01/31/2021 DAB Transcript

Exodus 12:14-13:16, Matthew 20:29-21:22, Psalms 25:16-22, Proverbs 6:12-15

Today is the 31st day of January welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is great to be here with you as we end and begin, right? So, we’re ending the first month of the year. Can you believe that exactly one month ago was December 31st and we were at the end of the year and just getting ready to launch on to this journey? Now we are a month in. It’s gone quick, and there’s a lot…a lot that we have learned and I just…I mean the new year…I need…I needed the new year to come. And I think a lot of people did too, and I’m just really encouraged by what the Scriptures are speaking into our lives as we continue. So, we’re just marking this moment where we reached the end of our first month. Today’s reading will end that first month and tomorrow we’ll be in the second month of the year. And it just goes and goes quickly, but it also goes at the pace that it needs to go out. So, I just want to tell you, well done. I mean we’ve been at…this is 31 days we can do this. If we’ve made it this far, we can…we can make this journey work. And, so, let’s dive in. This is a brand-new shiny sparkly week that we are walking into and we will read from the Voice Translation this week, picking up the story of…well…Moses and Pharaoh and the enslaved Hebrew people. And God’s full intention that is people are not going to be slaves anymore. And, so, we begin. Exodus chapter 12 verse 14 through 13 verse 16.


Father, we thank You, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for bringing us through this first full month in Your word for this voyage, the voyage of 2021. And we are…we have set sail and we are well on our way and we are grateful for the shifting that is beginning to take place. Like it's…it’s starting to become a rhythm and we’re starting to feel like we can do this and we’re a part of something. We are grateful for that. We invite Your Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. This is one of the promises of the Scriptures, that You would lead us into all truth. That is what we are asking for, that is what we seek, that You would lead us on the pathways of truth, that You would lead us on what Jesus called the narrow path that leads to life, that we would embrace wisdom as…as a best friend and that we would walk the pathways of wisdom. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.


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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, my name is Desiree I’m a 13-year-old girl. I’ve been studying and recently found out my mom was a drug addict and now that I’ve seen so many things pass during my life when I was taken away from her at the age of 6 years old and went to my aunt and uncle’s house which are now my new parents because I got adopted from them and I’ve been going through some rough times because of all the things that my mother has done like when I recently found out that she was a drug addict I just broke down and started crying and I…I couldn’t believe what she did an…and the fact is that she wants to bring me or some other people and that…that’s not really our fault and the fact is that she doesn’t care. And I just wish that everything was the same, but I just asked for prayer that she just helps us. I mean God help us and please pray help and thank you.

Hey guys it’s your brother from Indiana I’m just calling to just…just out of greatness just out of all the awesome __ right now. I just heard that Sean has recently came to Christ, you know, just this past year. He said he got baptized last Sunday. He’s been reading the Bible. I just pray encouraging… just that…that…that the Holy Spirit would encourage you. Man that…that’s amazing. I’m so glad and I’m so glad you’re, you know, I’m just really glad and I pray a special blessings upon you and your future. You say you may want to go on mission trips. God’s will be done. May you have eyes and ears to hear that. Also, By God’s Grace I didn’t hear the last part of that but Covid and breast cancer. That is a really traumatic experience, but you have the faith to know that God is our great physician. I pray that your family have increased faith, you would recognize the blessings around you being your family three beautiful daughters and I pray __ for your whole family, your husband, and man or girl, I…I’m sorry. Just blessings and for anyone that has depression especially teenagers, I’m just praying for you today that your eyes be lifted to God the maker of the heavens and the earth in Jesus’ name I’m praying. Thank you, guys. And girls. I love you.

Hi DAB family I have never actually called before but I did hear a prayer from By Your Grace Sherry and I just wanted to let you know that sometimes when we pray for God to increase our faith, He puts us in situations that essentially force us to have faith in Him that He will put us through. There is so much power in faith that we…that God wants us to be able to tap into. There is so much love and passion and Satan definitely wants to keep us from all of that. So, I just wanted to say keep on going. Sometimes what we ask for is certainty in faith rather than actual faith, but I will pray for you and I do hope that God will God will show you some amazing things during this time that you are, that you have to lean on him in order to get through this. So, I’ll be praying for you.

Hello everybody my name is Josh and I’ve been listening for several years. I’ve never called because honestly, I rarely listen to the prayer request and the only reason I was listening today was because it was one of those rare occasions where I was actually running and I just couldn’t reach my phone but as I was listening I heard Zealand Isabel from Georgia and they were so moved by her story I literally stopped in my tracks. She was explaining that she has a brain problem and that it has affected her right side and she has trouble with seizures and that she is looking for prayer from the Daily Audio Bible community. Zealand Isabel if you’re listening, I want to tell you something about my family. I have two daughters on this earth. The oldest is 4 years old and was a twin. She and her sister were born really early, so early that one didn’t make it out of the hospital, and she is with Jesus. Now the other one or the one who’s for now, had a brain bleed that, like you, affected her right side. Today she would tell you that her right side just moves a little different, but I see how hard she works every day on things that I would otherwise take for granted. And I am sure that you work hard every day as well. I pray for my daughter each morning, that she would be healed but also that she would be strong and would know Jesus more she grows up. I pray for her to be like you. I want you to know for sure that you are strong, and I will be praying for you along with my daughter every day. I speak healing over you from the one who made you and pray blessings on you.

Hi, Macy here from Texas and…and I’m a new listener. I just turned 6 and I wanted to say I listen to you… to your bibles… to your Bible…to the Bible stories that you read to us so I…so I would…so I would like…so today I’m also listening to one too. So, and I love them too and I just wanted to say that. So, bye.

Hello this is Donna from California and recently a couple of people have called in that I just really, really some calls really touch you very deeply, they all do but these in particular did for me. There was a lady who called, and she has since had a lot of response. A lady who called in and said she had Covid and her husband had left her after 47 years of marriage. This broke my heart. And then another lady, Amy, from Canada called recently just expressing the loneliness and the…I too, didn’t sign up to be single. I…I actually had been married. My marriage fell apart about 10 years ago. And I…I didn’t sign up to be single. It’s very difficult and then I understand people who are well meaning will quote things like “my grace is sufficient for you” and “delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”, which are very well meaning and very true, but often it just rings hollow because sometimes that comes from people who are blessed with a good marriage. Not to sound bitter. But I just want to offer a quick prayer because I only have like less than 30 seconds. Dear Lord help…help those of us in this situation to believe you. Help us to really search deeply. What are the desires of my heart? My…my desires are for you. And why would I place them anywhere else? I don’t know if that helps but I pray for you and I love you. Thank you for calling.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday January 31, 2021 (NIV)

Exodus 12:14-13:16

14 This will be a day for you to always remember. I want you and all generations after you to commemorate this day with a festival to Me. Celebrate this feast as a perpetual ordinance, a permanent part of your life together. 15 You are to eat bread made without yeast for seven days. On the first day get rid of any yeast you find in your house. Anyone who eats bread made with yeast during the seven festival days must be cut off from the rest of Israel. 16 On the first day of the festival and again on the seventh, gather the community together for a time of sacred worship. No one may work on those two days except to prepare what every person needs to eat. 17 Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread because it commemorates the day that I led your forces out of Egypt. Honor and celebrate this day throughout all your generations as a perpetual ordinance, a permanent part of your life together. 18 From the evening of the fourteenth day of that first month to the evening of the twenty-first day of that month, eat bread made without yeast. 19-20 No yeast is to be found in any of your houses during the seven festival days. Whoever eats anything that has yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel. It doesn’t matter whether he is a foreigner or a native; the same standards apply. During the seven festival days, do not eat anything made with yeast; wherever you live and gather together, be sure you eat only unleavened bread.

21 Then Moses called all of Israel’s elders together and gave them instructions.

Moses: Go and pick out lambs for each of your families, and then slaughter your family’s Passover lamb. 22 Take a handful of hyssop branches, dip them down into the bowl of blood you drained from the sacrifice, and mark the top of the doorway and the two doorposts with blood from the bowl. After you do this, no one should go out that door until the next morning.

23 The Eternal will pass through the land during the night and bring death to the Egyptians. But when He sees the blood-markings across the tops of your doorways and down your two doorposts, He will pass over your houses and not allow His messenger of death to enter into your houses and strike you down. 24 You and all your descendants are obligated to keep these instructions for all time. 25 Even after you arrive in the land the Eternal has promised you—the land flowing with milk and honey—you must keep these instructions and perform this ritual. 26 When your children ask you, “What does this ritual mean to you?” 27 you will answer them, “It is the Passover sacrifice to the Eternal, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites when we were slaves in Egypt. And although He struck the Egyptians, He spared our lives and our houses.”

The name of this festival, “Passover,” comes from the fact that God “passes over” those houses where the Israelites gather and eat the sacrifice.

When Moses finished these instructions, the people bowed down and worshiped.

28 The Israelites went and did as they were instructed; they were obedient to what the Eternal had commanded Moses and Aaron.

29 Now this is what happened: at midnight, He struck down all the firstborn sons in Egypt—from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on his throne, to the firstborn son of the prisoners locked in the dungeon, and even the firstborn of all the livestock in the land. 30 Pharaoh woke up during the night. He wasn’t the only one. His servants, as well as all of the Egyptians in the land, had awoken. A great scream shattered the night in Egypt, for there was not a single Egyptian house where someone was not dead.

31 Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron before the night was over.

Pharaoh (to Moses and Aaron): Get up and get out. Leave my people right now—you and all the rest of the Israelites. Go and worship this god of yours, the Eternal One, just as you have said. 32 Take your flocks and your herds as well with you—just as you said—and go! But bless me on your way out!

Pharaoh hates to admit he has been beaten by Moses and his God. After losing his firstborn son—destined to be the next Pharaoh—he has little choice.

33 The Egyptians frantically urged the people of Israel to hurry and leave their land.

Egyptians (imploring): If you do not leave soon, we will all be dead.

34 So the Israelites hurried. They took their bread dough before any yeast had been added, packed up their kneading bowls, wrapped them in some of their clothing, and carried them on their shoulders.

35 The people of Israel also did what Moses had told them to do; they asked the Egyptians for items made of silver and gold, and they asked for extra clothing as well. 36 The Eternal caused the Egyptians to have a favorable attitude toward His people, so the Egyptians fulfilled these requests and gave the people what they asked for. This is how the Israelites stripped the Egyptians of their valued possessions.

For many years the Egyptians stripped the people of Israel of their lives, labor, and dignity. God’s justice demands that Israel be paid for all they lost.

37 The Israelites left and traveled from Rameses to Succoth. There were about 600,000 men, plus all the women and children. 38 Another crowd, made up of various and sundry peoples, accompanied them, as well as herds, flocks, and a great number of livestock. 39 They baked flat bread along the way from the dough without yeast which they carried with them from Egypt. The dough had no yeast because the people had been rushed out of Egypt, and they did not have enough time to gather food supplies for themselves.

40-41 The Israelites had lived in the land of Egypt for a total of 430 years. On the last day of their 430th year, all the forces belonging to the Eternal left the land of Egypt. 42 This was the night when the Eternal kept watch over His people and brought them safely out of the land of Egypt; now this night is to be kept by His people, to be celebrated by all of the people of Israel throughout all generations.

Eternal One (to Moses and Aaron): 43 This is the requirement for Passover: no foreigner or outsider should eat this meal. 44 But every slave bought with money may participate in this celebration if he has been initiated into the community by circumcision. 45 No temporary residents or paid servants may share in it. 46 The meal must be eaten in only one house. Don’t take any of the meat outside. Not one of the lamb’s bones shall be broken.[a] 47 The entire community of Israel must celebrate it. 48 If you have outsiders living among you and they want to celebrate the Passover to the Eternal with you, then all the men must agree to be circumcised. Only after circumcision may they join in and celebrate with you; then you must treat them as if they were native-born. But make sure no uncircumcised male eats any part of the sacred meal. 49 The same instruction applies to everyone equally—without distinction—the native as well as the outsider who is living among you.

50 Then all of the Israelites did exactly as the Eternal had instructed Moses and Aaron to do. 51 On that same day, He led the Israelites as they marched out of the land of Egypt like an army.

This night is still remembered by Jewish people each year during the festival called Passover. The exodus—God’s liberation of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt—is one of the most important events in all Scripture. For over 400 years, God’s covenant people lived as outsiders in Egypt. For as long as that last generation could remember, they had been slaves living embittered lives under a cruel regime. But God heard their cries and acted finally and decisively to rescue them. Now it is time to go home, to a land they have never seen, a land of promise and prosperity. They return not as slaves but as free people, a powerful force for God in the world. The exodus leaves a permanent mark on the people of Israel. It is celebrated in song, recorded in Scripture, and commemorated in a festival; the prophets even see a day when a new exodus is coming.

13 Eternal One (to Moses): 1-2 Set apart all of the firstborn and dedicate them to Me. The first male offspring—both human and animal—that opens the womb among the people of Israel belongs to me.

Moses (to the people): Remember this day, the day when you departed from Egypt and left behind lives of slavery. For the strong hand of the Eternal has freed you from Pharaoh and his Egypt. In observing this day, be careful not to eat any food containing yeast. You are leaving today in the month of Abib. When He leads you into the land which He promised your ancestors He would give to you—a wide, open space flowing with milk and honey, a land currently inhabited by the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Amorites, and Jebusites—I want you to observe the following festival during this month: For seven days, you are to eat only bread made without yeast. On the seventh day, celebrate a feast in honor of the Eternal. Remember the directive: only bread made without yeast can be eaten during the seven festival days. Don’t keep any bread with yeast around; in fact, get rid of all yeast anywhere in your territory during those days. You are to explain to your children on that day, “We observe this feast because of what the Eternal did for me when I came out of Egypt.” This festival will be a sign to you—like a mark stamped on the back of your hand or a reminder written across your forehead—so that the Eternal’s instruction will never be far from your lips. For He led you out of Egypt with a strong hand. 10 Observe what I have decreed at the designated time every year.

11 The Eternal will lead you into the land He promised you and your ancestors—the land where the Canaanites are now living. 12 You are to dedicate to Him every offspring that opens the womb—your firstborn sons and the firstborn male of all your livestock—for they belong to Him. 13 You may redeem every firstborn of a donkey by sacrificing a lamb in its place. If you choose not to redeem it, then you must break its neck. But you must redeem all of your firstborn sons and not sacrifice them.

14 There will come a time when your children ask you, “What is this thing we are doing?” You will say, “With a strong hand the Eternal led us out of Egypt and freed us from lives of slavery. 15 When Pharaoh’s heart was as hard as stone, and he refused to release us, the Eternal killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt (both humans and animals). That is why I sacrifice the firstborn male of all our livestock to Him, but then I redeem every firstborn son by sacrificing a substitute.”

16 These practices will be like a mark stamped on the back of your hand and a reminder written across your forehead, a constant reminder that the Eternal led us out of Egypt with a strong hand.


  1. 12:46 John 19:36
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Matthew 20:29-21:22

29 So finally Jesus and His disciples left Jericho and headed for Jerusalem; and, of course, a large crowd followed them. 30 Two blind men, sitting on the roadside, heard the crowd approaching with Jesus.

Two Blind Men: Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!

31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted louder.

Two Blind Men: Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!

Jesus (taking the two blind men aside): 32 What is it that you want, brothers?

Two Blind Men: 33 Lord, we want to see.

34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they could see, and so they followed Him.

After a great parade, Jesus and His disciples walk into the temple area, and what He sees enrages Him. He sees moneychangers, buying and selling. He sees men sitting on benches, hawking doves to those who have come from the countryside to make a sacrifice. He sees that the salesmen and teachers have turned a sanctuary of worship into a place of spiritual prostitution. This is the place where Jesus came as a boy to sit with the great teachers. It is the place where His Father receives the offerings of His people. It is more than Jesus can take.

Can anyone be surprised at this other side to Jesus? He has turned out to be not just a kindly teacher; instead, He is the Anointed One, not to be taken lightly. In the midst of this scene filled with joy and chaos, there are extremes. Some are beginning to understand who this man from Galilee is—the Anointed—but the rulers are having great difficulty with the disruption to their orderly world.

21 Jesus, the disciples, and the great crowds were heading toward Jerusalem when they came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus stopped and beckoned to two of the disciples.

Jesus: Go to the village over there. There you’ll find a donkey tied to a post and a foal beside it. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone tries to stop you, then tell him, “The Master needs these,” and he will send the donkey and foal immediately.

He sent the disciples on ahead so His entry into Jerusalem could fulfill what the prophet Zechariah had long since foretold:

Tell this to Zion’s daughter,
“Look—your King is approaching,
seated humbly on a donkey,
a young foal, a beast of burden.”[a]

So the disciples went off and followed Jesus’ instructions. They brought the donkey and foal to Jesus, they spread their cloaks on the animals, and Jesus sat down on them. The great crowd followed suit, laying their cloaks on the road. Others cut leafy branches from the trees and scattered those before Jesus. And the crowds went before Jesus, walked alongside Him, and processed behind—all singing.

Crowd: Hosanna, praises to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Eternal One! Hosanna in the highest![b]

The way Jesus enters the city on a lowly donkey, with crowds surrounding Him singing praises, surprises many within Jerusalem.

10 And that is how Jesus came into Jerusalem. The people noticed this strange parade. They wondered who this could be, this humble bearded man on a donkey who incited such songs.

Crowd: 11 This is Jesus, the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.

12 Jesus came to the temple. He drove out all those who were buying and selling. He upended the moneychangers’ tables and the dove-sellers’ benches.

Jesus: 13 It is written, “My house will be a house of prayer for all people,” but you have turned this house of prayer into a den of robbers.[c]

14 Then the blind and the lame came to the temple, and Jesus healed them. 15 Rings of children circled round and sang, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” But the priests and scribes didn’t understand. When they saw the upturned tables, the walking paralytics, and the singing children, they were shocked, indignant, and angry, and they did not understand.

Priests and Scribes: 16 Do you hear what these children are saying?

Jesus: Yes. Haven’t you read your own psalter? “From the mouths and souls of infants and toddlers, the most innocent, You have decreed praises for Yourself.”[d]

17 At that, Jesus left Jerusalem. He went to Bethany, where He spent the night.

18 The next morning, Jesus went back to the city. It was early and He was wanting breakfast, so 19 He stopped at a lone fig tree by the road. The fig tree, disappointingly, had no figs, only leaves.

Jesus: May you never bear fruit again!

Immediately the tree shriveled up. 20 The disciples were amazed.

Disciples: How did that fig tree wither so quickly?

Jesus: 21 I tell you this: if you have faith and do not doubt, then you will be able to wither a fig tree with one glance. You will be able to tell mountains to throw themselves into the ocean, and they will obey.

As Jesus says this, one or two disciples probably glance around the shadows of the early morning, confused and afraid. Jesus has just paraded into Jerusalem and upset the vendors and leaders with His bold talk. Now He is challenging His disciples to expect the physical creation to respond to their commands and faith. But Jesus isn’t finished.

Jesus: 22 If you believe, whatever you ask for in prayer will be granted.

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Psalm 25:16-22

16 QUIETLY turn Your eyes to me and be compassionate toward me
because I am lonely and persecuted.
17 RAPIDLY my heart beats as troubles build on the horizon.
Come relieve me from these threats.
18 SEE my troubles and my misery,
and forgive all my sins.
19 TAKE notice of my enemies.
See how there are so many of them
who hate me and would seek my violent destruction.
20 Watch over my soul,
and let me face shame and defeat
UNASHAMED because You are my refuge.
21 May honor and strong character keep me safe.
VIGILANTLY I wait for You, hoping, trusting.

22 Save Israel from all its troubles,
O True God.

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Proverbs 6:12-15

Laziness is not just a bad habit; it’s a threat—a clear and present danger. Since the beginning, God has made us in His image to create and tend His good creation. In other words, God has made us to work. It is in our spiritual DNA. We must do it in order to be who God made us and to fight off the threats of poverty and want. God has also created the Sabbath as a space for us to rest, of course, just as He rested on the seventh day.

12 Someone who struts around taking advantage of unsuspecting souls
and deceiving others is to be avoided.
13 With a wink of his eye, a quick shuffle of his feet,
and a slight gesture with his hand, he signals his roguish treachery.
14 With a warped mind and twisted heart, he constantly looks for his own gain at others’ expense,
causing friction everywhere he goes.
15 But you watch: his actions will bring sudden disaster!
In an instant, his life will be shattered,
and there will be nothing to save him.

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01/30/2021 DAB Transcript

Exodus 10:1-12:13, Matthew 20:1-28, Psalms 25:1-15, Proverbs 6:6-11

Today is the 30th day of January welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you. Man…we are that close to the end of the first month, right? Tomorrow…well…tomorrow’s the last day of January. So, yeah, we’re rounding the corner on our first month together. It’s hard to believe but that’s how quick it goes. And I never get to this point in the in the month of January where I don’t look back and go, man so much as happened in the Bible, so much has been said. Like, we just launched out of the gate and the Bible just goes right after our hearts and has given us so much already. And I’m so excited for the journey ahead. And let’s dive in. We’ve been reading from the English Standard Version this week, which is what we’ll do today. Exodus chapter 10 verse 1 through 12 verse 13.


Okay. Let’s talk for just a second about what we read in the book of Matthew and just come back up alongside Jesus as He’s ministering and He began His teaching today by saying something that we should pay attention to because it’s something that we should be looking for, “for the kingdom of heaven is like.” When Jesus says that we should pay attention to what He’s saying because we are looking for this kingdom of heaven that we claim to be a part of. So, He’s like, “the kingdom of heaven is like a master of the house.” And then He tells a story. A landowner goes into the marketplace to hire day laborers to work in his fields and they make an agreement in the morning about a certain price that they will receive and then those people go to work. And then the master then goes back out into the marketplace and finds people over the course of the day, even getting to the end of the day sending them into the field to work. And then at the end of the day they all get paid the same. And then those who had agreed to the denarius and got paid the denarius are angry because they feel like they worked harder than anybody else. When the master simply says, “yeah but didn’t we make…like you got exactly what you agreed to. So, now you’re trying to judge my generosity. Do I not get to do with the resources that belong to me what I want to do with them? So, if I want to be generous then I can be generous. This story can be a little bit disruptive because it’s like well that doesn’t seem exactly fear. Like I kinda get the…I kinda get the point of the people who worked out in the hot sun all day. It’s supposed to do that. Like the story is supposed to be disruptive because it shows us how easily we can sit in judgment of God because the master in this story is the God figure in this story. We know this because Jesus started out describing the kingdom of heaven is like, right? And then we pay attention to what it’s like. What we find is that the fortunate thing is to be able to come into the field at all no matter what time of day we got there. And God wanting to be generous reveals to us that nobodies better than anybody else in the kingdom of God, which is very different than the…the world system or the cultures that we live in because we inflate people and throw people up and worship people and admire success even if it’s ruthless success. In God’s kingdom there’s not this hierarchy where you get the mansion up on the hill looking down on the people who were sinners until their last breath who just barely get to get into God’s kingdom. That’s not how this works. In is in all the way. And for all of the things that we like to spout off about what God does and does not do, what he will and will not do, this story shows us that we don’t have that say. God can do what God wills to do no matter what. He’s the most-high God. Everything is His. Everything in all of creation is His, which leads us to what Jesus ended the story with. The last will be first and the first will be last. We have plenty to explore about the kingdom of God from the lips of Jesus as we navigate through the Gospels, but every time that we come to this talk of the kingdom, we should pay attention because it all begins to fit together. And the way that the kingdom works is very different than the way the systems we have designed as humans work. And what we should be understanding is that Jesus is God made flesh modeling what humanity without sin is…is capable of and is supposed to look like. And He is describing the kingdom that was intended to be upon this earth as His children. And He will claim that it’s still here, but it’s actually really here now and happening. And if we would have eyes to see and ears to hear, we would be able to see that. So, anytime we hear Jesus talking about the kingdom of heaven is like something, let’s have eyes to see and ears to hear. It’s an important part of our journey. It’s vital that we understand what we are actually a part of instead of continuing to navigate through life believing that we have faith, but having no idea about why it works one day and doesn’t work another day and how to actually make this something that’s a part of who we are. What we begin to understand going through the Gospels and listening to Jesus and then into the writings of the apostle Paul is that it’s different than what we think and more immediate than we could ever imagine.


Jesus, we…we invite Your Holy Spirit as we continue in the days and weeks and months ahead of us, as we continue to move through the Scriptures, that You would plant them deep in our hearts, change the way that we look at things that we might be actively participating and the transformation that…that is happening in us known as sanctification. Come Holy Spirit we pray in the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.


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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday January 30, 2021 (NIV)

Exodus 10:1-12:13

The Eighth Plague: Locusts

10 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them, and (A)that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, (B)that you may know that I am the Lord.”

So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to (C)humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring (D)locusts into your country, and they shall cover the face of the land, so that no one can see the land. And they shall (E)eat what is left to you after the hail, and they shall eat every tree of yours that grows in the field, and they shall fill (F)your houses and the houses of all your servants and of all the Egyptians, as neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from the day they came on earth to this day.’” Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh.

Then Pharaoh's servants said to him, “How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?” So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. And he said to them, (G)“Go, serve the Lord your God. But which ones are to go?” Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old. We will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, for (H)we must hold a feast to the Lord.” 10 But he said to them, “The Lord be with you, if ever I let you and your (I)little ones go! Look, you have some evil purpose in mind.[a] 11 No! Go, the men among you, and serve the Lord, for that is what you are asking.” And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.

12 Then the Lord said to Moses, (J)“Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, so that they may come upon the land of Egypt and (K)eat every plant in the land, all that the hail has left.” 13 So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind had brought the locusts. 14 (L)The locusts came up over all the land of Egypt and settled on the whole country of Egypt, (M)such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever will be again. 15 They covered the face of the whole land, so that the land was darkened, and (N)they ate all the plants in the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Not a green thing remained, neither tree nor plant of the field, through all the land of Egypt. 16 Then Pharaoh hastily called Moses and Aaron and said, (O)“I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore, forgive my sin, please, only this once, and (P)plead with the Lord your God only to remove this death from me.” 18 So (Q)he went out from Pharaoh and pleaded with the Lord. 19 And the Lord turned the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them (R)into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. 20 But the Lord (S)hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go.

The Ninth Plague: Darkness

21 Then the Lord said to Moses, (T)“Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be (U)darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. 23 They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but (V)all the people of Israel had light where they lived. 24 Then Pharaoh called Moses and said, (W)“Go, serve the Lord; (X)your little ones also may go with you; only let your flocks and your herds remain behind.” 25 But Moses said, “You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. 26 Our livestock also must go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we must take of them to serve the Lord our God, and we do not know with what we must serve the Lord until we arrive there.” 27 But the Lord (Y)hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. 28 Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me; take care never to see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die.” 29 Moses said, “As you say! (Z)I will not see your face again.”

A Final Plague Threatened

11 The Lord said to Moses, “Yet (AA)one plague more I will bring upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. (AB)When he lets you go, he will drive you away completely. Speak now in the hearing of the people, that (AC)they ask, every man of his neighbor and every woman of her neighbor, for silver and gold jewelry.” (AD)And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and in the sight of the people.

So Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: (AE)‘About midnight I will go out in the midst of Egypt, and every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is (AF)behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the cattle. (AG)There shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there has never been, nor ever will be again. But not a dog shall growl (AH)against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the Lord (AI)makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’ And (AJ)all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, ‘Get out, you and all the people who follow you.’ And after that I will go out.” And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. Then the Lord said to Moses, (AK)“Pharaoh will not listen to you, that (AL)my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”

10 Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and the Lord (AM)hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land.

The Passover

12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, (AN)“This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb (AO)according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be (AP)without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the (AQ)fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.[b]

“Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the (AR)two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with (AS)unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but (AT)roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. 10 And (AU)you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: with (AV)your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. (AW)It is the Lord's Passover. 12 For (AX)I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on (AY)all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: (AZ)I am the Lord. 13 (BA)The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.


  1. Exodus 10:10 Hebrew before your face
  2. Exodus 12:6 Hebrew between the two evenings

Cross references:

  1. Exodus 10:2 : [ch. 13:8, 14; Deut. 4:9; 6:20-22; Ps. 78:5-7; Joel 1:3]
  2. Exodus 10:2 : ch. 7:17
  3. Exodus 10:3 : 1 Kgs. 21:29
  4. Exodus 10:4 : Lev. 11:22; Prov. 30:27; Joel 1:4; 2:25; Rev. 9:3
  5. Exodus 10:5 : ch. 9:32
  6. Exodus 10:6 : [ch. 8:3, 21; Joel 2:9]
  7. Exodus 10:8 : ver. 24
  8. Exodus 10:9 : ch. 5:1; [ch. 3:18]
  9. Exodus 10:10 : ver. 24
  10. Exodus 10:12 : See ch. 7:19
  11. Exodus 10:12 : ver. 4, 5
  12. Exodus 10:14 : Ps. 78:46; 105:34
  13. Exodus 10:14 : Joel 2:2
  14. Exodus 10:15 : Ps. 105:35
  15. Exodus 10:16 : ch. 9:27
  16. Exodus 10:17 : See ch. 8:8
  17. Exodus 10:18 : ch. 8:30; 9:33
  18. Exodus 10:19 : [Joel 2:20]
  19. Exodus 10:20 : See ch. 4:21
  20. Exodus 10:21 : ver. 12
  21. Exodus 10:21 : Ps. 105:28
  22. Exodus 10:23 : [ch. 8:22; 9:4, 6]
  23. Exodus 10:24 : ver. 8
  24. Exodus 10:24 : ver. 10
  25. Exodus 10:27 : ver. 20
  26. Exodus 10:29 : [Heb. 11:27]
  27. Exodus 11:1 : [ch. 4:23]
  28. Exodus 11:1 : ch. 12:31, 33, 39
  29. Exodus 11:2 : ch. 3:22; 12:35
  30. Exodus 11:3 : ch. 3:21; 12:36
  31. Exodus 11:4 : ch. 12:29; [Job 34:20; Amos 4:10]
  32. Exodus 11:5 : Matt. 24:41; Luke 17:35
  33. Exodus 11:6 : ch. 12:30; [Amos 5:16, 17]
  34. Exodus 11:7 : [ch. 8:22; 9:4]
  35. Exodus 11:7 : ch. 9:4
  36. Exodus 11:8 : ch. 12:33
  37. Exodus 11:9 : ch. 3:19; 7:4; 10:1
  38. Exodus 11:9 : ch. 7:3
  39. Exodus 11:10 : See ch. 4:21
  40. Exodus 12:2 : ch. 13:4; 23:15; 34:18; Deut. 16:1
  41. Exodus 12:3 : ver. 21
  42. Exodus 12:5 : Lev. 22:19-21; Deut. 17:1; Mal. 1:8, 14; Heb. 9:14
  43. Exodus 12:6 : ver. 18; Lev. 23:5; Num. 9:3; 28:16; Josh. 5:10; Ezra 6:19
  44. Exodus 12:7 : ver. 22
  45. Exodus 12:8 : ch. 23:18; 34:25; Num. 9:11; Deut. 16:3; 1 Cor. 5:8
  46. Exodus 12:9 : Deut. 16:7; 2 Chr. 35:13
  47. Exodus 12:10 : ch. 23:18; 29:34; 34:25; Deut. 16:4; [Lev. 7:15]
  48. Exodus 12:11 : [Luke 12:35; Eph. 6:14; 1 Pet. 1:13]
  49. Exodus 12:11 : ver. 27; Lev. 23:5; Deut. 16:5; [1 Cor. 5:7]
  50. Exodus 12:12 : ver. 23; ch. 11:4, 5
  51. Exodus 12:12 : Num. 33:4
  52. Exodus 12:12 : ch. 6:2; Isa. 43:11
  53. Exodus 12:13 : [Heb. 11:28]
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Matthew 20:1-28

Laborers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius[a] a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And (A)about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And (B)when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his (C)foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and (D)the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, (E)‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take (F)what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 (G)Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or (H)do you begrudge my generosity?’[b] 16 So (I)the last will be first, and the first last.”

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

17 (J)And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, 18 “See, (K)we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will (L)condemn him to death 19 and (M)deliver him over to the Gentiles (N)to be mocked and flogged and (O)crucified, and he will be raised on (P)the third day.”

A Mother's Request

20 (Q)Then (R)the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and (S)kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine (T)are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, (U)in your kingdom.” 22 Jesus answered, (V)“You do not know what you are asking. Are you able (W)to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, (X)“You will drink (Y)my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, (Z)but it is for those for whom it has been (AA)prepared by my Father.” 24 And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, (AB)“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles (AC)lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 (AD)It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[c] 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,[d] 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but (AE)to serve, and (AF)to give his life as a ransom for (AG)many.”


  1. Matthew 20:2 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
  2. Matthew 20:15 Or is your eye bad because I am good?
  3. Matthew 20:26 Greek diakonos
  4. Matthew 20:27 Or bondservant, or servant (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)

Cross references:

  1. Matthew 20:6 : [1 Cor. 15:8]
  2. Matthew 20:8 : Lev. 19:13; Deut. 24:15
  3. Matthew 20:8 : Luke 8:3; [ch. 24:45]
  4. Matthew 20:12 : Luke 12:55; James 1:11 (Gk.)
  5. Matthew 20:13 : ch. 22:12; 26:50
  6. Matthew 20:14 : ch. 25:25
  7. Matthew 20:15 : [Rom. 9:15-24]
  8. Matthew 20:15 : ch. 6:23; Deut. 15:9; Prov. 23:6
  9. Matthew 20:16 : See ch. 19:30
  10. Matthew 20:17 : For ver. 17-19, see Mark 10:32-34; Luke 18:31-33; [ch. 16:21-28; 17:12, 22, 23]
  11. Matthew 20:18 : See ch. 16:21
  12. Matthew 20:18 : ch. 26:66; John 19:7
  13. Matthew 20:19 : ch. 27:2; John 18:30, 31; Acts 3:13; [Acts 2:23; 4:27; 21:11]
  14. Matthew 20:19 : ch. 27:26-31
  15. Matthew 20:19 : ch. 26:2; Luke 24:7; John 12:32, 33; 18:32
  16. Matthew 20:19 : ch. 16:21; 27:63
  17. Matthew 20:20 : For ver. 20-28, see Mark 10:35-45
  18. Matthew 20:20 : ch. 4:21; 27:56
  19. Matthew 20:20 : See ch. 8:2
  20. Matthew 20:21 : [ch. 19:28]
  21. Matthew 20:21 : ch. 16:28; 25:31, 34; Luke 23:42
  22. Matthew 20:22 : [Luke 9:33; 23:34]
  23. Matthew 20:22 : ch. 26:29, 42; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42; John 18:11; [Isa. 51:22]
  24. Matthew 20:23 : [Rom. 8:17; Phil. 3:10]
  25. Matthew 20:23 : Acts 12:2; Rev. 1:9
  26. Matthew 20:23 : [ch. 19:11]
  27. Matthew 20:23 : ch. 25:34
  28. Matthew 20:25 : For ver. 25-28, [ch. 18:1-4; Luke 22:25-27]
  29. Matthew 20:25 : 1 Pet. 5:3
  30. Matthew 20:26 : ch. 23:11; [Luke 9:48]
  31. Matthew 20:28 : John 13:4, 13-15; Phil. 2:7; [2 Cor. 8:9]
  32. Matthew 20:28 : Isa. 53:10; Dan. 9:26; John 10:15; 11:51, 52; Rom. 4:25; Gal. 1:4; 2:20; 1 Tim. 2:6; Titus 2:14; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19
  33. Matthew 20:28 : ch. 26:28; Isa. 53:11, 12; Heb. 2:10; 9:28; [Rom. 5:15; Rev. 5:9]
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Psalm 25:1-15

Teach Me Your Paths

[a] Of David.

25 To you, O Lord, I (A)lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I (B)trust;
(C)let me not be put to shame;
(D)let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, (E)none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are (F)wantonly (G)treacherous.

(H)Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your (I)truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your (J)mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
(K)for they have been from of old.
Remember not (L)the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your (M)steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

(N)Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he (O)instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are (P)steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For your (Q)name's sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is (R)great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
Him (S)will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall (T)abide in well-being,
and his (U)offspring (V)shall inherit the land.
14 (W)The friendship[b] of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My (X)eyes are ever toward the Lord,
for he will (Y)pluck my feet out of the net.


  1. Psalm 25:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  2. Psalm 25:14 Or The secret counsel
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Proverbs 6:6-11

(A)Go to (B)the ant, O (C)sluggard;
consider her ways, and (D)be wise.
(E)Without having any chief,
(F)officer, or ruler,
she prepares her bread (G)in summer
and (H)gathers her food in harvest.
(I)How long will you lie there, (J)O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 (K)A little sleep, a little slumber,
(L)a little (M)folding of the hands to rest,
11 (N)and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.

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01/29/2021 DAB Transcript

Exodus 8:1-9:35, Matthew 19:13-30, Psalms 24:1-10, Proverbs 6:1-5

Today is the 29th day of January welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is a joy and a pleasure and an honor to be here with you today doing what we do, taking steps forward. We’re not taking steps backward or sideways. We are on a path that’s going to lead us one step after the other straightforward through a year and a through the Scriptures. And we are well on our way. So, it is a joy and an honor to be here. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week, picking up where we left off. The plagues are descending upon Egypt. The man Moses is leading his people although this is not his favorite thing to do. This wasn’t on his radar. This is what God has invited him into and he is being obedient. And Pharaoh the king of Egypt is having a hard time with it. So, let’s pick up the story. Exodus chapters 8 and 9 today.


Okay. So, there’s plenty for us to touch on today. In the Old Testament the book of Exodus we are reading of the plagues. And obviously very very famous story. But the plagues are starting to amp up and Pharaoh he keeps changing his mind. And, so, we are watching like systematic dismantling of the power structures that were holding God’s people. Pharaoh could’ve said okay like the first request. It was within his power but his heart…his heart was hardened, and it continues to be hardened because he cannot get his mind around the fact that there may be a God more powerful than himself or the gods of Egypt. And, so, he is convinced that the…the local gods are more powerful than the Hebrew God’s because after all they have enslaved the Hebrew people. They sustain their economy. So, of course they would think that their God is more powerful. But one thing after another after another day by day it’s becoming more and more clear to Pharaoh that this is a problem. But at the same time, he’s got all these officials and his people looking at him like he’s the son of God and a God himself and descended from the gods. So, this is like a problem to surrender to another God. And, so, every time these plagues go away then he reconsiders, hardens his heart and steps back into the ring to get punched again basically. And we will continue with that story as we continue in the book of Exodus.

We get into the book of Matthew today are just watching Jesus. There’s this is beautiful scene where He …He…the little children want to come to Him. The people want Him to bless their children. They’re kinda being held back, they’re just kids and stuff. And Jesus is like, “let em’ come to me. Don’t keep the kids away for me. Don’t keep the children away from me. The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” That is…that is something to consider because it’s something that is said more than once in the Bible from the lips of Jesus, that if you don’t have faith like a child, right, then you can’t enter the kingdom of heaven. And, so, we have to begin to think and ponder, “what does that look like?” And those of us who have children we know, like they’re…when they are little children, they look at us like we know everything and can do anything, and they can do anything, and they believe. They believe what we tell them. Then…then we begin to teach them a reason and they begin to go to school and learn reason and out to adapt themselves into their environment around them and we grow skeptical and we lose…we…we lose mystery, and we can’t lose it. Like that’s the thing. It’s not faith when we know it. It’s faith when we don’t but we do if that makes sense. Children. Children are like this. And we should learn that lesson. And then right on the heels of that is a man who is rich…this is like up famous story…would be called the story of the rich young ruler. But this is a wealthy person who actually is a devout servant of God, actually has been trying to obey the Mosaic law and live for God. And, so, he comes to the Rabbi Jesus because at this point in Jesus ministry there’s healings going on, there’s teaching with authority that the people hadn’t experienced before. And, so, he’s coming and saying, “what…what…what else do I need to do? What do I lack?” And this is an instance where we can look at the narrative, look at Jesus, look at His personality, look at how He operates in this world and we can see that He’s going right after the thing that is holding this person back. And in this case, it’s his possessions, his riches. And, so, Jesus tells him, “sell everything, give to the poor and come, follow me.” That’s significant because that is the language Jesus has used to call His disciples, the people that are His inner circle. He’s inviting this person to come follow Him, to come be a part of the story, to divest himself of the things that would hold him back because that’s his question, “what do I lack?” And Jesus answers his question honestly. “What you lack is the ability to let go of your identity as a wealthy person.” And, so, on so many levels, the story becomes about identity. It becomes about what is it that we are surrounding ourselves with or trying to collect and amass to have an identity, right, to make ourselves look good, to be out there in the world and respected? And we’ve talked about…I mean we’re still in January, but we have talked about the masks and about being naked and ashamed and hiding and this is what we’re talking about. What is it that gives you your identity outside of God? That is something that is going to get challenged as we continue our journey because what we will find is that the faith that…that we’re claiming is an all or nothing proposition and nothing that we hold more dear than our relationship with God can survive it because it becomes an idol. It’s the thing that we’re looking to to give us life. We’re gonna watch this over and over and over in the Bible and we’ll…we’ll find that God has no patience for that. He is the author of life and wants to live in relationship with us. And, so, if we’re gonna give our hearts in worship to something else then that’s essential essentially adultery, spiritual adultery. It’s like cheating. It’s turning to a false God in order to get life when the most-high has given us life and we’re giving that life to something else. God hates that. And we’ll watch that. He hates it because it only leads away from Him. And walking in a direction away from Him only leads to destruction.

And, so, to dovetail that really nicely we move into the book of Psalms that we read today and this question, these two questions are asked that are vital questions. “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord” and “who shall stand in His holy place?” In other words, who gets to be in God’s presence? Who actually gets get there? And the question is answered. “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of His salvation.


Father, in all of these struggles we see identity kind of at the center of it all. Pharaoh’s thinking he’s a God descended from the gods and that…that there is none higher. And this is his identity and he also needs to kind of keep that image up because that’s one of the things that keeps him in control and in power and it is leading him to destruction. So, Holy Spirit, come help us to realize the things that we have been building up to make ourselves look good, this personality that we keep constructing and modifying and tweaking, the possessions that we try to gather for the sole purpose of…of elevating ourselves above somebody else, these are going nowhere and we can…if we sit and meditate upon this we can find all kinds of ways in which we probably should repent, which in its truest basic form is to change our mind and walk in a different direction. Come Holy Spirit into this we pray. In the mighty name of Jesus, we ask because we all need to tweak this out. We all need to surrender. We are all trying to present some kind of false identity out there and it’s going nowhere when we are a city on a hill when we are the light of the world. That’s our identity. Come Holy Spirit and help us to remember and live it we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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Hi, I’m here in California. Today I listened to woman call in who has insomnia and deals with depression and I believe she said diabetes. And my heart goes out to you for those issues and I am…I am right beside you in prayer regarding them. But something you said today really hit home for me. You talked about having this deep, deep, deep longing and desire to have a partner, but you haven’t seen it come to fruition yet. And you wonder why God would do that to you. And I just got to tell you, you could have…you could have been reading my mind. I literally feel like that all the time. I’ve been dreaming of who I might marry since I was a little girl. I still strongly desire a partner, but it hasn’t come to fruition yet and I’m a single parent to a toddler right now. I awoke love before it was time and I wonder why God would allow such a deep longing to still be in my heart even though, you know, the…the fruition of it doesn’t seem closed like at all. But then I remember that we serve a good God who loves and delights and seeks desires…to satisfy the desires of our hearts with good and lovely things. And that He is the perfect lover of our soul. And I know you have heard that many times in your life, but I pray that today it would still be a comfort and that you would seek closeness to Him tell Him you’re at angers tell Him your worries and your frustrations. He’s here for it all and He loves you. God bless.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible my name is Oyen from London and I am a first time DABber. I am now 25 days in, and I want to say thank you to Kaneo who shared this on Twitter without whom I probably never would have found this. I also want to pray for Isabel from Georgia who has health issues with her brain and seizures. I just wanna pray that the Lord will heal you, that He will make you whole, that He will increase your faith for healing and that your faith will also make you whole. I pray that wherever you are you will feel the arms of God around you. I also want to pray for whoever is feeling alone or lonely in this period, that God will reveal himself to you as a comforter. Thank you, DABber family. I’m so grateful for you. You have been such a blessing.

Good afternoon DAB family this is Marsha I am calling from Minnesota. It’s a beautiful day the sun is shining, and we have a fresh coat of snow on the ground. Today is January 25th and I am calling as a new person who’s joined your family. I started the first of the year. And when I first started and it got to the prayer request time I thought, “oh I’m just going to skim over this.” And now I found myself I can’t wait to hear what people are calling in with for requests or phrases. And, so, it’s actually moved me greatly. I’ve heard a lot of or a few parents who have called in to say their children have abandoned their family. Unfortunately, I too am dealing with this situation. My first and only grandchild lives 10 minutes from me and I have not seen him or my son for six months. And, of course, I would love to ask for prayers for him to reunite with his parents and his brother and sister. That would be awesome, and I hold tight to that promise that that will happen someday but even more so DAB family, just pray that my son would come back to the Lord. I know he gave his heart to Jesus during high school camp and I believe that he did believe at one point. And, so, I think if he could come back to that it would make such a difference in…in the situation. But I pray for all the other people who have called in with similar situations. It's…it’s so hard to explain. There are times when you think about a death, and I know that I’m grieving the loss of him, but he’s still here so I have hope and I have hope that…that things will soon be back to what they used to be. But I thank you for your prayers. Have a blessed day.

Hello everyone, it’s Tooty Toots His precious scene one from the UK. Today is the 25th of January and I’ve just listened to the prayers from the 23rd of January and I’ve just heard from a young lady, I think her name is Isabel and I just wanted to pray for her because I know what it’s like to have seizures at a young age. I’ve got lupus and when I was first diagnosed, I had seizures as well. So, her prayer really connected with me. Just, so yeah, I just want to pray for her and just lift her up in prayers. So heavenly Father we bless You we thank You for Your daughter. We thank You for her life. We thank You for the fact that You have breathed life into her. And we just thank You for Your awesomeness Lord. We just pray for Your daughter. We ask that Lord You will wrap her in Your warm embrace Lord almighty, that she will feel the fullness of Your joy. And we just pray that God almighty in her life Your name would be glorified. And we speak to anything in her body that doesn’t work well, and we just ask in the name of Jesus that You perfect everything that concerns her. From the crown of her head to the soles of her feet I just pray that Your anointing will be upon her. And I just pray that God in everything that she remembers that she is fearfully and wonderfully made by You, that she is made in Your image and that You delight in her. So, I just pray that God in her life that she will come to know You in such an intimate way Lord and that God You will give her complete and total healing because You are the God who is Jehovah Rapha. Heavenly Father we bless You we thank You we just give You all the glory. Thank You so much Lord Jesus. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. I may not see you I hear you and I love you all so much.

Good day brothers and sisters I would just like to echo the prayers spoken by the mouth of Brian on the 23rd of January, it’s Saturday. And I just pray the Holy Spirit would intercede. These thoughts in our head may they not just be thoughts in our head, but may they be footsteps, may they be steps in which we walk in faith. Holy Spirit I pray that you would come upon each and every one of your children. God show us the way you want us to live. Let us take away the fig leaf’s, take away the shame and let us be naked in your glory God not being ashamed because we are fearfully and wonderfully made in you God. Hallelujah. Come on. God I just lift up each and every one of Your children. May we become more like You. May we present to the world the people You have made in Jesus’ name I pray. God bless.

Hi Daily Audio Bible family I am so grateful to be part of this ministry and found it and be on this journey with you all. It’s been a very long time since I’ve had a faith family due to various reasons. But mostly just being very hurt in the Christian Community. And it’s been a very hard year for all of us. I think 2020 it was so hard. And…but I am __ getting engaged and I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I feel like I should be happier, but I am, but I just feel like nothing good happens to me. And, so, this can’t be right either. So, I just really need the help. I don’t know what to do and I need to feel God’s peace in this waiting. So, if you could help me with that, I would appreciate it. I…I love you all and I am praying for you in my heart. Thank you. Bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday January 29, 2021 (NIV)

Exodus 8-9

The Second Plague: Frogs

[a] Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let my people go, that (A)they may serve me. But if you (B)refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with (C)frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into (D)your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people,[b] and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants.”’” [c] And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, (E)‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!’” So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and (F)the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But (G)the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.

Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, (H)“Plead with the Lord to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and (I)I will let the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when (J)I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.” 10 And he said, “Tomorrow.” Moses said, “Be it as you say, so (K)that you may know that (L)there is no one like the Lord our God. 11 The frogs shall go away from you and your houses and your servants and your people. They shall be left only in the Nile.” 12 So Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the Lord about the frogs, as he had agreed with Pharaoh.[d] 13 And the Lord did according to the word of Moses. The frogs died out in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields. 14 And they gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank. 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was a (M)respite, he (N)hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

The Third Plague: Gnats

16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, (O)‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats in all the land of Egypt.’” 17 And they did so. Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the earth, and (P)there were gnats on man and beast. All the dust of the earth became gnats in all the land of Egypt. 18 The (Q)magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not. So there were gnats on man and beast. 19 Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is (R)the finger of God.” But Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

The Fourth Plague: Flies

20 Then the Lord said to Moses, (S)“Rise up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh, as he goes out to the water, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, (T)“Let my people go, that they may serve me. 21 Or else, if you will not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants and your people, and into your houses. And the houses of the Egyptians shall be filled with swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand. 22 But on that day (U)I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, (V)that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.[e] 23 Thus I will put a division[f] between my people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall happen.”’” 24 And the Lord did so. (W)There came great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and into his servants' houses. Throughout all the land of Egypt the land was ruined by the swarms of flies.

25 Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God within the land.” 26 But Moses said, “It would not be right to do so, for the offerings we shall sacrifice to the Lord our God are an (X)abomination to the Egyptians. If we sacrifice offerings (Y)abominable to the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us? 27 We must go (Z)three days' journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God (AA)as he tells us.” 28 So Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only you must not go very far away. (AB)Plead for me.” 29 Then Moses said, “Behold, I am going out from you and I will plead with the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, tomorrow. Only let not Pharaoh (AC)cheat again by not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.” 30 So Moses went out from Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord. 31 And the Lord did as Moses asked, and removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; not one remained. 32 But Pharaoh (AD)hardened his heart this time also, and did not let the people go.

The Fifth Plague: Egyptian Livestock Die

Then the Lord said to Moses, (AE)“Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says (AF)the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if you refuse to let them go and still hold them, behold, (AG)the hand of the Lord will fall with a very severe plague upon your livestock that are in the field, the horses, the donkeys, the camels, the herds, and the flocks. (AH)But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that nothing of all that belongs to the people of Israel shall die.”’” And the Lord set a time, saying, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.” And the next day the Lord did this thing. (AI)All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one of the livestock of the people of Israel died. And Pharaoh sent, and behold, not one of the livestock of Israel was dead. But (AJ)the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.

The Sixth Plague: Boils

And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from the kiln, and let Moses throw them in the air in the sight of Pharaoh. It shall become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and become (AK)boils breaking out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt.” 10 So they took soot from the kiln and stood before Pharaoh. And Moses threw it in the air, and it became boils breaking out in sores on man and beast. 11 And (AL)the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils came upon the magicians and upon all the Egyptians. 12 (AM)But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them, as (AN)the Lord had spoken to Moses.

The Seventh Plague: Hail

13 Then the Lord said to Moses, (AO)“Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. 14 For this time I will send all my plagues on you yourself,[g] and on your servants and your people, so (AP)that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth. 15 For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. 16 (AQ)But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so (AR)that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. 17 (AS)You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go. 18 Behold, about this time tomorrow I will cause very heavy hail to fall, such as never has been in Egypt from the day it was founded until now. 19 Now therefore send, (AT)get your livestock and all that you have in the field into safe shelter, for every man and beast that is in the field and is not brought home will die when the hail falls on them.”’” 20 Then whoever feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh hurried his slaves and his livestock into the houses, 21 but whoever did not pay attention to the word of the Lord left his slaves and his livestock in the field.

22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, so that there may be (AU)hail in all the land of Egypt, on man and beast and every plant of the field, in the land of Egypt.” 23 Then Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the (AV)Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth. And the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt. 24 There was hail and fire flashing continually in the midst of the hail, very heavy hail, such as had never been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25 The hail struck down everything that was in the field in all the land of Egypt, both man and beast. And the hail (AW)struck down every plant of the field and broke every tree of the field. 26 (AX)Only in the land of Goshen, where the people of Israel were, was there no hail.

27 Then Pharaoh sent and called Moses and Aaron and said to them, “This time (AY)I have sinned; the (AZ)Lord is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. 28 (BA)Plead with the Lord, for there has been enough of God's thunder and hail. I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.” 29 Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone out of the city, (BB)I will stretch out my hands to the Lord. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that (BC)the earth is the Lord's. 30 But as for you and your servants, (BD)I know that you do not yet fear the Lord God.” 31 (The flax and the barley were struck down, for the barley was in the ear and the flax was in bud. 32 But the wheat and the emmer[h] were not struck down, for they are late in coming up.) 33 So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh and (BE)stretched out his hands to the Lord, and the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain no longer poured upon the earth. 34 But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet again and (BF)hardened his heart, (BG)he and his servants. 35 So (BH)the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people of Israel go, just as the Lord had spoken through Moses.


  1. Exodus 8:1 Ch 7:26 in Hebrew
  2. Exodus 8:3 Or among your people
  3. Exodus 8:5 Ch 8:1 in Hebrew
  4. Exodus 8:12 Or which he had brought upon Pharaoh
  5. Exodus 8:22 Or that I the Lord am in the land
  6. Exodus 8:23 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew set redemption
  7. Exodus 9:14 Hebrew on your heart
  8. Exodus 9:32 A type of wheat

Cross references:

  1. Exodus 8:1 : ver. 20; ch. 3:12, 18
  2. Exodus 8:2 : ch. 7:14; 9:2
  3. Exodus 8:2 : [Rev. 16:13]
  4. Exodus 8:3 : Ps. 105:30
  5. Exodus 8:5 : See ch. 7:19
  6. Exodus 8:6 : Ps. 78:45; 105:30
  7. Exodus 8:7 : See ch. 7:11
  8. Exodus 8:8 : ver. 28, 30; ch. 9:28; 10:17, 18; [Num. 21:7; 1 Kgs. 13:6; Acts 8:24]
  9. Exodus 8:8 : ver. 25-28; ch. 10:8, 24; 12:31, 32
  10. Exodus 8:9 : [See ver. 8 above]; ver. 28, 30; ch. 9:28; 10:17, 18; [Num. 21:7; 1 Kgs. 13:6; Acts 8:24]
  11. Exodus 8:10 : ver. 22; ch. 7:17
  12. Exodus 8:10 : ch. 9:14; Deut. 33:26; 2 Sam. 7:22; 1 Chr. 17:20; Ps. 86:8; Isa. 46:9; Jer. 10:6, 7
  13. Exodus 8:15 : [Eccles. 8:11]
  14. Exodus 8:15 : ver. 32; ch. 7:14; 9:7, 34; 10:1
  15. Exodus 8:16 : See ch. 7:19
  16. Exodus 8:17 : Ps. 105:31
  17. Exodus 8:18 : See ch. 7:11
  18. Exodus 8:19 : ch. 31:18; Ps. 8:3; Luke 11:20
  19. Exodus 8:20 : ch. 7:15; 9:13
  20. Exodus 8:20 : ver. 1
  21. Exodus 8:22 : ch. 9:4; 11:7; [Mal. 3:18]
  22. Exodus 8:22 : ver. 10; ch. 7:17
  23. Exodus 8:24 : Ps. 78:45; 105:31; [Isa. 7:18]
  24. Exodus 8:26 : [Gen. 43:32; 46:34]
  25. Exodus 8:26 : [Gen. 43:32; 46:34]
  26. Exodus 8:27 : ch. 3:18
  27. Exodus 8:27 : ch. 3:12
  28. Exodus 8:28 : See ver. 8
  29. Exodus 8:29 : ver. 15; [Jer. 42:20, 21]
  30. Exodus 8:32 : ver. 15
  31. Exodus 9:1 : ch. 8:1, 2
  32. Exodus 9:1 : See ch. 7:16
  33. Exodus 9:3 : ch. 7:4
  34. Exodus 9:4 : ch. 8:22; 11:7
  35. Exodus 9:6 : [ver. 19]
  36. Exodus 9:7 : ch. 7:14
  37. Exodus 9:9 : Lev. 13:18; Deut. 28:27; 2 Kgs. 20:7; Job 2:7; Isa. 38:21; Rev. 16:2
  38. Exodus 9:11 : See ch. 7:11; 2 Tim. 3:9
  39. Exodus 9:12 : See ch. 4:21
  40. Exodus 9:12 : ch. 4:21
  41. Exodus 9:13 : ch. 7:15; 8:20
  42. Exodus 9:14 : ch. 8:10
  43. Exodus 9:16 : Cited Rom. 9:17; [ch. 10:1, 2; 11:9; 14:17; Prov. 16:4]
  44. Exodus 9:16 : [Ps. 83:18]; Isa. 63:12
  45. Exodus 9:17 : [Neh. 9:10]
  46. Exodus 9:19 : [ver. 4]
  47. Exodus 9:22 : Rev. 16:21
  48. Exodus 9:23 : Ps. 78:47, 48; 105:32; [Josh. 10:11; 1 Sam. 12:17; Ps. 18:13; 148:8; Isa. 30:30; Ezek. 38:22; Rev. 8:7]
  49. Exodus 9:25 : Ps. 78:47; 105:33
  50. Exodus 9:26 : ver. 4, 6; ch. 8:22; 10:23; 11:7; 12:13; [Isa. 32:18]
  51. Exodus 9:27 : ch. 10:16
  52. Exodus 9:27 : 2 Chr. 12:6; Ps. 129:4; 145:17; Lam. 1:18; Dan. 9:14
  53. Exodus 9:28 : See ch. 8:8
  54. Exodus 9:29 : 1 Kgs. 8:22, 38; Ps. 143:6; Isa. 1:15
  55. Exodus 9:29 : Ps. 24:1; 1 Cor. 10:26; [Deut. 10:14]
  56. Exodus 9:30 : Isa. 26:10
  57. Exodus 9:33 : [See ver. 29 above]; 1 Kgs. 8:22, 38; Ps. 143:6; Isa. 1:15
  58. Exodus 9:34 : See ch. 7:14
  59. Exodus 9:34 : 1 Sam. 6:6
  60. Exodus 9:35 : See ch. 4:21
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Matthew 19:13-30

Let the Children Come to Me

13 (A)Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples (B)rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, (C)“Let the little children (D)come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.

The Rich Young Man

16 (E)And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to (F)have (G)eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. (H)If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, (I)“You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, (J)You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, (K)“All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be (L)perfect, go, (M)sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have (N)treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 (O)When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, (P)only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 (Q)Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter (R)the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus (S)looked at them and said, (T)“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, (U)we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world,[a] (V)when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me (W)will also sit on twelve thrones, (X)judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 (Y)And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold[b] and will (Z)inherit eternal life. 30 But (AA)many who are (AB)first will be last, and the last first.


  1. Matthew 19:28 Greek in the regeneration
  2. Matthew 19:29 Some manuscripts manifold
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Psalm 24

The King of Glory

A Psalm of David.

24 (A)The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,[a]
the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has (B)founded it upon (C)the seas
and established it upon the rivers.

(D)Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his (E)holy place?
(F)He who has (G)clean hands and (H)a pure heart,
who does not (I)lift up his soul to (J)what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive (K)blessing from the Lord
and (L)righteousness from (M)the God of his salvation.
Such is (N)the generation of those who seek him,
who (O)seek the face of the God of Jacob.[b] Selah

(P)Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that (Q)the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, (R)mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
(S)The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory! Selah


  1. Psalm 24:1 Or and all that fills it
  2. Psalm 24:6 Septuagint, Syriac, and two Hebrew manuscripts; Masoretic Text who seek your face, Jacob
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Proverbs 6:1-5

Practical Warnings

My son, if you have put up (A)security for your neighbor,
have (B)given your pledge for a stranger,
if you are (C)snared in the words of your mouth,
caught in the words of your mouth,
then do this, my son, and save yourself,
for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:
go, hasten,[a] and (D)plead urgently with your neighbor.
(E)Give your eyes no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,[b]
(F)like a bird from the hand of the fowler.


  1. Proverbs 6:3 Or humble yourself
  2. Proverbs 6:5 Hebrew lacks of the hunter
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01/28/2021 DAB Transcript

Exodus 5:22-7:25, Matthew 18:21-19:12, Psalms 23:1-6, Proverbs 5:22-23

Today is the 28th day of January welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is an honor to be here with you today as we just lock-in, come around the Global Campfire together and let it all go and let this center us where we belong and orient us to God. So, we are reading in the book of Exodus. We’re just getting started in the book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible and we’ve been introduced to Moses. Moses has been tasked to be the…the representative of God, basically, God’s prophet and to go before the king of Egypt the Pharaoh and demand the release of the Hebrews who have grown to become strong and numerous as a nation themselves. But God is now wanting to set them free from their slavery and so far, that’s not going well. And we’ll pick up the story. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week. Exodus chapter 5 verse 22 through 7 verse 25.


Okay. So, let’s catch ourselves up in Exodus in the lay of the land. the Hebrew people, remember Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, who became Israel and had children, the children of Israel. And then Joseph goes to Egypt and then famine comes and those people, 70 of them, go to Egypt and are saved. Those 70 people, we are 400 years in the future now, and those 70 people have become tens of thousands and tens of thousands of people. Moses is one of those people. He was supposed to be as an infant thrown into the Nile River to die, to drown, because Pharaoh was doing away from…well…he was trying to eradicate the male population because these people were becoming…were becoming too powerful. In the end it’s Pharaoh’s daughter who saves Moses and he’s educated, and he kills an Egyptian while defending a Hebrew and he has to go on the run where God appears to him and says, basically we’re gonna go back and set the people free and you’re gonna be my mouthpiece. So, he goes back and starts making these announcements and we’re just getting going in the very famous story of the plagues upon Egypt that will one day set the people free. So far not going so well. And this is an important thing for us to look at here because God tells Moses it’s not gonna go well, that He’s gonna harden Pharaoh’s heart and he’s going to resist until he has to be broken essentially. That doesn’t seem fair, though, right? That God is going to somehow against the will of Pharaoh make his heart hard so that he has to resist God in order to be broken and he doesn't…like he has no choice in the matter. That’s not what’s going on here. What would it take to harden your heart? Maybe way less than we realize. Suppose that you have a bit of authority at your job. You have maybe a whole department under you, representing hundreds of people or maybe, you know, you’ve a couple of people who have to answer to you. Let’s suppose that a subordinate guess an appointment with you and comes before you, demanding that you do something that doesn’t make any sense to you and yet they are demanding it it’s. And, so, because of the situation and your flummoxed and your like, “wait a minute. Like I’m your boss, not the other way around. And are you trying to take my job?” And then all this kind of pride kind of begins to emerge. And, so, we want to push that person back and put them in their place because they’ve hardened our hearts. Or they come in with a threat. “If you don’t do what I’m telling you to do then bad things are going to happen to you.” And they say that God is going to do this, but they happen to be of a different religion than you and so you don’t really respect any of their traditions. And, so, you’re like, “I don’t know who this is. I don’t know what you’re…I don’t know what you’re trying to do here. Get out of here if you want to keep your job”, right? The heart gets hardened when we are pressed to do what we don’t want to do. We don’t want to submit anybody’s authority. This is exponentially more difficult for Pharaoh because Pharaoh thinks he is a God. And, so, what we have going on here is that the most-high God is speaking through a Hebrew man demanding that the Hebrew people be let go. And Pharaoh is like, “I don’t know you’re God. Who cares what your God thinks? I am a more powerful God then you’re God or you wouldn’t be my slaves. Get back to your job. And I’m not supplying you anymore. Get back to your job and find your own supplies.” That is the long and short of what’s happening here. And the Bible tells us that pride goes before a fall. And we might…might even know how this story ends. It’s a famous Bible story. So, we could say that in the and Pharaoh does find that he is humbled, whether he likes it or not, but then we have to understand that these stories also become a mirror into our soul. What would it take for us to submit in this kind of scenario? And would it be our pride…like would we resist until we were completely broken? Because pride goes before the fall and God does not appreciate pride because pride exalts us. It exalts us above all things. And God in the Bible or in history does not suffer that for long. And, so, yeah, we’re in the middle of a pretty dramatic story but let’s find ourselves in this story. And one way to begin to find ourselves in the story today is to observe the hardening of the heart and begin to observe ourselves when our hearts are being hardened because most of the time we’re gonna find pride is a part of that recipe.


Holy Spirit we invite You into that. It is not our desire to be arrogant and prideful people. And yet we’re encouraged to be just that all the time inside of our culture. We need to be dominant; we need to be powerful. And yet this is not the path that leads to life, this is not the way of the gospel. The way of the gospel is that strength is actually found in surrender and that strength is actually found in weakness. So counterintuitive to the way that life is been presented to us. And yet this is the way we were made. So come Holy Spirit and help us to interpret our own hearts by observing when they are becoming hard. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen


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Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning DAB family this is Flourishing in the Desert and it’s Sunday January 24th 2021. I just want to say thank you to all of you. Last year 2020 was a really hard year for me not because of Covid but because of oh the push from God to finally leave an abusive relationship. It was such a struggle. All of last year was such a struggle. And then a dear friend of mine, All the Treasures from Wyoming told me about DAB and I started to listen and I just want you guys to know that your faithful prayers for others for everyone in this community just encouraged me on so many levels and I am forever thankful for your love for the body of Christ, your willingness to put your issues out there, to seek prayer, and also your willingness to pray for others in need. God has blessed me abundantly through you and He continues to carry me through and to bring joy to my day. And I just want to let you guys know that, yeah, you’re the best and I just so appreciate you. You touch the lives of others in so many ways, in ways you just don’t understand. So, I tip my hat to each one of you and I thank you. Be encouraged today and to know that your blessing others even as you pray for those who are in need. God’s blessings on you all. This is Flourishing in the Desert in Cheyenne WY.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family I’m a first-time caller I’ve been listening for about two years and I’m going on my third year and I’ve become a double DABber listening to the Chronological Bible as well. Thank you, Jill. I live in Texas and I’m calling myself Joyful Paradise in Texas. I chose that name not because my life has been easy, but because through everything I’ve been through the Lord has been the joy of my life and the one who’s carried me through everything and sustained me. I met the Lord at a camp revival as a child and I’ve walked with Him and I’ve I've…I've…I’ve grown in the Lord over the years and this year I turned 70. So, it’s…I’ve had my share of ups and downs. A good friend of mine downloaded the app on the on…on the…of the Daily Audio Bible onto my phone and said, listen. So, I did, and it has been a blessing to me. It really has been a blessing and I’m so grateful. I’m so grateful to get to know each one of you, to hear your voices, to hear your prayer requests and my heart has been deeply touched many times by many of your requests and I…and I hope to hear more from each one of you. You…and we’ll just keep praying for one another. Thank you for this podcast Brian and God bless.

Hello Daily Audio Bible family this is His Dearly Beloved in Minnesota. I’ve called in a couple of times recently asking for prayer for a pain I’ve been experiencing. I’m scheduled for a total hysterectomy on February 2nd so I very much would still love your prayers for that. But I’m calling today to encourage each one of you. Today is February 24th, it’s a Sunday…January 24th, sorry. It’s a Sunday and Brian has been talking about our hearts and how we need to guard our hearts because life springs forth from our hearts. And I’m nearing 60 years old right now. So, I have definitely had my fair share of pieces of my heart strewn along the way and have needed mending. And I’m here to tell you that God absolutely does mend our hearts. My…probably my biggest heartbreak was ten years ago when my husband of 25 years who had been my high school sweetheart. We dated 8 years before we were married at…I was about 21 at the time and he finally released me from our marriage because he had…was feeling that he missed out on a life of dating. And…and as you can imagine that was…that was pretty rough for me. But I’m here to tell you 10 years later God has completely…completely healed and mended my heart. And I wanted to share my intention for the year, which is to give my first…give my wholehearted best first and foremost to God loving and trusting the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, shining that love, joy, peace, hope, and light into the world each day. I love you take care.

Hello this is Rachel from Oregon just want to call in for the lady who asked for prayer whose husband of 46 years just left her. This prayer was posted on January 20th. Today I am praying for you on January 24th. And you just got out of the hospital recently from Covid and you have no one to help you at home. And I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for you right now the things that are happening in your life and in your situation and feeling so alone. And I am so so sorry. My heart breaks for you. I really really wish that I could come help you. In a heartbeat I would. I would be over to help you at home, but I don’t know where you live and chances are it’s not nearby me. But Lord I come before You today to ask You to intervene in this lady’s life. You know all her needs. You know the pain in her heart and the cry of her heart Lord. Will You please bring her the peace that passes all understanding and help her through this hard time that her husband has left her. And please convict him to repent of leaving her and this divorce and also please bring her in abundance of people in her life to love on her and to help her in any way that she needs. We are meant to serve each other as a body in Christ Lord and I ask that You will just show her Your love through other people and help her to find her hope in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family members this is Abby calling from Maryland. I trust you are all doing well. My goal for this year is to call more often. So, here I am. And I have been so blessed listening to people calling in, you know, especially those who are joining us on board this year 2021. I’ve heard this lady who is so excited, you know, I believe she’s blind and she’s just been having a wonderful experience with this community. Welcome to every new member and for…I specifically want to pray for a young man or a man who had called I believe his name was Tilly from Florida who is currently in the hospital. He’s scared and, you know, he has chest pains and he said that he’s broken hearted because he had to make a confession to his wife. I lift you into the hands of the almighty God and I pray that God heals you. I pray that God wraps His love around you and God shows you how much He loves you and God just restores you, restores your health in Jesus’ name. I pray for each and every member who has called for one thing of the other. God meets each and every one of you at the point of your need. And yes, I am so excited to hear when China does deliver her child. I am looking forward to that. Thank you, Brian for always being awesome. Thank you, Jill for always being awesome. Thank you, this amazing community. You guys are…you are my community. I just look forward to getting into the word of God with you guys every day. You all have a blessed week. This is Abby from Maryland. Stay blessed.

Good morning everyone this is Mary from the United States. As Brian talks about endurance, I just want to join with him and encourage you. Endurance sounds like a strong word of suffrage and drudgery, yet there’s freedom in endurance. There’s joy in endurance. There’s confidence and grace in endurance. Their strength in endurance. There’s wisdom in endurance. There’s a vision and a sense of purpose in endurance. Endure in love, endure in joy, endure in the morning, endure in the evening, endure in the Lord to the very end. Endurance brings with it joy, peace, rhythm, meaning. Endurance is a gift we can choose or deny. Open the gift and discover its treasures in the box of endurance. Breathe in, breathe out the blessed joy that we can endure in love. Put on foot…put one foot in front of the other, breathe in breath out. The riches gain in endurance. The interest compile in endurance. A rich abundant life as we endure in love.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday January 28, 2021 (NIV)

Exodus 5:22-7:25

22 Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”

God Promises Deliverance

But the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with (A)a strong hand he will (B)drive them out of his land.”

God spoke to Moses and said to him, (C)“I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as (D)God Almighty,[a] but by my name the (E)Lord I did not make myself known to them. (F)I also established my covenant with them (G)to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners. Moreover, (H)I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. Say therefore to the people of Israel, (I)‘I am the Lord, and (J)I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and (K)I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I (L)will take you to be my people, and (M)I will be your God, and you shall know that (N)I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out (O)from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into (P)the land that I (Q)swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. (R)I am the Lord.’” Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they (S)did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.

10 So the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.” 12 But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, the people of Israel have (T)not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for (U)I am of uncircumcised lips?” 13 But the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them a charge about the people of Israel and about Pharaoh king of Egypt: to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

The Genealogy of Moses and Aaron

14 These are the heads of their fathers' houses: the (V)sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi; these are the clans of Reuben. 15 The (W)sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman; these are the clans of Simeon. 16 These are the names of the (X)sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, the years of the life of Levi being 137 years. 17 The (Y)sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, by their clans. 18 The (Z)sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, the years of the life of Kohath being 133 years. 19 The (AA)sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites according to their generations. 20 (AB)Amram took as his wife Jochebed his father's sister, and she bore him Aaron and Moses, the years of the life of Amram being 137 years. 21 (AC)The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri. 22 The (AD)sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri. 23 Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of (AE)Amminadab and the sister of (AF)Nahshon, and she bore him (AG)Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 24 The (AH)sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph; these are the clans of the Korahites. 25 Eleazar, Aaron's son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel, and (AI)she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites by their clans.

26 These are the Aaron and Moses (AJ)to whom the Lord said: “Bring out the people of Israel from the land of Egypt (AK)by their hosts.” 27 It was they who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing out the people of Israel from Egypt, this Moses and this Aaron.

28 On the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 the Lord said to Moses, (AL)“I am the Lord; (AM)tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” 30 But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, (AN)I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?”

Moses and Aaron Before Pharaoh

And the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like (AO)God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your (AP)prophet. (AQ)You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land. But (AR)I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and though I (AS)multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. The Egyptians (AT)shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the Lord commanded them. Now Moses was (AU)eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.

Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, (AV)‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’” 10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the (AW)magicians of Egypt, also (AX)did the same by their secret arts. 12 For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Still (AY)Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, (AZ)as the Lord had said.

The First Plague: Water Turned to Blood

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh's heart is hardened; he refuses to let the people go. 15 (BA)Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he is going out to the water. Stand on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand (BB)the staff that turned into a (BC)serpent. 16 And you shall say to him, ‘The (BD)Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “Let my people go, (BE)that they may serve me in the wilderness.” But so far, you have not obeyed. 17 Thus says the Lord, “By this (BF)you shall know that I am the Lord: behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and (BG)it shall turn into blood. 18 The fish in the Nile shall die, and the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will (BH)grow weary of drinking water from the Nile.”’” 19 And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and (BI)stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, their canals, and their ponds, and all their pools of water, so that they may become blood, and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.’”

20 Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants he (BJ)lifted up the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the (BK)water in the Nile turned into blood. 21 And the fish in the Nile died, and the Nile stank, so that the Egyptians (BL)could not drink water from the Nile. There was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. 22 But (BM)the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts. So (BN)Pharaoh's heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as (BO)the Lord had said. 23 Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart. 24 And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink the water of the Nile.

25 Seven full days passed after the Lord had struck the Nile.


  1. Exodus 6:3 Hebrew El Shaddai

Cross references:

  1. Exodus 6:1 : ch. 3:19; 13:3
  2. Exodus 6:1 : ch. 11:1; 12:33, 39
  3. Exodus 6:2 : [Isa. 42:8; Mal. 3:6]
  4. Exodus 6:3 : Gen. 17:1
  5. Exodus 6:3 : Ps. 68:4; 83:18; [John 8:58; Rev. 1:4, 8]
  6. Exodus 6:4 : Gen. 15:18; 17:4, 7
  7. Exodus 6:4 : Gen. 17:8; 28:4
  8. Exodus 6:5 : ch. 2:24
  9. Exodus 6:6 : [Isa. 42:8; Mal. 3:6]
  10. Exodus 6:6 : ch. 7:4; Deut. 26:8; Ps. 136:11, 12; [ch. 3:17]
  11. Exodus 6:6 : ch. 15:13; Deut. 7:8; 2 Kgs. 17:36; 1 Chr. 17:21; Neh. 1:10
  12. Exodus 6:7 : Deut. 4:20; 7:6; 14:2; 26:18; 2 Sam. 7:24; [1 Pet. 2:9]
  13. Exodus 6:7 : ch. 29:45, 46; Gen. 17:8; Lev. 22:33; Deut. 29:13; [Rev. 21:7]
  14. Exodus 6:7 : [See ver. 6 above]; [Isa. 42:8; Mal. 3:6]
  15. Exodus 6:7 : [See ver. 6 above]; ch. 7:4; Deut. 26:8; Ps. 136:11, 12; [ch. 3:17]
  16. Exodus 6:8 : ch. 32:13; Gen. 15:18; 26:3; 28:13; 35:12; Ezek. 20:6, 42
  17. Exodus 6:8 : [Gen. 14:22; Deut. 32:40; Ezek. 20:5, 6; 47:14]
  18. Exodus 6:8 : [See ver. 6 above]; [Isa. 42:8; Mal. 3:6]
  19. Exodus 6:9 : ch. 5:21; [Acts 7:25]
  20. Exodus 6:12 : [See ver. 9 above]; ch. 5:21; [Acts 7:25]
  21. Exodus 6:12 : ver. 30; ch. 4:10; Jer. 1:6; [Jer. 6:10; Ezek. 44:7]
  22. Exodus 6:14 : Gen. 46:9; 1 Chr. 5:3
  23. Exodus 6:15 : Gen. 46:10; 1 Chr. 4:24
  24. Exodus 6:16 : Gen. 46:11; Num. 3:17; 1 Chr. 6:1, 16
  25. Exodus 6:17 : Num. 3:18; 1 Chr. 6:17; 23:7
  26. Exodus 6:18 : Num. 3:19; 26:57; 1 Chr. 6:2, 18
  27. Exodus 6:19 : Num. 3:20; 1 Chr. 6:19; 23:21
  28. Exodus 6:20 : See ch. 2:1
  29. Exodus 6:21 : Num. 16:1; 1 Chr. 6:37, 38
  30. Exodus 6:22 : Lev. 10:4; Num. 3:30
  31. Exodus 6:23 : Ruth 4:19, 20; 1 Chr. 2:10; Matt. 1:4; Luke 3:33
  32. Exodus 6:23 : Num. 1:7; 2:3; 7:12, 17; 10:14; Matt. 1:4; Luke 3:32
  33. Exodus 6:23 : Lev. 10:1; Num. 3:2; 26:60; 1 Chr. 6:3; 24:1
  34. Exodus 6:24 : 1 Chr. 6:22, 23, 37
  35. Exodus 6:25 : Num. 25:7, 11; Josh. 24:33; Ps. 106:30
  36. Exodus 6:26 : ver. 13
  37. Exodus 6:26 : ch. 7:4; 12:17, 51; Num. 33:1
  38. Exodus 6:29 : See ver. 2
  39. Exodus 6:29 : ver. 11; [ch. 7:2]
  40. Exodus 6:30 : [Isa. 6:5]; See ver. 12
  41. Exodus 7:1 : ch. 4:16
  42. Exodus 7:1 : Gen. 20:7; [1 Sam. 9:9]
  43. Exodus 7:2 : [ch. 4:15; 6:29]
  44. Exodus 7:3 : See ch. 4:21
  45. Exodus 7:3 : ch. 11:9; Ps. 135:9; See Ps. 78:43-51; 105:26-36
  46. Exodus 7:5 : ver. 17; ch. 8:10, 22; 14:4, 18
  47. Exodus 7:7 : [Deut. 29:5; 31:2; 34:7; Acts 7:23, 30]
  48. Exodus 7:9 : [Isa. 7:11; John 2:18; 4:48; 6:30]
  49. Exodus 7:11 : Gen. 41:8
  50. Exodus 7:11 : ver. 12, 22; ch. 8:7, 18; 9:11; 2 Tim. 3:8
  51. Exodus 7:13 : [See ver. 3 above]; See ch. 4:21
  52. Exodus 7:13 : [See ver. 3 above]; See ch. 4:21
  53. Exodus 7:15 : ch. 8:20; 9:13
  54. Exodus 7:15 : ch. 4:2, 17; 17:5
  55. Exodus 7:15 : ch. 4:3
  56. Exodus 7:16 : ch. 3:18; 5:3; 9:1, 13
  57. Exodus 7:16 : ch. 3:12, 18; 5:1, 3
  58. Exodus 7:17 : ver. 5
  59. Exodus 7:17 : ch. 4:9; [Rev. 16:4]
  60. Exodus 7:18 : ver. 21, 24
  61. Exodus 7:19 : ch. 8:5, 6, 16, 17; 9:22; 10:12, 21; 14:16, 21, 26
  62. Exodus 7:20 : ch. 17:9
  63. Exodus 7:20 : Ps. 78:44; 105:29
  64. Exodus 7:21 : ver. 18, 24
  65. Exodus 7:22 : ver. 11
  66. Exodus 7:22 : ver. 13
  67. Exodus 7:22 : ver. 3, 4
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Matthew 18:21-19:12

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often (A)will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? (B)As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished (C)to settle accounts with his servants.[a] 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him (D)ten thousand (E)talents.[b] 25 (F)And since he could not pay, his master ordered him (G)to be sold, with his wife and (H)children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant[c] (I)fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and (J)forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred (K)denarii,[d] and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 (L)And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 (M)And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers,[e] (N)until he should pay all his debt. 35 (O)So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother (P)from your heart.”

Teaching About Divorce

19 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from (Q)Galilee and (R)entered (S)the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And (T)large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

And Pharisees came up to him and (U)tested him by asking, (V)“Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” He answered, (W)“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, (X)‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and (Y)the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. (Z)What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, (AA)“Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your (AB)hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. (AC)And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”[f]

10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 11 But he said to them, (AD)“Not everyone can receive this saying, but only (AE)those to (AF)whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs (AG)for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”


  1. Matthew 18:23 Or bondservants; also verses 28, 31
  2. Matthew 18:24 A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years' wages for a laborer
  3. Matthew 18:26 Or bondservant; also verses 27, 28, 29, 32, 33
  4. Matthew 18:28 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
  5. Matthew 18:34 Greek torturers
  6. Matthew 19:9 Some manuscripts add and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery; other manuscripts except for sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery
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Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my (A)shepherd; I shall not (B)want.
He makes me lie down in green (C)pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
He (D)restores my soul.
He (E)leads me in (F)paths of righteousness[b]
for his (G)name's sake.

Even though I (H)walk through the valley of (I)the shadow of death,[c]
I will (J)fear no evil,
for (K)you are with me;
your (L)rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You (M)prepare a table before me
in (N)the presence of my enemies;
you (O)anoint my head with oil;
my (P)cup overflows.
Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall (Q)dwell[f] in the house of the Lord


  1. Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
  2. Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths
  3. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
  4. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
  5. Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love
  6. Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
  7. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
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Proverbs 5:22-23

22 The (A)iniquities of the wicked (B)ensnare him,
and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23 (C)He dies for lack of discipline,
and because of his great folly he is (D)led astray.

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01/27/2021 DAB Transcript

Exodus 4:1-5:21, Matthew 18:1-20, Psalms 22:19-31, Proverbs 5:15-21

Today is the 27th day of January welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is a joy, a privilege, an honor, all things good to be here with you around the Global Campfire taking the next step forward on our voyage through the Scriptures this year. All things are a go here in the rolling hills of Tennessee and I trust that all things are well with you wherever you might be on our big, beautiful planet that God has given us to steward and live upon and enjoy life together. So, let’s dive in. we’re reading from the English Standard Version this week and we are getting to know this new figure that has appeared in the story. His name is Moses. And we’ll be traveling a long time with Moses. And I mean he…he will affect the rest of the Bible. So, Exodus chapter 4 verse 1 through 5 verse 21 today.


Okay. So, in the book of Proverbs we basically have some self-evident wisdom. It’s pretty clear what’s being said here. But underneath it all, what is the…what is the ultimate warning? The ultimate warning is do not stray from the path, right? Don’t leave the path of wisdom. So, isn’t this very, very similar to what we are taught in the Gospels in terms of following the path of Christ so that we might be Christ-like? And what we are watching in Jesus ministry is that He is at teacher of wisdom. And, so, what we begin to understand is that there is a path that leads to life and the Bible continually reminds us that it exists, but it also reminds us not to stray from it. And it gives us all kinds of advice along the way about what it looks like when we do if we need that advice. But so often we don’t need that advice because we’ve experienced what happens when we step away from wisdom or we walk away from the path and into rebellion. And, so, let’s remember, there is a path, there is a way. And if we would maybe…maybe slow down on all the excuses about why we can’t be obedient or why we can’t walk this path, maybe we should just try actually just walking the path and not…and not straying to the left or the right. I mean, here we are in the middle of the week about finish the first month of the year. How about we be very very intentional about walking the path and not deviating to the left of the right for the rest of this week. That would be a good way to bring the week to a landing. A lot of the things that have become tumultuous might begin to simmer down. So, let’s consider the voice of wisdom as we so often do as we so often should.

Okay. If we go back to the book of Exodus where we started our journey today, we’re getting to know Moses. Moses has met with God. God has given him a command to go back and set His people free and be His mouthpiece. Really one of the saddest scenes of the Bible happens today because Moses is talking to the Almighty most-high God, who has said, “I have seen the plight of your family, your people. These are my people to. And I have…now they have flourished but now they are in slavery and I have heard what is happening to them. I’m going to set them free and you are going to be my instrument.” And Moses…Moses is talking to God and giving God every excuse about why he can’t obey Him and they’re having a direct conversation. And Moses is like, “I’m not a good speaker and, you know”, and God’s like, “I’ll send Aaron.” And there’s all this stuff going on until Moses heart is completely revealed. And this is the sad part. And we should think about our own lives because this is why it sad. Moses is invited by God to be a part of the story. And Moses in the end, says, “could you send somebody else besides me?” Oh. that has been my story. I…I can’t run from that. That has been my story throughout many seasons of my life. That has been all of our stories at one point or another. And, so, this is how the Bible becomes this mirror where all the sudden, yeah, we’re in the story too. Certainly, we’re watching a narrative. Moses is going to Pharaoh. We’re watching all this stuff happen, but we begin to realize that the story here is mimicking our own story and that’s not an accident. In the end Aaron comes, Aaron’s the mouthpiece, Moses is the prophet, they convince all of the leaders that God has seen them. And then they go and confront Pharaoh and things only get worse, right? They only get worse. And, so, Moses is like, “what in the world have I done?” And the people are like, “what in the world have you done? You’ve made us stink to Pharaoh. He’s like, there’s no way we can do what he’s asking us to do. He’s gonna kill us all.” And that’s where we leave the reading today. If we remember the story that we read just before this one, that was the story of Joseph. And didn’t things get way worse before they ever got better? So, isn’t there some kind of theme emerging here about following God. when God invites us to be a part of His story He’s going to confront evil. He's…He’s not just going like, “Oh, now you believe. Let me…now you’ve won the lottery. Here’s a new couch and here’s a new voice activated TV, so you never have to leave that couch except to go into the kitchen and get food. Enjoy your life. God isn’t inviting us into laziness or idleness. He’s not just Santa Claus trying to bring presence. There’s evil in this world, and He would like to use this as His agents to be a part of removing it from the world. Because ultimately, we’re gonna watch throughout the stories of the Bible and we’re gonna hear all kinds of prophecies in the Bible that this is ultimately the objective. Gods not mad at people. He’s not trying to destroy people. He is fed up with the evil that is destroying people and His ultimate goal is to eradicate it, to remove the things that would separate us from God. And once that begins…I mean just like we were talking about, like, let’s not deviate from the left to the right and stay on the path of wisdom for the rest of the week. If we do that, then the darkness that may exist on the margins of our lives, it won’t take long before kicking and squirming. It won’t be long before we’re confronted with our own selves. And then we have to start asking ourselves the kinds of questions that we see in the ministry of Jesus. Do I actually want to live true even if that marginalizes me, even if all the games that I’ve been playing to kinda make the culture work for me, even all the falsehoods that I present to the world, even if those have to go do I want to be true? Even if it’s gonna get more difficult before it gets easier, do I want to live true? Some pretty poignant things for us to think about as we continue our journey through the rest of this day.


Holy Spirit come. These are definitely penetrating things to consider - the path before us and not deviating from it, paying attention to wisdom to illuminate that path, understanding that living in wisdom and walking the narrow path that leads to life is not always going to be easy. In fact, often it won’t be. Yes Jesus, we…we haven’t reached this point yet but You will tell us that it is important to count…to count the cost and we’re beginning to see why that matters. So, come Holy Spirit and help us to walk true and walk the path of wisdom, even if only for the rest of this week. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.


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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hello DABbers this is daughter of the King from Tennessee. Father we thank You according to Your word You have established us as Kings and priests unto the most-high King Jesus Christ. You said in Your word when the King said he decrees a thing it shall be established. Therefore, we DABbers decree and declare according to Your word that we are blessed in the city, we blessed in the field, where above only and not beneath, we are the head and not the tail, we blessed coming in, we blessed going out, we’re the lenders and not the borrow. We thank You Father we blessed upon our jobs. We blessed in our homes. We confess Your word that are families are blessed, our children are blessed, and prospers all the days of our lives. We thank You. Welcome everyone to this brand-new year. Welcome newcomers. And we thank You. Brian we just so…oh my God January the 22nd recording is so good, and we all need to save this and go back continuously on faith. The…the substance of faith allows us to have access to something we cannot prove, right Brian? We cannot prove. And we must have faith. Peter was walking on it, but he looked around. And that’s what we do. We get discouraged when we look around and we fall. But we trust in God that we…that this 2021 would be the best year ever and we would not continue to look with our eyes that we would trust God in every…every area of our lives. I wanna continue to lift up Gary who called for prayer he would be going to Hospice. God we just praying and believing You with our faith that You would give him life, that he would…life would be restored and we thank You guys for everybody…

Hey this is Micah in awe in Kansas City. So, yesterday I didn’t make it all the way through the DAB. Something with work came up or something where it stopped me during Brian’s…before the final message and I didn’t get to hear the prayer. So, it kept bugging me, like I need to listen to the rest that just so I do my due diligence. And I was like, but the prayer is not that important, like it’s just it’s just the same old prayer da da da da. But man was I wrong. This morning I started out by listening to that. It would have been…it’s the January the 22nd and heard these totally encouraging messages like Alyssa from Montana talking about how the Daily Audio Bible lets you be in the Bible daily. Amazing! Like, if…if the Daily Audio Bible only ever helps just you have a relationship with God in the mornings then it was so worth it, and it’s done it to so many people and all…just insane. I'm…I’m so happy that I listened to the prayers. And I want to welcome you. I’ve been here like a year and a half or something like that and totally excited to have you in our family. Please call in and tell us how you’re doing. Tell us…give us prayer request praise reports. The brother from Indiana. Man…like when you went through the faith of the people that called in, I really felt that. That’s incredible. And then there’s another brother or you didn’t leave your name, but you were talking about how you were struggling with a hard heart towards people. Dude, that is me too. Like, I’ve been struggling so hard to be loving and this virus times just makes it so easy to just put people off to the side and like get away from me. You know what I’m saying? And I want to join in on that prayer with you. I’m praying for you. This is Micah. Pray for me. God soften our heart. I love you all.

Hello, this my name Golden McQueen. I’m from __ McGill Nevada I’m nine years old and when…somebody really close to me and my grandma and me and my grandma died in…in a car crash and her name was Betsy Lopez. Today we’re going to her funeral, but I could wish you…I wish you please send it out because I don’t I…I want everybody to hear how sad that people because we live in a…how sad we are because we love __ and it’s hard to get messages out. And we live in a the…rural area of Nevada. So, it's…it’s hard…very hard to get messages…messages out. And I’m only nine years old but…but…but I wanted to do this for my grandma and for her as a lasting memory. Thank you very much and…

Hi this is Pamela from Pennsylvania. I am not feeling well today. So, it gives me a wonderful opportunity to catch up on the community prayers. I’m sitting here with my notebook and pen recording names and prayers. I’m getting to know all of you and lifting each request up in agreement with you. I wanted to share…the woman who’s praying with hope for healing, I didn’t catch her name today, talked about all of her life living in fear and that resonated with me. And just recently I the Holy Spirit may be aware that all of my life I’ve been making decisions out of fear. It started because of the environment that I grew up with…grew up in with my father being schizophrenic and beating my mother and I had to play the protection role standing in between. God has now healed me from all of that. He’s healed me from the continuing saga of being married to two abusive husbands and I am now living in God’s grace, freedom, healing and victory. I praise our Lord and savior and I encourage all of you that He really does love us and He really will heal us completely.

There was a woman that was very beautiful and her beauty was from the Lord
she had never ever been with a man she was a irgin and very much adored
even her brother who knew right from wrong wanted her so bad that it burned
but his sister the Virgin wanted to please the Lord so all his advances she spurned
he continued to burn and got physically sick and he forced her to do things his way
and because he was bigger and stronger than she was there wasn’t too much she could say
but after the act his love turned to hate and he wanted her out of her sight
She begged and she pleaded the best that she could but there was no way to make this thing right
now the brother who raped her was soon killed himself by another brother who heard what he had done
the father of all of them David was now very much ****** and the killer was now on the run
then the killer got killed and the father was sad
when the families in conflict it’s all just plain bad
families are very important to God but even more so they’re important to us
sometimes we don’t understand all God’s ways so it’s very important just to trust
don’t desire the things that are wrong don’t allow them to fester and burn
Satan is always waiting my friends to trap you wherever you turn
he destroyed their whole family and he’ll destroy your house too
he started in Eden and he’s definitely not through
so keep your desires above board and chase
let all of your dealings be done face to face
all of God’s ways are wholly and pure
and he won’t give you more than you’re able to endure
pray in his spirit do things his way
and your strength will increase as you grow day by day

blindtony1016@gmail.com. I’d like to shout out to Mark Creed from down under. Know that you’re being thought…

Good morning dear DAB this is Jeanette from Denmark I want to share something that I thought changed my life step by step. There’s been many things, but since I moved here when I was twenty, I learned the example of two house church leaders who shared what their life had been like by simple example. We were at the little building that we had gotten permission to use and the pastor…well our school teacher he…he asked us to be quiet after a good period of singing together welcoming the Holy Spirit in. And I was at the projector and he said, well let’s stop singing. Just let your heart rest and think of the Lord. Be still before the Lord. Know that He is here, and He is with, that He always has been and always will be and that you are in His arms at this moment. He is so good. He will never leave. He will never forsake you and He loves you. And that moment of breathing opened my heart to a whole different realm of possibility. The pattern started to become a walk, but also I knew I could be in the stillness with my Jesus, my savior, my father in heaven and the Holy Spirit. And in this time stillness and, yeah, the song of worship, it brings hope. I love you all. Bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday January 27, 2021 (NIV)

Exodus 4:1-5:21

Moses Given Powerful Signs

Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, (A)“A staff.” And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— “that they may (B)believe that the Lord, (C)the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” Again, the Lord said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.”[a] And he put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was (D)leprous[b] like snow. Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, (E)it was restored like the rest of his flesh. “If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile (F)will become blood on the dry ground.”

10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but (G)I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and (H)I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13 But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” 14 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, (I)he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 (J)You shall speak to him and (K)put the words in his mouth, and (L)I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. 16 (M)He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and (N)you shall be as God to him. 17 And take in your hand (O)this staff, with which you shall do the signs.”

Moses Returns to Egypt

18 Moses went back to (P)Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please let me go back to my brothers in Egypt to see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” 19 And the Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for (Q)all the men who were seeking your life are dead.” 20 So Moses took (R)his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. And Moses took (S)the staff of God in his hand.

21 And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the (T)miracles that I have put in your power. But (U)I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord, (V)Israel is my (W)firstborn son, 23 and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I (X)will kill your firstborn son.’”

24 At a lodging place on the way (Y)the Lord met him and (Z)sought to put him to death. 25 Then (AA)Zipporah took a (AB)flint and cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses'[c] feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” 26 So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.

27 The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness (AC)to meet Moses.” So he went and met him at the (AD)mountain of God and kissed him. 28 And Moses (AE)told Aaron all the words of the Lord with which he had sent him to speak, and all (AF)the signs that he had commanded him to do. 29 Then Moses and Aaron (AG)went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. 30 (AH)Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. 31 And the people (AI)believed; and when they heard that the Lord had (AJ)visited the people of Israel and that he had (AK)seen their affliction, (AL)they bowed their heads and worshiped.

Making Bricks Without Straw

Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold (AM)a feast to me in the wilderness.’” But Pharaoh said, (AN)“Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and moreover, (AO)I will not let Israel go.” Then they said, “The (AP)God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people away from their work? Get back to your (AQ)burdens.” And Pharaoh said, “Behold, (AR)the people of the land are now many,[d] and you make them rest from their burdens!” The same day Pharaoh commanded the (AS)taskmasters of the people and their (AT)foremen, “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves. But the number of bricks that they made in the past you shall impose on them, you shall by no means reduce it, for they are idle. Therefore they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’ Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.”

10 So the (AU)taskmasters and the foremen of the people went out and said to the people, “Thus says Pharaoh, ‘I will not give you straw. 11 Go and get your straw yourselves wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced in the least.’” 12 So the people were scattered throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw. 13 The (AV)taskmasters were urgent, saying, “Complete your work, your daily task each day, as when there was straw.” 14 And the foremen of the people of Israel, whom Pharaoh's (AW)taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, “Why have you not done all your task of making bricks today and yesterday, as in the past?”

15 Then the foremen of the people of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, “Why do you treat your servants like this? 16 No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, ‘Make bricks!’ And behold, your servants are beaten; but the fault is in your own people.” 17 But he said, “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18 Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks.” 19 The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.” 20 They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; 21 and (AX)they said to them, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”


  1. Exodus 4:6 Hebrew into your bosom; also verse 7
  2. Exodus 4:6 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  3. Exodus 4:25 Hebrew his
  4. Exodus 5:5 Samaritan they are now more numerous than the people of the land

Cross references:

  1. Exodus 4:2 : ver. 17, 20
  2. Exodus 4:5 : ch. 19:9
  3. Exodus 4:5 : See ch. 3:6
  4. Exodus 4:6 : Num. 12:10; 2 Kgs. 5:27
  5. Exodus 4:7 : [2 Kgs. 5:14]
  6. Exodus 4:9 : ch. 7:19
  7. Exodus 4:10 : [ch. 6:12; Jer. 1:6]
  8. Exodus 4:12 : [ch. 3:12; Isa. 50:4; Jer. 1:9; Ezek. 33:22; Matt. 10:19, 20; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11, 12; 21:15]
  9. Exodus 4:14 : ver. 27
  10. Exodus 4:15 : ch. 7:1, 2
  11. Exodus 4:15 : Num. 22:38; 23:5, 12, 16; Deut. 18:18; 2 Sam. 14:3, 19; Isa. 51:16
  12. Exodus 4:15 : [See ver. 12 above]; [ch. 3:12; Isa. 50:4; Jer. 1:9; Ezek. 33:22; Matt. 10:19, 20; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11, 12; 21:15]
  13. Exodus 4:16 : ver. 30
  14. Exodus 4:16 : [ch. 7:1; 18:19]
  15. Exodus 4:17 : ver. 2; ch. 7:15
  16. Exodus 4:18 : [ch. 2:18]
  17. Exodus 4:19 : ch. 2:15, 23; [Matt. 2:20]
  18. Exodus 4:20 : ch. 18:2-4
  19. Exodus 4:20 : ch. 17:9; Num. 20:8, 9
  20. Exodus 4:21 : ch. 3:20
  21. Exodus 4:21 : ch. 7:13, 22; 8:15, 32; 9:12, 35; 10:1; 14:8; Rom. 9:17, 18; [Deut. 2:30; Josh. 11:20; Isa. 63:17]
  22. Exodus 4:22 : Hos. 11:1
  23. Exodus 4:22 : Jer. 31:9
  24. Exodus 4:23 : ch. 11:5; 12:29
  25. Exodus 4:24 : [Num. 22:22; 1 Chr. 21:16]
  26. Exodus 4:24 : [Gen. 17:14]
  27. Exodus 4:25 : ch. 2:21
  28. Exodus 4:25 : Josh. 5:2, 3
  29. Exodus 4:27 : ver. 14
  30. Exodus 4:27 : See ch. 3:1
  31. Exodus 4:28 : ver. 15, 16
  32. Exodus 4:28 : See ver. 3-9
  33. Exodus 4:29 : ch. 3:16
  34. Exodus 4:30 : ver. 16
  35. Exodus 4:31 : ver. 8, 9; ch. 3:18
  36. Exodus 4:31 : See ch. 3:16
  37. Exodus 4:31 : ch. 2:25; 3:7
  38. Exodus 4:31 : ch. 12:27; Gen. 24:26; 1 Chr. 29:20
  39. Exodus 5:1 : ch. 10:9
  40. Exodus 5:2 : [2 Kgs. 18:35; Job 21:15]
  41. Exodus 5:2 : ch. 3:19
  42. Exodus 5:3 : ch. 3:18; 7:16; 9:1, 13
  43. Exodus 5:4 : ch. 1:11
  44. Exodus 5:5 : ch. 1:7, 9
  45. Exodus 5:6 : ch. 3:7
  46. Exodus 5:6 : ver. 14, 15, 19
  47. Exodus 5:10 : ch. 3:7
  48. Exodus 5:13 : ch. 3:7
  49. Exodus 5:14 : [See ver. 13 above]; ch. 3:7
  50. Exodus 5:21 : ch. 6:9
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Matthew 18:1-20

Who Is the Greatest?

18 (A)At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you (B)turn and (C)become like children, you (D)will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (E)Whoever humbles himself like this child is the (F)greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

(G)“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but (H)whoever causes one of these (I)little ones who believe in me to sin,[a] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Temptations to Sin

“Woe to the world for (J)temptations to sin![b] (K)For it is necessary that temptations come, (L)but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! (M)And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into (N)the eternal fire. (O)And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the (P)hell[c] of fire.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10 “See that you do not despise (Q)one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven (R)their angels always (S)see the face of my Father who is in heaven.[d] 12 (T)What do you think? (U)If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So (V)it is not the will of my[e] Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

If Your Brother Sins Against You

15 (W)“If your brother sins against you, (X)go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have (Y)gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established (Z)by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, (AA)tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, (AB)let him be to you as (AC)a Gentile and (AD)a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, (AE)whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[f] in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you (AF)agree on earth about anything they ask, (AG)it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are (AH)gathered in my name, (AI)there am I among them.”


  1. Matthew 18:6 Greek causes… to stumble; also verses 8, 9
  2. Matthew 18:7 Greek stumbling blocks
  3. Matthew 18:9 Greek Gehenna
  4. Matthew 18:10 Some manuscripts add verse 11: For the Son of Man came to save the lost
  5. Matthew 18:14 Some manuscripts your
  6. Matthew 18:18 Or shall have been bound… shall have been loosed

Cross references:

  1. Matthew 18:1 : ch. 17:24; For ver. 1-5, see Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48; [ch. 20:20-28]
  2. Matthew 18:3 : See Luke 22:32
  3. Matthew 18:3 : ch. 19:14; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17; [Ps. 131:2; 1 Cor. 14:20; 1 Pet. 2:2]
  4. Matthew 18:3 : [ch. 5:19, 20]
  5. Matthew 18:4 : ch. 20:27; 23:11, 12
  6. Matthew 18:4 : [See ver. 3 above]; [ch. 5:19, 20]
  7. Matthew 18:5 : [ch. 10:40, 42]
  8. Matthew 18:6 : Mark 9:42
  9. Matthew 18:6 : Luke 17:2; [1 Cor. 8:12]
  10. Matthew 18:7 : See ch. 13:41
  11. Matthew 18:7 : Luke 17:1; See 1 Cor. 11:19
  12. Matthew 18:7 : ch. 26:24
  13. Matthew 18:8 : ch. 5:29, 30; Mark 9:43-48
  14. Matthew 18:8 : See ch. 25:41
  15. Matthew 18:9 : [See ver. 8 above]; ch. 5:29, 30; Mark 9:43-48
  16. Matthew 18:9 : [See ver. 8 above]; See ch. 25:41
  17. Matthew 18:10 : [ch. 6:29; 25:40, 45; Luke 15:7, 10]
  18. Matthew 18:10 : Acts 12:15; [Ps. 34:7; 91:11; Heb. 1:14]
  19. Matthew 18:10 : Luke 1:19; Rev. 8:2; [Esth. 1:14]
  20. Matthew 18:12 : ch. 17:25; 21:28
  21. Matthew 18:12 : For ver. 12-14, [Luke 15:4-7]
  22. Matthew 18:14 : John 6:39; 10:28; [John 17:12]
  23. Matthew 18:15 : Luke 17:3
  24. Matthew 18:15 : 2 Thess. 3:15; [Titus 3:10; James 5:19]; See Lev. 19:17
  25. Matthew 18:15 : 1 Cor. 9:19-22; 1 Pet. 3:1
  26. Matthew 18:16 : Deut. 19:15; 2 Cor. 13:1; [Num. 35:30; John 8:17; 1 Tim. 5:19; Heb. 10:28]
  27. Matthew 18:17 : [1 Cor. 5:4, 5; 6:1-6]
  28. Matthew 18:17 : [Rom. 16:17; 1 Cor. 5:9-13; 2 Thess. 3:6, 14; 2 John 10]
  29. Matthew 18:17 : ch. 5:46, 47
  30. Matthew 18:17 : ch. 5:46, 47
  31. Matthew 18:18 : [ch. 16:19; John 20:23]
  32. Matthew 18:19 : [Acts 12:5, 12; Philem. 22]
  33. Matthew 18:19 : See ch. 7:7
  34. Matthew 18:20 : [Acts 4:30, 31; 1 Cor. 5:4]
  35. Matthew 18:20 : [ch. 28:20; John 12:26; 20:20, 26]
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Psalm 22:19-31

19 But you, O Lord, (A)do not be far off!
O you my help, (B)come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of (C)the dog!
21 Save me from (D)the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued[a] me from the horns of (E)the wild oxen!

22 (F)I will tell of your name to my (G)brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who (H)fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, (I)glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of (J)the afflicted,
and he has not (K)hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he (L)cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great (M)congregation;
my (N)vows I will (O)perform before those who fear him.
26 (P)The afflicted[b] shall (Q)eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts (R)live forever!

27 All (S)the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all (T)the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28 For (U)kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.

29 All (V)the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall (W)bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not (X)keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming (Y)generation;
31 they shall (Z)come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet (AA)unborn,
that he has done it.


  1. Psalm 22:21 Hebrew answered
  2. Psalm 22:26 Or The meek
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Proverbs 5:15-21

15 Drink (A)water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your (B)springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water (C)in the streets?
17 (D)Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your (E)fountain be blessed,
and (F)rejoice in (G)the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely (H)deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts (I)fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated[a] always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with (J)a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of (K)an adulteress?[b]
21 For (L)a man's ways are (M)before the eyes of the Lord,
and he (N)ponders[c] all his paths.


  1. Proverbs 5:19 Hebrew be led astray; also verse 20
  2. Proverbs 5:20 Hebrew a foreign woman
  3. Proverbs 5:21 Or makes level
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