The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday December 17, 2017 (NIV)

Nahum 1-3

Nahum’s Vision

This is a revelation from the Lord about Nineveh. This book contains the vision of Nahum from Elkosh.

Who Can Withstand the Lord’s Anger?

El Kanna. Yahweh takes revenge.
Yahweh takes revenge and is full of anger.
Yahweh takes revenge against his enemies
and holds a grudge against his foes.
Yahweh is patient and has great strength.
Yahweh will never let the guilty go unpunished.
Raging winds and storms mark his path,
and clouds are the dust from his feet.
He yells at the sea and makes it dry.
He dries up all the rivers.
Bashan and Carmel wither.
The flowers of Lebanon wither.
The mountains quake because of him.
The hills melt.
The earth draws back in his presence.
The world and all who live in it draw back as well.
Who can stand in the presence of his rage?
Who can oppose his burning anger?
He pours out his rage like fire
and smashes the rocky cliffs.

Why Does Nineveh Oppose the Lord?

Yahweh is good.
He is a fortress in the day of trouble.
He knows those who seek shelter in him.
He will put an end to Nineveh
with a devastating flood.
He will pursue his enemies with darkness.
What do you think about Yahweh?
He is the one who will bring Nineveh to an end.
This trouble will never happen again.
10 The people of Nineveh will be like tangled thorns
and like people drunk on their own drink.
They will be completely burned up like very dry straw.
11 From you, Nineveh, a person who plans evil against Yahweh sets out.
His advice is wicked.

Nineveh Will Fall

12 This is what Yahweh says:
Though the people of Nineveh are physically fit and many in number,
they will be cut down and die.
Though I have humbled you, Judah,
I will not humble you again.
13 But now I will break Nineveh’s yoke[a] off of you
and tear its chains from you.

14 Yahweh has given this command about you, Nineveh:
You will no longer have descendants to carry on your name.
I will remove the wooden and metal idols from the temple of your gods.
I will prepare your grave because you are worthless.[b]

An Army Will Conquer Nineveh

15 There on the mountains are the feet of a messenger
who announces the good news: “All is well!”
Celebrate your festivals, Judah! Keep your vows!
This wickedness will never pass your way again.
It will be completely removed.

[c]The one who will scatter you is coming to attack you.
Guard your fortress!
Keep a lookout on the road!
Prepare for battle!
Be very courageous!

Yahweh will restore Jacob’s glory like Israel’s glory,
although enemies have looted it
and have destroyed its vines.

The shields of his warriors are painted red.
His soldiers have red uniforms.
The metal on his chariots flashes fiery red,
so do the spears when they are waved
on the day he prepares for battle.
Chariots are racing madly through the streets,
rushing this way and that in the city squares.
They look like torches, like lightning, as they dart about.
He remembers his best fighting men.
They stumble over themselves as they march.
They hurry to Nineveh’s wall.
The shield has been set up for the battering ram.
The gates of the rivers are opened, and the palace melts away.

Nineveh’s Treasures Will Be Taken

Yahweh has determined:
“It will be stripped.
It will be carried away.
Its young women will be mourning like doves
as they beat their breasts.”
Nineveh was like a pool of water from its first day on.
But now its people are fleeing.
“Stop! Stop!”
But no one turns around.
Steal the silver! Steal the gold!
There is no end to what is stored here—
everything a person could ever want.
10 Nineveh is destroyed, deserted, demolished.
Hearts are melting.
Knees are knocking.
Every stomach becomes upset.
Every face turns pale.

Nineveh Will Be Destroyed

11 Where is the lions’ den,
that feeding place for young lions?
Where are the lion, the lioness, and the lion cub who moved about
with no one to terrify them?
12 The lion tore its prey to pieces to feed its cubs.
It strangled the prey for its mates.
It used to fill its caves with torn carcasses
and its dens with torn flesh.

13 “I am against you, Nineveh,” declares Yahweh Tsebaoth.
“I will send your chariots up in smoke,
and a sword will kill your young lions.
I will remove your prey from the earth,
and no one will ever hear the voice of your messengers again.”

Nineveh’s Punishment for Sin

How horrible it will be for that city of bloody violence!
It is completely full of lies and stolen goods—never without victims.
The sound of the whip!
The sound of rattling wheels!
Horses gallop!
Chariots bounce along!
Horses charge!
Swords flash!
Spears glitter!
Many are killed!
Dead bodies pile up!
There is no end to the corpses!
People trip over corpses
because of Nineveh’s constant prostitution,
this very charming mistress of evil magic.
She used to sell
nations her prostitution
and people her evil magic.
“I am against you, Nineveh,” declares Yahweh Tsebaoth.
“I will lift up your dress over your face.
I will show nations your naked body and kingdoms your disgrace.
I will throw filth on you.
I will make you look like a fool.
I will make you a sight to be seen.
Everyone who sees you will run from you, saying,
‘Nineveh has been violently destroyed!
Who will feel sorry for her?’
Where can I find anyone to comfort you?”

Nineveh Will Not Escape Punishment

Are you better than No-amon,[d] which sits by the streams of the Nile
with water surrounding her?
The sea was her defense.
The water was her wall.
Sudan and Egypt were her endless strength.
Put and the Lybians were her help.
10 Even she went into captivity and was exiled.
Even her little children were smashed to death at every street corner.
Soldiers tossed dice for her important men,
and all her best men were bound in chains.
11 Even you, Nineveh, will stagger like a drunk.
You will disappear.
Even you will look for a fortress to escape from the enemy.
12 All your defenses will be like fig trees with the earliest figs.
When shaken, the figs fall into the mouth of the eater.
13 Look at your soldiers; they’re women!
The gates of your country are wide open to your enemies.
Fire has destroyed the bars of your gates.

Nineveh’s Strength Will Not Save Her

14 Store water for the siege!
Strengthen your defenses!
Step into the claypits and trample the clay!
Grab the brick mold!
15 Fire will consume you there.
A sword will cut you down.
It will consume you like locusts.
Multiply like locusts!
Multiply like hungry locusts!
16 You have produced more businessmen than there are stars in the sky.
They are like locusts that attack and then fly away.
17 Your officers are like locusts,
and your scribes are like swarms of locusts
that settle on the fences when it is cold.
The sun rises, and they scatter in every direction.
No one knows where they’ve gone.
18 Your shepherds, king of Assyria, have fallen into a deep sleep.
Your best fighting men are at rest.
Your people are scattered on the mountains,
and there is no one to gather them.
19 There is no relief for your collapse.
Your wound is fatal.
All who hear the news about you will clap their hands.
Who hasn’t suffered from your endless evil?


  1. Nahum 1:13 A yoke is a wooden bar placed over the necks of work animals so that they can pull plows or carts.
  2. Nahum 1:14 Nahum 1:15 in English Bibles is Nahum 2:1 in the Hebrew Bible.
  3. Nahum 2:1 Nahum 2:1–13 in English Bibles is Nahum 2:2–14 in the Hebrew Bible.
  4. Nahum 3:8 The city No-amon, also called Thebes, was the capital of southern Egypt.
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Revelation 8

The Lamb Opens the Seventh Seal

When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

Seven Angels with Seven Trumpets

Then I saw the seven angels who stand in God’s presence, and they were given seven trumpets. Another angel came with a gold incense burner and stood at the altar. He was given a lot of incense to offer on the gold altar in front of the throne. He offered it with the prayers of all of God’s people. The smoke from the incense went up from the angel’s hand to God along with the prayers of God’s people. The angel took the incense burner, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it on the earth. Then there was thunder, noise, lightning, and an earthquake.

The seven angels who had the seven trumpets got ready to blow them.

The First Four Angels Blow Their Trumpets

When the first angel blew his trumpet, hail and fire were mixed with blood, and were thrown on the earth. One-third of the earth was burned up, one-third of the trees was burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

When the second angel blew his trumpet, something like a huge mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea. One-third of the sea turned into blood, one-third of the creatures that were living in the sea died, and one-third of the ships were destroyed.

10 When the third angel blew his trumpet, a huge star flaming like a torch fell from the sky. It fell on one-third of the rivers and on the springs. 11 That star was named Wormwood. One-third of the water turned into wormwood, and many people died from this water because it had turned bitter.

12 When the fourth angel blew his trumpet, one-third of the sun, one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars were struck so that one-third of them turned dark. There was no light for one-third of the day and one-third of the night.

13 I saw an eagle flying overhead, and I heard it say in a loud voice, “Catastrophe, catastrophe, catastrophe for those living on earth, because of the remaining trumpet blasts which the three angels are about to blow.”

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Psalm 136

Psalm 136

Give thanks to Yahweh because he is good,
because his mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the Elohim of gods
because his mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the Adonay of lords
because his mercy endures forever.

Give thanks to the only one who does miraculous things—
because his mercy endures forever.
to the one who made the heavens by his understanding—
because his mercy endures forever.
to the one who spread out the earth on the water—
because his mercy endures forever.
to the one who made the great lights—
because his mercy endures forever.
the sun to rule the day—
because his mercy endures forever.
the moon and stars to rule the night—
because his mercy endures forever.

10 Give thanks to the one who killed the firstborn males in Egypt—
because his mercy endures forever.
11 He brought Israel out from among them—
because his mercy endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and a powerful arm—
because his mercy endures forever.

13 Give thanks to one who divided the Red Sea—
because his mercy endures forever.
14 He led Israel through the middle of it—
because his mercy endures forever.
15 He swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea—
because his mercy endures forever.

16 Give thanks to the one who led his people through the desert—
because his mercy endures forever.

17 Give thanks to the one who defeated powerful kings—
because his mercy endures forever.
18 He killed mighty kings—
because his mercy endures forever.
19 King Sihon of the Amorites—
because his mercy endures forever.
20 and King Og of Bashan—
because his mercy endures forever.
21 He gave their land as an inheritance—
because his mercy endures forever.
22 as an inheritance for his servant Israel—
because his mercy endures forever.

23 He remembered us when we were humiliated—
because his mercy endures forever.
24 He snatched us from the grasp of our enemies—
because his mercy endures forever.
25 He gives food to every living creature—
because his mercy endures forever.

26 Give thanks to El of heaven
because his mercy endures forever.

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Proverbs 30:7-9

A Prayer

[To God]

“I’ve asked you for two things.
Don’t keep them from me before I die:
Keep vanity and lies far away from me.
Don’t give me either poverty or riches.
Feed me only the food I need,
or I may feel satisfied and deny you
and say, ‘Who is Yahweh?’
or I may become poor and steal
and give the name of my Elohim a bad reputation.

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