05/31/2020 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 17:1-29, John 19:23-42, Psalms 119:129-152, Proverbs 16:12-13

Today is the 31st day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today. Can you believe it? The last day of the 5th month of the year. And, so, like we’re beginning a brand-new, shiny, sparkly week even as we’re ending this month. And tomorrow we’ll be in month six, but we’re not there. We’re here. We’re on the last day of month five and our journey has taken us…man…our journey has taken us to the highs and the lows and all the in betweens. In the biblical story that we’re reading from second Samuel, the story of King David’s life, we’re seeing a lot of highs and lows and in betweens and that this one would be considered a low right now. King David’s son, Absalom, is trying to take over the kingdom. And we pick up that story from second Samuel, chapter 17 today. We’re in a new week so we will read from the God’s Word Translation this week. Second Samuel chapter 17.


Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for bringing us into yet another brand-new week, another reset, another restart, another opportunity to consider the road out in front of us, knowing that that’s all we can do is consider it. It is out in front of us. But step-by-step, day by day, moment by moment, choice by choice we will write the story of this coming week and we thank You that we have Your word to…to inform those choices, to speak to the things that we will deal with. We thank You for the comfort of Your Holy Spirit to comfort and…and rebuke and discipline and lead us into all truth. We thank You for the Spirit of wisdom at every crossroads crying out, “this is the way You should go.” May we slowdown in this brand-new shiny, sparkly new week to pay attention to what You have given us to show us the way. And even as we end a month, the fifth month. Five months in this year we’ve been here every day moving forward and You have been here every day leading. And, so, we are grateful, we are humbled. And as we release this week and look forward into the new month, we ask that You lead and guide us as we continue to participate by paying attention, by being awake, by having eyes to see. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus. We ask. Amen.


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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey, this message is for Chris from Michigan. You dialed in on May 21st about your teenage daughter telling you that she wanted to commit suicide. And, so, I want to pray for you right now. Father, Lord You are in heaven and You are our Father and You are a mighty Father and You have invited us into Your royal eternal family of God along with Your heavenly hosts in the kingdom of heaven. And Lord we praise You that the kingdom of heaven will one day be united with the kingdom of earth. And Lord we praise You Father because You are our protector Father. You’re not an absent Father. You are our heavenly holy all loving all-knowing all sovereign Father and nothing can separate us, nothing can separate us because of Your eternal son, because of our elder brother king Jesus. We worship Your son. We make much of Jesus and we thank You Lord that we live in a family where we are part of the family which we support each other. We not only support each other we lay down our lives for each other and that is Jesus, that is what he has done. And I pray that that same power that seem Holy Spirit would rush upon Chris, would rush upon Chris as the call to be a father, Lord to relentlessly pursue his daughter, to relentlessly lay down his life to protect his daughter in the name of Jesus. Lord, that he would do whatever it takes Lord. Father, that he would do whatever it takes Lord. to look his daughter in the eye and remind her every day, every day that she is precious, that she is loved. And Lord most importantly in this time where his daughter feels so alone, so afraid…

Hey DAB family this is Jordan in Texas and I just want to say, man I love you guys and I’m glad to be a part of this family. And I wanted to pray for my brother in Australia, Terry, who called today May 28th to ask for prayer against his addiction to pornography. And man, I’ve been there, and I know a lot of men who have and have found freedom even after 20 years. And, so let me pray for you and…and everyone else, anyone else who’s struggling with the same stuff. So, Lord I pray for Terry and Australia. Thank You for his boldness to…to ask for prayer for…for something that is very hidden and can be very shameful. Lord, I pray that You would touch his heart. I pray that You would go into those deep places in his heart that are hurting that…that he’s found that some side…some kind of false comfort in pornography, Lord that You would heal him of those things, that he would be bold and take courage to go into those places to find healing. And God I just thank You for that. I pray that You hook him up with a group of men that he can talk to be and vulnerable with and honest with. And God I just pray for healing. I pray that he would taste freedom from this addiction in the name of Jesus. And Terry if you want to email me, you’re more than welcome to - jordanriver12.3@gmail.com. Love you brother have a good day.

Hi this is Katie in Kentucky. Gosh, I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible regularly when I’m out running as that’s always been a place where I just…I don’t know…my heart just opens up a whole lot more and I keep not calling in. I keep having things that I want to say. So, I stopped running today stood to the side of the road and here I am calling in. And there’s so much I want to say. My heart is just breaking for this world. It’s…I just listened to the story about where David sent people with a good message and the people he sent it to received it and said, “oh, it’s a trick” and they challenged their assumptions and it led to…I mean desecrating people, it led to mocking people. I just see our world that way. And I guess my prayer today is that we would just look at one another as a child of God and that we could see that each one of us matters, that no matter whether you wear a mask or don’t wear a mask or you want to open the economy, don’t want to, you know, whatever. I juts…my prayer for this country right now in this world is that we can just all see each other as a child of God, that Jesus died for each one of us, and to start connecting with people instead of making assumptions about why they’re doing what they’re doing. Thank you all for…for all your prayers as you call in. I didn’t use to listen to prayer requests and now I feel so much more connected to this community and I just __ your hearts. I have so much to pray for that I just __ really happy with this world. So…

Hey family it’s Jesse from Washington I think it’s the 28th of May. In a fire right now and man I don’t know what I would do without the Daily Audio Bible, without God’s word speaking to every…100% of the situations that I get myself into or find myself in. There’s a lesson every single day that He applies to my life and to my heart. I want to thank you for all of your prayers for my marriage and for me. Thank you, Kingdom Seeker for your prayers. Woo! That’s all I gotta say about that voice. And I just want to challenge everybody this week and every week to tell somebody about the Daily Audio Bible and give them a testimony to how it’s changed your life and how it even helped you today in some small lesson or big lesson. I mean, everyone needs to know about this. And I tell you, even going to church I would be lost if I had to wait six days before I…I got the word, if I didn’t have time to pick up Scripture I don’t know where I will be family. So, I challenge all of you to tell somebody about this. Tell them about your journey, the tools you’ve learned from this, something. But spread this out. Everyone needs this. And I’m excited for the blessings that are coming in this fire, for the lessons I’m learning and for all the lessons and blessings that are gonna come after this fire. I thank You Father. I thank you family. Love you all. Good…

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday May 31, 2020 (NIV)

2 Samuel 17

Absalom Pursues David

17 Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose 12,000 men and leave tonight to go after David. I’ll attack him while he’s tired and weak, and I’ll cause him to panic. All the people with him will flee, but I’ll kill only him. I’ll return all the people to you as a bride is returned to her husband. Since you will be seeking the life of only one man,[a] all the people will have peace.” Absalom and all the leaders of Israel approved this plan.

Absalom said, “Please call Hushai, who is descended from Archi’s family, and let us hear what he, too, has to say.”

When Hushai arrived, Absalom said to him, “Ahithophel has told us his plan. Should we do what he says? If not, tell us.”

“This time Ahithophel’s advice is no good,” Hushai said to Absalom. “You know your father and his men. They are warriors as fierce as a wild bear whose cubs have been stolen. Your father is an experienced soldier. He will not camp with the troops tonight. He has already hidden in one of the ravines or some other place. If some of our soldiers are killed in the initial attack, others will definitely hear about it and say, ‘The troops that support Absalom have been defeated.’ 10 Even the bravest man with a heart like a lion would lose his courage, because all Israel knows that your father is a warrior and the men with him are brave. 11 So my advice is to gather all Israel’s troops from Dan to Beersheba, since they are as numerous as the sand on the seashore. Lead them into battle yourself. 12 Then we’ll attack him wherever we find him. We’ll fall on him as dew falls on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive. 13 If he retreats into a city, all Israel will bring ropes to that city and drag it into a valley so that not even a pebble will be found there.”

14 Absalom and all the people of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai from Archi’s family is better than Ahithophel’s advice.” (The Lord had commanded Ahithophel’s good advice to be defeated in order to ruin Absalom.)

15 Then Hushai told the priests Zadok and Abiathar, “Ahithophel advised Absalom and the leaders of Israel to do one thing, but I advised them to do something else. 16 Now send messengers quickly to tell David, ‘Don’t rest tonight in the river crossings in the desert, but make sure you cross the river, or Your Majesty and all the troops with him will be wiped out.’”

17 Jonathan and Ahimaaz were waiting at En Rogel. They could not risk being seen coming into the city, so a servant girl was to go and tell them, and they were to go and tell King David. 18 But a young man saw Jonathan and Ahimaaz and told Absalom. So both of them left quickly and came to the home of a man in Bahurim who had a cistern in his courtyard, and they went down into it. 19 The man’s wife took a cover, spread it over the top of the cistern, and scattered some grain[b] over it so that no one could tell it was there.

20 Absalom’s servants came to the woman at her home. “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” they asked.

The woman said, “They’ve crossed the stream.”

The servants looked for them but did not find them. So Absalom’s servants returned to Jerusalem.

21 After Absalom’s servants left, both men came out of the cistern and went and told King David. “Leave right away,” they told David. “Cross the river quickly because this is what Ahithophel has advised against you. . . .”

22 David and all the troops with him left to cross the Jordan River. When the dawn came, everyone had crossed the Jordan River.

23 When Ahithophel saw that his advice hadn’t been followed, he saddled his donkey, left, and went home to his own city. He gave instructions to his family. Then he hanged himself, died, and was buried in his father’s tomb.

24 David had already come to Mahanaim by the time Absalom and all the men of Israel with him crossed the Jordan River. 25 Absalom appointed Amasa to take Joab’s place as commander of the army. (Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra, a descendant of Ishmael.[c] His mother was Abigail,[d] the daughter of Nahash and sister of Joab’s mother Zeruiah.) 26 The Israelites and Absalom camped in the region of Gilead.

27 When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi, son of Nahash from Rabbah in Ammon, and Machir, son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai from Rogelim in Gilead 28 brought supplies and food for David and his troops: bedding, bowls, pots, wheat, barley, flour, roasted grain, beans, lentils, [e] 29 honey, buttermilk, sheep, and calves. They brought these things because they thought, “The troops in the desert are hungry, exhausted, and thirsty.”


  1. 2 Samuel 17:3 “as a bride . . . only one man” Greek; Hebrew meaning uncertain.
  2. 2 Samuel 17:19 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
  3. 2 Samuel 17:25 Greek, 1 Chronicles 2:17; Masoretic Text “the Israelite.”
  4. 2 Samuel 17:25 Or “Ishmael’s descendant Ithra, who slept with Abigail.”
  5. 2 Samuel 17:29 Greek, Latin, Syriac; Masoretic Text adds “and roasted grain.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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John 19:23-42

23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them four ways so that each soldier could have a share. His robe was left over. It didn’t have a seam because it had been woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 The soldiers said to each other, “Let’s not rip it apart. Let’s throw dice to see who will get it.” In this way the Scripture came true: “They divided my clothes among themselves. They threw dice for my clothing.” So that’s what the soldiers did.

25 Jesus’ mother, her sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary from Magdala were standing beside Jesus’ cross. 26 Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there. He said to his mother, “Look, here’s your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Look, here’s your mother!”

From that time on she lived with that disciple in his home.

Jesus Dies on the Cross(A)

28 After this, when Jesus knew that everything had now been finished, he said, “I’m thirsty.” He said this so that Scripture could finally be concluded.

29 A jar filled with vinegar was there. So the soldiers put a sponge soaked in the vinegar on a hyssop stick and held it to his mouth.

30 After Jesus had taken the vinegar, he said, “It is finished!”

Then he bowed his head and died.

31 Since it was Friday and the next day was an especially important day of rest—a holy day, the Jews didn’t want the bodies to stay on the crosses. So they asked Pilate to have the men’s legs broken and their bodies removed. 32 The soldiers broke the legs of the first man and then of the other man who had been crucified with Jesus.

33 When the soldiers came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they didn’t break his legs. 34 However, one of the soldiers stabbed Jesus’ side with his spear, and blood and water immediately came out. 35 The one who saw this is an eyewitness. What he says is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth so that you, too, will believe.

36 This happened so that the Scripture would come true: “None of his bones will be broken.” 37 Another Scripture passage says, “They will look at the person whom they have stabbed.”

Jesus Is Placed in a Tomb(B)

38 Later Joseph from the city of Arimathea asked Pilate to let him remove Jesus’ body. (Joseph was a disciple of Jesus but secretly because he was afraid of the Jews). Pilate gave him permission to remove Jesus’ body. So Joseph removed it. 39 Nicodemus, the one who had first come to Jesus at night, went with Joseph and brought 75 pounds of a myrrh and aloe mixture.

40 These two men took the body of Jesus and bound it with strips of linen. They laced the strips with spices. This was the Jewish custom for burial.

41 A garden was located in the place where Jesus was crucified. In that garden was a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed. 42 Joseph and Nicodemus put Jesus in that tomb, since that day was the Jewish day of preparation and since the tomb was nearby.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Psalm 119:129-152

129 Your written instructions are miraculous.
That is why I obey them.
130 Your word is a doorway that lets in light,
and it helps gullible people understand.
131 I open my mouth and pant
because I long for your commandments.
132 Turn toward me, and have pity on me
as you have pledged to do for those who love your name.
133 Make my steps secure through your promise,
and do not let any sin control me.
134 Save me from human oppression
so that I may obey your guiding principles.
135 Smile on me,
and teach me your laws.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes
because others do not follow your teachings.

137 You are righteous, O Lord,
and your regulations are fair.
138 You have issued your written instructions.
They are fair and completely dependable.
139 My devotion for your words consumes me,
because my enemies have forgotten your words.
140 Your promise has been thoroughly tested,
and I love it.
141 I am unimportant and despised,
yet I never forget your guiding principles.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
and your teachings are reliable.
143 Trouble and hardship have found me,
but your commandments still make me happy.
144 Your written instructions are always right.
Help me understand them so that I will live.

145 I have called out with all my heart. Answer me, O Lord.
I want to obey your laws.
146 I have called out.
Save me, so that I can obey your written instructions.
147 I got up before dawn, and I cried out for help.
My hope is based on your word.
148 My eyes are wide-open throughout the nighttime hours
to reflect on your word.
149 In keeping with your mercy, hear my voice.
O Lord, give me a new life guided by your regulations.
150 Those who carry out plots against me are near,
yet they are far away from your teachings.
151 You are near, O Lord,
and all your commandments are reliable.
152 Long ago I learned from your written instructions
that you made them to last forever.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Proverbs 16:12-13

12 Wrongdoing is disgusting to kings
because a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings are happy with honest words,
and whoever speaks what is right is loved.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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05/30/2020 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 15:23-16:23, John 18:25-19:22, Psalms 119:113-128, Proverbs 16:10-11

Today is the 30th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we continue to take the next steps forward. And here we are, end of another week and we will begin a new week tomorrow and end a month at the same time. So, that’s kind of where we find ourselves. What a joy to find ourselves here together around the Global Campfire at this point in time, at this point in history, that we can gather together and take the next step forward. And, so, let’s do that. That will lead us…well…we’re reading from the English Standard Version this week, which is today but that will lead us back into the book of second Samuel. And there is an enormous amount of intrigue happening there. Absalom, the son of King David is planning a coup to overthrow his father. So that’s where we pick up that story. And in the gospel of John, Jesus has been arrested and is on trial. So, second Samuel chapter 15 verse 23 through 16 verse 23 today.


Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for another week together in Your word. We thank You for another month together in Your word for that matter. We thank You for all of the months and all of the days of our lives. You have been loyal and faithful and loving and kind and compassionate and long-suffering. You have loved us even when we were Your enemies. And that is so true. And yet, Your love has compelled us and here we are, and we are so grateful to be in relationship with You. And we are so grateful for all that You are teaching us and all that You are speaking to us and into us through the Scriptures. So, come Holy Spirit and plant the words that we’ve read this week into our lives, transforming us, we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi this is Vittoria Soldier just calling to pray with some of the DABbers and I just was…my heart just went out to my brother who’s named trust in…who has been trusting in his prayers with his…with his wife and trying to pour out his heart to her. And I just pray for him and all those who are going through with their marriages and really wanting to see it work. And Lord I just ask You to Have Your Way, Lord You be in the midst in that marriage You be in the midst in those marriages. Oh Lord You have Your way. Lord You can make a way out of no way. Oh Lord You know the enemy wants to divide. The enemy wants to kill that family structure because then he could get the whole household. But Lord I ask You, I ask You right now in the name of Jesus that You open doors in that life in that marriage and You bring so much life in that marriage that they would not even want to leave Lord, that they’ll want to stay and love each other Lord. You let Your love flow in those marriages Lord in the name of Jesus. Lord, and the one…the lady who lost her precious husband. Lord I just ask that You let that love flow in her heart even though he’s going God that she has the strength in knowing that God has been good, that God gave her a piece of life that is worthy of all praise. Lord, You have Your way in the life of the DABbers. You give them life and favor, You open doors no man can close. Our medical people Lord, we ask that You bless them Lord. We ask that You strengthen them Lord. We ask that You keep them with Your favor and let them know to seek You first. Oh Lord that God is still the healer and You are still the one who will lead them…lead them to the rock. Lord continue to have Your way. Continue to let them remember their oath and their oath that…their oath and the oath of love that they have in their heart to be able to…

On the 18th there was a man from England who called in to remind us all to be thankful for everything around us and to be content with what we have and to see God’s goodness in adversity. I just want to thank you for saying that brother. I’m in a very deep dark time losing my marriage and not knowing how to cope without loss, my mother on her deathbed. It all seems to be hitting at the same time, but I know I need to run to God. So, thank you for your encouragement and I appreciate all your prayers as I just don’t know how to deal with all of the loss I’m experiencing in life right now, how to move forward, how to grieve, and what God has for me next. I love you all. Thank you, Brian for your consistency and for this podcast. Take care everyone.

In the last couple of months a lot of people have been touted as heroes and rightfully so because they go out every day and put their lives on the line to serve the public but there is one group of who is not mentioned and I want to say thank you to those people today. And that is those who dedicate their lives as missionaries to further the gospel of Jesus Christ. I appreciate the people who help to mend our bodies but there is only one who can mend our souls and that is Jesus. So, I want to say thank you to all the people who go out every day and put their lives on the line. And they serve the sick and they serve even their enemies in order to show them the light of Jesus Christ and His love. And I just want to say thank you to you now because you’re my heroes. And I know that even though you may not get the kind of thank you that you deserve here in earth that there are true rewards waiting for you when Jesus returns. So, God bless you all. Thank you.

Good morning DABbers this is Danny I want to thank Terry from Australia for taking that step and calling about your pornography addiction. It’s a difficult thing I’m sure to live with and to admit to. And, so, but there’s something to say about confessing our sins and He’s faithful and just to forgive us our sins. And you couldn’t have told a better community. So, I want to lift you up in prayer and also want to pray for Shannon in Texas I believe it was who called and picked up and moved your life to a new place for a job and now you don’t have a job. And, so, I want to lift both of you guys up in prayer. Heavenly father I just first lift up Terry and I…I know that you see all things and you see his struggles, you know his heart Lord and you know that he wants to be delivered from this addiction and deliverance is never easy Lord but with you it is possible. And, so, I just pray father that you would just release him from this, just take it away from him, take away that desire Lord. And that every time his eyes would look upon something that is ungodly according to your standard Lord that you would…that you would remind him, and he would make the right choice and flee. And I pray for Shannon Lord, that you would make this move part of your direction and that you would just create for her a new path Lord and take care of her. Thank you in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Valerie Summers daughter in out in Ohio this this Dorothy out in California I’m so glad you called. I am so so glad you called, and I am so so happy that you’re here. Just know that you’re not alone and I get it. I…I…I completely get it. And I pray that God reveal himself to you and no judgment here man. Just glad you’re here. Glad you called. Know that you have family, the DAB family and we are all here. We love you and keep checking in. Letting us know how you and your babies are doing. Okay. We love you. Glad you’re here. Bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday May 30, 2020 (NIV)

2 Samuel 15:23-16

23 And all the land wept aloud as all the people passed by, and the king crossed (A)the brook (B)Kidron, and all the people passed on toward (C)the wilderness.

24 And (D)Abiathar came up, and behold, (E)Zadok came also with all the Levites, (F)bearing the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God until the people had all passed out of the city. 25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, he will (G)bring me back and let me see both it and his (H)dwelling place. 26 But if he says, ‘I have no (I)pleasure in you,’ behold, here I am, (J)let him do to me what seems good to him.” 27 The king also said to Zadok the priest, “Are you not a (K)seer? Go back[a] to the city in peace, with (L)your two sons, Ahimaaz your son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar. 28 See, I will wait at (M)the fords of (N)the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.” 29 So Zadok and Abiathar carried the ark of God back to Jerusalem, and they remained there.

30 But David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, (O)barefoot and (P)with his head covered. And all the people who were with him covered their heads, and they went up, (Q)weeping as they went. 31 And it was told David, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O Lord, please (R)turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.”

32 While David was coming to the summit, where God was worshiped, behold, Hushai (S)the Archite came to meet him (T)with his coat torn and (U)dirt on his head. 33 David said to him, “If you go on with me, you will be (V)a burden to me. 34 But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, (W)‘I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father's servant in time past, so now I will be your servant,’ then you will defeat for me the counsel of Ahithophel. 35 Are not Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? So whatever you hear from the king's house, (X)tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36 Behold, (Y)their two sons are with them there, Ahimaaz, Zadok's son, and Jonathan, Abiathar's son, (Z)and by them you shall send to me everything you hear.” 37 So Hushai, (AA)David's friend, came into the city, (AB)just as Absalom was entering Jerusalem.

David and Ziba

16 When David had passed a little beyond (AC)the summit, (AD)Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, bearing two hundred loaves of bread, (AE)a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a skin of wine. And the king said to Ziba, “Why have you brought these?” Ziba answered, (AF)“The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who (AG)faint in the wilderness to drink.” And the king said, “And where is your master's son?” (AH)Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he remains in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will give me back the kingdom of my father.’” Then the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.” And Ziba said, “I pay homage; let me ever find favor in your sight, my lord the king.”

Shimei Curses David

When King David came to (AI)Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was (AJ)Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came (AK)he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And Shimei said as he (AL)cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! The Lord (AM)has avenged on you all (AN)the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.”

Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this (AO)dead dog (AP)curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.” 10 But the king said, (AQ)“What have I to do with you, (AR)you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’” 11 And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, (AS)my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. 12 It may be that the Lord will look on the wrong done to me,[b] and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing today.” 13 So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and (AT)cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust. 14 And the king, and all the people who were with him, (AU)arrived weary at the Jordan.[c] And there he refreshed himself.

Absalom Enters Jerusalem

15 (AV)Now Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. 16 And when Hushai the Archite, (AW)David's friend, came to Absalom, Hushai said to Absalom, (AX)“Long live the king! Long live the king!” 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your loyalty to your friend? (AY)Why did you not go with your friend?” 18 And Hushai said to Absalom, “No, for whom the Lord and this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19 And again, (AZ)whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? As I have served your father, so I will serve you.”

20 Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your counsel. What shall we do?” 21 Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Go in to (BA)your father's concubines, whom he has left to keep the house, and all Israel will hear that you have made yourself a stench to your father, and (BB)the hands of all who are with you will be strengthened.” 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom (BC)on the roof. And Absalom went in to his father's concubines (BD)in the sight of all Israel. 23 Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God; so was all the counsel of Ahithophel esteemed, (BE)both by David and by Absalom.


  1. 2 Samuel 15:27 Septuagint The king also said to Zadok the priest, “Look, go back
  2. 2 Samuel 16:12 Septuagint, Vulgate will look upon my affliction
  3. 2 Samuel 16:14 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks at the Jordan

Cross references:

  1. 2 Samuel 15:23 : 1 Kgs. 2:37; 15:13; 2 Kgs. 23:4, 6, 12
  2. 2 Samuel 15:23 : [John 18:1]
  3. 2 Samuel 15:23 : ch. 16:2; 17:16, 29
  4. 2 Samuel 15:24 : Num. 4:15
  5. 2 Samuel 15:24 : 1 Sam. 22:20
  6. 2 Samuel 15:24 : ch. 8:17; 20:25
  7. 2 Samuel 15:25 : Ps. 43:3
  8. 2 Samuel 15:25 : Ex. 15:13; Jer. 25:30
  9. 2 Samuel 15:26 : ch. 22:20; Num. 14:8; 1 Kgs. 10:9; 2 Chr. 9:8; Ps. 18:19; 22:8; Isa. 62:4
  10. 2 Samuel 15:26 : 1 Sam. 3:18
  11. 2 Samuel 15:27 : See 1 Sam. 9:9
  12. 2 Samuel 15:27 : ch. 17:17
  13. 2 Samuel 15:28 : ch. 17:16
  14. 2 Samuel 15:28 : [See ver. 23 above]; ch. 16:2; 17:16, 29
  15. 2 Samuel 15:30 : Isa. 20:2-4
  16. 2 Samuel 15:30 : ch. 19:4; Esth. 6:12; Jer. 14:3, 4
  17. 2 Samuel 15:30 : Ps. 126:6
  18. 2 Samuel 15:31 : ch. 16:23; 17:14, 23
  19. 2 Samuel 15:32 : Josh. 16:2
  20. 2 Samuel 15:32 : See Josh. 7:6
  21. 2 Samuel 15:32 : See Josh. 7:6
  22. 2 Samuel 15:33 : ch. 19:35
  23. 2 Samuel 15:34 : ch. 16:19
  24. 2 Samuel 15:35 : ch. 17:15, 16
  25. 2 Samuel 15:36 : ch. 17:17
  26. 2 Samuel 15:36 : ch. 17:17
  27. 2 Samuel 15:37 : ch. 16:16; 1 Chr. 27:33
  28. 2 Samuel 15:37 : ch. 16:15
  29. 2 Samuel 16:1 : ch. 15:30, 32
  30. 2 Samuel 16:1 : See ch. 9:2-13
  31. 2 Samuel 16:1 : [1 Sam. 25:18]
  32. 2 Samuel 16:2 : [Judg. 5:10; 10:4]
  33. 2 Samuel 16:2 : ver. 14; ch. 17:29
  34. 2 Samuel 16:3 : ch. 19:26, 27
  35. 2 Samuel 16:5 : See ch. 3:16
  36. 2 Samuel 16:5 : ch. 19:16; See 1 Kgs. 2:8, 36-46
  37. 2 Samuel 16:5 : ch. 19:21
  38. 2 Samuel 16:7 : [See ver. 5 above]; ch. 19:21
  39. 2 Samuel 16:8 : Judg. 9:24, 56, 57; 1 Kgs. 2:32, 33
  40. 2 Samuel 16:8 : See ch. 1:16
  41. 2 Samuel 16:9 : ch. 9:8; 1 Sam. 24:14; [ch. 3:8]
  42. 2 Samuel 16:9 : [Ex. 22:28]
  43. 2 Samuel 16:10 : ch. 19:22
  44. 2 Samuel 16:10 : See 1 Sam. 26:6
  45. 2 Samuel 16:11 : ch. 12:11
  46. 2 Samuel 16:13 : ch. 19:21
  47. 2 Samuel 16:14 : ver. 2
  48. 2 Samuel 16:15 : ch. 15:37
  49. 2 Samuel 16:16 : [See ver. 15 above]; ch. 15:37
  50. 2 Samuel 16:16 : 1 Sam. 10:24; 1 Kgs. 1:25, 39; 2 Kgs. 11:12
  51. 2 Samuel 16:17 : [ch. 19:25]
  52. 2 Samuel 16:19 : ch. 15:34
  53. 2 Samuel 16:21 : ch. 15:16; 20:3
  54. 2 Samuel 16:21 : ch. 2:7; Zech. 8:9, 13
  55. 2 Samuel 16:22 : See 1 Sam. 9:25
  56. 2 Samuel 16:22 : ch. 12:11, 12
  57. 2 Samuel 16:23 : ch. 15:12
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John 18:25-19:22

Peter Denies Jesus Again

25 (A)Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of (B)the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you (C)in the garden with him?” 27 Peter again denied it, and (D)at once a rooster crowed.

Jesus Before Pilate

28 (E)Then they led Jesus (F)from the house of Caiaphas to (G)the governor's headquarters.[a] It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor's headquarters, (H)so that they would not be defiled, (I)but could eat the Passover. 29 (J)So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, (K)“Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” 32 (L)This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken (M)to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

My Kingdom Is Not of This World

33 (N)So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, (O)“Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, (P)“My kingdom (Q)is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, (R)my servants would have been fighting, that (S)I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, (T)“You say that I am a king. (U)For this purpose I was born and for this purpose (V)I have come into the world—(W)to bear witness to the truth. (X)Everyone who is (Y)of the truth (Z)listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, (AA)he went back outside to the Jews and told them, (AB)“I find no guilt in him. 39 (AC)But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 They cried out again, (AD)“Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.[b]

Jesus Delivered to Be Crucified

19 Then Pilate took Jesus and (AE)flogged him. (AF)And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that (AG)I find no guilt in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing (AH)the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, (AI)“Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, (AJ)“Take him yourselves and crucify him, for (AK)I find no guilt in him.” The Jews[c] answered him, “We have a law, and (AL)according to that law he ought to die because (AM)he has made himself the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this statement, (AN)he was even more afraid. (AO)He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, (AP)“Where are you from?” But (AQ)Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, (AR)“You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore (AS)he who delivered me over to you (AT)has the greater sin.”

12 From then on (AU)Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar's friend. (AV)Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on (AW)the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic[d] Gabbatha. 14 Now it was (AX)the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour.[e] He said to the Jews, (AY)“Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, (AZ)“Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 (BA)So he (BB)delivered him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

So they took Jesus, 17 and (BC)he went out, (BD)bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 (BE)There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate (BF)also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for (BG)the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate answered, (BH)“What I have written I have written.”


  1. John 18:28 Greek the praetorium
  2. John 18:40 Or an insurrectionist
  3. John 19:7 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verses 12, 14, 31, 38
  4. John 19:13 Or Hebrew; also verses 17, 20
  5. John 19:14 That is, about noon

Cross references:

  1. John 18:25 : For ver. 25-27, see Matt. 26:71-75; Mark 14:69-72; Luke 22:58-62
  2. John 18:26 : ver. 10
  3. John 18:26 : ver. 1
  4. John 18:27 : ch. 13:38
  5. John 18:28 : Matt. 27:2; Mark 15:1; Luke 23:1
  6. John 18:28 : ver. 24
  7. John 18:28 : ver. 33; ch. 19:9; See Matt. 27:27
  8. John 18:28 : Acts 10:28; 11:3; [ch. 11:55]
  9. John 18:28 : [ch. 19:14]
  10. John 18:29 : For ver. 29-38, see Matt. 27:11-14; Mark 15:2-5; Luke 23:2, 3
  11. John 18:31 : [ch. 19:6]
  12. John 18:32 : [ch. 13:18]
  13. John 18:32 : ch. 12:32, 33; Matt. 20:19; 26:2; Mark 10:33; Luke 18:32
  14. John 18:33 : ch. 19:9
  15. John 18:33 : [ch. 19:12]
  16. John 18:36 : [ch. 6:15; Dan. 2:44; 7:14, 27; Luke 17:21]
  17. John 18:36 : ch. 8:23; [ch. 15:19; 17:14, 16; 1 John 2:16; 4:5]
  18. John 18:36 : [Matt. 26:53]
  19. John 18:36 : ch. 19:16
  20. John 18:37 : See Luke 22:70
  21. John 18:37 : [ch. 12:27; Rom. 14:9]
  22. John 18:37 : ch. 16:28
  23. John 18:37 : ch. 3:11, 32; 5:31; 8:13, 14, 18
  24. John 18:37 : 1 John 4:6; [ch. 8:47]
  25. John 18:37 : 1 John 2:21; 3:19
  26. John 18:37 : ch. 10:16, 27
  27. John 18:38 : ch. 19:4
  28. John 18:38 : ch. 19:4, 6; See Luke 23:4
  29. John 18:39 : For ver. 39, 40, see Matt. 27:15-18, 20-23; Mark 15:6-14; Luke 23:18-23
  30. John 18:40 : Acts 3:14
  31. John 19:1 : Matt. 20:19; 27:26; Mark 15:15; Luke 23:16
  32. John 19:2 : Matt. 27:27-30; Mark 15:16-19
  33. John 19:4 : ver. 6; ch. 18:38
  34. John 19:5 : ver. 2
  35. John 19:5 : [ver. 14]
  36. John 19:6 : [ch. 18:31]
  37. John 19:6 : ver. 4
  38. John 19:7 : Lev. 24:16; [ch. 10:33]
  39. John 19:7 : ch. 5:17, 18; 10:36; Matt. 26:63; Luke 22:70
  40. John 19:8 : [Matt. 27:19]
  41. John 19:9 : ch. 18:33
  42. John 19:9 : ch. 7:27
  43. John 19:9 : [ch. 18:37]; See Matt. 26:63
  44. John 19:11 : [Rom. 13:1]
  45. John 19:11 : [ch. 18:14, 28-32; Matt. 27:2]
  46. John 19:11 : See ch. 9:41
  47. John 19:12 : Acts 3:13
  48. John 19:12 : See Luke 23:2
  49. John 19:13 : Matt. 27:19
  50. John 19:14 : [ch. 18:28]; See Matt. 27:62
  51. John 19:14 : [ver. 5]
  52. John 19:15 : Luke 23:18; [Acts 21:36]
  53. John 19:16 : Matt. 27:26; Mark 15:15; Luke 23:25
  54. John 19:16 : ch. 18:36-40
  55. John 19:17 : Matt. 27:33; Mark 15:22; Luke 23:33
  56. John 19:17 : Luke 14:27; [Matt. 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26]
  57. John 19:18 : Matt. 27:38; Mark 15:24, 27; Luke 23:32, 33
  58. John 19:19 : [Matt. 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38]
  59. John 19:20 : ver. 17; [Num. 15:35, 36; Heb. 13:12]
  60. John 19:22 : [Gen. 43:14; Esth. 4:16]
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Psalm 119:113-128


113 I hate (A)the double-minded,
but I love (B)your law.
114 You are my (C)hiding place and my (D)shield;
I (E)hope in your word.
115 (F)Depart from me, you evildoers,
that I may (G)keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me (H)according to your promise, that I may live,
and let me not be (I)put to shame in my (J)hope!
117 (K)Hold me up, that I may be safe
and have regard for your statutes continually!
118 You (L)spurn all who (M)go astray from your statutes,
for their cunning is in vain.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like (N)dross,
therefore (O)I love your testimonies.
120 My flesh (P)trembles for fear of you,
and I am afraid of your judgments.


121 I have done what is just and right;
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Give your servant (Q)a pledge of good;
let not (R)the insolent oppress me.
123 My (S)eyes long for your salvation
and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
and (T)teach me your statutes.
125 I am your (U)servant; (V)give me understanding,
that I may know your testimonies!
126 It is time for the Lord to act,
for your law has been broken.
127 Therefore I (W)love your commandments
above gold, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;
I hate every (X)false way.

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Proverbs 16:10-11

10 (A)An oracle is on the lips of a king;
his mouth does not sin in judgment.
11 (B)A just balance and scales are the Lord's;
all the weights in the bag are his work.

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05/29/2020 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 14:1-15:22, John 18:1-24, Psalms 119:97-112, Proverbs 16:8-9

Today is the 29th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we continue the journey forward step by step, day by day, right, paddle by paddle however…whatever metaphor we want to use. We’re moving forward systematically, stably, every single day moving forward through the Bible. And man, we’re ending another month almost and it’s just…well…I don’t even want to start on that. Let’s just kind of dive into where we are. We’re picking up the story of David’s family. David is the king of Israel, the second king of Israel and we’ve kind of gone through the ups and downs of his reign in his kingdom and how we came to be and sort of the deterioration that is happening inside of his family because of some of the choices that he’s made is…one of his sons, Absalom, is estranged from the king living in Geshur with his grandparents. He’s estranged because he killed one of his brothers, Amnon and he did this because Amnon raped his sister Tamar. So, yeah, some issues going on in David’s family. And we’ll pick up the story today. Second Samuel chapter 14 verse 1 through 15 verse 22. And we’re reading from the English Standard Version this week.


Okay. So, we are in an ongoing narrative. In other words, every day’s reading kinda builds upon the day before and the story is being told in second Samuel of David’s life and his reign and his family. And, you know, in other parts of the Bible we’re…were dealing with other genres. So, we may be leading…reading lists of things or we may…may be reading prophecies of something. But this is laid out in story form. And, so, we’re following along, and each day reveals a little bit more of the story. And you see how these things looks, like what’s going on now, how they developed over time and over choices, right? So, this whole thing, kind of what’s going on now begins with David and Bathsheba and we’ve already talked about all of the things that happened in that sordid deal. Like, David committed murder by allowing Bathsheba’s husband to be killed in battle. Like some things really, really bad or happening. People are seeing this including David’s own family. And then David’s daughter Tamar gets raped by David’s son, Amnon. And David does…doesn’t really do…like doesn’t really do much about it. It’s Absalom…Tamar’s brother, another of her brothers who waits two years. Like, there’s two years here for David to deal with this and he doesn’t, and Absalom does and kills Amnon and then flees for his life to his grandparents because he’s the son of a royal union. This is kind of how things would work. A king would…would marry a princess, the daughter of a king from somewhere else. She would come to live with him and be his wife and they would have children together, but this would kind of cement an alliance. Like, what king is going to go to battle with another king who is married to his…like who has in his possession his daughter, right? So, this is how these things go. And Absalom is the son of royalty. His grandparents are royalty in Geshur. And, so, he goes there and that’s where he is for these years. And then we saw the whole plot of the general, Joab, to get Absalom back to Jerusalem and…and he does but then David ignores Absalom for two more years. Meanwhile, Absalom’s out on the street, making friends and influencing people, stealing the heart of Jerusalem away from the king. And, so, we leave today’s reading with Absalom having gone Hebron to initiate a coup against his father, the king of Israel. And David, he’s been down this road before, right? We followed in the paths of David when he is fleeing from Saul. So, David kind of knows how to smell the danger and he’s on his way out of town. Like he is fleeing from his own son who intends to take the kingship and the kingdom from his father. And on so many levels it appears that so much of this unrest that we’re seeing right now comes from systematic choices that David’s making to ignore dealing with the issues within his family.

Meanwhile, in the book of John, Jesus has been arrested. And I keep pointing this out and I…I…I will keep pointing this out until we conclude John. This is the last time we’re comin’ around this way this year. This is the last time we’re going through this story this year. In fact, the days of us kind of moving along with the disciples and hearing Jesus minister and watching Him, those days are coming to a close, because we are coming to the end of the Gospels. We’ve only got a few chapters left in the gospel of John, which is the final gospel we’ll encounter this year. So, may we pay close attention and allow it to plant itself in our lives and in our hearts as we prepare to move forward in the New Testament.


Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for all of the different ways that we encounter Your word, all the different kinds of styles of writing and genres. And, as we’re moving through second Samuel we thank You for this narrative story and we can see the disrespect that has grown between Absalom and King David and we can see even why and we begin to see the disintegration here. And if we take enough time to just think back over our lives, we find parallels. And, so, we invite Your Holy Spirit to continue to lead us forward into all truth. And as these stories reveal themselves, we ask that wisdom would reveal where the paths that we are choosing is going to lead us. This is what we need. We need Your direction in our lives and then we need to obey it and humble ourselves before You and obey You. So, come Holy Spirit, show us where we’re going because of the choices that we’re making we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday May 29, 2020 (NIV)

2 Samuel 14:1-15:22

Absalom Returns to Jerusalem

14 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew (A)that the king's heart went out to Absalom. And Joab sent to (B)Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman and said to her, “Pretend to be a mourner and put on mourning garments. (C)Do not anoint yourself with oil, but behave like a woman who has been mourning many days for the dead. Go to the king and speak thus to him.” So Joab (D)put the words in her mouth.

When the woman of Tekoa came to the king, (E)she fell on her face to the ground and paid homage and said, (F)“Save me, O king.” And the king said to her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, (G)“Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead. And your servant had two sons, and they quarreled with one another in the field. There was no one to separate them, and one struck the other and killed him. And now the whole clan has risen against your servant, and they say, ‘Give up the man who struck his brother, that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed.’ And so they would (H)destroy the heir also. Thus they would quench my coal that is left and leave to my husband neither name nor (I)remnant on the face of the earth.”

Then the king said to the woman, “Go to your house, and I will give orders concerning you.” And the woman of Tekoa said to the king, (J)“On me be the guilt, my lord the king, and on my father's house; let the king and his throne be guiltless.” 10 The king said, “If anyone says anything to you, bring him to me, and he shall never touch you again.” 11 Then she said, “Please let the king invoke the Lord your God, that (K)the avenger of blood kill no more, and my son be not destroyed.” He said, (L)“As the Lord lives, (M)not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.”

12 Then the woman said, “Please let your servant speak a word to my lord the king.” He said, “Speak.” 13 And the woman said, “Why then have you planned such a thing against (N)the people of God? For in giving this decision the king convicts himself, inasmuch as the king does not bring (O)his banished one home again. 14 We must all die; we are (P)like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means (Q)so that the banished one will not remain an outcast. 15 Now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid, and your servant thought, ‘I will speak to the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his servant. 16 For the king will hear and deliver his servant from the hand of the man who would destroy me and my son together from (R)the heritage of God.’ 17 And your servant thought, ‘The word of my lord the king will set me at rest,’ for my lord the king is (S)like the angel of God to discern good and evil. The Lord your God be with you!”

18 Then the king answered the woman, “Do not hide from me anything I ask you.” And the woman said, “Let my lord the king speak.” 19 The king said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?” The woman answered and said, (T)“As surely as you live, my lord the king, one cannot turn to the right hand or to the left from anything that my lord the king has said. It was your servant Joab who commanded me; (U)it was he who put all these words in the mouth of your servant. 20 In order to change the course of things your servant Joab did this. But my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of (V)the angel of God to know all things that are on the earth.”

21 Then the king said to Joab, “Behold now, I grant this; go, bring back the young man Absalom.” 22 And Joab fell on his face to the ground and paid homage (W)and blessed the king. And Joab said, “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord the king, in that the king has granted the request of his servant.” 23 So Joab arose and went to (X)Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. 24 And the king said, “Let him dwell apart in his own house; he is not to come into my presence.” So Absalom lived apart in his own house and did not come into the king's presence.

25 Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. (Y)From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. 26 And when he cut the hair of his head (for at the end of every year he used to cut it; when it was heavy on him, he (Z)cut it), he weighed the hair of his head, two hundred shekels[a] by the king's weight. 27 There were born (AA)to Absalom three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a beautiful woman.

28 So Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, without coming into the king's presence. 29 Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but Joab would not come to him. And he sent a second time, but Joab would not come. 30 Then he said to his servants, “See, Joab's field is next to mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire.” So Absalom's servants set the field on fire.[b] 31 Then Joab arose and went to Absalom at his house and said to him, “Why have your servants set my field on fire?” 32 Absalom answered Joab, “Behold, I sent word to you, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the king, to ask, “Why have I come from (AB)Geshur? It would be better for me to be there still.” Now therefore let me go into the presence of the king, (AC)and if there is guilt in me, let him put me to death.’” 33 Then Joab went to the king and told him, and he summoned Absalom. So he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.

Absalom's Conspiracy

15 After this Absalom (AD)got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him. And Absalom used to rise early and stand beside (AE)the way of the gate. And when any man had a dispute to come before the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?” And when he said, “Your servant is of such and such a tribe in Israel,” Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but there is no man designated by the king to hear you.” Then Absalom would say, (AF)“Oh that I were judge in the land! Then every man with a dispute or cause might come to me, and I would give him justice.” And whenever a man came near to pay homage to him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. Thus Absalom did to all of Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

And at the end of four[c] years Absalom said to the king, “Please let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed to the Lord, in Hebron. For your servant (AG)vowed a vow (AH)while I lived at Geshur in Aram, saying, ‘If the Lord will indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will offer worship to[d] the Lord.’” The king said to him, (AI)“Go in peace.” So he arose and went to Hebron. 10 But Absalom sent secret messengers throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then say, ‘Absalom is king at Hebron!’” 11 With Absalom went two hundred men from Jerusalem (AJ)who were invited guests, and they went in their innocence and knew nothing. 12 And while Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for[e] (AK)Ahithophel the Gilonite, (AL)David's counselor, from his city (AM)Giloh. And the conspiracy grew strong, and the people with Absalom (AN)kept increasing.

David Flees Jerusalem

13 And a messenger came to David, saying, (AO)“The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.” 14 Then David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us (AP)flee, or else there will be no escape for us from Absalom. Go quickly, lest he overtake us quickly and bring down ruin on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword.” 15 And the king's servants said to the king, “Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king decides.” 16 So the king went out, and all his household after him. And the king left (AQ)ten concubines to keep the house. 17 And the king went out, and all the people after him. And they halted at the last house.

18 And (AR)all his servants passed by him, and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the six hundred Gittites who had followed him from (AS)Gath, passed on before the king. 19 Then the king said to (AT)Ittai the Gittite, “Why do you also go with us? Go back and stay with the king, for you are a foreigner and also an exile from your home. 20 You came only yesterday, and shall I today make you wander about with us, since I go (AU)I know not where? Go back and take your brothers with you, and may the Lord show[f] steadfast love and faithfulness to you.” 21 But Ittai answered the king, (AV)“As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, (AW)wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be.” 22 And David said to Ittai, “Go then, pass on.” So Ittai the Gittite passed on with all his men and all the little ones who were with him.


  1. 2 Samuel 14:26 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
  2. 2 Samuel 14:30 Septuagint, Dead Sea Scroll add So Joab's servants came to him with their clothes torn, and they said to him, “The servants of Absalom have set your field on fire.”
  3. 2 Samuel 15:7 Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew forty
  4. 2 Samuel 15:8 Or will serve
  5. 2 Samuel 15:12 Or sent
  6. 2 Samuel 15:20 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks may the Lord show

Cross references:

  1. 2 Samuel 14:1 : ch. 13:39
  2. 2 Samuel 14:2 : 2 Chr. 11:6; 20:20; Amos 1:1
  3. 2 Samuel 14:2 : [ch. 12:20; Ruth 3:3]
  4. 2 Samuel 14:3 : ver. 19; [Ex. 4:15]
  5. 2 Samuel 14:4 : ch. 1:2
  6. 2 Samuel 14:4 : 2 Kgs. 6:26
  7. 2 Samuel 14:5 : See ch. 12:1
  8. 2 Samuel 14:7 : [Matt. 21:38; Mark 12:7; Luke 20:14]
  9. 2 Samuel 14:7 : [Gen. 45:7]
  10. 2 Samuel 14:9 : 1 Sam. 25:24
  11. 2 Samuel 14:11 : Num. 35:19, 21; Deut. 19:12
  12. 2 Samuel 14:11 : See Ruth 3:13
  13. 2 Samuel 14:11 : 1 Sam. 14:45; Acts 27:34
  14. 2 Samuel 14:13 : Judg. 20:2
  15. 2 Samuel 14:13 : [ch. 13:37, 38]
  16. 2 Samuel 14:14 : [1 Sam. 7:6]
  17. 2 Samuel 14:14 : Num. 35:15, 25, 28
  18. 2 Samuel 14:16 : See 1 Sam. 26:19
  19. 2 Samuel 14:17 : ch. 19:27; 1 Sam. 29:9
  20. 2 Samuel 14:19 : 1 Sam. 1:26
  21. 2 Samuel 14:19 : ver. 3
  22. 2 Samuel 14:20 : [See ver. 17 above]; ch. 19:27; 1 Sam. 29:9
  23. 2 Samuel 14:22 : 1 Kgs. 8:66
  24. 2 Samuel 14:23 : ch. 13:38
  25. 2 Samuel 14:25 : Deut. 28:35; Job 2:7; Isa. 1:6
  26. 2 Samuel 14:26 : Ezek. 44:20
  27. 2 Samuel 14:27 : [ch. 18:18]
  28. 2 Samuel 14:32 : [See ver. 23 above]; ch. 13:38
  29. 2 Samuel 14:32 : 1 Sam. 20:8
  30. 2 Samuel 15:1 : 1 Kgs. 1:5
  31. 2 Samuel 15:2 : See Ruth 4:1
  32. 2 Samuel 15:4 : Judg. 9:29
  33. 2 Samuel 15:8 : Gen. 28:20, 21; 1 Sam. 1:11
  34. 2 Samuel 15:8 : ch. 13:38
  35. 2 Samuel 15:9 : 1 Sam. 1:17
  36. 2 Samuel 15:11 : [1 Sam. 9:13; 16:3, 5]
  37. 2 Samuel 15:12 : ver. 31; ch. 16:20; 17:1, 14, 23
  38. 2 Samuel 15:12 : 1 Chr. 27:33; [Ps. 41:9; 55:12-14]
  39. 2 Samuel 15:12 : Josh. 15:51
  40. 2 Samuel 15:12 : Ps. 3:1
  41. 2 Samuel 15:13 : Judg. 9:3
  42. 2 Samuel 15:14 : ch. 19:9
  43. 2 Samuel 15:16 : ch. 16:21, 22; 20:3
  44. 2 Samuel 15:18 : See ch. 8:18
  45. 2 Samuel 15:18 : 1 Sam. 27:2
  46. 2 Samuel 15:19 : ch. 18:2
  47. 2 Samuel 15:20 : [1 Sam. 23:13]
  48. 2 Samuel 15:21 : See Ruth 3:13
  49. 2 Samuel 15:21 : [Ruth 1:16, 17]
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John 18:1-24

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

18 When Jesus had spoken these words, (A)he went out with his disciples across (B)the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew (C)the place, for (D)Jesus often met there with his disciples. (E)So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, (F)knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, (G)“Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.”[a] Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. (H)When Jesus[b] said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, (I)“Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” (J)This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” 10 Then Simon Peter, (K)having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant[c] and cut off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; (L)shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

Jesus Faces Annas and Caiaphas

12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews[d] arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they (M)led him to (N)Annas, for he was the father-in-law of (O)Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews (P)that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

Peter Denies Jesus

15 (Q)Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16 (R)but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. 17 (S)The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the servants[e] and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. (T)Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19 (U)The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken (V)openly (W)to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. (X)I have said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, (Y)“Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” 24 (Z)Annas then sent him bound to (AA)Caiaphas the high priest.


  1. John 18:5 Greek I am; also verses 6, 8
  2. John 18:6 Greek he
  3. John 18:10 Or bondservant; twice in this verse
  4. John 18:12 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verses 14, 31, 36, 38
  5. John 18:18 Or bondservants; also verse 26
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Psalm 119:97-112


97 Oh how (A)I love your law!
It is my (B)meditation all the day.
98 Your commandment makes me (C)wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for (D)your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than (E)the aged,[a]
for I (F)keep your precepts.
101 I (G)hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
102 I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
103 How (H)sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore (I)I hate every false way.


105 (J)Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
106 I have (K)sworn an oath and confirmed it,
to keep your (L)righteous rules.
107 I am severely (M)afflicted;
(N)give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
108 Accept (O)my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,
and (P)teach me your rules.
109 I hold my life (Q)in my hand continually,
but I do not (R)forget your law.
110 The wicked have laid (S)a snare for me,
but (T)I do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your testimonies are (U)my heritage forever,
for they are (V)the joy of my heart.
112 I (W)incline my heart to perform your statutes
forever, (X)to the end.[b]


  1. Psalm 119:100 Or the elders
  2. Psalm 119:112 Or statutes; the reward is eternal
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Proverbs 16:8-9

(A)Better is a little with righteousness
than great revenues with injustice.
(B)The heart of man plans his way,
but (C)the Lord establishes his steps.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday May 28, 2020 (NIV)

2 Samuel 13

Amnon and Tamar

13 Now (A)Absalom, David's son, had a beautiful sister, whose name was (B)Tamar. And after a time Amnon, David's son, loved her. And Amnon was so tormented that he made himself ill because of his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin, and it seemed impossible to Amnon to do anything to her. But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of (C)Shimeah, David's brother. And Jonadab was a very crafty man. And he said to him, “O son of the king, why are you so haggard morning after morning? Will you not tell me?” Amnon said to him, “I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.” Jonadab said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Let my sister Tamar come and give me bread to eat, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.’” So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. And when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come and (D)make a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat from her hand.”

Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, “Go to your brother Amnon's house and prepare food for him.” So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house, where he was lying down. And she took dough and kneaded it and made cakes in his sight and baked the cakes. And she took the pan and emptied it out before him, but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, (E)“Send out everyone from me.” So everyone went out from him. 10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the chamber, that I may eat from your hand.” And Tamar took the cakes she had made and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother. 11 But when she brought them near him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, “Come, lie with me, my sister.” 12 She answered him, “No, my brother, do not violate[a] me, for (F)such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this (G)outrageous thing. 13 As for me, where could I carry my shame? And as for you, you would be as one of (H)the outrageous fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.” 14 But he would not listen to her, and being stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her.

15 Then Amnon hated her with very great hatred, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up! Go!” 16 But she said to him, “No, my brother, for this wrong in sending me away is greater than the other that you did to me.”[b] But he would not listen to her. 17 He called the young man who served him and said, “Put this woman out of my presence and bolt the door after her.” 18 Now she was wearing (I)a long robe with sleeves,[c] for thus were the virgin daughters of the king dressed. So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. 19 And Tamar (J)put ashes on her head and (K)tore the long robe that she wore. And (L)she laid her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went.

20 And her brother Absalom said to her, “Has Amnon your brother been with you? Now hold your peace, my sister. He is your brother; do not take this to heart.” So Tamar lived, a desolate woman, in her brother Absalom's house. 21 When King David heard of all these things, he was very angry.[d] 22 But Absalom spoke to Amnon (M)neither good nor bad, for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had violated his sister Tamar.

Absalom Murders Amnon

23 After two full years Absalom had (N)sheepshearers at Baal-hazor, which is near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king's sons. 24 And Absalom came to the king and said, “Behold, your servant has sheepshearers. Please let the king and his servants go with your servant.” 25 But the king said to Absalom, “No, my son, let us not all go, lest we be burdensome to you.” He pressed him, but he would not go but gave him his blessing. 26 Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us.” And the king said to him, “Why should he go with you?” 27 But Absalom pressed him until he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him. 28 Then Absalom commanded his servants, “Mark when Amnon's (O)heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon,’ then kill him. Do not fear; have I not commanded you? Be courageous and be valiant.” 29 So the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and each mounted his mule and fled.

30 While they were on the way, news came to David, “Absalom has struck down all the king's sons, and not one of them is left.” 31 Then the king arose and (P)tore his garments and (Q)lay on the earth. And all his servants who were standing by tore their garments. 32 But (R)Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's brother, said, “Let not my lord suppose that they have killed all the young men, the king's sons, for Amnon alone is dead. For by the command of Absalom this has been determined from the day he violated his sister Tamar. 33 Now therefore let not my lord the king so (S)take it to heart as to suppose that all the king's sons are dead, for Amnon alone is dead.”

Absalom Flees to Geshur

34 (T)But Absalom fled. And the young man who kept the watch lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, many people were coming from the road behind him[e] by the side of the mountain. 35 And Jonadab said to the king, “Behold, the king's sons have come; as your servant said, so it has come about.” 36 And as soon as he had finished speaking, behold, the king's sons came and lifted up their voice and wept. And the king also and all his servants wept very bitterly.

37 (U)But Absalom fled and went to (V)Talmai the son of Ammihud, king of (W)Geshur. And David mourned for his son day after day. 38 (X)So Absalom fled and went to Geshur, and was there three years. 39 And the spirit of the king[f] longed to go out[g] to Absalom, because (Y)he was comforted about Amnon, since he was dead.


  1. 2 Samuel 13:12 Or humiliate; also verses 14, 22, 32
  2. 2 Samuel 13:16 Compare Septuagint, Vulgate; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  3. 2 Samuel 13:18 Or a robe of many colors (compare Genesis 37:3); compare long robe, verse 19
  4. 2 Samuel 13:21 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint add But he would not punish his son Amnon, because he loved him, since he was his firstborn
  5. 2 Samuel 13:34 Septuagint the Horonaim Road
  6. 2 Samuel 13:39 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Hebrew David
  7. 2 Samuel 13:39 Compare Vulgate ceased to go out
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John 17

The High Priestly Prayer

17 When Jesus had spoken these words, (A)he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, (B)the hour has come; (C)glorify your Son that the Son may (D)glorify you, since (E)you have given him authority over all flesh, (F)to give eternal life to all (G)whom you have given him. (H)And this is eternal life, (I)that they know you, (J)the only (K)true God, and (L)Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I (M)glorified you on earth, (N)having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, (O)glorify me in your own presence with the glory (P)that I had with you (Q)before the world existed.

(R)“I have manifested your name to the people (S)whom you gave me out of the world. (T)Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything (U)that you have given me is from you. For I have given them (V)the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that (W)I came from you; and (X)they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. (Y)I am not praying for the world but for those (Z)whom you have given me, for (AA)they are yours. 10 (AB)All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and (AC)I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but (AD)they are in the world, and (AE)I am coming to you. (AF)Holy Father, (AG)keep them in your name, (AH)which you have given me, (AI)that they may be one, (AJ)even as we are one. 12 (AK)While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have (AL)guarded them, and (AM)not one of them has been lost except (AN)the son of destruction, (AO)that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now (AP)I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have (AQ)my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 (AR)I have given them your word, and (AS)the world has hated them (AT)because they are not of the world, (AU)just as I am not of the world. 15 I (AV)do not ask that you (AW)take them out of the world, but that you (AX)keep them from (AY)the evil one.[a] 16 (AZ)They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 (BA)Sanctify them[b] in the truth; (BB)your word is truth. 18 (BC)As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And (BD)for their sake (BE)I consecrate myself,[c] that they also (BF)may be sanctified[d] in truth.

20 “I do not (BG)ask for these only, but also for those (BH)who will believe in me through their word, 21 (BI)that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that (BJ)they also may be in (BK)us, so that the world (BL)may believe that you have sent me. 22 (BM)The glory that you have given me (BN)I have given to them, (BO)that they may be one even as we are one, 23 (BP)I in them and you in me, (BQ)that they may become perfectly one, (BR)so that the world may know that you sent me and (BS)loved them even as (BT)you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be (BU)with me (BV)where I am, (BW)to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me (BX)before the foundation of the world. 25 (BY)O righteous Father, even though (BZ)the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 (CA)I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love (CB)with which you have loved me may be in them, and (CC)I in them.”


  1. John 17:15 Or from evil
  2. John 17:17 Greek Set them apart (for holy service to God)
  3. John 17:19 Or I sanctify myself; or I set myself apart (for holy service to God)
  4. John 17:19 Greek may be set apart (for holy service to God)

Cross references:

  1. John 17:1 : ch. 11:41
  2. John 17:1 : [ch. 7:30]; See ch. 12:23
  3. John 17:1 : See ch. 7:39
  4. John 17:1 : ver. 4
  5. John 17:2 : See Matt. 28:18; Rev. 2:26, 27
  6. John 17:2 : ch. 10:28; 1 John 2:25
  7. John 17:2 : ver. 6, 9, 24; ch. 6:37, 39; 10:29; 18:9; Heb. 2:13
  8. John 17:3 : [1 John 5:20]
  9. John 17:3 : Hos. 2:20; 6:3; 2 Pet. 1:2, 3
  10. John 17:3 : ch. 5:44
  11. John 17:3 : 1 Thess. 1:9; 1 John 5:20; [Jer. 10:10]
  12. John 17:3 : See ch. 3:17
  13. John 17:4 : ver. 1; See ch. 13:31
  14. John 17:4 : [ch. 19:30; Luke 22:37]
  15. John 17:5 : ch. 13:32
  16. John 17:5 : ch. 1:1, 2; [Rev. 3:21]
  17. John 17:5 : ver. 24; Prov. 8:23; See ch. 8:58
  18. John 17:6 : ver. 26; Ps. 22:22
  19. John 17:6 : See ver. 2
  20. John 17:6 : ver. 9
  21. John 17:7 : [See ver. 6 above]; ver. 9
  22. John 17:8 : ver. 14; ch. 15:15; [ch. 8:26; 12:49]
  23. John 17:8 : ch. 8:42; 16:27
  24. John 17:8 : ver. 21, 25; ch. 11:42; 16:30
  25. John 17:9 : [ver. 20, 21]
  26. John 17:9 : See ver. 2
  27. John 17:9 : ver. 6
  28. John 17:10 : ch. 16:15
  29. John 17:10 : 2 Thess. 1:10
  30. John 17:11 : ch. 13:1
  31. John 17:11 : See ch. 14:12
  32. John 17:11 : [ver. 25]
  33. John 17:11 : ver. 12, 15; Jude 1
  34. John 17:11 : [Ex. 23:21; Phil. 2:9; Rev. 19:12]
  35. John 17:11 : ver. 21, 22; [ch. 10:16; Rom. 12:5; Gal. 3:28; Eph. 1:10; 4:4]
  36. John 17:11 : ch. 10:30
  37. John 17:12 : See ch. 14:25
  38. John 17:12 : 2 Thess. 3:3; Jude 24
  39. John 17:12 : ch. 18:9; [ch. 6:39; 10:28]
  40. John 17:12 : 2 Thess. 2:3
  41. John 17:12 : Ps. 109:8; Acts 1:16-20; [ch. 13:18]
  42. John 17:13 : See ch. 14:12
  43. John 17:13 : See ch. 15:11
  44. John 17:14 : ver. 3
  45. John 17:14 : See ch. 15:19
  46. John 17:14 : ver. 16
  47. John 17:14 : ch. 8:23
  48. John 17:15 : ver. 9
  49. John 17:15 : [1 Cor. 5:10]
  50. John 17:15 : ver. 11
  51. John 17:15 : See Matt. 13:19
  52. John 17:16 : ver. 14
  53. John 17:17 : [1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:22]; See ch. 15:3
  54. John 17:17 : 2 Sam. 7:28; Ps. 119:160
  55. John 17:18 : ch. 20:21; [ch. 4:38; Matt. 10:5]
  56. John 17:19 : [Titus 2:14]
  57. John 17:19 : ch. 10:36
  58. John 17:19 : [1 Cor. 1:2, 30; 6:11; Heb. 2:11; 10:10]
  59. John 17:20 : ver. 9
  60. John 17:20 : [ch. 4:39; Rom. 10:14; 1 Cor. 3:5]
  61. John 17:21 : See ver. 11; [1 Cor. 6:17]
  62. John 17:21 : 1 John 1:3; 3:24; 5:20
  63. John 17:21 : ch. 14:23
  64. John 17:21 : See ver. 8
  65. John 17:22 : ver. 24; [ch. 1:14; Luke 9:26]
  66. John 17:22 : Rom. 8:30
  67. John 17:22 : [See ver. 21 above]; See ver. 11; [1 Cor. 6:17]
  68. John 17:23 : ver. 26; ch. 14:20; Rom. 8:10; 2 Cor. 13:5
  69. John 17:23 : 1 John 2:5; [Col. 3:14; 1 John 4:12, 17]
  70. John 17:23 : ver. 21; ch. 14:31
  71. John 17:23 : ch. 16:27
  72. John 17:23 : ver. 24, 26; See ch. 5:20
  73. John 17:24 : 2 Tim. 2:11, 12
  74. John 17:24 : See ch. 12:26
  75. John 17:24 : ch. 1:14; 2 Cor. 3:18; [1 John 3:2]
  76. John 17:24 : Eph. 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:20; See ver. 5
  77. John 17:25 : Jer. 12:1; [ver. 11; Rev. 16:5]; See 1 John 1:9
  78. John 17:25 : See ch. 8:55; 10:15
  79. John 17:26 : ver. 6; ch. 15:15
  80. John 17:26 : ver. 23; ch. 15:9
  81. John 17:26 : See ver. 23
English Standard Version (ESV)

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Psalm 119:81-96


81 My soul (A)longs for your salvation;
I (B)hope in your word.
82 My (C)eyes long for your promise;
I ask, (D)“When will you comfort me?”
83 For I have (E)become like a (F)wineskin in the smoke,
yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
84 (G)How long must your servant endure?[a]
(H)When will you judge those who persecute me?
85 (I)The insolent have (J)dug pitfalls for me;
they do not live according to your law.
86 All your commandments are (K)sure;
they persecute me (L)with falsehood; (M)help me!
87 They have almost made an end of me on earth,
but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 In your steadfast love (N)give me life,
that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.


89 Forever, O Lord, your (O)word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90 Your (P)faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have (Q)established the earth, and it (R)stands fast.
91 By your (S)appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my (T)delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have (U)given me life.
94 I am yours; save me,
(V)for I have sought your precepts.
95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly (W)broad.


  1. Psalm 119:84 Hebrew How many are the days of your servant?
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Proverbs 16:6-7

By (A)steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by (B)the fear of the Lord one (C)turns away from evil.
When a man's ways please the Lord,
(D)he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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05/28/2020 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 13:1-39, John 17:1-26, Psalms 119:81-96, Proverbs 16:6-7

Today is the 28th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you today around the Global Campfire as we move forward, taking the next step. And in the Old Testament that leads us back into the book of second Samuel, where we have been learning about King David. And the story has gotten kind of sorted and kind of dark because there’s been some really, really grievous things that the king has been able to do. I mean, specifically he’s taken another man’s wife. Her name is Bathsheba and…and the…the man who was married to her, his name was Uriah and he’s one of the loyalist people in the kingdom. And yet David had him killed in battle. And, so, this has not gone well. There is a disintegration that is beginning to take place within the family of David. And, so, we will continue with that story today. Second Samuel chapter 13 and we’re reading from the English Standard Version this week.


Okay. So, second Samuel we got some serious drama, I mean serious family issues going on in the family of the king and this all begins with an action by the king himself, the adulteress taking of Bathsheba. So, I mean like here’s the deal. At this time, you know, the king had many wives and many concubines. When we get to Solomon’s reign, I mean we’ll see that it’s like 300 wives and 700 concubines. So, David has plenty of female companionship. And it may seem like this is craziness, but at this time in this world that we’re reading about there are practical reasons for this. This is the king. And, so, for the house of David, for the house of the king to endure there needs to be lots of offspring. And we’ve seen it in the Bible, but it’s also historically accurate. A lot of times when there is a usurper, somebody takes over, you…either one country takes over another country or somebody rises up in a coup or whatever then there’s an attempt to wipe the house out, like kill everybody. So, the more there are the more spread out they are the more that the likelihood is that there is some kind of offspring left over. And we see that happen in the Bible. The point though is that David, the king of Israel who is a person who has actually gotten great character, we’ve watched his character in formation, has done some really stupid things in this matter. And this never needed to happen. He never needed to take Bathsheba. He never needed to take somebody else’s wife. He had no shortage of companionship if that’s what he was after. Nevertheless, what happened here is an undermining, the beginning of a disintegration. Like it’s as if inside the family, respect for the king has been lost because of this. And, so, we see one of David’s daughters being raped by one of David’s sons and we see another son, Absalom, plot and wait for two years to do away with that son, Amnon who had raped his sister Tamar. And we see this whole thing happen and Amnon is dead, one of the king’s sons is dead. And now Absalom has fled to the city of his grandparents up near the Galilee, to Geshur, which ironically, later on, much later on in the first century during Jesus time, this…this city or this area will be known as Bethsaida, a place Jesus frequented and did miracles in.

And speaking of Jesus, today we get to the 17th chapter of John, which is known as Jesus High Priestly Prayer. And, so, listen to these words right here from Jesus. “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you Father are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” Did you…did you catch that? I mean, you’re probably thinking theologically about oneness right, but did you catch the first part of that? “I do not ask for these only but also for those who will believe in me through their word.” That us! That’s us! That’s me and that’s you! So, in this high priestly prayer Jesus is praying for us, that we may all be one. And, so, often we look at this in terms of unity. Although that word isn’t in here like we look at this like we will all be one we all get on the same page, like when we’re all thinking the same things and we have reached agreement on all things then we will be in unity and then will be able to do something, but when I read this it doesn’t sound like unity to me, “that they may all be one, just as you Father are in Me and I in you, that they also may be in Us so the world may believe that You have sent Me.” That doesn’t sound like just getting everybody uniform and on the same page. That sounds like an intertwining, like come…you in me and I in you and us in them…like this is an intertwining. Like…I’ve been married to Jill for a long time now. I think I could safely say that our lives are intertwined. We are individual, we are separate, but our lives are intertwined with each other to the point that if…man…just even saying it…like if something…if something happened to her I wouldn’t know how to find myself again very easily with without her. Like we are intertwined together in our lives. So, like yes, we are individual people with individual convictions and individual sensibilities, and we’re not always on the same page at all, but our lives are intertwined to the point that like knowing where I begin and end and…and how…what’s mine and hers…like it's…it’s all together because we are being made one. This is happening over time. This is happening over the course of our lifetimes. There are areas in our lives that we began completely polar opposites that we have become one on and this continues to happen because we are intertwined together. That’s more what I think Jesus is describing here, that they may all be one, just as You Father are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us so that the world may believe that you have sent Me. We can be intertwined more intimately than even our marriage unions. We can be intertwined with God more deeply than even that relationship because we’re made for it. It’s how it’s supposed to be and this is what Jesus is describing and praying for. And He’s praying for us, that we may realize this is.

So, we have a path of David today, a path where he was utterly dependent on God and clinging to God just to survive through the next day to the point that he has become all powerful and has made choices that are undermining his authority, his kingdom and his family. And then we have Jesus the Savior praying over His friends to the Father and not only over His friends, but everyone who will believe through their word. So, praying for us as well, that we may be one, that we may find that being intertwined with God in the dance of life, a dance that will go on forever, a dance that will show us things that we can’t even fathom now because who knows what we will learn over the next 1 million years. Like what will you know like 14 billion years from now that you don’t know now? And to know that this intertwining never ends? So, yeah, we get some stark looks at a couple of different paths today. May we choose the path of Jesus.


Holy Spirit we invite You into that even as we are reading about You coming as a helper, You coming as the spirit of truth and leading us into all truth, even as that is still ringing in our ears from yesterday’s reading. We invite You into all of this. It’s almost overwhelming to consider that You would love us enough to want to be in an intertwined relationship with us. And, so, we take that on faith because we know we’re not worthy. And that’s kind of the point, is to understand we have no merit here, we have no ground to stand on. We are not worthy of an intertwining relationship with God. There’s nothing we will ever do to achieve that level where we can say, “I deserve this, You must come through, I am righteous, I am like You.” Like, it’s overwhelming how good You are, and we lose sight of it because a lot of times we don’t get what we want in the moment. Like we’re so childish. And yet, You have invited us into a mature, fully grown up, intertwined relationship that is never going to end. So, come Holy Spirit and awaken us to this reality today, now, that we might live in it and walk in it and be in it and be it from this day forward, for now on so that we don’t have to live less than. You’ve offered it all to us. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name, we ask. Amen.


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Community Prayer and Praise:

I’m calling for Cheyenne whose praying for JJ and…and I want to pray for you Cheyenne. I heard your prayer on the community…community prayer line and I hear that you are feeling guilty and that your son is making you feel as if you don’t love him, if you don’t help him. But we know… Ad we know that these…when people are in a situation and their used to manipulating and using people, that they use those tactics. And we know that that guilt is false. The truth is you love JJ very much and we’re gonna pray. I just want to pray for you. Jesus, please help Cheyenne. Please help her to understand and to know the truth, that…that You love her and that she loves her son and we pray Lord that he would…would change and he would take some responsibility and he would do the things that are right. And I pray that You would help her to stand. She knows what’s right, she knows she can’t continue to pour resources into a person who is taking those and not being responsible with them. And we pray Lord Jesus that…that You just give her the…the courage to stand in that and that You would flood her with the truth of Your…of Your love for her and Your love for JJ. And Lord, help her to trust that You have him in Your hands and that You are ultimately responsible and that You will…that You will cause him to turn around. So, we pray these things over Cheyenne and JJ this morning…

Good morning my DAB family. Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love you all so much and I pray for each and every one of your prayer requests. I work very hard in keeping up-to-date and…but I love to hear from each and every one of you. I just want to lift up Rebecca from Michigan today and just thank her for calling in and being so transparent and loving the Lord so dearly. Rebecca, you are in my heart daily and I just ask dear heavenly Father You watch over Rebecca, that You bless her mightily with wisdom, to deal with her finances. If she needs another job or not Lord God, I just pray that You would provide. I pray that these debts that she has would be wiped out and Your…and that the glory would go to our precious Lord and Savior who provides us with all things. Just walk with all of us Lord as we go through the trials of…of living and…and just uplift us and bring us peace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Hello this is Faith Walker of Tennessee. I’m calling in response to Zephaniah, 23-year-old Zephaniah who called on the 25th saying that she was drawn to the word of God through the Daily Audio Bible and how the Bible is just becoming more vivid to her through this podcast. And I just thank you Zephaniah for allowing the Lord to draw you near unto Him. The word of God says draw near unto God and He will draw near unto you. Just know that I am praying for you, the Daily Audio Bible is praying for you, and you have a family of…of Saints behind you praying for you that you continue to get to know God through the word of God, that you continue to grow. And I pray that all the things that are happening in your life will be set on…the…God’s will, that course of being in the center of God’s will. Your name is a biblical name it’s a minor prophet in the Bible. And Zephaniah was used to prophesy. He was to prophesy. He concealed…revealed things unto people. And it’s a Hebrew name. He was a Hebrew minor profit. And, so, you are carrying a name of a warrior, a word of God and I just believe there’s something to that. I was moved by your testimony. So, I will continue to pray for you. Be encouraged. The Bible says draw near to God in your youth and you are doing that. Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. Amen.

Hi Daily Audio Bible family my name is Terry first-time caller from Australia. Family, I’m just calling to ask for your prayers. For about 20 years, you know, since I was 13, I have struggled with pornography and porn addiction. And, you know, I’ve tried to get over it myself, I’ve tried to pray about it, I’ve tried to buy books and read books, by programs but none of all that has worked for me. You know, sometimes I manage to get away from it but, you know, then almost go on this binge. Really struggling. It messes up my relationships, it messes up my productivity. So, I’m just asking that you would help me in prayer. Pray for me as I pray for myself. I thank you so much for this community. I’ve been listening for a while now. Very inspiring, very encouraging. So, yeah, just asking that you join me in prayer, you know. And, yeah…

Hi family it’s Shannon from Texas and I need some urgent prayer. I thought I was taking a great leap of faith and move…to go…move to this city, Dallas, which was about three hours away. I got a job which was almost…more than double in pay. I’ve been speaking with these people for several weeks over some Zoom calls. I was really excited about the job. I was supposed to start tomorrow. I got a roommate and the roommate said that I could stay for a week for free and then pay the monthly payment. I’ve been getting everything ready in the house and getting everything unpacked and cleaned and getting ready to go to work tomorrow and I’ve been talking to these people and everything and was excited to start tomorrow and they emailed me today and said they have decided against hiring me because they decided against my background which they already said they knew about my background. They said that it would be fine, and they wanted to hire me anyway. So, now here I am. I’m all moved, I’m all unpacked, I’m already to go and now I don’t have a job. So, this kind of stuff has happened to me I cannot tell you how many times. I don’t want to say…I don’t know what that is…if it’s like…I don’t know what that is. So, disappointing. And here I am driving around in my car listening to “I still believe” trying to hang on and keep the faith. So, I really, really need prayer. I love you guys. Thank you for praying. Bye.

Hi this is Bart in Kentucky. God put some people on my heart to pray for and I’m gonna lift them up here in this prayer. Some of them we haven’t heard for a while in others we have. On the list in no particular order is such. Mike from Santa Clarita. Lord lift him up and we miss his praying your pray for us. David in Kansas, He Delights in Me, Amanda from Maine and who moved to Maryland. Sweet Patricia from New Orleans. Asia in Munich. Jamaica. Asia in Chicago. Kristi from Kentucky. Diane Olive Brown in Newburgh Indiana. Show Me God’s Love. Kevin from California, Southern California with your three boys, praying for you. Curtis from Cali. Angela. Kathy from Kentucky. Terry the Trucker, triple T. His Salvation is Mine from California. Sharon the Victorious, Prayer Warrior Princess, Carrie the painter from Alabama. Dash from Indiana. Lord we lift these people up. Jordan the teacher from Michigan. Pelham from Arab Alabama. Bonnie from Virginia. Angel from California. Shantey from Detroit, Metro Detroit. Cherry Chase Cherry Pie, Monica Fraley, Gloria from New York City. Lord lift all these people up. Please bless them, guide their steps, protect them. It’s in Jesus’ name that I pray. And I thank you. Amen. This is Bart from Kentucky and I’m walking in the light.

05/27/2020 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 12:1-31, John 16:1-33, Psalms 119:65-80, Proverbs 16:4-5

Today is the 27th day of May, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it’s great to be here with you today, center of the week, hump day, right? So, it’s good…it’s good to get to the hump of the week and over the hump of the week and…and just continue to move forward, step-by-step, day by day. And now we’re kind of nearing the end of the 5th month so we see that it’s the rhythm, it's…it’s the rhythm that carries us forward. It’s the rhythm, step-by-step day by day little by little that God keeps speaking things into our lives. Slowly over time they accumulate inside of us and they transform us. And, so, it’s good to know that we’re moving forward. And we are. And it’s good to be here with you today as we take this next step forward. So, we’ve been certainly aware of where we are in the Old Testament. The kingdom is established. Kings have come to Israel and we’re learning about King David who has done something just unspeakable really. He’s had an adulterous affair with another man’s wife and then this other man’s wife who is supremely loyal to the king, he’s had this man killed in battle. Same kind of stuff Saul was trying to do to him he did to Uriah the Hittite. And he’s taken Bathsheba, his wife, to be his own wife. Such a strange turn of events. Second Samuel chapter 12 today. And we’re reading from the English Standard Version this week.


Okay. So, in the book of second Samuel Nathan the prophet confronts…confronts King David about the affair with Bathsheba. And on so many levels…on so many levels, you know, this story is such a sideways thing. We’ve followed the story of David. We watched him from the time he was a shepherd to the time that he killed Goliath and became this international hero to the time that he was on the run, running for his life from Saul. We watched Saul send him into battle numerous times hoping he’d get killed. And we watched him become the king of Israel. So, now he’s firmly the king of Israel, a person who knows what it’s like to depend on God to stay alive the next day. And he sent his army off to battle and their off battling and he’s back in the palace when he sees Bathsheba. And there’s like…we don’t have the back story here at all…but what we could say is that once he summoned her, like she didn’t have a choice after that. Like she’s gonna go see the king. And, so, yeah, the king takes her and then he tries to cover up that this has happened by bringing Uriah back from battle and trying to give him a furlough basically and let him catch his breath and go home to his wife and be with his wife and then hopefully this pregnancy will be covered up. But Uriah is loyal to the King and the kingdom. He won’t even go home. Like he won’t have the comforts of home while his brothers are in tents and on the ground and in battle. And this Uriah, we’ll see his name again. I mean he’s died in battle but when we get to kind of lists of all the important people that were around the king we will find that Uriah the Hittite was one of the elite warriors of Israel, one of the most loyal people to the king. And the king had him killed because he had an affair with his wife and got her pregnant. So, yeah, when Nathan comes and tells this story about a rich man taking the lamb of poor person and that was all he had, he was describing David and David knew it. The interesting thing…and we’re not finished with this story by any means…I mean…what we’re gonna find out is that this is kind of the beginning of the disintegration of David’s family. Like, his family is gonna begin to lose respect here. But then we look forward and through it all we see that another son was born to David and Bathsheba after he has taken her to be his wife. And after the child of the affair that has…has passed away there’s another son with a very, very famous name, somebody that we’re gonna get to know, Solomon. So, even here at this point in the story when things are really, really messed up we get clues that God continues to work through our stories no matter how messed up we make them. As soon as we stop the destruction, throw our hands up in surrender, accept where we are and repent, which is to change our minds and move in another direction, so we turn around and we start walking in a different direction. Yeah, it may take some time. We’re gonna see that takes some time for David. And some things never get right for David after this, but God brings through this David and Bathsheba the wisest person ever known, legendary until today, keeper of the Proverbs that we read primarily. But where we sit now in this story, it…it’sremarkable how far David has moved from the time that he was a shepherd and the time that he was on the run to the time that we’re in now where he is having one of his most loyal men killed to cover up an affair that he had with his wife.

We get into the book of John today and Jesus is talking about truth and the spirit of truth and a helper that he’s going to send and he’s talking to his friends and he says these interesting things. “I tell you the truth, it’s to your advantage that I go away.” So, if you are them you probably…like it wouldn’t seem like that is an advantage. If you are following this Rabbi, this master, who you are increasingly believing is sent from God and then increasingly believing is the son of the living God and He’s telling you these strange things are going to happen that are gonna separate you and He’s going to go away and that’s actually going to be an advantage, that probably wouldn’t seem that way. But he’s telling them, “if I don’t go away then the helper won’t come to you, but if I…if I go then I will send the helper or the spirit of truth.” As Jesus says, “when the spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He won’t speak on His own authority but whatever He hears He will speak He’ll declare the things that are to come.” So, we understand this is Jesus describing that He will be sending the Holy Spirit to us to lead and guide us on this earth after He ascends to the Father. So, He’s saying He’s going to go back to the Father so He won’t be seen anymore walking around as an individual but will send His Spirit back upon the earth and back upon His followers so that He’s not this individual that’s external to us, but rather we look inward because He is within us wherever we go. So it’s not like we need to look around to find Jesus anymore like the disciples had to do at times when Jesus was off praying and there looking around for him because the crowds have come and they’re like, “everybody’s looking for you.” Now what Jesus is revealing is, “you will never be separated from me.” Paul says it’s the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead that dwells within us. So, what Jesus is saying to his friends may be confusing. Like, “I’m gonna go away. I’m gonna be separated from you physically.” So, they could be like, “that’s a bad idea.” But what He’s ultimately saying is, “everybody can become aware that you are never separated from me, ever.” And what good news that is. And man, what would that change if we believed it was true like all of the time? Like if we went through a 24-hour period aware that I cannot be separated from the Spirit of truth, from the helper, from the Holy Spirit, from the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. I can’t be separated because that’s Spirit is within me. Yeahow! If we can get what we believe through our heads into our hearts and begin to live into these truths it could and should have profound impacts on the way that we live our lives. The idea of abandonment for example, how could we be abandoned? The Spirit is within us whereever we go.


Jesus, we thank You for sending the helper, for sending the Spirit of truth. And Holy Spirit we ask…like right from Jesus lips that You would guide us into all the truth because You will not speak on Your own authority but whatever You here You will speak and You will declare the things that are to come and You will glorify Jesus by taking what is his and declaring it to us. This is what we see in the Scriptures. This is what informs what we believe. We believe this. And, so, we open ourselves, we will welcome an awareness that You are within and around us and leading us and comforting us and helping us and leading us into all truth if we will simply listen to You. It’s the same as the fact that we come to a crossroads and wisdom, the Spirit of wisdom is there speaking to us, “this is the way You should go” if we would slow down. And, so, we realize this becomes so much about being aware and awake to what’s going on. So, awaken us. Let us become more aware of Your presence we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello everybody it’s Susan from Canada calling and I’m not sure how to explain this, but I moved back to Winnipeg to help my son who has stage IV cancer and it’s been over two years now that I’ve been here and he’s doing well at the moment and…but he’s not…he’s not getting a whole lot more energetic because of the lung damage that the cancer has caused plus the surgery that he needed. And he’s 41. And he just sits in his chair all day and it’s so heartbreaking to see. I don’t know if I’m getting tired of this or my heart is just so broken. But pray that somehow, someway he can get a life back. It’s a…it’s a broken mother’s heart that’s asking for prayer. And I know you will be faithful. Sometimes I just don’t even know how to pray for my boy. Love you all. Bye.

This is Mike from Redding California I just want to give you all an update on my son Ben who ran away last week. Praise God he’s home today. We are so grateful and thankful today for all your prayers and God bless you all. In Jesus’ name.

Hi everybody my name is Valerie I am a Summer’s daughter in Ohio. I’ve been listening to the prayers that you guys have been sending in and I appreciate my mom for sending in the request. I would love to say that I have had a revolution and realization and know God so well now but unfortunately, I am not to that point yet. I have been finding myself praying more often and when I do pray it does lift something off of my chest and I’m taking that as a sign from God. Trying to be more aware of things that could be a sign from God that I was just ignoring before. I’m happy to say at this time I’m not suicidal. I know that my daughter needs me, I know that my unborn child needs me, which is a boy that I found out. And I’ve been through a lot, but people have been through worse and you guys and my family and God are helping me realize that. And, yeah, I didn’t know…really know what to say on this but I wanted to give an update. Thank you for all your prayers. Please keep them coming and hopefully I will be able to report back that I’m best friends with God soon. Thank you, guys.

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Hey, my wonderful DAB family this is Kingdom Seeker Daniel from Chicago and happy Memorial Day to one and all. I pray you are having a great time of rest and relaxation and reflection and remembering the lives of those that were given for our freedoms in our nation but even more so the life of the One who gave His life for our eternal freedom. So, thanks be to God for His Son Jesus Christ. As I was listening today I heard Zephaniah, 23-year-old Zephaniah, call in and Zephaniah if you’re listening just want to let you know my wife and I, Lady of Victory, we have six young adult children that we are steadily praying for, standing in the gap for, that the Lord would do a work in their lives. And, so, our hearts go out for young adults such as yourself. And I want to encourage you with something. I looked your name up because, of course, you know your name has great significance being a Bible name. Your name, if you don’t already know, means the Lord has concealed, the Lord has protected, and treasured by God. So, you my dear as a new believer, I want you to know God has concealed you within Himself and He’s protecting you and you are His treasure. So, don’t you be discouraged or worried to think that you’re…you’re…you’re missing it and you’re not measuring up. Listen, all has sinned and come short of the glory of God. So, therefore none of us have it all together, have it all mapped out. You keep pressing. You keep calling in and stay connected. And get connected to China on the DABC side. All right sis. Love you. Praying for you.

Hi this is Micah in awe in Kansas City. Today I heard a call from a lady she said she was 23. It sounded like Zephaniah something niah and you’re a new believer, you started praying last summer and God has been revealing Himself to you and you were talking about how you knew of God but no you know God and that you want to like be super focused on Him and you want to do it right. And that’s really encouraging to me. It sounds a lot like whenever God got my attention and the change that I made in my life was His help. And just hang in there. Keep on…keep on walking in His way. Like He’s gonna show you the things He wants you to change and the direction He has for you. I heard this verse recently and I just want to share with you. It’s John 5:24 it says, “truly, truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment but has passed from death to life.” That’s Jesus straight up. That’s for everybody that believes, right? Like you have passed from death to life, you have a place in heaven. That’s that sweet salvation that we all believe in as Christians. Nobody can take that salvation. And if God is for you, who can be against you. All these tests that you’re about to come into, all of us still are being tested every day. You can keep that with you. You’ve got a place in heaven and welcome to our family. Not like I’ve been here long. I’ve only been here since last July but we’re all a family and it’s good to have you in the family. Love y’all talk to you later.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday May 27, 2020 (NIV)

2 Samuel 12

Nathan Rebukes David

12 And the Lord sent (A)Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, (B)“There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms,[a] and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, (C)“As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb (D)fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”

Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, (E)‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. (F)Why have you despised the word of the Lord, (G)to do what is evil in his sight? (H)You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and (I)have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, (J)but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 (K)David said to Nathan, (L)“I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, (M)“The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly (N)scorned the Lord,[b] the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house.

David's Child Dies

And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and he became sick. 16 David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David (O)fasted and went in (P)and lay all night on the ground. 17 And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them. 18 On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” 20 Then David arose from the earth (Q)and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord (R)and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22 He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, (S)‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, (T)but he will not return to me.”

Solomon's Birth

24 Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and (U)she bore a son, and he called his name (V)Solomon. And the Lord loved him 25 and sent a message by Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah,[c] because of the Lord.

Rabbah Is Captured

26 (W)Now Joab (X)fought against (Y)Rabbah of the Ammonites and took the royal city. 27 And Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah; moreover, I have taken the city of waters. 28 Now then gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and take it, lest I take the city and it be called by my name.” 29 So David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah and fought against it and took it. 30 And he took the crown of their king from his head. The weight of it was a talent[d] of gold, and in it was a precious stone, and it was placed on David's head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount. 31 And he brought out the people who were in it and set them to labor with saws and iron picks and iron axes and made them toil at[e] the brick kilns. And thus he did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.


  1. 2 Samuel 12:3 Hebrew bosom; also verse 8
  2. 2 Samuel 12:14 Masoretic Text the enemies of the Lord; Dead Sea Scroll the word of the Lord
  3. 2 Samuel 12:25 Jedidiah means beloved of the Lord
  4. 2 Samuel 12:30 A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms
  5. 2 Samuel 12:31 Hebrew pass through
English Standard Version (ESV)

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

John 16

16 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. (A)They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, (B)the hour is coming when (C)whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things (D)because they have not known the Father, nor me. But (E)I have said these things to you, that when (F)their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, (G)because I was with you. But now (H)I am going to him who sent me, and (I)none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, (J)sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for (K)if I do not go away, (L)the Helper will not come to you. But (M)if (N)I go, (O)I will send him to you. (P)And when he comes, he will (Q)convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, (R)because they do not believe in me; 10 (S)concerning righteousness, (T)because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 (U)concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world (V)is judged.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When (W)the Spirit of truth comes, (X)he will (Y)guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but (Z)whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will (AA)glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 (AB)All that the Father has is mine; (AC)therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

16 (AD)“A little while, and you will see me no longer; and (AE)again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So (AF)some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, (AG)‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, (AH)‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? (AI)We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 (AJ)Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, (AK)you will weep and lament, but (AL)the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but (AM)your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 (AN)When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 (AO)So also you have sorrow now, but (AP)I will see you again, and (AQ)your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 (AR)In that day you will (AS)ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, (AT)whatever you ask of the Father in my name, (AU)he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. (AV)Ask, and you will receive, (AW)that your joy may be full.

I Have Overcome the World

25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. (AX)The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 (AY)for the Father himself loves you, because (AZ)you have loved me and (BA)have believed that I came from God.[a] 28 (BB)I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now (BC)I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not (BD)using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that (BE)you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that (BF)you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, (BG)the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when (BH)you will be scattered, each to his own home, and (BI)will leave me alone. (BJ)Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that (BK)in me you may have peace. (BL)In the world you will have (BM)tribulation. But (BN)take heart; (BO)I have overcome the world.”


  1. John 16:27 Some manuscripts from the Father

Cross references:

  1. John 16:2 : ch. 9:22; 12:42
  2. John 16:2 : See ch. 4:21
  3. John 16:2 : Acts 8:1; 9:1; 26:9-11
  4. John 16:3 : ch. 8:19, 55; 15:21; 17:25
  5. John 16:4 : ch. 13:19; 14:29
  6. John 16:4 : See Luke 22:53
  7. John 16:4 : [Matt. 9:15]
  8. John 16:5 : See ch. 14:12
  9. John 16:5 : [ch. 13:36; 14:5]
  10. John 16:6 : ver. 22; ch. 14:1
  11. John 16:7 : ch. 7:39
  12. John 16:7 : ch. 15:26; [ch. 14:16]
  13. John 16:7 : [Acts 2:33]
  14. John 16:7 : ch. 14:2
  15. John 16:7 : See ch. 14:26
  16. John 16:8 : [ch. 8:28]
  17. John 16:8 : [ch. 8:46]
  18. John 16:9 : ch. 8:24; [Acts 2:36, 37; 1 Cor. 12:3]
  19. John 16:10 : [Acts 17:31]
  20. John 16:10 : ver. 16, 17, 19
  21. John 16:11 : See ch. 12:31
  22. John 16:11 : [Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14]
  23. John 16:13 : See ch. 14:17
  24. John 16:13 : See ch. 14:26
  25. John 16:13 : Acts 8:31; [ch. 1:17; 14:6; Ps. 25:5]
  26. John 16:13 : [ch. 15:15]
  27. John 16:14 : See ch. 7:39
  28. John 16:15 : ch. 17:10
  29. John 16:15 : ver. 14
  30. John 16:16 : See ch. 7:33
  31. John 16:16 : [ver. 22]
  32. John 16:17 : [Mark 9:10, 32]
  33. John 16:17 : ver. 16
  34. John 16:17 : ver. 10
  35. John 16:18 : [ch. 14:5]
  36. John 16:19 : [ver. 30]; See ch. 2:24, 25
  37. John 16:20 : Matt. 9:15; Mark 16:10; Luke 23:27
  38. John 16:20 : [Rev. 11:10]
  39. John 16:20 : Jer. 31:13; See Matt. 5:4
  40. John 16:21 : Isa. 26:17; [Ps. 48:6; Isa. 13:8; 1 Thess. 5:3; Rev. 12:2]
  41. John 16:22 : ver. 6; [2 Cor. 6:10]
  42. John 16:22 : [ver. 16]
  43. John 16:22 : Ps. 33:21; Isa. 66:14; Luke 24:52; Acts 2:46; 8:8, 39; 13:52
  44. John 16:23 : ver. 26; ch. 14:20
  45. John 16:23 : ver. 19, 30
  46. John 16:23 : See ch. 14:13
  47. John 16:23 : ch. 15:16; [Eph. 1:3]
  48. John 16:24 : See Matt. 7:7
  49. John 16:24 : See ch. 15:11
  50. John 16:25 : ver. 2
  51. John 16:27 : [ch. 14:21, 23; 17:23]
  52. John 16:27 : ch. 21:15-17; [1 Cor. 16:22]
  53. John 16:27 : ver. 30; ch. 17:8
  54. John 16:28 : ch. 8:14; 13:3
  55. John 16:28 : See ch. 14:12
  56. John 16:29 : ver. 25
  57. John 16:30 : ch. 21:17; See ch. 2:24, 25
  58. John 16:30 : [ver. 27, 28; ch. 3:2]
  59. John 16:32 : [ch. 4:21, 23]
  60. John 16:32 : Matt. 26:31; Mark 14:27
  61. John 16:32 : [Isa. 63:5]
  62. John 16:32 : See ch. 8:16, 29
  63. John 16:33 : See ch. 14:27; Col. 3:15
  64. John 16:33 : [ch. 15:18-21]
  65. John 16:33 : Rev. 1:9; See Acts 14:22
  66. John 16:33 : ch. 14:1, 27
  67. John 16:33 : [Rom. 8:37; 1 John 4:4; 5:4, 5; Rev. 3:21; 12:11]
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Psalm 119:65-80


65 You have dealt well with your servant,
O Lord, (A)according to your word.
66 Teach me (B)good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.
67 (C)Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep your word.
68 (D)You are good and do good;
(E)teach me your statutes.
69 (F)The insolent (G)smear me with lies,
but with my whole heart I (H)keep your precepts;
70 their heart is unfeeling (I)like fat,
but I (J)delight in your law.
71 It is (K)good for me that I was afflicted,
that I might learn your statutes.
72 (L)The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.


73 (M)Your hands have made and fashioned me;
(N)give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
74 Those who fear you shall see me and (O)rejoice,
because I have (P)hoped in your word.
75 I know, O Lord, that your rules are (Q)righteous,
and that in (R)faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 Let your steadfast love comfort me
according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your (S)mercy come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my (T)delight.
78 Let (U)the insolent be put to (V)shame,
because they have (W)wronged me with falsehood;
as for me, I will (X)meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you (Y)turn to me,
that they may know your testimonies.
80 May my heart be (Z)blameless in your statutes,
(AA)that I may not be put to shame!

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Proverbs 16:4-5

(A)The Lord has made everything for its purpose,
even (B)the wicked for the day of trouble.
Everyone who is arrogant in heart is (C)an abomination to the Lord;
(D)be assured, he will not go unpunished.

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