The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday August 23, 2019 (NIV)

Job 8-11

Bildad Speaks

Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

How long will you go on saying these things?
Your words(A) are a blast of wind.(B)
Does God pervert justice?(C)
Does the Almighty pervert what is right?(D)
Since your children sinned against him,
he gave them over to their rebellion.
But if you earnestly seek(E) God
and ask the Almighty for mercy,(F)
if you are pure and upright,
then he will move even now on your behalf
and restore the home where your righteousness dwells.(G)
Then, even if your beginnings were modest,
your final days will be full of prosperity.(H)

For ask the previous generation,
and pay attention to what their fathers discovered,(I)
since we were born only yesterday and know nothing.
Our days on earth are but a shadow.(J)
10 Will they not teach you and tell you
and speak from their understanding?
11 Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh?
Do reeds flourish without water?
12 While still uncut shoots,
they would dry up quicker than any other plant.
13 Such is the destiny[a] of all who forget God;
the hope of the godless(K) will perish.

14 His source of confidence is fragile;[b]
what he trusts in is a spider’s web.(L)
15 He leans on his web, but it doesn’t stand firm.
He grabs it, but it does not hold up.
16 He is a well-watered plant in the sunshine;
his shoots spread out over his garden.
17 His roots are intertwined around a pile of rocks.
He looks for a home among the stones.
18 If he is uprooted[c] from his place,
it will deny knowing him, saying, “I never saw you.”(M)
19 Surely this is the joy of his way of life;
yet others will sprout from the dust.
20 Look, God does not reject a person of integrity,
and he will not support[d] evildoers.(N)

21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with a shout of joy.(O)
22 Your enemies will be clothed with shame;(P)
the tent(Q) of the wicked will no longer exist.

Job’s Reply to Bildad

Then Job answered:

Yes, I know what you’ve said is true,
but how can a person be justified before God?(R)
If one wanted to take(S) him to court,
he could not answer God[e] once in a thousand times.(T)
God is wise(U) and all-powerful.
Who has opposed him and come out unharmed?
He removes mountains without their knowledge,
overturning them in his anger.(V)
He shakes the earth from its place
so that its pillars tremble.
He commands the sun not to shine
and seals off the stars.(W)
He alone stretches out the heavens(X)
and treads on the waves of the sea.[f]
He makes the stars: the Bear,[g] Orion,
the Pleiades,(Y) and the constellations[h] of the southern sky.
10 He does great and unsearchable things,
wonders without number.(Z)
11 If he passed by me, I wouldn’t see him;(AA)
if he went by, I wouldn’t recognize him.
12 If he snatches something, who can stop[i] him?
Who can ask him, “What are you doing?” (AB)
13 God does not hold back his anger;
Rahab’s(AC) assistants cringe in fear beneath him!
14 How then can I answer him
or choose my arguments against him?
15 Even if I were in the right, I could not answer.
I could only beg my Judge for mercy.(AD)
16 If I summoned him and he answered me,
I do not believe he would pay attention to what I said.
17 He batters me with a whirlwind(AE)
and multiplies my wounds without cause.
18 He doesn’t let me catch my breath
but fills me with bitter experiences.
19 If it is a matter of strength, look, he is the powerful one!(AF)
If it is a matter of justice, who can summon(AG) him?[j]
20 Even if I were in the right, my own mouth would condemn me;(AH)
if I were blameless, my mouth would declare me guilty.
21 Though I am blameless,
I no longer care about myself;
I renounce my life.(AI)
22 It is all the same. Therefore I say,
“He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.”(AJ)
23 When catastrophe[k] brings sudden death,
he mocks the despair of the innocent.
24 The earth[l] is handed over to the wicked;
he blindfolds[m] its judges.(AK)
If it isn’t he, then who is it?

25 My days fly by faster than a runner;[n](AL)
they flee without seeing any good.(AM)
26 They sweep by like boats made of papyrus,
like an eagle swooping down on its prey.(AN)
27 If I said, “I will forget my complaint,
change my expression, and smile,”
28 I would still live in terror of all my pains.(AO)
I know you will not acquit me.(AP)
29 Since I will be found guilty,(AQ)
why should I struggle in vain?
30 If I wash myself with snow,
and cleanse my hands with lye,
31 then you dip me in a pit of mud,
and my own clothes despise me!

32 For he is not a man like me, that I can answer him,(AR)
that we can take each other to court.
33 There is no mediator between us,
to lay his hand on both of us.
34 Let him take his rod away from me
so his terror will no longer frighten me.(AS)
35 Then I would speak and not fear him.
But that is not the case; I am on my own.

10 I am disgusted with my life.(AT)
I will give vent to my complaint
and speak in the bitterness of my soul.
I will say to God,
“Do not declare me guilty!
Let me know why you prosecute me.
Is it good for you to oppress,
to reject the work of your hands,(AU)
and favor[o] the plans of the wicked?(AV)
Do you have eyes of flesh,
or do you see as a human sees?
Are your days like those of a human,
or your years like those of a man,(AW)
that you look for my iniquity(AX)
and search for my sin,
even though you know that I am not wicked
and that there is no one who can rescue from your power?(AY)

“Your hands shaped me and formed me.(AZ)
Will you now turn and destroy me?
Please remember that you formed me like clay.
Will you now return me to dust?(BA)
10 Did you not pour me out like milk
and curdle me like cheese?
11 You clothed me with skin and flesh,
and wove me together with bones and tendons.(BB)
12 You gave me life and faithful love,
and your care has guarded my life.

13 “Yet you concealed these thoughts in your heart;
I know that this was your hidden plan:[p]
14 if I sin, you would notice,[q]
and would not acquit me of my iniquity.(BC)
15 If I am wicked, woe to me!
And even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head.
I am filled with shame(BD)
and have drunk deeply of[r] my affliction.(BE)
16 If I am proud,[s] you hunt me like a lion
and again display your miraculous power against me.(BF)
17 You produce new witnesses[t] against me
and multiply your anger toward me.
Hardships assault me, wave after wave.[u]

18 “Why did you bring me out of the womb?(BG)
I should have died and never been seen.
19 I wish[v] I had never existed
but had been carried from the womb to the grave.(BH)
20 Are my days not few? Stop it![w]
Leave me alone, so that I can smile a little
21 before I go to a land of darkness and gloom,(BI)
never to return.
22 It is a land of blackness like the deepest darkness,
gloomy and chaotic,
where even the light is like[x] the darkness.”

Zophar Speaks

11 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

Should this abundance of words(BJ) go unanswered
and such a talker[y] be acquitted?
Should your babbling put others to silence,
so that you can keep on ridiculing
with no one to humiliate you?
You have said, “My teaching(BK) is sound,
and I am pure in your sight.”
But if only God would speak
and open his lips against you!
He would show you the secrets of wisdom,(BL)
for true wisdom has two sides.
Know then that God has chosen to overlook some of your iniquity.(BM)

Can you fathom the depths of God
or discover the limits of the Almighty?(BN)
They are higher than the heavens—what can you do?
They are deeper than Sheol—what can you know?(BO)
Their measure is longer than the earth
and wider than the sea.

10 If he passes by and throws someone in prison
or convenes a court, who can stop him?(BP)
11 Surely he knows which people are worthless.
If he sees iniquity, will he not take note of it?(BQ)
12 But a stupid person will gain understanding
as soon as a wild donkey is born a human!

13 As for you, if you redirect your heart
and spread out your hands to him in prayer—
14 if there is iniquity in your hand, remove it,
and don’t allow injustice to dwell in your tents—
15 then you will hold your head high, free from fault.
You will be firmly established and unafraid.(BR)
16 For you will forget your suffering,
recalling it only as water that has flowed by.
17 Your life will be brighter than noonday;
its darkness[z] will be like the morning.(BS)
18 You will be confident, because there is hope.(BT)
You will look carefully about and lie down in safety.(BU)

19 You will lie down with no one to frighten you,
and many will seek your favor.(BV)
20 But the sight of the wicked(BW) will fail.
Their way of escape will be cut off,
and their only hope is their last breath.(BX)

Footnotes:

  1. 8:13 Lit Such are the ways
  2. 8:14 Or cut off; Hb obscure
  3. 8:18 Or destroyed
  4. 8:20 Lit grasp the hand of
  5. 9:3 Or court, God would not answer him
  6. 9:8 Or and walks on the back of the sea god
  7. 9:9 Or Aldebaran
  8. 9:9 Or chambers
  9. 9:12 Or dissuade
  10. 9:19 LXX; MT reads me
  11. 9:23 Or whip; Hb obscure
  12. 9:24 Or land
  13. 9:24 Lit covers the faces of
  14. 9:25 = a royal messenger
  15. 10:3 Lit shine on
  16. 10:13 Lit was with you
  17. 10:14 Lit notice me
  18. 10:15 Or and look at
  19. 10:16 Lit If he lifts up
  20. 10:17 Or You bring fresh troops
  21. 10:17 Lit Changes and a host are with me
  22. 10:19 Lit As if
  23. 10:20 Alt Hb tradition reads Will he not leave my few days alone?
  24. 10:22 Lit chaotic, and shines as
  25. 11:2 Lit a man of lips
  26. 11:17 Text emended; MT reads noonday; you are dark, you

Cross references:

  1. 8:2 : Jb 11:2; Pr 10:19; Ec 5:3
  2. 8:2 : Jb 6:26; 15:2; 16:3
  3. 8:3 : 2Ch 19:6; Jb 34:12; Ps 9:16
  4. 8:3 : Gn 18:25; Jb 34:17; Rm 3:5
  5. 8:5 : Ps 63:1; 78:34; Is 26:9
  6. 8:5 : Jb 9:15; 33:24; Ps 30:8
  7. 8:6 : Jb 22:23; 42:10; Pr 3:33
  8. 8:7 : Jb 36:11; 42:10,12; Jms 5:11
  9. 8:8 : Dt 4:32; 32:7; Jb 15:18
  10. 8:9 : Ps 102:11; 144:4; Ec 6:12
  11. 8:13 : Jb 13:16; 15:34; 27:8
  12. 8:14-15 : Jb 27:18; Is 59:5; Mt 7:26-27
  13. 8:18 : Jb 7:10; 20:7; Ps 37:36
  14. 8:20 : Gn 18:25; Jb 36:6; 2Pt 2:9
  15. 8:21 : Jb 33:26; Ps 27:6; 47:5
  16. 8:22 : Ps 35:26; 109:29; 132:18
  17. 8:22 : Jb 18:6,14; Ps 52:5; Pr 14:11
  18. 9:2 : Jb 25:4; Ps 143:2; Rm 3:20
  19. 9:3 : Jb 13:19; 33:13; 40:2
  20. 9:3 : Jb 9:14; 37:19; 40:2
  21. 9:4 : Jb 11:6; 12:13; 36:5
  22. 9:5 : Jdg 5:5; Ps 18:7; Mc 1:4
  23. 9:7 : Is 13:10; Ezk 32:8; Jl 2:10,31
  24. 9:8 : Ps 104:2-3; Is 40:22; 44:24
  25. 9:9 : Jb 38:31-32; Is 40:26; Am 5:8
  26. 9:10 : Jb 5:9; Ps 40:5; 72:18
  27. 9:11 : Jb 23:8-9; 35:14
  28. 9:12 : Jb 11:10; Is 45:9; Rm 9:20
  29. 9:13 : Jb 26:12; Ps 89:10; Is 51:9
  30. 9:15 : Jb 8:5; 10:15
  31. 9:17 : Jb 30:22; Ps 83:15; Jnh 1:4
  32. 9:19 : Jb 9:4; Is 28:2; 40:26
  33. 9:19 : Jr 49:19; 50:44
  34. 9:20 : Jb 9:28; 40:8; Is 50:9
  35. 9:21 : Jb 7:16; 10:1
  36. 9:22 : Jb 3:19; Ec 9:2-3; Is 14:3-11
  37. 9:24 : Jb 12:6,17; Is 29:14; 44:25
  38. 9:25 : 2Sm 18:19-33; 1Kg 1:5; Est 3:13,15
  39. 9:25 : Jb 7:7; Ps 78:39; Jms 4:14
  40. 9:26 : Jb 39:29; Is 18:2; Hab 1:8
  41. 9:28 : Jb 3:25; 13:11; 31:23
  42. 9:28 : Jb 10:14; Jl 3:21; Nah 1:3
  43. 9:29 : Jb 9:20; 40:8; Is 50:9
  44. 9:32 : Jb 41:13; Ps 143:2; Ec 6:10
  45. 9:34 : Jb 6:4; 13:21; Ps 39:10
  46. 10:1 : Jb 7:16; 9:21; Ps 95:10; 119:158; 139:21; Ezk 6:9; 20:43; 36:31
  47. 10:3 : Ps 128:2
  48. 10:3 : Ps 1:1; Jb 21:16; 22:18
  49. 10:5 : Jb 36:26; Ps 90:4; 2Pt 3:8
  50. 10:6 : Jb 13:23,26; 14:17; 22:5
  51. 10:7 : Dt 32:39; Is 43:13
  52. 10:8 : Gn 2:7,8,19; Ps 34:15; 94:9; Is 29:16; 43:1,7,21; 44:2,21,24; 45:9,11; 49:5; 64:8; Jr 1:5; 18:6; Zch 12:1
  53. 10:9 : Gn 2:7; Jb 4:19; 34:15
  54. 10:11 : Ps 139:13
  55. 10:14 : Ex 34:7; Jb 7:21; Am 3:2
  56. 10:15 : Hab 2:16
  57. 10:15 : Jb 9:15; Ps 25:18; Is 3:11
  58. 10:16 : Jb 5:9; Is 38:13; Lm 3:10
  59. 10:18 : Jb 1:21; 10:18-19; Jr 20:17-18
  60. 10:19 : Jb 3:22; 5:26; 17:1
  61. 10:21 : Jb 3:5; 12:22; 28:3
  62. 11:2 : Jb 8:2; Pr 10:19; Ec 5:3
  63. 11:4 : Dt 32:2; Pr 4:2; Is 29:24
  64. 11:6 : Jb 28:12; 38:36; Ec 7:23,25
  65. 11:6 : Ezr 9:13; Ps 103:10
  66. 11:7 : Ec 3:11; 8:17; Rm 11:33
  67. 11:8 : Dt 30:12-13; Ps 139:8-9; Am 9:2-3
  68. 11:10 : Jb 9:12; 23:13; Rv 3:7
  69. 11:11 : Jb 34:25; Ps 10:14
  70. 11:15 : Jb 22:26; Ps 119:6; 1Jn 3:21
  71. 11:17 : Jb 17:12; Ps 37:6; Is 58:8,10
  72. 11:18 : Jb 4:6; Ps 119:116; Jr 17:7
  73. 11:18 : Jb 24:23; Ps 4:8; Pr 3:24
  74. 11:19 : Ps 45:12; Pr 19:6; 29:26
  75. 11:20 : Jb 3:17; 9:22; 18:5
  76. 11:20 : Jb 8:13; Pr 10:28; 11:7
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1 Corinthians 15:1-28

Resurrection Essential to the Gospel

15 Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand(A) and by which you are being saved, if you hold to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.(B) For I passed on to you(C) as most important what I also received: that Christ died(D) for our sins according to the Scriptures,(E) that he was buried,(F) that he was raised on the third day(G) according to the Scriptures,(H) and that he appeared to Cephas,(I) then to the Twelve.(J) Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers and sisters at one time;(K) most of them are still alive, but some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James,(L) then to all the apostles.(M) Last of all, as to one born at the wrong time,[a](N) he also appeared to me.(O)

For I am the least of the apostles,(P) not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted(Q) the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.(R) 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, so we proclaim and so you have believed.

Resurrection Essential to the Faith

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead,(S) how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”?(T) 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is in vain, and so is your faith.[b] 15 Moreover, we are found to be false witnesses(U) about God, because we have testified(V) wrongly about God that he raised up Christ—whom he did not raise up, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Those, then, who have fallen asleep in Christ(W) have also perished. 19 If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.

Christ’s Resurrection Guarantees Ours

20 But as it is, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits(X) of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death(Y) came through a man,(Z) the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man.(AA) 22 For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.(AB)

23 But each in his own order:(AC) Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at his coming, those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end,(AD) when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father,(AE) when he abolishes all rule and all authority and power.(AF) 25 For he must reign(AG) until he puts all his enemies under his feet.(AH) 26 The last enemy to be abolished is death.(AI) 27 For God has put everything under his feet.[c](AJ) Now when it says “everything” is put under him, it is obvious that he who puts everything under him is the exception. 28 When everything is subject to Christ, then the Son(AK) himself will also be subject to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.(AL)

Footnotes:

  1. 15:8 Or one whose birth was unusual
  2. 15:14 Or proclamation is useless, and your faith also is useless, or proclamation is empty, and your faith also is empty
  3. 15:27 Ps 8:6
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Psalm 38

Psalm 38

Prayer of a Suffering Sinner

A psalm of David to bring remembrance.(A)

Lord, do not punish me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.(B)
For your arrows have sunk into me,
and your hand has pressed down on me.(C)

There is no soundness in my body
because of your indignation;
there is no health[a] in my bones
because of my sin.(D)
For my iniquities have flooded over my head;
they are a burden too heavy for me to bear.(E)
My wounds are foul and festering
because of my foolishness.(F)
I am bent over and brought very low;
all day long I go around in mourning.(G)
For my insides are full of burning pain,
and there is no soundness in my body.(H)
I am faint and severely crushed;
I groan because of the anguish of my heart.(I)

Lord, my every desire is in front of you;
my sighing is not hidden from you.(J)
10 My heart races, my strength leaves me,
and even the light of my eyes has faded.[b](K)
11 My loved ones and friends stand back from my affliction,
and my relatives stand at a distance.(L)
12 Those who intend to kill me set traps,
and those who want to harm me threaten to destroy me;
they plot treachery all day long.(M)

13 I am like a deaf person; I do not hear.
I am like a speechless person
who does not open his mouth.(N)
14 I am like a man who does not hear
and has no arguments in his mouth.(O)
15 For I put my hope in you, Lord;
you will answer me, my Lord, my God.(P)
16 For I said, “Don’t let them rejoice over me—
those who are arrogant toward me when I stumble.”(Q)
17 For I am about to fall,
and my pain is constantly with me.(R)
18 So I confess my iniquity;
I am anxious because of my sin.(S)
19 But my enemies are vigorous and powerful;[c]
many hate me for no reason.(T)
20 Those who repay evil for good
attack me for pursuing good.(U)

21 Lord, do not abandon me;
my God, do not be far from me.(V)
22 Hurry to help me,
my Lord, my salvation.(W)

Footnotes:

  1. 38:3 Hb shalom
  2. 38:10 Or and the light of my eyes—even that is not with me
  3. 38:19 Or numerous
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Proverbs 21:28-29

28 A lying witness will perish,(A)
but the one who listens will speak successfully.

29 A wicked person puts on a bold face,(B)
but the upright one considers his way.

Cross references:

  1. 21:28 : Pr 19:5,9
  2. 21:29 : Pr 7:13
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08/22/2019 DAB Transcript

Job 4:1-7:21, 1 Cor 14:18-40, Psalms 37:30-40, Proverbs 21:27

Today’s the 22nd day of August. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we move through the back half of the week now. So, yesterday in the center of the week we began some new territory in the Bible as we began the book of Job and we kind of talked about that. And as we got into the book we saw sort of the scenario, this horrible day that Job experienced in which he lost everything of value, everything that he loved. His friends came and sat with him, sat Shiva with him, we talked about that. So, now as we continue through the book of Job, we’ll see the conversations between the friends and Job begin to materialize. And, so, Job, he really wants answers, he wants to know why, but at the same time he doesn’t have those answers because he doesn’t know that there is one because he doesn’t believe he’s done anything wrong. He’s like actually tried really hard to be a righteous person. And, so, his friends are gonna tell him why these things happened, but that’s not gonna work for Job. Job wants to hear straight from God. And, so we begin. Today Job 4 through 7 and we’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we mentioned yesterday when we were getting into the book of Job, and even as we kind of recapped at the beginning of today’s reading, unspeakable tragedy descended upon Job, horrible, horrible tragedy in his life and then his friends came and they set Shiva and waited, but the rest of the book…most of the rest of the book is a conversation between these friends and Job. And, so, that conversation has begun, and Job’s poured out the anguish of his soul. And then today Job’s friend named Eliphaz was trying to comfort him, and he was essentially trying to say to Job, “look, things happen for a reason”, but that if Job would just trust in the Lord, like if he would just put his trust in God, then God would rescue and restore him. So, that sounds like something any of us would say, right? It’s a very familiar…we say these kinds of things all the time when we’re…when we’re trying to be comforting and we’ll see that’s happening throughout the book. I mean, there’s a point they’re gonna get mad at each other, but his friends are trying to reason with Job, they’re trying to sort this out and try to help him with all of all the right things to say, basically. But Job knows all the right things to say. That's…that’s the thing. He knows all the right things to say. He’s been the comforter too, like he knows how to say it. In other words, he has the theology, right? Like, he can say the right thing but it’s not working. It’s not enough. And, so, Job just becomes more agitated as they try to basically talk him out of his position and give him all of the right things to say, but the right things to say are not providing any real answers for Job. He doesn’t want human explanations. He doesn’t want them to say the right thing and rationalize it all out and smooth out all the hard edges and realities. Job wants God to come personally and explain exactly what he did wrong to incur the judgment that he thinks God is…is pouring out upon him. And he does think this. He said it was his own mouth. Like, so just like quoting from Job, “surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me. My spirit drinks their poison. God’s terrors are arrayed against me.” So, as we continue through the weekend and into next week, more of this conversation between Job and his friends, this is gonna be heard. And if we pay attention we’re gonna find that that we can identify with both sides of the conversation. We can identify with Job’s suffering and confusion, but we’ll also be able to hear our own voices in what his friends are offering us counsel, comfort. And, so, you know, after that doesn’t work, c,omforts gonna turn to debate and debates gonna to turn to argument and that’s gonna take us through all the different aspects of our own suffering. And we should start wondering like, who’s right here, which is the point…which is the point. And, so let’s stay connected to the story of Job over these next days because it’s actually taking us into our own suffering and…and it’s revealing that we know way, way, way less than we think we do.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that. We all suffer. We don’t like to talk about it unless it’s happening and then we talk about it incessantly, but we would rather avoid it altogether. In fact we…we set our lives up in such a way that we do battle against it continually and when we are suffering we are rarely thinking that this has purpose and that something good is happening inside of us, or that something good will come from it. We’re just lost in it and it’s a very confusing thing. And, so, we thank You for allowing us to explore it together and to explore it from ancient times in the book of Job. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday August 22, 2019 (NIV)

Job 4-7

First Series of Speeches

Eliphaz Speaks

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

Should anyone try to speak with you
when you are exhausted?
Yet who can keep from speaking?
Indeed, you have instructed many
and have strengthened(A) weak hands.
Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling
and braced the knees that were buckling.(B)
But now that this has happened to you,
you have become exhausted.
It strikes(C) you, and you are dismayed.
Isn’t your piety your confidence,
and the integrity of your life[a] your hope?(D)
Consider: Who has perished when he was innocent?
Where have the honest[b] been destroyed?(E)
In my experience, those who plow injustice
and those who sow trouble(F) reap the same.(G)
They perish at a single blast(H) from God
and come to an end by the breath of his nostrils.(I)
10 The lion may roar and the fierce lion(J) growl,
but the teeth of young lions are broken.(K)
11 The strong lion dies if it catches no prey,
and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.(L)

12 A word was brought to me in secret;
my ears caught a whisper of it.(M)
13 Among unsettling thoughts from visions in the night,(N)
when deep sleep(O) comes over men,
14 fear and trembling came over me(P)
and made all my bones shake.
15 I felt a draft[c] on my face,
and the hair on my body stood up.
16 A figure stood there,
but I could not recognize its appearance;
a form loomed before my eyes.
I heard a whispering voice:
17 “Can a mortal be righteous before God?
Can a man be more pure than his Maker?” (Q)
18 If God puts no trust in his servants
and he charges his angels with foolishness,[d](R)
19 how much more those who dwell in clay houses,(S)
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like a moth!
20 They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk;
they perish forever while no one notices.(T)
21 Are their tent cords not pulled up?
They die without wisdom.(U)

Call out! Will anyone answer you?
Which of the holy ones(V) will you turn to?
For anger kills a fool,
and jealousy slays the gullible.(W)
I have seen a fool taking root,
but I immediately pronounced a curse on his home.
His children are far from safety.
They are crushed at the city gate,(X)
with no one to rescue them.
The hungry consume his harvest,
even taking it out of the thorns.[e]
The thirsty[f] pant for his children’s wealth.
For distress does not grow out of the soil,
and trouble does not sprout from the ground.
But humans are born for trouble(Y)
as surely as sparks fly upward.

However, if I were you, I would appeal to God
and would present my case to him.(Z)
He does great(AA) and unsearchable things,
wonders without number.(AB)
10 He gives rain to the earth
and sends water to the fields.(AC)
11 He sets the lowly on high,
and mourners are lifted to safety.(AD)
12 He frustrates the schemes of the crafty
so that they[g] achieve no success.
13 He traps the wise in their craftiness
so that the plans of the deceptive
are quickly brought to an end.(AE)
14 They encounter darkness by day,
and they grope at noon
as if it were night.(AF)
15 He saves the needy from their sharp words[h](AG)
and from the clutches of the powerful.
16 So the poor have hope,
and injustice shuts its mouth.(AH)
17 See how happy is the person whom God corrects;
so do not reject the discipline of the Almighty.
18 For he wounds but he also bandages;
he strikes, but his hands also heal.(AI)
19 He will rescue you from six calamities;
no harm will touch you in seven.
20 In famine he will redeem you from death,
and in battle, from the power of the sword.(AJ)
21 You will be safe from slander[i]
and not fear destruction when it comes.(AK)
22 You will laugh at destruction and hunger
and not fear the land’s wild creatures.
23 For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field,
and the wild animals will be at peace with you.(AL)
24 You will know that your tent is secure,(AM)
and nothing will be missing when you inspect your home.
25 You will also know that your offspring will be many
and your descendants like the grass of the earth.
26 You will approach the grave(AN) in full vigor,(AO)
as a stack of sheaves is gathered in its season.

27 We have investigated this, and it is true!
Hear it and understand it for yourself.

Job’s Reply to Eliphaz

Then Job answered:

If only my grief could be weighed
and my devastation(AP) placed with it on the scales.(AQ)
For then it would outweigh the sand of the seas!
That is why my words are rash.
Surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced[j] me;
my spirit drinks their poison.
God’s terrors are arrayed against me.(AR)
Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass
or an ox low over its fodder?
Is bland food eaten without salt?
Is there flavor in an egg white?[k]
I refuse to touch them;
they are like contaminated food.(AS)

If only my request would be granted
and God would provide what I hope for:
that he would decide to crush me,
to unleash his power and cut me off!
10 It would still bring me comfort,
and I would leap for joy in unrelenting pain
that I have not denied[l] the words of the Holy One.(AT)

11 What strength do I have, that I should continue to hope?
What is my future, that I should be patient?
12 Is my strength that of stone,
or my flesh made of bronze?
13 Since I cannot help myself,
the hope for success has been banished from me.

14 A despairing man should receive loyalty from his friends,[m](AU)
even if he abandons the fear of the Almighty.
15 My brothers are as treacherous as a wadi,
as seasonal streams that overflow
16 and become darkened[n] because of ice,
and the snow melts into them.
17 The wadis evaporate in warm weather;
they disappear from their channels in hot weather.
18 Caravans turn away from their routes,
go up into the desert, and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema look for these streams.
The traveling merchants of Sheba hope for them.
20 They are ashamed because they had been confident of finding water.
When they arrive there, they are disappointed.(AV)
21 So this is what you have now become to me.[o]
When you see something dreadful, you are afraid.
22 Have I ever said: “Give me something”
or “Pay a bribe for me from your wealth”
23 or “Deliver me from the enemy’s hand”
or “Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless”?

24 Teach me, and I will be silent.
Help me understand what I did wrong.
25 How painful honest words can be!
But what does your rebuke prove?
26 Do you think that you can disprove my words
or that a despairing man’s words are mere wind?(AW)
27 No doubt you would cast lots for a fatherless child
and negotiate a price to sell your friend.(AX)

28 But now, please look at me;
I will not lie to your face.(AY)
29 Reconsider; don’t be unjust.
Reconsider; my righteousness(AZ) is still the issue.
30 Is there injustice on my tongue
or can my palate not taste disaster?(BA)

Isn’t each person consigned to forced labor(BB) on earth?
Are not his days like those of a hired worker?
Like a slave he longs for shade;
like a hired worker he waits for his pay.
So I have been made to inherit months of futility,
and troubled nights have been assigned to me.(BC)
When I lie down I think,
“When will I get up?”
But the evening drags on endlessly,
and I toss and turn until dawn.
My flesh is clothed with maggots and encrusted with dirt.[p]
My skin forms scabs[q] and then oozes.(BD)

My days pass more swiftly than a weaver’s shuttle;
they come to an end without hope.(BE)
Remember that my life is but a breath.
My eye will never again see anything good.(BF)
The eye of anyone who looks on me
will no longer see me.
Your eyes will look for me, but I will be gone.(BG)
As a cloud fades away and vanishes,
so the one who goes down to Sheol(BH) will never rise again.
10 He will never return to his house;
his hometown will no longer remember[r] him.(BI)

11 Therefore I will not restrain my mouth.
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 Am I the sea[s](BJ) or a sea monster,(BK)
that you keep me under guard?
13 When I say, “My bed will comfort me,
and my couch will ease my complaint,”
14 then you frighten me with dreams,
and terrify me with visions,(BL)
15 so that I prefer strangling[t]
death rather than life in this body.[u](BM)
16 I give up! I will not live forever.
Leave me alone,(BN) for my days are a breath.[v]

17 What is a mere human, that you think so highly of him
and pay so much attention to him?(BO)
18 You inspect him every morning,
and put him to the test every moment.(BP)
19 Will you ever look away from me,
or leave me alone long enough to swallow?[w]
20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,
Watcher of humanity?
Why have you made me your target,(BQ)
so that I have become a burden to you?[x]
21 Why not forgive my sin
and pardon my iniquity?(BR)
For soon I will lie down in the grave.(BS)
You will eagerly seek me, but I will be gone.(BT)

Footnotes:

  1. 4:6 Lit ways
  2. 4:7 Or the upright, or those with integrity
  3. 4:15 Or a spirit
  4. 4:18 Or error; Hb obscure
  5. 5:5 Hb obscure
  6. 5:5 Aq, Sym, Syr, Vg; MT reads snares
  7. 5:12 Lit their hands
  8. 5:15 Lit from the sword of their mouth; Ps 55:21; 59:7
  9. 5:21 Lit be hidden from the whip of the tongue
  10. 6:4 Lit Almighty are in
  11. 6:6 Hb obscure
  12. 6:10 Lit hidden
  13. 6:14 Lit To the despairing his friend loyalty
  14. 6:16 Or turbid
  15. 6:21 Alt Hb tradition reads So you have now become nothing
  16. 7:5 Or and dirty scabs
  17. 7:5 Lit skin hardens
  18. 7:10 Lit know
  19. 7:12 Or the sea god
  20. 7:15 Or suffocation
  21. 7:15 Lit than my bones
  22. 7:16 Or are futile
  23. 7:19 Lit swallow my saliva?
  24. 7:20 Alt Hb tradition, LXX; MT, Vg read myself

Cross references:

  1. 4:3 : Jb 26:2; Is 35:3; Heb 12:12
  2. 4:4 : Dt 3:28; Jb 16:15; Is 41:10
  3. 4:5 : Jb 5:19; 6:7; 19:21
  4. 4:6 : Jb 11:18; Ps 119:116; Jr 17:7
  5. 4:7 : Jb 8:20; Ps 37:25; Pr 12:21
  6. 4:8 : Jb 5:7; 15:35; Is 59:4
  7. 4:8 : Ps 7:15; Pr 22:8; Hs 8:7
  8. 4:9 : 2Sm 22:26; Jb 37:10; Is 30:33
  9. 4:9 : Ex 15:8-10; Ps 18:15; 2Th 2:8
  10. 4:10 : Ps 10:9; 17:12; 22:13,21
  11. 4:10 : Jb 29:17; Ps 3:7; 58:6
  12. 4:11 : Ps 59:11; Pr 20:8,20; Is 33:3
  13. 4:12 : Jb 13:1; 33:16; 36:10,15
  14. 4:13 : Jb 7:14; 20:8; 33:15
  15. 4:13 : Gn 2:21; 15:12; Jb 33:15
  16. 4:14 : Jb 21:6; Ps 55:5; 119:120
  17. 4:17 : Jb 15:14; 25:4; Pr 20:9
  18. 4:18 : Jb 15:15; 21:22; 25:5
  19. 4:19 : Jb 10:9; 33:6; Is 64:8
  20. 4:20 : Jb 14:2; 20:7; Ps 90:5-6
  21. 4:21 : Jb 36:12; Pr 5:23; 10:21
  22. 5:1 : Jb 15:15; Ps 89:5-7; Dn 4:17
  23. 5:2 : Pr 12:16; 14:18; 19:19
  24. 5:4 : Jb 31:21; Pr 22:22; Is 29:21
  25. 5:7 : Jb 4:8; 15:35; Is 59:4
  26. 5:8 : Jb 13:18; 23:4; Lm 3:59
  27. 5:9 : Jb 9:10; 37:5; Ps 71:19
  28. 5:9 : Jb 42:5; Ps 40:5; 72:18
  29. 5:10 : Jb 36:27-28; 38:26-28; Jr 14:22
  30. 5:11 : 1Sm 2:7; Ps 113:6-7; Mt 5:4
  31. 5:13 : Ps 9:15-16; Is 29:14; 1Co 3:19
  32. 5:14 : Dt 28:29; Jb 12:25; Is 59:10
  33. 5:15 : Ps 55:21; 59:7
  34. 5:16 : Ps 63:11; 107:42; Rm 3:19
  35. 5:18 : Dt 32:39; 1Sm 2:6; Hs 6:1
  36. 5:20 : Ps 33:19; 37:19; 144:10
  37. 5:21 : Ps 27:5; 31:20; 91:5
  38. 5:23 : Ps 91:12; Ezk 34:25; Hs 2:18
  39. 5:24 : Jb 8:6; 12:6; 21:9
  40. 5:26 : Jb 3:22; 10:19; 17:1
  41. 5:26 : Gn 15:15; 25:8; Jb 21:23
  42. 6:2 : Jb 30:13; Ps 57:1; Pr 19:13
  43. 6:2 : Jb 31:6; Dn 5:27; Mc 6:11
  44. 6:4 : Jb 30:15; Ps 38:2; 88:16
  45. 6:7 : Jb 3:24; 33:20; Ps 107:18
  46. 6:10 : Jb 22:22; 23:12; Ps 119:102
  47. 6:14 : Jb 19:21; Ps 38:11; Pr 17:17
  48. 6:20 : Jr 14:3; Jl 1:11; Am 4:8
  49. 6:26 : Jb 8:2; 15:2; 16:3
  50. 6:27 : Jl 3:3; Nah 3:10; 2Pt 2:3
  51. 6:28 : Jb 24:25; 27:4; 34:6
  52. 6:29 : Jb 2:3
  53. 6:30 : Jb 12:11; 27:4
  54. 7:1 : Jb 14:14; Is 40:2
  55. 7:3 : Jb 30:17; Ps 6:6; 42:3
  56. 7:5 : Dt 28:35; Ps 38:5; Is 1:6
  57. 7:6 : Jb 14:19; 17:15; 19:10
  58. 7:7 : Jb 9:25; Ps 78:39; Jms 4:14
  59. 7:8 : Jb 7:21; 20:9; Ps 37:36
  60. 7:9 : Jb 11:8; 14:13; 17:13,16
  61. 7:10 : Jb 8:18; 20:9; Ps 103:16
  62. 7:12 : Jb 26:12; Ps 74:13
  63. 7:12 : Ps 148:7; Is 27:1; Ezk 32:2
  64. 7:14 : Jb 4:13; 20:8; 33:15
  65. 7:15 : 1Kg 19:4; Jb 3:21; Jnh 4:3
  66. 7:16 : Jb 7:19; 10:20; Ps 39:13
  67. 7:17 : Ps 8:4; 144:3; Heb 2:6
  68. 7:18 : Ps 17:3; 73:14; 139:23
  69. 7:20 : Jb 16:12; Lm 3:12
  70. 7:21 : Jb 11:6; 13:23; 15:5
  71. 7:21 : Jb 17:16; 20:11; Is 26:19
  72. 7:21 : Jb 3:13; 7:8; Ps 37:36
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1 Corinthians 14:18-40

18 I thank(A) God that I speak in other tongues more than all of you; 19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words(B) with my understanding, in order to teach others also, than ten thousand words in another tongue.

20 Brothers and sisters, don’t be childish in your thinking, but be infants in regard to evil and adult in your thinking.(C) 21 It is written in the law,

I will speak to this people
by people of other tongues
and by the lips of foreigners,
and even then, they will not listen to me,[a](D)

says the Lord. 22 Speaking in other tongues, then, is intended as a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 If, therefore, the whole church assembles together and all are speaking in other tongues and people who are outsiders or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your minds? 24 But if all are prophesying and some unbeliever or outsider comes in, he is convicted by all and is called to account by all. 25 The secrets of his heart will be revealed, and as a result he will fall facedown and worship God, proclaiming, “God is really among you.”(E)

Order in Church Meetings

26 What then, brothers and sisters? Whenever you come together, each one[b] has a hymn, a teaching, a revelation, another tongue, or an interpretation.(F) Everything is to be done for building up. 27 If anyone speaks in another tongue, there are to be only two, or at the most three, each in turn, and let someone interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, that person is to keep silent in the church and speak to himself and God. 29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should evaluate.(G) 30 But if something has been revealed to another person sitting there, the first prophet should be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that everyone may learn and everyone may be encouraged.(H) 32 And the prophets’ spirits are subject to the prophets, 33 since God is not a God of disorder but of peace.

As in all the churches of the saints,(I) 34 the women[c] should be silent in the churches,(J) for they are not permitted to speak, but are to submit themselves, as the law also says. 35 If they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands(K) at home, since it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. 36 Or did the word of God originate from you, or did it come to you only?

37 If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, he should recognize that what I write to you is the Lord’s command. 38 If anyone ignores this, he will be ignored.[d] 39 So then, my brothers and sisters, be eager(L) to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in other tongues. 40 But everything is to be done decently(M) and in order.

Footnotes:

  1. 14:21 Is 28:11-12
  2. 14:26 Other mss add of you
  3. 14:34 Other mss read your women
  4. 14:38 Other mss read he should be ignored
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Psalm 37:30-40

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom;
his tongue speaks what is just.(A)
31 The instruction of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not falter.(B)

32 The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous
and intends to kill him;(C)
33 the Lord will not leave him
in the power of the wicked one
or allow him to be condemned when he is judged.(D)

34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land.
You will watch when the wicked are destroyed.(E)

35 I have seen a wicked, violent person
well-rooted,[a] like a flourishing native tree.(F)
36 Then I[b] passed by and noticed he was gone;
I searched for him, but he could not be found.(G)

37 Watch the blameless and observe the upright,
for the person of peace will have a future.[c](H)
38 But transgressors will all be eliminated;
the future of the wicked will be destroyed.(I)

39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord,
their refuge in a time of distress.(J)
40 The Lord helps and delivers them;
he will deliver them from the wicked and will save them
because they take refuge in him.(K)

Footnotes:

  1. 37:35 Hb obscure
  2. 37:36 LXX, Syr, Vg, Jer; MT reads he
  3. 37:37 Or posterity, also in v. 38
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Proverbs 21:27

27 The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable—
how much more so
when he brings it with ulterior motives!(A)

Cross references:

  1. 21:27 : Pr 15:8; 28:9; Is 66:3
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08/21/2019 DAB Transcript

Job 1:1-3:26, 1 Corinthians 14:1-17, Psalms 37:12-29, Proverbs 21:25-26

Today is the 21st day of August. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we continue our journey through this week and as we continue the steps that take us through the entire Bible in a year. And, so, here we are at the threshold of a brand-new book in the Old Testament and we’re kind of gonna change complexions here now for the next little bit. We’re going to be exploring some of some of the darker parts of our lives, some of the pain of our lives and we’ll begin that journey with the next book that we’re moving into, the book of Job.

Introduction to the book of Job:

And Job, you know, and for that matter Ecclesiastes, which comes next, these…these books are about the difficulties of…of life. And, so, they kind of have a reputation. And so, when we get to this point in the Bible, this is some of my favorite parts of the Bible because the Bible becomes a friend and a companion in these kinds of seasons and normally when we’re in these kinds of seasons we go to the Bible to find the verses that will tell us that that it’s gonna be over soon and it’s going to be awesome, right? We’re looking for words of comfort, which is totally fine, but normally we’re trying to escape what’s happening instead of actually staying in it and being in it and inviting God into it without having any need to be false, without having any need to put frosting on top…like…to allow it to be what it is. And, so we’re about to begin the book of Job. So, let’s just get kind of get our bearings. So, Job is, I mean, historically, one of the most beautiful pieces of literature in the Bible and for that matter in all of history. And it’s a work that very poetically deals with the problem of evil and of suffering. It’s as if Job is ultimately asking, “why me? Like, why is this happening to me?” And then…and then wrestling for an answer to that question. So, when scholars try to figure out like, where did this story, where did Job come from, who was Job, then there’s a lot of dispute because there’s really not any historical context, and the book doesn’t really name anything that’s historical or any kind of historical figures that are known, like that could be searched from other directions. And, so, when you don’t have context then you have conjecture, you have to guess, which makes lots of people guess in lots of directions. And, so, you have disputes despite this. Scholars have come to a lot of consensus that Job may be of the most ancient books in the Bible and this happens for a lot of reasons. Even Jewish tradition has disparities, but some scholars believe that because the Hebrew is archaic in the original manuscripts and because there’s a uniqueness of words, like Job uses Hebrew words that are nowhere else in the whole Bible, that Job may have been contemporary with a patriarch like Abraham, or maybe Jacob. And then others believe that Job was written by maybe a scribe that was coming back from exile whose native tongue, even though they were Hebrew, they had been exiled, so their native language wasn’t Hebrew. And then many follow tradition that Job was written or at least collected by Moses. And if Moses wrote this book then he would be like writing an oral tradition that had been passed down for millennia or maybe…maybe he was writing theology on dealing with suffering and pain as a parable. So, you see like there’s…it’s so old and there’s so few clues that it cannot be pinned down. This isn’t the only book in the Bible that’s like that and we’ll talk about that as we go forward. But as we moved to through this book we’ll be dealing with the question of basically undeserved suffering and we’ll see that Job feels very, very much like he is experiencing undeserved suffering. And his friends are gonna come around him and they’re gonna help…they’re gonna try to help Job find the answers. And the interesting thing is that Job’s friends, as they’re giving advice to their friend who’s hurting, it’s not bad advice, like it’s valid advice. It’s the kind of advice we might be giving to a friend who’s suffering as well only to find out in the end that all of their good advice, as good as it might’ve been, they did not know at all what they were talking about. And, so, we’ll discover that as we’re shaking our fist at the sky, we’re demanding our answers for our suffering and then contrast that with…with the glory of God…that words fail…like…there’s nothing to say. God’s glory is infinite. His…His power is unknowable. His…His beauty is indescribable. It’s only God who can sustain our lives, but when we’re suffering, we’re usually asking why and we can’t always find an answer to that question, at least not immediately. And, so, the more that we demand the answers the more we become aware that we’ve…we’ve kind of put ourselves in a position of the highest judge, even to the point that we get angry and judge God, which is an incredibly scary thing to say and an even more scary thing to do even though we’re all guilty of it. So ultimately we’ll find that we can spend our whole lives looking for these answers. And I’ve spent lots of my life looking for these answers. But life has this way of leading us back to this same place, a precipice, where we have to take a deep of faith. Like at some point we can spend our whole life trying to find answers or we can spend our whole life trying to find God, which is what Job is trying to do and that distinction makes a huge difference in the outcomes of things and our understandings of things. And, so, with that, let’s begin. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week and we will read the first three chapters of the book of Job.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we began the book of Job, we read the first three chapters. So, we’re kind of launched into the predicament, right, so the situation that Job found himself in, which will be the theme of all the exploration and conversation that happens next. So, Job has a day like no other day, like no other day I have ever heard of in anyone’s life, right? So, systematically…and Job was a highly influential, highly respected, highly prosperous person, highly visible person. And, so, he had a lot of things going on and in one day, systematically, it all fell apart, right, from his flocks being raided and his servants being killed all the way to the wind that came out of the desert and blew on the four corners of his oldest son’s house, killing all of his children. It’s like one thing after the other and we all have probably said that, “like it’s one thing after the other” but not like Job, right? So, that puts some things into context because one thing after the other happened to him until by the end of the day everything is gone. What’s riveting, and this is one of the most riveting things in the Bible to me. Like when we get here every year, I stand in awe of a couple of things that happen in Job but one of them today because…because it’s the worst day imaginable…like I literally do not even know how to imagine that kind of day that Job had…I mean with…with the culmination being the death of his children. So yeah, I mean it's…it’s like…if anybody had any right at all to be bitter at this point its Job. Like, he has every right to be angry and confused and upset and just ranging but he doesn’t. He does tear his clothes. He does through ashes and dirt on his head and up in the air. He does all of that and that that’s customary. We do different things, but he has every right to do what he’s doing, but after he did all of the rituals that showed that he was grieving and morning he…he sat down and worshiped God. “Naked I came into this world, naked I will return. The Lord gave the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” What’s so riveting about that is just, I mean, when I face disruption, I might be able to stay in that place for five minutes and I have a faced anything like Job faced. So, like, we can all say that. Like we should all stand around this global campfire thinking of this predicament that Job’s in in awe because of his response, because of the posture of his heart. And Job’s gonna want to know why God’s letting this happen to him or for that matter he thinks God is doing this to him and he wants to know that. But where Job begins that journey, like where he begins to explore that question is in worship and that is striking. So, we met some of Job’s friends today. They came after they heard about the tragedy. And, so, they came and we’re gonna be…they’re gonna be with him the rest of this journey. And so, we’ll get to know them, we’ll get to know their voices but it’s really interesting what they did when they came, right? So, they came and they saw Job and they saw, wow, it may even be worse than we’ve heard and they wept aloud and they all tore their clothes and they threw dust in the air and on their heads. And then they sat down. They sat down with Job who was sitting down, and they sat down with him for seven days and nights and nobody said anything because they saw how bad he was suffering. And this is Shiva, this is the sitting Shiva, this is an an ancient Hebrew tradition, this is how you grieve. And it’s such a different practice then the way that we mostly grieve, right? So, if we’re grieving and our friends come over to us, then they’re gonna sit with us and they’re gonna try to say things that will make us feel better, “it’s gonna be okay, I’m sorry for your loss” or like these kind of things, try to engage in allowing the person to emote, “get it out” right? Whereas Shiva is a little different. Shiva is when you offer your presence, not your words. Like, you offer yourself, not how you can, you know, say something to make it all go away. You’re acknowledging, this horrible, this is unspeakable, this is…there are no words. And, so, you offer your presence and you sit and when the grieving one wants to speak then you speak. And when the grieving one wants to be silent then you be silent. You just are simply physically making your presence there. They are not alone. They are surrounded but they are not expected to deal with you or to agree with you or all the things that you’re saying because we enter grief really in an uncomfortable situation. And, so, we don’t really know what to say, when very very ancient practice is that you don’t have to say anything. You just have to be together, offer presence. Your words aren’t going to fix it. You don’t have the magic words that are gonna take the loss away or the pain away, but being willing to enter into it and be in it with the one you love, that means more than words. So, we’re just out of the gate but there’s already a lot for us to consider. There’s already so much there that’s just sitting there for us to ponder.

Prayer:

Father we invite You into this next season, this next section of the Scriptures that we are entering into because we have come to this point in the Bible and You’re about to force us to get really honest about a lot of things and we need that because we mask just about everything and we’re hiding in so many ways and You are giving us permission to be honest. So, come Holy Spirit into these next weeks as we move through this territory we pray. In the mighty name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

Song:

Blessed Be the Name of the Lord – Brent Bourgeois

May the day perish on which i was born, may the stars of its morning be dimmed.
Why is life given to the bitterness of souls, and to those who stand in anger of HIM?
Oh HE pierce my heart, and HE does not pitty HE rakes me with wound upon wound.
Remember I pray, that
YOU have made me out of clay, and YOU will return me to dust again soon.
Oh naked I came from my mother’s womb, naked I shall return.
All the LORD gave, the LORD has taken away, Blessed be the name of the LORD!
He commands the sun and it does not rise, HE treads on the waves of the sea

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday August 21, 2019 (NIV)

Job 1-3

Job and His Family

There was a man in the country of Uz(A) named Job.(B) He was a man of complete integrity,(C) who feared God and turned away from evil.(D) He had seven sons and three daughters.(E) His estate included seven thousand sheep and goats, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys,(F) and a very large number of servants. Job was the greatest man among all the people of the east.(G)

His sons used to take turns having banquets at their homes. They would send an invitation to their three sisters to eat and drink with them. Whenever a round of banqueting was over, Job would send for his children and purify them, rising early in the morning to offer burnt offerings for[a] all of them. For Job thought, “Perhaps my children have sinned, having cursed God in their hearts.”(H) This was Job’s regular practice.

Satan’s First Test of Job

One day the sons of God(I) came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came with them. The Lord asked Satan, “Where have you come from?”

“From roaming through the earth,”(J) Satan answered him, “and walking around on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity,(K) who fears God and turns away from evil.”(L)

Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Haven’t you placed a hedge around(M) him, his household, and everything he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike(N) everything he owns, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

12 “Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “everything he owns is in your power. However, do not lay a hand on Job himself.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.

13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and reported: “While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys grazing nearby, 15 the Sabeans(O) swooped down and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

16 He was still speaking when another messenger came and reported: “God’s fire fell from heaven.(P) It burned the sheep and the servants and devoured them, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

17 That messenger was still speaking when yet another came and reported: “The Chaldeans formed three bands, made a raid on the camels, and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

18 He was still speaking when another messenger came and reported: “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house. 19 Suddenly a powerful wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on the young people so that they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

20 Then Job stood up, tore(Q) his robe, and shaved(R) his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, 21 saying:

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,(S)
and naked I will leave this life.[c](T)
The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.(U)

22 Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame God for anything.[d](V)

Satan’s Second Test of Job

One day the sons of God(W) came again to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before the Lord. The Lord asked Satan, “Where have you come from?”

“From roaming through the earth,” Satan answered him, “and walking around on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity,(X) who fears God and turns away from evil.(Y) He still retains his integrity, even though you incited me against him, to destroy him for no good reason.”

“Skin for skin!” Satan answered the Lord. “A man will give up everything he owns in exchange for his life. But stretch out your hand and strike(Z) his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

“Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “he is in your power; only spare his life.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence and infected Job with terrible boils from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.(AA) Then Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself while he sat among the ashes.(AB)

His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 “You speak as a foolish woman speaks,” he told her. “Should we accept only good from God and not adversity?” Throughout all this Job did not sin in what he said.[e]

Job’s Three Friends

11 Now when Job’s three friends—Eliphaz the Temanite,(AC) Bildad the Shuhite,(AD) and Zophar the Naamathite—heard about all this adversity that had happened to him, each of them came from his home. They met together to go and sympathize with him and comfort(AE) him. 12 When they looked from a distance, they could barely recognize him. They wept aloud,(AF) and each man tore his robe and threw dust into the air and on his head.(AG) 13 Then they sat on the ground with him seven days and nights,(AH) but no one spoke a word to him because they saw that his suffering(AI) was very intense.

Job’s Opening Speech

After this, Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born. He said:

May the day I was born perish,
and the night that said,
“A boy is conceived.”(AJ)
If only that day had turned to darkness!
May God above not care about it,
or light shine on it.
May darkness and gloom(AK) reclaim it,
and a cloud settle over it.
May what darkens the day terrify it.
If only darkness had taken that night away!
May it not appear[f] among the days of the year
or be listed in the calendar.[g]
Yes, may that night be barren;
may no joyful shout(AL) be heard in it.
Let those who curse days
condemn(AM) it,
those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.(AN)
May its morning stars grow dark.
May it wait for daylight but have none;
may it not see the breaking[h] of dawn.
10 For that night did not shut
the doors of my mother’s womb,
and hide sorrow from my eyes.

11 Why was I not stillborn;
why didn’t I die as I came from the womb?(AO)
12 Why did the knees receive me,
and why were there breasts for me to nurse?(AP)
13 Now I would certainly be lying down in peace;
I would be asleep.(AQ)
Then I would be at rest(AR)
14 with the kings and counselors(AS) of the earth,
who rebuilt ruined cities for themselves,
15 or with princes who had gold,
who filled their houses(AT) with silver.
16 Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child,(AU)
like infants who never see daylight?
17 There the wicked(AV) cease to make trouble,
and there the weary find rest.
18 The captives are completely at rest;(AW)
they do not hear a taskmaster’s voice.(AX)
19 Both small and great are there,
and the slave is set free from his master.(AY)

20 Why is light given to one burdened with grief,
and life to those whose existence is bitter,(AZ)
21 who wait for death,(BA) but it does not come,
and search for it more than for hidden treasure,
22 who are filled with much joy
and are glad when they reach the grave?(BB)
23 Why is life given to a man whose path is hidden,(BC)
whom God has hedged in?
24 I sigh when food(BD) is put before me,[i]
and my groans pour out like water.(BE)
25 For the thing I feared has overtaken me,
and what I dreaded has happened to me.(BF)
26 I cannot relax or be calm;
I have no rest,(BG) for turmoil has come.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:5 Lit for the number of
  2. 1:6 Or the adversary
  3. 1:21 Lit will return there; Ps 139:13,15
  4. 1:22 Lit or ascribe blame to God
  5. 2:10 Lit sin with his lips
  6. 3:6 LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rejoice
  7. 3:6 Lit or enter the number of months
  8. 3:9 Lit the eyelids
  9. 3:24 Or My sighing serves as my food

Cross references:

  1. 1:1 : Jr 25:20; Lm 4:21
  2. 1:1 : Ezk 14:14,20; Jms 5:11
  3. 1:1 : Jb 2:3; 8:20; 9:20-22
  4. 1:1 : Jb 28:28; Pr 3:7
  5. 1:2 : Jb 42:13
  6. 1:3 : Jb 42:12
  7. 1:3 : 1Kg 4:30; Is 11:14; Jr 49:28; Ezk 25:4,10
  8. 1:5 : Jb 42:8
  9. 1:6 : Gn 6:2,4; Jb 2:1; 38:7
  10. 1:7 : 1Pt 5:8
  11. 1:8 : Ps 25:21; Pr 29:10
  12. 1:8 : Jb 28:28; Pr 3:7; 13:19; 14:16; 16:6,17
  13. 1:10 : Ps 34:7
  14. 1:11 : Jb 2:5; 4:5; 5:19
  15. 1:15 : Gn 10:7; Jb 6:19; Is 45:14
  16. 1:16 : Gn 19:24; 1Kg 18:38; 2Kg 1:10-14
  17. 1:20 : Gn 37:29,34; Jos 7:6; Jb 2:12
  18. 1:20 : Jr 7:29; Ezk 7:18; Mc 1:16
  19. 1:21 : Jb 3:10-11; 10:17-18; Jr 20:17-18
  20. 1:21 : Ps 139:13,15
  21. 1:21 : Jb 38:1; Ps 113:2; 118:26
  22. 1:22 : Jb 2:10
  23. 2:1 : Gn 6:2,4; Jb 1:6; 38:7
  24. 2:3 : Jb 6:29
  25. 2:3 : Jb 1:1,8; 28:28; Pr 3:7
  26. 2:5 : Jb 1:11; 4:5; 19:21
  27. 2:7 : Dt 28:27,35
  28. 2:8 : 2Sm 13:19; Jb 42:6
  29. 2:11 : Gn 36:34; 1Ch 1:45; Jb 42:9
  30. 2:11 : Gn 25:2; Jb 8:1; 18:1
  31. 2:11 : Jb 42:11; Ps 69:20; Jr 16:5
  32. 2:12 : Jdg 21:2; Ru 1:9,14; 2Sm 13:36
  33. 2:12 : Jos 7:6; Lm 2:10; Ezk 27:30
  34. 2:13 : Gn 50:10; Ezk 3:15; 45:21
  35. 2:13 : Gn 34:5; Jb 16:6; Ps 39:2
  36. 3:3 : Jb 5:7; Pr 23:25; Is 7:14
  37. 3:5 : Jb 10:21-22; 12:22; 28:3
  38. 3:7 : Jb 20:5; Ps 63:5
  39. 3:8 : Nm 22:11,17; Jb 5:3; Pr 11:26
  40. 3:8 : Jb 41; Ps 74:14; 104:26
  41. 3:10-11 : Jb 1:21; 10:17-18; Jr 20:17-18
  42. 3:12 : Sg 8:1; Is 66:12; Jl 2:16
  43. 3:13 : Ps 13:3; Jr 51:39,57; Mt 8:24
  44. 3:13 : Jb 17:16; Dn 12:13; Rv 14:13
  45. 3:14 : Is 14:9; Jr 51:57; Ezk 32:29
  46. 3:15 : Jb 17:13; 30:23; Ec 12:5
  47. 3:16 : Nm 12:12; Ps 58:8; Ec 6:3
  48. 3:17 : Jb 9:22; 11:20; 18:5
  49. 3:18 : Pr 1:33; Jr 30:10; 46:27
  50. 3:18 : Ex 3:7; 5:10,13-14; Jb 39:7
  51. 3:19 : Jb 9:22; Ec 9:2-3; Is 14:9-10
  52. 3:20 : Jb 23:2; Ps 71:20; Lm 1:4
  53. 3:21 : 1Kg 19:4; Jb 7:15; Jnh 4:3
  54. 3:22 : Jb 5:26; 10:19; 17:1
  55. 3:23 : Jb 19:8; Lm 3:9; Hs 2:6
  56. 3:24 : Jb 6:7; 33:20; Ps 102:4
  57. 3:24 : Ps 6:6; 22:1,14; 32:3
  58. 3:25 : Jb 9:28; 13:11; 30:15
  59. 3:26 : Jb 30:17; Pr 25:2; Ec 2:23
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1 Corinthians 14:1-17

Prophecy: A Superior Gift

14 Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and especially that you may prophesy. For the person who speaks in another tongue[a](A) is not speaking to people but to God, since no one understands him; he speaks mysteries in the Spirit.[b] On the other hand, the person who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening,[c] encouragement, and consolation. The person who speaks in another tongue builds himself up, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. I wish all of you spoke in other tongues,[d] but even more that you prophesied. The person who prophesies is greater than the person who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets so that the church may be built up.

So now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in other tongues, how will I benefit you unless I speak to you with a revelation(B) or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? Even lifeless instruments that produce sounds—whether flute or harp(C)—if they don’t make a distinction in the notes, how will what is played on the flute or harp be recognized? In fact, if the bugle makes an unclear sound, who will prepare for battle?(D) In the same way, unless you use your tongue for intelligible speech, how will what is spoken be known? For you will be speaking into the air. 10 There are doubtless many different kinds of languages in the world, none is without meaning. 11 Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner[e] to the speaker, and the speaker will be a foreigner to me. 12 So also you—since you are zealous(E) for spiritual gifts,[f](F) seek to excel in building up the church.

13 Therefore the person who speaks in another tongue should pray that he can interpret. 14 For if I pray in another tongue, my spirit(G) prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.(H) 15 What then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with my understanding. I will sing praise with the spirit, and I will also sing praise with my understanding. 16 Otherwise, if you praise with the spirit,[g] how will the outsider[h] say “Amen”(I) at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you may very well be giving thanks, but the other person is not being built up.

Footnotes:

  1. 14:2 language, also in vv. 4,13,14,19,26,27
  2. 14:2 Or in spirit, or in his spirit
  3. 14:3 Lit building up
  4. 14:5 languages, also in vv. 6,18,21,22,23,39
  5. 14:11 Gk barbaros, or barbarian
  6. 14:12 Lit zealous of spirits
  7. 14:16 Or praise by the Spirit
  8. 14:16 Lit the one filling the place of the uninformed
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Psalm 37:12-29

12 The wicked person schemes against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him.(A)
13 The Lord laughs at him(B)
because he sees that his day is coming.(C)

14 The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the[a] bow
to bring down the poor and needy
and to slaughter those whose way is upright.(D)
15 Their swords will enter their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.(E)

16 The little that the righteous person has is better
than the abundance of many wicked people.(F)
17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken,(G)
but the Lord supports the righteous.(H)

18 The Lord watches over the blameless all their days,
and their inheritance will last forever.(I)
19 They will not be disgraced in times of adversity;
they will be satisfied in days of hunger.(J)

20 But the wicked will perish;
the Lord’s enemies, like the glory of the pastures,
will fade away—
they will fade away like smoke.(K)

21 The wicked person borrows and does not repay,
but the righteous one is gracious and giving.(L)
22 Those who are blessed by the Lord will inherit the land,
but those cursed by him will be destroyed.(M)

23 A person’s steps are established by the Lord,
and he takes pleasure in his way.(N)
24 Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed,
because the Lord supports him with his hand.(O)

25 I have been young and now I am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned
or his children begging for bread.(P)
26 He is always generous, always lending,
and his children are a blessing.(Q)

27 Turn away from evil, do what is good,
and settle permanently.(R)
28 For the Lord loves justice
and will not abandon his faithful ones.(S)
They are kept safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.(T)
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it permanently.(U)

Footnotes:

  1. 37:14 Lit their
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Proverbs 21:25-26

25 A slacker’s craving will kill him
because his hands refuse to work.(A)
26 He is filled with craving[a] all day long,
but the righteous give and don’t hold back.(B)

Footnotes:

  1. 21:26 Lit He craves a craving
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08/20/2019 DAB Transcript

Esther 8:1-10:3, 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13, Psalms 37:1-11, Proverbs 21:23-24

Today is the 20th day of August. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and of course every day is…well…is a wonderful day to come around the global campfire together and just allow God’s word to speak to us, give ourselves permission for a few moments of serenity and focus, knowing that whatever is happening, it’ll have its space and time for us to deal with. Right now, we’re here together and we’ll be concluding the book of Esther. So, we started Esther a couple days ago and we’ll reach the conclusion of that story today before moving into our reading from first Corinthians. So, we’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. Esther chapters 8 through 10.

Commentary:

Okay. So, today we finished the book of Esther. Obviously, the story of Esther is incredibly dramatic, and it really comes at a welcome time after we’ve moved to so much genealogical record and just how…how profoundly the exiles affected the story. So, coming into Esther is like a breath of fresh air. So, I always enjoy reaching this point and actually all the points come next. So, it’s good to be here. But especially interesting thing about the book of Esther, the Greek Septuagint, which is a very early translation of the Bible from Hebrew into Greek has some additional versus, additional things in it than some of the original Hebrew manuscripts or the Latin Vulgate. Unless we think like we’re talking like…like recent translations, these are translations are way…like a thousand years older than the King James translation, so like way back. And, so, it’s really interesting. I’ve read the additions to Esther. And, so, when we’re reading like through Esther in the Bible now, we find Mordechai, you know, going to the Queen and saying, “for such a time as this” basically. And she knows that she has to risk her life. And, so, her attendants, they’re going to fast and pray and she instructs Mordechai to get people together to fast and pray, right? And, so some of these additions to Esther are those prayers, what they were praying for. So, if that’s fascinating to you, that kind of stuff is fascinating to me. I have read the additions to Esther. Like I’ve read that complete version of Esther, including the additions to Esther as well as some of the other apocryphal books and those are available in the Daily Audio Bible shop. Having completed that project. That was a long project. But I’ve read some of them. And, so, it’s a lot of historical information between the Old and New Testaments and stuff like that. So, if that’s intriguing to you, those are available in the Daily Audio Bible Shop and the additions to Esther are there as well.

So, we concluded Esther and we haven’t concluded first Corinthians, but we’ve definitely gotten to the heart of this letter and we’ve reached one of the…like one of the most famous well-known pieces of Scripture in the whole Bible is first Corinthians chapter 13, right, the love chapter. So, a lot…you know…we’re mostly aware of this and many of you can quote this whole chapter but we don’t usually…and this is the funny thing about famous passages of Scripture. We know the passage, whether it’s one verse or even if it’s a whole chapter but we don’t know where it’s sitting, right, the context of where it’s sitting. So, what about this love chapter? What is the context? So, when we were reading first Corinthians yesterday Paul’s discussing spiritual gifts, and he shows like how everybody has a unique place and together all of our gifts make a whole, like a mosaic, like we’re all a piece of a greater whole, but together we make a whole. And he used our physicality, our human body as an example. Like, we have many parts to our bodies. Some of them you can see, some of them you can’t see, but all the different parts of the body are important to making up the whole body. And that’s how it is with what we call the body of Christ. We collectively, together on this earth are disciples of Jesus and we each are uniquely gifted, we’re each uniquely placed somewhere on this earth, and we each have full, complete permission to be exactly who we were created to be. In fact, that’s the point. We have to become who we were created to be in order for this body to be whole, in order for this body to thrive, right? So, that’s when Paul’s like, “I can’t say to the ear, I don’t need you or I can’t say to the foot…”, like it’s all needed for the body to thrive. And, so, a finger can’t say to a toe, “I don’t need you”. A finger actually needs to fully be a finger in order for the body to thrive. So, Paul’s showing us we’re all unique. We all need to be who we are. We all need each other. And because there are gifts in the mix they’re all needed. That’s what Paul’s discussing today - apostles and prophets, teachers, people who could work a miracle, people who could work with the gift of healing, people who are helpful, who are administrative, who are leaders, those who can speak in unknown languages. Paul’s basically saying, “look…we look at each other’s giftings and we wish we had those giftings things but can all of us have all of these things?” And, of course, that’s no. We can’t all be all of those things, but there is one thing that all of those gifting’s require, one thing that ties it all together, one thing that makes many separate things a whole -  love which is how we get to the love chapter. Paul says, “desire the greater gifts”, right? So, yes, desire and press into these gifting’s but I will show you an even better way. That’s what launches us into, “if I speak with the tongues of men of angels”. Like, that’s what gets us to the love chapter. And as we get into love chapter, right, he’s naming all these gifts…” if I speak with the tongues of men of angels, if I have the gift of prophecy, if I understand mysteries and knowledge, if I have faith that can even move mountains, if I give away everything I have, if I even give over my body, if I don’t have love, then these gifts have no purpose and they are not animated. Without love all of these gifting’s are nothing, right? Now, when you sit with that for second you understand the context of the love chapter then you realize, yeah, the love chapter stands on its own, but its context is incredibly disruptive because we’re chasing giftings, we’re like really trying to worship gifting’s. We’re being jealous and envious of each other’s gifting’s when what Paul is saying, yeah these are gifts. Nobody’s earned these gifts. They were bestowed. Everyone has gifts. Every gift is necessary to make up the whole body. We are all in this together whether we like it or not. We are part of the same whole.” But when we’re running around trying to worship the gifting or to perfect the gifting or get the gifting to get us attention or get us something and we don’t have love, then it’s empty. There’s nothing to it. Love is the thing that makes the gift work. Okay. So, then understanding that now we understand why Paul is trying to create a definition of what love looks like because nothing else will work without it. That’s when we get to the very famous part of this chapter. “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, love is not boastful. Love is not arrogant. Love is not rude. Love is not self-seeking. Love is not irritable, and it does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. So, what Paul’s doing here is defining the characteristics of love certainly, but if you have a gifting and you do not have love, as defined here, then it doesn’t mean anything, right? So, if you are a great teacher, but you are boastful and arrogant and rude and self-seeking, then your gift does not matter, right? If you are a great manager, if you are a great administrator, like if you are a great strategic planner, but you aren’t patient and you are kind and you are envious, well then it just doesn’t matter, you’re only after what you can get. Like, you’re using your gifting for your own exaltation. It’s like a banging gong or a clanging cymbal according to the Scriptures. And Paul, after he defines this, he goes on. He’s like, “listen, all of these gifts everybody’s so enamored with. Like oh your gift is better than my gift or your gift is more prominent or more visible than my gift, all those things are all going away. All that we have right now is partial. We are moving toward the whole. The whole is coming and when the whole comes, like when we become fully whole then all the things that are in part will go away. So, like, don’t put all your stock in all of your gifting’s and all of your notoriety. Put it all in love because love is the only common denominator that’s going to go through all of this. All the other stuff will pass away.” In fact, Paul says, “look, in the end three things will be left standing - faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.

Prayer:

Father that…that takes us through some complex territory to get to something very fundamental and easy to understand because we understand love. We can’t explain love, but we can’t live without love and we know what love is. And, so, when we know when we are experiencing love, we know when we are giving love and we know when love is absent. And so often, we’re just not paying attention, we’re trying to develop our gifting’s, we’re trying to get somewhere, we’re trying to get somewhere even for You. We’re trying to use our gifting’s to build Your kingdom and not focusing on the question, “am I doing this in love? Like, is love the thing that’s animating this motivation?” So, help us to know Lord. If it’s not, then it’s going nowhere. It never could. We’re trying to push a boulder up a mountain if we don’t have love. So, come Holy Spirit, we invite You into that. How are we loving? That is what we will be known by, that is what our Savior Jesus said, “we will be known by our love” and now we’re seeing the apostle Paul say, “without it, nothing means anything and everything that we’re chasing is going to pass away anyway except love and faith and hope.” And, so we invite You into that today. What have we been chasing and not doing it in love at all? Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday August 20, 2019 (NIV)

Esther 8-10

Esther Intervenes for the Jews

That same day King Ahasuerus awarded Queen Esther the estate(A) of Haman, the enemy of the Jews.(B) Mordecai entered the king’s presence because Esther had revealed her relationship to Mordecai.(C) The king removed his signet ring he had recovered from Haman(D) and gave it to Mordecai, and Esther put him in charge of Haman’s estate.

Then Esther addressed the king again.(E) She fell at his feet, wept, and begged(F) him to revoke the evil of Haman the Agagite(G) and his plot he had devised against the Jews.(H) The king extended the gold scepter(I) toward Esther, so she got up and stood before the king.

She said, “If it pleases the king and I have found favor before him, if the matter seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes,(J) let a royal edict be written. Let it revoke the documents the scheming Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces.(K) For how could I bear to see the disaster that would come on my people?(L) How could I bear to see the destruction of my relatives?” (M)

King Ahasuerus said to Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, “Look, I have given Haman’s estate to Esther,(N) and he was hanged on the gallows because he attacked[a] the Jews.(O) Write in the king’s name whatever pleases you(P) concerning the Jews, and seal it with the royal signet ring.(Q) A document written in the king’s name and sealed with the royal signet ring cannot be revoked.”(R)

On the twenty-third day of the third month(S)—that is, the month Sivan—the royal scribes were summoned. Everything was written exactly as Mordecai(T) commanded for the Jews, to the satraps,(U) the governors, and the officials of the 127 provinces from India to Cush.(V) The edict was written for each province in its own script, for each ethnic group in its own language,(W) and to the Jews in their own script and language.

10 Mordecai wrote in King Ahasuerus’s name and sealed the edicts with the royal signet ring. He sent the documents by mounted couriers,(X) who rode fast horses(Y) bred in the royal stables.

11 The king’s edict gave the Jews in each and every city the right to assemble and defend themselves, to destroy, kill, and annihilate every ethnic and provincial army hostile to them, including women and children, and to take their possessions as spoils of war.(Z) 12 This would take place on a single day throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month Adar.(AA)

13 A copy of the text, issued as law throughout every province, was distributed to all the peoples(AB) so the Jews could be ready to avenge themselves against their enemies on that day. 14 The couriers rode out in haste on their royal horses at the king’s urgent command. The law was also issued in the fortress of Susa.(AC)

15 Mordecai went from the king’s presence clothed in royal purple and white, with a great gold crown and a purple robe of fine linen.(AD) The city of Susa shouted and rejoiced,(AE) 16 and the Jews celebrated[b] with gladness, joy, and honor.(AF) 17 In every province and every city, wherever the king’s command and his law reached, joy and rejoicing took place among the Jews. There was a celebration and a holiday.[c](AG) And many of the ethnic groups of the land professed themselves to be Jews because fear of the Jews(AH) had overcome them.

Victories of the Jews

The king’s command and law(AI) went into effect on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month,(AJ) the month Adar. On the day when the Jews’ enemies(AK) had hoped to overpower them, just the opposite happened. The Jews overpowered those who hated them.(AL) In each of King Ahasuerus’s provinces(AM) the Jews assembled in their cities to attack those who intended to harm them.[d] Not a single person could withstand them; fear of them(AN) fell on every nationality.(AO)

All the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and the royal civil administrators[e](AP) aided the Jews because they feared Mordecai.(AQ) For Mordecai exercised great power in the palace,(AR) and his fame spread throughout the provinces as he became more and more powerful.(AS)

The Jews put all their enemies to the sword, killing and destroying them.(AT) They did what they pleased to those who hated them. In the fortress of Susa(AU) the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men, including Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vaizatha. 10 They killed these ten sons(AV) of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews.(AW) However, they did not seize[f] any plunder.(AX)

11 On that day the number of people killed in the fortress of Susa was reported to the king. 12 The king said to Queen Esther, “In the fortress of Susa the Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men, including Haman’s ten sons. What have they done in the rest of the royal provinces? Whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you seek will also be done.”(AY)

13 Esther answered, “If it pleases the king, may the Jews who are in Susa also have tomorrow(AZ) to carry out today’s law,(BA) and may the bodies of Haman’s ten sons(BB) be hung on the gallows.”(BC) 14 The king gave the orders for this to be done, so a law was announced in Susa, and they hung the bodies of Haman’s ten sons. 15 The Jews in Susa assembled again on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar(BD) and killed three hundred men in Susa, but they did not seize any plunder.(BE)

16 The rest of the Jews in the royal provinces assembled, defended themselves, and gained relief from their enemies. They killed seventy-five thousand[g] of those who hated them,(BF) but they did not seize any plunder. 17 They fought on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar and rested on the fourteenth, and it became a day of feasting and rejoicing.

18 But the Jews in Susa had assembled on the thirteenth and the fourteenth days of the month. They rested on the fifteenth day of the month, and it became a day of feasting and rejoicing.(BG) 19 This explains why the rural Jews who live in villages observe the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a time of rejoicing and feasting. It is a holiday when they send gifts to one another.(BH)

20 Mordecai(BI) recorded these events and sent letters to all the Jews in all of King Ahasuerus’s provinces, both near and far. 21 He ordered(BJ) them to celebrate the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar every year 22 because during those days the Jews gained relief from(BK) their enemies. That was the month when their sorrow was turned into rejoicing and their mourning into a holiday.(BL) They were to be days of feasting,(BM) rejoicing, and of sending gifts to one another and to the poor.

23 So the Jews agreed to continue the practice they had begun, as Mordecai had written them to do. 24 For Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews,(BN) had plotted against the Jews to destroy them. He cast the Pur—that is, the lot—to crush and destroy them.(BO) 25 But when the matter was brought before the king,(BP) he commanded by letter that the evil plan Haman had devised against the Jews return on his own head(BQ) and that he should be hanged with his sons on the gallows.(BR) 26 For this reason these days are called Purim, from the word Pur.(BS) Because of all the instructions in this letter as well as what they had witnessed and what had happened to them, 27 the Jews bound themselves, their descendants, and all who joined(BT) with them to a commitment that they would not fail to celebrate these two days each and every year according to the written instructions and according to the time appointed. 28 These days are remembered and celebrated by every generation, family, province, and city, so that these days of Purim will not lose their significance in Jewish life[h] and their memory will not fade from their descendants.(BU)

29 Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail,(BV) along with Mordecai the Jew,(BW) wrote this second letter with full authority(BX) to confirm the letter about Purim. 30 He sent letters with assurances of peace and security[i] to all the Jews who were in the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, 31 in order to confirm these days of Purim at their proper time just as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had established them and just as they had committed themselves and their descendants to the practices of fasting(BY) and lamentation.(BZ) 32 So Esther’s command confirmed these customs of Purim, which were then written into the record.

Mordecai’s Fame

10 King Ahasuerus imposed a tax throughout the land(CA) even to the farthest shores.[j](CB) All of his powerful and magnificent accomplishments(CC) and the detailed account of Mordecai’s great rank with which the king had honored him,(CD) have they not been written in the Book of the Historical Events of the Kings of Media and Persia?(CE) Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus.(CF) He was famous among the Jews and highly esteemed by many of his relatives.(CG) He continued to pursue prosperity for his people and to speak for the well-being of all his descendants.(CH)

Footnotes:

  1. 8:7 Lit stretched out his hand against
  2. 8:16 Lit had light
  3. 8:17 Lit good day
  4. 9:2 Lit cities to send out a hand against the seekers of their evil
  5. 9:3 Lit and those who do the king’s work; Est 3:9
  6. 9:10 Lit not put their hands on, also in vv. 15,16
  7. 9:16 Some LXX mss read 10,107; other LXX mss read 15,000
  8. 9:28 LXX reads will be celebrated into all times
  9. 9:30 Or of peace and faithfulness
  10. 10:1 Or imposed forced labor on the land and the coasts of the sea

Cross references:

  1. 8:1 : Est 3:9; 5:11
  2. 8:1 : Est 3:10; 7:6
  3. 8:1 : Est 2:7,10
  4. 8:2 : Est 3:10,12
  5. 8:3 : Est 7:3-4,6
  6. 8:3 : Est 7:7
  7. 8:3 : Ex 17:8-16; Est 3:1
  8. 8:3 : Est 3:5-6,8-15
  9. 8:4 : Est 4:11; 5:2
  10. 8:5 : Est 2:17; 5:8; 7:3
  11. 8:5 : Est 3:13-14
  12. 8:6 : Est 4:13-14; 7:3-4
  13. 8:6 : Est 3:13
  14. 8:7 : Est 3:9; 5:11; 8:1; Pr 13:22
  15. 8:7 : Est 7:9-10
  16. 8:8 : Est 3:11
  17. 8:8 : Est 3:10,12; 8:2; Hg 2:23
  18. 8:8 : Est 1:19; Dn 6:8,12
  19. 8:9 : Est 3:7,12
  20. 8:9 : Est 3:12
  21. 8:9 : Ezr 8:36
  22. 8:9 : Est 1:1; 3:13; 9:30
  23. 8:9 : Neh 13:24; Est 1:22; 3:12
  24. 8:10 : Est 3:12-13
  25. 8:10 : 1Kg 4:26,28
  26. 8:11 : Est 3:13; 9:10
  27. 8:12 : Est 3:7
  28. 8:13 : Est 3:14
  29. 8:14 : Est 3:15
  30. 8:15 : Gn 41:42; Est 5:11; Dn 5:29
  31. 8:15 : Est 3:15
  32. 8:16 : Ezr 4:1-3; Ps 97:11
  33. 8:17 : Est 4:3
  34. 8:17 : Dt 11:25; Est 9:3
  35. 9:1 : Est 8:7-8,10
  36. 9:1 : Est 3:7; 8:12
  37. 9:1 : Est 3:10; 7:6; 8:1
  38. 9:1 : 2Sm 22:41; Est 3:5
  39. 9:2 : Est 1:1; 8:9; 9:30
  40. 9:2 : Est 8:17
  41. 9:2 : Est 3:12,14; 8:13,17
  42. 9:3 : Est 3:12; 8:9
  43. 9:3 : Est 8:17
  44. 9:4 : Est 10:2-3
  45. 9:4 : 2Sm 3:1; 1Ch 11:9
  46. 9:5 : Est 3:13
  47. 9:6 : Est 1:2; 3:15; 8:14
  48. 9:10 : Est 5:11
  49. 9:10 : Est 3:10; 7:6; 8:1
  50. 9:10 : Est 3:13; 8:11
  51. 9:12 : Est 5:6; 7:2; 8:8
  52. 9:13 : Est 8:12; 9:1
  53. 9:13 : Est 8:11
  54. 9:13 : Est 5:11
  55. 9:13 : Est 7:9-10
  56. 9:15 : Est 9:1
  57. 9:15 : Est 8:11
  58. 9:16 : Lv 26:7-8; Est 9:5
  59. 9:18 : Est 8:16-17
  60. 9:19 : Neh 8:10,12; Est 9:22
  61. 9:20 : Est 8:15
  62. 9:21 : Est 8:15; 9:3-4
  63. 9:22 : Est 4:14
  64. 9:22 : Ps 30:11
  65. 9:22 : Est 8:17
  66. 9:24 : Est 3:1,10; 7:6
  67. 9:24 : Est 3:6-7
  68. 9:25 : Est 7:3-6
  69. 9:25 : Ps 7:16
  70. 9:25 : Est 5:14; 7:9-10; 9:13-14
  71. 9:26 : Est 3:7
  72. 9:27 : Est 8:17; Is 56:3,6; Zch 2:11
  73. 9:28 : Jos 4:6-7; 1Co 11:24-25
  74. 9:29 : Est 2:7,15
  75. 9:29 : Est 3:4-6; 5:13
  76. 9:29 : Est 8:8; Dn 6:8
  77. 9:31 : Est 4:16
  78. 9:31 : Est 4:1-3
  79. 10:1 : Est 1:1; 8:9
  80. 10:1 : Is 11:11; 24:15
  81. 10:2 : Est 1:4
  82. 10:2 : Est 8:15
  83. 10:2 : Est 2:23; 6:1-2
  84. 10:3 : Gn 41:40-43; 2Ch 28:7; Est 8:15; Dn 5:7
  85. 10:3 : Est 8:16-17
  86. 10:3 : Neh 2:10
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1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13

27 Now you are the body of Christ,(A) and individual members of it. 28 And God has appointed these in the church:(B) first apostles, second prophets, third teachers,(C) next miracles,(D) then gifts of healing,(E) helping, administrating, various kinds of tongues.[a] 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all do miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in other tongues? Do all interpret?(F) 31 But desire(G) the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.

Love: The Superior Way

13 If I speak human or angelic tongues[b] but do not have love,(H) I am a noisy gong(I) or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy(J) and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains(K) but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give over my body in order to boast[c] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient,(L) love is kind. Love does not envy,(M) is not boastful, is not arrogant,(N) is not rude, is not self-seeking,(O) is not irritable,(P) and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.(Q) It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures(R) all things.

Love never ends.(S) But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. 12 For now we see only a reflection[d] as in a mirror, but then face to face.(T) Now I know in part, but then I will know fully,(U) as I am fully known.(V) 13 Now these three remain: faith, hope,(W) and love—but the greatest of these is love.

Footnotes:

  1. 12:28 languages, also in v. 30
  2. 13:1 languages, also in v. 8
  3. 13:3 Other mss read body to be burned
  4. 13:12 Lit we see indirectly
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Psalm 37:1-11

Psalm 37

Instruction in Wisdom

Of David.

Do not be agitated by evildoers;
do not envy those who do wrong.(A)
For they wither quickly like grass
and wilt like tender green plants.(B)

Trust in the Lord and do what is good;(C)
dwell in the land and live securely.[a](D)
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.(E)

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act,(F)
making your righteousness shine like the dawn,
your justice like the noonday.(G)

Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him;(H)
do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way,
by the person who carries out evil plans.(I)

Refrain from anger and give up your rage;
do not be agitated—it can only bring harm.(J)
For evildoers will be destroyed,
but those who put their hope in the Lord
will inherit the land.(K)

10 A little while, and the wicked person will be no more;
though you look for him, he will not be there.(L)
11 But the humble will inherit the land(M)
and will enjoy abundant prosperity.(N)

Footnotes:

  1. 37:3 Or and cultivate faithfulness, or and befriend faithfulness
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Proverbs 21:23-24

23 The one who guards his mouth and tongue
keeps himself out of trouble.(A)

24 The arrogant and proud person, named “Mocker,”
acts with excessive arrogance.(B)

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08/19/2019 DAB Transcript

Esther 4:1-7:10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-26, Psalms 36:1-12, Proverbs 21:21-22

Today is the 19th day of August. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s my pleasure, it is a true joy to be here around the global campfire with you as we enter a new workweek. And as we enter this new workweek, we will continue the journey that we began yesterday through the book, known as Esther, which is certainly highly drama…a highly drama filled book with a lot of intrigue and very high stakes. So, let’s pick up where we left off. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. Today, Esther chapters 4 through 7.

Commentary:

Okay. So, obviously the book of Esther is a pretty dramatic book, a very dramatic story and a bunch of tension was very, very present in our reading today. Haman devised a plan to destroy the Jewish people throughout the entire Persian kingdom. He got the king to go along with it. Nobody knew that the Queen Esther was a Jewess and then this law is passed instructing the enemies of the Jews to destroy and pillage them, which was to happen on a specific day. And, so, obviously when the news arrived throughout the kingdom the Jews were horrified, and the people were confused. And, so Mordechai put sackcloth and ashes on, he sends word to Esther and he pleads for her to go into the king and plead on behalf of the people and he tells her you may have been made Queen for just such a time as this. Of course, we know that the drama just increases, right? So, Haman’s gonna kill Mordechai on a gallows he has built, but instead the king has an honor Haman and realizes like he’s about to have a downfall and then he goes to this banquet with Queen Esther and boom, that’s the end of Haman. That’s not the end of the story. We’ll get to the end of the story tomorrow.

And in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he’s answering a question about spiritual gifts and he’s basically saying, “look, there are many kinds of spiritual gifts, but there is only one spirit to give these spiritual gifts out and this one Spirit is the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit gives out these gifts as He sees fit”, right? So, he outlines the different gifts like wisdom or special knowledge or great faith or healing or miracles or prophecy or discernment or speaking in unknown languages and also the interpretation of unknown languages. He bestows these gifts and they are given to be used to serve the greater whole, which is the body. And then he describes the body of Christ as we know it in terms of a human body, right? There’s many parts in our bodies and no part can really say to any other part, I don’t need you because that’s not true. Every part is needed. And, so, the eye can’t say to the ear, “I don’t need you” or the head can’t look at the feet and say, “I don’t need you” and like the ear can’t look at the eye and say, “well I guess I’m not a part of the body because I’m not an eye.” Every part makes up a whole. The head is Christ and everything that we can do is given by the Spirit. So, it’s clear enough and it’s certainly famous enough that we should probably have this down pat by now, but we don’t because all we have to do is look around and see that were not living like this is described. Paul’s giving us permission to be exactly who we were created to be. We are already irreplaceable. There is great freedom in this. We don’t have to compare our gifting, we don’t have to look at our status in God’s kingdom as if that could be known. We are who we were created to be. We’re supposed to be who we are, ourselves, rather than wishing that we were living somebody else’s life. And so, as we move into this day and further into this week let’s live into that. Like, just…just try it today, right? Like just try, knowing that you have full permission from God to be yourself and you don’t have to look at anybody else and what they’re doing and what they’re gifting’s are to try to find out how well you are doing. It’s an incorrect comparison. They’re telling a different story than you are. You have your story to tell. You are an irreplaceable part of the body of Christ. So, whenever you feel like envy at somebody’s gifting’s, remember that you…you have a unique gift and you’re needed, and God is the source of all our giftings and all of it matters because it all makes up a whole. We’re all needed.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite You into that because it’s a struggle. We’re constantly looking at someone else with envy, wishing we could have what they have or to be able to do what they do or we’re looking at them and just condemning ourselves for not measuring up and it just leads us into all kinds of dark places for no reason. We are Your child. We are Your son or daughter. That…that’s really all there is to say, because after that it’s all downhill. And, so, we are already at the top here. We are Your child and You have allowed us to live upon this earth and reveal Your kingdom as only we can and yet we’re spending so much time trying to be somebody else or trying so hard to change circumstances. And, yeah, circumstances may need to be changed, we may have dug a pit. But every day that we would be true and every day that we would be ourselves and every day that we would follow Your Spirits guidance would be a step in the right direction. So, help us take that next right step today. We ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday August 19, 2019 (NIV)

Esther 4-7

Mordecai Appeals to Esther

When Mordecai learned all that had occurred,(A) he tore his clothes,(B) put on sackcloth and ashes,(C) went into the middle of the city, and cried loudly and bitterly.(D) He went only as far as the King’s Gate,(E) since the law prohibited anyone wearing sackcloth from entering the King’s Gate. There was great mourning among the Jewish people in every province where the king’s command and edict(F) came. They fasted, wept, and lamented, and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.(G)

Esther’s female servants and her eunuchs came and reported the news to her, and the queen was overcome with fear.(H) She sent clothes for Mordecai to wear so that he would take off his sackcloth, but he did not accept them. Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs who attended her, and dispatched him to Mordecai to learn what he was doing and why.[a] So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the city square in front of the King’s Gate. Mordecai told him everything that had happened as well as the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay the royal treasury for the slaughter of the Jews.(I)

Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa ordering their destruction, so that Hathach might show it to Esther, explain it to her, and command her to approach the king, implore his favor, and plead with him personally for her people.(J) Hathach came and repeated Mordecai’s response to Esther.

10 Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to tell Mordecai, 11 “All the royal officials and the people of the royal provinces know that one law applies to every man or woman who approaches the king in the inner courtyard(K) and who has not been summoned—the death penalty—(L) unless the king extends the gold scepter, allowing that person to live.(M) I have not been summoned to appear before the king(N) for the last[b] thirty days.” 12 Esther’s response was reported to Mordecai.

13 Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, “Don’t think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the king’s palace. 14 If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place,(O) but you and your father’s family will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”(P)

15 Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days,(Q) night or day. I and my female servants will also fast(R) in the same way. After that, I will go to the king even if it is against the law.(S) If I perish, I perish.”(T) 17 So Mordecai went and did everything Esther had commanded him.

Esther Approaches the King

On the third day,(U) Esther dressed in her royal clothing and stood in the inner courtyard(V) of the palace facing it. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the royal courtroom,[c] facing its entrance. As soon as the king saw Queen Esther standing in the courtyard, she gained favor in his eyes. The king extended the gold scepter in his hand toward Esther, and she approached and touched the tip of the scepter.(W)

“What is it, Queen Esther?” the king asked her. “Whatever you want, even to half the kingdom, will be given to you.”(X)

“If it pleases the king,” Esther replied, “may the king and Haman come today to the banquet(Y) I have prepared for them.”

The king said, “Hurry, and get Haman so we can do as Esther has requested.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared.

While drinking the[d] wine,(Z) the king asked Esther, “Whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you want, even to half the kingdom, will be done.”

Esther answered, “This is my petition and my request: If I have found favor in the eyes of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and perform my request,(AA) may the king and Haman come to the banquet I will prepare for them.(AB) Tomorrow I will do what the king has asked.”

That day Haman left full of joy and in good spirits.[e](AC) But when Haman saw Mordecai at the King’s Gate, and Mordecai didn’t rise or tremble in fear at his presence, Haman was filled with rage toward Mordecai.(AD) 10 Yet Haman controlled himself and went home. He sent for his friends and his wife Zeresh(AE) to join him. 11 Then Haman described for them his glorious wealth and his many sons. He told them all how the king had honored him and promoted him in rank over the other officials and the royal staff.(AF) 12 “What’s more,” Haman added, “Queen Esther invited no one but me to join the king at the banquet she had prepared. I am invited again tomorrow to join her with the king. 13 Still, none of this satisfies me since I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the King’s Gate all the time.”

14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends told him, “Have them build a gallows seventy-five feet[f] tall.(AG) Ask the king in the morning to hang Mordecai on it. Then go to the banquet with the king and enjoy yourself.” The advice pleased Haman, so he had the gallows constructed.(AH)

Mordecai Honored by the King

That night sleep escaped(AI) the king, so he ordered the book recording daily events to be brought and read to the king. They found the written report of how Mordecai had informed on Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who guarded the entrance, when they planned to assassinate King Ahasuerus.(AJ) The king inquired, “What honor and special recognition have been given to Mordecai for this act?” (AK)

The king’s personal attendants replied, “Nothing has been done for him.”

The king asked, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman was just entering the outer court of the palace to ask the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows he had prepared for him.(AL)

The king’s attendants answered him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.”

“Have him enter,” the king ordered. Haman entered, and the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king wants to honor?” (AM)

Haman thought to himself, “Who is it the king would want to honor more than me?” Haman told the king, “For the man the king wants to honor: Have them bring a royal garment that the king himself has worn(AN) and a horse the king himself has ridden,(AO) which has a royal crown on its head. Put the garment and the horse under the charge of one of the king’s most noble officials.(AP) Have them clothe the man the king wants to honor, parade him on the horse through the city square, and proclaim before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king wants to honor.’”

10 The king told Haman, “Hurry, and do just as you proposed. Take a garment and a horse for Mordecai the Jew,(AQ) who is sitting at the King’s Gate. Do not leave out anything you have suggested.”

11 So Haman took the garment and the horse. He clothed Mordecai and paraded him through the city square, crying out before him, “This is what is done for the man the king wants to honor.”

12 Then Mordecai returned to the King’s Gate,(AR) but Haman hurried off for home, mournful and with his head covered.(AS) 13 Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends(AT) everything that had happened. His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai is Jewish, and you have begun to fall before him, you won’t overcome him, because your downfall is certain.”(AU) 14 While they were still speaking with him, the king’s eunuchs(AV) arrived and rushed Haman to the banquet Esther had prepared.(AW)

Haman Is Executed

The king and Haman came to feast[g](AX) with Esther the queen. Once again, on the second day while drinking wine,(AY) the king asked Esther, “Queen Esther, whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you seek, even to half the kingdom, will be done.”(AZ)

Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor in your eyes, Your Majesty, and if the king is pleased,(BA) spare my life; this is my request. And spare my people; this is my desire.(BB) For my people and I have been sold(BC) to destruction, death, and extermination.(BD) If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves,(BE) I would have kept silent. Indeed, the trouble wouldn’t be worth burdening the king.”

King Ahasuerus spoke up and asked Queen Esther, “Who is this, and where is the one who would devise such a scheme?” [h](BF)

Esther answered, “The adversary and enemy(BG) is this evil Haman.”

Haman stood terrified(BH) before the king and queen. The king arose in anger(BI) and went from where they were drinking wine to the palace garden.[i](BJ) Haman remained to beg Queen Esther for his life because he realized the king was planning something terrible for him.(BK) Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall,[j] Haman was falling on the couch(BL) where Esther was reclining. The king exclaimed, “Would he actually violate the queen while I am in the house?” As soon as the statement left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.(BM)

Harbona, one of the king’s eunuchs,(BN) said: “There is a gallows seventy-five feet[k] tall at Haman’s house that he made for Mordecai,(BO) who gave the report that saved[l] the king.”(BP)

The king said, “Hang him on it.”

10 They hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.(BQ) Then the king’s anger subsided.(BR)

Footnotes:

  1. 4:5 Lit what is this and why is this
  2. 4:11 Lit king these
  3. 5:1 Lit house
  4. 5:6 Lit During the banquet of
  5. 5:9 Lit left rejoicing and good of heart
  6. 5:14 Lit 50 cubits
  7. 7:1 Lit drink
  8. 7:5 Lit who would fill his heart to do this
  9. 7:7 Lit the garden of the house, also in v. 8
  10. 7:8 Or the house of wine
  11. 7:9 Lit 50 cubits
  12. 7:9 Lit who spoke good for
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1 Corinthians 12:1-26

Diversity of Spiritual Gifts

12 Now concerning spiritual gifts:[a] brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be unaware. You know that when you were pagans, you used to be enticed and led astray by mute(A) idols.(B) Therefore I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

Now there are different gifts,(C) but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person(D) for the common good: to one(E) is given a message of wisdom(F) through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing(G) by the one Spirit, 10 to another, the performing of miracles,(H) to another, prophecy,(I) to another, distinguishing between spirits,(J) to another, different kinds of tongues,[b] to another, interpretation of tongues. 11 One and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as he wills.

Unity Yet Diversity in the Body

12 For just as the body is one(K) and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ.(L) 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all given one Spirit to drink.(M) 14 Indeed, the body is not one part but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God has arranged each one of the parts in the body just as he wanted.(N) 19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable. 23 And those parts of the body that we consider less honorable,(O) we clothe these with greater honor, and our unrespectable parts are treated with greater respect, 24 which our respectable parts do not need.

Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25 so that there would be no division(P) in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. 26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Footnotes:

  1. 12:1 Or spiritual things, or spiritual people
  2. 12:10 languages
  3. 12:13 Or with, or in
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Psalm 36

Psalm 36

Human Wickedness and God’s Love

For the choir director. Of David, the Lord’s servant.

An oracle within my heart
concerning the transgression of the wicked person:
Dread of God has no effect on him.[a](A)
For with his flattering opinion of himself,
he does not discover and hate his iniquity.(B)
The words from his mouth are malicious and deceptive;(C)
he has stopped acting wisely and doing good.(D)
Even on his bed he makes malicious plans.(E)
He sets himself on a path that is not good,
and he does not reject evil.(F)

Lord, your faithful love reaches to heaven,
your faithfulness to the clouds.(G)
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your judgments like the deepest sea.(H)
Lord, you preserve people and animals.(I)
How priceless your faithful love is, God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.(J)
They are filled from the abundance of your house.
You let them drink from your refreshing stream.(K)
For the wellspring of life is with you.(L)
By means of your light we see light.(M)

10 Spread your faithful love over those who know you,
and your righteousness over the upright in heart.(N)
11 Do not let the foot of the arrogant come near me
or the hand of the wicked drive me away.(O)
12 There! The evildoers have fallen.
They have been thrown down and cannot rise.(P)

Footnotes:

  1. 36:1 Lit There is no dread of God in front of his eyes
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Proverbs 21:21-22

21 The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love
will find life, righteousness, and honor.(A)

22 A wise person went up against a city of warriors
and brought down its secure fortress.(B)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday August 18, 2019 (NIV)

Esther 1-3

Vashti Angers the King

These events took place during the days of Ahasuerus,(A) who ruled 127 provinces(B) from India to Cush. In those days King Ahasuerus reigned from his royal throne(C) in the fortress at Susa.(D) He held a feast(E) in the third year of his reign for all his officials and staff, the army of Persia and Media,(F) the nobles,(G) and the officials from the provinces. He displayed the glorious wealth of his kingdom and the magnificent splendor of his greatness(H) for a total of 180 days.

At the end of this time, the king held a week-long banquet(I) in the garden courtyard(J) of the royal palace(K) for all the people, from the greatest to the least,(L) who were present in the fortress of Susa.(M) White and violet linen hangings were fastened with fine white and purple linen cords to silver rods on marble[a] columns. Gold and silver couches(N) were arranged on a mosaic pavement of red feldspar,[b] marble, mother-of-pearl, and precious stones.

Drinks were served in an array of gold goblets,(O) each with a different design. Royal wine flowed freely, according to the king’s bounty.(P) The drinking was according to royal decree: “There are no restrictions.” The king had ordered every wine steward in his household to serve whatever each person wanted. Queen Vashti also gave a feast for the women of King Ahasuerus’s palace.

10 On the seventh day, when the king was feeling good from the wine,(Q) Ahasuerus commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona,(R) Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carkas—the seven eunuchs(S) who personally served him— 11 to bring Queen Vashti before him with her royal crown. He wanted to show off her beauty to the people and the officials, because she was very beautiful.(T) 12 But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command that was delivered by his eunuchs. The king became furious and his anger burned within him.(U)

The King’s Decree

13 The king consulted the wise men(V) who understood the times,[c](W) for it was his normal procedure to confer with experts in law and justice. 14 The most trusted ones[d] were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan. They were the seven officials(X) of Persia and Media(Y) who had personal access to the king(Z) and occupied the highest positions in the kingdom.(AA) 15 The king asked, “According to the law, what should be done with Queen Vashti, since she refused to obey King Ahasuerus’s command that was delivered by the eunuchs?”

16 Memucan said in the presence of the king and his officials, “Queen Vashti has wronged not only the king, but all the officials and the peoples who are in every one of King Ahasuerus’s provinces.(AB) 17 For the queen’s action will become public knowledge to all the women and cause them to despise their husbands and say, ‘King Ahasuerus ordered Queen Vashti brought before him, but she did not come.’ 18 Before this day is over, the noble women of Persia and Media who hear about the queen’s act will say the same thing to all the king’s officials, resulting in more contempt and fury.

19 “If it meets the king’s approval, he should personally issue a royal decree. Let it be recorded in the laws of Persia and Media, so that it cannot be revoked:(AC) Vashti is not to enter King Ahasuerus’s presence, and her royal position is to be given to another woman who is more worthy than she.(AD) 20 The decree the king issues will be heard throughout his vast kingdom,(AE) so all women will honor their husbands,(AF) from the greatest to the least.”(AG)

21 The king and his counselors approved the proposal, and he followed Memucan’s advice. 22 He sent letters to all the royal provinces, to each province in its own script and to each ethnic group in its own language,(AH) that every man should be master of his own house and speak in the language of his own people.

The Search for a New Queen

Some time later,(AI) when King Ahasuerus’s rage(AJ) had cooled down, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what was decided against her.(AK) The king’s personal attendants suggested, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king.(AL) Let the king appoint commissioners(AM) in each province of his kingdom, so that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to the harem at the fortress of Susa.(AN) Put them under the supervision of Hegai, the king’s eunuch,(AO) keeper of the women,(AP) and give them the required beauty treatments. Then the young woman who pleases the king(AQ) will become queen instead of Vashti.”(AR) This suggestion pleased the king, and he did accordingly.

In the fortress of Susa, there was a Jewish man named Mordecai(AS) son of Jair, son of Shimei,(AT) son of Kish,(AU) a Benjaminite. He had been taken into exile from Jerusalem with the other captives when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took King Jeconiah of Judah into exile.(AV) Mordecai was the legal guardian of his cousin[e] Hadassah (that is, Esther), because she had no father or mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was extremely good-looking. When her father and mother died, Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter.(AW)

When the king’s command and edict became public knowledge and when many young women were gathered at the fortress of Susa under Hegai’s supervision, Esther was taken to the palace, into the supervision of Hegai, keeper of the women. The young woman pleased him and gained his favor so that he accelerated the process of the beauty treatments and the special diet that she received. He assigned seven hand-picked female servants to her from the palace and transferred her and her servants to the harem’s best quarters.

10 Esther did not reveal her ethnicity or her family background, because Mordecai had ordered her not to make them known. 11 Every day Mordecai took a walk in front of the harem’s courtyard to learn how Esther was doing and to see what was happening to her.

12 During the year before each young woman’s turn to go to King Ahasuerus, the harem regulation required her to receive beauty treatments with oil of myrrh for six months and then with perfumes and cosmetics for another six months. 13 When the young woman would go to the king, she was given whatever she requested to take with her from the harem to the palace. 14 She would go in the evening, and in the morning she would return to a second harem under the supervision of the king’s eunuch Shaashgaz, keeper of the concubines.(AX) She never went to the king again, unless he desired her and summoned her by name.(AY)

Esther Becomes Queen

15 Esther was the daughter of Abihail,(AZ) the uncle of Mordecai who had adopted her as his own daughter. When her turn came to go to the king, she did not ask for anything except what Hegai, the king’s eunuch, keeper of the women, suggested. Esther gained favor in the eyes of everyone who saw her.(BA)

16 She was taken to King Ahasuerus in the palace in the tenth month, the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.(BB) 17 The king loved Esther more than all the other women. She won more favor and approval from him than did any of the other virgins. He placed the royal crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti.(BC) 18 The king held a great banquet for all his officials and staff.(BD) It was Esther’s banquet. He freed his provinces from tax payments and gave gifts worthy of the king’s bounty.(BE)

Mordecai Saves the King

19 When the virgins(BF) were gathered a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the King’s Gate.(BG) 20 (Esther had not revealed her family background or her ethnicity, as Mordecai had directed. She obeyed Mordecai’s orders, as she always had while he raised her.)

21 During those days while Mordecai was sitting at the King’s Gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs(BH) who guarded the entrance, became infuriated and planned to assassinate[f] King Ahasuerus. 22 When Mordecai learned of the plot, he reported it to Queen Esther, and she told the king on Mordecai’s behalf.(BI) 23 When the report was investigated and verified, both men were hanged on the gallows.(BJ) This event was recorded in the Historical Record in the king’s presence.

Haman’s Plan to Kill the Jews

After all this took place, King Ahasuerus honored Haman, son of Hammedatha the Agagite.(BK) He promoted him in rank and gave him a higher position than all the other officials.(BL) The entire royal staff at the King’s Gate(BM) bowed down and paid homage to Haman, because the king had commanded this to be done for him. But Mordecai would not bow down or pay homage.(BN) The members of the royal staff at the King’s Gate asked Mordecai, “Why are you disobeying the king’s command?” When they had warned him day after day(BO) and he still would not listen to them, they told Haman in order to see if Mordecai’s actions would be tolerated, since he had told them he was a Jew.

When Haman saw that Mordecai was not bowing down or paying him homage, he was filled with rage.(BP) And when he learned of Mordecai’s ethnic identity, it seemed repugnant to Haman to do away with[g] Mordecai alone. He planned to destroy all of Mordecai’s people, the Jews,(BQ) throughout Ahasuerus’s kingdom.(BR)

In the first month, the month of Nisan, in King Ahasuerus’s twelfth year,(BS) the Pur—that is, the lot—was cast before Haman for each day in each month, and it fell on the twelfth month,(BT) the month Adar.(BU) Then Haman informed King Ahasuerus, “There is one ethnic group, scattered throughout the peoples in every province of your kingdom,(BV) keeping themselves separate. Their laws are different from everyone else’s and they do not obey the king’s laws.(BW) It is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them.(BX) If the king approves, let an order be drawn up authorizing their destruction, and I will pay 375 tons of silver to[h] the officials for deposit in the royal treasury.”(BY)

10 The king removed his signet ring(BZ) from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jewish people.(CA) 11 Then the king told Haman, “The money and people are given to you to do with as you see fit.”

12 The royal scribes were summoned(CB) on the thirteenth day of the first month, and the order was written exactly as Haman commanded. It was intended for the royal satraps,(CC) the governors of each of the provinces, and the officials of each ethnic group and written for each province in its own script and to each ethnic group in its own language.(CD) It was written in the name of King Ahasuerus(CE) and sealed with the royal signet ring.(CF) 13 Letters were sent by couriers(CG) to each of the royal provinces telling the officials to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the Jewish people—young and old, women and children—and plunder their possessions on a single day,(CH) the thirteenth day of Adar, the twelfth month.[i]

14 A copy of the text, issued as law throughout every province, was distributed to all the peoples so that they might get ready for that day. 15 The couriers left, spurred on by royal command, and the law was issued in the fortress of Susa.(CI) The king and Haman sat down to drink, while the city of Susa was in confusion.(CJ)

Footnotes:

  1. 1:6 Or alabaster
  2. 1:6 Or of porphyry
  3. 1:13 Or understood propitious times
  4. 1:14 Lit Those near him
  5. 2:7 Lit uncle’s daughter
  6. 2:21 Lit and they sought to stretch out a hand against
  7. 3:6 Lit to stretch out a hand against
  8. 3:9 Lit will weigh 10,000 silver talents on the hands of
  9. 3:13 LXX adds the text of Ahasuerus’s letter here.

Cross references:

  1. 1:1 : Ezr 4:6; Dn 9:1
  2. 1:1 : Est 8:9; 9:30
  3. 1:2 : 1Kg 1:46
  4. 1:2 : Ezr 4:9; Neh 1:1; Dn 8:2
  5. 1:3 : Gn 40:20; 1Kg 3:15; Est 2:18
  6. 1:3 : Dn 5:28
  7. 1:3 : Est 6:9; Dn 1:3
  8. 1:4 : Dn 4:28-30
  9. 1:5 : Est 2:18
  10. 1:5 : 2Kg 21:18; Est 7:7-8
  11. 1:5 : Est 2:8
  12. 1:5 : Est 1:20
  13. 1:5 : Ezr 4:9
  14. 1:6 : Est 7:8; Ezk 23:41; Am 6:4
  15. 1:7 : Dn 5:1-3
  16. 1:7 : Est 2:18
  17. 1:10 : 2Sm 13:28
  18. 1:10 : Est 7:9
  19. 1:10 : 2Kg 20:18; Est 2:21; 6:14; Mt 19:12
  20. 1:11 : Est 2:7
  21. 1:12 : Est 7:7; Pr 19:12
  22. 1:13 : Jr 10:7; Dn 2:2,12; Mt 2:1
  23. 1:13 : 1Ch 12:32
  24. 1:14 : Ezr 7:14
  25. 1:14 : Dn 5:28
  26. 1:14 : 2Kg 25:19
  27. 1:14 : Dn 2:48-49
  28. 1:16 : Est 1:1,3,5; 9:30
  29. 1:19 : Est 8:8; Dn 6:8,15
  30. 1:19 : Est 2:2,4,17
  31. 1:20 : Est 1:1; 8:9
  32. 1:20 : Est 1:10-12; Eph 5:22,24,33; Col 3:18; 1Tm 2:12; 1Pt 3:1
  33. 1:20 : Est 1:5
  34. 1:22 : Neh 13:24; Est 3:12; 8:9
  35. 2:1 : Est 1:3,10
  36. 2:1 : Est 1:12; 7:10
  37. 2:1 : Est 1:10-12,16-21
  38. 2:2 : 1Kg 1:2
  39. 2:3 : Gn 41:34
  40. 2:3 : Neh 1:1; Est 1:1; Dn 8:2
  41. 2:3 : Est 1:10
  42. 2:3 : Est 2:8-9,12-13
  43. 2:4 : Est 2:17
  44. 2:4 : Est 1:19
  45. 2:5 : Ezr 2:2; Est 2:15; 3:2
  46. 2:5 : 2Sm 6:5-13
  47. 2:5 : 1Sm 9:1
  48. 2:6 : 2Kg 24:10-15; 2Ch 36:10; Jr 24:1; 29:1-2
  49. 2:7 : Est 9:29
  50. 2:14 : 1Kg 11:3; Dn 5:2
  51. 2:14 : Est 4:11
  52. 2:15 : Est 9:29
  53. 2:15 : Est 5:2,8
  54. 2:16 : Est 1:2
  55. 2:17 : Est 1:10-11; 2:4
  56. 2:18 : Est 1:3
  57. 2:18 : Est 1:7
  58. 2:19 : Est 2:12-14
  59. 2:19 : Est 5:13
  60. 2:21 : Est 1:10,12; 2:3,14
  61. 2:22 : Est 6:2-3
  62. 2:23 : Gn 40:19,22; Est 5:14; 7:9-10
  63. 3:1 : Ex 17:8-16; 1Sm 15:20
  64. 3:1 : Est 1:3,21; 2:18
  65. 3:2 : Est 2:19,21
  66. 3:2 : Est 5:9
  67. 3:4 : Gn 39:10
  68. 3:5 : Est 1:12; 2:21; 7:7; Dn 3:19
  69. 3:6 : Est 6:10
  70. 3:6 : Est 9:24; Ps 83:2-4
  71. 3:7 : Est 1:2; 2:16
  72. 3:7 : Est 9:24-28
  73. 3:7 : Ezr 6:15
  74. 3:8 : Est 1:1; 8:11,17; 9:2
  75. 3:8 : Jr 29:7; Ac 16:20-21
  76. 3:8 : Ezr 4:12-15
  77. 3:9 : Est 4:7
  78. 3:10 : Gn 41:42; Est 8:2,8,10; Hg 2:23
  79. 3:10 : Est 7:6; 9:10
  80. 3:12 : Est 8:9
  81. 3:12 : Ezr 8:36
  82. 3:12 : Est 1:22; 8:9
  83. 3:12 : 1Kg 21:8
  84. 3:12 : Est 8:10
  85. 3:13 : 2Ch 30:6; Est 8:14
  86. 3:13 : Est 8:11-13; 9:10
  87. 3:14-15 : Est 8:13-14
  88. 3:15 : Est 7:1; 8:15
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1 Corinthians 11:17-34

The Lord’s Supper

17 Now in giving this instruction I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For to begin with, I hear that when you come together as a church there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 Indeed, it is necessary that there be factions(A) among you, so that those who are approved may be recognized among you. 20 When you come together, then, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.(B) 21 For at the meal, each one eats his own supper.[a] So one person is hungry while another gets drunk! 22 Don’t you have homes in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I do not praise you in this matter!

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you:(C) On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, broke it, and said,[b] “This is my body, which is[c] for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”(D)

25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, and said, “This cup is the new covenant(E) in my blood.(F) Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death(G) until he comes.(H)

Self-Examination

27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sin against the body[d] and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself; in this way let him eat the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body,[e] eats and drinks judgment(I) on himself. 30 This is why many are sick and ill among you, and many have fallen asleep.(J) 31 If we were properly judging ourselves, we would not be judged, 32 but when we are judged(K) by the Lord, we are disciplined, so that we may not be condemned(L) with the world.

33 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, welcome one another.[f] 34 If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you gather together you will not come under judgment. I will give instructions about the other matters whenever I come.(M)

Footnotes:

  1. 11:21 Or eats his own supper ahead of others
  2. 11:24 Other mss add “Take, eat.
  3. 11:24 Other mss add broken
  4. 11:27 Lit be guilty of the body
  5. 11:29 Other mss read drinks unworthily, not discerning the Lord’s body
  6. 11:33 Or wait for one another
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Psalm 35:17-28

17 Lord, how long will you look on?(A)
Rescue me from their ravages;
rescue my precious life from the young lions.(B)
18 I will praise you in the great assembly;
I will exalt you among many people.(C)
19 Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me;
do not let those who hate me without cause(D)
wink at me maliciously.(E)
20 For they do not speak in friendly ways,
but contrive fraudulent schemes[a]
against those who live peacefully in the land.(F)
21 They open their mouths wide against me and say,
“Aha, aha! We saw it!” [b](G)

22 You saw it, Lord; do not be silent.
Lord, do not be far from me.(H)
23 Wake up and rise to my defense,
to my cause, my God and my Lord!(I)
24 Vindicate me, Lord my God,
in keeping with your righteousness,
and do not let them rejoice over me.(J)
25 Do not let them say in their hearts,
“Aha! Just what we wanted.”
Do not let them say,
“We have swallowed him up!” (K)
26 Let those who rejoice at my misfortune
be disgraced and humiliated;
let those who exalt themselves over me
be clothed with shame and reproach.(L)

27 Let those who want my vindication
shout for joy and be glad;
let them continually say,
“The Lord be exalted.
He takes pleasure in his servant’s well-being.”(M)
28 And my tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
your praise all day long.(N)

Footnotes:

  1. 35:20 Lit but devise fraudulent words
  2. 35:21 Lit Our eyes saw!
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Proverbs 21:19-20

19 Better to live in a wilderness
than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife.(A)

20 Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of a wise person,
but a fool consumes them.[a](B)

Footnotes:

  1. 21:20 Lit it
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