The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday October 31, 2020 (NIV)

Lamentations 4-5

The Holy Stones Lie Scattered

(A)How the gold has grown dim,
how the pure gold is changed!
The holy stones lie scattered
(B)at the head of every street.

The precious sons of Zion,
worth their weight in (C)fine gold,
how they are regarded as (D)earthen pots,
the work of a potter's hands!

Even jackals offer the breast;
they nurse their young;
but the daughter of my people has become cruel,
like the ostriches in the wilderness.

The tongue of the nursing infant (E)sticks
to the roof of its mouth for thirst;
(F)the children beg for food,
but no one gives to them.

Those who once feasted on delicacies
perish in the streets;
(G)those who were brought up in purple
embrace ash heaps.

(H)For the chastisement[a] of the daughter of my people has been greater
than the punishment[b] of Sodom,
(I)which was overthrown in a moment,
and no hands were wrung for her.[c]

Her princes were purer than snow,
whiter than milk;
their bodies were more ruddy than coral,
the beauty of their form[d] was like sapphire.[e]

(J)Now their face is blacker than soot;
they are not recognized in the streets;
their skin has shriveled on their bones;
it has become as dry as wood.

Happier were the victims of the sword
than the victims of hunger,
who wasted away, pierced
by lack of the fruits of the field.

10 (K)The hands of (L)compassionate women
(M)have boiled their own children;
(N)they became their food
during the destruction of the daughter of my people.

11 (O)The Lord gave full vent to his wrath;
he poured out his hot anger,
and (P)he kindled a fire in Zion
that consumed its foundations.

12 (Q)The kings of the earth did not believe,
nor any of the inhabitants of the world,
that foe or enemy could enter
the gates of Jerusalem.

13 This was for (R)the sins of her prophets
and (S)the iniquities of her priests,
who shed in the midst of her
the blood of the righteous.

14 (T)They wandered, blind, through the streets;
they were so defiled with blood
(U)that no one was able to touch
their garments.

15 “Away! (V)Unclean!” people cried at them.
“Away! Away! Do not touch!”
So they became fugitives and wanderers;
people said among the nations,
“They shall stay with us no longer.”

16 (W)The Lord himself[f] has scattered them;
he will regard them no more;
(X)no honor was shown to the priests,
(Y)no favor to the elders.

17 (Z)Our eyes failed, ever watching
(AA)vainly for help;
in our watching we watched
for (AB)a nation which could not save.

18 (AC)They dogged our steps
so that we could not walk in our streets;
(AD)our end drew near; our days were numbered,
for our end had come.

19 Our pursuers were (AE)swifter
than the eagles in the heavens;
they chased us on the mountains;
they lay in wait for us in the wilderness.

20 (AF)The breath of our nostrils, (AG)the Lord's anointed,
was captured (AH)in their pits,
of whom we said, (AI)“Under his shadow
we shall live among the nations.”

21 (AJ)Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom,
you who dwell in (AK)the land of Uz;
but to you also (AL)the cup shall pass;
you shall become drunk and strip yourself bare.

22 (AM)The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished;
he will keep you in exile no longer;[g]
but (AN)your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will punish;
he will uncover your sins.

Restore Us to Yourself, O Lord

(AO)Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us;
look, and see (AP)our disgrace!
(AQ)Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our homes to foreigners.
We have become orphans, fatherless;
our mothers are like widows.
We must pay for the water we drink;
the wood we get must be bought.
(AR)Our pursuers are at our necks;
we are weary; we are given no rest.
We have given the hand to (AS)Egypt, and to (AT)Assyria,
to get bread enough.
Our fathers sinned, and are no more;
(AU)and we bear their iniquities.
(AV)Slaves rule over us;
there is none to deliver us from their hand.
(AW)We get our bread at the peril of our lives,
because of the sword in the wilderness.
10 (AX)Our skin is hot as an oven
with (AY)the burning heat of famine.
11 Women are raped in Zion,
young women in the towns of Judah.
12 (AZ)Princes are hung up by their hands;
(BA)no respect is shown to the elders.
13 Young men are compelled to (BB)grind at the mill,
and boys stagger (BC)under loads of wood.
14 (BD)The old men have left the city gate,
the young men (BE)their music.
15 (BF)The joy of our hearts has ceased;
(BG)our dancing has been turned to mourning.
16 (BH)The crown has fallen from our head;
woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 For this (BI)our heart has become sick,
for these things (BJ)our eyes have grown dim,
18 for Mount Zion which lies desolate;
(BK)jackals prowl over it.
19 (BL)But you, O Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures to all generations.
20 (BM)Why do you forget us forever,
why do you forsake us for so many days?
21 (BN)Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored!
Renew our days as of old—
22 (BO)unless you have utterly rejected us,
and you remain exceedingly angry with us.


  1. Lamentations 4:6 Or iniquity
  2. Lamentations 4:6 Or sin
  3. Lamentations 4:6 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  4. Lamentations 4:7 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  5. Lamentations 4:7 Hebrew lapis lazuli
  6. Lamentations 4:16 Hebrew The face of the Lord
  7. Lamentations 4:22 Or he will not exile you again

Cross references:

  1. Lamentations 4:1 : [Isa. 1:22; Jer. 6:30]
  2. Lamentations 4:1 : ch. 2:19
  3. Lamentations 4:2 : Ps. 19:10
  4. Lamentations 4:2 : See Jer. 19:11
  5. Lamentations 4:4 : Ps. 22:15
  6. Lamentations 4:4 : [ch. 2:11]
  7. Lamentations 4:5 : [2 Sam. 1:24]
  8. Lamentations 4:6 : Matt. 10:15; Luke 10:12
  9. Lamentations 4:6 : Gen. 19:25; 2 Pet. 2:6; Jude 7
  10. Lamentations 4:8 : ch. 5:10; Job 30:30; [Ps. 119:83]
  11. Lamentations 4:10 : See Jer. 19:9
  12. Lamentations 4:10 : [1 Kgs. 3:26; Isa. 49:15]
  13. Lamentations 4:10 : [2 Kgs. 6:29]
  14. Lamentations 4:10 : Deut. 28:57
  15. Lamentations 4:11 : Ezek. 5:13
  16. Lamentations 4:11 : See Jer. 17:27
  17. Lamentations 4:12 : [Isa. 52:15; 53:1]
  18. Lamentations 4:13 : [ch. 2:20]; See Jer. 5:31; 23:21
  19. Lamentations 4:13 : [ch. 2:20]; See Jer. 5:31; 23:21
  20. Lamentations 4:14 : [Isa. 59:10]
  21. Lamentations 4:14 : [Num. 19:16]
  22. Lamentations 4:15 : [Lev. 13:45]
  23. Lamentations 4:16 : ch. 2:17
  24. Lamentations 4:16 : [Isa. 24:2]
  25. Lamentations 4:16 : ch. 5:12
  26. Lamentations 4:17 : Ps. 119:82, 123; [Jer. 3:23]
  27. Lamentations 4:17 : Ps. 119:82, 123; [Jer. 3:23]
  28. Lamentations 4:17 : Jer. 37:7, 8
  29. Lamentations 4:18 : ch. 3:52
  30. Lamentations 4:18 : Ezek. 7:2, 3, 6; Amos 8:2
  31. Lamentations 4:19 : Jer. 4:13; [2 Sam. 1:23; Hab. 1:8]
  32. Lamentations 4:20 : [Gen. 2:7]
  33. Lamentations 4:20 : [ch. 2:9; 2 Kgs. 25:5, 6]
  34. Lamentations 4:20 : [Ezek. 12:13; 17:20; 19:4, 8]
  35. Lamentations 4:20 : [Judg. 9:15; Ezek. 31:6, 17]
  36. Lamentations 4:21 : [ch. 1:21]
  37. Lamentations 4:21 : Job 1:1; Jer. 25:20
  38. Lamentations 4:21 : See Jer. 25:15, 16
  39. Lamentations 4:22 : [Isa. 40:2]
  40. Lamentations 4:22 : Obad. 10
  41. Lamentations 5:1 : Ps. 89:50
  42. Lamentations 5:1 : ch. 3:61
  43. Lamentations 5:2 : Ps. 79:1
  44. Lamentations 5:5 : [Josh. 10:24]
  45. Lamentations 5:6 : [Hos. 12:1]
  46. Lamentations 5:6 : [Hos. 12:1]
  47. Lamentations 5:7 : Jer. 31:29; Ezek. 18:2
  48. Lamentations 5:8 : [Prov. 30:21, 22]
  49. Lamentations 5:9 : [Jer. 6:25]
  50. Lamentations 5:10 : See ch. 4:8
  51. Lamentations 5:10 : [Deut. 32:24]
  52. Lamentations 5:12 : See 2 Kgs. 25:19-21
  53. Lamentations 5:12 : ch. 4:16
  54. Lamentations 5:13 : [Judg. 16:21]
  55. Lamentations 5:13 : [Josh. 9:27]
  56. Lamentations 5:14 : [See ver. 12 above]; ch. 4:16
  57. Lamentations 5:14 : [Isa. 24:8]
  58. Lamentations 5:15 : [See ver. 14 above]; [Isa. 24:8]
  59. Lamentations 5:15 : [Amos 8:10]
  60. Lamentations 5:16 : Ps. 89:39; Jer. 13:18; [ch. 1:1]
  61. Lamentations 5:17 : Isa. 1:5
  62. Lamentations 5:17 : See ch. 2:11
  63. Lamentations 5:18 : [Isa. 34:13]
  64. Lamentations 5:19 : Ps. 9:7; 102:12; 145:13
  65. Lamentations 5:20 : Ps. 13:1
  66. Lamentations 5:21 : Jer. 31:18; [Ps. 80:3, 7, 19]
  67. Lamentations 5:22 : Jer. 14:19
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Hebrews 2

Warning Against Neglecting Salvation

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since (A)the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and (B)every transgression or disobedience received a just (C)retribution, (D)how shall we escape if we (E)neglect such a great salvation? It was (F)declared at first by the Lord, and it was (G)attested to us (H)by those who heard, (I)while God also bore witness (J)by signs and wonders and various miracles and by (K)gifts of the Holy Spirit (L)distributed according to his will.

The Founder of Salvation

For it was not to angels that God subjected the world (M)to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere,

(N)“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor,[a]
putting everything in subjection under his feet.”

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, (O)we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him (P)who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, (Q)crowned with glory and honor (R)because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might (S)taste death (T)for everyone.

10 For it (U)was fitting that he, (V)for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons (W)to glory, should make the (X)founder of their salvation (Y)perfect through suffering. 11 For (Z)he who sanctifies and (AA)those who are sanctified (AB)all have one source.[b] That is why he is not ashamed to call them (AC)brothers,[c] 12 saying,

(AD)“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the (AE)congregation I will sing your praise.”

13 And again,

(AF)“I will put my trust in him.”

And again,

(AG)“Behold, I and the children (AH)God has given me.”

14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise (AI)partook of the same things, that (AJ)through death he might (AK)destroy (AL)the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who (AM)through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he (AN)helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had (AO)to be made like his brothers in every respect, (AP)so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest (AQ)in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered (AR)when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.


  1. Hebrews 2:7 Some manuscripts insert and set him over the works of your hands
  2. Hebrews 2:11 Greek all are of one
  3. Hebrews 2:11 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 12

Cross references:

  1. Hebrews 2:2 : See Acts 7:53
  2. Hebrews 2:2 : [ch. 10:28; Num. 15:30, 31; Deut. 4:3; 17:2, 5, 12; 27:26]
  3. Hebrews 2:2 : ch. 10:35; 11:26
  4. Hebrews 2:3 : [ch. 10:28, 29; 12:25]
  5. Hebrews 2:3 : Matt. 22:5 (Gk.)
  6. Hebrews 2:3 : ch. 1:2
  7. Hebrews 2:3 : Mark 16:20; [Acts 5:32]
  8. Hebrews 2:3 : [Luke 1:2]
  9. Hebrews 2:4 : [See ver. 3 above]; Mark 16:20; [Acts 5:32]
  10. Hebrews 2:4 : Acts 2:22, 43
  11. Hebrews 2:4 : [1 Cor. 12:4, 11]
  12. Hebrews 2:4 : [Eph. 1:5]
  13. Hebrews 2:5 : ch. 6:5
  14. Hebrews 2:6 : Cited from Ps. 8:4-6
  15. Hebrews 2:8 : [1 Cor. 15:25]
  16. Hebrews 2:9 : ver. 7
  17. Hebrews 2:9 : Acts 3:13; 1 Pet. 1:21; See Acts 2:33
  18. Hebrews 2:9 : Phil. 2:7-9; See John 10:17
  19. Hebrews 2:9 : Matt. 16:28; John 8:52
  20. Hebrews 2:9 : See John 12:32
  21. Hebrews 2:10 : [Luke 24:26]
  22. Hebrews 2:10 : Rom. 11:36
  23. Hebrews 2:10 : [ch. 3:1; Rom. 8:30]
  24. Hebrews 2:10 : [ch. 5:9]
  25. Hebrews 2:10 : ch. 5:9; 7:28; Luke 13:32; [Phil. 3:12]
  26. Hebrews 2:11 : ch. 13:12
  27. Hebrews 2:11 : ch. 10:10, 14, 29
  28. Hebrews 2:11 : Acts 17:28
  29. Hebrews 2:11 : Matt. 25:40
  30. Hebrews 2:12 : Cited from Ps. 22:22
  31. Hebrews 2:12 : ch. 12:23
  32. Hebrews 2:13 : [Ps. 18:2; Isa. 8:17; 12:2]
  33. Hebrews 2:13 : Cited from Isa. 8:18
  34. Hebrews 2:13 : See John 17:2
  35. Hebrews 2:14 : See John 1:14
  36. Hebrews 2:14 : See 1 Cor. 15:54-56
  37. Hebrews 2:14 : [Col. 2:15; 2 Tim. 1:10]
  38. Hebrews 2:14 : 1 John 3:8; [John 16:11]
  39. Hebrews 2:15 : See Rom. 8:15
  40. Hebrews 2:16 : Isa. 41:8, 9; [ch. 8:9]
  41. Hebrews 2:17 : Phil. 2:7
  42. Hebrews 2:17 : ch. 4:15, 16; [ch. 5:2, 7, 8]
  43. Hebrews 2:17 : ch. 5:1; Rom. 15:17
  44. Hebrews 2:18 : ch. 4:15; Luke 22:28
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Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Of David.

103 (A)Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
(B)Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and (C)forget not all his benefits,
who (D)forgives all your iniquity,
who (E)heals all your diseases,
who (F)redeems your life from the pit,
who (G)crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who (H)satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like (I)the eagle's.

The Lord works (J)righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his (K)ways to Moses,
his (L)acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is (M)merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
(N)He will not always chide,
nor will he (O)keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us (P)according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For (Q)as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his (R)steadfast love toward (S)those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he (T)remove our transgressions from us.
13 As (U)a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion (V)to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;[a]
he (W)remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like (X)grass;
he flourishes like (Y)a flower of the field;
16 for (Z)the wind passes over it, and (AA)it is gone,
and (AB)its place knows it no more.
17 But (AC)the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on (AD)those who fear him,
and his righteousness to (AE)children's children,
18 to those who (AF)keep his covenant
and (AG)remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has (AH)established his throne in the heavens,
and his (AI)kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you (AJ)his angels,
you (AK)mighty ones who (AL)do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his (AM)hosts,
his (AN)ministers, who do his will!
22 (AO)Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
(AP)Bless the Lord, O my soul!


  1. Psalm 103:14 Or knows how we are formed
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Proverbs 26:23

23 (A)Like the (B)glaze[a] covering an earthen vessel
are fervent lips with an evil heart.


  1. Proverbs 26:23 By revocalization; Hebrew silver of dross
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday October 30, 2020 (NIV)

Lamentations 3

Great Is Your Faithfulness

(A)I am the man who has seen affliction
under the (B)rod of his wrath;
he has driven and brought me
(C)into darkness without any light;
surely against me he turns his hand
again and again the whole day long.

He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;
(D)he has broken my bones;
(E)he has besieged and enveloped me
with (F)bitterness and tribulation;
(G)he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead of long ago.

(H)He has walled me about so that (I)I cannot escape;
he has made my chains heavy;
though (J)I call and cry for help,
he shuts out my prayer;
(K)he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
he has made my paths crooked.

10 (L)He is a bear lying in wait for me,
a lion in hiding;
11 (M)he turned aside my steps and (N)tore me to pieces;
(O)he has made me desolate;
12 (P)he bent his bow (Q)and set me
as a target for his arrow.

13 He drove into my kidneys
(R)the arrows of his quiver;
14 (S)I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
(T)the object of their taunts all day long.
15 (U)He has filled me with bitterness;
he has sated me with (V)wormwood.

16 (W)He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and (X)made me cower in ashes;
17 my soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness[a] is;
18 (Y)so I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the Lord.”

19 (Z)Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
(AA)the wormwood and (AB)the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
(AC)and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
and (AD)therefore I have hope:

22 (AE)The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[b]
(AF)his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new (AG)every morning;
(AH)great is your faithfulness.
24 (AI)“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
(AJ)“therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who (AK)wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 (AL)It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 (AM)It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke (AN)in his youth.

28 Let him (AO)sit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
29 (AP)let him put his mouth in the dust—
there may yet be hope;
30 (AQ)let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
and let him be filled with insults.

31 (AR)For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
32 but, though he (AS)cause grief, (AT)he will have compassion
(AU)according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 (AV)for he does not afflict from his heart
or (AW)grieve the children of men.

34 To crush underfoot
all (AX)the prisoners of the earth,
35 (AY)to deny a man justice
in the presence of the Most High,
36 to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
(AZ)the Lord does not approve.

37 (BA)Who has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 (BB)Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?
39 (BC)Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?

40 Let us test and examine our ways,
(BD)and return to the Lord!
41 (BE)Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
42 (BF)“We have transgressed and (BG)rebelled,
and you have not forgiven.

43 “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
(BH)killing without pity;
44 (BI)you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
45 (BJ)You have made us scum and garbage
among the peoples.

46 (BK)“All our enemies
open their mouths against us;
47 (BL)panic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and (BM)destruction;
48 (BN)my eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.

49 (BO)“My eyes will flow without ceasing,
without respite,
50 (BP)until the Lord from heaven
looks down and sees;
51 my eyes cause me grief
at the fate of all the daughters of my city.

52 (BQ)“I have been hunted (BR)like a bird
by those who were my enemies (BS)without cause;
53 (BT)they flung me alive into the pit
(BU)and cast stones on me;
54 (BV)water closed over my head;
I said, (BW)‘I am lost.’

55 (BX)“I called on your name, O Lord,
from the depths of the pit;
56 (BY)you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
your ear to my cry for help!’
57 (BZ)You came near when I called on you;
you said, (CA)‘Do not fear!’

58 “You have (CB)taken up my cause, (CC)O Lord;
you have (CD)redeemed my life.
59 You have seen the wrong done to me, (CE)O Lord;
judge my cause.
60 You have seen all their vengeance,
all (CF)their plots against me.

61 (CG)“You have heard their taunts, O Lord,
all (CH)their plots against me.
62 The lips and thoughts (CI)of my assailants
are against me all the day long.
63 (CJ)Behold their sitting and their rising;
(CK)I am the object of their taunts.

64 (CL)“You will repay them,[c] O Lord,
(CM)according to the work of their hands.
65 You will give them[d] dullness of heart;
your curse will be[e] on them.
66 You will pursue them[f] in anger and (CN)destroy them
from under (CO)your heavens, O Lord.”[g]


  1. Lamentations 3:17 Hebrew good
  2. Lamentations 3:22 Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Because of the steadfast love of the Lord, we are not cut off
  3. Lamentations 3:64 Or Repay them
  4. Lamentations 3:65 Or Give them
  5. Lamentations 3:65 Or place your curse
  6. Lamentations 3:66 Or Pursue them
  7. Lamentations 3:66 Syriac (compare Septuagint, Vulgate); Hebrew the heavens of the Lord

Cross references:

  1. Lamentations 3:1 : Jer. 20:18
  2. Lamentations 3:1 : Ps. 2:9
  3. Lamentations 3:2 : Isa. 5:30
  4. Lamentations 3:4 : Ps. 51:8; Isa. 38:13; Jer. 50:17
  5. Lamentations 3:5 : [Job 19:12]
  6. Lamentations 3:5 : ver. 19; Deut. 29:18
  7. Lamentations 3:6 : Ps. 143:3
  8. Lamentations 3:7 : Job 19:8
  9. Lamentations 3:7 : Ps. 88:8
  10. Lamentations 3:8 : Job 19:7; 30:20; Ps. 22:2
  11. Lamentations 3:9 : [See ver. 7 above]; Job 19:8
  12. Lamentations 3:10 : See Hos. 13:8
  13. Lamentations 3:11 : [Jer. 18:15]
  14. Lamentations 3:11 : [See ver. 10 above]; See Hos. 13:8
  15. Lamentations 3:11 : ch. 1:13
  16. Lamentations 3:12 : ch. 2:4
  17. Lamentations 3:12 : [Job 16:12]
  18. Lamentations 3:13 : Job 6:4; Ps. 38:2
  19. Lamentations 3:14 : See Jer. 20:7
  20. Lamentations 3:14 : ver. 63; Job 30:9; Ps. 69:12
  21. Lamentations 3:15 : [Isa. 51:17, 21]
  22. Lamentations 3:15 : Jer. 9:15
  23. Lamentations 3:16 : [Prov. 20:17]
  24. Lamentations 3:16 : See Jer. 6:26
  25. Lamentations 3:18 : [Ps. 9:18]
  26. Lamentations 3:19 : [ch. 1:9, 11, 20]
  27. Lamentations 3:19 : [See ver. 15 above]; Jer. 9:15
  28. Lamentations 3:19 : ver. 5
  29. Lamentations 3:20 : Ps. 42:6; 44:25
  30. Lamentations 3:21 : [Ps. 42:5, 11]
  31. Lamentations 3:22 : [Mal. 3:6]
  32. Lamentations 3:22 : [Mal. 3:6]
  33. Lamentations 3:23 : Job 7:18
  34. Lamentations 3:23 : Ps. 36:5
  35. Lamentations 3:24 : Ps. 16:5; 73:26
  36. Lamentations 3:24 : [See ver. 21 above]; [Ps. 42:5, 11]
  37. Lamentations 3:25 : Ps. 130:6; [Isa. 30:18]
  38. Lamentations 3:26 : Ps. 130:5, 7; Mic. 7:7
  39. Lamentations 3:27 : [Matt. 11:29]
  40. Lamentations 3:27 : [Eccles. 12:1]
  41. Lamentations 3:28 : ch. 1:1; 2:10; Isa. 3:26
  42. Lamentations 3:29 : Job 42:6
  43. Lamentations 3:30 : Isa. 50:6; Matt. 5:39
  44. Lamentations 3:31 : Ps. 103:9
  45. Lamentations 3:32 : ch. 1:5
  46. Lamentations 3:32 : Ps. 103:8
  47. Lamentations 3:32 : Ps. 106:45
  48. Lamentations 3:33 : [Heb. 12:6, 10]
  49. Lamentations 3:33 : [Heb. 12:11]
  50. Lamentations 3:34 : [Ps. 107:10]
  51. Lamentations 3:35 : [Hab. 1:13]
  52. Lamentations 3:36 : [See ver. 35 above]; [Hab. 1:13]
  53. Lamentations 3:37 : [Ps. 33:9]
  54. Lamentations 3:38 : Isa. 45:7; Amos 3:6
  55. Lamentations 3:39 : Prov. 19:3
  56. Lamentations 3:40 : Joel 2:12, 13
  57. Lamentations 3:41 : Ps. 25:1; 119:48
  58. Lamentations 3:42 : See Dan. 9:5
  59. Lamentations 3:42 : Ps. 78:17
  60. Lamentations 3:43 : ch. 2:2, 17, 21
  61. Lamentations 3:44 : ver. 8; [ch. 2:1]
  62. Lamentations 3:45 : [1 Cor. 4:13]
  63. Lamentations 3:46 : ch. 2:16, 17
  64. Lamentations 3:47 : Isa. 24:17; Jer. 48:43
  65. Lamentations 3:47 : Isa. 51:19
  66. Lamentations 3:48 : ch. 1:16; See Jer. 13:17
  67. Lamentations 3:49 : [See ver. 48 above]; ch. 1:16; See Jer. 13:17
  68. Lamentations 3:50 : Ps. 14:2; Isa. 63:15
  69. Lamentations 3:52 : ch. 4:18
  70. Lamentations 3:52 : Ps. 11:1
  71. Lamentations 3:52 : See Ps. 35:19
  72. Lamentations 3:53 : Jer. 37:16; 38:6, 9, 10
  73. Lamentations 3:53 : [Dan. 6:17]
  74. Lamentations 3:54 : Ps. 69:2
  75. Lamentations 3:54 : Ps. 88:5; [Ezek. 37:11]
  76. Lamentations 3:55 : Ps. 130:1
  77. Lamentations 3:56 : [Ps. 130:2]
  78. Lamentations 3:57 : [James 4:8]
  79. Lamentations 3:57 : See Josh. 1:9
  80. Lamentations 3:58 : Ps. 119:154
  81. Lamentations 3:58 : [1 Sam. 24:15]
  82. Lamentations 3:58 : Ps. 119:154
  83. Lamentations 3:59 : Ps. 35:22, 23
  84. Lamentations 3:60 : See Jer. 11:19
  85. Lamentations 3:61 : ch. 5:1
  86. Lamentations 3:61 : [See ver. 60 above]; See Jer. 11:19
  87. Lamentations 3:62 : Ps. 18:39, 48
  88. Lamentations 3:63 : [Ps. 139:2]
  89. Lamentations 3:63 : See ver. 14
  90. Lamentations 3:64 : See Jer. 11:20
  91. Lamentations 3:64 : Ps. 28:4; [2 Tim. 4:14]
  92. Lamentations 3:66 : [Deut. 25:19; Jer. 10:11]
  93. Lamentations 3:66 : Ps. 8:3
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Hebrews 1

The Supremacy of God's Son

Long ago, at many times and (A)in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but (B)in these last days (C)he has spoken to us by (D)his Son, whom he appointed (E)the heir of all things, (F)through whom also he created (G)the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and (H)the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. (I)After making purification for sins, (J)he sat down (K)at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name (L)he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

(M)“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

(N)“I will be to him a father,
and he shall be to me a son”?

And again, when he brings (O)the firstborn into the world, he says,

(P)“Let all God's angels worship him.”

Of the angels he says,

(Q)“He makes his angels winds,
and his ministers a flame of fire.”

But of the Son he says,

(R)“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, (S)has anointed you
with (T)the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

10 And,

(U)“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11 they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
12 like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.[a]
But you are (V)the same,
and your years will have no end.”

13 And to which of the angels has he ever said,

(W)“Sit at my right hand
(X)until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

14 Are they not all ministering spirits (Y)sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to (Z)inherit salvation?


  1. Hebrews 1:12 Some manuscripts omit like a garment
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Psalm 102

Do Not Hide Your Face from Me

A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is (A)faint and (B)pours out his complaint before the Lord.

102 (C)Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry (D)come to you!
(E)Do not hide your face from me
in (F)the day of my distress!
(G)Incline your ear to me;
(H)answer me speedily (I)in the day when I call!

For my days (J)pass away like smoke,
and my (K)bones burn like a furnace.
My heart is (L)struck down like grass and (M)has withered;
I (N)forget to eat my bread.
Because of my loud groaning
my (O)bones cling to my flesh.
I am like (P)a desert owl of the wilderness,
like an owl[a] of the waste places;
I (Q)lie awake;
I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
All the day my enemies taunt me;
those who (R)deride me (S)use my name for a curse.
For I eat ashes like bread
and (T)mingle tears with my drink,
10 because of your indignation and anger;
for you have (U)taken me up and (V)thrown me down.
11 My days are like (W)an evening shadow;
I (X)wither away like grass.

12 But you, O Lord, are (Y)enthroned forever;
you (Z)are remembered throughout all generations.
13 You will (AA)arise and have (AB)pity on Zion;
it is the time to favor her;
(AC)the appointed time has come.
14 For your servants hold her (AD)stones dear
and have pity on her dust.
15 Nations will (AE)fear the name of the Lord,
and all (AF)the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
16 For the Lord (AG)builds up Zion;
he (AH)appears in his glory;
17 he (AI)regards the prayer of the destitute
and does not despise their prayer.

18 Let this be (AJ)recorded for (AK)a generation to come,
so that (AL)a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
19 that he (AM)looked down from his holy height;
from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
20 to hear (AN)the groans of the prisoners,
to set free (AO)those who were doomed to die,
21 that they may (AP)declare in Zion the name of the Lord,
and in Jerusalem his praise,
22 when (AQ)peoples gather together,
and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.

23 He has broken my strength in midcourse;
he (AR)has shortened my days.
24 “O my God,” (AS)I say, “take me not away
in the midst of my days—
(AT)you whose years endure
throughout all generations!”

25 (AU)Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and (AV)the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 (AW)They will perish, but (AX)you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
27 but (AY)you are the same, and your years have no end.
28 (AZ)The children of your servants (BA)shall dwell secure;
(BB)their offspring shall be established before you.


  1. Psalm 102:6 The precise identity of these birds is uncertain

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 102:1 : Ps. 61:2
  2. Psalm 102:1 : Ps. 142:2
  3. Psalm 102:1 : Ps. 39:12
  4. Psalm 102:1 : Ps. 18:6; Ex. 2:23; 1 Sam. 9:16
  5. Psalm 102:2 : See Ps. 27:9
  6. Psalm 102:2 : See Ps. 18:6
  7. Psalm 102:2 : See Ps. 31:2
  8. Psalm 102:2 : See Ps. 69:17
  9. Psalm 102:2 : Ps. 56:9
  10. Psalm 102:3 : [James 4:14]; See Ps. 37:20
  11. Psalm 102:3 : Job 30:30; Lam. 1:13; See Ps. 31:10
  12. Psalm 102:4 : Ps. 121:6
  13. Psalm 102:4 : Ps. 37:2; Isa. 40:7; [James 1:10, 11]
  14. Psalm 102:4 : [1 Sam. 1:7; 2 Sam. 12:17; 1 Kgs. 21:4; Job 33:20]
  15. Psalm 102:5 : See Job 19:20
  16. Psalm 102:6 : Isa. 34:11; Zeph. 2:14; [Job 30:29]
  17. Psalm 102:7 : Ps. 77:4
  18. Psalm 102:8 : [Acts 26:11]
  19. Psalm 102:8 : Isa. 65:15; Jer. 29:22
  20. Psalm 102:9 : See Ps. 42:3
  21. Psalm 102:10 : Ezek. 3:12, 14
  22. Psalm 102:10 : Ps. 51:11
  23. Psalm 102:11 : Ps. 109:23; 144:4; Job 8:9
  24. Psalm 102:11 : [See ver. 4 above]; Ps. 37:2; Isa. 40:7; [James 1:10, 11]
  25. Psalm 102:12 : ver. 26; See Ps. 9:7
  26. Psalm 102:12 : Ps. 135:13; Ex. 3:15
  27. Psalm 102:13 : Ps. 68:1
  28. Psalm 102:13 : Isa. 60:10; Zech. 1:12
  29. Psalm 102:13 : Ps. 75:2; Jer. 29:10; Dan. 9:2; [Isa. 40:2]
  30. Psalm 102:14 : Neh. 4:2; [Lam. 4:1]
  31. Psalm 102:15 : 1 Kgs. 8:43; Isa. 59:19
  32. Psalm 102:15 : Ps. 138:4; Isa. 60:3
  33. Psalm 102:16 : Ps. 147:2
  34. Psalm 102:16 : Isa. 60:1, 2
  35. Psalm 102:17 : Neh. 1:6, 11
  36. Psalm 102:18 : [Deut. 31:19; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:1]
  37. Psalm 102:18 : Ps. 48:13; See Ps. 78:4, 6
  38. Psalm 102:18 : See Ps. 22:31; [Isa. 43:21]
  39. Psalm 102:19 : See Ps. 11:4
  40. Psalm 102:20 : Ps. 79:11
  41. Psalm 102:20 : Ps. 79:11
  42. Psalm 102:21 : See Ps. 22:22
  43. Psalm 102:22 : [Isa. 45:14]; See Ps. 22:27
  44. Psalm 102:23 : Ps. 89:45
  45. Psalm 102:24 : [Isa. 38:10]
  46. Psalm 102:24 : Ps. 90:2; Job 36:26; Hab. 1:12
  47. Psalm 102:25 : Gen. 1:1; 2:1; Cited Heb. 1:10
  48. Psalm 102:25 : See Ps. 96:5
  49. Psalm 102:26 : Isa. 34:4; 51:6; Matt. 24:35; 2 Pet. 3:7, 10, 12; Rev. 20:11; 21:1; Cited Heb. 1:11, 12
  50. Psalm 102:26 : ver. 12
  51. Psalm 102:27 : Isa. 41:4; 48:12; Mal. 3:6; [Heb. 13:8; James 1:17]
  52. Psalm 102:28 : See Ps. 69:36
  53. Psalm 102:28 : Ps. 37:29
  54. Psalm 102:28 : Ps. 112:2
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Proverbs 26:21-22

21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
so is (A)a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
22 (B)The words of (C)a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday October 29, 2020 (NIV)

Lamentations 1-2

How Lonely Sits the City

(A)How lonely sits the city
that was full of people!
How like (B)a widow has she become,
she who was great among the nations!
She who was (C)a princess among the provinces
has become (D)a slave.

(E)She weeps bitterly in the night,
with tears on her cheeks;
(F)among all her lovers
she has (G)none to comfort her;
(H)all her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
they have become her enemies.

(I)Judah has gone into exile because of affliction[a]
and hard servitude;
(J)she dwells now among the nations,
(K)but finds no resting place;
her pursuers have all overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.[b]

The roads to Zion mourn,
for none come to (L)the festival;
(M)all her gates are desolate;
her priests (N)groan;
her virgins have been afflicted,[c]
and she herself suffers bitterly.

(O)Her foes have become the head;
her (P)enemies prosper,
because (Q)the Lord has afflicted her
(R)for the multitude of her transgressions;
(S)her children have gone away,
captives before the foe.

From the daughter of Zion
all her majesty has departed.
Her princes have become like deer
(T)that find no pasture;
they fled without strength
before the pursuer.

Jerusalem remembers
in the days of her affliction and wandering
(U)all the precious things
that were hers from (V)days of old.
When her people fell into the hand of the foe,
and there was none to help her,
her foes gloated over her;
they (W)mocked at her downfall.

(X)Jerusalem sinned grievously;
therefore she became filthy;
all who honored her despise her,
(Y)for they have seen her nakedness;
she herself (Z)groans
and turns her face away.

Her uncleanness was (AA)in her skirts;
(AB)she took no thought of her future;[d]
therefore her fall is terrible;
(AC)she has no comforter.
“O Lord, behold my affliction,
for the enemy has (AD)triumphed!”

10 The enemy has stretched out his hands
over all her (AE)precious things;
for she has seen (AF)the nations
enter her sanctuary,
those whom you (AG)forbade
to enter your congregation.

11 All her people (AH)groan
as (AI)they search for bread;
they trade their (AJ)treasures for (AK)food
to revive their strength.
“Look, O Lord, and see,
for I am despised.”

12 “Is it nothing to you, all (AL)you who pass by?
(AM)Look and see
if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
which was brought upon me,
which (AN)the Lord inflicted
on (AO)the day of his fierce anger.

13 “From on high he (AP)sent fire;
into my bones[e] he made it descend;
(AQ)he spread a net for my feet;
he turned me back;
(AR)he has left me stunned,
faint all the day long.

14 “My transgressions were bound[f] into (AS)a yoke;
by his hand they were fastened together;
they were set upon my neck;
he caused my strength to fail;
the Lord gave me into the hands
of those whom I cannot withstand.

15 “The Lord rejected
all my mighty men in my midst;
he summoned an assembly against me
to crush my young men;
(AT)the Lord has trodden as in a winepress
the virgin daughter of Judah.

16 “For these things (AU)I weep;
my eyes flow with tears;
for (AV)a comforter is far from me,
one to (AW)revive my spirit;
my children are desolate,
for the enemy has prevailed.”

17 (AX)Zion stretches out her hands,
but (AY)there is none to comfort her;
the Lord has commanded against Jacob
that his neighbors should be his foes;
Jerusalem has become
a filthy thing among them.

18 (AZ)“The Lord is in the right,
(BA)for I have rebelled against his word;
but hear, all you peoples,
and see my suffering;
(BB)my young women and my young men
have gone into captivity.

19 “I called to (BC)my lovers,
but they deceived me;
my priests and elders
perished in the city,
while (BD)they sought food
to revive their strength.

20 “Look, O Lord, for I am in distress;
(BE)my stomach churns;
my heart is wrung within me,
because I have been very rebellious.
(BF)In the street the sword bereaves;
in the house it is like death.

21 “They heard[g] (BG)my groaning,
yet (BH)there is no one to comfort me.
All my enemies have heard of my trouble;
(BI)they are glad that you have done it.
You have brought[h] the day you announced;
(BJ)now let them be as I am.

22 (BK)“Let all their evildoing come before you,
and deal with them
as (BL)you have dealt with me
because of all my transgressions;
for (BM)my groans are many,
and (BN)my heart is faint.”

The Lord Has Destroyed Without Pity

How the Lord in his anger
has set the daughter of Zion (BO)under a cloud!
(BP)He has cast down from heaven to earth
the splendor of Israel;
he has not remembered (BQ)his footstool
in the day of his anger.

The Lord (BR)has swallowed up (BS)without mercy
all the habitations of Jacob;
in his wrath (BT)he has broken down
the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
he has brought (BU)down to the ground (BV)in dishonor
the kingdom (BW)and its rulers.

He has cut down in (BX)fierce anger
all (BY)the might of Israel;
(BZ)he has withdrawn from them his right hand
in the face of the enemy;
(CA)he has burned like a flaming fire in Jacob,
consuming all around.

(CB)He has bent his bow like an enemy,
with his right hand set (CC)like a foe;
and he has killed all who were delightful in our eyes
in the tent of the daughter of Zion;
he has poured out his fury like fire.

(CD)The Lord has become like an enemy;
(CE)he has swallowed up Israel;
(CF)he has swallowed up all its palaces;
he has laid in ruins its strongholds,
and he has multiplied in the daughter of Judah
(CG)mourning and lamentation.

He has laid waste his booth like a garden,
laid in ruins (CH)his meeting place;
(CI)the Lord has made Zion forget
festival and (CJ)Sabbath,
and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest.

(CK)The Lord has scorned his altar,
(CL)disowned his sanctuary;
(CM)he has delivered into the hand of the enemy
the walls of her palaces;
(CN)they raised a clamor in the house of the Lord
as on the day of festival.

(CO)The Lord determined to lay in ruins
(CP)the wall of the daughter of Zion;
(CQ)he stretched out the measuring line;
he did not restrain his hand from destroying;
(CR)he caused rampart and wall to lament;
(CS)they languished together.

Her gates have sunk into the ground;
(CT)he has ruined (CU)and broken her bars;
(CV)her king and princes are among the nations;
the law is no more,
and (CW)her prophets find
no vision from the Lord.

10 The elders of the daughter of Zion
(CX)sit on the ground (CY)in silence;
(CZ)they have thrown dust on their heads
and (DA)put on sackcloth;
the young women of Jerusalem
have bowed their heads to the ground.

11 (DB)My eyes are spent with weeping;
(DC)my stomach churns;
(DD)my bile is poured out to the ground
(DE)because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
(DF)because infants and babies (DG)faint
in the streets of the city.

12 They cry to their mothers,
(DH)“Where is bread and wine?”
(DI)as they faint like a wounded man
in the streets of the city,
as their life is poured out
on their mothers' bosom.

13 What can I say for you, (DJ)to what compare you,
O daughter of Jerusalem?
(DK)What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you,
O virgin daughter of Zion?
(DL)For your ruin is vast as the sea;
who can heal you?

14 (DM)Your prophets have seen for you
false and deceptive visions;
(DN)they have not exposed your iniquity
to (DO)restore your fortunes,
(DP)but have seen for you (DQ)oracles
that are false and misleading.

15 All who pass along the way
clap their hands at you;
(DR)they hiss and wag their heads
at the daughter of Jerusalem:
“Is this the city that was called
(DS)the perfection of beauty,
(DT)the joy of all the earth?”

16 (DU)All your enemies
rail against you;
they hiss, they gnash their teeth,
they cry: “We (DV)have swallowed her!
Ah, this is the day we longed for;
now we have it; (DW)we see it!”

17 The Lord has done what he purposed;
he has carried out (DX)his word,
which he commanded (DY)long ago;
(DZ)he has thrown down (EA)without pity;
(EB)he has made the enemy rejoice over you
and exalted the (EC)might of your foes.

18 Their heart cried to the Lord.
O (ED)wall of the daughter of Zion,
(EE)let tears stream down like a torrent
(EF)day and night!
(EG)Give yourself no rest,
(EH)your eyes no respite!

19 “Arise, (EI)cry out in the night,
at the beginning of the night watches!
(EJ)Pour out your heart like water
before the presence of the Lord!
(EK)Lift your hands to him
for the lives of your children,
(EL)who faint for hunger
at the head of every street.”

20 Look, O Lord, and see!
(EM)With whom have you dealt thus?
(EN)Should women eat the fruit of their womb,
the children of (EO)their tender care?
Should (EP)priest and prophet be killed
in the sanctuary of the Lord?

21 In the dust of the streets
(EQ)lie the young and the old;
(ER)my young women and my young men
have fallen by the sword;
(ES)you have killed them in the day of your anger,
slaughtering (ET)without pity.

22 You summoned as if to (EU)a festival day
(EV)my terrors on every side,
(EW)and on the day of the anger of the Lord
no one escaped or survived;
(EX)those whom I held and raised
my enemy destroyed.


  1. Lamentations 1:3 Or under affliction
  2. Lamentations 1:3 Or in the narrow passes
  3. Lamentations 1:4 Septuagint, Old Latin dragged away
  4. Lamentations 1:9 Or end
  5. Lamentations 1:13 Septuagint; Hebrew bones and
  6. Lamentations 1:14 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  7. Lamentations 1:21 Septuagint, Syriac Hear
  8. Lamentations 1:21 Syriac Bring

Cross references:

  1. Lamentations 1:1 : [Jer. 7:34]
  2. Lamentations 1:1 : [Jer. 15:8]
  3. Lamentations 1:1 : [ch. 5:16; Ezra 4:20; Eccles. 2:8]
  4. Lamentations 1:1 : Isa. 31:8
  5. Lamentations 1:2 : Ps. 6:6; Jer. 9:1; 13:17
  6. Lamentations 1:2 : ver. 19; Jer. 22:22; 30:14
  7. Lamentations 1:2 : ver. 9, 16, 17, 21; Eccles. 4:1
  8. Lamentations 1:2 : See Ezek. 23:22-26
  9. Lamentations 1:3 : Jer. 52:27
  10. Lamentations 1:3 : [ch. 2:9; Deut. 28:64, 65]
  11. Lamentations 1:3 : Jer. 45:3
  12. Lamentations 1:4 : See ch. 2:6
  13. Lamentations 1:4 : Jer. 14:2
  14. Lamentations 1:4 : ver. 8, 11, 21, 22
  15. Lamentations 1:5 : [Deut. 28:13, 44; Jer. 13:21]
  16. Lamentations 1:5 : Jer. 12:1
  17. Lamentations 1:5 : ver. 12; ch. 3:33
  18. Lamentations 1:5 : Jer. 30:14, 15; Dan. 9:16
  19. Lamentations 1:5 : 2 Chr. 36:17, 20; See Jer. 52:28-30
  20. Lamentations 1:6 : [Jer. 14:6]
  21. Lamentations 1:7 : ver. 10, 11
  22. Lamentations 1:7 : ch. 2:17; Jer. 46:26
  23. Lamentations 1:7 : Obad. 12, 13; [Ps. 119:51]
  24. Lamentations 1:8 : [Zech. 13:1]
  25. Lamentations 1:8 : [Ezek. 16:37]
  26. Lamentations 1:8 : ver. 4, 21, 22
  27. Lamentations 1:9 : [Jer. 13:22]
  28. Lamentations 1:9 : [Deut. 32:29; Isa. 47:7]
  29. Lamentations 1:9 : ver. 2
  30. Lamentations 1:9 : Jer. 48:26
  31. Lamentations 1:10 : ver. 7
  32. Lamentations 1:10 : Ps. 79:1; Jer. 51:51
  33. Lamentations 1:10 : [Deut. 23:3; Neh. 13:1]
  34. Lamentations 1:11 : [See ver. 8 above]; ver. 4, 21, 22
  35. Lamentations 1:11 : ch. 2:12; 4:4; [Jer. 38:9; 52:6]
  36. Lamentations 1:11 : [See ver. 10 above]; ver. 7
  37. Lamentations 1:11 : ver. 19
  38. Lamentations 1:12 : Job 21:29; Ps. 80:12
  39. Lamentations 1:12 : [Dan. 9:12]
  40. Lamentations 1:12 : ver. 5
  41. Lamentations 1:12 : See Jer. 12:13
  42. Lamentations 1:13 : Ps. 102:3
  43. Lamentations 1:13 : Ps. 9:15; Ezek. 12:13; 17:20
  44. Lamentations 1:13 : ch. 3:11; See Jer. 8:18
  45. Lamentations 1:14 : Deut. 28:48
  46. Lamentations 1:15 : [Isa. 63:2, 3]
  47. Lamentations 1:16 : See Jer. 13:17
  48. Lamentations 1:16 : ver. 2, 21
  49. Lamentations 1:16 : [ver. 11]
  50. Lamentations 1:17 : Isa. 1:15; Jer. 4:31
  51. Lamentations 1:17 : [See ver. 16 above]; ver. 2, 21
  52. Lamentations 1:18 : See Jer. 12:1
  53. Lamentations 1:18 : 1 Sam. 12:14, 15
  54. Lamentations 1:18 : [Deut. 28:41]
  55. Lamentations 1:19 : See ver. 2
  56. Lamentations 1:19 : ver. 11
  57. Lamentations 1:20 : ch. 2:11; Job 30:27; Isa. 16:11
  58. Lamentations 1:20 : Deut. 32:25; Ezek. 7:15; See Jer. 15:2
  59. Lamentations 1:21 : ver. 4, 8, 11
  60. Lamentations 1:21 : ver. 2, 16, 17
  61. Lamentations 1:21 : [ch. 4:21; Jer. 50:11]
  62. Lamentations 1:21 : [ch. 4:21; Jer. 50:11]
  63. Lamentations 1:22 : Ps. 109:14, 15
  64. Lamentations 1:22 : ver. 12; ch. 2:20
  65. Lamentations 1:22 : [See ver. 21 above]; ver. 4, 8, 11
  66. Lamentations 1:22 : See Jer. 8:18
  67. Lamentations 2:1 : [ch. 3:44]
  68. Lamentations 2:1 : [Matt. 11:23]; See Isa. 14:15
  69. Lamentations 2:1 : 1 Chr. 28:2
  70. Lamentations 2:2 : ver. 16; [Ps. 35:25; 56:2; Ezek. 36:3]
  71. Lamentations 2:2 : ver. 17, 21; ch. 3:43; [Ezek. 9:5, 10]
  72. Lamentations 2:2 : Ps. 89:40
  73. Lamentations 2:2 : Ps. 74:7
  74. Lamentations 2:2 : Ps. 74:7
  75. Lamentations 2:2 : Isa. 43:28
  76. Lamentations 2:3 : See Jer. 12:13
  77. Lamentations 2:3 : 1 Sam. 2:1
  78. Lamentations 2:3 : Ps. 74:11
  79. Lamentations 2:3 : Ps. 79:5; 89:46
  80. Lamentations 2:4 : ch. 3:12
  81. Lamentations 2:4 : See Jer. 30:14
  82. Lamentations 2:5 : [See ver. 4 above]; See Jer. 30:14
  83. Lamentations 2:5 : ver. 16; [Ps. 35:25; 56:2; Ezek. 36:3]
  84. Lamentations 2:5 : [2 Kgs. 25:9]
  85. Lamentations 2:5 : Isa. 29:2
  86. Lamentations 2:6 : ch. 1:4; Isa. 1:13; Zeph. 3:18
  87. Lamentations 2:6 : ch. 1:4; Isa. 1:13; Zeph. 3:18
  88. Lamentations 2:6 : Isa. 1:13
  89. Lamentations 2:7 : [Ps. 89:38]
  90. Lamentations 2:7 : [Ezek. 24:21]
  91. Lamentations 2:7 : Deut. 32:30
  92. Lamentations 2:7 : Ps. 74:4
  93. Lamentations 2:8 : [Jer. 5:10]
  94. Lamentations 2:8 : ver. 18
  95. Lamentations 2:8 : See 2 Kgs. 21:13
  96. Lamentations 2:8 : Jer. 14:2
  97. Lamentations 2:8 : Jer. 14:2
  98. Lamentations 2:9 : Jer. 51:30; Nah. 3:13
  99. Lamentations 2:9 : Jer. 51:30; Nah. 3:13
  100. Lamentations 2:9 : [Hos. 3:4]
  101. Lamentations 2:9 : Ps. 74:9
  102. Lamentations 2:10 : ch. 1:1; 3:28; Isa. 3:26
  103. Lamentations 2:10 : Ezek. 3:15
  104. Lamentations 2:10 : See Josh. 7:6
  105. Lamentations 2:10 : Jer. 48:37; Ezek. 7:18; Amos 8:10; See Jer. 4:8
  106. Lamentations 2:11 : [ver. 18; ch. 5:17; Ps. 6:7]
  107. Lamentations 2:11 : See ch. 1:20
  108. Lamentations 2:11 : [Job 16:13]
  109. Lamentations 2:11 : ch. 3:48
  110. Lamentations 2:11 : [ch. 4:4; Jer. 44:7]
  111. Lamentations 2:11 : ver. 19; [Isa. 51:20]
  112. Lamentations 2:12 : See ch. 1:11
  113. Lamentations 2:12 : [See ver. 11 above]; ver. 19; [Isa. 51:20]
  114. Lamentations 2:13 : [ch. 1:12]
  115. Lamentations 2:13 : [ch. 1:12]
  116. Lamentations 2:13 : 2 Sam. 5:20; [Ezek. 26:3]
  117. Lamentations 2:14 : See Jer. 5:31
  118. Lamentations 2:14 : [Isa. 58:1]
  119. Lamentations 2:14 : See Jer. 30:3
  120. Lamentations 2:14 : See Jer. 5:31
  121. Lamentations 2:14 : [Jer. 23:33, 34]
  122. Lamentations 2:15 : See 2 Chr. 29:8
  123. Lamentations 2:15 : Ps. 48:2; Ezek. 16:14
  124. Lamentations 2:15 : Ps. 48:2; Ezek. 16:14
  125. Lamentations 2:16 : ch. 3:46; [Job 16:9, 10]
  126. Lamentations 2:16 : See ver. 2
  127. Lamentations 2:16 : [Ps. 35:21]
  128. Lamentations 2:17 : See Lev. 26:14-45; Deut. 28:15-68
  129. Lamentations 2:17 : ch. 1:7; Jer. 46:26
  130. Lamentations 2:17 : See ver. 2
  131. Lamentations 2:17 : ver. 2, 21
  132. Lamentations 2:17 : [Ps. 38:16; 89:42]
  133. Lamentations 2:17 : [ver. 3]
  134. Lamentations 2:18 : ver. 8
  135. Lamentations 2:18 : See ver. 11
  136. Lamentations 2:18 : Ps. 32:4; 42:3
  137. Lamentations 2:18 : Ps. 77:2
  138. Lamentations 2:18 : Ps. 17:8
  139. Lamentations 2:19 : Ps. 119:147, 148
  140. Lamentations 2:19 : Ps. 62:8; [1 Sam. 7:6]
  141. Lamentations 2:19 : [1 Tim. 2:8]
  142. Lamentations 2:19 : See ver. 11, 12
  143. Lamentations 2:20 : ch. 1:22
  144. Lamentations 2:20 : ch. 4:10; See Jer. 19:9
  145. Lamentations 2:20 : ver. 22
  146. Lamentations 2:20 : [ch. 4:13]
  147. Lamentations 2:21 : [2 Chr. 36:17]
  148. Lamentations 2:21 : [2 Chr. 36:17]
  149. Lamentations 2:21 : ch. 3:43
  150. Lamentations 2:21 : ver. 2, 17
  151. Lamentations 2:22 : [ver. 6]
  152. Lamentations 2:22 : See Jer. 6:25
  153. Lamentations 2:22 : [Jer. 42:17; 44:14]
  154. Lamentations 2:22 : ver. 20
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Paul, (A)a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and (B)Timothy our brother,

To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and (C)Archippus our (D)fellow soldier, and (E)the church in your house:

(F)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon's Love and Faith

(G)I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I (H)hear of your love and (I)of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full (J)knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.[a] For I have derived much joy and (K)comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints (L)have been refreshed through you.

Paul's Plea for Onesimus

Accordingly, (M)though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do (N)what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now (O)a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for (P)my child, (Q)Onesimus,[b] (R)whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me (S)on your behalf (T)during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be (U)by compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why (V)he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 (W)no longer as a bondservant[c] but more than a bondservant, as (X)a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, (Y)both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me (Z)your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 (AA)I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. (AB)Refresh my heart in Christ.

21 (AC)Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for (AD)I am hoping that (AE)through your prayers (AF)I will be graciously given to you.

Final Greetings

23 (AG)Epaphras, my (AH)fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, 24 and so do (AI)Mark, (AJ)Aristarchus, (AK)Demas, and (AL)Luke, my fellow workers.

25 (AM)The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.


  1. Philemon 1:6 Or for Christ's service
  2. Philemon 1:10 Onesimus means useful (see verse 11) or beneficial (see verse 20)
  3. Philemon 1:16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; twice in this verse
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Psalm 101

I Will Walk with Integrity

A Psalm of David.

101 I will sing of (A)steadfast love and justice;
to you, O Lord, I will make music.
I will (B)ponder the way (C)that is blameless.
Oh when will you (D)come to me?
I will (E)walk with (F)integrity of heart
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
anything (G)that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who (H)fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
(I)A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will (J)know nothing of evil.

Whoever slanders his neighbor (K)secretly
I will (L)destroy.
Whoever has a (M)haughty look and an (N)arrogant heart
I will not endure.

I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in (O)the way that is blameless
shall minister to me.

No one who (P)practices deceit
shall dwell in my house;
no one who utters lies
shall (Q)continue before my eyes.

(R)Morning by morning I will destroy
all the wicked in the land,
(S)cutting off all (T)the evildoers
from (U)the city of the Lord.

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Proverbs 26:20

20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
and where there is no (A)whisperer, (B)quarreling ceases.

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10/29/2020 DAB Transcript

Lamentation 1:1-2:22, Philemon 1:1-25, Psalms 101:1-8, Proverbs 26:20

Today is the 29th day of October welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we continue the journey. And this is kind of a special day, doesn’t happen too often where we are beginning new territory in both Old and new Testaments. So, in the Old Testament we’re about to move into the book of Lamentations and then we get to the New Testament we will be encountering the final of the Pauline material in the New Testament, the final letter of Paul to Philemon. And we’ll talk about that when we get there. But since we’re at the beginning and we’re going into Lamentations…Lamentations let’s just orient ourselves because this is a different kind of territory than we've…we’ve really been in before.

Introduction to Lamentations:

And lamenting isn’t something that we…well…it’s probably not even a word we use that often and it’s certainly not something we are on a waiting list to get into usually, although lamenting and having language for what is brought up when we are lamenting is very important for our lives. So, basically as we move into Lamentations, we’ll find poetic language. Lamentations is essentially five poems, poems of sadness, poems of lament, the kind of gut-wrenching things that are almost beyond words. And in specific here, these laments come out of the realization that Jerusalem is gone. Like God’s holy city, the temple of the most-high God, it’s conquered and burned and destroyed and it’s not something that’s just being heard from far away and, you know, like suffering in a land far away where you just kind of shake your head and go, “that is so sad”, and even pray that the Lord have mercy but we don’t really have an actual connection to what’s going on. But in this case, it’s like the smoke is still rising from the burned-up city and ashes everywhere and the blood of the slain is still visible. In Hebrew, this this book Lamentations is called Ica, which means “how”. Like how can this happen? And we know how it could happen. The Babylonians finally broke down the wall and broke into the city and destroyed it. That’s how it could happen but it’s a deeper question than that, right? When we find out like our lives have been turned upside down sometimes, we have those questions, “how could this happen?” And we may understand the process, like the circumstances that coalesced together to bring such pain, but just knowing the parameters you still have that deeper, deeper heart cry, “how? How can this happen?” And that brings up even more grief because how it could happen was really what we read about all through the book of Jeremiah. For decades the prophet was warning that this could happen that this will happen if there isn’t a change. And, so, now as we move into Lamentations those prophecies have become realities. And limitations doesn’t self-reveal the author inside of the text. Traditionally it…it’s attributed to Jeremiah. He was the one that was in Jerusalem prophesying before there was even an inkling that this would happen. He was saying this is coming and all during it he was speaking. And, so, this is one of the reasons why Lamentations follows Jeremiah in the Bible because it’s thought that Jeremiah wrote these words of lament. This whole story had been his whole prophetic ministry, his entire prophetic life. But…but scholar’s debate this like everything else. And, so, there’s plenty of compelling theories that…that would name Jeremiah as the author but there’s lots of compelling reasons why he couldn’t be the author. But the one thing that everybody does agree on is that whoever wrote Lamentations probably saw what they were talking about, probably felt what they were saying. They were an eyewitness to the destruction of life as it had been known. And, so, the Babylonians conquered and then leveled Jerusalem, and this is in 586 B.C. And it’s likely than that these words of lament, they’re fresh words, that they came soon after that. And even today in the Hebrew culture on the ninth day Ov Lamentations is read. It’s a day a fasting. It's…it's…it’s the commemoration of the fall of Jerusalem. And it still matters in the culture today. And the reading of each of the poems then gives a backdrop for lament, for deep personal heart wrenching honest reflection. And sometimes we have to go there. It’s the place we avoid, but as we’ve seen, Job brought us through some of this territory, Ecclesiastes brought us through some of this territory and Lamentations will. And, so, we could say that this is a…the Bible spends a lot of time in this portion of life, the lower, the darker places of life. They must matter. They must not be there to avoid. They must be there to embrace because in those places we actually find the truth, the truth about our faith, the truth about ourselves, the truth about our convictions, the truth, the truth about our beliefs. It’s in those places that we find out what’s really real. And that’s hard and I hate that too, but we have a tendency to say the right things but not actually be able to live into the right things. And Lamentations, this language, going into the depths of our hearts and facing what’s there, that’s what brings what we do and what we say together into a cohesive conviction that we live. Because when we’re grieving, like when we’re crying out, there really aren’t words. Have you ever been in that place where you might’ve said everything you could say? It wasn’t enough and so you sit in silence and it’s just very, very painful or you just cry because the words aren’t there. But then later after that’s done, like after you’ve emptied that out for a while then there’s a calm that comes after that, right, sort of a sense of peace. The whole thing hasn’t fixed itself but there’s this sense that we’ve released something and we’re in this space and there’s a bit of calm because we’ve released something, we’re being washed, its cleaning, it’s clearing, it…it…it strips us down. Like, it takes all the varnish off and gets down to the wood. It sands off all the paint and gets us down to the wood. It strips away everything that isn’t bedrock. And…yeah…I …t’s intensely…intensely painful, but it’s also unbelievably freeing. Like when we’re at the bottom in the depths of our own sadness then there’s hope there. It’s that calm we feel even in the midst of it all. And lamenting gives language to that suffering and it helps us let go, it helps us name things and see them and let them go. And, so, the backdrop here is certainly going to be a terrible destruction of Jerusalem and the complete upheaval of the people, but as we go into this we just have to think, “what is our Jerusalem? Like what is that place in us as we give language to this kind of suffering?” And, so, we’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. Lamentations chapters 1 and 2.

Introduction to Philemon:

Okay. So, now we’re moving into the New Testament and we’ve got this second…second writing that we’re gonna enter into today. And actually, we’re gonna enter into it and complete it in one day, and in one reading. It's…it’s a note and it’s the final of Paul or the Pauline corpus, the Pauline material that’s in the Bible. And this letter to Philemon, it’s…it’s a personal letter to a man named Philemon. And just about all biblical scholars are on the same page. This is an authentic…authentic letter of Paul, he wrote this. And Philemon, the one he is writing to, was…spear…appears to be one of the more wealthy and influential churchmen living in Colossae. I mean, according to the…the letter itself, there’s a congregation that met in Philemon’s home. And Philemon had a servant and that the servant’s name was Onesimus and Onesimus ran away from Philemon and he was…he probably stole from Philemon in the process and these offenses were like…these were capital offenses punishable by death. So, Onesimus then fled. Don’t know exactly his path, but he ended up in Rome and probably ended up in a big city to disappear. But as it turns out the apostle Paul happen to be in Rome too. And he wasn’t there visiting. He was in prison awaiting trial. And just the beautiful serendipity of it all. Onesimus came in contact with Paul and became a follower of Jesus and then…then began to serve Paul in Rome and…and care for his needs while he was…while Paul was under arrest. So, then…then later, Paul, who wrote lots of letters…we’ve been reading his letters for a while now…wrote a letter to the church in Colossae, probably the one we know as Colossians. And he was going to send another helper Tychicus on the journey to hand-deliver it. And in the process of sending Tychicus to deliver Colossians to the church in Colossae he wrote a little note, a second little note, personal note to Philemon and then he sent Onesimus along with Tychicus back to his hometown and back to Philemon his master. And you can…you can imagine the position that put Onesimus in, like the kind of step of faith that he was gonna need to take because this…like his life could be taken. Like he could be executed for what he did. But Paul’s imprisonment and the way Paul was…was preaching the gospel in spite of the predicament certainly had an influence on Onesimus who subsequently had to leave his life in God’s hands in order to do the right thing. I think I should say that again. He had to leave his life in God’s hands in order to do the right thing. And, so, even though this is just a note, even though we’re gonna read it right now and finish it today it does reveal a lot, the importance of forgiveness when you’ve been directly wronged. But then just a kind of reconfiguration of how it was that you were wronged because it shows that our authority over somebody else is never total and complete. And if they’re a believer in Christ then they are a brother, they are a sister in the family of God. But we also see in the story of Philemon and Onesimus a living example of God truly working things together for the good of those who love Him. And, so, we began and read in its entirety the letter to Philemon. And by the way, this does end Paul’s letters. So, those of you that have the Daily Audio Bible app, etc. and are checking off your days as we listen to them then you’re gonna get the letters of Paul badge because we are completing that territory in the Scriptures today. So, let’s read Philemon.


Father we thank You for Your word. We thank You for this new territory that we are entering into, even as we reach the conclusion of another month. And we thank You for Lamentations. It’s again, not the kind of thing we really think about as a…as a good cleansing clearing purifying thing, but as we go through this territory we ask Holy Spirit that You accompany us, that You lead us into whatever steps we need to go into and lament and let it out and allow Your healing balm to come into those places that have been sore and bruised and infected for so long and we've…we’ve crushed them down and hidden them in the dank basement of our life. And we don’t go down there. But You’re inviting us and You are good and we trust You. And, so, Holy Spirit, accompany us, lead us where we need to go. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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10/28/2020 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 51:54-52:34, Titus 3:1-15, Psalms 100:1-5, Proverbs 26:18-19

Today is the 28th day of October welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian as I have been every day since we started this. So, if this is your first day then…good to meet you, welcome aboard. We are on this journey and we’re well on this journey as we continue our journey through the Bible this year. So, let’s get to that. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. Jeremiah chapter 51 verse 54 through 52 verse 34 today.


Okay. So, in the letter to Titus today we find these words, they’re characteristics, they’re like descriptors of the life of faith. “Be submissive to rulers and authorities. Be obedient. Be ready for every good work. Speak evil of no one. Avoid quarreling. Be gentle. Show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Okay are you seeing that all around you right now? Like if you turn on the news are you seeing that? If you just look around, are you seeing that? If you go online onto social media are you seeing that? The answer would be no, that you’re probably not. And I’m not. I’m kind of…kind of witnessing the opposite of that most of the time. Maybe the better question though is, “am I being this way I? Am I speaking evil of no one? Am I avoiding quarreling? Am I being gentle? Am I showing perfect courtesy toward everyone? Am I ready to do every good work? Or am I just participating in adding to the chaos and the noise that is deafening?” These characteristics, this little list in the letter to Titus, these things are supposed to be an outgrowth of the fact that Christ has come and redeemed us. I just continue to quote from the letter. “We ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another”, which is pretty much what we see all around us a lot of the time. But the letter goes on. “When the goodness and the loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of things we did, but because He was merciful”, right? And that is the basic hope of the gospel. And once again we see these contrasts, where it’s like, “that’s supposed to do something.” Lile when you believe, when you enter into the journey of faith, when the intimacy of God draws near, that’s supposed to irreversibly change us. And when we are irreversibly changed, then the things that we once did are…well…they’re changed and we reflect this gratitude that goes so deep that it permeates everything about us so that we walk around in a state of grace, a state of gratitude that spills out from us and affects the way that we interact and behave toward other people because we realize how lucky we are, like how fortunate that the intimacy of God has drawn near, that God has come near and rescued us transforming us the by day step-by-step. We are not who we once were. And, so, our lives should reflect that. These are such good words for the times that we are in right now when divisiveness seems to be like the game we’re playing.

And then we’ve got the Proverb. I mean yesterday the proverb gives us this one sentence about meddling and about dog ears and today like we get this other visual, this one sentence, “like a madman.” So, let’s just picture that, a crazy person “who throws firebrands, arrows and death.” Okay, so a crazy person with lethal intent. Are we on the same page? The kind of person we don’t exactly want to encounter unaware. That kind of person is the man who deceives his neighbor and then says, “I was joking.” In other words, “I said it, but I didn’t mean. It was a joke. What’s the big deal? What’s wrong with you? Can’t you take a joke? In other words, the person who actually who really wanted to hurt you with the words like firebrands and arrows, and then when confronted is just like, “oh that was just a joke. I didn’t mean that.” You may know people like that. You may be a person like that. If you know, people like that or if you’re on the receiving end of that it really can…it can make you question whether your all their, like are you going crazy? Because it’s like you have thin skin and you just keep getting wounded and hurt and you keep thinking, “you're…but you’re trying to hurt me. Like I know that you’re trying…you’re using these words to hurt me but then you’re saying like it’s just a joke and it’s not just a joke.” But there’s no way to like, confront that. It’s like he said she said. And, so, you’re in your head going crazy like, “I know that was meant…I know that was meant to hurt me.” And we’re seeing all kinds of name-calling and all kinds of sidestep little joking things…like all kinds of stuff going on in the world around us. We’re seeing this kind of stuff. It’s like a crazy person with lethal intent. Those are…that’s a good ancient description that feels very, very accurate. So, you know, if you’ve been on the receiving end of that, then it’s being called out in the Bible. It’s being named for what it is in the Bible and you should take heart that you’re not actually going crazy here. You…you have the behavior of an arrow toting firebrand wielding vicious crazy person and that’s what’s going on. But this could also be a mirror and you could realize, “I do that. Why do I do that? Like, why am I like that? What is going on here?” Well then you…you’ve got a visual that might make it stark, what’s actually happening. It’s like a crazy person with lethal intent who just wants to sidestep, like wants to do the damage then step away and go like, “I don’t know what…I don’t know what happened. I don’t know why you’re all bloody. I was just…I was…it was just a joke. I don’t know why you’re crying here. It was just…I was just kidding.” Yeah, we’ve examined some things today. These are kind of deep things from Titus and Proverbs because these are connected to deep motivations and deep brokenness and wounding. Like, this is bringing up a lot if we’ll take the time to examine it and explains a lot when we look around us and kind of see the same thing going on in the world. And, so, let’s heed the Scriptures and come into alignment with what things are supposed to look like because we are so grateful to even be here at all. The fact that we’re gonna draw the next breath is the evidence of God’s life-giving force within us. We’re gonna exhale and it’s gonna be a step of faith, believing that the next breath is coming. We should be grateful to be breathing. If we could just start there and realize “I’m alive!” And maybe life is looking like I want it to look but if I stop comparing my life, if I stop listening to the noise and chaos and fighting and divisiveness, of I just got to the baseline, “grateful to be here” place well then some things could change. We could start spreading the evidence of our transformation into the world, which is the point. We’re the body. We’re the city on a hill. We’re the salt of the earth. We have a role to play in preserving the whole thing, which is what salt does. So, I guess fundamentally from our reading today we can examine ourselves and look at the repercussions of our lives, the implications of us being here. Are we filled with gratitude and want to bring good channeling the kingdom of heaven into this world on earth as it is in heaven or are we just adding to the annoyance?


Holy Spirit, well up from within us. These are deep things. And the answer is that we…we try…we don’t do it on purpose, but we…we try to live in both of those spaces sometimes being so deeply grateful that Your love just pours out of us, but the next day it could be the opposite of that and we’re walking in the darkness and we’re perpetuating the darkness. And that shouldn’t be. That’s a divided heart, that’s a double mind. And the Scriptures tell us that’s basically not going to end well or go anywhere. And, so, we need an undivided heart and we need the renewal of our minds. In fact, we need more than that. We need the mind of Christ to navigate this world. And it’s available. It’s not hidden It’s everywhere. We’re just not paying attention. We’re not slowing down and observing ourselves to any degree and seeing the implications of our lives. But we’re here at this moment kind of examining, “what am I bringing? What am I birthing? What am I giving? What is happening in this world because I’m here? Is it good or is it evil? Holy Spirit, we want it to be good…good. We want to be mature representatives and ambassadors for Your kingdom upon this earth and we’re gonna need Your help. And we’re gonna need Your help a lot right now. So, come. We become aware of You. We surrender to You. We humble ourselves and ask for Your guidance and we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday October 28, 2020 (NIV)

Jeremiah 51:54-52:34

54 (A)“A voice! A cry from Babylon!
The noise of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!
55 For the Lord is laying Babylon waste
and stilling her mighty voice.
(B)Their waves roar like many waters;
the noise of their voice is raised,
56 for a destroyer has come upon her,
upon Babylon;
her warriors are taken;
their bows are broken in pieces,
(C)for the Lord is a God of recompense;
he will surely repay.
57 (D)I will make drunk her officials and her wise men,
(E)her governors, her commanders, and her warriors;
they shall sleep a perpetual sleep and not wake,
declares (F)the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

58 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
The broad (G)wall of Babylon
shall be leveled to the ground,
(H)and her high gates
shall be burned with fire.
(I)The peoples labor for nothing,
and (J)the nations weary themselves only for fire.”

59 The word that Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah (K)the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah king of Judah to Babylon, (L)in the fourth year of his reign. Seraiah was the quartermaster. 60 (M)Jeremiah wrote in a book all the disaster that should come upon Babylon, (N)all these words that are written concerning Babylon. 61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah: “When you come to Babylon, see that you read all these words, 62 and say, ‘O Lord, you have said concerning this place that you will cut it off, so (O)that nothing shall dwell in it, neither man nor beast, and it shall be (P)desolate forever.’ 63 When you finish reading this book, (Q)(R)tie a stone to it (S)and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates, 64 and say, (T)‘Thus shall Babylon sink, to rise no more, because of the disaster that I am bringing upon her, (U)and they shall become exhausted.’”

Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.

The Fall of Jerusalem Recounted

52 (V)Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, (W)according to all that Jehoiakim had done. For because of the anger of the Lord it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence.

And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. (X)And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem, and laid siege to it. And they built siegeworks all around it. So the city was besieged till the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled and went out from the city by night by the way of a gate between the two walls, by the king's garden, and the Chaldeans were around the city. And they went in the direction of the Arabah. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho, and all his army was scattered from him. Then they captured the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he passed sentence on him. 10 The king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and also slaughtered all the officials of Judah at (Y)Riblah. 11 (Z)He put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him in chains, and the king of Babylon took him to Babylon, and put him in prison (AA)till the day of his death.

The Temple Burned

12 (AB)In the fifth month, on (AC)the tenth day of the month—that was (AD)the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard, who (AE)served the king of Babylon, entered Jerusalem. 13 And he burned the house of the Lord, and the king's house and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down. 14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down all the walls around Jerusalem. 15 And Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive some of the poorest of the people and the rest of the people who were left in the city and (AF)the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon, together with the rest of the artisans. 16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and plowmen.

17 And the (AG)pillars of bronze that were in the house of the Lord, and the stands and the (AH)bronze sea that were in the house of the Lord, the Chaldeans broke in pieces, and (AI)carried all the bronze to Babylon. 18 And they took away (AJ)the pots and the shovels and the snuffers and the basins and the dishes for incense and all the vessels of bronze used in the temple service; 19 (AK)also the small bowls and the fire pans and the basins and the pots and (AL)the lampstands and (AM)the dishes for incense (AN)and the bowls for drink offerings. What was of gold the captain of the guard took away as gold, and what was of silver, as silver. 20 As for the two pillars, the one sea, (AO)the twelve bronze bulls that were under the sea,[a] and the stands, which Solomon the king had made for the house of the Lord, the bronze of all these things was beyond weight. 21 As for the pillars, the height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits,[b] (AP)its circumference was twelve cubits, and its thickness was four fingers, and it was hollow. 22 On it was a capital of bronze. The height of the one capital was (AQ)five cubits. A network and pomegranates, all of bronze, were around the capital. And the second pillar had the same, with pomegranates. 23 There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; all the pomegranates were a hundred upon the network all around.

The People Exiled to Babylon

24 And the captain of the guard took (AR)Seraiah the chief priest, and (AS)Zephaniah the second priest and the three keepers of the threshold; 25 and from the city he took an officer who had been in command of the men of war, and (AT)seven men of the king's council, who were found in the city; and the secretary of the commander of the army, who mustered the people of the land; and sixty men of the people of the land, who were found in the midst of the city. 26 And Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at (AU)Riblah. 27 And the king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death at (AV)Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was taken into exile out of its land.

28 This is the number of the people whom Nebuchadnezzar carried away captive: (AW)in the seventh year, 3,023 Judeans; 29 (AX)in the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem 832 persons; 30 in the twenty-third year of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Judeans 745 persons; all the persons were 4,600.

Jehoiachin Released from Prison

31 (AY)And in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, graciously freed[c] (AZ)Jehoiachin king of Judah and brought him out of prison. 32 And he spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat above the seats of (BA)the kings who were with him in Babylon. 33 So Jehoiachin put off his prison garments. And every day of his life he dined regularly at the king's table, 34 and for his allowance, a regular allowance was given him by the king, according to his daily needs, until the day of his death, as long as he lived.


  1. Jeremiah 52:20 Hebrew lacks the sea
  2. Jeremiah 52:21 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
  3. Jeremiah 52:31 Hebrew reign, lifted up the head of

Cross references:

  1. Jeremiah 51:54 : ch. 50:22
  2. Jeremiah 51:55 : [ver. 42]; See ch. 5:22
  3. Jeremiah 51:56 : ch. 50:15; Isa. 59:18
  4. Jeremiah 51:57 : ver. 39
  5. Jeremiah 51:57 : ver. 23, 28
  6. Jeremiah 51:57 : See ch. 46:18
  7. Jeremiah 51:58 : ver. 44; ch. 50:15
  8. Jeremiah 51:58 : [Isa. 45:2]
  9. Jeremiah 51:58 : Hab. 2:13
  10. Jeremiah 51:58 : ver. 64
  11. Jeremiah 51:59 : [ch. 32:12]
  12. Jeremiah 51:59 : [ch. 28:1]
  13. Jeremiah 51:60 : [ch. 36:2]
  14. Jeremiah 51:60 : See ver. 1-58; ch. 50:1-46
  15. Jeremiah 51:62 : ch. 50:3
  16. Jeremiah 51:62 : ver. 26
  17. Jeremiah 51:63 : [ch. 19:10, 11]
  18. Jeremiah 51:63 : [Rev. 18:21]
  19. Jeremiah 51:63 : [ch. 19:10, 11]
  20. Jeremiah 51:64 : [See ver. 63 above]; [ch. 19:10, 11]
  21. Jeremiah 51:64 : ver. 58
  22. Jeremiah 52:1 : For ver. 1-27, see 2 Kgs. 24:18–25:21
  23. Jeremiah 52:2 : 2 Kgs. 23:37; See ch. 22:13-17
  24. Jeremiah 52:4 : For ver. 4-16, see ch. 39:1-10
  25. Jeremiah 52:10 : ver. 26, 27
  26. Jeremiah 52:11 : [Ezek. 12:13]
  27. Jeremiah 52:11 : [Ezek. 12:13]
  28. Jeremiah 52:12 : ch. 1:3
  29. Jeremiah 52:12 : [2 Kgs. 25:8]
  30. Jeremiah 52:12 : [ver. 29]
  31. Jeremiah 52:12 : ch. 40:10
  32. Jeremiah 52:15 : See ch. 37:13
  33. Jeremiah 52:17 : ch. 27:19; See 2 Chr. 4:12-15
  34. Jeremiah 52:17 : 2 Chr. 4:2, 10
  35. Jeremiah 52:17 : See ch. 27:22
  36. Jeremiah 52:18 : 2 Kgs. 25:14
  37. Jeremiah 52:19 : 1 Kgs. 7:50; 2 Kgs. 25:15
  38. Jeremiah 52:19 : 1 Kgs. 7:49
  39. Jeremiah 52:19 : Ex. 25:29; 37:16
  40. Jeremiah 52:19 : Ex. 25:29; 37:16
  41. Jeremiah 52:20 : 1 Kgs. 7:25, 44
  42. Jeremiah 52:21 : 1 Kgs. 7:15
  43. Jeremiah 52:22 : 1 Kgs. 7:16; [2 Kgs. 25:17]
  44. Jeremiah 52:24 : [1 Chr. 6:14, 15]
  45. Jeremiah 52:24 : [ch. 29:25]
  46. Jeremiah 52:25 : [Esth. 1:14]
  47. Jeremiah 52:26 : ver. 9, 10
  48. Jeremiah 52:27 : [See ver. 26 above]; ver. 9, 10
  49. Jeremiah 52:28 : [2 Kgs. 24:12, 14]
  50. Jeremiah 52:29 : [ver. 12]
  51. Jeremiah 52:31 : For ver. 31-34, see 2 Kgs. 25:27-30
  52. Jeremiah 52:31 : ch. 37:1; See ch. 22:24-30
  53. Jeremiah 52:32 : [ch. 27:3]
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Titus 3

Be Ready for Every Good Work

Remind them (A)to be submissive to rulers and authorities, (B)to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, (C)to speak evil of no one, (D)to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and (E)to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For (F)we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when (G)the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, (H)not because of works done by us in righteousness, but (I)according to his own mercy, by (J)the washing of regeneration and (K)renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he (L)poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that (M)being justified by his grace we might become (N)heirs (O)according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is (P)trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful (Q)to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But (R)avoid foolish (S)controversies, (T)genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for (U)they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 As for a person who stirs up division, (V)after warning him once and then twice, (W)have nothing more to do with him, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

Final Instructions and Greetings

12 When I send Artemas or (X)Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me (Y)at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and (Z)Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14 And let our people learn (AA)to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not (AB)be unfruitful.

15 All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith.

(AC)Grace be with you all.

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Psalm 100

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

A Psalm for (A)giving thanks.

100 (B)Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
(C)Serve the Lord with gladness!
(D)Come into his presence with singing!

Know that (E)the Lord, he is God!
It is he who (F)made us, and (G)we are his;[a]
we are his (H)people, and (I)the sheep of his pasture.

(J)Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his (K)courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; (L)bless his name!

(M)For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his (N)faithfulness to all generations.


  1. Psalm 100:3 Or and not we ourselves
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Proverbs 26:18-19

18 Like a madman who throws (A)firebrands, arrows, and death
19 is the man who deceives his neighbor
and says, “I am only joking!”

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 26:18 : [Isa. 50:11]
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday October 27, 2020 (NIV)

Jeremiah 51:1-53

The Utter Destruction of Babylon

51 Thus says the Lord:
“Behold, I will stir up (A)the spirit of a destroyer
against Babylon,
against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai,[a]
and I will send to Babylon winnowers,
and (B)they shall winnow her,
and they shall empty her land,
when they come against her from every side
(C)on the day of trouble.
(D)Let not the archer bend his bow,
and let him not stand up in his armor.
Spare not her young men;
(E)devote to destruction[b] all her army.
They shall fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans,
(F)and wounded in her streets.
(G)For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken
by their God, the Lord of hosts,
but the land of the Chaldeans[c] is full of guilt
against the Holy One of Israel.

(H)“Flee from the midst of Babylon;
let every one save his life!
(I)Be not cut off in her punishment,
(J)for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance,
the repayment he is rendering her.
Babylon was (K)a golden cup in the Lord's hand,
(L)making all the earth drunken;
(M)the nations drank of her wine;
therefore the nations went mad.
(N)Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken;
(O)wail for her!
(P)Take balm for her pain;
perhaps she may be healed.
We would have healed Babylon,
but she was not healed.
(Q)Forsake her, and (R)let us go
each to his own country,
for (S)her judgment has reached up to heaven
and has been lifted up even to the skies.
10 (T)The Lord has brought about our vindication;
(U)come, let us declare in Zion
the work of the Lord our God.

11 (V)“Sharpen the arrows!
Take up the shields!

(W)The Lord has stirred up the spirit of the kings of (X)the Medes, because (Y)his purpose concerning Babylon is to destroy it, (Z)for that is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance for (AA)his temple.

12 (AB)“Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon;
(AC)make the watch strong;
set up watchmen;
prepare the ambushes;
(AD)for the Lord has both planned and done
what he spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
13 (AE)O you who dwell by many waters,
rich in treasures,
your end has come;
the thread of your life is cut.
14 (AF)The Lord of hosts has sworn by himself:
Surely I will fill you with men, (AG)as many as locusts,
(AH)and they shall raise the shout of victory over you.

15 (AI)“It is he who made the earth by his power,
who established the world by his wisdom,
and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
16 When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
17 Every man is stupid and without knowledge;
every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols,
for his images are false,
and there is no breath in them.
18 They are worthless, a work of delusion;
at the time of their punishment they shall perish.
19 Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob,
for he is the one who formed all things,
and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance;
the Lord of hosts is his name.

20 “You are my hammer and weapon of war:
with you I (AJ)break nations in pieces;
with you I destroy kingdoms;
21 with you I break in pieces the horse and his rider;
with you I break in pieces the chariot and the charioteer;
22 with you I break in pieces man and woman;
with you I break in pieces (AK)the old man and the youth;
with you I break in pieces (AL)the young man and the young woman;
23 with you I break in pieces the shepherd and his flock;
with you I break in pieces the farmer and his team;
with you I break in pieces (AM)governors and commanders.

24 (AN)“I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, declares the Lord.

25 “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain,
declares the Lord,
which destroys the whole earth;
I will stretch out my hand against you,
and roll you down from the crags,
(AO)and make you a burnt mountain.
26 No (AP)stone shall be taken from you for a corner
and no stone for a foundation,
but you shall be (AQ)a perpetual waste,
declares the Lord.

27 (AR)“Set up a standard on the earth;
(AS)blow the trumpet among the nations;
(AT)prepare (AU)the nations for war against her;
summon against her (AV)the kingdoms,
(AW)Ararat, Minni, and (AX)Ashkenaz;
appoint a (AY)marshal against her;
(AZ)bring up horses like bristling locusts.
28 (BA)Prepare (BB)the nations for war against her,
the kings of (BC)the Medes, (BD)with their governors (BE)and deputies,
and every (BF)land under their dominion.
29 (BG)The land trembles and writhes in pain,
(BH)for the Lord's purposes against Babylon stand,
to make the land of Babylon a desolation,
without inhabitant.
30 The warriors of Babylon have ceased fighting;
they remain in their strongholds;
their strength has failed;
(BI)they have become women;
(BJ)her dwellings are on fire;
(BK)her bars are broken.
31 One (BL)runner runs to meet another,
and one messenger to meet another,
to tell the king of Babylon
that his city is taken on every side;
32 the fords have been (BM)seized,
the marshes are burned with fire,
and the soldiers are in panic.
33 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:
(BN)The daughter of Babylon is like (BO)a threshing floor
at the time when it is trodden;
yet a little while
and (BP)the time of her harvest will come.”

34 “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon (BQ)has devoured me;
he has crushed me;
he has made me an empty vessel;
(BR)he has swallowed me like (BS)a monster;
he has filled his stomach with my delicacies;
he has rinsed me out.[d]
35 The violence done to me and to my kinsmen be upon Babylon,”
let the inhabitant of Zion say.
“My blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea,”
let Jerusalem say.
36 Therefore thus says the Lord:
“Behold, (BT)I will plead your cause
and take vengeance for you.
(BU)I will dry up her sea
and (BV)make her fountain dry,
37 and Babylon shall become (BW)a heap of ruins,
(BX)the haunt of jackals,
(BY)a horror (BZ)and a hissing,
without inhabitant.

38 (CA)“They shall roar together (CB)like lions;
they shall growl like lions' cubs.
39 (CC)While they are inflamed (CD)I will prepare them a feast
and (CE)make them drunk, that they may become merry,
(CF)then sleep a perpetual sleep
and not wake, declares the Lord.
40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter,
like rams and male goats.

41 “How (CG)Babylon[e] is taken,
(CH)the praise of the whole earth (CI)seized!
How Babylon has become
a horror among the nations!
42 (CJ)The sea has come up on Babylon;
she is covered with its tumultuous waves.
43 Her cities have become a horror,
(CK)a land of drought and a desert,
(CL)a land in which no one dwells,
and through which no son of man passes.
44 And I will punish (CM)Bel in Babylon,
and (CN)take out of his mouth (CO)what he has swallowed.
(CP)The nations shall no longer flow to him;
(CQ)the wall of Babylon has fallen.

45 “Go out of the midst of her, (CR)my people!
Let every one save his life
from (CS)the fierce anger of the Lord!
46 Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful
(CT)at the report heard in the land,
(CU)when a report comes in one year
and afterward a report in another year,
and violence is in the land,
(CV)and ruler is against ruler.

47 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming
when (CW)I will punish the images of Babylon;
(CX)her whole land shall be put to shame,
and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
48 (CY)Then the heavens and the earth,
and all that is in them,
shall sing for joy over Babylon,
(CZ)for the destroyers shall come against them out of the north,
declares the Lord.
49 Babylon must fall for the slain of Israel,
(DA)just as for Babylon have fallen the slain of all the earth.

50 (DB)“You who have escaped from the sword,
go, do not stand still!
Remember the Lord from far away,
and let Jerusalem come into your mind:
51 (DC)‘We are put to shame, for we have heard reproach;
(DD)dishonor has covered our face,
(DE)for foreigners have come
into the holy places of the Lord's house.’

52 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when (DF)I will execute judgment upon her images,
(DG)and through all her land
the wounded shall groan.
53 Though Babylon should (DH)mount up to heaven,
and though she should (DI)fortify her strong height,
yet destroyers would come from me against her,
declares the Lord.


  1. Jeremiah 51:1 A code name for Chaldea
  2. Jeremiah 51:3 That is, set apart (devote) as an offering to the Lord (for destruction)
  3. Jeremiah 51:5 Hebrew their land
  4. Jeremiah 51:34 Or he has expelled me
  5. Jeremiah 51:41 Hebrew Sheshach, a code name for Babylon

Cross references:

  1. Jeremiah 51:1 : [ch. 4:11; Isa. 21:1]
  2. Jeremiah 51:2 : [Matt. 3:12]; See ch. 15:7
  3. Jeremiah 51:2 : [ch. 2:28]
  4. Jeremiah 51:3 : [ch. 50:14, 29]
  5. Jeremiah 51:3 : [ch. 50:21]
  6. Jeremiah 51:4 : ch. 49:26
  7. Jeremiah 51:5 : See Isa. 54:5-7
  8. Jeremiah 51:6 : ver. 45; ch. 50:8
  9. Jeremiah 51:6 : [Gen. 19:15]
  10. Jeremiah 51:6 : ch. 50:15
  11. Jeremiah 51:7 : [Ps. 75:8; Rev. 17:4]
  12. Jeremiah 51:7 : Rev. 14:8
  13. Jeremiah 51:7 : See ch. 25:15, 16
  14. Jeremiah 51:8 : See Isa. 21:9
  15. Jeremiah 51:8 : Isa. 13:6; Rev. 18:9, 11, 19; [ch. 48:20]
  16. Jeremiah 51:8 : [ch. 46:11]
  17. Jeremiah 51:9 : ver. 6, 45; ch. 50:8
  18. Jeremiah 51:9 : [ch. 50:16]; See Isa. 13:14
  19. Jeremiah 51:9 : Rev. 18:5
  20. Jeremiah 51:10 : Ps. 37:6; [ch. 23:6]
  21. Jeremiah 51:10 : ch. 50:28
  22. Jeremiah 51:11 : ch. 46:4
  23. Jeremiah 51:11 : See Isa. 13:17
  24. Jeremiah 51:11 : 2 Kgs. 17:6; Dan. 5:31
  25. Jeremiah 51:11 : [ch. 50:45]
  26. Jeremiah 51:11 : ch. 50:28
  27. Jeremiah 51:11 : ch. 50:28
  28. Jeremiah 51:12 : ver. 27; ch. 50:2; [Isa. 13:2]
  29. Jeremiah 51:12 : [Isa. 21:5; Nah. 2:1]
  30. Jeremiah 51:12 : [See ver. 11 above]; [ch. 50:45]
  31. Jeremiah 51:13 : Rev. 17:1, 15; [ver. 36]
  32. Jeremiah 51:14 : See ch. 22:5
  33. Jeremiah 51:14 : [Ps. 105:34; Joel 1:4; 2:25]
  34. Jeremiah 51:14 : Isa. 16:9
  35. Jeremiah 51:15 : For ver. 15-19, see ch. 10:12-16
  36. Jeremiah 51:20 : [Dan. 7:7, 19, 23]
  37. Jeremiah 51:22 : 2 Chr. 36:17; [Isa. 13:16, 18]
  38. Jeremiah 51:22 : 2 Chr. 36:17; [Isa. 13:16, 18]
  39. Jeremiah 51:23 : ver. 28, 57
  40. Jeremiah 51:24 : ch. 50:15, 29; [Ps. 137:8]
  41. Jeremiah 51:25 : Rev. 8:8; [Rev. 18:8, 9]
  42. Jeremiah 51:26 : [Ps. 118:22; Isa. 28:16]
  43. Jeremiah 51:26 : ver. 62; ch. 25:12
  44. Jeremiah 51:27 : See ver. 12
  45. Jeremiah 51:27 : See ch. 4:5
  46. Jeremiah 51:27 : See ch. 6:4
  47. Jeremiah 51:27 : See ch. 25:14
  48. Jeremiah 51:27 : [ch. 50:41]
  49. Jeremiah 51:27 : Gen. 8:4; 2 Kgs. 19:37
  50. Jeremiah 51:27 : Gen. 10:3; 1 Chr. 1:6
  51. Jeremiah 51:27 : Nah. 3:17
  52. Jeremiah 51:27 : See ver. 14
  53. Jeremiah 51:28 : [See ver. 27 above]; See ch. 6:4
  54. Jeremiah 51:28 : [See ver. 27 above]; See ch. 25:14
  55. Jeremiah 51:28 : See ver. 11
  56. Jeremiah 51:28 : ver. 23, 57
  57. Jeremiah 51:28 : ver. 23, 57
  58. Jeremiah 51:28 : [ch. 34:1]
  59. Jeremiah 51:29 : See ch. 8:16
  60. Jeremiah 51:29 : ch. 50:45
  61. Jeremiah 51:30 : ch. 50:37; [Isa. 19:16]
  62. Jeremiah 51:30 : Isa. 47:14
  63. Jeremiah 51:30 : Lam. 2:9; Nah. 3:13
  64. Jeremiah 51:31 : [2 Chr. 30:6]
  65. Jeremiah 51:32 : ver. 41
  66. Jeremiah 51:33 : See Isa. 21:10
  67. Jeremiah 51:33 : See Isa. 21:10
  68. Jeremiah 51:33 : [Isa. 17:5; Joel 3:13; Rev. 14:15]
  69. Jeremiah 51:34 : ch. 50:17
  70. Jeremiah 51:34 : ver. 44
  71. Jeremiah 51:34 : Ps. 74:13
  72. Jeremiah 51:36 : ch. 50:34
  73. Jeremiah 51:36 : Isa. 44:27; [ch. 50:38]
  74. Jeremiah 51:36 : [ver. 13]
  75. Jeremiah 51:37 : Isa. 25:2
  76. Jeremiah 51:37 : Isa. 13:22
  77. Jeremiah 51:37 : See ch. 18:16
  78. Jeremiah 51:37 : See ch. 18:16
  79. Jeremiah 51:38 : [Amos 3:4]
  80. Jeremiah 51:38 : Nah. 2:11, 12
  81. Jeremiah 51:39 : [Isa. 21:5]
  82. Jeremiah 51:39 : [Isa. 21:5]
  83. Jeremiah 51:39 : ver. 57
  84. Jeremiah 51:39 : ver. 57
  85. Jeremiah 51:41 : ch. 25:26
  86. Jeremiah 51:41 : [Isa. 13:19]
  87. Jeremiah 51:41 : ver. 32
  88. Jeremiah 51:42 : [ver. 55; Isa. 8:7, 8]
  89. Jeremiah 51:43 : ch. 50:12
  90. Jeremiah 51:43 : ch. 50:40
  91. Jeremiah 51:44 : ch. 50:2; See Isa. 46:1
  92. Jeremiah 51:44 : ver. 34; [Ezra 1:7, 8]
  93. Jeremiah 51:44 : ver. 34
  94. Jeremiah 51:44 : [ch. 31:12; Isa. 2:2]
  95. Jeremiah 51:44 : ver. 58
  96. Jeremiah 51:45 : See ver. 6
  97. Jeremiah 51:45 : See ch. 12:13
  98. Jeremiah 51:46 : [Isa. 37:7]
  99. Jeremiah 51:46 : Matt. 24:6, 7
  100. Jeremiah 51:46 : Matt. 24:6, 7
  101. Jeremiah 51:47 : [ch. 50:2]
  102. Jeremiah 51:47 : [ch. 50:12]
  103. Jeremiah 51:48 : [Rev. 18:20]; See Isa. 44:23
  104. Jeremiah 51:48 : ch. 50:3
  105. Jeremiah 51:49 : [ver. 24]
  106. Jeremiah 51:50 : [ch. 44:28]
  107. Jeremiah 51:51 : ch. 7:19; Ps. 44:15, 16
  108. Jeremiah 51:51 : ch. 7:19; Ps. 44:15, 16
  109. Jeremiah 51:51 : Lam. 1:10
  110. Jeremiah 51:52 : [See ver. 47 above]; [ch. 50:2]
  111. Jeremiah 51:52 : Job 24:12; Ezek. 26:15
  112. Jeremiah 51:53 : [ver. 25]; See Isa. 14:13
  113. Jeremiah 51:53 : [ch. 49:16]
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Titus 2

Teach Sound Doctrine

But as for you, teach what accords with (A)sound[a] doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, (B)sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. (C)Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, (D)not slanderers (E)or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, (F)pure, (G)working at home, kind, and (H)submissive to their own husbands, (I)that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge (J)the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be (K)a model of good works, and in your teaching (L)show integrity, (M)dignity, and (N)sound speech that cannot be condemned, (O)so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. (P)Bondservants[b] are to be submissive to their own masters (Q)in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, (R)but showing all good faith, (S)so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

11 For (T)the grace of God (U)has appeared, bringing salvation (V)for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and (W)worldly passions, and (X)to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in (Y)the present age, 13 (Z)waiting for our blessed (AA)hope, the (AB)appearing of the glory of our great (AC)God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 (AD)who gave himself for us to (AE)redeem us from all lawlessness and (AF)to purify for himself (AG)a people for his own possession who are (AH)zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and (AI)rebuke with all authority. (AJ)Let no one disregard you.


  1. Titus 2:1 Or healthy; also verses 2, 8
  2. Titus 2:9 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
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Psalm 99

The Lord Our God Is Holy

99 (A)The Lord reigns; (B)let the peoples tremble!
He (C)sits enthroned upon the cherubim; (D)let the earth quake!
The Lord is (E)great in Zion;
he is (F)exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your (G)great and awesome name!
(H)Holy is he!
(I)The King in his might (J)loves justice.[a]
You have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
(K)Exalt the Lord our God;
(L)worship at his (M)footstool!
(N)Holy is he!

(O)Moses and Aaron were among his (P)priests,
Samuel also was among those who (Q)called upon his name.
They (R)called to the Lord, and he answered them.
In (S)the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
they (T)kept his testimonies
and the statute that he gave them.

O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were (U)a forgiving God to them,
but (V)an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Exalt the Lord our God,
and worship at his (W)holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy!


  1. Psalm 99:4 Or The might of the King loves justice
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Proverbs 26:17

17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own
is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

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10/27/2020 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 51:1-53, Titus 2:1-15, Psalms 99:1-9, Proverbs 26:17

Today is the 27th day of October welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it’s great to be here with you today as we continue our journey through this month and through this week and see the seasons change. And for us, here in the South in the rolling hills of Tennessee, it’s kind of a transition into more of the rainy season, the wet season, wintertime. We don’t get much snow here. So, it’s kind of like a rainy season. So, we’re transitioning our way and I’m sure everywhere that experiences autumn it’s kind of the same. The temperatures cool, the leaves change, the rains come and then in the midst of all that there’s these beautiful days that are just spectacular. So, let’s enjoy where we are as we are as we move forward. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. Today, Jeremiah chapter 51 versus 1 through 53.


Okay. Well let's…let’s talk about dog ears then. Let’s talk about dog ears and meddling straight out of the Proverbs today. So, dogs…like I’ve been around dogs, you know, most of my life I…I suppose…now that I think about it. Yeah. I have a couple of dogs now, we do, Jill and I, the family. We have a couple of dogs. We have Lucy. She’s an Australian Shepherd and she’s a little princess and she’s the best dog I’ve ever had. And then we have Maggie who is a little Yorky Poo with a completely different personality than Lucy. And they’re both sweethearts and Lucy just wants to please and she wants to love. And Peggy, she’s kind of a bit of an opportunist but they’re good girls and we love them and we play with them and you can…you can be playing with your dog and they can be growling at you and you can have your hand in their mouth and you’re moving a toy around or whatever, and everybody knows that this is play. And, so they’re trying to pull something out your hand and you’re trying to jerk back or whatever. But you sneak up…if…if you sneak up on any of them…if I sneak up, especially on Maggie, she will snap. She’s scared. She snaps. It’s like grabbing her ears and not letting them go, she would be so angry. But if you sneak up on a dog and don’t just spook them so that they bark but you sneak up on them and grab their ears and that’s how they become aware of your presence, that’s gonna…well…I’d have to try it to find out what happens but I’m pretty sure I don’t want to try. They’re gonna snap back, which is what happens to us when we meddle in something that isn’t ours to be involved in, that we have inserted ourselves into a conflict that isn’t ours, but we have an opinion about it all. Or we insert ourselves into a conversation that may be a debate but we just amp it up to the next level because we’ve got to tell what we think, Like, we’ve got to be seen and heard. And, of course, we probably know people to do that about just about everything even though there was never an invitation to offer the opinion. And, so, the same thing happens to us. When somebody inserts themselves unexpectedly into something that is none of their business it’s almost like we were a dog and they snuck up and grabbed us by the ears because we want to snap at that. We want to put it in its place. And man, the proverb couldn’t come at a better time, right? I mean, there’s a lot of that going around. And it’s interesting, when we insert ourselves and meddle in something and then get snapped at then we have his righteous indignation like we’ve been wronged when we were the one that inserted ourselves into the story and got snapped at. So, Proverbs has told us one sentence about a dog and about meddling and we have to look deeper below the surface. What’s going on here? What is the wisdom here? And we could say, “well the baseline wisdom here is don’t meddle if you don’t want to be snapped at.” But like one layer below that is, “why do we feel the need to insert ourselves and meddle in this particular thing in the first place? What pulls us continually into these kinds of things where we’re inserting ourselves? And then maybe one side question to that would be, “is God inviting me to insert myself into this?” which would be a different story, which would then be like, “well if I get snapped at in that kind of scenario then I know I'm…I’m going into it with love. I'm…I’m trying to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the situation. And if I get snapped at in the process then I can understand what’s going on here.” But most of our meddling isn’t that. Most of our meddling isn’t that. We meddle. We insert ourselves and stir up the pot and get involved in things that have nothing to do with us. So, asking simply, “how will this play out? If I go into this and I haven’t been invited by God to insert myself into this, will I be able to represent the kingdom in this? How will this affect all of these relationships and the witness of the kingdom of God that I’ve devoted myself to?” If the answer is like, “there’s no real redeeming value here. I’m not being asked by God to do this. It is my need to be heard. It is my need to give my two cents but really nothing good probably can come from this.” Probably not a good idea to grab the dog’s ears then. Only gonna get snapped at. So, underneath it all, this little proverb, this little sentence about dog ears and meddling is a proverb that forces us to check our own motives before we get involved in anything. Why are we about to go into this kind of battle or this kind of confrontation? Can anything redeeming come of it? Good words for these days.


Father, we invite You into that. It’s again a reminder that our mouths and the things that we form with our mouths have unmeasurable power in this world. The wrong word at the wrong time causes terrible mayhem and we know that well because we’ve caused it and we’ve been swept into it and we’ve meddled in places that we don’t belong. And, so, come Holy Spirit help us with that, help us to slow down. Really what’s required, and so many of these wise Proverbs are the active slowing down in our decision-making process, that we take a beat before we speak, that we take a beat before we act and consider the trajectory. What good can come of this? Can I represent the kingdom of God in this? Help us to ask these questions now as much as has ever been needed. We need this. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday October 26, 2020 (NIV)

Jeremiah 49:23-50:46

Judgment on Damascus

23 Concerning (A)Damascus:

(B)“Hamath and (C)Arpad are confounded,
for they have heard bad news;
they melt in fear,
(D)they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet.
24 (E)Damascus has become feeble, (F)she turned to flee,
and panic seized her;
anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her,
as (G)of a woman in labor.
25 How is (H)the famous city not forsaken,
the city of my joy?
26 (I)Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares,
and all her soldiers shall be destroyed in that day,
declares the Lord of hosts.
27 And (J)I will kindle a fire in the wall of (K)Damascus,
and it shall devour the strongholds of (L)Ben-hadad.”

Judgment on Kedar and Hazor

28 Concerning (M)Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon struck down.

Thus says the Lord:
(N)“Rise up, advance against (O)Kedar!
Destroy (P)the people of the east!
29 (Q)Their tents and their flocks shall be taken,
their (R)curtains and all their goods;
their camels shall be led away from them,
and men shall cry to them: (S)‘Terror on every side!’
30 (T)Flee, wander far away, dwell in the depths,
O inhabitants of Hazor!
declares the Lord.
For Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
has made a plan against you
and formed a purpose against you.

31 (U)“Rise up, advance against a nation (V)at ease,
(W)that dwells securely,
declares the Lord,
(X)that has no gates or bars,
that dwells alone.
32 (Y)Their camels shall become plunder,
their herds of livestock a spoil.
(Z)I will scatter to every wind
(AA)those who cut the corners of their hair,
and I will bring their calamity
from every side of them,
declares the Lord.
33 Hazor shall become (AB)a haunt of jackals,
an everlasting waste;
(AC)no man shall dwell there;
(AD)no man shall sojourn in her.”

Judgment on Elam

34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning (AE)Elam, in the beginning of the reign of (AF)Zedekiah king of Judah.

35 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Behold, I will break (AG)the bow of (AH)Elam, the mainstay of their might. 36 And I will bring upon (AI)Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven. And I will scatter them to all those winds, and there shall be no nation to which those driven out of (AJ)Elam shall not come. 37 I will (AK)terrify (AL)Elam before their enemies and before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, (AM)my fierce anger, declares the Lord. (AN)I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them, 38 and I will set my throne in (AO)Elam and destroy their king and officials, declares the Lord.

39 “But in the latter days (AP)I will restore the fortunes of (AQ)Elam, declares the Lord.”

Judgment on Babylon

50 The word that the Lord spoke concerning (AR)Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, (AS)by Jeremiah the prophet:

“Declare among the nations and proclaim,
set up a banner and proclaim,
conceal it not, and say:
(AT)‘Babylon is taken,
(AU)Bel is put to shame,
Merodach is dismayed.
(AV)Her images are put to shame,
her idols are dismayed.’

“For (AW)out of the north a nation has come up against her, (AX)which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it; (AY)both man and beast shall flee away.

(AZ)“In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, (BA)the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, (BB)weeping as they come, and they (BC)shall seek the Lord their God. (BD)They shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, (BE)saying, ‘Come, let us join ourselves to the Lord in an (BF)everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.’

(BG)“My people have been lost sheep. (BH)Their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold. All who found them have devoured them, (BI)and their enemies have said, ‘We are not guilty, for (BJ)they have sinned against the Lord, (BK)their habitation of righteousness, the Lord, (BL)the hope of their fathers.’

(BM)“Flee from the midst of Babylon, (BN)and go out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as male goats before the flock. For behold, I am stirring up and bringing against Babylon (BO)a gathering of great nations, from the north country. And they shall array themselves against her. From there she shall be taken. Their arrows are like a skilled warrior who does not return empty-handed. 10 (BP)Chaldea shall be plundered; all who plunder her shall be sated, declares the Lord.

11 (BQ)“Though you rejoice, though you exult,
O plunderers of my heritage,
though you frolic like a heifer in the pasture,
and neigh like stallions,
12 your mother shall be utterly shamed,
and she who bore you shall be disgraced.
Behold, she shall be the last of the nations,
(BR)a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
13 (BS)Because of the wrath of the Lord she shall not be inhabited
but shall be an utter desolation;
(BT)everyone who passes by Babylon shall be appalled,
(BU)and hiss because of all her wounds.
14 (BV)Set yourselves in array against Babylon all around,
(BW)all you who bend the bow;
shoot at her, spare no arrows,
(BX)for she has sinned against the Lord.
15 (BY)Raise a shout against her all around;
she has surrendered;
her bulwarks have fallen;
(BZ)her walls are thrown down.
For (CA)this is the vengeance of the Lord:
take vengeance on her;
(CB)do to her as she has done.
16 Cut off from Babylon the sower,
and the one who handles the sickle in time of harvest;
(CC)because of the sword of the oppressor,
(CD)every one shall turn to his own people,
and every one shall flee to his own land.

17 (CE)“Israel is a hunted sheep (CF)driven away by lions. (CG)First the king of Assyria (CH)devoured him, and now at last (CI)Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (CJ)has gnawed his bones. 18 Therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, (CK)I am bringing punishment on the king of Babylon and his land, (CL)as I punished the king of Assyria. 19 (CM)I will restore Israel to his pasture, and (CN)he shall feed on (CO)Carmel and in (CP)Bashan, and his desire shall be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and in (CQ)Gilead. 20 In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, (CR)iniquity shall be sought in Israel, and there shall be none, and sin in Judah, and none shall be found, for (CS)I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.

21 “Go up against the land of Merathaim,[a]
and against the inhabitants of Pekod.[b]
Kill, (CT)and devote them to destruction,[c]
declares the Lord,
and do all that I have commanded you.
22 (CU)The noise of battle is in the land,
and great destruction!
23 (CV)How the hammer of the whole earth
is cut down and broken!
(CW)How Babylon (CX)has become
a horror among the nations!
24 (CY)I set a snare for you and you were taken, O Babylon,
and (CZ)you did not know it;
you were found and caught,
because you opposed the Lord.
25 The Lord has opened his armory
and brought out (DA)the weapons of his wrath,
for the Lord God of hosts has a work to do
in the land of the Chaldeans.
26 Come against her from every quarter;
open her granaries;
(DB)pile her up like heaps of grain, and devote her to destruction;
let nothing be left of her.
27 Kill all (DC)her bulls;
let them go down to the slaughter.
Woe to them, for their day has come,
(DD)the time of their punishment.

28 “A voice! They (DE)flee and escape from the land of Babylon, (DF)to declare in Zion the vengeance of the Lord our God, vengeance for (DG)his temple.

29 (DH)“Summon archers against Babylon, all those who bend the bow. (DI)Encamp around her; let no one escape. (DJ)Repay her according to her deeds; do to her according to all that she has done. For she has (DK)proudly defied the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. 30 (DL)Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares, and all her soldiers shall be destroyed on that day, declares the Lord.

31 “Behold, I am against you, O (DM)proud one,
declares the Lord God of hosts,
(DN)for your day has come,
the time when I will punish you.
32 (DO)The proud one shall stumble and fall,
with none to raise him up,
(DP)and I will kindle a fire in his cities,
and it will devour all that is around him.

33 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: (DQ)The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah with them. All who took them captive have held them fast; (DR)they refuse to let them go. 34 (DS)Their Redeemer is strong; (DT)the Lord of hosts is his name. (DU)He will surely plead their cause, that he may give rest to the earth, but unrest to the inhabitants of Babylon.

35 “A sword against the Chaldeans, declares the Lord,
and against the inhabitants of Babylon,
and against (DV)her officials and her (DW)wise men!
36 A sword against the diviners,
that they may become fools!
A sword against her (DX)warriors,
that they may be destroyed!
37 A sword against her horses and against her chariots,
and against all (DY)the foreign troops in her midst,
that (DZ)they may become women!
(EA)A sword against all her treasures,
that they may be plundered!
38 (EB)A drought against her waters,
that they may be dried up!
(EC)For it is a land of images,
and they are mad over idols.

39 (ED)“Therefore wild beasts shall dwell with hyenas in Babylon,[d] and ostriches shall dwell in her. She shall never again have people, nor be inhabited for all generations. 40 (EE)As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities, declares the Lord, (EF)so no man shall dwell there, and no son of man shall sojourn in her.

41 (EG)“Behold, a people comes from the north;
a mighty nation and many kings
are stirring from the farthest parts of the earth.
42 They lay hold of bow and spear;
they are cruel and have no mercy.
The sound of them is like the roaring of the sea;
they ride on horses,
arrayed as a man for battle
against you, O daughter of Babylon!

43 “The king of Babylon heard the report of them,
and his hands fell helpless;
anguish seized him,
pain as of a woman in labor.

44 (EH)“Behold, like a lion coming up from the thicket of the Jordan against a perennial pasture, I will suddenly make them run away from her, and I will appoint over her whomever I choose. For who is like me? Who will summon me? What shepherd (EI)can stand before me? 45 Therefore hear (EJ)the plan that the Lord has made against Babylon, (EK)and the purposes that he has formed against the land of the Chaldeans: (EL)Surely the little ones of their flock shall be dragged away; surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate. 46 (EM)At the sound of the capture of Babylon the earth shall tremble, and her cry shall be heard among the nations.”


  1. Jeremiah 50:21 Merathaim means double rebellion
  2. Jeremiah 50:21 Pekod means punishment
  3. Jeremiah 50:21 That is, set apart (devote) as an offering to the Lord (for destruction)
  4. Jeremiah 50:39 Hebrew lacks in Babylon

Cross references:

  1. Jeremiah 49:23 : Isa. 17:1; Amos 1:3
  2. Jeremiah 49:23 : 1 Kgs. 8:65; Zech. 9:2
  3. Jeremiah 49:23 : 2 Kgs. 18:34
  4. Jeremiah 49:23 : Zech. 9:4
  5. Jeremiah 49:24 : [See ver. 23 above]; Isa. 17:1; Amos 1:3
  6. Jeremiah 49:24 : [ch. 46:5]
  7. Jeremiah 49:24 : [See ver. 22 above]; ver. 24; See ch. 6:24
  8. Jeremiah 49:25 : [ch. 33:9]
  9. Jeremiah 49:26 : ch. 50:30
  10. Jeremiah 49:27 : See ch. 17:27
  11. Jeremiah 49:27 : [See ver. 23 above]; Isa. 17:1; Amos 1:3
  12. Jeremiah 49:27 : 1 Kgs. 15:18; 20:1; 2 Kgs. 6:24; 8:7; 13:3
  13. Jeremiah 49:28 : Isa. 21:16; 60:7
  14. Jeremiah 49:28 : ver. 14, 31
  15. Jeremiah 49:28 : Isa. 21:16; 60:7
  16. Jeremiah 49:28 : Isa. 11:14; Ezek. 25:4, 10; See Judg. 6:3
  17. Jeremiah 49:29 : Ps. 120:5; Song 1:5
  18. Jeremiah 49:29 : Ps. 120:5; Song 1:5
  19. Jeremiah 49:29 : See ch. 6:25
  20. Jeremiah 49:30 : ver. 8
  21. Jeremiah 49:31 : [See ver. 28 above]; ver. 14, 31
  22. Jeremiah 49:31 : Job 16:12
  23. Jeremiah 49:31 : Ezek. 38:8, 11
  24. Jeremiah 49:31 : Ezek. 38:8, 11
  25. Jeremiah 49:32 : [Ezek. 38:12]
  26. Jeremiah 49:32 : ver. 36
  27. Jeremiah 49:32 : See ch. 9:26
  28. Jeremiah 49:33 : See ch. 9:11
  29. Jeremiah 49:33 : ver. 18
  30. Jeremiah 49:33 : ver. 18
  31. Jeremiah 49:34 : ch. 25:25; Gen. 14:1; Isa. 11:11; 21:2; Ezek. 32:24; Dan. 8:2
  32. Jeremiah 49:34 : 2 Kgs. 24:17, 18
  33. Jeremiah 49:35 : Isa. 22:6
  34. Jeremiah 49:35 : [See ver. 34 above]; ch. 25:25; Gen. 14:1; Isa. 11:11; 21:2; Ezek. 32:24; Dan. 8:2
  35. Jeremiah 49:36 : [See ver. 34 above]; ch. 25:25; Gen. 14:1; Isa. 11:11; 21:2; Ezek. 32:24; Dan. 8:2
  36. Jeremiah 49:36 : [See ver. 34 above]; ch. 25:25; Gen. 14:1; Isa. 11:11; 21:2; Ezek. 32:24; Dan. 8:2
  37. Jeremiah 49:37 : [ch. 1:17]
  38. Jeremiah 49:37 : [See ver. 34 above]; ch. 25:25; Gen. 14:1; Isa. 11:11; 21:2; Ezek. 32:24; Dan. 8:2
  39. Jeremiah 49:37 : See ch. 12:13
  40. Jeremiah 49:37 : See ch. 9:16
  41. Jeremiah 49:38 : [See ver. 34 above]; ch. 25:25; Gen. 14:1; Isa. 11:11; 21:2; Ezek. 32:24; Dan. 8:2
  42. Jeremiah 49:39 : [ch. 48:47]
  43. Jeremiah 49:39 : [See ver. 34 above]; ch. 25:25; Gen. 14:1; Isa. 11:11; 21:2; Ezek. 32:24; Dan. 8:2
  44. Jeremiah 50:1 : See Isa. 13:1–14:27; 21:1-10
  45. Jeremiah 50:1 : [ch. 51:59, 60]
  46. Jeremiah 50:2 : Isa. 21:9
  47. Jeremiah 50:2 : See Isa. 46:1
  48. Jeremiah 50:2 : Isa. 21:9
  49. Jeremiah 50:3 : See ch. 1:14
  50. Jeremiah 50:3 : ver. 13, 23; ch. 51:29
  51. Jeremiah 50:3 : ch. 51:62; [Ps. 135:8]
  52. Jeremiah 50:4 : See ch. 3:18
  53. Jeremiah 50:4 : See ch. 3:18
  54. Jeremiah 50:4 : ch. 31:9, 18; Ezra 8:21; Ps. 126:6
  55. Jeremiah 50:4 : Hos. 3:5
  56. Jeremiah 50:5 : [ch. 31:21]
  57. Jeremiah 50:5 : [Isa. 2:3]
  58. Jeremiah 50:5 : See ch. 32:40
  59. Jeremiah 50:6 : ver. 17; Isa. 53:6; [Matt. 18:12; Luke 15:4]
  60. Jeremiah 50:6 : Zech. 10:2; See Ezek. 34:1-6
  61. Jeremiah 50:7 : [ch. 40:2, 3]
  62. Jeremiah 50:7 : [ver. 14]
  63. Jeremiah 50:7 : ch. 31:23
  64. Jeremiah 50:7 : See ch. 14:8
  65. Jeremiah 50:8 : ch. 51:6, 45; See Isa. 48:20
  66. Jeremiah 50:8 : ch. 51:6, 45; See Isa. 48:20
  67. Jeremiah 50:9 : See ch. 25:14
  68. Jeremiah 50:10 : [ch. 25:12]
  69. Jeremiah 50:11 : [Lam. 4:21]
  70. Jeremiah 50:12 : ch. 51:43
  71. Jeremiah 50:13 : ver. 39
  72. Jeremiah 50:13 : See ch. 18:16
  73. Jeremiah 50:13 : See ch. 18:16
  74. Jeremiah 50:14 : ver. 9; ch. 51:11; Isa. 21:2
  75. Jeremiah 50:14 : ver. 29; [ch. 51:3]
  76. Jeremiah 50:14 : [ver. 7]
  77. Jeremiah 50:15 : [Josh. 6:16]
  78. Jeremiah 50:15 : ch. 51:58
  79. Jeremiah 50:15 : ch. 46:10; 51:6, 11
  80. Jeremiah 50:15 : ver. 29; ch. 51:56
  81. Jeremiah 50:16 : ch. 46:16
  82. Jeremiah 50:16 : [ch. 51:9]; See Isa. 13:14
  83. Jeremiah 50:17 : See ver. 6
  84. Jeremiah 50:17 : ch. 2:15; 4:7; Isa. 5:29
  85. Jeremiah 50:17 : 2 Kgs. 17:6; 18:13
  86. Jeremiah 50:17 : ch. 51:34
  87. Jeremiah 50:17 : 2 Kgs. 24:10, 14; See 2 Kgs. 25:1-11
  88. Jeremiah 50:17 : [ch. 51:34]
  89. Jeremiah 50:18 : Isa. 10:12; 24:21; [Ps. 76:12]
  90. Jeremiah 50:18 : Isa. 14:24, 25
  91. Jeremiah 50:19 : Ezek. 34:13, 14
  92. Jeremiah 50:19 : Ezek. 34:13, 14
  93. Jeremiah 50:19 : Mic. 7:14
  94. Jeremiah 50:19 : Mic. 7:14
  95. Jeremiah 50:19 : Mic. 7:14
  96. Jeremiah 50:20 : [Isa. 40:2]
  97. Jeremiah 50:20 : Isa. 33:24; See ch. 31:34
  98. Jeremiah 50:21 : ver. 26; [ch. 51:3]
  99. Jeremiah 50:22 : ch. 51:54
  100. Jeremiah 50:23 : Isa. 14:6
  101. Jeremiah 50:23 : [Rev. 18:19, 21]
  102. Jeremiah 50:23 : ver. 3, 13
  103. Jeremiah 50:24 : [Ps. 141:9]
  104. Jeremiah 50:24 : [ch. 51:31; Dan. 5:30]
  105. Jeremiah 50:25 : Isa. 13:5
  106. Jeremiah 50:26 : [Neh. 4:2]
  107. Jeremiah 50:27 : [Ps. 22:12; Isa. 34:7, 8]
  108. Jeremiah 50:27 : ch. 46:21
  109. Jeremiah 50:28 : [ver. 8]
  110. Jeremiah 50:28 : ch. 51:10; Ps. 64:9
  111. Jeremiah 50:28 : [ch. 51:11; 52:13; Dan. 5:3, 23]
  112. Jeremiah 50:29 : [ver. 14; Job 16:13]
  113. Jeremiah 50:29 : [ver. 14; Job 16:13]
  114. Jeremiah 50:29 : ch. 25:14
  115. Jeremiah 50:29 : Isa. 47:10
  116. Jeremiah 50:30 : ch. 49:26
  117. Jeremiah 50:31 : [See ver. 29 above]; Isa. 47:10
  118. Jeremiah 50:31 : ver. 27; ch. 49:8
  119. Jeremiah 50:32 : [See ver. 29 above]; Isa. 47:10
  120. Jeremiah 50:32 : See ch. 17:27
  121. Jeremiah 50:33 : [ver. 17]
  122. Jeremiah 50:33 : [Isa. 14:17]
  123. Jeremiah 50:34 : See Isa. 43:14
  124. Jeremiah 50:34 : See ch. 10:16
  125. Jeremiah 50:34 : ch. 51:36; Isa. 51:22
  126. Jeremiah 50:35 : ch. 51:57; Dan. 5:30
  127. Jeremiah 50:35 : Dan. 4:6
  128. Jeremiah 50:36 : ch. 51:57
  129. Jeremiah 50:37 : See ch. 25:20
  130. Jeremiah 50:37 : ch. 51:30
  131. Jeremiah 50:37 : [Isa. 45:3]
  132. Jeremiah 50:38 : Isa. 44:27; [ch. 51:36]
  133. Jeremiah 50:38 : ver. 2; ch. 51:47, 52
  134. Jeremiah 50:39 : Isa. 13:21, 22
  135. Jeremiah 50:40 : Gen. 19:25; See Isa. 13:19
  136. Jeremiah 50:40 : ch. 51:43
  137. Jeremiah 50:41 : For ver. 41-43, see ch. 6:22-24
  138. Jeremiah 50:44 : For ver. 44-46, see ch. 49:19-21
  139. Jeremiah 50:44 : Job 41:10
  140. Jeremiah 50:45 : ch. 51:11, 12, 29; Isa. 14:24
  141. Jeremiah 50:45 : ch. 51:11, 12, 29; Isa. 14:24
  142. Jeremiah 50:45 : ch. 49:20
  143. Jeremiah 50:46 : See ch. 49:21
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Titus 1


Paul, a servant[a] of God and (A)an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and (B)their knowledge of the truth, (C)which accords with godliness, (D)in hope of eternal life, which God, (E)who never lies, (F)promised (G)before the ages began[b] and (H)at the proper time manifested in his word[c] (I)through the preaching (J)with which I have been entrusted (K)by the command of God our Savior;

To Titus, (L)my true child in (M)a common faith:

(N)Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications for Elders

(O)This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and (P)appoint elders in every town as I directed you— (Q)if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,[d] and his children are believers[e] and not open to the charge of (R)debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer,[f] (S)as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not (T)be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent (U)or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, (V)and disciplined. He must (W)hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in (X)sound[g] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

10 For there are many who are insubordinate, (Y)empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of (Z)the circumcision party.[h] 11 They must be silenced, since (AA)they are upsetting whole families by teaching (AB)for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 (AC)One of the Cretans,[i] a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”[j] 13 This testimony is true. Therefore (AD)rebuke them (AE)sharply, that they (AF)may be sound in the faith, 14 (AG)not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and (AH)the commands of people (AI)who turn away from the truth. 15 (AJ)To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and (AK)unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both (AL)their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 (AM)They profess to know God, but they (AN)deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, (AO)unfit for any good work.


  1. Titus 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  2. Titus 1:2 Greek before times eternal
  3. Titus 1:3 Or manifested his word
  4. Titus 1:6 Or a man of one woman
  5. Titus 1:6 Or are faithful
  6. Titus 1:7 Or bishop; Greek episkopos
  7. Titus 1:9 Or healthy; also verse 13
  8. Titus 1:10 Or especially those of the circumcision
  9. Titus 1:12 Greek One of them
  10. Titus 1:12 Probably from Epimenides of Crete
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Psalm 97-98

The Lord Reigns

97 (A)The Lord reigns, (B)let the earth rejoice;
let the many (C)coastlands be glad!
(D)Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
(E)righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
(F)Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries all around.
His (G)lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and (H)trembles.
The mountains (I)melt like (J)wax before the Lord,
before (K)the Lord of all the earth.

(L)The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all (M)the peoples see his glory.
All worshipers of images are (N)put to shame,
who make their boast in (O)worthless idols;
(P)worship him, all you gods!

Zion hears and (Q)is glad,
and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
For you, O Lord, are (R)most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above (S)all gods.

10 O you who love the Lord, (T)hate evil!
He (U)preserves the lives of his (V)saints;
he (W)delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 (X)Light (Y)is sown[a] for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
12 (Z)Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and (AA)give thanks to his holy name!

Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord

A Psalm.

98 Oh sing to the Lord (AB)a new song,
for he has done (AC)marvelous things!
His (AD)right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has (AE)made known his salvation;
he has (AF)revealed his righteousness in (AG)the sight of the nations.
He has (AH)remembered his (AI)steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All (AJ)the ends of the earth have seen
(AK)the salvation of our God.

(AL)Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
(AM)break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the (AN)sound of melody!
With (AO)trumpets and the sound of (AP)the horn
(AQ)make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

(AR)Let the sea roar, and (AS)all that fills it;
(AT)the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers (AU)clap their hands;
let (AV)the hills sing for joy together
before the Lord, for he comes
to (AW)judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.


  1. Psalm 97:11 Most Hebrew manuscripts; one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome Light dawns

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 97:1 : See Ps. 93:1
  2. Psalm 97:1 : Ps. 96:11
  3. Psalm 97:1 : See Ps. 72:10
  4. Psalm 97:2 : Ex. 19:9; Deut. 4:11; 5:22; 1 Kgs. 8:12; See Ps. 18:11
  5. Psalm 97:2 : Ps. 89:14
  6. Psalm 97:3 : See Ps. 21:9; 50:3
  7. Psalm 97:4 : Ps. 77:18
  8. Psalm 97:4 : [Ps. 96:9]
  9. Psalm 97:5 : Nah. 1:5; [Judg. 5:5]
  10. Psalm 97:5 : See Ps. 68:2
  11. Psalm 97:5 : Josh. 3:11
  12. Psalm 97:6 : See Ps. 50:6
  13. Psalm 97:6 : Isa. 40:5; 66:18; [Ps. 96:3]
  14. Psalm 97:7 : Isa. 42:17; 44:9
  15. Psalm 97:7 : Ps. 96:5
  16. Psalm 97:7 : Heb. 1:6
  17. Psalm 97:8 : Ps. 48:11
  18. Psalm 97:9 : See Ps. 83:18
  19. Psalm 97:9 : See Ps. 95:3
  20. Psalm 97:10 : Prov. 8:13; Amos 5:15; Rom. 12:9; See Ps. 34:14
  21. Psalm 97:10 : Ps. 31:23; 37:28; 121:4; 145:20; Prov. 2:8
  22. Psalm 97:10 : See Ps. 30:4
  23. Psalm 97:10 : Dan. 3:28; 6:27; Acts 12:11
  24. Psalm 97:11 : Ps. 112:4; 118:27; Prov. 4:18
  25. Psalm 97:11 : [Prov. 11:18; Hos. 10:12; James 3:18]
  26. Psalm 97:12 : See Ps. 32:11
  27. Psalm 97:12 : See Ps. 30:4
  28. Psalm 98:1 : See Ps. 33:3
  29. Psalm 98:1 : [Ps. 96:3]; Ps. 72:18
  30. Psalm 98:1 : [Ex. 15:6; Luke 1:51]; See Job 40:14
  31. Psalm 98:2 : Isa. 49:6; 52:10; Luke 2:30, 31; [Isa. 59:16; 63:5]
  32. Psalm 98:2 : Isa. 62:2; Rom. 3:25, 26
  33. Psalm 98:2 : Ps. 96:2, 3
  34. Psalm 98:3 : Luke 1:54, 72
  35. Psalm 98:3 : See Ps. 36:5
  36. Psalm 98:3 : Ps. 22:27
  37. Psalm 98:3 : ver. 2
  38. Psalm 98:4 : See Ps. 66:1
  39. Psalm 98:4 : Isa. 44:23
  40. Psalm 98:5 : Isa. 51:3
  41. Psalm 98:6 : Num. 10:10; 1 Chr. 15:24
  42. Psalm 98:6 : 2 Chr. 15:14
  43. Psalm 98:6 : [See ver. 4 above]; See Ps. 66:1
  44. Psalm 98:7 : Ps. 96:11
  45. Psalm 98:7 : Ps. 24:1
  46. Psalm 98:7 : Ps. 24:1
  47. Psalm 98:8 : Isa. 55:12; [Ps. 93:3]
  48. Psalm 98:8 : Ps. 89:12
  49. Psalm 98:9 : Ps. 96:13; See Ps. 58:11
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Proverbs 26:13-16

13 (A)The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
There is a lion in the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so does a sluggard on his bed.
15 (B)The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is (C)wiser in his own eyes
(D)than seven men who can answer sensibly.

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10/26/2020 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 49:23-50:46, Titus 1:1-16, Psalms 97:1-98:9, Proverbs 26:13-16

Today is the 26th day of October welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it’s great to be here with you today as we continue our journey through this week and approach the end of a month. Today is the 300 the day of the year believe it or not. What a year to remember. But we’re 300 days into this year since it’s a leap year. So, we will continue our journey forward. We’re working our way well…well into the back portion of the…of the prophecy of Jeremiah but when we get to the New Testament today we will be encountering the third and final grouping of letters known as the pastoral epistles. So, we’ll, of course talk about that when we get there. But first we’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. Jeremiah chapter 49 verse 23 through 50 verse 46.

Introduction to Titus:

Okay. So, as we…as we were talking about when we began our time together today, we’re at the New Testament, so we are about to encounter another letter. This one is called Titus and as I said this is the third of a group of letters known as the pastoral letters or the pastoral epistles. And we…we’ve talked about this. Like, there’s nothing new between first Timothy second Timothy and Titus in certain regards. They are personal letters. They are disputed letters, at least in terms of penned these letters. Obviously, they have been attributed to Paul for a very long time but for also almost an equally longtime scholars have…have questioned whether that’s possible mostly because of the development structures of the church. So, one of the things in Titus that we will encounter that we also encountered in Timothy would be some characteristics to be looked at in a person who wants to seek ministry or ordination. Titus and Timothy are both still consulted until this day for that purpose as we’ll see when we read it but there are other somewhat confusing things about Titus. One of the things is just trying to place it historically, trying to figure out Paul’s imprisonment in Rome after he appealed to Caesar and what happened between, you know, the time that he sailed to Rome and the time that he was executed by…by being beheaded. Somewhere in there if this is within Paul&