The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday February 13, 2017 (NIV)

Exodus 35:10-36:38

10 “Let all the skilled craftsmen[a] among you come and make everything that the Lord has commanded:(A) 11 the tabernacle—its tent and covering, its clasps and planks, its crossbars, its posts and bases; 12 the ark with its poles, the mercy seat, and the veil for the screen; 13 the table with its poles, all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; 14 the lampstand for light with its utensils and lamps as well as the oil for the light; 15 the altar of incense with its poles; the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; the entryway screen for the entrance to the tabernacle; 16 the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grate, its poles, and all its utensils; the basin with its stand; 17 the hangings of the courtyard, its posts and bases, and the screen for the gate of the courtyard; 18 the tent pegs for the tabernacle and the tent pegs for the courtyard, along with their ropes; 19 and the specially woven[b] garments for ministering in the sanctuary—the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons to serve as priests.”(B)

20 Then the entire Israelite community left Moses’ presence. 21 Everyone whose heart was moved and whose spirit prompted him came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its services, and for the holy garments.(C) 22 Both men and women came; all who had willing hearts brought brooches, earrings, rings, necklaces, and all kinds of gold jewelry—everyone who waved a presentation offering of gold to the Lord. 23 Everyone who had in his possession blue, purple, or scarlet yarn,(D) fine linen or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or manatee skins,[c] brought them. 24 Everyone making an offering of silver or bronze brought it as a contribution to the Lord. Everyone who possessed acacia wood useful for any task in the work brought it. 25 Every skilled[d] woman(E) spun yarn with her hands and brought it: blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and fine linen. 26 And all the women whose hearts were moved spun the goat hair by virtue of their skill. 27 The leaders(F) brought onyx and gemstones to mount on the ephod and breastpiece, 28 as well as the spice(G) and oil for the light, for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense. 29 So the Israelites brought a freewill offering to the Lord, all the men and women whose hearts prompted them to bring something for all the work that the Lord, through Moses, had commanded to be done.(H)

Bezalel and Oholiab

30 Moses(I) then said to the Israelites: “Look, the Lord has appointed by name Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 31 He has filled him with God’s Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every kind of craft 32 to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, 33 to cut gemstones for mounting, and to carve wood for work in every kind of artistic craft. 34 He has also given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. 35 He has filled them with skill[e] to do all the work(J) of a gem cutter; a designer; an embroiderer in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen; and a weaver. They can do every kind of craft and design artistic designs. 36 Bezalel, Oholiab, and all the skilled[f] people are to work based on everything the Lord has commanded. The Lord has given them wisdom and understanding to know how to do all the work of constructing the sanctuary.”(K)

So Moses summoned Bezalel, Oholiab, and every skilled[g] person in whose heart the Lord had placed wisdom, everyone whose heart moved him,(L) to come to the work and do it. They took from Moses’ presence all the contributions that the Israelites had brought for the task of making the sanctuary. Meanwhile, the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning.

Then all the craftsmen who were doing all the work for the sanctuary came one by one from the work they were doing and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than is needed(M) for the construction of the work the Lord commanded to be done.”

After Moses gave an order, they sent a proclamation throughout the camp: “Let no man or woman make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” So the people stopped. The materials were sufficient for them to do all the work. There was more than enough.

Building the Tabernacle

All(N) the skilled craftsmen[h] among those doing the work made the tabernacle with 10 curtains. Bezalel made them of finely spun linen, as well as blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, with a design of cherubim worked into them. The length of each curtain was 42 feet,[i] and the width of each curtain six feet;[j] all the curtains had the same measurements. 10 He joined five of the curtains to each other, and the other five curtains he joined to each other. 11 He made loops of blue yarn on the edge of the last curtain in the first set and did the same on the edge of the outermost curtain in the second set. 12 He made 50 loops on the one curtain and 50 loops on the edge of the curtain in the second set, so that the loops lined up with each other. 13 He also made 50 gold clasps and joined the curtains to each other, so that the tabernacle became a single unit.

14 He made curtains of goat hair for a tent over the tabernacle; he made 11 of them. 15 The length of each curtain was 45 feet,[k] and the width of each curtain six feet.[l] All 11 curtains had the same measurements. 16 He joined five of the curtains together, and the other six together. 17 He made 50 loops on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set and 50 loops on the edge of the corresponding curtain in the second set. 18 He made 50 bronze clasps to join the tent together as a single unit. 19 He also made a covering for the tent from ram skins dyed red and a covering of manatee skins[m] on top of it.

20 He(O) made upright planks[n] of acacia wood for the tabernacle. 21 The length of each plank was 15 feet,[o] and the width of each was 27 inches.[p] 22 There were two tenons connected to each other for each plank. He did the same for all the planks of the tabernacle. 23 He made planks for the tabernacle as follows: 20 for the south side, 24 and he made 40 silver bases to put under the 20 planks, two bases under the first plank for its two tenons, and two bases under each of the following planks for their two tenons; 25 for the second side of the tabernacle, the north side, he made 20 planks, 26 with their 40 silver bases, two bases under the first plank and two bases under each of the following ones; 27 and for the west side of the tabernacle he made six planks. 28 He also made two additional planks for the two back corners of the tabernacle. 29 They were paired at the bottom and joined together[q] at the[r] top in a single ring. This is what he did with both of them for the two corners. 30 So there were eight planks with their 16 silver bases, two bases under each one.

31 He made five crossbars of acacia wood for the planks on one side of the tabernacle, 32 five crossbars for the planks on the other side of the tabernacle, and five crossbars for those at the back of the tabernacle on the west. 33 He made the central crossbar run through the middle of the planks from one end to the other. 34 He overlaid them with gold and made their rings out of gold as holders for the crossbars. He also overlaid the crossbars with gold.

35 Then(P) he made the veil with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely spun linen. He made it with a design of cherubim worked into it. 36 He made four posts of acacia wood for it and overlaid them with gold; their hooks were of gold. And he cast four silver bases for the posts.

37 He made a screen embroidered with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely spun linen for the entrance to the tent, 38 together with its five posts and their hooks. He overlaid the tops of the posts and their bands with gold, but their five bases were bronze.


  1. Exodus 35:10 Lit the skilled of heart
  2. Exodus 35:19 Hb obscure
  3. Exodus 35:23 Or or dolphin skins, or or fine leather; Hb obscure
  4. Exodus 35:25 Lit wise of heart
  5. Exodus 35:35 Lit with wisdom of heart
  6. Exodus 36:1 Lit wise of heart
  7. Exodus 36:2 Lit wise of heart
  8. Exodus 36:8 Lit the wise of heart
  9. Exodus 36:9 Lit 28 cubits
  10. Exodus 36:9 Lit four cubits
  11. Exodus 36:15 Lit 30 cubits
  12. Exodus 36:15 Lit four cubits
  13. Exodus 36:19 Or of dolphin skins, or of fine leather; Hb obscure
  14. Exodus 36:20 Or made frames
  15. Exodus 36:21 Lit 10 cubits
  16. Exodus 36:21 Lit a cubit and a half
  17. Exodus 36:29 Lit and together they are to be complete
  18. Exodus 36:29 Lit its

Matthew 27:32-66

Crucified Between Two Criminals

32 As they were going out, they found a Cyrenian man named Simon. They forced this man to carry His cross.(A) 33 When they came to a place called Golgotha(B) (which means Skull Place), 34 they gave Him wine[a] mixed with gall to drink. But when He tasted it, He would not drink it. 35 After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots.[b](C) 36 Then they sat down and were guarding Him there. 37 Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing:



38 Then two criminals[c] were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.(D) 39 Those who passed by were yelling insults at[d] Him, shaking their heads(E) 40 and saying, “The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!”(F) 41 In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders,[e] mocked Him and said, 42 “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel!(G) Let Him[f] come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now—if He wants Him![g] For He said, ‘I am God’s Son.’” 44 In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.(H)

The Death of Jesus

45 From noon until three in the afternoon[h] darkness came over the whole land.[i](I) 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, Elí, Elí, lemá[j] sabachtháni? that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken[k] Me?(J)[l]

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling for Elijah!”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, and offered Him a drink.(K) 49 But the rest said, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to save Him!”

50 Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.(L) 51 Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary[m](M) was split in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs were also opened(N) and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53 And they came out of the tombs after His resurrection, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.

54 When the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they were terrified and said, “This man really was God’s Son!”[n](O)

55 Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and ministered to Him were there, looking on from a distance.(P) 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.(Q)

The Burial of Jesus

57 When it was evening,(R) a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph came, who himself had also become a disciple(S) of Jesus. 58 He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Then Pilate ordered that it[o] be released. 59 So Joseph took the body, wrapped it in clean, fine linen, 60 and placed it in his new tomb, which he had cut into the rock. He left after rolling a great stone against the entrance of the tomb.(T) 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were seated there, facing the tomb.

The Closely Guarded Tomb

62 The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate(U) 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive He said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’(V) 64 Therefore give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples(W) may come, steal Him, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead.’ Then the last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “You have[p] a guard of soldiers,”[q] Pilate told them. “Go and make it as secure as you know how.” 66 Then they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting the guard.[r](X)


  1. Matthew 27:34 Other mss read sour wine
  2. Matthew 27:35 Other mss add that what was spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled: “They divided My clothes among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”
  3. Matthew 27:38 Or revolutionaries
  4. Matthew 27:39 Lit passed by blasphemed or were blaspheming
  5. Matthew 27:41 Other mss add and Pharisees
  6. Matthew 27:42 Other mss read If He . . . Israel, let Him
  7. Matthew 27:43 Or if He takes pleasure in Him
  8. Matthew 27:45 Lit From the sixth hour to the ninth hour
  9. Matthew 27:45 Or whole earth
  10. Matthew 27:46 Some mss read lama; other mss read lima
  11. Matthew 27:46 Or abandoned
  12. Matthew 27:46 Ps 22:1
  13. Matthew 27:51 A heavy curtain separated the inner room of the temple from the outer.
  14. Matthew 27:54 Or the Son of God
  15. Matthew 27:58 Other mss read that the body
  16. Matthew 27:65 Or “Take
  17. Matthew 27:65 It is uncertain whether this guard consisted of temple police or Roman soldiers.
  18. Matthew 27:66 Lit stone with the guard

Psalm 34:1-10

Psalm 34

The Lord Delivers the Righteous

Concerning David, when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech,[a](A) who drove him out, and he departed.

I[b] will praise the Lord at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips.(B)
I will boast in the Lord;(C)
the humble will hear and be glad.(D)
Proclaim Yahweh’s greatness with me;(E)
let us exalt His name together.(F)

I sought the Lord, and He answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.(G)
Those who look to Him are[c] radiant with joy;(H)
their faces will never be ashamed.(I)
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him from all his troubles.(J)
The Angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear Him, and rescues them.(K)

Taste and see that the Lord is good.(L)
How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!(M)
You who are His holy ones, fear Yahweh,
for those who fear Him lack nothing.(N)
10 Young lions[d] lack food and go hungry,(O)
but those who seek the Lord
will not lack any good thing.(P)


  1. Psalm 34:1 Probably Achish, king of Gath
  2. Psalm 34:1 The lines of this poem form an acrostic.
  3. Psalm 34:5 Some Hb mss, LXX, Aq, Syr, Jer read Look to Him and be
  4. Psalm 34:10 LXX, Syr, Vg read The rich

Proverbs 9:7-8

The one who corrects a mocker
will bring dishonor on himself;
the one who rebukes a wicked man will get hurt.[a]
Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you;(A)
rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.(B)


  1. Proverbs 9:7 Lit man his blemish

Cross references:

  1. 9:8 : Pr 15:12; Mt 7:6
  2. 9:8 : Ps 141:5