The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday July 11, 2020 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18

David Anointed King

11 (A)Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord your God said to you, (B)‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.’” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel, (C)according to the word of the Lord by Samuel.

David Takes Jerusalem

And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, (D)that is, Jebus, where the Jebusites were, (E)the inhabitants of the land. The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You will not come in here.” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. David said, “Whoever strikes the Jebusites first (F)shall be chief and commander.” And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief. And David lived in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David. And he built the city all around from the Millo in complete circuit, and Joab repaired the rest of the city. And David (G)became greater and greater, for the Lord of hosts was with him.

David's Mighty Men

10 (H)Now these are the chiefs of David's mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, (I)according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel. 11 This is an account of David's mighty men: (J)Jashobeam, a (K)Hachmonite, was (L)chief of the three.[a] He wielded his spear against 300 whom he killed at one time.

12 And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of (M)Dodo, the Ahohite. 13 He was with David at Pas-dammim (N)when the Philistines were gathered there for battle. There was a plot of ground full of barley, and the men fled from the Philistines. 14 But he took his[b] stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and killed the Philistines. And the Lord saved them by a great victory.

15 Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David at the cave of Adullam, when the army of Philistines was encamped in the (O)Valley of Rephaim. 16 David was then in the stronghold, and the (P)garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. 17 And David said longingly, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!” 18 Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and took it and brought it to David. But David would not drink it. He poured it out to the Lord 19 and said, “Far be it from me before my God that I should do this. Shall I drink the lifeblood of these men? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.

20 Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, was chief of the thirty.[c] And he wielded his spear against 300 men and killed them and won a name beside the three. 21 He was the most renowned[d] of the thirty[e] and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three.

22 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man[f] of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two heroes of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. 23 And he struck down an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits[g] tall. The Egyptian had in his hand a spear (Q)like a weaver's beam, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear. 24 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and won a name beside the three mighty men. 25 He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard.

26 The mighty men were (R)Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 27 Shammoth of Harod,[h] Helez the Pelonite, 28 Ira the son of Ikkesh of Tekoa, Abiezer of Anathoth, 29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 30 Maharai of Netophah, Heled the son of Baanah of Netophah, 31 Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the people of Benjamin, Benaiah of Pirathon, 32 Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33 Azmaveth of Baharum, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34 Hashem[i] the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shagee the Hararite, 35 Ahiam the son of Sachar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur, 36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, 37 Hezro of Carmel, Naarai the son of Ezbai, 38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of (S)Hagri, 39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai of Beeroth, the armor-bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, 40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41 Uriah the Hittite, (T)Zabad the son of Ahlai, 42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a leader of the Reubenites, and thirty with him, 43 Hanan the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45 Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, 46 Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite, 47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

The Mighty Men Join David

12 (U)Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war. They (V)were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the (W)left hand; they were Benjaminites, (X)Saul's kinsmen. The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, both sons of Shemaah of (Y)Gibeah; also Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; Beracah, Jehu of (Z)Anathoth, Ishmaiah of (AA)Gibeon, a mighty man among the thirty and a leader over the thirty; Jeremiah,[j] Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad of Gederah, Eluzai,[k] Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Haruphite; Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the (AB)Korahites; And Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.

From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were (AC)swift as gazelles upon the mountains: Ezer the chief, Obadiah second, Eliab third, 10 Mishmannah fourth, Jeremiah fifth, 11 Attai sixth, Eliel seventh, 12 Johanan eighth, Elzabad ninth, 13 Jeremiah tenth, Machbannai eleventh. 14 These Gadites were officers of the army; the least was a (AD)match for a hundred men and the greatest for a thousand. 15 These are the men who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was (AE)overflowing all its banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.

16 And some of the men of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David. 17 David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in friendship to help me, my heart will be joined to you; but if to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no wrong in my hands, then may the God of our fathers see and rebuke you.” 18 Then (AF)the Spirit clothed (AG)Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said,

“We are yours, O David,
and with you, O son of Jesse!
(AH)Peace, peace to you,
and peace to your helpers!
For your God helps you.”

Then David received them and made them officers of his troops.


  1. 1 Chronicles 11:11 Compare 2 Samuel 23:8; Hebrew thirty, or captains
  2. 1 Chronicles 11:14 Compare 2 Samuel 23:12; Hebrew they… their
  3. 1 Chronicles 11:20 Syriac; Hebrew three
  4. 1 Chronicles 11:21 Compare 2 Samuel 23:19; Hebrew more renowned among the two
  5. 1 Chronicles 11:21 Syriac; Hebrew three
  6. 1 Chronicles 11:22 Syriac; Hebrew the son of a valiant man
  7. 1 Chronicles 11:23 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
  8. 1 Chronicles 11:27 Compare 2 Samuel 23:25; Hebrew the Harorite
  9. 1 Chronicles 11:34 Compare Septuagint and 2 Samuel 23:32; Hebrew the sons of Hashem
  10. 1 Chronicles 12:4 Hebrew verse 5
  11. 1 Chronicles 12:5 Hebrew verse 6
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Acts 28

Paul on Malta

28 After we were brought safely through, (A)we then learned that (B)the island was called Malta. (C)The native people[a] showed us unusual (D)kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When (E)the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, (F)“No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, (G)Justice[b] has not allowed him to live.” He, however, (H)shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, (I)they changed their minds and (J)said that he was a god.

Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and (K)prayed, and (L)putting his hands on him, healed him. And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They also honored us greatly,[c] and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.

Paul Arrives at Rome

11 After three months we set sail in (M)a ship that had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the twin gods[d] as a figurehead. 12 Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. 13 And from there we made a circuit and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 14 There we found (N)brothers[e] and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. 15 And (O)the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, (P)Paul thanked God and took courage. 16 And when we came into Rome, (Q)Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him.

Paul in Rome

17 After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, (R)though I had done nothing against our people or (S)the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 When they had examined me, they (T)wished to set me at liberty, (U)because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case. 19 But because the Jews objected, I was compelled (V)to appeal to Caesar—though I had no charge to bring against (W)my nation. 20 For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is (X)because of (Y)the hope of Israel that I am wearing (Z)this (AA)chain.” 21 And they said to him, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of (AB)the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you. 22 But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this (AC)sect we know that everywhere (AD)it is spoken against.”

23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening (AE)he expounded to them, testifying to (AF)the kingdom of God and (AG)trying to convince them about Jesus (AH)both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. 24 And (AI)some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. 25 And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: (AJ)“The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:

26 (AK)“‘Go to this people, and say,
(AL)“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
27 (AM)For this people's heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and (AN)turn, and I would heal them.’

28 Therefore let it be known to you that (AO)this (AP)salvation of God (AQ)has been sent to the Gentiles; (AR)they will listen.”[f]

30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense,[g] and (AS)welcomed all who came to him, 31 (AT)proclaiming (AU)the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ (AV)with all boldness and (AW)without hindrance.


  1. Acts 28:2 Greek barbaroi (that is, non–Greek speakers); also verse 4
  2. Acts 28:4 Or justice
  3. Acts 28:10 Greek honored us with many honors
  4. Acts 28:11 That is, the Greek gods Castor and Pollux
  5. Acts 28:14 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 15, 21
  6. Acts 28:28 Some manuscripts add verse 29: And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, having much dispute among themselves
  7. Acts 28:30 Or in his own hired dwelling

Cross references:

  1. Acts 28:1 : [ch. 27:39]
  2. Acts 28:1 : ch. 27:26
  3. Acts 28:2 : ver. 4; Rom. 1:14; 1 Cor. 14:11; Col. 3:11
  4. Acts 28:2 : ch. 27:3
  5. Acts 28:4 : ver. 2
  6. Acts 28:4 : [Job 4:7; Luke 13:2, 4; John 9:2]
  7. Acts 28:4 : [Num. 32:23; Amos 5:19; 9:3]
  8. Acts 28:5 : Mark 16:18; Luke 10:19
  9. Acts 28:6 : [ch. 14:11, 19]
  10. Acts 28:6 : [ch. 8:10; 14:11]
  11. Acts 28:8 : ch. 9:40; [James 5:14, 15]
  12. Acts 28:8 : See Mark 5:23
  13. Acts 28:11 : ch. 27:6
  14. Acts 28:14 : See John 21:23
  15. Acts 28:15 : [See ver. 14 above]; See John 21:23
  16. Acts 28:15 : [Rom. 1:9-12]
  17. Acts 28:16 : [ch. 24:23; 27:3]
  18. Acts 28:17 : [ch. 25:8]
  19. Acts 28:17 : ch. 6:14; 15:1; 21:21
  20. Acts 28:18 : ch. 26:31, 32
  21. Acts 28:18 : See ch. 23:29
  22. Acts 28:19 : ch. 25:11; 26:32
  23. Acts 28:19 : ch. 24:17; 26:4
  24. Acts 28:20 : See ch. 23:6
  25. Acts 28:20 : [Luke 2:25]
  26. Acts 28:20 : ch. 26:29
  27. Acts 28:20 : Eph. 6:20; 2 Tim. 1:16; See ch. 21:33; Phil. 1:7
  28. Acts 28:21 : ch. 22:5
  29. Acts 28:22 : See ch. 24:5
  30. Acts 28:22 : Luke 2:34; [1 Pet. 2:12; 3:16; 4:14, 16]
  31. Acts 28:23 : [ch. 17:2, 3]
  32. Acts 28:23 : ver. 31
  33. Acts 28:23 : [ch. 19:8]
  34. Acts 28:23 : ch. 8:35; 24:14; 26:22
  35. Acts 28:24 : [ch. 14:4; 17:4, 5; 19:9; 23:7]
  36. Acts 28:25 : Matt. 15:7
  37. Acts 28:26 : Cited from Isa. 6:9, 10
  38. Acts 28:26 : Matt. 13:14, 15; Mark 4:12; [Luke 8:10]
  39. Acts 28:27 : [John 12:40; Rom. 11:8]
  40. Acts 28:27 : See Luke 22:32
  41. Acts 28:28 : ch. 13:26
  42. Acts 28:28 : Ps. 67:2; Isa. 40:5; Luke 2:30; 3:6; [Rom. 11:11]
  43. Acts 28:28 : See ch. 13:46
  44. Acts 28:28 : John 10:16; [ch. 13:48; Matt. 8:11; 21:43]
  45. Acts 28:30 : [Phil. 1:13]
  46. Acts 28:31 : [ch. 8:12; 20:25]
  47. Acts 28:31 : ver. 23; See Matt. 12:28; 13:19
  48. Acts 28:31 : See ch. 4:29
  49. Acts 28:31 : [Phil. 1:12, 13; 2 Tim. 2:9]
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Psalm 9:1-12

I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds

[a] To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben.[b] A Psalm of David.

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your (A)wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and (B)exult in you;
I will (C)sing praise to your name, (D)O Most High.

When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before[c] your presence.
For you have (E)maintained my just cause;
you have (F)sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

You have (G)rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
you have (H)blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
their cities you rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.

But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
and he (I)judges the world with righteousness;
he (J)judges the peoples with uprightness.

The Lord is (K)a stronghold for (L)the oppressed,
a stronghold in (M)times of trouble.
10 And those who (N)know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

11 Sing praises to the Lord, who (O)sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his (P)deeds!
12 For he who (Q)avenges blood is mindful of them;
he (R)does not forget the cry of the afflicted.


  1. Psalm 9:1 Psalms 9 and 10 together follow an acrostic pattern, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they form one psalm
  2. Psalm 9:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  3. Psalm 9:3 Or because of
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Proverbs 19:1-3

19 (A)Better is a poor person who (B)walks in his integrity
than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
Desire[a] without knowledge is not good,
and whoever (C)makes haste with his feet misses his way.
When a man's folly (D)brings his way to ruin,
his heart (E)rages against the Lord.


  1. Proverbs 19:2 Or A soul
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