The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday December 5, 2020 (NIV)

Hosea 1-3

The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah,(A) Jotham,(B) Ahaz,(C) and Hezekiah,(D) kings of Judah, and of Jeroboam(E) son of Jehoash, king of Israel.

Hosea’s Marriage and Children

When the Lord first spoke to Hosea, he said this to him:

Go and marry a woman of promiscuity,(F)
and have children of promiscuity,
for the land is committing blatant acts of promiscuity
by abandoning the Lord.

So he went and married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.(G) Then the Lord said to him:

Name him Jezreel,[a](H) for in a little while
I will bring the bloodshed of Jezreel(I)
on the house of Jehu(J)
and put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
On that day I will break the bow of Israel(K)
in Jezreel Valley.(L)

She conceived again and gave birth to a daughter, and the Lord said to him:

Name her Lo-ruhamah,[b]
for I will no longer have compassion
on the house of Israel.
I will certainly take them away.
But I will have compassion on the house of Judah,(M)
and I will deliver them by the Lord their God.(N)
I will not deliver them by bow, sword, or war,
or by horses and cavalry.(O)

After Gomer had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and gave birth to a son. Then the Lord said:

Name him Lo-ammi,[c]
for you are not my people,
and I will not be your God.[d](P)
10 Yet the number of the Israelites
will be like the sand of the sea,(Q)
which cannot be measured or counted.
And in the place where they were told:
You are not my people,
they will be called: Sons of the living God.(R)
11 And the Judeans and the Israelites
will be gathered together.(S)
They will appoint for themselves a single ruler(T)
and go up from[e] the land.
For the day of Jezreel(U) will be great.
Call[f] your brothers: My People
and your sisters: Compassion.

Israel’s Adultery Rebuked

Rebuke your mother; rebuke her.(V)
For she is not my wife and I am not her husband.(W)
Let her remove the promiscuous look from her face(X)
and her adultery from between her breasts.
Otherwise, I will strip her naked(Y)
and expose her as she was on the day of her birth.
I will make her like a desert(Z)
and like a parched land,
and I will let her die of thirst.(AA)
I will have no compassion on her children(AB)
because they are the children of promiscuity.
Yes, their mother is promiscuous;
she conceived them and acted shamefully.(AC)
For she thought, “I will follow my lovers,(AD)
the men who give me my food and water,
my wool and flax, my oil and drink.”(AE)
Therefore, this is what I will do:
I will block her[g] way(AF) with thorns;(AG)
I will enclose her with a wall,
so that she cannot find her paths.(AH)
She will pursue her lovers but not catch them;(AI)
she will look for them but not find them.
Then she will think,
“I will go back to my former husband,(AJ)
for then it was better for me than now.”(AK)
She does not recognize(AL)
that it is I who gave her the grain,(AM)
the new wine, and the fresh oil.
I lavished silver and gold on her,
which they used for Baal.
Therefore, I will take back my grain in its time(AN)
and my new wine in its season;
I will take away my wool and linen,
which were to cover her nakedness.
10 Now I will expose her shame(AO)
in the sight of her lovers,
and no one will rescue her from my power.
11 I will put an end to all her celebrations:(AP)
her feasts,(AQ) New Moons,(AR) and Sabbaths—
all her festivals.
12 I will devastate her vines and fig trees.(AS)
She thinks that these are her wages
that her lovers have given her.
I will turn them into a thicket,(AT)
and the wild animals will eat them.(AU)
13 And I will punish her for the days of the Baals,(AV)
to which she burned incense.(AW)
She put on her rings and her jewelry(AX)
and followed her lovers,
but she forgot me.(AY)

This is the Lord’s declaration.

Israel’s Adultery Forgiven

14 Therefore, I am going to persuade her,
lead her to the wilderness,(AZ)
and speak tenderly to her.[h]
15 There I will give her vineyards back to her(BA)
and make the Valley of Achor[i](BB)
into a gateway of hope.
There she will respond as she did
in the days of her youth,(BC)
as in the day she came out of the land of Egypt.
16 In that day—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
you will call me “my husband”(BD)
and no longer call me “my Baal.”[j]
17 For I will remove the names of the Baals
from her mouth;
they will no longer be remembered by their names.
18 On that day I will make a covenant for them
with the wild animals, the birds of the sky,
and the creatures that crawl on the ground.(BE)
I will shatter bow, sword,
and weapons of war in the land[k](BF)
and will enable the people to rest securely.(BG)
19 I will take you to be my wife forever.(BH)
I will take you to be my wife in righteousness,
justice, love, and compassion.(BI)
20 I will take you to be my wife in faithfulness,
and you will know the Lord.(BJ)
21 On that day I will respond(BK)
this is the Lord’s declaration.
I will respond to the sky,
and it will respond to the earth.
22 The earth will respond to the grain,(BL)
the new wine, and the fresh oil,
and they will respond to Jezreel.
23 I will sow her[l] in the land for myself,(BM)
and I will have compassion(BN)
on Lo-ruhamah;
I will say to Lo-ammi:(BO)
You are my people,(BP)
and he will say, “You are my God.”

Waiting for Restoration

Then the Lord said to me, “Go again; show love to a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress,(BQ) just as the Lord loves the Israelites though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.”(BR)

So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and nine bushels of barley.[m][n](BS) I said to her, “You are to live with me many days. You must not be promiscuous or belong to any man, and I will act the same way toward you.”

For the Israelites must live many days without king or prince,(BT) without sacrifice(BU) or sacred pillar,(BV) and without ephod(BW) or household idols.(BX) Afterward, the people of Israel will return(BY) and seek the Lord their God and David their king.(BZ) They will come with awe to the Lord(CA) and to his goodness in the last days.


  1. 1:4 = God Sows
  2. 1:6 = No Compassion
  3. 1:9 = Not My People
  4. 1:9 Lit not be yours
  5. 1:11 Or and flourish in; Hb obscure
  6. 2:1 Lit Say to
  7. 2:6 LXX, Syr; MT reads your
  8. 2:14 Lit speak to her heart
  9. 2:15 = Trouble
  10. 2:16 Or my master
  11. 2:18 Or war on the earth
  12. 2:23 = Israel
  13. 3:2 LXX reads barley and a measure of wine
  14. 3:2 Lit silver, a homer of barley, and a lethek of barley

Cross references:

  1. 1:1 : 2Ch 26:1–23; Is 1:1; Am 1:1
  2. 1:1 : 2Kg 15:5; 2Ch 27:1–9
  3. 1:1 : 2Kg 16:1–20; 2Ch 28:1–27; Is 1:1; 7:1–17; Mc 1:1
  4. 1:1 : 2Kg 18:1–20:21; 2Ch 29:1–32:33; Mc 1:1
  5. 1:1 : 2Kg 13:13; 14:23–29; Am 1:1
  6. 1:2 : Hs 3:1
  7. 1:3 : Ezk 23:4
  8. 1:4 : Hs 2:22
  9. 1:4 : 2Kg 9:24–10:11
  10. 1:4 : 2Kg 9:7; 10:30; 15:10
  11. 1:5 : Gn 49:24; Jb 29:20; Jr 49:35
  12. 1:5 : Jos 17:16; Jdg 6:33
  13. 1:7 : Is 30:18
  14. 1:7 : Jr 25:5–6; Zch 9:9–10
  15. 1:7 : Ps 44:3–7
  16. 1:9 : Ex 6:7; Lv 26:12; Jr 7:23; 11:4; 30:22; Ezk 36:28
  17. 1:10 : Gn 22:17; Jr 33:22
  18. 1:10 : Rm 9:25–27
  19. 1:11 : Jr 23:5–6; 50:4–5; Ezk 37:18–25; Hs 3:5
  20. 1:11 : Jr 30:21; Hs 3:5
  21. 1:11 : Ezk 36:9–11
  22. 2:2 : Ezk 23:45
  23. 2:2 : Is 50:1
  24. 2:2 : Jr 3:1,9,13
  25. 2:3 : Ezk 16:7,22,39
  26. 2:3 : Is 32:13–14; Hs 13:15
  27. 2:3 : Jr 14:3; Am 8:11–13
  28. 2:4 : Jr 13:14
  29. 2:5 : Is 1:21; Hs 3:1
  30. 2:5 : Jr 2:25
  31. 2:5 : Jr 44:17–18
  32. 2:6 : Jb 19:8
  33. 2:6 : Hs 9:6; 10:8
  34. 2:6 : Jr 18:15
  35. 2:7 : Hs 5:13
  36. 2:7 : Jr 2:2; 3:1; Ezk 16:8; 23:4
  37. 2:7 : Jr 14:22; Hs 13:6
  38. 2:8 : Is 1:3
  39. 2:8 : Ezk 16:19
  40. 2:9 : Hs 8:7; 9:2
  41. 2:10 : Ezk 16:37
  42. 2:11 : Jr 7:34; 16:9
  43. 2:11 : Hs 3:4; Am 5:21; 8:10
  44. 2:11 : Is 1:13–14
  45. 2:12 : Jr 5:17; 8:13
  46. 2:12 : Ps 80:12; Is 5:5; 7:23
  47. 2:12 : Is 32:13–15
  48. 2:13 : Hs 4:13; 11:2
  49. 2:13 : Jr 7:9
  50. 2:13 : Ezk 16:12,17; 23:40
  51. 2:13 : Hs 4:6; 8:14; 13:6
  52. 2:14 : Ezk 20:33–38
  53. 2:15 : Ezk 28:25–26
  54. 2:15 : Jos 7:26
  55. 2:15 : Jr 2:1–3
  56. 2:16 : Is 54:5
  57. 2:18 : Jb 5:23; Is 11:6–9; Ezk 34:25
  58. 2:18 : Ezk 39:1–10
  59. 2:18 : Ezk 34:25
  60. 2:19 : Is 62:4–5
  61. 2:19 : Is 1:27; 54:6–8
  62. 2:20 : Hs 6:6; 13:4
  63. 2:21 : Is 55:10; Zch 8:12; Mal 3:10–11
  64. 2:22 : Jr 31:12; Jl 2:19
  65. 2:23 : Jr 31:37
  66. 2:23 : Hs 1:6
  67. 2:23 : Hs 1:9
  68. 2:23 : Hs 2:1; Rm 9:25
  69. 3:1 : Hs 1:2
  70. 3:1 : 2Sm 6:19; 1Ch 16:3; Sg 2:5
  71. 3:2 : Ru 4:10
  72. 3:4 : Hs 13:10–11
  73. 3:4 : Dn 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Hs 2:11
  74. 3:4 : Hs 10:1–2
  75. 3:4 : Ex 28:4–12; 1Sm 23:9–12
  76. 3:4 : Gn 31:19,34; Jdg 17:5; 18:14,17
  77. 3:5 : Jr 50:4–5
  78. 3:5 : Is 11:1–10; Jr 23:5–6; 33:15–16; Ezk 34:24; Rm 11:23
  79. 3:5 : Jr 31:9
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1 John 5

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God,(A) and everyone who loves the Father[a] also loves the one born of him. This is how we know that we love God’s children: when we love God and obey[b] his commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden,(B) because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.

The Certainty of God’s Testimony

Who is the one who conquers the world(C) but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?(D) Jesus Christ—he is the one who came by water and blood, not by water only, but by water(E) and by blood.(F) And the Spirit is the one who testifies,(G) because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify:[c](H) the Spirit,(I) the water, and the blood(J)—and these three are in agreement. If we accept human testimony, God’s testimony(K) is greater, because it is God’s testimony that he has given about his Son. 10 The one who believes in the Son of God has this testimony within himself. The one who does not believe God has made him a liar,(L) because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 The one who has the Son has life.(M) The one who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name(N) of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Effective Prayer

14 This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask(O) anything according to his will, he hears us.(P) 15 And if we know that he hears whatever we ask,(Q) we know that we have what we have asked of him.(R)

16 If anyone sees a fellow believer[d] committing a sin that doesn’t lead to death, he should ask, and God will give life to him—to those who commit sin that doesn’t lead to death. There is sin[e] that leads to death. I am not saying he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin that doesn’t lead to death.


18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not sin, but the one who is born of God keeps him,[f](S) and the evil one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come(T) and has given us understanding so that we may know the true one.[g] We are in the true one—that is, in his Son, Jesus Christ.(U) He is the true God and eternal life.

21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.


  1. 5:1 Or loves the one who has given birth
  2. 5:2 Other mss read keep
  3. 5:7–8 A few late Gk mss and some late Vg mss add testify in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three who bear witness on earth:
  4. 5:16 Lit sees his brother or sister
  5. 5:16 Or is a sin
  6. 5:18 Other mss read himself
  7. 5:20 Other mss read the true God
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Psalm 124

Psalm 124

The Lord Is on Our Side

A song of ascents. Of David.

If the Lord had not been on our side—
let Israel say—
if the Lord had not been on our side(A)
when people attacked us,(B)
then they would have swallowed us alive
in their burning anger against us.(C)
Then the water would have engulfed us;
the torrent would have swept over us;
the raging water would have swept over us.(D)

Blessed be the Lord,
who has not let us be ripped apart by their teeth.(E)
We have escaped like a bird from the hunter’s net;
the net is torn, and we have escaped.(F)
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.(G)

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Proverbs 29:5-8

A person who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet.(A)

An evil person is caught by sin,(B)
but the righteous one sings and rejoices.(C)

The righteous person knows the rights[a] of the poor,(D)
but the wicked one does not understand these concerns.

Mockers inflame a city,(E)
but the wise turn away anger.


  1. 29:7 Lit justice
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