraid. As I was lying in bed,(I) the images and visions that passed through my mind(J) terrified me.(K) So I commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be brought before me to interpret(L) the dream for me. When the magicians,(M) enchanters, astrologers[b] and diviners(N) came, I told them the dream, but they could not interpret it for me.(O) Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream. (He is called Belteshazzar,(P) after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods(Q) is in him.)

I said, “Belteshazzar, chief(R) of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods(S) is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me. 10 These are the visions I saw while lying in bed:(T) I looked, and there before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous.(U) 11 The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth.(V) 12 Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the wild animals found shelter, and the birds lived in its branches;(W) from it every creature was fed.

13 “In the visions I saw while lying in bed,(X) I looked, and there before me was a holy one,(Y) a messenger,[c] coming down from heaven. 14 He called in a loud voice: ‘Cut down the tree(Z) and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches.(AA) 15 But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field.

“‘Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the animals among the plants of the earth. 16 Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal, till seven times[d] pass by for him.(AB)

17 “‘The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High(AC) is sovereign(AD) over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest(AE) of people.’

18 “This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for me.(AF) But you can,(AG) because the spirit of the holy gods(AH) is in you.”(AI)

Daniel Interprets the Dream

19 Then Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified(AJ) him. So the king said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.”(AK)

Belteshazzar answered, “My lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries! 20 The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, with its top touching the sky, visible to the whole earth, 21 with beautiful leaves and abundant fruit, providing food for all, giving shelter to the wild animals, and having nesting places in its branches for the birds(AL) 22 Your Majesty, you are that tree!(AM) You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth.(AN)

23 “Your Majesty saw a holy one,(AO) a messenger, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live with the wild animals, until seven times pass by for him.’(AP)

24 “This is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the decree(AQ) the Most High has issued against my lord the king: 25 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox and be drenched(AR) with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High(AS) is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.(AT) 26 The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots(AU) means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules.(AV) 27 Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed.(AW) It may be that then your prosperity(AX) will continue.(AY)

The Dream Is Fulfilled

28 All this happened(AZ) to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory(BA) of my majesty?”(BB)

31 Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.(BC) 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”(BD)

33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched(BE) with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.(BF)

34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity(BG) was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.(BH)

His dominion is an eternal dominion;
his kingdom(BI) endures from generation to generation.(BJ)
35 All the peoples of the earth
are regarded as nothing.(BK)
He does as he pleases(BL)
with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back(BM) his hand(BN)
or say to him: “What have you done?”(BO)

36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom.(BP) My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt(BQ) and glorify(BR) the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just.(BS) And those who walk in pride(BT) he is able to humble.(BU)

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 4:1 In Aramaic texts 4:1-3 is numbered 3:31-33, and 4:4-37 is numbered 4:1-34.
  2. Daniel 4:7 Or Chaldeans
  3. Daniel 4:13 Or watchman; also in verses 17 and 23
  4. Daniel 4:16 Or years; also in verses 23, 25 and 32

Cross references:

  1. Daniel 4:1 : S Da 3:4
  2. Daniel 4:1 : Da 6:25
  3. Daniel 4:2 : Ps 74:9
  4. Daniel 4:2 : S Da 3:26
  5. Daniel 4:3 : S Ps 105:27; Da 6:27
  6. Daniel 4:3 : Da 2:44
  7. Daniel 4:4 : Ps 30:6; S Isa 32:9
  8. Daniel 4:5 : S Da 2:1
  9. Daniel 4:5 : Ps 4:4
  10. Daniel 4:5 : Da 2:28
  11. Daniel 4:5 : ver 19; S Ge 41:8; S Job 3:26; Da 2:3; 5:6
  12. Daniel 4:6 : Da 2:2
  13. Daniel 4:7 : S Ge 41:8
  14. Daniel 4:7 : S Isa 44:25; S Da 2:2
  15. Daniel 4:7 : S Da 2:10
  16. Daniel 4:8 : S Da 1:7
  17. Daniel 4:8 : S Ge 41:38
  18. Daniel 4:9 : Da 2:48
  19. Daniel 4:9 : Da 5:11-12
  20. Daniel 4:10 : S ver 5; Ps 4:4
  21. Daniel 4:10 : Eze 31:3-4
  22. Daniel 4:11 : S Eze 19:11; 31:5
  23. Daniel 4:12 : S Eze 17:23; S Mt 13:32
  24. Daniel 4:13 : ver 10; Da 7:1
  25. Daniel 4:13 : S ver 23; S Dt 33:2
  26. Daniel 4:14 : S Job 24:20
  27. Daniel 4:14 : S Eze 31:12; S Mt 3:10
  28. Daniel 4:16 : ver 23, 32
  29. Daniel 4:17 : ver 2, 25; Ps 83:18
  30. Daniel 4:17 : S Ps 103:19; Jer 27:5-7; Da 2:21; 5:18-21; Ro 13:1
  31. Daniel 4:17 : Da 11:21; Mt 23:12
  32. Daniel 4:18 : S Ge 41:8; Da 5:8, 15
  33. Daniel 4:18 : S Ge 41:15
  34. Daniel 4:18 : S Ge 41:38
  35. Daniel 4:18 : ver 7-9; S Da 1:20
  36. Daniel 4:19 : S ver 5; S Ge 41:8; Da 7:15, 28; 8:27; 10:16-17
  37. Daniel 4:19 : S Ge 40:12
  38. Daniel 4:21 : S Eze 31:6
  39. Daniel 4:22 : S 2Sa 12:7
  40. Daniel 4:22 : Jer 27:7; Da 5:18-19
  41. Daniel 4:23 : ver 13; Da 8:13
  42. Daniel 4:23 : S Eze 31:3-4; Da 5:21
  43. Daniel 4:24 : Job 40:12; Ps 107:40; Jer 40:2
  44. Daniel 4:25 : S Job 24:8
  45. Daniel 4:25 : S ver 17
  46. Daniel 4:25 : Jer 27:5; S Da 2:47; 5:21
  47. Daniel 4:26 : ver 15
  48. Daniel 4:26 : S Da 2:37
  49. Daniel 4:27 : Isa 55:6-7
  50. Daniel 4:27 : Jer 29:7
  51. Daniel 4:27 : S Dt 24:13; 1Ki 21:29; S Ps 41:3; S Pr 28:13; S Eze 18:22
  52. Daniel 4:28 : Nu 23:19
  53. Daniel 4:30 : Isa 13:19
  54. Daniel 4:30 : S Isa 10:13; S 37:24-25; Da 5:20; Hab 1:11; 2:4
  55. Daniel 4:31 : S 2Sa 22:28; Da 5:20
  56. Daniel 4:32 : S Job 9:12
  57. Daniel 4:33 : S Job 24:8
  58. Daniel 4:33 : Da 5:20-21
  59. Daniel 4:34 : S Job 12:20
  60. Daniel 4:34 : Da 12:7
  61. Daniel 4:34 : Isa 37:16
  62. Daniel 4:34 : Ps 145:13; S Da 2:44; 5:21; 6:26; Lk 1:33
  63. Daniel 4:35 : S Isa 40:17
  64. Daniel 4:35 : Dt 21:8; Ps 115:3; S 135:6; Jnh 1:14
  65. Daniel 4:35 : S Isa 14:27
  66. Daniel 4:35 : S Dt 32:39
  67. Daniel 4:35 : S Job 9:4; S Isa 14:24; S 45:9; Da 5:21; Ro 9:20
  68. Daniel 4:36 : S Pr 22:4; Da 5:18
  69. Daniel 4:37 : S Ex 15:2
  70. Daniel 4:37 : S Ps 34:3
  71. Daniel 4:37 : Dt 32:4; Ps 33:4-5
  72. Daniel 4:37 : Ps 18:27; S 119:21
  73. Daniel 4:37 : S Job 31:4; 40:11-12; S Isa 13:11; Da 5:20, 23; Mt 23:12
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2 Peter 1

Simon Peter, a servant(A) and apostle of Jesus Christ,(B)

To those who through the righteousness(C) of our God and Savior Jesus Christ(D) have received a faith as precious as ours:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance(E) through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.(F)

Confirming One’s Calling and Election

His divine power(G) has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him(H) who called us(I) by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,(J) so that through them you may participate in the divine nature,(K) having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.(L)

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;(M) and to knowledge, self-control;(N) and to self-control, perseverance;(O) and to perseverance, godliness;(P) and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.(Q) For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive(R) in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.(S) But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,(T) forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.(U)

10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling(V) and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,(W) 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom(X) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.(Y)

Prophecy of Scripture

12 So I will always remind you of these things,(Z) even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth(AA) you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory(AB) as long as I live in the tent of this body,(AC) 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside,(AD) as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.(AE) 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure(AF) you will always be able to remember these things.

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power,(AG) but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.(AH) 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[b](AI) 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.(AJ)

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable,(AK) and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light(AL) shining in a dark place, until the day dawns(AM) and the morning star(AN) rises in your hearts.(AO) 20 Above all, you must understand(AP) that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God(AQ) as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.(AR)

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Peter 1:10 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.
  2. 2 Peter 1:17 Matt. 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35
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Psalm 119:97-112

מ Mem

97 Oh, how I love your law!(A)
I meditate(B) on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser(C) than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.(D)
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.(E)
101 I have kept my feet(F) from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.(G)
102 I have not departed from your laws,(H)
for you yourself have taught(I) me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey(J) to my mouth!(K)
104 I gain understanding(L) from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.(M)

נ Nun

105 Your word is a lamp(N) for my feet,
a light(O) on my path.
106 I have taken an oath(P) and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.(Q)
107 I have suffered much;
preserve my life,(R) Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,(S)
and teach me your laws.(T)
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,(U)
I will not forget(V) your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare(W) for me,
but I have not strayed(X) from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.(Y)
112 My heart is set(Z) on keeping your decrees
to the very end.[a](AA)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 119:112 Or decrees / for their enduring reward
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Proverbs 28:17-18

17 Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder
will seek refuge(A) in the grave;
let no one hold them back.

18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe,(B)
but the one whose ways are perverse will fall(C) into the pit.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 28:18 Syriac (see Septuagint); Hebrew into one
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11/26/2020 DAB Transcript

Daniel 2:24-3:30, 1 Peter 4:7-5:14, Psalms 119:81-96, Proverbs 28:15-16

Today is the 26th day of November welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is great to be here with you. It’s great to be here with you any day and every day, and today it’s great to be here with you. Happy Thanksgiving to those of you here in the United States but happy Thanksgiving to everybody of those of you anywhere in the world. Happy Thanksgiving. It’s Thanksgiving Day, which is a national holiday here in the United States where we…where we…we give thanks and practice gratitude. And today also happens to be my daughter China’s birthday. So, happy birthday China. She…she won’t be having another birthday before becoming a mother as we all know. And I think we’re all pretty excited about that, but happy birthday China. So, it is great to be here with you today and we gather here every day for one particular purpose, and that is to allow God’s word to just wash over us and speak to us. And, so, let’s dive in. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. We began the book of Daniel yesterday and we talked about that. And we talked about how it's…it’s got kind of a front half and a back half. It’s not like split down the middle or anything. There’s not like a part one or a part two, but the first part of the story is the story of Daniel. And, so, we learned about Daniel being exiled and then King Nebuchadnezzar having a dream that he was demanding that his…his wise people interpret. The catch was the king wasn’t willing to tell what the dream was. Like in order to know that his…his wise people were actually wise people turned…turned into…tuned into the spiritual world he wanted them to tell him what he dreamed and then tell him what the interpretation of the dream was. And there was a back and forth about that until the king decided to kill all the wise people, which was going to kill Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And, so, they went to prayer and God has given the answer. And as we begin our reading today Daniel will go before the king. Daniel chapter 2 verse 24 through 3 verse 30 today.

Prayer:

Thank You, Father for Your word. And on this day that, at least all around me, it is a day aimed at gratitude, a day of giving thanks, a day of understanding that without Your hand before us no path is getting cleared, we’re just moving in circles. And, so, we offer thanksgiving. We are giving You thanks for Your presence in our lives, for Your kindness, for Your care, for Your compassion, for Your goodness. We thank You. And we thank You for such a wonderful unspeakable gift, the gift of each other, that You have given us each other. And we make a mess of that and we often don’t see it has a gift, but at its core if we can get over ourselves, if we can get beyond our own egos and desires and cravings and demands, underneath it all, it would be horrible to be on this planet alone, it would be so lonely. You have given us each other and we are thankful for that gift. And since…since China’s birthday falls on Thanksgiving, we thank You for her and all that her life has meant and represented not only in our own family, but all around the world. We thank You for that. Come Holy Spirit today as we…as we try to live into gratitude and thanks. Lead our steps, lead our words, lead our deeds, lead our thoughts we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi this is Saved by His Grace and Happy Valley. I’m calling in for Duane from Wisconsin who has been so faithful as long as I can remember, calling in and first of all giving praise to God the Father and then Duane prays specifically for sons and daughters that we have called in worrying about. And now he needs us. His son Nicholas is getting out of jail and needs a place to stay. Duane isn’t sure he’ll be able to stay with him and his wife. And, so, family please join me in prayer. Dear heavenly Father I know You love Your child Duane from Wisconsin. He is so faithful to You and he has been so faithful in praying for the sons and daughters of so many and his own sons are in crisis. Please, please look down on him and act in his behalf and on behalf of his son Nicholas and his other son, I can’t think of his name, but I know You know it and Duane knows it. Please bless this family. Let them feel Your peace. Let them know that even a sparrow doesn’t fall to the ground without You noticing and You will surely lift up Duane and his family and the sons.

Hey guys this is Sonny from Florida and I just wanted to call in for Asherah, Sheer Joy in Alabama. I just want to pray for her in regards to, yeah, just the loneliness that she’s facing. Father God I want to pay for Asherah Sheer Joy. I just pray that she would not feel alone in Alabama. I pray that she would have godly brothers and sisters in Christ to make her feel at home, make her feel that she has a family because she does Lord. She has a family in Christ. So Lord I just pray that You would provide the people in her life to help her in her walk and make her feel loved and known and that she might as a result just turn to You Lord more and more and just see how good You are and how much You are always there for her and I pray that in Jesus name. And I also want to lift up mama bear from Southern California, her brother who has stage IV stomach cancer. Father God I just pray for her brother, I pray for healing Lord. I pray for a miraculous healing. Lord You’re willing and able. You can and You want to. Lord You’re a God of healing. So, Father, God I pray for a miraculous healing and her brother stomach. I pray that the cancer will be gone, and I pray that he would come to know You as a result and that just many people come to know You that Your name will be glorified. God, we pray we pray in faith that she would heal because You can and You’re willing Lord and I pray that in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Hey guys just an update. My wife Amanda is doing well with her chemo and we pray that she just continues to do well as she continues chemo. Thank you, guys. I love you. Bye.

Hello everyone, this is Candace from Oregon. I want you to join me please, please and prayers right now for our beloved Duane from Wisconsin. Dear Lord, thank you so much for Duane from Wisconsin who has prayed over us time and again so faithfully and believed for us. And we want to do the same back for him Lord. It sounds like it was quite the surprise that his son has been released and…from…from incarceration and will need…need to…well he’s asked if he can live with…with Duane and his wife. So, Lord give them incredible insight, wisdom and ability to support and uphold their son in all the right ways and none of the long mornings. Lord, we need wisdom that really only you have. Would you give Duane and his wife unconditional love, unbelievable wisdom and strength and creativity and patience? And I pray that their son would have a new life and a new way forward found in Jesus Christ. And we ask all of this in Jesus’ name.

My wife Kate from St. Simons Allen Georgia has been bed bound for three months with 24 seven nausea dizziness and fainting. Many tests have not revealed any answers. I’m asking for prayers for healing and comfort for her and strength for her spirit. She has been a follower of DAB since the beginning. Thank you.

Hello Daily Audio Bible friends this is Valerie from Cape Spring Arkansas and I had called in on October concerning my 36-year-old son, the one in respiratory therapy school who is very suicidal and doesn’t feel like life is worth living. Anyway, my prayer request was played October 19th and, you know, he did so much better after that. You know, I was just so thrilled but now he’s really having trouble again and he is just not doing well at all. He’s talking about jumping off a cliff or just going out in the woods and killing himself and making everyone think he’s missing. And he talks about this all the time and you mothers out there that put up with this, you know how heart wrenching this is for a mom. So, I would appreciate your prayers too as his mother. And I thank you for all your prayers for him. I know there’s hope for him at the end of the tunnel. Thank you all so much. And I appreciate the Daily Audio Bible so much. It’s just helped me tremendously with my life.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday November 26, 2020 (NIV)

Daniel 2:24-3:30

Daniel Interprets the Dream

24 Then Daniel went to Arioch,(A) whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.”

25 Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, “I have found a man among the exiles(B) from Judah(C) who can tell the king what his dream means.”

26 The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar),(D) “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”

27 Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about,(E) 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.(F) He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come.(G) Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind(H) as you were lying in bed(I) are these:(J)

29 “As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen.(K) 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed(L) to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.

31 “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue,(M) awesome(N) in appearance. 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. 34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands.(O) It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed(P) them.(Q) 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away(R) without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain(S) and filled the whole earth.(T)

36 “This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king.(U) 37 Your Majesty, you are the king of kings.(V) The God of heaven has given you dominion(W) and power and might and glory; 38 in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all.(X) You are that head of gold.

39 “After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth.(Y) 40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others.(Z) 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.

44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush(AA) all those kingdoms(AB) and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.(AC) 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock(AD) cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands(AE)—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.

“The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future.(AF) The dream is true(AG) and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate(AH) before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering(AI) and incense be presented to him. 47 The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods(AJ) and the Lord of kings(AK) and a revealer of mysteries,(AL) for you were able to reveal this mystery.(AM)

48 Then the king placed Daniel in a high(AN) position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men.(AO) 49 Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon,(AP) while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.(AQ)

The Image of Gold and the Blazing Furnace

King Nebuchadnezzar made an image(AR) of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide,[a] and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then summoned the satraps,(AS) prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials(AT) to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.

Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language,(AU) this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp,(AV) pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image(AW) of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.(AX) Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”(AY)

Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.(AZ)

At this time some astrologers[b](BA) came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever!(BB) 10 Your Majesty has issued a decree(BC) that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold,(BD) 11 and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego(BE)—who pay no attention(BF) to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”(BG)

13 Furious(BH) with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, 14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods(BI) or worship the image(BJ) of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god(BK) will be able to rescue(BL) you from my hand?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego(BM) replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver(BN) us from it, and he will deliver(BO) us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.(BP)

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven(BQ) times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego(BR) and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego,(BS) 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God,(BT) come out! Come here!”

So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers(BU) crowded around them.(BV) They saw that the fire(BW) had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel(BX) and rescued(BY) his servants! They trusted(BZ) in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.(CA) 29 Therefore I decree(CB) that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble,(CC) for no other god can save(CD) in this way.”

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.(CE)

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 3:1 That is, about 90 feet high and 9 feet wide or about 27 meters high and 2.7 meters wide
  2. Daniel 3:8 Or Chaldeans
  3. Daniel 3:17 Or If the God we serve is able to deliver us, then he will deliver us from the blazing furnace and

Cross references:

  1. Daniel 2:24 : ver 14
  2. Daniel 2:25 : S Dt 21:10
  3. Daniel 2:25 : S Da 1:6; 5:13; 6:13
  4. Daniel 2:26 : S Da 1:7
  5. Daniel 2:27 : S ver 10; S Ge 41:8
  6. Daniel 2:28 : S Ge 40:8; Jer 10:7; Am 4:13
  7. Daniel 2:28 : S Ge 49:1; Da 10:14; Mt 24:6; Rev 1:1; 22:6
  8. Daniel 2:28 : Da 4:5
  9. Daniel 2:28 : S Ps 4:4
  10. Daniel 2:28 : S Eze 28:3; S Da 1:20
  11. Daniel 2:29 : S Ge 41:25
  12. Daniel 2:30 : Isa 45:3; S Da 1:17; Am 4:13
  13. Daniel 2:31 : Hab 1:7
  14. Daniel 2:31 : Isa 25:3-5
  15. Daniel 2:34 : S Job 12:19; Zec 4:6
  16. Daniel 2:34 : S Job 34:24
  17. Daniel 2:34 : ver 44-45; Ps 2:9; S Isa 60:12; Da 8:25
  18. Daniel 2:35 : Ps 1:4; 37:10; S Isa 17:13; 41:15-16
  19. Daniel 2:35 : Isa 2:3; Mic 4:1
  20. Daniel 2:35 : Zec 12:3
  21. Daniel 2:36 : S Ge 40:12
  22. Daniel 2:37 : S Ezr 7:12
  23. Daniel 2:37 : S Jer 27:7; Da 4:26
  24. Daniel 2:38 : S Jer 27:6; Da 4:21-22; 5:18
  25. Daniel 2:39 : Da 7:5
  26. Daniel 2:40 : Da 7:7, 23
  27. Daniel 2:44 : S Ge 27:29; Ps 2:9; S 110:5; Mt 21:43-44; 1Co 15:24
  28. Daniel 2:44 : S 1Sa 9:20; Hag 2:22
  29. Daniel 2:44 : Ps 145:13; S Isa 9:7; Da 4:34; 6:26; 7:14, 27; Ob 1:21; Mic 4:7, 13; S Lk 1:33; Rev 11:15
  30. Daniel 2:45 : S Isa 28:16
  31. Daniel 2:45 : Da 8:25
  32. Daniel 2:45 : S Ge 41:25
  33. Daniel 2:45 : Rev 22:6
  34. Daniel 2:46 : Da 8:17; Ac 10:25
  35. Daniel 2:46 : Ac 14:13
  36. Daniel 2:47 : S Dt 10:17; Da 11:36
  37. Daniel 2:47 : Da 4:25; 1Ti 6:15
  38. Daniel 2:47 : S ver 22, 28
  39. Daniel 2:47 : Da 4:9; 1Co 14:25
  40. Daniel 2:48 : S 2Ki 25:28
  41. Daniel 2:48 : S ver 6; S Est 8:2; S Da 1:20; 4:9; 5:11; 8:27
  42. Daniel 2:49 : S Da 1:7; 3:30
  43. Daniel 2:49 : Da 6:2
  44. Daniel 3:1 : ver 14; S Isa 46:6; Jer 16:20; Hab 2:19
  45. Daniel 3:2 : S Est 1:1
  46. Daniel 3:2 : ver 27; Da 6:7
  47. Daniel 3:4 : Da 4:1; 6:25; Rev 10:11
  48. Daniel 3:5 : S Ge 4:21
  49. Daniel 3:5 : Rev 13:12
  50. Daniel 3:5 : ver 10, 15
  51. Daniel 3:6 : ver 11, 15, 21; Jer 29:22; Da 5:19; 6:7; Mt 13:42, 50; Rev 13:15
  52. Daniel 3:7 : S ver 5
  53. Daniel 3:8 : S Isa 19:3; S Da 2:10
  54. Daniel 3:9 : S Ne 2:3; Da 5:10; 6:6
  55. Daniel 3:10 : Da 6:12
  56. Daniel 3:10 : ver 4-6
  57. Daniel 3:12 : S Da 2:49
  58. Daniel 3:12 : Da 6:13
  59. Daniel 3:12 : S Est 3:3
  60. Daniel 3:13 : S Da 2:12
  61. Daniel 3:14 : Isa 46:1; Jer 50:2
  62. Daniel 3:14 : S ver 1
  63. Daniel 3:15 : S Isa 36:18-20
  64. Daniel 3:15 : S 2Ch 32:15
  65. Daniel 3:16 : S Da 1:7
  66. Daniel 3:17 : S Ge 48:16; S Ps 18:48; 27:1-2
  67. Daniel 3:17 : S Job 5:19; Jer 1:8; Da 6:20
  68. Daniel 3:18 : ver 28; S Ex 1:17; S Jos 24:15
  69. Daniel 3:19 : Lev 26:18-28
  70. Daniel 3:20 : S Da 1:7
  71. Daniel 3:22 : S Da 1:7
  72. Daniel 3:26 : Da 4:2, 34
  73. Daniel 3:27 : ver 2; Da 6:7
  74. Daniel 3:27 : Ps 91:3-11; S Isa 43:2; Heb 11:32-34
  75. Daniel 3:27 : Da 6:23
  76. Daniel 3:28 : S Ps 34:7; Da 6:22; Ac 5:19
  77. Daniel 3:28 : S Ps 97:10; Ac 12:11
  78. Daniel 3:28 : S Dt 31:20; S Job 13:15; S Ps 26:1; 84:12
  79. Daniel 3:28 : S ver 18
  80. Daniel 3:29 : Da 6:26
  81. Daniel 3:29 : S Ezr 6:11
  82. Daniel 3:29 : Da 6:27
  83. Daniel 3:30 : S Da 2:49
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1 Peter 4:7-5:14

The end of all things is near.(A) Therefore be alert and of sober mind(B) so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply,(C) because love covers over a multitude of sins.(D) Offer hospitality(E) to one another without grumbling.(F) 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,(G) as faithful(H) stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.(I) If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides,(J) so that in all things God may be praised(K) through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.(L)

Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you(M) to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice(N) inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ,(O) so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.(P) 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ,(Q) you are blessed,(R) for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.(S) 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household;(T) and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?(U) 18 And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a](V)

19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will(W) should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

To the Elders and the Flock

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder(X) and a witness(Y) of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:(Z) Be shepherds of God’s flock(AA) that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be;(AB) not pursuing dishonest gain,(AC) but eager to serve; not lording it over(AD) those entrusted to you, but being examples(AE) to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd(AF) appears, you will receive the crown of glory(AG) that will never fade away.(AH)

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves(AI) to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility(AJ) toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”[b](AK)

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.(AL) Cast all your anxiety on him(AM) because he cares for you.(AN)

Be alert and of sober mind.(AO) Your enemy the devil prowls around(AP) like a roaring lion(AQ) looking for someone to devour. Resist him,(AR) standing firm in the faith,(AS) because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.(AT)

10 And the God of all grace, who called you(AU) to his eternal glory(AV) in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,(AW) will himself restore you and make you strong,(AX) firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.(AY)

Final Greetings

12 With the help of Silas,[c](AZ) whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly,(BA) encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.(BB)

13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark.(BC) 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.(BD)

Peace(BE) to all of you who are in Christ.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 4:18 Prov. 11:31 (see Septuagint)
  2. 1 Peter 5:5 Prov. 3:34
  3. 1 Peter 5:12 Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas

Cross references:

  1. 1 Peter 4:7 : S Ro 13:11
  2. 1 Peter 4:7 : S Ac 24:25
  3. 1 Peter 4:8 : S 1Pe 1:22
  4. 1 Peter 4:8 : Pr 10:12; Jas 5:20
  5. 1 Peter 4:9 : S Ro 12:13
  6. 1 Peter 4:9 : Php 2:14
  7. 1 Peter 4:10 : Ro 12:6, 7
  8. 1 Peter 4:10 : 1Co 4:2
  9. 1 Peter 4:11 : 1Th 2:4
  10. 1 Peter 4:11 : Eph 6:10
  11. 1 Peter 4:11 : 1Co 10:31
  12. 1 Peter 4:11 : S Ro 11:36
  13. 1 Peter 4:12 : 1Pe 1:6, 7
  14. 1 Peter 4:13 : S Mt 5:12
  15. 1 Peter 4:13 : S 2Co 1:5
  16. 1 Peter 4:13 : Ro 8:17; 1Pe 1:7; 5:1
  17. 1 Peter 4:14 : S Jn 15:21
  18. 1 Peter 4:14 : Mt 5:11
  19. 1 Peter 4:16 : Ac 5:41
  20. 1 Peter 4:17 : Jer 25:29; Eze 9:6; Am 3:2; 1Ti 3:15
  21. 1 Peter 4:17 : 2Th 1:8
  22. 1 Peter 4:18 : Pr 11:31; Lk 23:31
  23. 1 Peter 4:19 : 1Pe 2:15; 3:17
  24. 1 Peter 5:1 : S Ac 11:30
  25. 1 Peter 5:1 : S Lk 24:48
  26. 1 Peter 5:1 : 1Pe 1:5, 7; 4:13; Rev 1:9
  27. 1 Peter 5:2 : S Jn 21:16
  28. 1 Peter 5:2 : 2Co 9:7; Phm 14
  29. 1 Peter 5:2 : S 1Ti 3:3
  30. 1 Peter 5:3 : Eze 34:4; Mt 20:25-28
  31. 1 Peter 5:3 : S 1Ti 4:12
  32. 1 Peter 5:4 : S Jn 10:11
  33. 1 Peter 5:4 : S 1Co 9:25
  34. 1 Peter 5:4 : 1Pe 1:4
  35. 1 Peter 5:5 : Eph 5:21
  36. 1 Peter 5:5 : 1Pe 3:8
  37. 1 Peter 5:5 : Pr 3:34; S Mt 23:12
  38. 1 Peter 5:6 : Job 5:11; Jas 4:10
  39. 1 Peter 5:7 : Ps 37:5; Mt 6:25
  40. 1 Peter 5:7 : Ps 55:22; Heb 13:5
  41. 1 Peter 5:8 : S Ac 24:25
  42. 1 Peter 5:8 : Job 1:7
  43. 1 Peter 5:8 : 2Ti 4:17
  44. 1 Peter 5:9 : S Jas 4:7
  45. 1 Peter 5:9 : Col 2:5
  46. 1 Peter 5:9 : S Ac 14:22
  47. 1 Peter 5:10 : S Ro 8:28
  48. 1 Peter 5:10 : 2Co 4:17; 2Ti 2:10
  49. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1Pe 1:6
  50. 1 Peter 5:10 : Ps 18:32; 2Th 2:17
  51. 1 Peter 5:11 : S Ro 11:36
  52. 1 Peter 5:12 : S Ac 15:22
  53. 1 Peter 5:12 : Heb 13:22
  54. 1 Peter 5:12 : S 1Co 16:13
  55. 1 Peter 5:13 : S Ac 12:12
  56. 1 Peter 5:14 : S Ro 16:16
  57. 1 Peter 5:14 : S Eph 6:23
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Psalm 119:81-96

כ Kaph

81 My soul faints(A) with longing for your salvation,(B)
but I have put my hope(C) in your word.
82 My eyes fail,(D) looking for your promise;(E)
I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do not forget(F) your decrees.
84 How long(G) must your servant wait?
When will you punish my persecutors?(H)
85 The arrogant(I) dig pits(J) to trap me,
contrary to your law.
86 All your commands are trustworthy;(K)
help me,(L) for I am being persecuted(M) without cause.(N)
87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
but I have not forsaken(O) your precepts.
88 In your unfailing love(P) preserve my life,(Q)
that I may obey the statutes(R) of your mouth.

ל Lamedh

89 Your word, Lord, is eternal;(S)
it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness(T) continues through all generations;(U)
you established the earth, and it endures.(V)
91 Your laws endure(W) to this day,
for all things serve you.(X)
92 If your law had not been my delight,(Y)
I would have perished in my affliction.(Z)
93 I will never forget(AA) your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.(AB)
94 Save me,(AC) for I am yours;
I have sought out your precepts.(AD)
95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,(AE)
but I will ponder your statutes.(AF)
96 To all perfection I see a limit,
but your commands are boundless.(AG)

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Proverbs 28:15-16

15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.

16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,
but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.

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11/25/2020 DAB Transcript

Daniel 1:1-2:23, 1 Peter 3:8-4:6, Psalms 119:65-80, Proverbs 28:14

Today is the 25th day of November, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s wonderful to be here with you today as we take the next step forward like we do every day, the next step. It’s funny, just the next step is what we take and then we…we end up having moved through the entire Bible and then through an entire year. And it’s such a vivid portrait of what next steps can do when we take the next right step and letting the Bible be a voice in that next right step. Well that’s why we come here every day around the Global Campfire isn’t it. So, let’s dive in. And right off the bat here we’re moving into new territory in the old testament brand-new book.

Introduction to the book of Daniel:

This book is called Daniele and it’s an intriguing book to say the least, maybe one of the more intriguing books in the Old Testament. And it’s…it’s an historical account and is certainly helpful and valuable and gives insight into the…the kind of times, the times of exile that we’ve been reading about for quite a while now. It hasn’t been that long ago, but it seems like it’s been a long time ago that we read the story of Solomon and we came to like the apex of ancient Israel’s culture and civilization. And since that time we've…well…we’ve been in a lot of territory but this theme of exile, this thing of conquest and Jerusalem being conquered both historically and prophetically have been kind of where we’ve been camped out and we get a different perspective of that in Daniel. But Daniel also though contains these incredible visions and these visions have been poured over for thousands of years in eschatological studies - the studies of the end, the end time prophecies. Daniel is a centerpiece in that study. So, here’s what’s interesting. We just read the book of Ezekiel and Daniel was contemporary with Ezekiel. He was…he was taken into exile when Jerusalem first fell to Babylon in 597. And we know because we’ve been reading these stories of deportation and exile and prophets both in exile and in Jerusalem. So, we got Jeremiah prophesying from Jerusalem through all of the turmoil and we’ve got Ezekiel prophesying from exile in Babylon during all the turmoil. So, we know that it was not a good easy time whatsoever for those who were being displaced and Daniel was one of those people. And despite the struggle of being deported to a different land Daniel was favored by God. He was gifted. He was young. He rose to become an influential advisor. He was of utmost authority in the Babylonian kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar. But there’s quite a story that got him there. And even though Daniel was exiled and was a Hebrew and was a prophet he really wasn’t a prophet for or against Israel, which makes his voice unique because this isn’t a particularly Jewish set of prophecies with the other prophets. We need that…that Hebrew context that we’ve been drilling into all year long to sort of understand the grievances that are being laid out before the people of Israel and what repentance might look like for them and what things might look like if they continue on the road that there on. Daniel’s not really prophesying with that kind of voice at all. So, we’ll notice that Daniels’s…it’s not broken up into two different halves or anything like that, but we’ll see that generally the first part of the book is the story of Daniel’s life. So, we get to know Daniel in the first part of the book. And we’ll find some of the most famous of Sunday school stories in in this part of the book like the story of Shadrach Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace or the account of Daniel in the lion’s den. Then once we kinda move through that narrative, move into the back half of the later part of the book, it shifts then to Daniel’s prophetic visions. And he has visions of four great world empires. And it…it's…it’s apocalyptic literature. So, as a genre, it’s highly symbolic and allegoric and we’ll see almost cinematic in nature as its retold to us. Remember when we…remember the wheel within the wheel and all of that imagery in Isaiah when we’re trying to think this all through and picture all this. We’ll be doing that with Daniel as well. And of course, if…if eschatology, the study of the end times is a passion of yours then there’s no way to avoid Daniel. It’s the centerpiece of that type of study in the Bible. But whether or not figuring out the end of all things, the end times, the apocalypse is…it is important or not in your faith journey, what Daniel portrays through all of his visions, if we had to kind of boil things down we would see that Daniel is revealing that God is sovereign over every kingdom of the world for all time. Like, God is the most-high God and He is sovereign over all. So, let’s let’s dive in. Daniels gonna to carry us into the final month of the year, which is the month of December and we’re just days away from that.

And, man tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. It’s also China’s birthday. So, I’ve had two major holidays land on two birthdays in my family. Jill’s birthday’s July 4th. So, that’s a constant. Of course, China’s birthday is the 26th of November, but it happens to fall on Thanksgiving. So…so we’re…we’re really at the threshold. This is like Thanksgiving Eve, everybody’s cooking lots of food and after this we move into warp speed so quickly that we just need to take a deep breath as we move into this new territory, reminding ourselves that God is sovereign over all things and continue to do what we talked about just a few minutes ago, the next step forward, day by day, no matter what the chaos or…or all the stuff that’s going on swirling around. Even though it’s festive, the rhythm we’ve established is what’s gonna carry us into the new year. So, we’re reading from the New International Version this week. Daniel chapter 1 verse 1 through 2 verse 23.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for another day. We thank You for bringing us into new territory. It’s always exciting to turn the page and move into new territory. And, so, we thank You for the book of Daniel, and we ask Holy Spirit that You would awaken our minds, quicken our hearts that we might hear and learn and see whatever it is that You have for us as we continue this journey day by day, step-by-step. Come Holy Spirit, we pray in the mighty name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey this is Jared calling from Duluth Minnesota it’s 2:53 in the morning on Sunday November 22nd, day 575 of my renewed journey in the DAB family. I was so moved today by __ of joy who’s been cycling down for three weeks and can’t move, is scared, not going out of the house, completely alone and your desperate cry for help. Want you to know that we are praying for you and that I’ve been there before in a dark place and so difficult to get out of that…that hole sometimes but __ can help and God will be your rock in time of need. And also, for Rosie, Free in Jesus where one year ago her son disowned her like my son has disowned me and your husband died and contemplating suicide. And again, I’ve been in those dark places. I want you to know that we’re praying for you and that God would just supernaturally bring peace, comfort and joy in your life today and in the future. God bless. Bye.

Hello food DAB family this is Vonnie from Northern California calling on Sunday morning the 22nd of November. Just heard Sheer Joy crying out for help this morning and even though I know it’s been a few days I am praying for you dear sister and know that the Lord sees you and hears you. And even though your family is praying for you a few days after you called God sees you exactly where you are at that moment and He is going to come in and He is going to enter in His Holy Spirit to help you. And we’re asking, O Father please in the name of Jesus we ask You to bind the enemy and keep him from our dear sister, Sheer Joy. Bring back the joy, restore the joy of her salvation dear Father. Help her in Jesus’ name come in and eradicate any part of the enemy’s plan to bring her down. Bring someone else in, a friend, somebody who can bring light and joy and comfort and encouragement to our friend and bring her out of this pit. I think of David and the psalmist calling out from the pit and she’s doing exactly that Lord Jesus. I pray that You would restore the joy to her, fill her with the love that casts out all fear and all dread and bring her back to fullness and to healing and hope and to health. We thank You in Jesus’ name.

Good morning everybody this is God’s Smile here. Just like to share a little about Maria my helper. Maria had an experience. She’s had two this year. She’s been with me two years, Maria, and our relationship has really grown close. We’ve had some chats about the Lord but that’s as far as it’s gone. Maria had sleep paralysis twice now and, in that paralysis, she sensed evil and her hands were tied in front of her outstretched and she couldn’t speak or move, and it really frightened her. So, when I heard this, I said to her, “Maria there is power in the name of Jesus and so to use that name. And she said, “how do I use that?” and I said, “if you can’t speak it Maria just say it in your mind.” So, we conversed like this and I gave her a little prayer to say and gave it…spoke to her about the Lord and His love for her. So, Maria is covering around tomorrow to…she’s a teacher but she cleans for me. Isn’t that lovely? And, so, I felt…I felt the Lord saying get her a Bible, but I wasn’t sure when to give it. So, this Bibles come today. So, I’m…she’s been messaging me, and I really have this rise deep inside my heart that the Lord is in all this. Of course, He is. But you know, faith is rising to believe she is very close to receiving Him as her Lord and Savior. So, would you pray for us? My discerning about the right time…time’s ticking away…give her the Bible. Bye-bye everybody. Love from God’s smile. Kiss kiss.

This is for Dorothy the special ed teacher who called in with compassion fatigue and for all teachers, front line workers, nurses, doctors, police officers, first responders and I would add veterinarians for we’re doing our best to provide good medical care and love on our patients while providing curbside service and it’s just so difficult for people. There aren’t enough hours in the day and the dogs are so frightened. But we’re doing our best Lord. And I also want to lift up a prayer for the student who called in with so much anxiety she couldn’t leave her apartment. She was too anxious to stay in bed but too depressed to get out of bed. Oh Lord I lift up my prayers for mercy for from 138. I give thanks O Lord with my whole heart and sing your praise because when we call on you, you answer us. And the strength of our souls you do increase. You know that though we walk in the midst of trouble you preserve our lives. You stretch out your hand against the wrath of all that would threaten to overcome us, and your right hand delivers us. You will fulfill your purpose for us, and your steadfast love O Lord endures forever. For I know that you will not forsake the work of your hands but instead pour your Holy Spirit on us. Fill us with your living water. Lift us up with the power that raised Christ from the dead. Renew our strength. It will mount up like eagles. Lord I give you my thanks and I pray your grace and mercy on all of these who have called in. In Jesus’ name. Amen. This is Donna from Pennsylvania.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is Wonderfully Made in Albuquerque. Today’s the 23rd of November. I have a prayer request. I have been struggling with some really really extreme anxiety related to work stresses. The work that I am involved in deals with a lot of regulatory compliance issues and I lead a team that supports…has…is a support group for customers. And I…there are some customers that are pretty combative, and I am not the kind of person that deals well with that. I want peace I hate conflict. I know that conflict exists in this life, but I shut down when I have to deal with people who are like that. And I…it’s Monday, I‘m anxious, the emails are pouring in and I’m starting to shake because I am scared of what I’m going to have to deal with. And, yes, I could leave my job and go to a different job but the challenge with that is there’s always going to be people that are just very abrasive and mean and….and so I’m dealing with…I’m struggling with that, especially with how I respond as a Christian. I really don’t lash out in anger at people but what happens is I…I hold it in, and I think through conversations I want to have which I know won’t be edifying. So, anyway I’m just really really struggling, and I need prayers. Thank you so much.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday November 25, 2020 (NIV)

Daniel 1:1-2:23

Daniel’s Training in Babylon

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim(A) king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar(B) king of Babylon(C) came to Jerusalem and besieged it.(D) And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried(E) off to the temple of his god in Babylonia[a] and put in the treasure house of his god.(F)

Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility(G) young men without any physical defect, handsome,(H) showing aptitude for every kind of learning,(I) well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language(J) and literature of the Babylonians.[b] The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine(K) from the king’s table.(L) They were to be trained for three years,(M) and after that they were to enter the king’s service.(N)

Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel,(O) Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.(P) The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar;(Q) to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.(R)

But Daniel resolved not to defile(S) himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor(T) and compassion(U) to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink.(V) Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test(W) your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”(X) 14 So he agreed to this and tested(Y) them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.(Z) 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.(AA)

17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding(AB) of all kinds of literature and learning.(AC) And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.(AD)

18 At the end of the time(AE) set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service.(AF) 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians(AG) and enchanters in his whole kingdom.(AH)

21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.(AI)

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams;(AJ) his mind was troubled(AK) and he could not sleep.(AL) So the king summoned the magicians,(AM) enchanters, sorcerers(AN) and astrologers[d](AO) to tell him what he had dreamed.(AP) When they came in and stood before the king, he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles(AQ) me and I want to know what it means.[e]

Then the astrologers answered the king,[f](AR) “May the king live forever!(AS) Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”

The king replied to the astrologers, “This is what I have firmly decided:(AT) If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces(AU) and your houses turned into piles of rubble.(AV) But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor.(AW) So tell me the dream and interpret it for me.”

Once more they replied, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”

Then the king answered, “I am certain that you are trying to gain time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me the dream, there is only one penalty(AX) for you. You have conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will change. So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it for me.”(AY)

10 The astrologers(AZ) answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer.(BA) 11 What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods,(BB) and they do not live among humans.”

12 This made the king so angry and furious(BC) that he ordered the execution(BD) of all the wise men of Babylon. 13 So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death.(BE)

14 When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. 15 He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. 16 At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.

17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.(BF) 18 He urged them to plead for mercy(BG) from the God of heaven(BH) concerning this mystery,(BI) so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 During the night the mystery(BJ) was revealed to Daniel in a vision.(BK) Then Daniel praised the God of heaven(BL) 20 and said:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;(BM)
wisdom and power(BN) are his.
21 He changes times and seasons;(BO)
he deposes(BP) kings and raises up others.(BQ)
He gives wisdom(BR) to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.(BS)
22 He reveals deep and hidden things;(BT)
he knows what lies in darkness,(BU)
and light(BV) dwells with him.
23 I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:(BW)
You have given me wisdom(BX) and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.(BY)

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 1:2 Hebrew Shinar
  2. Daniel 1:4 Or Chaldeans
  3. Daniel 1:10 The Hebrew for your and you in this verse is plural.
  4. Daniel 2:2 Or Chaldeans; also in verses 4, 5 and 10
  5. Daniel 2:3 Or was
  6. Daniel 2:4 At this point the Hebrew text has in Aramaic, indicating that the text from here through the end of chapter 7 is in Aramaic.

Cross references:

  1. Daniel 1:1 : S Jer 46:2
  2. Daniel 1:1 : S 2Ki 24:1; S Jer 28:14
  3. Daniel 1:1 : Jer 50:1
  4. Daniel 1:1 : 2Ki 24:1; S 2Ch 36:6; Jer 35:11
  5. Daniel 1:2 : S 2Ki 24:13
  6. Daniel 1:2 : S 2Ch 36:7; Jer 27:19-20; Zec 5:5-11
  7. Daniel 1:3 : S 2Ki 20:18; S 24:15; Isa 39:7
  8. Daniel 1:4 : S Ge 39:6
  9. Daniel 1:4 : ver 17
  10. Daniel 1:4 : S Ezr 4:7
  11. Daniel 1:5 : ver 8, 10
  12. Daniel 1:5 : S Est 2:9
  13. Daniel 1:5 : ver 18
  14. Daniel 1:5 : ver 19; S Est 2:5-6
  15. Daniel 1:6 : S Eze 14:14
  16. Daniel 1:6 : Da 2:17, 25
  17. Daniel 1:7 : Da 2:26; 4:8; 5:12; 10:1
  18. Daniel 1:7 : S Isa 39:7; Da 2:49; 3:12
  19. Daniel 1:8 : S Eze 4:13-14
  20. Daniel 1:9 : S Ge 39:21; S Pr 16:7
  21. Daniel 1:9 : S 1Ki 8:50
  22. Daniel 1:10 : ver 5
  23. Daniel 1:12 : Rev 2:10
  24. Daniel 1:13 : ver 16
  25. Daniel 1:14 : Rev 2:10
  26. Daniel 1:15 : Ex 23:25
  27. Daniel 1:16 : ver 12-13
  28. Daniel 1:17 : S Job 12:13
  29. Daniel 1:17 : Da 2:23; Col 1:9; Jas 1:5
  30. Daniel 1:17 : Da 2:19, 30; 5:11; 7:1; 8:1
  31. Daniel 1:18 : ver 5
  32. Daniel 1:19 : S Ge 41:46
  33. Daniel 1:20 : S Ge 41:8
  34. Daniel 1:20 : S 1Ki 4:30; Est 2:15; S Eze 28:3; Da 2:13, 28; 4:18; 6:3
  35. Daniel 1:21 : S 2Ch 36:22; Da 6:28; 10:1
  36. Daniel 2:1 : ver 3; S Ge 20:3; S Job 33:15, 18; Da 4:5
  37. Daniel 2:1 : Ge 41:8
  38. Daniel 2:1 : S Est 6:1
  39. Daniel 2:2 : S Ge 41:8
  40. Daniel 2:2 : Ex 7:11; Jer 27:9
  41. Daniel 2:2 : S ver 10; S Isa 19:3; S 44:25
  42. Daniel 2:2 : Da 4:6
  43. Daniel 2:3 : Da 4:5
  44. Daniel 2:4 : S Ezr 4:7
  45. Daniel 2:4 : S Ne 2:3
  46. Daniel 2:5 : Ge 41:32
  47. Daniel 2:5 : ver 12
  48. Daniel 2:5 : Ezr 6:11; Da 3:29
  49. Daniel 2:6 : ver 48; Da 5:7, 16
  50. Daniel 2:9 : Est 4:11
  51. Daniel 2:9 : Isa 41:22-24
  52. Daniel 2:10 : ver 2; Da 3:8; 4:7
  53. Daniel 2:10 : ver 27; Da 5:8
  54. Daniel 2:11 : S Ge 41:38
  55. Daniel 2:12 : Da 3:13, 19
  56. Daniel 2:12 : ver 5
  57. Daniel 2:13 : S Da 1:20; 5:19
  58. Daniel 2:17 : S Da 1:6
  59. Daniel 2:18 : S Isa 37:4
  60. Daniel 2:18 : Ezr 1:2; Ne 1:4; Jnh 1:9; Rev 11:13
  61. Daniel 2:18 : ver 23; Jer 33:3
  62. Daniel 2:19 : ver 28
  63. Daniel 2:19 : S Job 33:15; S Da 1:17
  64. Daniel 2:19 : S Jos 22:33
  65. Daniel 2:20 : S Ps 113:2; 145:1-2
  66. Daniel 2:20 : S Job 9:4; S Jer 32:19
  67. Daniel 2:21 : Da 7:25
  68. Daniel 2:21 : S Job 12:19; Ps 75:6-7; Ro 13:1
  69. Daniel 2:21 : Da 4:17
  70. Daniel 2:21 : S Ps 119:34; Jas 1:5
  71. Daniel 2:21 : S 2Sa 14:17
  72. Daniel 2:22 : S Ge 40:8; S Job 12:22; Da 5:11; 1Co 2:10
  73. Daniel 2:22 : Job 12:22; Ps 139:11-12; Jer 23:24; S Heb 4:13
  74. Daniel 2:22 : Isa 45:7; Jas 1:17
  75. Daniel 2:23 : S Ge 31:5; S Ex 3:15
  76. Daniel 2:23 : S Da 1:17
  77. Daniel 2:23 : S Eze 28:3
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1 Peter 3:8-4:6

Suffering for Doing Good

Finally, all of you, be like-minded,(A) be sympathetic, love one another,(B) be compassionate and humble.(C) Do not repay evil with evil(D) or insult with insult.(E) On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,(F) because to this(G) you were called(H) so that you may inherit a blessing.(I) 10 For,

“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[a](J)

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?(K) 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.(L) “Do not fear their threats[b]; do not be frightened.”[c](M) 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer(N) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope(O) that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience,(P) so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.(Q) 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will,(R) to suffer for doing good(S) than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once(T) for sins,(U) the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.(V) He was put to death in the body(W) but made alive in the Spirit.(X) 19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits(Y) 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently(Z) in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.(AA) In it only a few people, eight in all,(AB) were saved(AC) through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you(AD) also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience(AE) toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,(AF) 22 who has gone into heaven(AG) and is at God’s right hand(AH)—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.(AI)

Living for God

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body,(AJ) arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.(AK) As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires,(AL) but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past(AM) doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.(AN) They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.(AO) But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.(AP) For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead,(AQ) so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 3:12 Psalm 34:12-16
  2. 1 Peter 3:14 Or fear what they fear
  3. 1 Peter 3:14 Isaiah 8:12
  4. 1 Peter 3:19 Or but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also
  5. 1 Peter 3:21 Or but an appeal to God for a clear conscience
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Psalm 119:65-80

ט Teth

65 Do good(A) to your servant
according to your word,(B) Lord.
66 Teach me knowledge(C) and good judgment,
for I trust your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted(D) I went astray,(E)
but now I obey your word.(F)
68 You are good,(G) and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees.(H)
69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,(I)
I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are callous(J) and unfeeling,
but I delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted(K)
so that I might learn your decrees.
72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me
than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.(L)

י Yodh

73 Your hands made me(M) and formed me;
give me understanding to learn your commands.
74 May those who fear you rejoice(N) when they see me,
for I have put my hope in your word.(O)
75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,(P)
and that in faithfulness(Q) you have afflicted me.
76 May your unfailing love(R) be my comfort,
according to your promise(S) to your servant.
77 Let your compassion(T) come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.(U)
78 May the arrogant(V) be put to shame for wronging me without cause;(W)
but I will meditate on your precepts.
79 May those who fear you turn to me,
those who understand your statutes.(X)
80 May I wholeheartedly follow(Y) your decrees,(Z)
that I may not be put to shame.(AA)

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Proverbs 28:14

14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.

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11/24/2020 DAB Transcript

Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, 1 Peter 2:11-3:7, Psalms 119:49-64, Proverbs 28:12-13

Today is the 24th day of November welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is a great joy and deep comfort to be here with you around the Global Campfire as we take the next step forward in the Scriptures and take the next step forward in the year and toward the end of the year. So, we are reading from the New International Version this week. We have been camped out in the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament for a while now. Today we will reach its conclusion and finish the book of Ezekiel. We are also in the New Testament working our way through first Peter. And, so, we’ll continue that journey when we get there. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. Ezekiel chapters 47 and 48.

Commentary:

Okay. In first Peter today we’re seeing glimpses of how to face marginalization and being sidelined and even being persecuted, how to resist that by not being what is being said. In other words, people are being stereotyped. The way to resist that is to not be that, to not be the stereotype. So, Peter’s writing to people who have fled marginalization and persecution, who are trying to find a place of peace to live out their faith in harmony and they have run. They are all over the place. This is one of the primary ways that the gospel of Jesus Christ spread around the Roman Empire, the known world of the time. But, you know, if you move to an a new place, a new city and you’re trying to get established and get a job and find a place to live and…and then there’s this stereotype that gets…that…you get labeled…you get labeled something, then it becomes really, really difficult to navigate. And if you’re labeled, “you’re part of a strange religious sect. Like if you hear that about anybody, “oh…they’re…they’re…they’re part of a strange religious sect,” well, we really don’t have any information whatsoever to go on other than it sounds really bad and negative. And, so, the stereotype is there, and that person is looked at a certain way. And, so, followers of Jesus were considered untrustworthy. They were considered really, really strange, religiously. Like the observance of the Eucharist or communion was…was considered very weird, like a very weird ritual to people who had no experience with it. Basically, it's…it’s like it’s not a secret that here in the United States…this has been a year of…of unrest as special…especially racial unrest in the exploration of systemic racism and the implications. And one thing that…well it still goes on today…but was much more prevalent in previous generations would be the use of the N-word. A derogatory word used at African American, black people - a label, a stereotype, a word that can be used to marginalize. We have to remember that people, early followers of Jesus, they were perceived as coming out of Judaism. Jews had been marginalized and persecuted and had been labeled for a long time at this point, and that continues in the world until this very day. So, like in some places to be called a Jew, that’s a bigoted label, like that’s not a good thing. So, for people following Jesus to be called Christ followers or disciples of the Rabbi, Jesus, or Christians, this is the same kind of labeling that’s going on. So, in…in a lot of ways what Peter’s writing in what we read today is, “don’t be that. If you’re going to be slandered or mischaracterized or stereotyped, then don’t be that. Rise above that. Live your life higher. Raise the bar. Be better than that.” So, we see him like, “submit to the local authorities, submit to the national authorities, submit to your employers. Like, live what you say. Live the faith that you claim. Live it because if you’re living it, then you will rise above the stereotype and show that there actually is a better way of navigating humanity because of Jesus making that better way of being in this world visible by resisting the stereotypes, by not receiving the labels, by being better than the labels. And, so, I quote Peter here as he kind of concludes some of…of…of his encouragement. “How is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and you endure the beating for doing wrong, but if you suffer for doing good and you endure it this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in His steps.” And, so, that we’re on the same page, this is…Peter’s not writing about things that might happen or that could happen or that may be on the distant horizon. He’s talking about…the letters written because these things are happening. And, so, he’s counseling how to battle things that are happening and as it turns out it brilliantly, it’s so perfect the way he turns the corner and helps us understand that these kinds of…kinds of marginalization’s, these kinds of things even happen inside people’s homes because maybe one spouse, here’s the good news or maybe they both hear the good news, but one spouse believes, and the other one doesn’t. And, so, I quote Peter again, “wives in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that if any of them do not believe the word they may be won over without words, by the behavior of their wives,” right? Rising above the labeling. “They may be one over without words by the behavior of their wives when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” Yikes! What’s that doing their in a discussion about how to behave in the face of being marginalized? Isn’t it in our homes between our spouse and ourselves that we really actually do have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling? like isn’t that the ground zero for however we might go out into the world and resist by not being what we’ve been stereotyped as? Like doesn’t that have to start at home? Is there any other way to live out what Peter is talking about if it’s not there, present in our home? And when Peter says about “hindering your prayers”, he’s speaking to husbands here. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t apply to both spouses, but husbands may we pay attention. Our homes are places where we…if it’s a bad day and things aren’t going well and well-worn paths that lead to terrible arguments are being walked down, well we can we can marginalize each other and diminish each other and hurt one another and suppress the voices of each other more dominantly and more awfully inside the walls of our house than we ever would outside. So, for this to…for this whole conversation to land back at home is something we ought to pay very very close attention to. “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”

Prayer:

Father we come into your presence. It would explain a lot. It would be like James saying, “how can you bless the Lord out of your mouth and curse your brothers and sisters who are made in His image out of the same mouth? Surely this isn’t right. Surely, this shouldn’t be happening.” And, so, we are confronted with these things and once again you’ve landed some things in our lap that we cannot look away from. It won’t help. And, so, we’re looking to you for guidance in the ways that we’ve marginalized each other beginning inside our homes and working outward from there. We read yesterday, “we are to be holy because you are holy”, which means we must rise above the stereotype. We must rise above being labeled. We must be the light of the world. And we have a ways to go, we confess. We are not where we should be, we confess. And it’s easy enough to know that globally. It’s easy enough to know that we are all part of something that has some work to do. Its way different when we understand inside of the four walls of our houses is where that work begins. Come Holy Spirit we need you now. We ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning Daily Audio Bible this is Diane Olive Braun and Jeff my husband is here with me. It’s so wonderful the two of us listening together. I want to share with you something really special to me. I have been repenting a lot and things I thought that were really special were not pleasing to the Lord, mostly that I wasn’t taking time alone with Him and just focusing on other things more important than Him and I’ve been repenting and…and taking quality time each day. And because I hadn’t been giving special time to the Lord I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t sleep at night. And, so, one night I told the Lord I was so tired because I couldn’t sleep. And I said Lord I’m going to try for 5 or 10 minutes to sleep and I put on Brian’s album, Heart and I said if I don’t fall asleep in five minutes I will get up and clean the house. And, so, I put on his album, Heart and I laid my head on my pillow and three hours later I woke up refreshed and renewed and inspired. Thank you, thank you, thank you DAB community and Brian. Shalom, shalom…

Hi DAB family this is CS from SC. A close friend of mine’s son was in an accident earlier this week. He was driving and with his passenger, I believe his girlfriend, was killed in the accident. He’s been charged with…my friend’s sons been charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. They were both college students both in their early 20s. I would just ask prayer for her family. This young man has…has made some bad choices now. He…he’s always been such a good kid, but he’s made some really bad choices at this point and it’s ended up with some horrific consequences for his girlfriend’s family. So, I would just ask prayer first for her family, for comfort and peace. I don’t know how you get through something like this. I just…I can’t imagine but I would also ask prayer for his family for my friend, just to know how to work through all the challenges that they’re going to have now, the legal battles. And, of course, there’ll be some incarceration I’m sure. So, anyway I would…would just ask that you be in prayer for both families, that they can see God’s will and everything that’s going on and just be there to comfort everybody that’s involved in this situation. Thanks, and have an excellent…

Good afternoon new DAB family God bless you all. Woman who called in in regard to ovarian cancer and her husband suffering from MS, I am believing and thanking God but first and foremost first and foremost for your total healing from the inside out, that every molecular cell that’s in your body is going to be eradicated. I am thanking God for the children that you have that has been helping you fight this. I know that this has been hard for you, but I also know that God is a God delivers and I am believing in His might. Susan from Osceola, Osceola Florida you know the way you’re thanking God in the midst of you losing your son and you yet you’re thanking God for all of the small blessings. Sister I bless you in the name of Jesus. You know that the Lord is going to heal your son Keith. I am so grateful that it’s…you’re in the season with Keith, that you have become so much closer but I am believing that nothing is too hard for the Lord. God bless you. Running Desperately Staying Connected to Jesus. I totally get it. You know when you say that you felt strong when you connected to your DAB family and when you disconnect that you seem weaker. I totally get that. That’s how I felt. You know in my dark seasons you know I felt like Moses you know without with Aaron and Joshua. I totally get it. God bless you. We are still praying for you and I’m praying and believing in your victory. Michaela from Gloucester. Beautiful beautiful song. You know how you’re meeting us in our darkness. That’s exactly what the Lord does. He meets us in our darkness. But I am telling you sister in the name of Jesus I am believing that the Lord will give us the strength to face our tomorrows and to do what’s in front of us because that is the God we serve. And knowing the name of Jesus He is gonna do the same for you in Jesus’ name. I love you. Esther from Orlando.

Thank you God for giving me everything I asked
you freed me from my demons and my true self’s now unmasked
time is running short now as they say this too shall pass
I pray and thank you constantly and there’s not much that I ask
the relationship that I have with you I pray will always last
last is first and first is last a simple little verse
but some men go from good to bad and some from bad to worse
help me just be patient God and follow where you lead
help me not be selfish Lord and consumed with pride and greed
wherever two are gathered I know that you’ll be there
keep my mind’s eye simple God and strip my ego bare
make me in your image God I’m flesh but still I’m clay
fill me with your spirit Lord and renew my strength each day
one and one are usually two but you and I are one
finish God the work in me you clearly have begun

blindtony1016@gmail.com. I’d like to give a shout out to Terry the Truck Driver and also Melisa. I hope you’re still hanging in there. Know that you are both in my prayers every day and very much loved and thought of and missed. And once again Brian and the Hardin family thank you for this wonderful podcast for God’s Holy Spirit flow keep it flowing y’all. All right. Bye-bye.

Hello, my dear DAB family this is Terry the Trucker calling this evening. It’s Saturday, November the 21st. Today we had a eulogy for my wife’s aunt Marilyn that passed away a few weeks ago just suddenly. It was not expected. This is also the birthday of my oldest stepson Mikey. Died in a car wreck at the age of 14. This is also the day that my wife when we left the church, she told me she had chills that she had a fever and wasn’t feeling right. We took her into the hospital. They tested her for the flu and been with my wife of 32 years. I’ve only known her to be sick one time out of 32 years and they suspect it’s the virus. I just ask you all to pray for my wife for my family and myself. I’m spending the night in my truck less than a block from the house. So, I know I’ve been exposed to her but why take the chance of spending the night if maybe I don’t have it. We’ll know in a couple days if she has the virus for sure but I ask you all to pray for me and I continue to pray for each and every one of y’all as I drive up and down these highways. Terry the Trucker.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday November 24, 2020 (NIV)

Ezekiel 47-48

The River From the Temple

47 The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water(A) coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar.(B) He then brought me out through the north gate(C) and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side.

As the man went eastward with a measuring line(D) in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits[a] and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river(E) that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.(F) He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?”

Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river.(G) He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah,[b](H) where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh.(I) Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.(J) 10 Fishermen(K) will stand along the shore; from En Gedi(L) to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets.(M) The fish will be of many kinds(N)—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.(O) 11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt.(P) 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river.(Q) Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit(R) fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary(S) flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.(T)

The Boundaries of the Land

13 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “These are the boundaries(U) of the land that you will divide among the twelve tribes of Israel as their inheritance, with two portions for Joseph.(V) 14 You are to divide it equally among them. Because I swore with uplifted hand to give it to your ancestors, this land will become your inheritance.(W)

15 “This is to be the boundary of the land:(X)

“On the north side it will run from the Mediterranean Sea(Y) by the Hethlon road(Z) past Lebo Hamath to Zedad, 16 Berothah[c](AA) and Sibraim (which lies on the border between Damascus and Hamath),(AB) as far as Hazer Hattikon, which is on the border of Hauran. 17 The boundary will extend from the sea to Hazar Enan,[d] along the northern border of Damascus, with the border of Hamath to the north. This will be the northern boundary.(AC)

18 “On the east side the boundary will run between Hauran and Damascus, along the Jordan between Gilead and the land of Israel, to the Dead Sea and as far as Tamar.[e] This will be the eastern boundary.(AD)

19 “On the south side it will run from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribah Kadesh,(AE) then along the Wadi of Egypt(AF) to the Mediterranean Sea.(AG) This will be the southern boundary.

20 “On the west side, the Mediterranean Sea will be the boundary to a point opposite Lebo Hamath.(AH) This will be the western boundary.(AI)

21 “You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 You are to allot it as an inheritance(AJ) for yourselves and for the foreigners(AK) residing among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.(AL) 23 In whatever tribe a foreigner resides, there you are to give them their inheritance,” declares the Sovereign Lord.(AM)

The Division of the Land

48 “These are the tribes, listed by name: At the northern frontier, Dan(AN) will have one portion; it will follow the Hethlon road(AO) to Lebo Hamath;(AP) Hazar Enan and the northern border of Damascus next to Hamath will be part of its border from the east side to the west side.

“Asher(AQ) will have one portion; it will border the territory of Dan from east to west.

“Naphtali(AR) will have one portion; it will border the territory of Asher from east to west.

“Manasseh(AS) will have one portion; it will border the territory of Naphtali from east to west.

“Ephraim(AT) will have one portion; it will border the territory of Manasseh(AU) from east to west.(AV)

“Reuben(AW) will have one portion; it will border the territory of Ephraim from east to west.

“Judah(AX) will have one portion; it will border the territory of Reuben from east to west.

“Bordering the territory of Judah from east to west will be the portion you are to present as a special gift. It will be 25,000 cubits[f] wide, and its length from east to west will equal one of the tribal portions; the sanctuary will be in the center of it.(AY)

“The special portion you are to offer to the Lord will be 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits[g] wide.(AZ) 10 This will be the sacred portion for the priests. It will be 25,000 cubits long on the north side, 10,000 cubits wide on the west side, 10,000 cubits wide on the east side and 25,000 cubits long on the south side. In the center of it will be the sanctuary of the Lord.(BA) 11 This will be for the consecrated priests, the Zadokites,(BB) who were faithful in serving me(BC) and did not go astray as the Levites did when the Israelites went astray.(BD) 12 It will be a special gift to them from the sacred portion of the land, a most holy portion, bordering the territory of the Levites.

13 “Alongside the territory of the priests, the Levites will have an allotment 25,000 cubits long and 10,000 cubits wide. Its total length will be 25,000 cubits and its width 10,000 cubits.(BE) 14 They must not sell or exchange any of it. This is the best of the land and must not pass into other hands, because it is holy to the Lord.(BF)

15 “The remaining area, 5,000 cubits[h] wide and 25,000 cubits long, will be for the common use of the city, for houses and for pastureland. The city will be in the center of it 16 and will have these measurements: the north side 4,500 cubits,[i] the south side 4,500 cubits, the east side 4,500 cubits, and the west side 4,500 cubits.(BG) 17 The pastureland for the city will be 250 cubits[j] on the north, 250 cubits on the south, 250 cubits on the east, and 250 cubits on the west. 18 What remains of the area, bordering on the sacred portion and running the length of it, will be 10,000 cubits on the east side and 10,000 cubits on the west side. Its produce will supply food for the workers of the city.(BH) 19 The workers from the city who farm it will come from all the tribes of Israel. 20 The entire portion will be a square, 25,000 cubits on each side. As a special gift you will set aside the sacred portion, along with the property of the city.

21 “What remains on both sides of the area formed by the sacred portion and the property of the city will belong to the prince. It will extend eastward from the 25,000 cubits of the sacred portion to the eastern border, and westward from the 25,000 cubits to the western border. Both these areas running the length of the tribal portions will belong to the prince, and the sacred portion with the temple sanctuary will be in the center of them.(BI) 22 So the property of the Levites and the property of the city will lie in the center of the area that belongs to the prince. The area belonging to the prince will lie between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin.

23 “As for the rest of the tribes: Benjamin(BJ) will have one portion; it will extend from the east side to the west side.

24 “Simeon(BK) will have one portion; it will border the territory of Benjamin from east to west.

25 “Issachar(BL) will have one portion; it will border the territory of Simeon from east to west.

26 “Zebulun(BM) will have one portion; it will border the territory of Issachar from east to west.

27 “Gad(BN) will have one portion; it will border the territory of Zebulun from east to west.

28 “The southern boundary of Gad will run south from Tamar(BO) to the waters of Meribah Kadesh, then along the Wadi of Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.(BP)

29 “This is the land you are to allot as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel, and these will be their portions,” declares the Sovereign Lord.(BQ)

The Gates of the New City

30 “These will be the exits of the city: Beginning on the north side, which is 4,500 cubits long, 31 the gates of the city will be named after the tribes of Israel. The three gates on the north side will be the gate of Reuben, the gate of Judah and the gate of Levi.

32 “On the east side, which is 4,500 cubits long, will be three gates: the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin and the gate of Dan.

33 “On the south side, which measures 4,500 cubits, will be three gates: the gate of Simeon, the gate of Issachar and the gate of Zebulun.

34 “On the west side, which is 4,500 cubits long, will be three gates: the gate of Gad, the gate of Asher and the gate of Naphtali.(BR)

35 “The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits.[k]

“And the name of the city from that time on will be:

the Lord is there.(BS)

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 47:3 That is, about 1,700 feet or about 530 meters
  2. Ezekiel 47:8 Or the Jordan Valley
  3. Ezekiel 47:16 See Septuagint and 48:1; Hebrew road to go into Zedad, 16 Hamath, Berothah.
  4. Ezekiel 47:17 Hebrew Enon, a variant of Enan
  5. Ezekiel 47:18 See Syriac; Hebrew Israel. You will measure to the Dead Sea.
  6. Ezekiel 48:8 That is, about 8 miles or about 13 kilometers; also in verses 9, 10, 13, 15, 20 and 21
  7. Ezekiel 48:9 That is, about 3 1/3 miles or about 5.3 kilometers; also in verses 10, 13 and 18
  8. Ezekiel 48:15 That is, about 1 2/3 miles or about 2.7 kilometers
  9. Ezekiel 48:16 That is, about 1 1/2 miles or about 2.4 kilometers; also in verses 30, 32, 33 and 34
  10. Ezekiel 48:17 That is, about 440 feet or about 135 meters
  11. Ezekiel 48:35 That is, about 6 miles or about 9.5 kilometers

Cross references:

  1. Ezekiel 47:1 : S Isa 55:1
  2. Ezekiel 47:1 : Ps 46:4; Joel 3:18; Rev 22:1
  3. Ezekiel 47:2 : S Eze 40:35
  4. Ezekiel 47:3 : S Eze 40:3
  5. Ezekiel 47:5 : S Ge 2:10
  6. Ezekiel 47:5 : Isa 11:9; Hab 2:14
  7. Ezekiel 47:7 : ver 12; Rev 22:2
  8. Ezekiel 47:8 : S Dt 1:1; S 3:17
  9. Ezekiel 47:8 : Isa 41:18
  10. Ezekiel 47:9 : Isa 12:3; 55:1; Jn 4:14; 7:37-38
  11. Ezekiel 47:10 : S Isa 19:8; Mt 4:19
  12. Ezekiel 47:10 : S Jos 15:62
  13. Ezekiel 47:10 : Eze 26:5
  14. Ezekiel 47:10 : S Ps 104:25; Mt 13:47
  15. Ezekiel 47:10 : S Nu 34:6
  16. Ezekiel 47:11 : S Dt 29:23
  17. Ezekiel 47:12 : ver 7; Rev 22:2
  18. Ezekiel 47:12 : S Ps 1:3
  19. Ezekiel 47:12 : S Isa 55:1
  20. Ezekiel 47:12 : S Ge 2:9; S Jer 17:8; Eze 36:8
  21. Ezekiel 47:13 : Nu 34:2-12
  22. Ezekiel 47:13 : S Ge 48:16; S 49:26
  23. Ezekiel 47:14 : S Ge 12:7; S Dt 1:8; S Eze 36:12
  24. Ezekiel 47:15 : Nu 34:2
  25. Ezekiel 47:15 : ver 19; S Nu 34:6
  26. Ezekiel 47:15 : Eze 48:1
  27. Ezekiel 47:16 : 2Sa 8:8
  28. Ezekiel 47:16 : Nu 13:21; S Jer 49:23; Eze 48:1
  29. Ezekiel 47:17 : Eze 48:1
  30. Ezekiel 47:18 : S Eze 27:18
  31. Ezekiel 47:19 : Dt 32:51
  32. Ezekiel 47:19 : S Ge 15:18; Isa 27:12
  33. Ezekiel 47:19 : S ver 15; Eze 48:28
  34. Ezekiel 47:20 : S Nu 13:21; Eze 48:1
  35. Ezekiel 47:20 : Nu 34:6
  36. Ezekiel 47:22 : S Eze 36:12
  37. Ezekiel 47:22 : S Dt 24:19; S Isa 14:1; Mal 3:5
  38. Ezekiel 47:22 : S Lev 24:22; Nu 15:29; 26:55-56; Isa 56:6-7; Ro 10:12; Eph 2:12-16; 3:6; Col 3:11
  39. Ezekiel 47:23 : S Dt 10:19
  40. Ezekiel 48:1 : S Ge 30:6
  41. Ezekiel 48:1 : Eze 47:15-17
  42. Ezekiel 48:1 : S Eze 47:20
  43. Ezekiel 48:2 : Jos 19:24-31
  44. Ezekiel 48:3 : Jos 19:32-39
  45. Ezekiel 48:4 : Jos 17:1-11
  46. Ezekiel 48:5 : Jos 16:5-9
  47. Ezekiel 48:5 : Jos 17:7-10
  48. Ezekiel 48:5 : Jos 17:17
  49. Ezekiel 48:6 : Jos 13:15-21
  50. Ezekiel 48:7 : Jos 15:1-63
  51. Ezekiel 48:8 : ver 21
  52. Ezekiel 48:9 : S Eze 45:1
  53. Ezekiel 48:10 : ver 21; S Eze 45:3-4
  54. Ezekiel 48:11 : S 2Sa 8:17
  55. Ezekiel 48:11 : S Lev 8:35
  56. Ezekiel 48:11 : Eze 14:11; S 44:15
  57. Ezekiel 48:13 : Eze 45:5
  58. Ezekiel 48:14 : S Lev 25:34; 27:10, 28
  59. Ezekiel 48:16 : Rev 21:16
  60. Ezekiel 48:18 : Eze 45:6
  61. Ezekiel 48:21 : ver 8, 10; Eze 45:7
  62. Ezekiel 48:23 : Jos 18:11-28
  63. Ezekiel 48:24 : S Ge 29:33; Jos 19:1-9
  64. Ezekiel 48:25 : Jos 19:17-23
  65. Ezekiel 48:26 : Jos 19:10-16
  66. Ezekiel 48:27 : Jos 13:24-28
  67. Ezekiel 48:28 : S Ge 14:7
  68. Ezekiel 48:28 : S Nu 34:6; Eze 47:19
  69. Ezekiel 48:29 : S Eze 45:1
  70. Ezekiel 48:34 : S 2Ch 4:4; Rev 21:12-13
  71. Ezekiel 48:35 : S Isa 12:6; S 24:23; S Jer 3:17; 14:9; Joel 3:21; Rev 3:12; S 21:3
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1 Peter 2:11-3:7

Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

11 Dear friends,(A) I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,(B) to abstain from sinful desires,(C) which wage war against your soul.(D) 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds(E) and glorify God(F) on the day he visits us.

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority:(G) whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong(H) and to commend those who do right.(I) 15 For it is God’s will(J) that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.(K) 16 Live as free people,(L) but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;(M) live as God’s slaves.(N) 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers,(O) fear God, honor the emperor.(P)

18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters,(Q) not only to those who are good and considerate,(R) but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.(S) 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.(T) 21 To this(U) you were called,(V) because Christ suffered for you,(W) leaving you an example,(X) that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,(Y)
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[a](Z)

23 When they hurled their insults at him,(AA) he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.(AB) Instead, he entrusted himself(AC) to him who judges justly.(AD) 24 “He himself bore our sins”(AE) in his body on the cross,(AF) so that we might die to sins(AG) and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”(AH) 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[b](AI) but now you have returned to the Shepherd(AJ) and Overseer of your souls.(AK)

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves(AL) to your own husbands(AM) so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over(AN) without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.(AO) Rather, it should be that of your inner self,(AP) the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.(AQ) For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God(AR) used to adorn themselves.(AS) They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord.(AT) You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

Husbands,(AU) in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:22 Isaiah 53:9
  2. 1 Peter 2:25 Isaiah 53:4,5,6 (see Septuagint)
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Psalm 119:49-64

ז Zayin

49 Remember your word(A) to your servant,
for you have given me hope.(B)
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.(C)
51 The arrogant mock me(D) unmercifully,
but I do not turn(E) from your law.
52 I remember,(F) Lord, your ancient laws,
and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me(G) because of the wicked,
who have forsaken your law.(H)
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song(I)
wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember(J) your name,
that I may keep your law.(K)
56 This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.(L)

ח Heth

57 You are my portion,(M) Lord;
I have promised to obey your words.(N)
58 I have sought(O) your face with all my heart;
be gracious to me(P) according to your promise.(Q)
59 I have considered my ways(R)
and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.(S)
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget(T) your law.
62 At midnight(U) I rise to give you thanks
for your righteous laws.(V)
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,(W)
to all who follow your precepts.(X)
64 The earth is filled with your love,(Y) Lord;
teach me your decrees.(Z)

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Proverbs 28:12-13

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;(A)
but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.(B)

13 Whoever conceals their sins(C) does not prosper,
but the one who confesses(D) and renounces them finds mercy.(E)

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