The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday August 3, 2021 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33

14 After this, Manasseh rebuilt the outer wall of the City of David from west of Gihon Spring in the valley to the entrance of Fish Gate. He made the wall go around the Ophel, and he built it very high. He put army commanders in every fortified city in Judah.

15 Manasseh got rid of the foreign gods and the idol in the Lord’s temple. He got rid of the altars he had built in the temple on the Lord’s mountain and in Jerusalem. 16 He built the Lord’s altar and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it. And he told Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel. 17 The people continued to sacrifice at the illegal places of worship, but they sacrificed only to the Lord their God.

18 Everything else about Manasseh—including his prayer to his God and the words that the seers [a] spoke to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel—are in the records of the kings of Israel. 19 His prayer and how God accepted it are written in the records of Hozai. The things he did before he humbled himself are also written there. This includes all his sins and unfaithfulness and the places where he built illegal worship sites and set up idols and poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah.

20 Manasseh lay down in death with his ancestors. They buried him in his own palace. His son Amon succeeded him as king.

King Amon of Judah(A)

21 Amon was 22 years old when he began to rule, and he ruled for 2 years in Jerusalem. 22 He did what the Lord considered evil, as his father Manasseh had done. Amon sacrificed to all the idols his father Manasseh had made, and he worshiped them. 23 He didn’t humble himself in front of the Lord as his father Manasseh had humbled himself. Instead, Amon continued to sin.

24 His officials plotted against him and killed him in his palace. 25 Then the people of the land killed everyone who had plotted against King Amon. They made his son Josiah king in his place.

King Josiah Reforms Judah’s Worship(B)

34 Josiah was 8 years old when he began to rule, and he was king for 31 years in Jerusalem. He did what the Lord considered right. He lived in the ways of his ancestor David and never stopped living this way.

In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still a boy, he began to dedicate his life to serving the God of his ancestor David. In his twelfth year as king, he began to make Judah and Jerusalem clean [b] by destroying the illegal places of worship, poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah, carved idols, and metal idols. He had the altars of the various Baal gods torn down. He cut down the incense altars that were above them. He destroyed the Asherah poles, carved idols, and metal idols. He ground them into powder and scattered the powder over the tombs of those who had sacrificed to them. He burned the bones of the priests on their altars. So he made Judah and Jerusalem clean. In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, and as far as Naphtali, he removed all their temples, tore down the altars, beat the Asherah poles and idols into powder, and cut down all the incense altars everywhere in Israel. Then he went back to Jerusalem.

King Josiah Rededicates Judah to God’s Promise(C)

In the eighteenth year of his reign as he was making the land and the temple clean, Josiah sent Shaphan, son of Azaliah, Maaseiah, the mayor of the city, and Joah, the royal historian and son of Joahaz, to repair the temple of the Lord his God. They came to the chief priest Hilkiah and gave him the money that had been brought to God’s temple, the money that the Levite doorkeepers had collected from the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim, from all who were left in Israel, from everyone in the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and from the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10 They gave the money to the foremen who were in charge of the Lord’s temple. These foremen gave it to the workmen who were restoring and repairing the temple. 11 (These workers included carpenters and builders.) They were to buy quarried stones and wood for the fittings and beams of the buildings that the kings of Judah had allowed to become run-down. 12 The men did their work faithfully under the supervision of Jahath and Obadiah (Levites descended from Merari), and Zechariah and Meshullam (descendants of Kohath). The Levites, who were skilled musicians, 13 also supervised the workers and directed all the workmen on the various jobs. Some of the Levites served as scribes, officials, or gatekeepers.

14 When they brought out the money that had been deposited in the Lord’s temple, the priest Hilkiah found the Book of the Lord’s Teachings written by Moses. 15 Hilkiah told the scribe Shaphan, “I have found the Book of the Teachings in the Lord’s temple.” Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan.

16 Shaphan took the book to the king and reported, “We are doing everything you told us to do. 17 We took the money that was donated in the Lord’s temple and gave it to the supervisors and the workmen.” 18 Then the scribe Shaphan told the king, “The priest Hilkiah has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it to the king.

19 When the king heard what the Teachings said, he tore his clothes ⌞in distress⌟. 20 Then the king gave an order to Hilkiah, Ahikam (son of Shaphan), Abdon (son of Micah), the scribe Shaphan, and the royal official Asaiah. He said, 21 “On behalf of those who are left in Israel and Judah and me, ask the Lord about the words in this book that was found. The Lord’s fierce anger has been poured on us because our ancestors did not obey the Lord’s word by doing everything written in this book.”

22 So Hilkiah and the king’s officials went to talk to the prophet Huldah about this matter. She was the wife of Shallum, son of Tokhath and grandson of Hasrah. Shallum was in charge of the ⌞royal⌟ wardrobe. Huldah was living in the Second Part of Jerusalem.

23 She told them, “This is what the Lord God of Israel says: Tell the man who sent you to me, 24 ‘This is what the Lord says: I’m going to bring disaster on this place and on the people living here according to the curses written in the book that was read to the king of Judah. 25 I will do this because they have abandoned me and sacrificed to other gods in order to make me furious. Therefore, my anger will be poured on this place and will never come to an end.’ ”

26 ⌞Huldah added,⌟ “Tell Judah’s king who sent you to me to ask the Lord a question, ‘This is what the Lord God of Israel says about the words you heard: 27 You had a change of heart and humbled yourself in front of God when you heard my words against this place and those who live here. You humbled yourself, tore your clothes ⌞in distress⌟, and cried in front of me. So I will listen ⌞to you⌟, declares the Lord. 28 That is why I’m going to bring you to your ancestors. I’m going to bring you to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see any of the disaster I’m going to bring on this place and those who live here.’ ”

So they reported this to the king.

29 Then the king sent for all the respected leaders of Judah and Jerusalem to join him. 30 The king, everyone in Judah, everyone living in Jerusalem, the priests, the Levites, and all the people (young and old) went up to the Lord’s temple. He read everything written in the Book of the Promise [c] found in the Lord’s temple so that they could hear it. 31 The king stood in his place and made a promise to the Lord that he would follow the Lord and obey his commands, instructions, and laws with all his heart and soul. He said he would live by the terms of the promise written in this book. 32 He also made all those found in Jerusalem and Benjamin join with him ⌞in the promise⌟. Then the people of Jerusalem lived according to the promise of God, the God of their ancestors.

33 Josiah got rid of all the disgusting idols throughout Israelite territory. He made all people found in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they didn’t stop following the Lord God of their ancestors.

Footnotes:

  1. 33:18 Seers   are prophets.
  2. 34:3 Clean   ” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is presentable to God.
  3. 34:30 Or “Covenant.”
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Romans 16:10-27

10 Greet Apelles, a true Christian.

Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus.

11 Greet Herodion, who is Jewish by birth like me.

Greet those Christians who belong to the family of Narcissus.

12 Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who have worked hard for the Lord.

Greet dear Persis, who has worked very hard for the Lord.

13 Greet Rufus, that outstanding Christian, and his mother, who has been a mother to me too.

14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters who are with them.

15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all God’s people who are with them.

16 Greet each other with a holy kiss.

All the churches of Christ greet you.

17 Brothers and sisters, I urge you to watch out for those people who create divisions and who make others fall away ⌞from the Christian faith⌟ by teaching doctrine that is not the same as you have learned. Stay away from them. 18 People like these are not serving Christ our Lord. They are serving their own desires. By their smooth talk and flattering words they deceive unsuspecting people.

19 Everyone has heard about your obedience and this makes me happy for you. I want you to do what is good and to avoid what is evil. 20 The God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. May the good will [a] of our Lord Jesus be with you!

21 Timothy my coworker greets you; so do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, who are Jewish by birth like me.

22 I, Tertius, who wrote this letter, send you Christian greetings.

23 Gaius greets you. He is host to me and the whole church.

Erastus, the city treasurer, greets you.

Quartus, our brother in the Christian faith, greets you.[b]

25 God can strengthen you by the Good News and the message I tell about Jesus Christ. He can strengthen you by revealing the mystery that was kept in silence for a very long time 26 but now is publicly known. The everlasting God ordered that what the prophets wrote must be shown to the people of every nation to bring them to the obedience that is associated with faith. 27 God alone is wise. Glory belongs to him through Jesus Christ forever! Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. 16:20 Or “grace.”
  2. 16:23 Some manuscripts and translations add verse 24: “May the good will of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.”
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Psalm 26

By David.

26 Judge me favorably, O Lord,
because I have walked with integrity
and I have trusted you without wavering.
Examine me, O Lord, and test me.
Look closely into my heart and mind.
I see your mercy in front of me.
I walk in the light of your truth.
I did not sit with liars,
and I will not be found among hypocrites.
I have hated the mob of evildoers
and will not sit with wicked people.
I will wash my hands in innocence.
I will walk around your altar, O Lord,
so that I may loudly sing a hymn of thanksgiving
and tell about all your miracles.

O Lord, I love the house where you live,
the place where your glory dwells.

Do not sweep away my soul along with hardened sinners
or my life along with bloodthirsty people.
10 Evil schemes are in their hands.
Their right hands are full of bribes.
11 But I walk with integrity.
Rescue me, and have pity on me.
12 My feet stand on level ground.
I will praise the Lord with the choirs in worship.

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Proverbs 20:19

19 Whoever goes around as a gossip tells secrets.
Do not associate with a person whose mouth is always open.

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08/02/2021 DAB Transcript

2 Chronicles 32:1-33:13, Romans 15:23-16:9, Psalms 25:16-22, Proverbs 20:16-18

Today is the 2nd day of August welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is great to be here with you today as we just keep moving in here trying to get moved into this new month of the year and take the journey that will be August. We’re reading from the Gods Word Translation this week. Today, second Chronicles chapter 32 verse 1 through 33 verse 13.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for the in opportunity in second Chronicles to move through this story with Hezekiah again and we are reminded of the taunts shouted out over the walls to the people in Jerusalem and it just brings us back to things that we’ve faced in our lives, and even things that we’ve talked about from the Scriptures this year, this haunting voice, this intimidation, this diminishment that comes against us to try to pull us into isolation and fear - fear that we will be overrun, fear that we will be overcome. And the truth is, the Army that was set against Jerusalem had pretty much leveled everything in their paths and that was acknowledged, but they had not leveled You and they were subsequently leveled because they decided they weren’t just gonna taunt Israel they were gonna taunt You. And, so, Father wanna get behind You. So often we find ourselves way out in front of You when we need to be following You. Nothing will knock You down or move You off Your intended purpose. And if we are behind You and we are safe. And, so, help us to remember this, our utter dependence upon You. It’s not the voice of the taunt-er. It’s not the threats. It’s not the diminishment. It’s not this mighty army set against us. Any of these things could destroy us, but none of these things can destroy You. And, so, we follow You as we continue this journey forward step-by-step day by day. Come Holy Spirit. Lead us on the narrow path that leads to life. Lead us into all truth. Be a light to our path we pray. In Jesus name, we ask. Amen.

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Amen. Dear God thank You so much for the words that Brian spoke on the 29th. I pray that You will help us to humble ourselves and to make the choice and the decision to follow and to renew and to retrain ourselves to repay evil with good and to follow the way of life that Paul is describing. Lord I pray that You will just soften our hearts and that You will help us to all make the choice and to be intentional about it and help us to be determined and strong and successful Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

OK this is Beloved in Texas, and this is for the guy who said he’s just tired and he’s tired of getting conflicting information and he doesn’t know if…anyway you know who you are. This…you’re…I could feel in what you were saying how just…you’re exhausted, you are emotionally, mentally drained, you’re just exhausted and your faith is starting to feel like work. I just wanted to give you a little bit of what I have learned. If this helps great, if it doesn’t move on along. But I want you to think about your salvation as more like a relationship. When you love someone, you pursue them, and you want to do things for them, and you want to push through, and you want to seek that type of intimacy with that person. It’s the same way with God. It’s a two-way relationship. So, no it’s not a, your salvation is not works based but once you get a revelation of how much God loves you and you love Him, I mean…you can’t help it. You’re overcome with love for Him, then yes there is some…some work involved but it’s not work it’s because you love Him, it’s a labor of love. It’s seeking Him because you love Him so much and you want more. So, I don’t I don’t know if that helps but I hope it does and I’m praying for you.

Hi this is Vernon from Alberta just listening I’m a little bit behind but listening to the end of June and heard a call from a gentleman who said that he’s been…God’s been bringing him back in the last couple years but that he’s so tired and…and just doesn't…feels like it’s going the other way instead of getting better and so I just want to pray for you now. And God, I just thank You for the honesty of this Young man and I just pray that You would…would honor his…his honesty and just give him rest and heal him first of all in being able to rest and…and be able to hear You and then I just pray God that You would give him clarity and let him see Your hand in his life. And we just thank You for that in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hey this is to Diane from Denver it’s David here calling from Brisbane Australia. I have the privilege of serving as a chaplain to the prisoners in Queensland here. But Diane my heart broke for you when you told us your story of your daughter. I wept and wept. Bless you. Lord strengthen you, help you, guide you, His Holy Spirit encompass you. May He hide you under His fins. Bless you dear one. My heart breaks for you. Love from Australia.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is God’s Beautiful Pool of Repose. That’s one of the meanings of my name and it’s taken a lifetime to learn to live in it partly with the help of this family. This is the first time I’ve called but I’ve been around I think since about halfway through the first year Brian started this. So, there’s so many of you that I consider family - Victoria Soldier, Blind Tony, Daniel Johnson Junior so many others from over the years and new. Just know that I am covering your prayer requests as well. Today I’m calling because I have a couple family members who are seriously ill. COVID is involved in one case and friends as well for sure and I’m not sure about the others but just would ask that you would add those to your list of those who are suffering in this time. And then the other request is that in the midst of this season when it seems like all of my local prayer partners are dealing with their own crises I am faced with two major life changing decisions that I need to make within the next few days. I know that I hear God. I know that he will lead me, but I would just appreciate your prayer cover that I will know what to do. It involves a move and what I’m going to do for a living, and it would mean leaving my local church and some friendships and so it’s not an easy decision. So, thank you very much. God bless all of you and thank you for being a part of this global family. It is such a blessing. And thank you to Brian and Jill and family for making this possible. Goodbye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday August 2, 2021 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 32:1-33:13

God Saves Judah from the Assyrians(A)

32 After everything Hezekiah had done so faithfully, King Sennacherib of Assyria came to invade Judah. He set up camp ⌞to attack⌟ the fortified cities. He intended to conquer them himself.

When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come to wage war against Jerusalem, he, his officers, and his military staff made plans to stop the water from flowing out of the springs outside the city. They helped him do it. A large crowd gathered as they stopped all the springs and the brook that flowed through the land. They said, “Why should the kings of Assyria find plenty of water?”

Hezekiah worked hard. He rebuilt all the broken sections of the wall, made the towers taller, built another wall outside ⌞the city wall⌟, strengthened the Millo [a] in the City of David, and made plenty of weapons and shields. He appointed military commanders over the troops and gathered the commanders in the square by the city gate. He spoke these words of encouragement: “Be strong and courageous. Don’t be frightened or terrified by the king of Assyria or the crowd with him. Someone greater is on our side. The king of Assyria has human power on his side, but the Lord our God is on our side to help us and fight our battles.” So the people were encouraged by what King Hezekiah of Judah said.

After this, while King Sennacherib of Assyria and all his royal forces were attacking Lachish, he sent his officers to King Hezekiah of Judah and to all of the people in Judah who were in Jerusalem to say: 10 “This is what King Sennacherib of Assyria says: Why are you so confident as you live in Jerusalem while it is blockaded? 11 Isn’t Hezekiah misleading you and abandoning you to die from hunger and thirst when he says, ‘The Lord our God will rescue us from the king of Assyria?’ 12 Isn’t this the same Hezekiah who got rid of the Lord’s places of worship and altars and told Judah and Jerusalem, ‘Worship and sacrifice at one altar?’ 13 Don’t you know what I and my predecessors have done to the people of all other countries? Were any of the gods of these other nations ever able to rescue their countries from me? 14 Were the gods of these nations able to rescue their people from my control? My predecessors claimed and destroyed those nations. Is your God able to rescue you from my control? 15 Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you or persuade you like this. Don’t believe him. No god of any nation or kingdom could save his people from me or my ancestors. Certainly, your God will not rescue you from me!”

16 Sennacherib’s officers said more against the Lord God and his servant Hezekiah. 17 Sennacherib wrote letters cursing the Lord God of Israel. These letters said, “As the gods of the nations in other countries couldn’t rescue their people from me, Hezekiah’s God cannot rescue his people from me.” 18 Sennacherib’s officers shouted loudly in the Judean language to the troops who were on the wall of Jerusalem. They tried to frighten and terrify the troops so that they could capture the city. 19 They spoke about the God of Jerusalem as if he were one of the gods made by human hands and worshiped by the people in other countries.

20 Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, prayed about this and called to heaven. 21 The Lord sent an angel who exterminated all the soldiers, officials, and commanders in the Assyrian king’s camp. Humiliated, Sennacherib returned to his own country. When he went into the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him with a sword. 22 So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people living in Jerusalem from King Sennacherib of Assyria and from everyone else. The Lord gave them peace with all their neighbors.

23 Many people still went to Jerusalem to bring gifts to the Lord and expensive presents to King Hezekiah of Judah. From then on, he was considered important by all the nations.

Other Events in Hezekiah’s Life(B)

24 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was about to die. He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. 25 But Hezekiah was conceited, so he didn’t repay the Lord for his kindness. The Lord became angry with him, with Judah, and with Jerusalem. 26 Hezekiah and the people living in Jerusalem humbled themselves when they realized they had become conceited. So the Lord didn’t vent his anger on them during Hezekiah’s time.

27 Hezekiah became richer and was highly honored. He prepared storerooms for himself to hold silver, gold, precious stones, spices, shields, and all kinds of valuables. 28 He made sheds to store his harvests of grain, new wine, and fresh olive oil, and he made barns for all his cattle and stalls for his flocks. 29 He made cities for himself because he had many sheep and cattle. God had given him a lot of property. 30 Hezekiah was the one who stopped the water from flowing from the upper outlet of Gihon. He channeled the water directly underground to the west side of the City of David. Hezekiah succeeded in everything he did.

31 When the leaders of Babylon sent ambassadors to ask him about the miraculous sign that had happened in the land, God left him. God did this to test him, to find out everything that was in Hezekiah’s heart.

32 Everything else about Hezekiah, including his devotion to God, is written in the vision of the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, and in the records of the kings of Judah and Israel. 33 Hezekiah lay down in death with his ancestors. He was buried in the upper tombs of David’s descendants. When Hezekiah died, all of Judah and the people in Jerusalem honored him. His son Manasseh succeeded him as king.

King Manasseh of Judah(C)

33 Manasseh was 12 years old when he began to rule, and he ruled for 55 years in Jerusalem.

He did what the Lord considered evil by copying the disgusting things done by the nations that the Lord had forced out of the Israelites’ way. He rebuilt the illegal places of worship that his father Hezekiah had torn down. He set up altars dedicated to other gods—the Baals—and made a pole dedicated to the goddess Asherah as King Ahab of Israel had done. Manasseh, like Ahab, worshiped and served the entire army of heaven. He built altars in the Lord’s temple, where the Lord had said, “My name will be in Jerusalem forever.” In the two courtyards of the Lord’s temple, he built altars for the entire army of heaven. He burned his son as a sacrifice in the valley of Ben Hinnom, consulted fortunetellers, cast evil spells, practiced witchcraft, and appointed ⌞royal⌟ mediums and psychics. He did many things that made the Lord furious. Manasseh had a carved idol made. Then he set it up in God’s temple, where God had said to David and his son Solomon, “I have chosen this temple and Jerusalem from all the tribes of Israel. I will put my name here forever. I will never again remove Israel from the land that I set aside for their ancestors if they will obey all the commands, all the teachings, the ordinances, and the regulations ⌞I gave⌟ through Moses.” Manasseh misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem so that they did more evil things than the nations that the Lord had destroyed when the Israelites arrived in the land.

10 When the Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, they wouldn’t even pay attention. 11 So the Lord made the army commanders of the king of Assyria invade Judah. They took Manasseh captive, put a hook in his nose, put him in bronze shackles, and brought him to Babylon.

12 When he experienced this distress, he begged the Lord his God to be kind and humbled himself in front of the God of his ancestors. 13 He prayed to the Lord, and the Lord accepted his prayer and listened to his request. The Lord brought him back to his kingdom in Jerusalem. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.

Footnotes:

  1. 32:5 The exact place referred to as “the Millo” is unknown.
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Romans 15:23-16:9

23 But now I have no new opportunities for work in this region. For many years I have wanted to visit you. 24 Now I am on my way to Spain, so I hope to see you when I come your way. After I have enjoyed your company for a while, I hope that you will support my trip to Spain.

25 Right now I’m going to Jerusalem to bring help to the Christians there. 26 Because the believers in Macedonia and Greece owe a debt to the Christians in Jerusalem, they have decided to take up a collection for the poor among the Christians in Jerusalem. 27 These Macedonians and Greeks have shared the spiritual wealth of the Christians in Jerusalem. So they are obligated to use their earthly wealth to help them.

28 When the collection is completed and I have officially turned the money over to the Christians in Jerusalem, I will visit you on my way to Spain. 29 I know that when I come to you I will bring the full blessing of Christ.

30 Brothers and sisters, I encourage you through our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love that the Spirit creates, to join me in my struggle. Pray to God for me 31 that I will be rescued from those people in Judea who refuse to believe. Pray that God’s people in Jerusalem will accept the help I bring. 32 Also pray that by the will of God I may come to you with joy and be refreshed when I am with you.

33 May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Farewell

16 With this letter I’m introducing Phoebe to you. She is our sister in the Christian faith and a deacon of the church in the city of Cenchrea. Give her a Christian welcome that shows you are God’s holy people. Provide her with anything she may need, because she has provided help to many people, including me.

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my coworkers in the service of Christ Jesus. They risked their lives to save me. I’m thankful to them and so are all the churches among the nations. Also greet the church that meets in their house.

Greet my dear friend Epaenetus. He was the first person in the province of Asia to become a believer in Christ.

Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you.

Greet Andronicus and Junia, who are Jewish by birth like me. They are prisoners like me and are prominent among the apostles. They also were Christians before I was.

Greet Ampliatus my dear friend in the service of the Lord.

Greet Urbanus our coworker in the service of Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.

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Psalm 25:16-22

16 Turn to me, and have pity on me.
I am lonely and oppressed.
17 Relieve my troubled heart,
and bring me out of my distress.
18 Look at my misery and suffering,
and forgive all my sins.
19 See how my enemies have increased in number,
how they have hated me with vicious hatred!
20 Protect my life, and rescue me!
Do not let me be put to shame.
I have taken refuge in you.
21 Integrity and honesty will protect me because I wait for you.
22 Rescue Israel, O God, from all its troubles!

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Proverbs 20:16-18

16 Hold on to the garment of one who guarantees a stranger’s loan,
and hold responsible the person who makes a loan on behalf of a foreigner.
17 Food gained dishonestly tastes sweet to a person,
but afterwards his mouth will be filled with gravel.
18 Plans are confirmed by getting advice,
and with guidance one wages war.

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08/01/2021 DAB Transcript

2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21, Romans 15:1-22, Psalm 25:1-15, Proverbs 20:13-15

Today is August 1st welcome to the Daily Audio Bible, I am Brian, it is great to be here with you as we, well, we’re beginning a new week so we swing open the threshold, look out at the shiny sparkly week in front of us. But now we’re also opening up these huge windows into a brand-new month. So, that’s out in front of us as well. Welcome to the 8th month of the year. Today is the 213th day of this year. So, 212 days in a row we’ve been together taking steps that have led us to this point in the year and this point in the Bible and now we get to launch into this month and see what it brings as we gather here around the Global Campfire each day. So, we got a brand-new week. We’ll read from the God’s Word Translation this week. We have been reading from the book of 2 Chronicles for a while now, we will actually conclude 2 Chronicles during this week and move into some new territory there. So, as we move into this eighth month, we’re moving into…into a bunch of new territory. But that’s always fun, that’s the adventure of it. So, let’s dive in for today, 2 Chronicles chapter…chapters 30 and 31.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for bringing us this far into it, into this year and into the Scriptures. We thank You for these times of new beginnings and here we are beginning this first week of the month. As we begin the month, first day of a new month, first day of a new week and it reminds us once again that we always have an opportunity to start over. We always can make the next right step, the next right decision and with your guidance if we’ll slow down and be counseled by wisdom and by the Scriptures, we will eventually be consistently taking the next right step and once we’ve achieved that we will be walking in the right way. So, Lord come, even in this new month and anyway that we’ve gotten off by a few degrees, or we’re moving in the wrong direction or that You would bring us back under the narrow path that leads to life. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayers and Encouragements:

Hello DAB brothers and sisters. This is John from Rhode Island calling…calling today to ask for your prayers for my sons girlfriend Nicole who is undergoing surgery tomorrow to remove golf ball sized tumor from her brain, it’s lodged at the back of her brain stem and the surgery is incredibly long complex, as is the recovery which is gonna take several weeks. If you could just pray for Nicole that the surgery goes smoothly that her covering his full, complete, and as quickly as possible, gets her back to health. We would truly, truly be grateful. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts and our family. And, also that through this process, perhaps you may draw closer to God. That her faith may grow and her knowledge and love of Jesus and that He has her in the palm of His hand. That would be so wonderful, many thanks.

Good evening DAB family God Bless you all. Diane Olive Brown, yes, we always trust ourselves in the presence of the Lord. He is the safest place to be. Someone from the UK called in regarding needing prayer for their families, especially with family holiday coming, may you humble yourselves toward each other and rekindle your relationship. Father God, we just ask You in the name of Jesus Father God, to restore, Father God, the brokenness that has transpired within this family Father God. Unite them Father God, once again Father God, that they will not remember their hurt or what has separated them but instead remember the love Father God, in the name of Jesus, Father God. Bringing them together in the name of Jesus. Hally Heart thank you for praying for me I really appreciate that in the name of Jesus. And yes, you are right God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, of love and of sound mind, hallelujah, thank You Jesus. Ann Marie from Minnesota, I am praying for all the loses in your life. I am so sorry you know, in regard to the loss of your son and what’s happening you’re your parents now simultaneously. Your sister-in-law and you know, your brother and the suffering. And the small children and your other brother who has not had a home. I am praying in the name of Jesus for the God, the comforter to be with you in all of this. To guide you, you know, day-by-day, in the name of Jesus. I am praying for our comforter to be with your family, your brother as he navigates life without his life. With your homeless brother that he should have a home. With your parents I am believing in healing in the name of Jesus for your entire family. I love you, Esther from Kissimmee.

Yes hi, my name is Bill I’m calling in from Aspen, Colorado. It’s my first time calling I’ve been listening to Daily Audio Bible for over a year now. Thank you, Brian, for this gift. I’m calling to pray for Diane in Denver. I heard your story about her daughter being denied a liver in Texas and she passed away several weeks ago and Diane’s struggle. Diane I prayed for you and my words of encouragement are your daughter is alive, she is with Christ and she is happy and she is with our creator. You must endure, as all those who’ve lost loved ones must and it’s a difficult road. But, take joy knowing that Christ died for you and for your daughter. And your daughter is redeemed and she is with Him. And you will one day be reunited with her. You are a light here in the time you have on this earth. And it may be lonely at times you can help others along their path who’ve lost loved ones. I hope that brings you some comfort but you will be reunited with your daughter and she is with Jesus which is a beautiful thing. Thinking of you, much love, have a good day.

Morning everybody, good morning. We just had our quiet time and we wanted to sing you a little bit, don’t we Pete, okay. Are you ready? Yup.
Be lifted up my soul, be lifted up into heavenly places in Christ Jesus
Be lifted up my soul, be lifted up into heavenly places in the Lord.
For the Lord is gracious and merciful, He’s slow to anger and swift to bless
Be lifted up, be lifted up, be lifted up my soul, be lifted up
Be lifted up, be lifted up, be lifted up my soul, be lifted up. Woow!
Now then, I want to share some thing that caught my eye this morning. It’s in Hebrews 13: 15 and it says “Therefore, by Him let us to continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips.” When we offer praise to God, it doesn’t come from us it comes from Him who puts the praise on our lips and in our heart. Isn’t that just great? So, be lifted up everybody into heavenly places in Christ Jesus today. May the joy of the Lord be your strength. It’s been a really tough year. I’ve wanted to ring in so often but there’s been so many tears and I know it’s okay to ___. I wanted to share some things when my tears are dried a little. So, I’m just not blurring all over the place. But, be lifted up my soul, be lifted up into heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Times ticking…

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday August 1, 2021 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 30-31

Hezekiah Celebrates the Passover

30 Hezekiah sent a message to all Israel and Judah and wrote letters to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. He invited them to come to the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover of the Lord God of Israel.

The king, his officials, and the whole assembly in Jerusalem decided to celebrate the Passover in the second month. They couldn’t celebrate it at the regular time because not enough priests had performed the ceremonies to make themselves holy and the people hadn’t gathered in Jerusalem. The king and the whole assembly considered their plan to be the right thing to do. So they decided to send an announcement throughout Israel from Beersheba to Dan. They summoned everyone to come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover of the Lord God of Israel. These people had not celebrated it in large numbers as the written instructions said they should.

Messengers took letters from the king and his officials throughout Israel and Judah. The king’s order said, “Israelites, return to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Then he will return to the few of you who escaped from the power of the kings of Assyria. Don’t be like your ancestors and your relatives who were unfaithful to the Lord God of their ancestors. He made them something that shocks people, as you have seen. Don’t be impossible to deal with like your ancestors. Reach out for the Lord. Come to his holy place that he made holy forever. Serve the Lord your God, and he will turn his burning anger away from you. When you return to the Lord, your relatives and children will find compassion from those who captured them. They will return to this land. The Lord your God is merciful and compassionate. He will not turn his face away from you if you return to him.”

10 So the messengers went from city to city in the territories of Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun. But the people ridiculed them. 11 However, some people from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. 12 Also, God guided the people of Judah so that they united to carry out the command which the king and the leaders gave from the Lord’s word.

13 Many people gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread in the second month. They formed a large assembly.

14 Then the people got rid of the ⌞idols’⌟ altars in Jerusalem. They got rid of all the altars for incense by dumping them in the Kidron Valley.

15 They slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and Levites were ashamed, so they performed the ceremonies to make themselves holy. Then they brought burnt offerings to the Lord’s temple. 16 They stood in their regular places as instructed by Moses’ Teachings. (Moses was a man of God.) The priests sprinkled the blood they received from the Levites. 17 Many people in the assembly had not made themselves holy. So the Levites had to kill the Passover lambs for all who weren’t clean [a] and couldn’t make their lambs holy for the Lord.

18 Many people from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun had not made themselves clean. So they ate the Passover, but not in the way the written instructions said they should. Hezekiah prayed for them: “May the good Lord forgive 19 those who have their hearts set on dedicating their lives to serving God. May the Lord God of their ancestors do this for those who are not clean as required for the holy place.” 20 The Lord listened to Hezekiah and healed the people.

21 So the Israelites in Jerusalem celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy. Each day the Levites and priests praised the Lord in song. They played the Lord’s instruments loudly. 22 Hezekiah spoke encouraging words to all the Levites who had the skills to serve the Lord. They ate the festival meals for seven days, sacrificed fellowship offerings, and confessed their sins to the Lord God of their ancestors.

23 Then the whole assembly decided to celebrate the festival for seven more days. So they joyfully celebrated for seven more days. 24 King Hezekiah of Judah provided 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep as sacrifices for the assembly. The leaders provided 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep for the assembly. So a large number of priests were able to perform the ceremonies to make themselves holy.

25 The whole assembly from Judah, the priests, the Levites, the whole assembly from Israel, the foreigners who came from Israel, and those who lived in Judah rejoiced. 26 The city of Jerusalem was filled with joy. Nothing like this had happened in Jerusalem since the days of King Solomon of Israel.

27 Then the Levitical priests blessed the people. Their voices were heard, and their prayers went to God’s holy place in heaven.

Hezekiah Reforms Judah’s Worship

31 When this was over, all the Israelites who were there went to the cities in Judah. They crushed the sacred stones, cut down the poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah, and tore down the illegal places of worship and the altars throughout Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh. The Israelites destroyed all of these things. Then all the Israelites returned to their own cities. Each person went to his own property.

Hezekiah assigned the priests and the Levites to divisions. Each priest or Levite was put in a division based on the service he performed: sacrificing burnt offerings, sacrificing fellowship offerings, serving, giving thanks, or praising within the gates of the Lord’s camp.

He set aside part of the king’s property for burnt offerings, the morning and evening offerings, burnt offerings on the weekly days of rest—holy days, the New Moon Festivals, and the annual festivals, as it is written in the Lord’s Teachings. He told the people living in Jerusalem to give the priests and Levites the portions they were due so that they could devote themselves to the Lord’s Teachings. As soon as the word spread, the Israelites brought plenty of offerings from the first of their produce: grain, new wine, fresh olive oil, honey, and every crop from the fields. They brought large quantities, a tenth of everything. The people of Israel and Judah who were living in the cities of Judah brought a tenth of their cattle and sheep and a tenth of the holy things they had dedicated to the Lord their God. They piled these holy things in heaps. In the third month they started piling them up, and in the seventh month they finished. When Hezekiah and the leaders saw the heaps, they praised the Lord and his people Israel.

Hezekiah asked the priests and the Levites about the heaps. 10 The chief priest Azariah from Zadok’s family said, “Since the people started to bring the offerings to the Lord’s temple, we have had all we wanted to eat and plenty to spare. The Lord has blessed his people, and there’s a lot left over.”

11 Then Hezekiah told them to prepare storerooms in the Lord’s temple. After they had prepared them, 12 they faithfully brought in the contributions, the offerings of one-tenth of the crops, and the gifts dedicated to God. The Levite Conaniah was in charge of these things, and his brother Shimei was his assistant. 13 King Hezekiah and Azariah, who was in charge of God’s temple, appointed Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismachiah, Mahath, and Benaiah to serve under Conaniah and his brother Shimei. 14 Kore, son of Imnah the Levite, was the gatekeeper at East Gate and had to take care of the freewill offerings made to God. His responsibility was to distribute the offerings made to the Lord and the holy gifts dedicated to God. 15 Eden, Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah served under him in the cities belonging to the priests. They were to distribute the offerings faithfully to all their relatives, young and old, by their divisions. 16 They were appointed to distribute them to males who were at least three years old. The way they were enrolled in the genealogical records did not matter. The six men who served under Kore were to distribute the offerings to everyone who went to the Lord’s temple to perform the daily service that each division was responsible for. 17 They were to distribute offerings to the priests who were enrolled by families and to the Levites who were at least 20 years old. Distribution was based on the way they served in their divisions. 18 The priests and Levites were enrolled with their wives, sons, daughters, and other people who depended on them—the whole community. The priests and Levites had to be faithful in keeping themselves holy for the holy work. 19 Men were appointed to give a portion of the offerings to all the males in the priestly families and to everyone listed in the genealogies of the Levites. These men were Aaron’s descendants, priests who lived in the pasturelands of every Levite city.

20 This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah. He did what was good and right and true to the Lord his God. 21 Hezekiah incorporated Moses’ Teachings and commands into worship and dedicated his life to serving God. Whatever he did for the worship in God’s temple, he did wholeheartedly, and he succeeded.

Footnotes:

  1. 30:17 Clean   ” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is presentable to God.
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Romans 15:1-22

15 So those of us who have a strong ⌞faith⌟ must be patient with the weaknesses of those whose ⌞faith⌟ is not so strong. We must not think only of ourselves. We should all be concerned about our neighbor and the good things that will build his faith. Christ did not think only of himself. Rather, as Scripture says, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”

God Gives Us Unity

Everything written long ago was written to teach us so that we would have confidence through the endurance and encouragement which the Scriptures give us. May God, who gives you this endurance and encouragement, allow you to live in harmony with each other by following the example of Christ Jesus. Then, having the same goal, you will praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, accept each other in the same way that Christ accepted you. He did this to bring glory to God. Let me explain. Christ became a servant for the Jewish people to reveal God’s truth. As a result, he fulfilled God’s promise to the ancestors of the Jewish people. People who are not Jewish praise God for his mercy as well. This is what the Scriptures say,

“That is why I will give thanks to you among the nations
and I will sing praises to your name.”

10 And Scripture says again,

“You nations, be happy together with his people!”

11 And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you nations!
Praise him, all you people of the world!”

12 Again, Isaiah says,

“There will be a root from Jesse.
He will rise to rule the nations,
and he will give the nations hope.”

13 May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul’s Desire to Tell the Good News to the World

14 I’m convinced, brothers and sisters, that you, too, are filled with goodness. I’m also convinced that you have all the knowledge you need and that you are able to instruct each other. 15 However, I’ve written you a letter, parts of which are rather bold, as a reminder to you. I’m doing this because God gave me the gift 16 to be a servant of Christ Jesus to people who are not Jewish. I serve as a priest by spreading the Good News of God. I do this in order that I might bring the nations to God as an acceptable offering, made holy by the Holy Spirit. 17 So Christ Jesus gives me the right to brag about what I’m doing for God. 18 I’m bold enough to tell you only what Christ has done through me to bring people who are not Jewish to obedience. By what I have said and done, 19 by the power of miraculous and amazing signs, and by the power of God’s Spirit, I have finished spreading the Good News about Christ from Jerusalem to Illyricum.

20 My goal was to spread the Good News where the name of Christ was not known. I didn’t want to build on a foundation which others had laid. 21 As Scripture says,

“Those who were never told about him will see,
and those who never heard will understand.”

22 This is what has so often kept me from visiting you.

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Psalm 25:1-15

By David.

25 To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
I trust you, O my God.
Do not let me be put to shame.
Do not let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who waits for you will ever be put to shame,
but all who are unfaithful will be put to shame.
Make your ways known to me, O Lord,
and teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me
because you are God, my savior.
I wait all day long for you.
Remember, O Lord, your compassionate and merciful deeds.
They have existed from eternity.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my rebellious ways.
Remember me, O Lord, in keeping with your mercy and your goodness.

The Lord is good and decent.
That is why he teaches sinners the way they should live.
He leads humble people to do what is right,
and he teaches them his way.
10 Every path of the Lord is ⌞one of⌟ mercy and truth
for those who cling to his promise [a] and written instructions.

11 For the sake of your name, O Lord,
remove my guilt, because it is great.
12 Who, then, is this person that fears the Lord?
He is the one whom the Lord will teach which path to choose.
13 He will enjoy good things in life,
and his descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord advises those who fear him.
He reveals to them the intent of his promise.

15 My eyes are always on the Lord.
He removes my feet from traps.

Footnotes:

  1. 25:10 Or “covenant.”
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Proverbs 20:13-15

13 Do not love sleep or you will end up poor.
Keep your eyes open, and you will have plenty to eat.

14 “Bad! Bad!” says the buyer.
Then, as he goes away, he brags ⌞about his bargain⌟.
15 There are gold and plenty of jewels,
but the lips of knowledge are precious gems.

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07/31/2021 DAB Transcript

2 Chronicles 29:1-36, Romans 14:1-23, Psalms 24:1-10, Proverbs 20:12

Today is the 31st day of July welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today on the last day of the week and the last day of this seventh month of the year. And, so, with today’s reading we will…well…we will have completed seven months together. And every time…every time we go into a new month I…I…well…every time we get to the end of a month I’m like, man we did it, we just keep going day by day step-by-step as a community and here we are. And, so, we’ve reached the closing of another month, but it won’t close if we don't…if we don't…we don’t close it. And, so, let’s dive in. We’ve been reading from the New English Translation this week, which is what we’ll read today. Second Chronicles chapter 29.

Prayer:


Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for another month in Your word, these seven months now every single day we’ve been gathering here and moving our way step-by-step day by day. And, so, we acknowledge Your faithfulness to us. We acknowledge the gift of the Scriptures. We acknowledge the presence of Your Holy Spirit that is continuing to challenge and reprove and comfort and correct and lead us forward into all truth as we remain faithful and diligent to come and feast upon Your word and allow it to wash into our lives in community as we gather around the Global Campfire. And, so, Father as we release this month and prepare to move into new territory we…we realign ourselves with You completely humbling ourselves and remind ourselves even as we learn this very week from the book of Romans that we are alive sacrifices, we are living sacrifices, and this is reasonable that we live this way, humbly surrendered to You for Your will and Your purposes in this world. So, come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi this is Susie from Colorado I wanted to say that I’m praying so deeply for the woman who lost her daughter because she didn’t get the transplant. You just broke my heart, and I really really am so so sad for you. But family I wanted your prayers today, and I’m not going to try to do this without crying. And I’m really having a hard time. I have a mission in Haiti. We have 119 orphans. 63 of them are disabled and I’m so tired. I’m just so tired and I need everybody to pray because we have a church, we have clinics, and schools, and we take care of about 700 kids in our schools too and I’m so weary. And I know that God says don’t grow weary in doing good but I’m weary and I just feel, it sounds selfish, but I feel incredibly like I’m not getting enough help and I wish that God would give me strength to find joy. After 27 years I’m finally breaking down and I’m getting tired but I know that I’m supposed to continue and I just pray for strength to do that. Thank you so much.

Hi Daily Audio Bible family this is Renzo in Florida and I just want to pray for a couple people. Father God I just want to pray for…for Shana. Just please just guide her and just please just help her husband that’s dealing with false accusations God and we just thank you for everything you do Lord. Just please just please God just take…take this…take these accusations away God. We love you Lord and we believe that these accusations will be taken away and we know God it says in your word proverbs 19 five a false witness shall not go unpunished and he who speaks lies shall not escape. God just please bring justice to…to this family God just please just let justice to happen where her husband will be free from this…from these false accusations God and just heal her guide her comfort her and be with her. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. Father God I just want to thank you for everything you do for us Lord and I just please pray for the alcoholics that are just struggling and just to please help the facilities that Cathy from Kentucky was praying for just please help the Holy Spirit to guide them and let the alcoholic…the alcoholics not so relapse and just please just help the COVID outbreak to just stop in the name of Jesus. Heal God and protect and be with them in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. God bless you guys. Praying for you. Jesus loves you. Bye.

Hi DAB I have called in anonymously a couple of times. I’m going to go by my one word for the year and use that as my call name it’s a Battle Cry and I just wanted to call in and speak to those who may not have heard someone praying for them or putting in specific words of encouragement to your specific prayer requests. And I just want to say that I see you, I hear you, and God has laid on my heart to pray specifically for you. And I also wanted to just encourage you and give you Isaiah 40. It has a wonderful comforting passage, and it starts out, comfort, comfort my people says your God. And I just want to give that to you.

Dear Daily Audio Bible family my name is Loving Heart and I live in Saint Louis and I’m calling on behalf of my daughter who is struggling from anorexia. Anorexia is a terribly evil horrible illness, and it has taken such hold of my kid. And there’s been so many awful things happening and hiding and scary things that my husband and I we just need to turn to God and ask for help. We have been this whole time but I still I’m just going to keep asking and trusting in God that He will deliver us from all of this pain and help heal her mind. Please lift her up in prayer. She’s a beautiful and wonderful kid and we love her so much and she just needs to be released from this. And I pray in the name of Jesus and I believe that He can release her from this horrible thing that’s gripping…gripping her mind. Please stand with us and help us be warriors like Jehoshaphat and just put our all of our trust in God where there’s nothing else that we can do and we need Him. Thank you.

07/30/2021 DAB Transcript

2 Chron 26:1-28:27, Rom 13:1-14, Ps 23:1-6, Pr 20:11

Today is the 30th of July, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible, I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today, as we continue the journey and we are right…right at the threshold of turning the page into another month. Yeah, we’ll end our week tomorrow while simultaneously ending the month of July. But that’s tomorrow and this is today and we have the next step forward today before we get to those steps out in front of us and so let’s dive in. We’re reading from the New English Translation this week, 2 Chronicles chapters 26, 27 and 28 today.

Commentary:

Alright, in the letter to the Romans today Paul is continuing to kind of lay out a framework of what a redeemed or renewed life looks like and we were talking about that some yesterday. He’s continuing that theme in today’s reading and it’s in today’s reading that it gets boiled down to the essence. The essence is love and its…it’s not supposed to be anti-climactic like it’s not supposed to be like everybody knows that love is the answer. If we know that then what’s going on in this world? If we know that what’s going on in the body? For Paul he is saying, like the law tells us, right the Commandments tell us don’t commit adultery, don’t commit murder, don’t commit theft, don’t covet. These are some of the 600+ Commandments that we find in the Bible and Paul sums it up and he’s not the first person to do this, but Paul sums it up, saying, hey, let’s remember something, everything boiled down to its essence results in “love your neighbor as yourself, love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law” and basically the logic goes like this, you can’t break those commandments while doing it in love. Right, so you can’t murder someone in love. You can’t covet in love. You can’t commit adultery, if you’re married to somebody and you’re stepping out on them, you may think you’re in love, but the devastation that follows, that is not love. We’re to love our neighbor as ourselves and we’re also told to do unto others as we would have them do to us: the golden rule. So, it kind of boils down to treat people the way that you would want to be treated. But it’s bigger, love people the way you want to be loved. And that may be some internal work for some of us because we don’t know how we want to be loved, we don’t even really know what that looks like, that’s not been what our story has been. Love is been distorted for us so we have to go back to the example of Jesus in the way that He loved in the way that He conducted himself because He is the model. He is what we are being transformed into His likeness that we are like Him on this earth and that he loved us so much that He came to rescue us. And so, we having believed this and having the spirit inside of us renewing us, we must know that love for us is within us because the spirit of Christ is within us and so we are loved from the inside. We are to receive that love for ourselves, the love of God for us and then reflected out into the world. So, in some ways it begins with us, loving ourselves, as Christ loved us and then we can love our neighbor as we love ourselves. This right there, it’s not so tricky that we don’t understand and it’s not like we didn’t know all this before we talked about it. That, though, that can change our whole life. Like that changes the direction of everything. So again, let’s ponder that as we move through the rest of our day.

Prayer:

Holy spirit come; we invite you into that. We become aware of your overwhelming love for us. And that that love, it’s not withdrawn from us when we fail as if it’s something that comes and goes; it lives in us. Your Spirit is within us and You love us, and so, we are loved from within and without and we can live this way toward one another. When we stop with the comparison and we try to stop the competition. Instead, just try to be who we were made to be and love how we were made to love. Come Holy Spirit into that we pray. In the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.

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Prayers and Encouragements:

Hey everyone DAB family this is Jimmy from the East Coast. I would like to just pray for the lady, the missionary from Libera. It’s a couple, it about a week or two behind right now but I just want to just say just fall into God’s arms and we’re praying for you and we’re covering you in prayer. God’s got you and just rest in Him now and watch the goodness of how He has already prepared for all these things you’re going through, just trust and believe and rest. Father, we just thank You for this missionary and her husband and everything, we know they’ve went through a lot for your namesake and we just pray Lord God that You just lavish them with Your glory and show them how much You care and love them and take care of them. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Good morning, Daily Audio Bible family. This is Tieara from Texas and I wanted to come on after hearing Shena from Canada ask for prayer for her boyfriend who was falsely accused of a crime and was charged. My heart hurts in that aspect because there are so many of our brothers and sisters who are falsely condemned and falsely persecuted. And, I can only imagine how much worry and grief and anxiety that you’re having Ms. Shena and I’m sorry that he’s going through this, you have to go through this. You have to wake up and he’s not there, you have to go through some court systems and stuff like that and I’m sorry the justice system in Canada takes so long. I just pray for the truth to be revealed. In the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit guides you and your boyfriend in this difficult time. I ask that all of us can come together and be empathetic and just pray for this to come out of fruition Father and that You protect Your daughter and You protect Your son and Your will and Your way that You move however You need to move for Your light to shine. And for Your name to be glorified in the situation Father. She also said something that has stuck with me as well, she said “thank you God for giving us life even when we go through struggles” and I just want to pray for all of us who are struggling as well. These blessings I ask in Your Son’s Holy name Jesus. Amen.

Hello, this is Theresa phoning in from London. I’m phoning in response to the 13-year-old young man who phoned in from Georgia. I was so blessed by your phone call, I really was. Your…your situation sounds like all of ours. A lot of times we allow things to, you know, we have that saying life got in the way and you say you started off strong in January and then things got tough at school and then you stopped listening and I to have been there. So, I know how you feel but I love the way you reflected on things and you said that basically you know your mistake and you should’ve prayed about it and how many of us can say the same thing. So, I pray for you young man, I really do. You sound like a wise, you have a wise head on your shoulders. So, Father, I just pray for this young man, I pray that You would bless continue to bless him in his studies. I pray that You continue to pour out Your favor and wisdom upon his life. May You truly order his footsteps. May you direct him for Your glory and for Your honor. May he be a blessing to his family and to all those around him and also help him to continue to list to the Daily Audio Bible. Father, I thank you for this platform. Jill, Brian, thank you so much for this platform, it’s wonderful and I just praise You and thank You Father in the name of Joshua Hameushua. Hallelujah. Amen.

Hi family, it’s Shannon from Texas. And I desperately need some prayer. I am hanging on by a thread. I don’t know what’s going on with me I was doing okay for a while and I feel like I just haven’t had, I don’t know, anything good happen. Like, I don’t…I don’t know, I am just not doing well. My son is about to get out and I think that’s the biggest part of the emotional, just, stress. Because everything…it’s like the world was kind of soft when he went in and I could finally take a breath and now he’s getting out and it’s just like that six months went by so fast and it’s like, I don’t know, it’s a lot of emotion. Because of all of the turmoil before he went in and I can’t even put into words all that goes into that. And then just like, I feel like I’ve been dissed and ___ by so many people. It’s like left and right from the people that I work…I feel like I’ve been a servant which is like okay that’s what I’m supposed to be doing but somethings not right about this because it’s hurting. Like, I’m ready to break from it because I know this is not where God wants me to be. And these people, I feel like my friends and everyone, I don’t really have any left. They’re like talking about me like I’m beneath them cause I’ve been it’s like yeah, I try to replace for so long. It took time for me to be lifted out of it. And I just, I can’t do it anymore. So, I rarely cry I rarely so emotion.

This is Heather from Missouri and I am Just Tired, I don’t think you ever said your name, Amen. Thank you, thank you for calling, thank you for confessing your feelings. I don’t have words or wisdom for you sir but I think you made a good step today, confessing that. It was awesome. Sometimes we all have those day. Sometimes we all live and and I don’t think we confess it enough. And I wanted to say thank you brother thank you for putting it into words. Thank you for being strong enough to step out and say it, out loud to a different community. Again, I don’t have words of wisdom. I live with things that I’m trying to give up and blah blah blah. Thank you, just thank you for confessing it. Thank you for saying it out loud. Thank you for being strong enough to say it out loud my brother. You are awesome for today on the daily prayer that I was listening to. God bless you and this, that you put out there. May he lead you to where you need to go to find that understanding. I will keep you in my prayers brother. Love you.  

07/31/2021 DAB Transcript

2 Chronicles 29:1-36, Romans 14:1-23, Psalms 24:1-10, Proverbs 20:12

Today is the 31st day of July welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today on the last day of the week and the last day of this seventh month of the year. And, so, with today’s reading we will…well…we will have completed seven months together. And every time…every time we go into a new month I…I…well…every time we get to the end of a month I’m like, man we did it, we just keep going day by day step-by-step as a community and here we are. And, so, we’ve reached the closing of another month, but it won’t close if we don't…if we don't…we don’t close it. And, so, let’s dive in. We’ve been reading from the New English Translation this week, which is what we’ll read today. Second Chronicles chapter 29.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for another month in Your word, these seven months now every single day we’ve been gathering here and moving our way step-by-step day by day. And, so, we acknowledge Your faithfulness to us. We acknowledge the gift of the Scriptures. We acknowledge the presence of Your Holy Spirit that is continuing to challenge and reprove and comfort and correct and lead us forward into all truth as we remain faithful and diligent to come and feast upon Your word and allow it to wash into our lives in community as we gather around the Global Campfire. And, so, Father as we release this month and prepare to move into new territory we…we realign ourselves with You completely humbling ourselves and remind ourselves even as we learn this very week from the book of Romans that we are alive sacrifices, we are living sacrifices, and this is reasonable that we live this way, humbly surrendered to You for Your will and Your purposes in this world. So, come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi this is Susie from Colorado I wanted to say that I’m praying so deeply for the woman who lost her daughter because she didn’t get the transplant. You just broke my heart, and I really really am so so sad for you. But family I wanted your prayers today, and I’m not going to try to do this without crying. And I’m really having a hard time. I have a mission in Haiti. We have 119 orphans. 63 of them are disabled and I’m so tired. I’m just so tired and I need everybody to pray because we have a church, we have clinics, and schools, and we take care of about 700 kids in our schools too and I’m so weary. And I know that God says don’t grow weary in doing good but I’m weary and I just feel, it sounds selfish, but I feel incredibly like I’m not getting enough help and I wish that God would give me strength to find joy. After 27 years I’m finally breaking down and I’m getting tired but I know that I’m supposed to continue and I just pray for strength to do that. Thank you so much.

Hi Daily Audio Bible family this is Renzo in Florida and I just want to pray for a couple people. Father God I just want to pray for…for Shana. Just please just guide her and just please just help her husband that’s dealing with false accusations God and we just thank you for everything you do Lord. Just please just please God just take…take this…take these accusations away God. We love you Lord and we believe that these accusations will be taken away and we know God it says in your word proverbs 19 five a false witness shall not go unpunished and he who speaks lies shall not escape. God just please bring justice to…to this family God just please just let justice to happen where her husband will be free from this…from these false accusations God and just heal her guide her comfort her and be with her. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. Father God I just want to thank you for everything you do for us Lord and I just please pray for the alcoholics that are just struggling and just to please help the facilities that Cathy from Kentucky was praying for just please help the Holy Spirit to guide them and let the alcoholic…the alcoholics not so relapse and just please just help the COVID outbreak to just stop in the name of Jesus. Heal God and protect and be with them in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. God bless you guys. Praying for you. Jesus loves you. Bye.

Hi DAB I have called in anonymously a couple of times. I’m going to go by my one word for the year and use that as my call name it’s a Battle Cry and I just wanted to call in and speak to those who may not have heard someone praying for them or putting in specific words of encouragement to your specific prayer requests. And I just want to say that I see you, I hear you, and God has laid on my heart to pray specifically for you. And I also wanted to just encourage you and give you Isaiah 40. It has a wonderful comforting passage, and it starts out, comfort, comfort my people says your God. And I just want to give that to you.

Dear Daily Audio Bible family my name is Loving Heart and I live in Saint Louis and I’m calling on behalf of my daughter who is struggling from anorexia. Anorexia is a terribly evil horrible illness, and it has taken such hold of my kid. And there’s been so many awful things happening and hiding and scary things that my husband and I we just need to turn to God and ask for help. We have been this whole time but I still I’m just going to keep asking and trusting in God that He will deliver us from all of this pain and help heal her mind. Please lift her up in prayer. She’s a beautiful and wonderful kid and we love her so much and she just needs to be released from this. And I pray in the name of Jesus and I believe that He can release her from this horrible thing that’s gripping…gripping her mind. Please stand with us and help us be warriors like Jehoshaphat and just put our all of our trust in God where there’s nothing else that we can do and we need Him. Thank you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday July 31, 2021 (NIV)

2 Chronicles 29

Hezekiah Consecrates the Temple

29 Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother[a] was Abijah,[b] the daughter of Zechariah. He did what the Lord approved, just as his ancestor David had done.[c]

In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the Lord’s temple and repaired them. He brought in the priests and Levites and assembled them in the square on the east side. He said to them: “Listen to me, you Levites! Now consecrate yourselves, so you can consecrate the temple of the Lord God of your ancestors.[d] Remove from the sanctuary what is ceremonially unclean. For our fathers were unfaithful; they did what is evil in the sight of[e] the Lord our God and abandoned him. They turned away[f] from the Lord’s dwelling place and rejected him.[g] They closed the doors of the temple porch and put out the lamps; they did not offer incense or burnt sacrifices in the sanctuary of the God of Israel. The Lord was angry at Judah and Jerusalem and made them an appalling object of horror at which people hiss out their scorn,[h] as you can see with your own eyes. Look, our fathers died violently[i] and our sons, daughters, and wives were carried off[j] because of this. 10 Now I intend[k] to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, so that he may relent from his raging anger.[l] 11 My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand in his presence, to minister to him,[m] to be his ministers,[n] and offer sacrifices.”[o]

12 The following Levites prepared to carry out the king’s orders:[p]

From the Kohathites: Mahath son of Amasai and Joel son of Azariah;

from the Merarites: Kish son of Abdi and Azariah son of Jehallelel;

from the Gershonites: Joah son of Zimmah and Eden son of Joah;

13 from the descendants of Elizaphan: Shimri and Jeiel;

from the descendants of Asaph: Zechariah and Mattaniah;

14 from the descendants of Heman: Jehiel and Shimei;

from the descendants of Jeduthun: Shemaiah and Uzziel.

15 They assembled their brothers and consecrated themselves. Then they went in to purify the Lord’s temple, just as the king had ordered, in accordance with the word[q] of the Lord. 16 The priests then entered the Lord’s temple to purify it; they brought out to the courtyard of the Lord’s temple every ceremonially unclean thing they discovered inside.[r] The Levites took them out to the Kidron Valley. 17 On the first day of the first month they began consecrating; by the eighth day of the month they reached the porch of the Lord’s temple.[s] For eight more days they consecrated the Lord’s temple. On the sixteenth day of the first month they were finished. 18 They went to King Hezekiah and said: “We have purified the entire temple of the Lord, including the altar of burnt sacrifice and all its equipment, and the table for the Bread of the Presence and all its equipment. 19 We have prepared and consecrated all the items that King Ahaz removed during his reign when he acted unfaithfully. They are in front of the altar of the Lord.”

20 Early the next morning King Hezekiah assembled the city officials and went up to the Lord’s temple. 21 They brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs, and seven goats as a sin offering for the kingdom, the sanctuary, and Judah.[t] The king[u] told the priests, the descendants of Aaron, to offer burnt sacrifices on the altar of the Lord. 22 They slaughtered the bulls, and the priests took the blood and splashed it on the altar. Then they slaughtered the rams and splashed the blood on the altar; next they slaughtered the lambs and splashed the blood on the altar. 23 Finally they brought the goats for the sin offering before the king and the assembly, and they placed their hands on them. 24 Then the priests slaughtered them. They offered their blood as a sin offering on the altar to make atonement for all Israel, because the king had decreed[v] that the burnt sacrifice and sin offering were for all Israel.

25 Hezekiah[w] stationed the Levites in the Lord’s temple with cymbals and stringed instruments just as David, Gad the king’s prophet,[x] and Nathan the prophet had ordered. (The Lord had actually given these orders through his prophets.) 26 The Levites had[y] David’s musical instruments and the priests had trumpets. 27 Hezekiah ordered the burnt sacrifice to be offered on the altar. As they began to offer the sacrifice, they also began to sing to the Lord, accompanied by the trumpets and the musical instruments of King David of Israel. 28 The entire assembly worshiped, as the singers sang and the trumpeters played. They continued until the burnt sacrifice was completed.

29 When the sacrifices were completed, the king and all who were with him bowed down and worshiped. 30 King Hezekiah and the officials told the Levites to praise the Lord, using the psalms[z] of David and Asaph the prophet.[aa] So they joyfully offered praise and bowed down and worshiped. 31 Hezekiah said, “Now you have consecrated yourselves[ab] to the Lord. Come and bring sacrifices and thank offerings[ac] to the Lord’s temple.” So the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and whoever desired to do so[ad] brought burnt sacrifices.

32 The assembly brought a total of 70 bulls, 100 rams, and 200 lambs as burnt sacrifices to the Lord,[ae] 33 and 600 bulls and 3,000 sheep[af] were consecrated. 34 But there were not enough priests to skin all the animals,[ag] so their brothers, the Levites, helped them until the work was finished and the priests could consecrate themselves. (The Levites had been more conscientious about consecrating themselves than the priests.)[ah] 35 There was a large number of burnt sacrifices, as well as fat from the peace offerings and drink offerings that accompanied the burnt sacrifices. So the service of the Lord’s temple was reinstituted.[ai] 36 Hezekiah and all the people were happy about what God had done[aj] for them,[ak] for it had been done quickly.[al]

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Chronicles 29:1 tn Heb “the name of his mother.”
  2. 2 Chronicles 29:1 tn The parallel passage in 2 Kgs 18:2 has “Abi.”
  3. 2 Chronicles 29:2 tn Heb “he did what was proper in the eyes of the Lord, according to all which David his father had done.”
  4. 2 Chronicles 29:5 tn Heb “fathers.”
  5. 2 Chronicles 29:6 tn Heb “in the eyes of.”
  6. 2 Chronicles 29:6 tn Heb “turned their faces.”
  7. 2 Chronicles 29:6 tn Heb “and turned the back.”
  8. 2 Chronicles 29:8 tn Heb “and he made them [an object] of dread and devastation and hissing.”
  9. 2 Chronicles 29:9 tn Heb “fell by the sword.”
  10. 2 Chronicles 29:9 tn Heb “are in captivity.”
  11. 2 Chronicles 29:10 tn Heb “now it is with my heart.”
  12. 2 Chronicles 29:10 tn Heb “so that the rage of his anger might turn from us.” The jussive with vav (ו) conjunctive indicates purpose/result after the preceding statement of intention.
  13. 2 Chronicles 29:11 tn That is, to conduct the religious rituals directed to the Lord.
  14. 2 Chronicles 29:11 tn That is, to be his ministers for the nation.
  15. 2 Chronicles 29:11 tn Heb “ones who cause [sacrifices] to go up in smoke.” The Hiphil form of קָטַר (qatar) can refer specifically to offering incense (e.g. 2 Chr 26:19; 32:12), but it may also be a general word for making sacrifices (e.g. 1 Chr 6:49). If it refers to burning incense, then the altar of incense in the Holy place of the tabernacle may be in view. Otherwise it is more general (they sacrifice animals later in this chapter, 2 Chr 29:21-24) and includes making sacrifices as well as offering incense.
  16. 2 Chronicles 29:12 tn Heb “and the Levites arose.”
  17. 2 Chronicles 29:15 tn Heb “words” (plural).
  18. 2 Chronicles 29:16 tn Heb “in the temple of the Lord.”
  19. 2 Chronicles 29:17 tn Heb “porch of the Lord.”
  20. 2 Chronicles 29:21 sn Perhaps these terms refer metonymically to the royal court, the priests and Levites, and the people, respectively.
  21. 2 Chronicles 29:21 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the king) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  22. 2 Chronicles 29:24 tn Heb “said.”
  23. 2 Chronicles 29:25 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Hezekiah) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  24. 2 Chronicles 29:25 tn Or “seer.”
  25. 2 Chronicles 29:26 tn Heb “stood with” (i.e., stood holding).
  26. 2 Chronicles 29:30 tn Heb “with the words.”
  27. 2 Chronicles 29:30 tn Or “seer.”
  28. 2 Chronicles 29:31 tn Heb “filled your hand.”
  29. 2 Chronicles 29:31 tn Or “tokens of thanks.”
  30. 2 Chronicles 29:31 tn Heb “and all who were willing of heart.”
  31. 2 Chronicles 29:32 tn Heb “and the number of burnt sacrifices which the assembly brought was seventy bulls, one hundred rams, two hundred lambs; for a burnt sacrifice to the Lord were all these.”
  32. 2 Chronicles 29:33 tn The Hebrew term צֹאן (tsoʾn) denotes smaller livestock in general; depending on context it can refer to sheep only or goats only, but there is nothing in the immediate context here to specify one or the other.
  33. 2 Chronicles 29:34 tn Heb “the burnt sacrifices.”
  34. 2 Chronicles 29:34 tn Heb “for the Levites were more pure of heart to consecrate themselves than the priests.”
  35. 2 Chronicles 29:35 tn Or “established.”
  36. 2 Chronicles 29:36 tn Heb “prepared.”
  37. 2 Chronicles 29:36 tn Heb “the people.” The pronoun “them” has been used here for stylistic reasons, to avoid redundancy.
  38. 2 Chronicles 29:36 tn Heb “for quickly was the matter.”
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Romans 14

Exhortation to Mutual Forbearance

14 Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over differing opinions.[a] One person believes in eating everything, but the weak person eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not despise the one who does not, and the one who abstains must not judge the one who eats everything, for God has accepted him. Who are you to pass judgment on another’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord[b] is able to make him stand.

One person regards one day holier than other days, and another regards them all alike.[c] Each must be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day does it for the Lord. The[d] one who eats, eats for the Lord because he gives thanks to God, and the one who abstains from eating abstains for the Lord, and he gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself. If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For this reason Christ died and returned to life, so that he may be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 But you who eat vegetables only—why do you judge your brother or sister?[e] And you who eat everything—why do you despise your brother or sister?[f] For we will all stand before the judgment seat[g] of God. 11 For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God.”[h] 12 Therefore, each of us will give an account of himself to God.[i]

Exhortation for the Strong not to Destroy the Weak

13 Therefore we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister.[j] 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean in itself; still, it is unclean to the one who considers it unclean. 15 For if your brother or sister[k] is distressed because of what you eat,[l] you are no longer walking in love.[m] Do not destroy by your food someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you consider good[n] be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For the one who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by people.[o]

19 So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for building up one another. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. For although all things are clean,[p] it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything that causes your brother to stumble.[q] 22 The faith[r] you have, keep to yourself before God. Blessed is the one who does not judge himself by what he approves. 23 But the man who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not do so from faith, and whatever is not from faith is sin.[s]

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 14:1 tn Grk “over opinions.” The qualifier “differing” has been supplied to clarify the meaning.
  2. Romans 14:4 tc Most mss, especially Western and Byzantine (D F G L 048 33 1739 1175 1241 1505 1881 M latt), read θεός (theos, “God”) in place of κύριος (kurios, “Lord”) here. However, κύριος is found in many of the most significant mss (P46 א A B C P Ψ co), and θεός looks to be an assimilation to θεός in v. 3.
  3. Romans 14:5 tn Grk “For one judges day from day, and one judges all days.”
  4. Romans 14:6 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
  5. Romans 14:10 tn Grk “But why do you judge your brother?” The introductory phrase has been supplied in the translation to clarify whom Paul is addressing, i.e., the “weak” Christian who eats only vegetables (see vv. 2-3). The author uses the singular pronoun here to rhetorically address one person, but the plural has been used in the translation for stylistic reasons.
  6. Romans 14:10 tn Grk “Or again, why do you despise your brother?” The introductory phrase has been supplied in the translation to clarify whom Paul is addressing, i.e., the “strong” Christian who eats everything (see vv. 2-3). The author uses the singular pronoun here to rhetorically address one person, but the plural has been used in the translation for stylistic reasons.
  7. Romans 14:10 sn The judgment seat (βῆμα, bēma) was a raised platform mounted by steps and sometimes furnished with a seat, used by officials in addressing an assembly or making pronouncements, often on judicial matters. The judgment seat was a familiar item in Greco-Roman culture, often located in the agora, the public square or marketplace in the center of a city.
  8. Romans 14:11 sn A quotation from Isa 45:23.
  9. Romans 14:12 tc ‡ The words “to God” are absent from some mss (B F G 6 630 1739 1881) but are found in א A C D Ψ 0209 33 1175 1241 1505 M lat sy co. External evidence somewhat favors their inclusion since Alexandrian, Western, and Byzantine mss are well represented. From an internal standpoint, however, it is easy to see the words as a scribal gloss intended to clarify the referent, especially as a reinforcement to the quotation of Isa 45:23 in v. 11. Not only that, but the abrupt ending of the verse without “to God” is harsh, both in Greek and in English. In this instance, the internal considerations seem overwhelming on the side of the omission. At the same time, English stylistic needs require the words and they have been put into the translation, even though they are most likely not original. NA28 places the words in brackets, indicating doubt as to their authenticity.tn Or “each of us is accountable to God.”
  10. Romans 14:13 tn Grk “brother.”
  11. Romans 14:15 tn Grk “brother.”
  12. Romans 14:15 tn Grk “on account of food.”
  13. Romans 14:15 tn Grk “according to love.”
  14. Romans 14:16 tn Grk “do not let your good.”
  15. Romans 14:18 tn Grk “by men,” but ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos) is generic here (“people”) since the contrast in context is between God and humanity.
  16. Romans 14:20 sn Here clean refers to food being ceremonially clean.
  17. Romans 14:21 tc A large number of mss, some of them quite significant (P46vid א2 B D F G Ψ 0209 33 1881 M lat sa), read “or to be offended or to be made weak” after “to stumble.” The shorter reading “to stumble” is found only in Alexandrian mss (א* A C 048 81 945 1506 1739 bo). Although external evidence favors inclusion, internal evidence points to a scribal expansion, perhaps reminiscent of 1 Cor 8:11-13. The shorter reading is therefore preferred.
  18. Romans 14:22 tc ‡ Several significant Alexandrian witnesses (א A B C 048) have the relative pronoun ἥν (hēn, “the faith that you have”) at this juncture, but D F G Ψ 1175 1241 1505 1739 1881 M lat co lack it. Without the pronoun, the clause is more ambiguous (either “Keep the faith [that] you have between yourself and God” or “Do you have faith? Keep it between yourself and God”). The pronoun thus looks to be a motivated reading, created to clarify the meaning of the text. Even though it is found in the better witnesses, in this instance internal evidence should be given preference. NA28 places the word in brackets, indicating some doubt as to its authenticity.
  19. Romans 14:23 tc Some mss insert 16:25-27 at this point. See the tc note at 16:25 for more information.
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Psalm 24

Psalm 24[a]

A psalm of David.

24 The Lord owns the earth and all it contains,
the world and all who live in it.
For he set its foundation upon the seas,
and established[b] it upon the ocean currents.[c]
Who is allowed to ascend[d] the mountain of the Lord?[e]
Who may go up to his holy dwelling place?
The one whose deeds are blameless
and whose motives are pure,[f]
who does not lie,[g]
or make promises with no intention of keeping them.[h]
Such godly people are rewarded by the Lord,[i]
and vindicated by the God who delivers them.[j]
Such purity characterizes the people who seek his favor,
Jacob’s descendants, who pray to him.[k] (Selah)
Look up,[l] you gates.
Rise up,[m] you eternal doors.
Then the majestic king[n] will enter.[o]
Who is this majestic king?[p]
The Lord who is strong and mighty.
The Lord who is mighty in battle.
Look up, you gates.
Rise up, you eternal doors.
Then the majestic king will enter.
10 Who is this majestic king?
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies.[q]
He is the majestic king. (Selah)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 24:1 sn Psalm 24. The psalmist affirms the universal kingship of the sovereign creator, reminds his people that only the morally pure are qualified to worship him, and celebrates his splendor as a mighty warrior king.
  2. Psalm 24:2 tn The prefixed verbal form is understood as a preterite, referring to the creation of the world.
  3. Psalm 24:2 sn He…established it upon the ocean currents. The description reflects ancient Israelite prescientific cosmology, which is based on outward appearances. The language also suggests that God’s creative work involved the subjugation of chaos, symbolized by the sea.
  4. Psalm 24:3 tn The imperfects in v. 3 are modal, expressing potential or permission.
  5. Psalm 24:3 sn In this context the Lord’s mountain probably refers to Zion/Jerusalem (see Isa 2:2-3).
  6. Psalm 24:4 tn Heb “the innocent of hands and the pure of heart.” The “hands” allude to one’s actions, the “heart” to one’s thought life and motives.
  7. Psalm 24:4 tn Heb “who does not lift up for emptiness my life.” The first person pronoun on נַפְשִׁי (nafshi, “my life”) makes little sense here; many medieval Hebrew mss support the ancient versions in reading a third person pronoun “his.” The idiom “lift the life” here means to “long for” or “desire strongly.” In this context (note the reference to an oath in the following line) “emptiness” probably refers to speech (see Ps 12:2).
  8. Psalm 24:4 tn Heb “and does not swear an oath deceitfully.”
  9. Psalm 24:5 tn Heb “he (the righteous individual described in v. 4) lifts up a blessing from the Lord.” The singular subject is representative here, as v. 6 makes clear. The referent (godly people like the individual in v. 4) has been specified in the translation for clarity. The imperfect verbal form is generalizing; such people are typically rewarded for their deeds.
  10. Psalm 24:5 tn “and vindication from the God of his deliverance.”
  11. Psalm 24:6 tn Heb “this [is the] generation of the ones seeking him, the ones seeking your face, Jacob.” To “seek the Lord’s face” means to seek his favor through prayer (see 2 Sam 21:1; Pss 27:8; 105:4).sn This verse presents a somewhat idealized view of Jacobs descendants as devoted worshipers of the Lord.
  12. Psalm 24:7 tn Heb “lift up your heads.” The gates of the Lord’s dwelling place are here personified. The idiom “lift up the head” often means “be confident, bold” (see Judg 8:28; Job 10:15; Ps 83:2; Zech 1:21).
  13. Psalm 24:7 tn Heb “lift yourselves up.”
  14. Psalm 24:7 tn Or “king of glory.”
  15. Psalm 24:7 tn Following the imperatives of the preceding lines, the prefixed verbal form with vav (ו) conjunctive indicates purpose or result.
  16. Psalm 24:8 sn Who is this majestic king? Perhaps the personified gates/doors ask this question, in response to the command given in v. 7.
  17. Psalm 24:10 tn Traditionally, “the Lord of hosts,” a title which here pictures the Lord as a mighty warrior-king who leads armies into battle.
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Proverbs 20:12

12 The ear that hears and the eye that sees[a]
the Lord has made them both.[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 20:12 sn The first half of the verse refers to two basic senses that the Lord has given to people. C. H. Toy, however, thinks that they represent all the faculties (Proverbs [ICC], 388). But in the book of Proverbs seeing and hearing come to the fore. By usage, “hearing” also means obeying (15:31; 25:12), and “seeing” also means perceiving and understanding (Isa 6:9-10).
  2. Proverbs 20:12 sn The verse not only credits God with making these faculties of hearing and sight and giving them to people, but it also emphasizes their spiritual use in God’s service.
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7/30/2021 DAB Chronological Transcription

Isaiah 54-56

Welcome to daily Audio Bible Chronological. I’m Jill. It’s the 30th day of July and we are going through the Bible together in chronological order. We do it every day until we get through the Bible together in a year. It’s a joy to be here with you reading the word of God. It’s my complete honor and I’m humbled to be able to do so, but I’m also on this journey with you. I have never been through the Bible in chronological order. So we’re doing that together individually, but collectively as a community. It’s such a beautiful thing. We are here once again centering ourselves around the word of God- we’re just going to take the next 25 to 30 minutes, and exhale first of all. We’re gonna listen and quiet ourselves and we’re going to open our hearts to receive all that God would say and speak and do in our hearts through his word. Today we’re continuing Isaiah chapter 54 and will be reading through chapter 58. And we are still in the New English translation for just a few more days. Isaiah 54.

Commentary:

We have a really powerful ending to the reading today. Could’ve pulled from several different places from today if I’m just being honest. But the part that was particularly uncomfortable that sort of hit right right where it counts is in chapter 58. They seek me day after day. They want to know my requirements like a nation that does what is right and does not reject the law of their God. They asked me for just decrees. They want to be near God. They lament. Why don’t you notice when we fast? Why don’t you pay attention when we humble ourselves? Look at the same time you fast you satisfy your selfish desires. You oppress your workers. Your fasting is accompanied by arguments, brawls and fistfights. Do not fast as you do today trying to make your voice heard in heaven. Is this really the kind of fasting I want? Do I want a day when people merely humbled themselves bowing their heads like a reed stretched out on sackcloth and ashes? is this really what you call a day that is pleasing to the Lord? No, this is the kind of fast I want. Here it is, I want you to remove the sinful chains, to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke, to set free the oppressed, to break every burdensome yoke. This could make me weep. I want you to share your food with the hungry and to provide shelter for homeless oppressed people. When you see someone naked, clothe them. Don’t turn your back on your own flesh and blood, Then your light will shine like the sunrise, your restoration will quickly arrive. Your godly behavior will go before you and the Lord’s splendor will be your rear guard. I don’t know exactly what this means to be honest with you, and for the record, if you’re reading along its it’s worth rereading all the way to the end. I think the point that hurts is that we can so easily do the things and check off the boxes thinking that we’re following the rules and we’re doing all the things. We’re getting it so right and were completely missing the heart of God because we are missing the heart of God’s people. We’re walking past the hungry and we dismiss the marginalized. We blame the oppressed that they got what they deserved. We elevate the rich and the prideful because just maybe maybe deep down it makes us seem rich for a moment, might make us feel a little more elevated in our egos and our conscience. Remember a few years ago during a fast and just walking around telling people how hungry I was. And finally, the Lord convicted me of- ya you are missing the whole point if all you’re doing is complaining the whole time you’re fasting. Then just don’t fast- don’t do it if all you’re doing is complaining about how much you want a cheeseburger. And I was at a crossroads, either needed to break fast and attend to my selfish desires or I had to stay on course and stop complaining and press into what exactly I was doing. I was fasting in hopes to obtain something that I wanted instead of shifting my awareness to what I was willing to give up and reaching toward God as my dependency in place of what I would normally reach for and gravitate towards. I don’t know about you…I don’t want to miss the mark anymore and I want to jump and shout and make a scene in hopes to bring attention, that hopefully people will come to Christ because look at me, look at all the things I’m doing right and I’m totally missing the heart of God. How do we know the heart of God? We ask him. We spend time, we seek it out, we read it in his word. We so easily speak for God instead of speaking to God and we must remember to spend time that connects our heart to his heart through worship, prayer, through dialogue, through quietness and stillness.

Prayer:

So father, this is my prayer today that we will not miss the mark that we will not be busy doing the things that we think that you want us to do and we completely miss your heart. I’m tired and so weary of hearing people speak for you father without speaking to you, And even this, even this word speaks to our hearts today that comes from the prophet Isaiah, speaking to your children who refused to listen to you, who chose to worship other gods, who turned their back on you, and hearing these words that you spoke through your prophet to the people, let them not fall on deaf ears today. As your children, open our eyes to see that which we have been blind to, open our ears to hear what we have avoided, what we have let fall on deaf ears and once again we pray father that you would turn these hearts of stone to flesh- let us be open to receive all that you want to say and speak into in our lives through your word. I pray that we would only take this and internalize it to ourselves, not for anybody else. Not for the people that we think need to hear this and they need to change. We can only change our own selves. We can only choose to do the work for our own lives and may it be so. I pray, and I pray this in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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