The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday October 15, 2018 (NIV)

Jeremiah 26-27

Jeremiah Threatened With Death

26 Early in the reign of Jehoiakim(A) son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came from the Lord: “This is what the Lord says: Stand in the courtyard(B) of the Lord’s house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the Lord.(C) Tell(D) them everything I command you; do not omit(E) a word. Perhaps they will listen and each will turn(F) from their evil ways. Then I will relent(G) and not inflict on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done. Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: If you do not listen(H) to me and follow my law,(I) which I have set before you, and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (though you have not listened(J)), then I will make this house like Shiloh(K) and this city a curse[a](L) among all the nations of the earth.’”

The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the Lord. But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the Lord had commanded(M) him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized(N) him and said, “You must die!(O) Why do you prophesy in the Lord’s name that this house will be like Shiloh and this city will be desolate and deserted?”(P) And all the people crowded(Q) around Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.

10 When the officials(R) of Judah heard about these things, they went up from the royal palace to the house of the Lord and took their places at the entrance of the New Gate(S) of the Lord’s house. 11 Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and all the people, “This man should be sentenced to death(T) because he has prophesied against this city. You have heard it with your own ears!”(U)

12 Then Jeremiah said to all the officials(V) and all the people: “The Lord sent me to prophesy(W) against this house and this city all the things you have heard.(X) 13 Now reform(Y) your ways and your actions and obey(Z) the Lord your God. Then the Lord will relent(AA) and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you. 14 As for me, I am in your hands;(AB) do with me whatever you think is good and right. 15 Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood(AC) on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words(AD) in your hearing.”

16 Then the officials(AE) and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man should not be sentenced to death!(AF) He has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.”

17 Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people, 18 “Micah(AG) of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He told all the people of Judah, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“‘Zion(AH) will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,(AI)
the temple hill(AJ) a mound overgrown with thickets.’[b](AK)

19 “Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah(AL) fear the Lord and seek(AM) his favor? And did not the Lord relent,(AN) so that he did not bring the disaster(AO) he pronounced against them? We are about to bring a terrible disaster(AP) on ourselves!”

20 (Now Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim(AQ) was another man who prophesied in the name of the Lord; he prophesied the same things against this city and this land as Jeremiah did. 21 When King Jehoiakim(AR) and all his officers and officials(AS) heard his words, the king was determined to put him to death.(AT) But Uriah heard of it and fled(AU) in fear to Egypt. 22 King Jehoiakim, however, sent Elnathan(AV) son of Akbor to Egypt, along with some other men. 23 They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him struck down with a sword(AW) and his body thrown into the burial place of the common people.)(AX)

24 Furthermore, Ahikam(AY) son of Shaphan supported Jeremiah, and so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.

Judah to Serve Nebuchadnezzar

27 Early in the reign of Zedekiah[c](AZ) son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord: This is what the Lord said to me: “Make a yoke(BA) out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck. Then send(BB) word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon,(BC) Tyre and Sidon(BD) through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah. Give them a message for their masters and say, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Tell this to your masters: With my great power and outstretched arm(BE) I made(BF) the earth and its people and the animals(BG) that are on it, and I give(BH) it to anyone I please. Now I will give all your countries into the hands of my servant(BI) Nebuchadnezzar(BJ) king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.(BK) All nations will serve(BL) him and his son and his grandson until the time(BM) for his land comes; then many nations and great kings will subjugate(BN) him.

“‘“If, however, any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke, I will punish(BO) that nation with the sword,(BP) famine(BQ) and plague,(BR) declares the Lord, until I destroy it by his hand. So do not listen to your prophets,(BS) your diviners,(BT) your interpreters of dreams,(BU) your mediums(BV) or your sorcerers(BW) who tell you, ‘You will not serve(BX) the king of Babylon.’ 10 They prophesy lies(BY) to you that will only serve to remove(BZ) you far from your lands; I will banish you and you will perish. 11 But if any nation will bow its neck under the yoke(CA) of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live(CB) there, declares the Lord.”’”

12 I gave the same message to Zedekiah king of Judah. I said, “Bow your neck under the yoke(CC) of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people, and you will live.(CD) 13 Why will you and your people die(CE) by the sword, famine and plague(CF) with which the Lord has threatened any nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? 14 Do not listen(CG) to the words of the prophets(CH) who say to you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they are prophesying lies(CI) to you. 15 ‘I have not sent(CJ) them,’ declares the Lord. ‘They are prophesying lies in my name.(CK) Therefore, I will banish you and you will perish,(CL) both you and the prophets who prophesy to you.’”

16 Then I said to the priests and all these people, “This is what the Lord says: Do not listen to the prophets who say, ‘Very soon now the articles(CM) from the Lord’s house will be brought back from Babylon.’ They are prophesying lies to you. 17 Do not listen(CN) to them. Serve the king of Babylon, and you will live.(CO) Why should this city become a ruin? 18 If they are prophets and have the word of the Lord, let them plead(CP) with the Lord Almighty that the articles remaining in the house of the Lord and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem not be taken to Babylon. 19 For this is what the Lord Almighty says about the pillars, the bronze Sea,(CQ) the movable stands and the other articles(CR) that are left in this city, 20 which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon did not take away when he carried(CS) Jehoiachin[d](CT) son of Jehoiakim king of Judah into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, along with all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem— 21 yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says about the things that are left in the house of the Lord and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem: 22 ‘They will be taken(CU) to Babylon and there they will remain until the day(CV) I come for them,’ declares the Lord. ‘Then I will bring(CW) them back and restore them to this place.’”


  1. Jeremiah 26:6 That is, its name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that it is cursed.
  2. Jeremiah 26:18 Micah 3:12
  3. Jeremiah 27:1 A few Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac (see also 27:3,12 and 28:1); most Hebrew manuscripts Jehoiakim (Most Septuagint manuscripts do not have this verse.)
  4. Jeremiah 27:20 Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant of Jehoiachin

Cross references:

  1. Jeremiah 26:1 : 2Ki 23:36
  2. Jeremiah 26:2 : Jer 19:14
  3. Jeremiah 26:2 : S Jer 17:19
  4. Jeremiah 26:2 : S ver 12; S Jer 1:17; Mt 28:20; Ac 20:27
  5. Jeremiah 26:2 : Dt 4:2
  6. Jeremiah 26:3 : Dt 30:2; 2Ch 33:12-13; Isa 55:7; Jer 35:15; 36:7
  7. Jeremiah 26:3 : S Jer 18:8
  8. Jeremiah 26:4 : Lev 26:14; Jer 25:3
  9. Jeremiah 26:4 : Ex 20:1-23:33; S 1Ki 9:6; S Jer 11:8
  10. Jeremiah 26:5 : S Pr 1:24; S Isa 65:12; Jer 25:4; 44:5
  11. Jeremiah 26:6 : S Jos 18:1; S Jdg 18:31
  12. Jeremiah 26:6 : S Dt 28:25; S 2Ki 22:19
  13. Jeremiah 26:8 : Jer 43:1
  14. Jeremiah 26:8 : Ac 6:12; 21:27
  15. Jeremiah 26:8 : Lev 24:15-16; S Ne 9:26; S Jer 11:21
  16. Jeremiah 26:9 : S Lev 26:32; S Jer 9:11
  17. Jeremiah 26:9 : Ac 21:32
  18. Jeremiah 26:10 : ver 16; Jer 34:19; Eze 22:27
  19. Jeremiah 26:10 : S Ge 23:10
  20. Jeremiah 26:11 : Dt 18:20; S Jer 11:21; 18:23; Mt 26:66; Ac 6:11
  21. Jeremiah 26:11 : S Ps 44:1
  22. Jeremiah 26:12 : Jer 1:18
  23. Jeremiah 26:12 : S Isa 6:8; Am 7:15; Ac 4:18-20; 5:29
  24. Jeremiah 26:12 : S ver 2, 15
  25. Jeremiah 26:13 : S Jer 7:5; Joel 2:12-14
  26. Jeremiah 26:13 : Jer 11:4
  27. Jeremiah 26:13 : S Jer 18:8
  28. Jeremiah 26:14 : Jos 9:25; Jer 38:5
  29. Jeremiah 26:15 : S Dt 19:10
  30. Jeremiah 26:15 : S ver 12; S Jer 1:17
  31. Jeremiah 26:16 : S ver 10; S Ac 23:9
  32. Jeremiah 26:16 : Ac 23:29
  33. Jeremiah 26:18 : Mic 1:1
  34. Jeremiah 26:18 : Isa 2:3
  35. Jeremiah 26:18 : S 2Ki 25:9; S Ne 4:2; Jer 9:11
  36. Jeremiah 26:18 : Mic 4:1; Zec 8:3
  37. Jeremiah 26:18 : S Jer 17:3
  38. Jeremiah 26:19 : S 1Ch 3:13; 2Ch 32:24-26; Isa 37:14-20
  39. Jeremiah 26:19 : S 1Sa 13:12
  40. Jeremiah 26:19 : S Ex 32:14; S Jer 18:8
  41. Jeremiah 26:19 : Jer 44:7
  42. Jeremiah 26:19 : Hab 2:10
  43. Jeremiah 26:20 : S Jos 9:17
  44. Jeremiah 26:21 : S 1Ki 19:2
  45. Jeremiah 26:21 : ver 10
  46. Jeremiah 26:21 : Jer 2:30; Mt 23:37
  47. Jeremiah 26:21 : S Ge 31:21; Mt 10:23
  48. Jeremiah 26:22 : Jer 36:12, 25
  49. Jeremiah 26:23 : Heb 11:37
  50. Jeremiah 26:23 : 2Ki 23:6
  51. Jeremiah 26:24 : S 2Ki 22:12
  52. Jeremiah 27:1 : S 2Ch 36:11
  53. Jeremiah 27:2 : S Lev 26:13; S 1Ki 22:11
  54. Jeremiah 27:3 : S Jer 25:17
  55. Jeremiah 27:3 : S Jer 25:21
  56. Jeremiah 27:3 : S Ge 10:15; S Jer 25:22
  57. Jeremiah 27:5 : S Dt 9:29
  58. Jeremiah 27:5 : S Ge 1:1
  59. Jeremiah 27:5 : S Ge 1:25
  60. Jeremiah 27:5 : Ps 115:16; Da 4:17
  61. Jeremiah 27:6 : S Jer 25:9
  62. Jeremiah 27:6 : S Jer 21:7
  63. Jeremiah 27:6 : Jer 28:14; Da 2:37-38
  64. Jeremiah 27:7 : S 2Ch 36:20; Da 5:18
  65. Jeremiah 27:7 : S Jer 25:12
  66. Jeremiah 27:7 : S Jer 25:14; 51:47; Da 5:28
  67. Jeremiah 27:8 : Jer 9:16
  68. Jeremiah 27:8 : Jer 21:9
  69. Jeremiah 27:8 : S Jer 5:12
  70. Jeremiah 27:8 : S Jer 14:12
  71. Jeremiah 27:9 : Eze 13:1-23
  72. Jeremiah 27:9 : S Ge 30:27; S Isa 44:25
  73. Jeremiah 27:9 : S Dt 13:1; S Jer 23:25
  74. Jeremiah 27:9 : S Dt 18:11
  75. Jeremiah 27:9 : S Ex 7:11
  76. Jeremiah 27:9 : Jer 6:14
  77. Jeremiah 27:10 : S Jer 23:25; S Mk 13:5
  78. Jeremiah 27:10 : S 2Ki 23:27
  79. Jeremiah 27:11 : S Jer 21:9
  80. Jeremiah 27:11 : Dt 6:2
  81. Jeremiah 27:12 : Jer 17:4
  82. Jeremiah 27:12 : S Jer 21:9
  83. Jeremiah 27:13 : Eze 18:31
  84. Jeremiah 27:13 : S Jer 14:12
  85. Jeremiah 27:14 : S Jer 23:16
  86. Jeremiah 27:14 : S Jer 14:13
  87. Jeremiah 27:14 : S Jer 14:14; S Mt 7:15
  88. Jeremiah 27:15 : S Jer 23:21
  89. Jeremiah 27:15 : Jer 29:9; 44:16
  90. Jeremiah 27:15 : S Jer 6:15; Mt 15:12-14
  91. Jeremiah 27:16 : 1Ki 7:48-50; S 2Ki 24:13
  92. Jeremiah 27:17 : Jer 23:16
  93. Jeremiah 27:17 : Jer 42:11
  94. Jeremiah 27:18 : S Nu 21:7; S 1Sa 7:8
  95. Jeremiah 27:19 : 1Ki 7:23-26
  96. Jeremiah 27:19 : S 1Ki 7:51; Jer 52:17-23
  97. Jeremiah 27:20 : S Dt 28:36; S 2Ch 36:10
  98. Jeremiah 27:20 : Jer 22:24; Mt 1:11
  99. Jeremiah 27:22 : S 2Ki 20:17; 25:13
  100. Jeremiah 27:22 : S 2Ch 36:21; S Jer 24:6
  101. Jeremiah 27:22 : S Ezr 7:19
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2 Thessalonians 3

Request for Prayer

As for other matters, brothers and sisters,(A) pray for us(B) that the message of the Lord(C) may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.(D) And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people,(E) for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful,(F) and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.(G) We have confidence(H) in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts(I) into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Warning Against Idleness

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,(J) we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from(K) every believer who is idle and disruptive(L) and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us.(M) For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example.(N) We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked(O) night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help,(P) but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate.(Q) 10 For even when we were with you,(R) we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work(S) shall not eat.”

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.(T) 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ(U) to settle down and earn the food they eat.(V) 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.(W)

14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them,(X) in order that they may feel ashamed.(Y) 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.(Z)

Final Greetings

16 Now may the Lord of peace(AA) himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.(AB)

17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand,(AC) which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.(AD)


  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Or tradition
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Psalm 85

Psalm 85[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes(A) of Jacob.
You forgave(B) the iniquity(C) of your people
and covered all their sins.[b]
You set aside all your wrath(D)
and turned from your fierce anger.(E)

Restore(F) us again, God our Savior,(G)
and put away your displeasure toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?(H)
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive(I) us again,
that your people may rejoice(J) in you?
Show us your unfailing love,(K) Lord,
and grant us your salvation.(L)

I will listen to what God the Lord says;
he promises peace(M) to his people, his faithful servants—
but let them not turn to folly.(N)
Surely his salvation(O) is near those who fear him,
that his glory(P) may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness(Q) meet together;
righteousness(R) and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness(S) looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,(T)
and our land will yield(U) its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.


  1. Psalm 85:1 In Hebrew texts 85:1-13 is numbered 85:2-14.
  2. Psalm 85:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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Proverbs 25:16

16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
too much of it, and you will vomit.(A)

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 25:16 : ver 27
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