The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday December 13, 2017 (NIV)


The vision of Obadiah.

Edom’s Certain Judgment

This is what the Lord God has said about Edom:(A)

We have heard a message from the Lord;(B)
a messenger has been sent(C) among the nations:
“Rise up,(D) and let us go to war against her.”[a]
Look, I will make you insignificant(E)
among the nations;
you will be deeply despised.
Your presumptuous heart has deceived you,(F)
you who live in clefts of the rock[b][c](G)
in your home on the heights,
who say to yourself,
“Who can bring me down to the ground?”(H)
Though you seem to soar[d] like an eagle(I)
and make your nest among the stars,(J)
even from there I will bring you down.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

If thieves came to you,(K)
if marauders by night—
how ravaged you would be!—
wouldn’t they steal only what they wanted?
If grape pickers came to you,
wouldn’t they leave some grapes?(L)
How Esau will be pillaged,(M)
his hidden treasures searched out!(N)
Everyone who has a treaty with you(O)
will drive you to the border;
everyone at peace with you
will deceive and conquer you.
Those who eat your bread(P)
will set[e] a trap for you.
He will be unaware of it.(Q)
In that day—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edom(R)
and those who understand
from the hill country of Esau?
Teman,[f](S) your warriors(T) will be terrified
so that everyone from the hill country of Esau
will be destroyed by slaughter.(U)

Edom’s Sins against Judah

10 You will be covered with shame
and destroyed forever
because of violence done to your brother Jacob.(V)
11 On the day you stood aloof,(W)
on the day strangers captured his wealth,[g]
while foreigners entered his gate
and cast lots for Jerusalem,(X)
you were just like one of them.(Y)
12 Do not[h] gloat over your brother(Z)
in the day of his calamity;
do not rejoice over the people of Judah(AA)
in the day of their destruction;
do not boastfully mock[i](AB)
in the day of distress.(AC)
13 Do not enter the gate of My people
in the day of their disaster.(AD)
Yes, you—do not gloat over their misery
in the day of their disaster
and do not appropriate their possessions(AE)
in the day of their disaster.
14 Do not stand at the crossroads[j](AF)
to cut off their fugitives,
and do not hand over their survivors
in the day of distress.

Judgment of the Nations

15 For the Day of the Lord(AG) is near,
against all the nations.(AH)
As you have done,(AI) so it will be done to you;
what you deserve will return on your own head.(AJ)
16 As you have drunk on My holy mountain,(AK)
so all the nations will drink continually.(AL)
They will drink and gulp down
and be as though they had never been.
17 But there will be a deliverance on Mount Zion,(AM)
and it will be holy;(AN)
the house of Jacob will dispossess(AO)
those who dispossessed them.[k](AP)
18 Then the house of Jacob will be a blazing fire,(AQ)
and the house of Joseph, a burning flame,
but the house of Esau will be stubble;
Jacob[l] will set them on fire and consume Edom.[m]
Therefore no survivor will remain(AR)
of the house of Esau,
for the Lord has spoken.

Future Blessing for Israel

19 People from the Negev will possess(AS)
the hill country of Esau;(AT)
those from the Judean foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines.(AU)
They[n] will possess
the territories of Ephraim and Samaria,(AV)
while Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20 The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halah[o]
and who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath(AW)
as well as the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the cities of the Negev.(AX)
21 Saviors[p] will ascend Mount Zion(AY)
to rule over the hill country of Esau,
but the kingdom will be the Lord’s.(AZ)


  1. Obadiah 1:1 = Edom
  2. Obadiah 1:3 Or in Sela; probably = Petra
  3. Obadiah 1:3 Probably Petra
  4. Obadiah 1:4 Or to build high
  5. Obadiah 1:7 Some LXX mss, Sym, Tg, Vg; MT reads They will set your bread as
  6. Obadiah 1:9 = a region or city in Edom
  7. Obadiah 1:11 Or forces
  8. Obadiah 1:12 Or You should not throughout vv. 12-14
  9. Obadiah 1:12 Lit not make your mouth big
  10. Obadiah 1:14 Hb obscure
  11. Obadiah 1:17 DSS, LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg; MT reads Jacob will possess its inheritance
  12. Obadiah 1:18 Lit they
  13. Obadiah 1:18 Lit them
  14. Obadiah 1:19 = The house of Jacob
  15. Obadiah 1:20 Or of this host of the Israelites; Hb obscure
  16. Obadiah 1:21 Or Those who have been delivered

Revelation 4

The Throne Room of Heaven

After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

Immediately I was in the Spirit,[a](A) and a throne was set there in heaven.(B) One was seated on the throne, and the One seated[b] looked like jasper[c] and carnelian[d] stone. A rainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded the throne. Around that throne were 24 thrones, and on the thrones sat 24 elders dressed in white clothes, with gold crowns on their heads. Flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder came from the throne. Seven fiery torches were burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.(C) Something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal, was also before the throne. Four living creatures(D) covered with eyes in front and in back were in the middle[e] and around the throne. The first living creature was like a lion; the second living creature was like a calf; the third living creature had a face like a man; and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings;(E) they were covered with eyes around and inside. Day and night they never stop,[f] saying:

Holy, holy, holy,[g]
Lord God, the Almighty,
who was, who is, and who is coming.

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One seated on the throne, the One who lives forever and ever, 10 the 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, worship the One who lives forever and ever, cast their crowns before the throne, and say:

11 Our Lord and God,[h]
You are worthy to receive
glory and honor and power,
because You have created all things,
and because of Your will
they exist and were created.


  1. Revelation 4:2 Or in spirit; lit I became in the Spirit
  2. Revelation 4:3 Other mss omit and the One seated
  3. Revelation 4:3 A precious stone
  4. Revelation 4:3 A translucent red gem
  5. Revelation 4:6 Lit In the middle of the throne
  6. Revelation 4:8 Or they never rest
  7. Revelation 4:8 Other mss read holy 9 times
  8. Revelation 4:11 Other mss add the Holy One; other mss read Lord

Psalm 132

Psalm 132

David and Zion Chosen

A song of ascents.

Lord, remember David
and all the hardships he endured,(A)
and how he swore an oath to the Lord,
making a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:(B)
“I will not enter my house[a]
or get into my bed,[b]
I will not allow my eyes to sleep
or my eyelids to slumber(C)
until I find a place for the Lord,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”(D)

We heard of the ark in Ephrathah;[c](E)
we found it in the fields of Jaar.[d](F)
Let us go to His dwelling place;
let us worship at His footstool.(G)
Rise up, Lord, come to Your resting place,
You and Your powerful ark.(H)
May Your priests be clothed with righteousness,
and may Your godly people shout for joy.(I)
10 Because of Your servant David,
do not reject Your anointed one.[e](J)

11 The Lord swore an oath to David,
a promise He will not abandon:
“I will set one of your descendants[f]
on your throne.(K)
12 If your sons keep My covenant
and My decrees that I will teach them,
their sons will also sit on your throne forever.”(L)

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion;
He has desired it for His home:(M)
14 “This is My resting place forever;
I will make My home here
because I have desired it.(N)
15 I will abundantly bless its food;
I will satisfy its needy with bread.(O)
16 I will clothe its priests with salvation,
and its godly people will shout for joy.(P)
17 There I will make a horn grow for David;(Q)
I have prepared a lamp for My anointed one.(R)
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,(S)
but the crown he wears[g] will be glorious.”(T)


  1. Psalm 132:3 Lit enter the tent of my house
  2. Psalm 132:3 Lit into the couch of my bed
  3. Psalm 132:6 = Bethlehem
  4. Psalm 132:6 = Kiriath-jearim
  5. Psalm 132:10 = the king
  6. Psalm 132:11 Lit set the fruit of your womb
  7. Psalm 132:18 Lit but on him his crown

Proverbs 29:24-25

24 To be a thief’s partner is to hate oneself;
he hears the curse but will not testify.[a](A)

25 The fear of man is a snare,(B)
but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.[b](C)


  1. Proverbs 29:24 When a call for witnesses was made public, anyone with information who did not submit his testimony was under a curse.
  2. Proverbs 29:25 Lit raised high