The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday December 17, 2016 (NIV)

Nahum 1-3

The oracle concerning Nineveh.(A) The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

God’s Vengeance

The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance
and is fierce in[a] wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance against His foes;
He is furious with His enemies.(B)
The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will never leave the guilty unpunished.(C)
His path is in the whirlwind and storm,
and clouds are the dust beneath His feet.
He rebukes the sea so that it dries up,
and He makes all the rivers run dry.(D)
Bashan and Carmel wither;(E)
even the flower of Lebanon withers.
The mountains quake before Him,
and the hills melt;
the earth trembles[b][c] at His presence—
the world and all who live in it.(F)
Who can withstand His indignation?
Who can endure His burning anger?(G)
His wrath is poured out like fire,
even rocks are shattered before Him.

Destruction of Nineveh

The Lord is good,
a stronghold in a day of distress;
He cares for those who take refuge(H) in Him.
But He will completely destroy Nineveh[d]
with an overwhelming flood,(I)
and He will chase His enemies into darkness.

Whatever you[e] plot against the Lord,
He will bring it to complete destruction;(J)
oppression will not rise up a second time.
10 For they will be consumed
like entangled thorns,(K)
like the drink of a drunkard
and like straw that is fully dry.[f]
11 One has gone out from you,[g]
who plots evil against Yahweh,
and is a wicked counselor.

Promise of Judah’s Deliverance

12 This is what the Lord says:

Though they are strong[h] and numerous,
they will still be mowed down,
and he[i] will pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,[j](L)
I will afflict you no longer.(M)
13 For I will now break off his yoke from you
and tear off your shackles.

The Assyrian King’s Demise

14 The Lord has issued an order concerning you:

There will be no offspring
to carry on your name.[k](N)
I will eliminate the carved idol and cast image
from the house of your gods;(O)
I will prepare your grave,
for you are contemptible.

15 [l]Look to the mountains—
the feet of one bringing good news(P)
and proclaiming peace!
Celebrate your festivals, Judah;
fulfill your vows.
For the wicked one will never again
march through you;
he will be entirely wiped out.

Attack against Nineveh

One who scatters is coming up against you.
Man the fortifications!
Watch the road!
Brace[m] yourself!
Summon all your strength!(Q)

For the Lord will restore the majesty of Jacob,
yes,[n] the majesty of Israel,
though ravagers have ravaged them
and ruined their vine branches.(R)

The shields of his[o] warriors are dyed red;
the valiant men are dressed in scarlet.(S)
The fittings of the chariot flash like fire
on the day of its battle preparations,
and the spears are brandished.
The chariots dash madly through the streets;
they rush around in the plazas.
They look like torches;
they dart back and forth like lightning.
He gives orders to his officers;
they stumble as they advance.
They race to its wall;
the protective shield is set in place.
The river gates are opened,
and the palace erodes away.(T)

Beauty[p] is stripped,[q]
she is carried away;
her ladies-in-waiting moan
like the sound of doves,(U)
and beat their breasts.
Nineveh has been like a pool of water
from her first days,[r]
but they are fleeing.
“Stop! Stop!” they cry,
but no one turns back.
“Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!”
There is no end to the treasure,
an abundance of every precious thing.(V)
10 Desolation, decimation, devastation!
Hearts melt,(W)
knees tremble,
loins shake,
every face grows pale!(X)

11 Where is the lions’ lair,(Y)
or the feeding ground of the young lions,
where the lion and lioness prowled,
and the lion’s cub,
with nothing to frighten them away?(Z)
12 The lion mauled whatever its cubs needed
and strangled prey for its lionesses.
It filled up its dens with the kill,
and its lairs with mauled prey.(AA)
13 Beware, I am against you.(AB)
This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
I will make your chariots go up in smoke[s]
and the sword will devour your young lions.
I will cut off your prey from the earth,
and the sound of your messengers
will never be heard again.

Nineveh’s Downfall

Woe to the city of blood,(AC)
totally deceitful,
full of plunder,
never without prey.(AD)
The crack of the whip
and rumble of the wheel,
galloping horse
and jolting chariot!(AE)
Charging horseman,
flashing sword,
shining spear;
heaps of slain,
mounds of corpses,
dead bodies without end(AF)
they stumble over their dead.
Because of the continual prostitution of the prostitute,
the attractive mistress of sorcery,
who betrays nations by her prostitution
and clans by her witchcraft,(AG)
I am against you.(AH)
This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
I will lift your skirts over your face
and display your nakedness to nations,
your shame to kingdoms.(AI)
I will throw filth on you
and treat you with contempt;
I will make a spectacle of you.
Then all who see you will recoil from you, saying,
“Nineveh is devastated;
who will show sympathy to her?”
Where can I find anyone to comfort you?

Are you better than Thebes[t](AJ)
that sat along the Nile
with water surrounding her,
whose rampart was the sea,
the river[u][v] her wall?
Cush and Egypt were her endless source of strength;
Put and Libya were among her[w] allies.
10 Yet she became an exile;
she went into captivity.
Her children were also dashed to pieces(AK)
at the head of every street.
They cast lots for her dignitaries,(AL)
and all her nobles were bound in chains.
11 You[x] also will become drunk;
you will hide yourself.[y]
You also will seek refuge from the enemy.

12 All your fortresses are fig trees
with figs that ripened first;
when shaken, they fall—
right into the mouth of the eater!

13 Look, your troops are like women among you;
the gates of your land
are wide open to your enemies.
Fire will devour the bars of your gates.

14 Draw water for the siege;
strengthen your fortresses.
Step into the clay and tread the mortar;
take hold of the brick-mold!
15 The fire will devour you there;
the sword will cut you down.
It will devour you like the young locust.(AM)
Multiply yourselves like the young locust,
multiply like the swarming locust!
16 You have made your merchants(AN)
more numerous than the stars of the sky.
The young locust strips[z] the land
and flies away.
17 Your court officials are like the swarming locust,
and your scribes like clouds of locusts,
which settle on the walls on a cold day;
when the sun rises, they take off,
and no one knows where they are.

18 King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber;
your officers sleep.
Your people are scattered across the mountains
with no one to gather them together.(AO)
19 There is no remedy for your injury;
your wound is severe.(AP)
All who hear the news about you
will clap their hands because of you,
for who has not experienced
your constant cruelty?


  1. Nahum 1:2 Lit is a master of
  2. Nahum 1:5 Some emend to earth is laid waste
  3. Nahum 1:5 Lit lifts
  4. Nahum 1:8 Lit her place
  5. Nahum 1:9 = Nineveh
  6. Nahum 1:10 Hb obscure
  7. Nahum 1:11 Possibly Nineveh
  8. Nahum 1:12 Lit intact
  9. Nahum 1:12 Either the king of Assyria or his army
  10. Nahum 1:12 = Judah
  11. Nahum 1:14 Lit It will not be sown from your name any longer
  12. Nahum 1:15 Nah 2:1 in Hb
  13. Nahum 2:1 Lit Strengthen
  14. Nahum 2:2 Or like
  15. Nahum 2:3 = the army commander attacking Nineveh
  16. Nahum 2:7 Text emended; MT reads Huzzab
  17. Nahum 2:7 Hb obscure
  18. Nahum 2:8 Hb obscure
  19. Nahum 2:13 Lit will burn her chariots in smoke
  20. Nahum 3:8 Or No-amon
  21. Nahum 3:8 LXX, Syr, Vg read water
  22. Nahum 3:8 Lit sea from sea
  23. Nahum 3:9 Lit your
  24. Nahum 3:11 = Nineveh
  25. Nahum 3:11 Or will be overcome
  26. Nahum 3:16 Or sheds [its skin]

Revelation 8

The Seventh Seal

When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand in the presence of God; seven trumpets were given to them. Another angel, with a gold incense burner, came and stood at the altar. He was given a large amount of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the gold altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up in the presence of God from the angel’s hand. The angel took the incense burner, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it to the earth; there were rumblings of thunder, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

The First Trumpet

The first angel[a] blew his trumpet, and hail and fire, mixed with blood, were hurled to the earth. So a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

The Second Trumpet

The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain ablaze with fire was hurled into the sea.(A) So a third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

The Third Trumpet

10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from heaven.(B) It fell on a third of the rivers and springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood, and a third of the waters became wormwood. So, many of the people died from the waters, because they had been made bitter.

The Fourth Trumpet

12 The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day was without light, and the night as well.(C)

13 I looked again and heard an eagle[b] flying high overhead, crying out in a loud voice, “Woe!(D) Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth, because of the remaining trumpet blasts that the three angels are about to sound!”


  1. Revelation 8:7 Other mss include angel
  2. Revelation 8:13 Other mss read angel

Psalm 136

Psalm 136

God’s Love Is Eternal

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.(A)
His love is eternal.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love is eternal.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords.(B)
His love is eternal.
He alone does great wonders.(C)
His love is eternal.
He made the heavens skillfully.(D)
His love is eternal.
He spread the land on the waters.(E)
His love is eternal.
He made the great lights:(F)
His love is eternal.
the sun to rule by day,
His love is eternal.
the moon and stars to rule by night.(G)
His love is eternal.
10 He struck the firstborn of the Egyptians(H)
His love is eternal.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love is eternal.
12 with a strong hand and outstretched arm.(I)
His love is eternal.
13 He divided the Red Sea(J)
His love is eternal.
14 and led Israel through,(K)
His love is eternal.
15 but hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea.(L)
His love is eternal.
16 He led His people in the wilderness.(M)
His love is eternal.
17 He struck down great kings
His love is eternal.
18 and slaughtered famous kings—
His love is eternal.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love is eternal.
20 and Og king of Bashan—
His love is eternal.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love is eternal.
22 an inheritance to Israel His servant.(N)
His love is eternal.
23 He remembered us in our humiliation(O)
His love is eternal.
24 and rescued us from our foes.(P)
His love is eternal.
25 He gives food to every creature.(Q)
His love is eternal.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven!(R)
His love is eternal.

Proverbs 30:7-9

Two things I ask of You;
don’t deny them to me before I die:
Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me.
Give me neither poverty nor wealth;
feed me with the food I need.(A)
Otherwise, I might have too much(B)
and deny You,(C) saying, “Who is the Lord?”(D)
or I might have nothing and steal,(E)
profaning[a] the name of my God.(F)


  1. Proverbs 30:9 Lit grabbing