The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday July 17, 2020 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11

David Organizes the Priests

24 And as for the sons of Aaron, these were their divisions. The sons of Aaron were Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. And Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and they had no sons,[a] so Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests. And David, with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, divided them according to their appointments for their service. And more sons of Eleazar were found as heads of the men than the sons of Ithamar, so they divided them to the sons of Eleazar to be sixteen heads over the house of the fathers, and to the sons of Ithamar over the house of the fathers were eight heads. They divided them by lot all alike,[b] for they were commanders of the sanctuary and commanders of God from among the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar. And Shemaiah the son of Nethanel, the scribe, from the Levites, recorded them before the king, the princes, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and the heads of the families[c] of the priests and Levites, one father’s house drawn by Lot for Eleazar and one drawn by lot for Ithamar. And the first lot went out to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, the fifth to Malkijah, the sixth to Mijamin, 10 the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, 11 the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shekaniah, 12 the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, 13 the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, 14 the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, 15 the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Ha-Pizzez, 16 the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Ezekiel, 17 the twenty-first to Jakin, the twenty-second to Gamul, 18 the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah. 19 These were their appointments for their service to come into the house of Yahweh according to their custom by the hand of Aaron their father, as Yahweh the God of Israel had commanded him.

20 And as for the remainder of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah. 21 Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief. 22 Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons Shelomoth, Jahath. 23 Of the sons of Jeriah, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. 24 The sons of Uzziel, Micah; the sons of Micah, Shamur. 25 The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah. 26 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi; the sons of Jaaziah, his son.[d] 27 The sons of Merari: of Jaaziah, his son,[e] Shoham, Zakkur, and Ibri. 28 Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons. 29 Of Kish: the sons of Kish, Jerahmeel. 30 And the sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites according to the house of their fathers. 31 And lots were also cast for these, just as their brothers, the sons of Aaron, before David the king, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of the families[f] for the priests and for the Levites the fathers, on the principle of the chief and younger brother alike.[g]

David Organizes the Musicians

25 And David and the commanders of the army set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who prophesied with stringed instruments, with harps, and with cymbals. And their inventory of the men of the work and for their duty was: for the sons of Asaph: Zakkur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah, sons of Asaph, under the hand[h] of Asaph, who prophesied under the hands[i] of the king. Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah,[j] Heshabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands[k] of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with the stringed instrument with thanksgiving and praise to Yahweh. Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. All these were sons to Heman, the seer of the king, according to the words of God to raise a horn.[l] And God had given to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. All these were under the direction[m] of their father in the music of the house of Yahweh, with cymbals, harps, and stringed instruments for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the direction[n] of the king. And their number, along with their brothers, trained singers, all the skilled people for Yahweh, were two hundred and eighty-eight. And they cast lots for responsibilities on the principle of small and great alike,[o] teacher with student.

And the first lot for Asaph went out to Joseph; the second to Gedaliahu; he and his brothers and his twelve sons. 10 The third, Zakkur, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 11 the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 12 the fifth, Nethaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 13 the sixth, Bukkiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 14 the seventh, Jesarelah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 15 the eighth, Jeshaiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 16 the ninth, Mattaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 17 the tenth, Shimei, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 18 eleventh, Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 19 the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 20 to the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 21 to the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 22 to the fifteenth, to Jeremoth, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 23 to the sixteenth, to Hananiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 24 to the seventeenth, to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 25 to the eighteenth, to Hanani, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 26 to the nineteenth, to Mallothi, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 27 to the twentieth, to Eliathah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 28 to the twenty-first, to Hothir, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 29 to the twenty-second, to Giddalti, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 30 to the twenty-third, to Mahazioth, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 31 to the twenty-fourth, to Romamti-ezer, his sons and his brothers, twelve.

The Divisions of the Gatekeepers

26 As for the working groups of the gatekeepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, from the sons of Asaph. And Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth, Elam the fifth, Jehohana the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh. And Obed-Edom had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sachar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth; for God blessed him. And to Shemaiah his son were sons born who were rulers in the house of their father, for they were mighty warriors of ability. The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed, and Elzabad, whose brothers were sons of ability, Elihu and Semakiah. All these from the sons of Obed-Edom, they and their sons, and their brothers were men of ability with strength for service; sixty-two of Obed-Edom. And Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, sons of ability, eighteen. 10 And Hosah, from the sons of Merari, had sons: Shimri the chief (though he was not firstborn, his father appointed him as chief), 11 Hilkiah the second, Tabaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brothers of Hosah were thirteen.


  1. 1 Chronicles 24:2 Literally “sons were not to them”
  2. 1 Chronicles 24:5 Literally “these with those”
  3. 1 Chronicles 24:6 Literally “fathers”
  4. 1 Chronicles 24:26 Or “Beno”
  5. 1 Chronicles 24:27 Or “Beno”
  6. 1 Chronicles 24:31 Literally “fathers”
  7. 1 Chronicles 24:31 Literally “the head like his brother the younger”
  8. 1 Chronicles 25:2 That is, under the direction
  9. 1 Chronicles 25:2 That is, under the direction
  10. 1 Chronicles 25:3 One Hebrew manuscript and the LXX add “Shimei” between Jeshaiah and Heshabiah (see verse 17)
  11. 1 Chronicles 25:3 That is, under the direction
  12. 1 Chronicles 25:5 That is, to exalt Heman
  13. 1 Chronicles 25:6 Literally “hands”
  14. 1 Chronicles 25:6 Literally “hands”
  15. 1 Chronicles 25:8 Literally “for like the small, like the great”
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Romans 4:1-12

Abraham’s Faith Counted as Righteousness

What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, has found? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “And Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness.”[a] Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited according to grace, but according to his due. But to the one who does not work, but who believes in the one who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited for righteousness, just as David also speaks about the blessing of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are they whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,
and whose sins are covered over.
Blessed is the person against whom the Lord will never count sin.”[b]

Therefore, is this blessing for those who are circumcised[c], or also for those who are uncircumcised[d]? For we say, “Faith was credited to Abraham for righteousness.”[e] 10 How then was it credited? While he[f] was circumcised[g] or uncircumcised[h]? Not while circumcised[i] but while uncircumcised[j]! 11 And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal[k] of the righteousness by faith which he had while uncircumcised[l], so that he could be the father of all who believe although they are uncircumcised[m], so that righteousness could be credited to them,[n] 12 and the father of those who are circumcised[o] to those who are not only from the circumcision, but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised[p].


  1. Romans 4:3 A quotation from Gen 15:6
  2. Romans 4:8 A quotation from Ps 32:1–2
  3. Romans 4:9 Literally “the circumcision”
  4. Romans 4:9 Literally “the uncircumcision”
  5. Romans 4:9 A quotation from Gen 15:6
  6. Romans 4:10 Here “while” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was”) which is understood as temporal
  7. Romans 4:10 Literally “in circumcision”
  8. Romans 4:10 Literally “in uncircumcision”
  9. Romans 4:10 Literally “in circumcision”
  10. Romans 4:10 Literally “in uncircumcision”
  11. Romans 4:11 Or “confirmation”
  12. Romans 4:11 Literally “in uncircumcision”
  13. Romans 4:11 Literally “through uncircumcision”
  14. Romans 4:11 Some manuscripts have “could be credited to them also”
  15. Romans 4:12 Literally “of the circumcision”
  16. Romans 4:12 Literally “of the in uncircumcision faith of our father Abraham”
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Psalm 13

Trust in the Salvation of Yahweh

For the music director. A psalm of David.[a]

13 How long, O Yahweh? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel[b] in my soul,
and sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider[c] and answer me, O Yahweh my God.
Give light to my eyes
lest I sleep the sleep of death,
and lest my enemy should say, “I have overcome him,”
lest my enemies rejoice because I am shaken.
But as for me, I have trusted in your steadfast love.[d]
My heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
[e] I will sing to Yahweh
because he has dealt bountifully with me.


  1. Psalm 13:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
  2. Psalm 13:2 Hebrew pl.; with a slight modification of the Hebrew this reads “set pains”
  3. Psalm 13:3 Literally “Look”
  4. Psalm 13:5 Or, “loyal love”
  5. Psalm 13:6 In the Hebrew Bible, the previous verse continues
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Proverbs 19:15-16

15 Laziness will bring on a deep sleep,
and a person[a] of idleness will suffer hunger.
16 He who guards commandments guards his life;[b]
he who is careless of his ways will be killed.


  1. Proverbs 19:15 Or “soul,” or “life”
  2. Proverbs 19:16 Or “soul,” or “inner self”
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