The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday March 31, 2023 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 16-17


(Exodus 12.1-20; Leviticus 23.4-8)

Moses said:

16 (A) People of Israel, you must celebrate Passover in the month of Abib,[a] because one night in that month years ago, the Lord your God rescued you from Egypt. The Passover sacrifice must be a cow, a sheep, or a goat, and you must offer it at the place where the Lord chooses to be worshiped. 3-4 Eat all of the meat of the Passover sacrifice that same night. But don't serve bread made with yeast at the Passover meal. Serve the same kind of thin bread that you ate when you were slaves suffering in Egypt[b] and when you had to leave Egypt quickly. As long as you live, this thin bread will remind you of the day you left Egypt.

For seven days following Passover,[c] don't make any bread with yeast. In fact, there should be no yeast anywhere in Israel.

Don't offer the Passover sacrifice in just any town where you happen to live. It must be offered at the place where the Lord chooses to be worshiped. Kill the sacrifice at sunset, the time of day when you left Egypt.[d] Then cook it and eat it there at the place of worship, returning to your tents the next morning.

Eat thin bread for the next six days. Then on the seventh day, don't do any work. Instead, come together and worship the Lord.

The Harvest Festival

(Exodus 34.22; Leviticus 23.15-21)

Moses said to Israel:

(B) Seven weeks after you start your grain harvest, 10-11 go to the place where the Lord chooses to be worshiped and celebrate the Harvest Festival[e] in honor of the Lord your God. Bring him an offering as large as you can afford, depending on how big a harvest he has given you. Be sure to take along your sons and daughters and all your servants. Also invite the poor, including Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows. 12 Remember that you used to be slaves in Egypt, so obey these laws.

The Festival of Shelters

(Leviticus 23.33-43; Numbers 29.12-38)

Moses said to Israel:

13-15 (C) After you have finished the grain harvest and the grape harvest,[f] take your sons and daughters and all your servants to the place where the Lord chooses to be worshiped. Celebrate the Festival of Shelters for seven days. Also invite the poor, including Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows.

The Lord will give you big harvests and make you successful in everything you do. You will be completely happy, so celebrate this festival in honor of the Lord your God.

Three Festivals at the Place of Worship

(Exodus 23.14-17)

Moses said:

16 Each year there are three festivals when all Israelite men must go to the place where the Lord chooses to be worshiped. These are the Festival of Thin Bread, the Harvest Festival,[g] and the Festival of Shelters. And don't forget to take along a gift for the Lord. 17 The bigger the harvest the Lord gives you, the bigger your gift should be.

Treat Everyone with Justice

Moses said to Israel:

18-19 (D) After you are settled in the towns that you will receive from the Lord your God, the people in each town must appoint judges and other officers. Those of you that become judges must be completely fair when you make legal decisions, even if someone important is involved. Don't take bribes to give unfair decisions. Bribes keep people who are wise from seeing the truth and turn honest people into liars.[h]

20 People of Israel, if you want to enjoy a long and successful life, make sure that everyone is treated with justice in the land the Lord is giving you.

Don't Set Up Sacred Poles or Stones

Moses said to Israel:

21 (E) When you build the altar for offering sacrifices to the Lord your God, don't set up a sacred pole[i] for the worship of the goddess Asherah. 22 (F) And don't set up a sacred stone! The Lord hates these things.

Sacrifices That Have Something Wrong with Them

Moses said to Israel:

17 If an ox or a sheep has something wrong with it, don't offer it as a sacrifice to the Lord your God—he will be disgusted!

Put To Death People Who Worship Idols

Moses said to Israel:

2-3 (G) The Lord your God is giving you towns to live in. But later, a man or a woman in your town may start worshiping other gods, or even the sun, moon, or stars.[j] I have warned you not to worship other gods, because whoever worships them is disobeying the Lord and breaking the agreement he made with you. So when you hear that someone in your town is committing this disgusting sin, you must carefully find out if that person really is guilty. 5-7 (H) But you will need two or three witnesses—one witness isn't enough to prove a person guilty.

Get rid of those who are guilty of such evil. Take them outside your town gates and everyone must stone them to death. But the witnesses must be the first to throw stones.

Difficult Cases

Moses said to Israel:

8-12 It may be difficult to find out the truth in some legal cases in your town. You may not be able to decide if someone was killed accidentally or murdered. Or you may not be able to tell whether an injury or some property damage was done by accident or on purpose. If the case is too difficult, take it to the court at the place where the Lord your God chooses to be worshiped.

This court will be made up of one judge and several priests[k] who serve at the Lord's altar. They will explain the law to you and give you their decision about the case. Do exactly what they tell you, or you will be put to death. 13 When other Israelites hear about it, they will be afraid and obey the decisions of the court.

The King

Moses said:

14 (I) People of Israel, after you capture the land the Lord your God is giving you, and after you settle on it, you will say, “We want a king, just like the nations around us.”

15 Go ahead and appoint a king, but make sure that he is an Israelite and that he is the one the Lord has chosen.

16 (J) The king should not have many horses, especially those from Egypt. The Lord has said never to go back there again. 17 (K) And the king must not have a lot of wives—they might tempt him to be unfaithful to the Lord.[l] Finally, the king must not try to get huge amounts of silver and gold.

18 The official copy of God's laws[m] will be kept by the priests of the Levi tribe. So, as soon as anyone becomes king, he must go to the priests and write out a copy of these laws while they watch. 19 Each day the king must read and obey these laws, so that he will learn to worship the Lord with fear and trembling 20 and not think that he's better than everyone else.

If the king completely obeys the Lord's commands, he and his descendants will rule Israel for many years.


  1. 16.1 in the month of Abib: Abib (also called Nisan), the first month of the Hebrew calendar, from about mid-March to mid-April. Passover was celebrated on the evening of the fourteenth of Abib (see Exodus 12.6; Leviticus 23.4,5).
  2. 16.3,4 the same kind … in Egypt: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  3. 16.3,4 seven days following Passover: This period was called the Festival of Thin Bread (see also verse 16).
  4. 16.6 sunset, the time of day when you left Egypt: Or “sunset on the same date as when you left Egypt.”
  5. 16.10,11 Harvest Festival: Traditionally called the “Festival of Weeks,” and known in New Testament times as “Pentecost.”
  6. 16.13-15 After you … harvest: Leviticus 23.34 gives the exact date as the fifteenth day of the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which would be early in October.
  7. 16.16 Harvest Festival: See the note at 16.10,11.
  8. 16.18,19 turn … liars: Or “keep innocent people from getting justice.”
  9. 16.21 sacred pole: See the note at 12.3.
  10. 17.2,3 sun, moon, or stars: Some people thought these were gods and worshiped them.
  11. 17.8-12 several priests: The Hebrew text has “the priests, the Levites”; priests belonged to the Levi tribe.
  12. 17.17 a lot of wives … unfaithful to the Lord: A king would often marry the daughter of another king that he was making a treaty with. These foreign women would naturally want to worship their own gods, and would want their husband the king to do so as well.
  13. 17.18 God's laws: Or “God's laws for the king.”
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Luke 9:7-27

Herod Is Worried

(Matthew 14.1-12; Mark 6.14-29)

(A) Herod[a] the ruler heard about all that was happening, and he was worried. Some people were saying John the Baptist had come back to life. Others were saying Elijah had come[b] or one of the prophets from long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, “I had John's head cut off! Who is this I hear so much about?” Herod was eager to meet Jesus.

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

(Matthew 14.13-21; Mark 6.30-44; John 6.1-14)

10 The apostles came back and told Jesus everything they had done. He then took them with him to the village of Bethsaida, where they could be alone. 11 But a lot of people found out about this and followed him. Jesus welcomed them. He spoke about God's kingdom and healed everyone who was sick.

12 Late in the afternoon the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, “Send the crowd to the villages and farms around here. They need to find a place to stay and something to eat. There is nothing in this place. It's like a desert!”

13 Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.”

But they replied, “We have only five small loaves of bread[c] and two fish. If we are going to feed all these people, we will have to go and buy food.” 14 There were about 5,000 men in the crowd.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Tell the people to sit in groups of 50.” 15 They did this, and all the people sat down. 16 Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and fish and handed them to his disciples to give to the people.

17 Everyone ate all they wanted. What was left over filled twelve baskets.

Who Is Jesus?

(Matthew 16.13-19; Mark 8.27-29)

18 When Jesus was alone praying, his disciples came to him, and he asked them, “What do people say about me?”

19 (B) They answered, “Some say you are John the Baptist or Elijah[d] or a prophet from long ago who has come back to life.”

20 (C) Jesus then asked, “But who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah sent from God.”

21 Jesus strictly warned his disciples not to tell anyone about this.

Jesus Speaks about His Suffering and Death

(Matthew 16.20-28; Mark 8.30—9.1)

22 Jesus told his disciples, “The nation's leaders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law of Moses will make the Son of Man suffer terribly. They will reject him and kill him, but three days later he will rise to life.”

23 (D) Then Jesus said to all the people:

If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross every day and follow me. 24 (E) If you want to save your life,[e] you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will save it. 25 What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself or waste your life? 26 If you are ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when he comes in his glory and in the glory of his Father and the holy angels. 27 You can be sure some of the people standing here will not die before they see God's kingdom.


  1. 9.7 Herod: Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great.
  2. 9.8 Elijah had come: Many of the Jewish people expected the prophet Elijah to come and prepare the way for the Messiah.
  3. 9.13 small loaves of bread: These would have been flat and round or in the shape of a bun.
  4. 9.19 Elijah: See the note at 9.8.
  5. 9.24 life: In verses 24,25 a Greek word which often means “soul” is translated “life” and “yourself.”
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Psalm 72

(By Solomon.)

A Prayer for God To Guide and Help the King

Please help the king
to be honest and fair
just like you, our God.
Let him be honest and fair
with all your people,
especially the poor.
Let peace and justice rule
every mountain and hill.
Let the king defend the poor,
rescue the homeless, and crush
everyone who hurts them.
Let the king live[a] forever
like the sun and the moon.
Let him be as helpful as rain
that refreshes the meadows
and the ground.
Let the king be fair
with everyone,
and let there be peace
until the moon
falls from the sky.

(A) Let his kingdom reach
from sea to sea,
from the Euphrates River
across all the earth.
Force the desert tribes
to accept his rule,
and make his enemies
crawl in the dirt.
10 Force the rulers of Tarshish[b]
and of the islands
to pay taxes to him.
Make the kings of Sheba
and of Seba[c] bring gifts.
11 Make other rulers bow down
and all nations serve him.

12 Do this because the king
rescues the homeless
when they cry out,
and he helps everyone
who is poor and in need.
13 The king has pity
on the weak and the helpless
and protects those in need.
14 He cares when they hurt,
and he saves them from cruel
and violent deaths.

15 Long live the king!
Give him gold from Sheba.
Always pray for the king
and praise him each day.
16 Let cities overflow with food
and hills be covered with grain,
just like Mount Lebanon.
Let the people in the cities
prosper like wild flowers.
17 May the glory of the king
shine brightly forever
like the sun in the sky.
Let him make nations prosper
and learn to praise him.

18 Lord God of Israel,
we praise you.
Only you can work miracles.
19 We will always praise
your glorious name.
Let your glory be seen
everywhere on earth.
Amen and amen.

20 This ends the prayers
of David, the son of Jesse.


  1. 72.5 Let the king live: One ancient translation; Hebrew “Let them worship you.”
  2. 72.10 Tarshish: Possibly a city in Spain.
  3. 72.10 Sheba … Seba: Sheba may have been a place in what is now southwest Arabia, and Seba may have been in southern Arabia.

Cross references:

  1. 72.8 : Zec 9.10; Si 44.21.
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Proverbs 12:8-9

Good sense is worthy of praise,
but stupidity is a curse.
It's better to be ordinary
and have only one servant[a]
than to think you are somebody
and starve to death.


  1. 12.9 It's … servant: Or “It is better just to have an ordinary job.”
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03/30/2023 DAB Transcript

Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23, Luke 8:40-9:6, Psalms 71:1-24, Proverbs 12:5-7

Today is the 30th day of March welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today and every day as we gather around the Global Campfire and take the next step forward together in life in this year and in the Scriptures. And, so, our next step forward, as always…always leads us to right where we left off. And, so, that’s where we’re going today and that will lead us back into the book of Deuteronomy and all of the last things that Moses has to say. And today we will read chapters 13, 14 and 15.


Okay. So, in the book of Deuteronomy today we read, “if a prophet or an interpreter of dreams arises among you, and he predicts a sign or wonder for you and the sign or wonder that he promised you comes true” Like I’m putting a dot dot dot right there so we pause for a second. Let’s imagine that that happens. Typically, we might find ourselves compelled to hear more, and maybe even to…to follow this person who has these gifts. And we might begin to follow them because of the gift, or because of the sign without even considering where the road may be leading us to, where the path will go if we…if we do this. But as we will see, blindly following a sign or wonder or a person who claims to be a prophet, and then following them on a path that leads us away from God, that’s not gonna work. And, so, rereading what I just read in its entirety, “f a prophet”, Moses is saying this, “if a prophet or an interpreter of dreams arises among you and he predicts a sign or wonder for you and the sign or wonder that he promised you comes true and then he says let’s go after other gods that you do not know, let’s serve them do not listen to the words of that Prophet or that interpreter of dreams because the Lord your God is testing you to see whether you really love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Follow the Lord your God. Fear Him. Keep His commandments. Listen to His voice. Serve Him and cling to Him.” I mean, Moses goes on to say that, even if it’s a family member that is enticing us toward idolatry then we should be very intentional about getting them out of our lives. That is…like this is a big deal what’s being said here. And, so, if this is such a big deal, then we need to probably understand what idolatry is. We have already seen it in the Scriptures. We will see it throughout the rest of our journey. And, so, it’s important for us to understand what we dealing with here. In the time of Moses in the surrounding cultures and nations around the children of Israel, they…well…they literally made images that they indeed bowed down and worshiped and sacrificed and even sacrificing their children to these statues. They performed all kinds of acts of devotion that God hated as we learned from our reading today. And we should remember back at the mountain of God, right? The golden calf that the children of Israel created and bowed down and worshiped and said this is the god who brought you out of Egypt. This was a normal thing at that time. Like, if an enemy attacked the land or the crops didn’t come in and famine came the peoples of that day believed that the local gods weren’t pleased. And if there was a battle or something then the strongest god was the victorious one. Whoever won the battle, it’s that god that’s more powerful. And we might think that’s weird. That’s odd because that’s not a normal practice for most of us in the world today. Although idol worship still certainly does exist in the world today. But idolatry is more than kind of creating a piece of art and then deifying the piece of art, and believing the…the craftsmanship is a god and worshiping the god. Idolatry is essentially submitting ourselves and offering our heart and offering our hope to a person or a thing with the expectation that that person or thing will give us life, will give us what we want. And, so, if we take a step back and just think about it in those terms it’s not hard to find idolatry, even in a modern western world. An idol can be anything - money, sex, power, stuff, control. You name it. Whatever we turn to and offer ourselves to and place our hope in hoping that this thing will bring us life and that we put our hope in this thing then we have an idol and anything that we offer our hearts devotion to in our allegiance to, our loyalty to, our reverence to and place our hope in that is not God will lead us away from God and toward destruction. And this is why it’s such a big deal. Moses is commanding the people specific to his time, specific to the culture that exists and specific to the culture that is being created, a new culture, a new way of being among the Israelites. And idolatry was a huge piece that needed to be absent from this new culture in this new way being formed in the wilderness. In fact it was such a big deal that it carries the death penalty for the children of Israel, But we don't…we don’t live in nations now likely, none of us live in nations now where somebody would be executed for their religious beliefs, although believe me, it’s in the world today and we all know it. But why is this such a severe threat that it has to carry with it a capital offense in ancient Israel. It’s for all the things we just talked about. There is a newly forming culture, one that is intended and designed to reveal the one most-high God to the rest of the world. If they just deviate and begin to worship the local gods of the region, they’re not revealing the only most-high God. And if this gets into the people it will become cancer in this new culture that is being formed. It would destroy them from within and would make them forget the message of the wilderness, that they are utterly dependent upon God. It would make them forget what they were, it would make them forget how they got where they are, where they came from, and who their source of life actually is. And that gives us pause and opportunity. What are we giving our life to? What have we placed our hope in expecting that that rescue and life is the result? If…if we have things that begin to bubble up and come to mind and they’re not God alone then we may be looking at an idol in our lives and we should pause. We’re not going to get away from idolatry in the Bible. And we’re going to be able to see clearly what the repercussions of idolatry in the Scriptures are. But we already know that anything that will lead us away from God will lead us on the pathway of destruction. We’ll forget who we are. We’ll forget the lessons of the wilderness. We’ll forget our identity. We’ll be seduced into darkness. It was a big deal for God and the children of Israel in the wilderness as they prepared to go into the promised land. It should be a big deal to us as well.


Holy Spirit, we invite you into that. It’s unlikely any of us are gonna bow our knee to a statue of some sort today but we are seduced into all kinds of things that promise us relief and release and life and happiness and when we have placed our hope in those things and you have not led us to follow that path then we are willfully walking away from you watching the blinking lights. But behind all that we’ll find ourselves in the darkness once again. So, Holy Spirit come. What are the things that we are elevating in our lives and putting our faith and hope and trust in that are not you. Reveal these things to us we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday March 30, 2023 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 13-15

Don't Worship Other Gods

Moses said to Israel:

13 1-2 Someday a prophet[a] may come along who is able to perform miracles or tell what will happen in the future. Then the prophet may say, “Let's start worshiping some new gods—some gods that we know nothing about.” If the prophet says this, don't listen! The Lord your God will be watching to find out whether or not you love him with all your heart and soul. You must be completely faithful to the Lord. Worship and obey only the Lord and do this with fear and trembling, because he rescued you from slavery in Egypt.

If a prophet tells you to disobey the Lord your God and to stop worshiping him, then that prophet is evil and must be put to death.

6-10 (A) Someone else may say to you, “Let's worship other gods.” That person may be your best friend, your brother or sister, your son or daughter, or your own dear wife or husband. But you must not listen to people who say such things. Instead, you must stone them to death. You must be the first to throw the stones, then others from the community will finish the job. Don't show any pity.

The gods worshiped by other nations have never done anything for you or your ancestors. People who ask you to worship other gods are trying to get you to stop worshiping the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. So put to death anyone who asks you to worship another god. 11 And when the rest of Israel hears about it, they will be afraid, and no one else will ever do such an evil thing again.

12 After the Lord your God gives you towns to live in, you may hear a rumor about one of the towns. 13 You may hear that some worthless people have talked everyone there into worshiping other gods, even though these gods had never done anything for them. 14 You must carefully find out if the rumor is true. Then if the people of that town have actually done such a disgusting thing in your own country, 15 you must take your swords and kill every one of them, and their livestock too. 16-17 Gather all the possessions of the people who lived there, and pile them up in the marketplace, without keeping anything for yourself. Set the pile and the whole town on fire, and don't ever rebuild the town. The whole town will be a sacrifice to the Lord your God. Then he won't be angry anymore, and he will have mercy on you and make your nation stronger, just as he promised your ancestors. 18 That's why you must do what the Lord your God says is right. I am giving you his laws and teachings today, and you must obey them.

Don't Mourn like Other Nations

Moses said:

14 (B) People of Israel, you are the Lord's children, so when you mourn for the dead, you must not cut yourselves or shave your forehead.[b] (C) Out of all the nations on this earth, the Lord your God chose you to be his own. You belong to the Lord, so don't behave like those who worship other gods.

Animals That Can Be Eaten

(Leviticus 11.1-47)

(D) Don't eat any disgusting animals.

4-5 You may eat the meat of cattle, sheep, and goats; wild sheep and goats; and gazelles, antelopes, and all kinds of deer. It is all right to eat meat from any animals that have divided hoofs and also chew the cud.[c]

But don't eat camels, rabbits, and rock badgers. These animals chew the cud but do not have divided hoofs. You must treat them as unclean. And don't eat pork, since pigs have divided hoofs, but they do not chew their cud. Don't even touch a dead pig!

You can eat any fish that has fins and scales. But there are other creatures that live in the water, 10 and if they do not have fins and scales, you must not eat them. Treat them as unclean.

11 You can eat any clean bird. 12-18 But don't eat the meat of any of the following birds: eagles, vultures, falcons, kites, ravens, ostriches, owls, sea gulls, hawks, pelicans, ospreys, cormorants, storks, herons, and hoopoes.[d] You must not eat bats. 19 Swarming insects are unclean, so don't eat them. 20 However, you are allowed to eat certain kinds of winged insects.[e]

21 (E) You belong to the Lord your God, so if you happen to find a dead animal, don't eat its meat. You may give it to foreigners who live in your town or sell it to foreigners who are visiting your town.

Don't boil a young goat in its mother's milk.

Give the Lord Ten Percent of Your Harvest

Moses said:

22 (F) People of Israel, every year you must set aside ten percent of your grain harvest. 23 Also set aside ten percent of your wine and olive oil, and the first-born of every cow, sheep, and goat. Take these to the place where the Lord chooses to be worshiped, and eat them there. This will teach you to always respect the Lord your God.

24 But suppose you can't carry that ten percent of your harvest to the place where the Lord chooses to be worshiped. If you live too far away, or if the Lord gives you a big harvest, 25 then sell this part and take the money there instead. 26 When you and your family arrive, spend the money on food for a big celebration. Buy cattle, sheep, goats, wine, beer, and if there are any other kinds of food that you want, buy those too. 27 And since people of the Levi tribe won't own any land for growing crops, remember to ask the Levites to celebrate with you.

28 Every third year, instead of using the ten percent of your harvest for a big celebration, bring it into town and put it in a community storehouse. 29 The Levites have no land of their own, so you must give them food from the storehouse. You must also give food to the poor who live in your town, including orphans, widows, and foreigners. If they have enough to eat, then the Lord your God will be pleased and make you successful in everything you do.


(Leviticus 25.1-7)

Moses said:

15 1-2 Every seven years you must announce, “The Lord says loans do not need to be paid back.” Then if you have loaned money to another Israelite, you can no longer ask for payment.[f] This law applies only to loans you have made to other Israelites. Foreigners will still have to pay back what you have loaned them.

4-6 No one in Israel should ever be poor. The Lord your God is giving you this land, and he has promised to make you very successful, if you obey his laws and teachings that I'm giving you today. You will lend money to many nations, but you won't have to borrow. You will rule many nations, but they won't rule you.

(G) After the Lord your God gives land to each of you, there may be poor Israelites in the town where you live. If there are, then don't be mean and selfish with your money. Instead, be kind and lend them what they need. Be careful! Don't say to yourself, “Soon it will be the seventh year, and then I won't be able to get my money back.” It would be horrible for you to think that way and to be so selfish that you refuse to help the poor. They are your relatives, and if you don't help them, they may ask the Lord to decide whether you have done wrong. And he will say that you are guilty. 10 You should be happy to give the poor what they need, because then the Lord will make you successful in everything you do.

11 (H) There will always be some Israelites who are poor and needy. That's why I am commanding you to be generous with them.

Setting Slaves Free

(Exodus 21.1-11)

Moses said to Israel:

12 (I) If any of you buy Israelites as slaves, you must set them free after six years. 13 And don't just tell them they are free to leave— 14 give them sheep and goats and a good supply of grain and wine. The more the Lord has given you, the more you should give them. 15 I am commanding you to obey the Lord as a reminder that you were slaves in Egypt before he set you free. 16 But one of your slaves may say, “I love you and your family, and I would be better off staying with you, so please don't make me leave.” 17 Take the slave to the door of your house and push a sharp metal rod through one earlobe and into the door. Such slaves will belong to you for life, whether they are men or women.

18 Don't complain when you have to set a slave free. After all, you got six years of service at half the cost of hiring someone to do the work.[g]

First-Born Animals

(Leviticus 27.26,27; Numbers 18.15-18)

Moses said to Israel:

19 (J) If the first-born animal of a cow or sheep or goat is a male, it must be given to the Lord. Don't put first-born cattle to work or cut wool from first-born sheep. 20 Instead, each year you must take the first-born of these animals to the place where the Lord your God chooses to be worshiped. You and your family will sacrifice them to the Lord and then eat them as part of a sacred meal.

21 But if the animal is lame or blind or has something else wrong with it, you must not sacrifice it to the Lord your God. 22 You can butcher it where you live, and eat it just like the meat of a deer or gazelle that you kill while hunting. Even those people who are unclean and unfit for worship can have some. 23 (K) But you must never eat the blood of an animal—let it drain out on the ground.


  1. 13.1,2 a prophet: Hebrew adds “or a dreamer of dreams,” another name for a prophet.
  2. 14.1 when you mourn … forehead: Or “you must not worship Baal, cutting yourselves and shaving your forehead.”
  3. 14.6 chew the cud: Some animals that eat grass and leaves have more than one stomach, and they chew their food a second time, after it has been partly digested in the first stomach. This partly digested food is called “cud.”
  4. 14.12-18 eagles … hoopoes: Some of the birds in this list are difficult to identify.
  5. 14.20 certain kinds of winged insects: These were locusts, crickets, and grasshoppers; see Leviticus 11.21,22.
  6. 15.1,2 The Lord says … no longer ask for payment: Or “ ‘The Lord says loans do not need to be paid back this year.’ Then if you have loaned money to another Israelite, you cannot ask for payment until the next year.”
  7. 15.18 six years … work: Or “six years of service, and it cost you no more than if you had hired someone to do the work”; or “six years of service, for what you would have had to pay a worker for two years.”
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Luke 8:40-9:6

A Dying Girl and a Sick Woman

(Matthew 9.18-26; Mark 5.21-43)

40 Everyone had been waiting for Jesus, and when he came back, a crowd was there to welcome him. 41 Just then the man in charge of the synagogue came and knelt down in front of Jesus. His name was Jairus, and he begged Jesus to come to his home 42 because his twelve-year-old child was dying. She was his only daughter.

While Jesus was on his way, people were crowding all around him. 43 In the crowd was a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had spent everything she had on doctors,[a] but none of them could make her well.

44 As soon as she came up behind Jesus and barely touched his clothes, her bleeding stopped.

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

While everyone was denying it, Peter said, “Master, people are crowding all around and pushing you from every side.”[b]

46 But Jesus answered, “Someone touched me, because I felt power going out from me.” 47 The woman knew that she could not hide, so she came trembling and knelt down in front of Jesus. She told everyone why she had touched him and that she had been healed at once.

48 Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace!”

49 While Jesus was speaking, someone came from Jairus' home and said, “Your daughter has died! Why bother the teacher anymore?”

50 When Jesus heard this, he told Jairus, “Don't worry! Have faith, and your daughter will get well.”

51 Jesus went into the house, but he did not let anyone else go with him, except Peter, John, James, and the girl's father and mother. 52 Everyone was crying and weeping for the girl. But Jesus said, “The child isn't dead. She is just asleep.” 53 The people laughed at him because they knew she was dead.

54 Jesus took hold of the girl's hand and said, “Child, get up!” 55 She came back to life and got right up. Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were surprised, but Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

Instructions for the Twelve Apostles

(Matthew 10.5-15; Mark 6.7-13)

Jesus called together his twelve apostles and gave them complete power over all demons and diseases. Then he sent them to tell about God's kingdom and to heal the sick. (A) He told them, “Don't take anything with you! Don't take a walking stick or a traveling bag or food or money or even a change of clothes. When you are welcomed into a home, stay there until you leave that town. (B) If people won't welcome you, leave the town and shake the dust from your feet[c] as a warning to them.”

The apostles left and went from village to village, telling the good news and healing people everywhere.


  1. 8.43 She had spent everything she had on doctors: Some manuscripts do not have these words.
  2. 8.45 from every side: Some manuscripts add “and you ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
  3. 9.5 shake the dust from your feet: This was a way of showing rejection.

Cross references:

  1. 9.3-5 : Lk 10.4-11.
  2. 9.5 : Ac 13.51.
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Psalm 71

A Prayer for God's Protection

I run to you, Lord,
for protection.
Don't disappoint me.
You do what is right,
so come to my rescue.
Listen to my prayer
and keep me safe.
Be my mighty rock,[a] the place
where I can always run
for protection.
Save me by your command!
You are my mighty rock
and my fortress.

Come and save me, Lord God,
from vicious and cruel
and brutal enemies!
I depend on you,
and I have trusted you
since I was young.
I have relied on you[b]
from the day I was born.
You brought me safely
through birth,
and I always praise you.

Many people think of me
as something evil.
But you are my mighty protector,
and I praise and honor you
all day long.
Don't throw me aside
when I am old;
don't desert me
when my strength is gone.
10 My enemies are plotting
because they want me dead.
11 They say, “Now we'll catch you!
God has deserted you,
and no one can save you.”
12 Come closer, God!
Please hurry and help.
13 Embarrass and destroy
all who want me dead;
disgrace and confuse
all who want to hurt me.
14 I will never give up hope
or stop praising you.
15 All day long I will tell
the wonderful things you do
to save your people.
But you have done much more
than I could possibly know.
16 I will praise you, Lord God,
for your mighty deeds
and your power to save.

17 You have taught me
since I was a child,
and I never stop telling about
your marvelous deeds.
18 Don't leave me when I am old
and my hair turns gray.
Let me tell future generations
about your mighty power.
19 Your deeds of kindness
are known in the heavens.
No one is like you!

20 You made me suffer a lot,
but you will bring me
back from this deep pit
and give me new life.
21 You will make me truly great
and take my sorrow away.

22 I will praise you, God,
the Holy One of Israel.
You are faithful.
I will play the harp
and sing your praises.
23 You have rescued me!
I will celebrate and shout,
singing praises to you
with all my heart.
24 All day long I will announce
your power to save.
I will tell how you disgraced
and disappointed those
who wanted to hurt me.


  1. 71.3 mighty rock: See the note at 18.2.
  2. 71.6 I … you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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Proverbs 12:5-7

Good people have kind thoughts,
but you should never trust
the advice of someone evil.
Bad advice is a deadly trap,
but good advice
is like a shield.
Once the wicked are defeated,
they are gone forever,
but no one who obeys God
will ever be thrown down.

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3/29/2023 DAB Transcript

Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32, Luke 8:22-39, Psalm 70:1-5, Proverbs 12:4

Today is the 29th day of March, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today, as we gather around the Global Campfire, and get cozy, and take the next step forward together. And our next step forward is going to lead us back into the Book of Deuteronomy and back to the last things that Moses is imparting to the children of Israel. And so, let’s dive in today. Deuteronomy chapters 11 and 12.


Okay so, in the Gospel of Luke, we encounter a story that we’ve seen in other Gospels, where Jesus travels to the other side of the lake to the land of the Gerasenes, this would be the eastern side of the lake, kind of northeastern side of the lake, Gentile territory, a city of the Decapolis. Actually, there are ruins of the Decapolis city are over their city, it was called Hippos Sussita. So, Jesus comes to the land and basically doesn’t make it past the shore. He gets greeted by a man running down toward him, screeching at Him. Why are You interfering with me, why are You messing with me, don’t, are you, don’t send me to the abyss. Are You here to judge me? And through the conversation we find there’s a legion of…of demonic activity around this person. And we talked about this. The man is set free and there, the pig herders after the demons are thrown into the swine and they go down and drown into the lake. The swine herders they…they run and let everybody kind of in the area know. And so, people are kind of racing down toward the shore to see what has happened. And that’s when they are gripped with fear. We…we talked about this before. Their response to the activity, the miraculous activity of God in their presence, cause them to ask Jesus to leave. And we contemplated that. Another facet of this story that is really interesting to me is that Jesus made that whole trip and never got off the beach and really only encountered one person directly before He was asked by the others to leave. And as the Gospel narrative goes, it wasn’t an easy crossing. So, they’re crossing the Sea of Galilee. And Jesus is exhausted from ministry and so, He falls asleep in the boat and a storm comes down upon the upon the Sea of Galilee and it’s gonna capsize them and so, He wakes up and calms the storm and of course that brings incredible amount amazing of amazement around the disciples. But then, then they make it to the other side. And when they make it to the other side and get out of the boat, this man comes. And this man is set free and wants to go with Jesus, but it’s as if Jesus gave him his life back and said, go tell everyone what God has done for you, go back to your family. He gave his life back to this guy and then got in the boat and left, because they asked Him to leave. This whole scene, this whole thing happened for one person. This is almost a living representation of the parable of leaving the 99 to find the one. And if we take some time to consider this story and replay it in our minds today, and meditate upon it today, we realize we are the one also. Jesus has come for us to set us free as well. And we find ourselves back in the story going, who am? I am I the one that’s afraid asking Jesus to leave. Am I the one that got set free and just got his life for her life back? How do I live that I experience the power of God and respond in fear, that it was gonna interfere with my life, and I sent it away. Or did I get my life back, and now I can’t help but tell the story.


Holy Spirit, come into that as we contemplate again, a beautiful scene in life of the Savior, one that is intended to show us how to live, one that is intended to show us what You are like. Lead us to find ourselves in these stories and transform them as we become aware, where You are leading and where You are guiding us. May we find that You have rescued us and gave our lives back to us, and that it is such good news that’s we can’t help but tell it. Come Holy Spirit, we pray, in the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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This is Brian from Huber Heights. I just wanted to praise God for this ministry and for the Daily Audio Bible and Brian Hardin and his family. And I listen every day and I would ask that you would pray for my son Mitchell, who’s in a mental hospital in Cincinnati and they’re going to be making decisions concerning him, Lord. I pray that You would just lead with Your Holy Spirit, everyone that is making these decisions. The people at the mental facility, the people in the court system, that they would make the right decisions concerning him, as to whether he’s found competent, incompetent or he’s innocent by reason of insanity. And that he would be blessed by the right help and the right place to live. He would never be homeless. He’s been a drug addict, homeless, mentally ill and it’s just been hard for his mother and I. His mother is on her way to go visit him right now and I pray for her safety, and I pray for a good visit. I pray that, pray that Mitchell, the right thing would happen for him. I pray my daughter Ashley; I’ve been praying for concerning a job for her at the VA hospital that I worked at. That there’s one coming up that would really suite her, it would be the right for her skill set. I pray that if it’s God’s will that He would bless her with that. I’ve been praying for several years, concerning this position. And also praying for, after six years, that there would be some reconciliation between their mother, Kathy and I. That we would be together, and God would heal and restore us. Heal the past and restore our marriage. Thank you very much. God bless you all.

Hey DAB Family, this is God’s Life Speaker. I am calling for something that’s going on right now. My husband’s currently on his way down to the memory care unit that his 93-year-old mother is in. But it’s been ongoing. It’s just things that are happening constantly. And so, even though, God does not work in the time that we do, I know, your hearts will just pray this when you hear it. So, his mother is lucid so often. And then, she will slip into this memory issue and dementia. And she’s in a really nice facility. She has lots of caregivers. There’s only 16 people living there. There’s 4 caregivers, it’s a beautiful place. It’s, she enjoys it, when she’s lucid. But she just called my husband up and told him she was gonna disown him, that she found some things that he had done, and he better come and get the rest of the things that she has that are his. And we recognize this as the dementia. And she only lives 11 minutes from here so, he’s on his way. We prayed, before he left. And it’s just really hard with aging parents. So, Heavenly Father, I know You go before Doug. I know that You are already in this situation, and You’re not surprised by this dementia. You’re not surprised by today. Lord, I just pray for Helen. That You would just bless her mind, that You would give her peace and a calmness that surpasses all understanding. And Lord, for the DAB families that also are just dealing with this, with parents. This is so hard Lord. But You know. So, we put our trust in You and we thank You Jesus. In Your name we pray. Amen.

Hey my outstanding DAB fam, this is Kingdom Seeker Daniel and Lady of Victory. We just wanted to stop by and pray for a couple of marriages. We’re praying for Shelley in Central California, I believe, who is experiencing marital discord. God, we are coming on behalf of Your daughter and Your son, God because we know that You are for their marriage more than they are. You’re concerned about everything that they’re concerns, the big and the small. God, know that we ask that Shelley will submit herself to You and then God, to her husband and allow You to do the work. Now sometimes, while we’re saying it’s the other person, it’s them, them, them. God, You’re saying, I got them, but this is what I wanted you to do. So, as Shelley submits herself to You God, and what You would have her to do, I pray God, that You would, that she would experience peace in the marriage in what You are doing and that she’ll begin to see, as she submits herself to You, get out of his face and get in Your face. That she’ll begin to see the fruits of her labor. And we trust that You’ll do it for their good and for Your glory. In Jesus name. And for first time caller Jason, whose wife left for a false religion. God, we ask that You would go after that wife. You know what has gotten her trapped and deceived into false religion. Lord, we pray that You would break through the stoney heart, that You would open her eyes, give her eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to receive the truth. We know, Lord, that You came to set the captives free and He whom the Son sets free, is free indeed. Will You free this wife from this religion that is a false belief. And Lord, we thank You God, that You are helping Jason to yield to You, to surrender to You, and to entrust his marriage and his wife to You. In Jesus name. Amen. Love you family.

Hello Bible family, this is Verna from Gainesville, Florida. I’m calling in to request prayer for my daughter GG. She and her husband live with me, and they have a baby that just turned 1 year old last month. She’s also expecting another baby that’s due in three months. GG’s in her last semester of school to get her RN license. And they’re starting transition. Transition is when you work in the hospital 12-hour shifts, so that you can do that, have some experience when you get out of school. She is totally wiped out today because of doing the past two days of 12-hour shifts in the hospital. And in two days from now, she has to do 6 days of 12-hour shifts in a period of 10 days. So, I don’t see how she’s gonna be able to do that without the supernatural grace of God. So, I’m just asking that you all pray for her. And that she would have God’s peace throughout it. And just not worry about it. Thank you all, God bless you. Bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday March 29, 2023 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 11-12

If You Are Loyal to the Lord, He Will Bless You

Moses said to Israel:

11 The Lord is your God, so you must always love him and obey his laws and teachings. Remember, he corrected you and not your children. You are the ones who saw the Lord use his great power (A) when he worked miracles in Egypt, making terrible things happen to the king and all his people. (B) And when the Egyptian army chased you in their chariots, you saw the Lord drown them and their horses in the Red Sea.[a] Egypt still suffers from that defeat!

You saw what the Lord did for you while you were in the desert, right up to the time you arrived here. (C) And you saw how the Lord made the ground open up in the middle of our camp underneath the tents of Dathan and Abiram,[b] who were swallowed up along with their families, their animals, and their tents.

With your own eyes, you saw the Lord's mighty power do all these things.

Soon you will cross the Jordan River, and if you obey the laws and teachings I'm giving you today, you will be strong enough to conquer the land that the Lord promised your ancestors and their descendants. It's rich with milk and honey, and you will live there and enjoy it for a long time. 10 It's better land than you had in Egypt, where you had to struggle just to water your crops.[c] 11 But the hills and valleys in the promised land are watered by rain from heaven,[d] 12 because the Lord your God keeps his eye on this land and takes care of it all year long.

13 (D) The Lord your God commands you to love him and to serve him with all your heart and soul. If you obey him, 14-15 he will send rain at the right seasons,[e] so you will have more than enough food, wine, and olive oil, and there will be plenty of grass for your cattle.

16 But watch out! You will be tempted to turn your backs on the Lord. And if you worship other gods, 17 the Lord will become angry and keep the rain from falling. Nothing will grow in your fields, and you will die and disappear from the good land that the Lord is giving you.

18 (E) Memorize these laws and think about them. Write down copies and tie them to your wrists and your foreheads to help you obey them. 19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them all the time—whether you're at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning. 20 Write them on the door frames of your homes and on your town gates. 21 Then you and your descendants will live a long time in the land that the Lord promised your ancestors. Your families will live there as long as the sky is above the earth.

22 Love the Lord your God faithfully and obey all the laws and teachings I'm giving you today. If you live the way the Lord wants, 23 he will help you take the land. And even though the nations there are more powerful than you, the Lord will force them to leave when you attack. 24 (F) You will capture the land everywhere you go, from the Southern Desert to the Lebanon Mountains, and from the Euphrates River west to the Mediterranean Sea. 25 No one will be able to stand up to you. The Lord will make everyone terrified of you, just as he promised.

26 You have a choice—do you want the Lord to bless you, or do you want him to put a curse on you? 27 Today I am giving you his laws, and if you obey him, he will bless you. 28 But if you disobey him and worship those gods that have never done anything for you, the Lord will put a curse on you.

29 (G) After the Lord your God helps you take the land, you must have a ceremony where you announce his blessings from Mount Gerizim and his curses from Mount Ebal. 30 You know that these two mountains are west of the Jordan River in land now controlled by the Canaanites living in the Jordan River valley. The mountains are west of the road near the sacred trees of Moreh on the other side of Gilgal.

31 Soon you will cross the Jordan River to conquer the land that the Lord your God is giving you. And when you have settled there, 32 be careful to obey his laws and teachings that I am giving you today.

Only One Place To Worship the Lord

Moses said to Israel:

12 Now I'll tell you the laws and teachings that you have to obey as long as you live. Your ancestors worshiped the Lord, and he is giving you this land. But the nations that live there worship other gods. So after you capture the land, you must completely destroy their places of worship—on mountains and hills or in the shade of large trees. (H) Wherever these nations worship their gods, you must tear down their altars, break their sacred stones, burn the sacred poles[f] used in worshiping the goddess Asherah, and smash their idols to pieces. Destroy these places of worship so completely that no one will remember they were ever there. Don't worship the Lord your God in the way those nations worship their gods.

5-19 (I) Soon you will cross the Jordan, and the Lord will help you conquer your enemies and let you live in peace, there in the land he has given you. But after you are settled, life will be different. You must not offer sacrifices just anywhere you want to. Instead, the Lord will choose a place somewhere in Israel where you must go to worship him. All of your sacrifices and offerings must be taken there, including sacrifices to please the Lord[g] and any gift you promise or voluntarily give him. That's where you must also take one tenth of your grain, wine, and olive oil,[h] as well as the first-born of your cattle, sheep, and goats.[i] You and your family and servants will eat your gifts and sacrifices[j] and celebrate there at the place of worship, because the Lord your God has made you successful in everything you have done. And since Levites will not have any land of their own, you must ask some of them to come along and celebrate with you.

Sometimes you may want to kill an animal for food and not as a sacrifice. If the Lord has blessed you and given you enough cows or sheep or goats, then you can butcher one of them where you live. You can eat it just like the meat from a deer or gazelle that you kill when you go hunting. And even those people who are unclean and unfit for worship can have some of the meat. But you must not eat the blood of any animal—let the blood drain out on the ground.

20-21 The Lord has promised that later on he will give Israel more land, and some of you may not be able to travel all the way from your homes to the place of worship each time you are hungry for meat.[k] But the Lord will give you cattle, sheep, and goats, and you can butcher any of those animals at home and eat as much as you want. 22 It is the same as eating the meat from a deer or a gazelle that you kill when you go hunting. And in this way, anyone who is unclean and unfit for worship can have some of the meat.[l]

23-24 (J) But don't eat the blood. It is the life of the animal, so let it drain out on the ground before you eat the meat. 25 Do you want the Lord to make you successful? Do you want your children to be successful even after you are gone? Then do what pleases the Lord and don't eat blood.

26-27 All sacrifices and offerings to the Lord must be taken to the place where he chooses to be worshiped. If you offer a sacrifice to please the Lord, all of its meat must be burned on the altar. You can eat the meat from certain kinds of sacrifices, but you must always pour out the animal's blood on the altar.

28 If you obey these laws, you will be doing what the Lord your God says is right and good. Then he will help you and your descendants be successful.

Worship the Lord in the Right Way

Moses said:

29 Israel, as you go into the land and attack the nations that are there, the Lord will get rid of them, and you can have their land.

30 But that's when you must be especially careful not to ask, “How did those nations worship their gods? Shouldn't we worship the Lord in the same way?” 31 No, you should not! The Lord hates the disgusting way those nations worship their gods, because they even burn their sons and daughters as sacrifices.

32 (K) Obey all the laws and teachings I am giving you. Don't add any, and don't take any away.


  1. 11.4 Red Sea: Hebrew yam suph, “Sea of Reeds,” one of the marshes or fresh water lakes near the eastern part of the Nile Delta. This identification is based on Exodus 13.7—14.9, which lists towns on the route of the Israelites before crossing the sea. In the Greek translation of the Scriptures made about 200 b.c., the “Sea of Reeds” was named “Red Sea.”
  2. 11.6 Dathan and Abiram: Hebrew “Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab from the Reuben tribe.”
  3. 11.10 where … crops: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  4. 11.10,11 to water your crops … rain from heaven: Egypt was flat and had very little rain. All water for crops had to come from the Nile River.
  5. 11.14,15 rain … seasons: In Palestine, almost all the rain for the year comes during the months from October through April.
  6. 12.3 sacred poles: Or “trees,” used as symbols of Asherah, the goddess of fertility.
  7. 12.5-19 sacrifices to please the Lord: These sacrifices have traditionally been called “whole burnt offerings” because the whole animal was burned on the altar. A main purpose of such sacrifices was to please the Lord with the smell of the sacrifice, and so in the CEV they are often called “sacrifices to please the Lord.”
  8. 12.5-19 one tenth of your grain, wine, and olive oil: The Israelites had to give one tenth of their harvest of these products to the Lord each year (see 14.22-29; 26.12,13; Leviticus 27.30-33).
  9. 12.5-19 the first-born of your cattle, sheep, and goats: The Israelites had to sacrifice these to the Lord (see 15.19-22).
  10. 12.5-19 sacrifices: Some sacrifices were completely burned on the altar; in other sacrifices, part of the animal was burned and part was given to the priests, but most of the meat was eaten by the worshipers as a sacred meal.
  11. 12.20,21 meat: Usually eaten only on special occasions, such as during a sacred meal when sacrifices were offered to the Lord.
  12. 12.22 anyone … the meat: Only those who were properly prepared for worship, or “clean,” could eat a sacred meal, but anyone could eat this kind of meat.
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Luke 8:22-39

A Storm

(Matthew 8.23-27; Mark 4.35-41)

22 One day, Jesus and his disciples got into a boat, and he said, “Let's cross the lake.”[a] They started out, 23 and while they were sailing across, he went to sleep.

Suddenly a storm struck the lake, and the boat started sinking. They were in danger. 24 So they went to Jesus and woke him up, “Master, Master! We are about to drown!”

Jesus got up and ordered the wind and waves to stop. They obeyed, and everything was calm. 25 Then Jesus asked the disciples, “Don't you have any faith?”

But they were frightened and amazed. They said to each other, “Who is this? He can give orders to the wind and the waves, and they obey him!”

A Man with Demons in Him

(Matthew 8.28-34; Mark 5.1-20)

26 Jesus and his disciples sailed across Lake Galilee and came to shore near the town of Gerasa.[b] 27 As Jesus was getting out of the boat, he was met by a man from this town. The man had demons in him. He had gone naked for a long time and no longer lived in a house, but in the graveyard.[c]

28 The man saw Jesus and screamed. He knelt down in front of him and shouted, “Jesus, Son of God Most High, what do you want with me? I beg you not to torture me!” 29 He said this because Jesus had already told the evil spirit to go out of him.

The man had often been attacked by the demon. And even though he had been bound with chains and leg irons and kept under guard, he smashed whatever bound him. Then the demon would force him out into lonely places.

30 Jesus asked the man, “What is your name?”

He answered, “My name is Lots.” He said this because there were “lots” of demons in him. 31 They begged Jesus not to send them to the deep pit,[d] where they would be punished.

32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. So the demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and Jesus let them go. 33 Then the demons left the man and went into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.

34 When the men taking care of the pigs saw this, they ran to spread the news in the town and on the farms. 35 The people went out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they also found the man. The demons had gone out of him, and he was sitting there at the feet of Jesus. He had clothes on and was in his right mind. But the people were terrified.

36 Then all who had seen the man healed told about it. 37 Everyone from around Gerasa[e] begged Jesus to leave, because they were so frightened.

When Jesus got into the boat to start back, 38 the man who had been healed begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him off and said, 39 “Go back home and tell everyone how much God has done for you.” The man then went all over town, telling everything that Jesus had done for him.


  1. 8.22 cross the lake: To the eastern shore of Lake Galilee, where most of the people were not Jewish.
  2. 8.26 Gerasa: Some manuscripts have “Gergesa.”
  3. 8.27 graveyard: It was thought that demons and evil spirits lived in graveyards.
  4. 8.31 deep pit: The place where evil spirits are kept and punished.
  5. 8.37 Gerasa: See the note at 8.26.
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Psalm 70

(By David for the music leader. To be used when an offering is made.)

God Is Wonderful

Save me, Lord God!
Hurry and help.
Disappoint and confuse
all who want to kill me.
Turn away and disgrace
all who want to hurt me.
Embarrass and shame those
who say, “We told you so!”

Let your worshipers celebrate
and be glad because of you.
They love your saving power,
so let them always say,
“God is wonderful!”
I am poor and needy,
but you, the Lord God,
care about me.

You are the one who saves me.
Please hurry and help!

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Proverbs 12:4

A helpful wife is a jewel
for her husband,
but a shameless wife
will make his bones rot.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday March 28, 2023 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 9-10

Why the Lord Will Help Israel

Moses said:

Israel, listen to me! You will soon cross the Jordan River and go into the land to force out the nations that live there. They are more powerful than you are, and the walls around their cities reach to the sky. Some of these nations are descendants of the Anakim.[a] You know how tall and strong they are, and you've heard that no one can defeat them in battle. But the Lord your God has promised to go ahead of you, like a raging fire burning everything in its path. So when you attack your enemies, it will be easy for you to destroy them and take their land.

4-6 After the Lord helps you wipe out these nations and conquer their land, don't think he did it because you are such good people. You aren't good—you are stubborn! No, the Lord is going to help you, because the nations that live there are evil, and because he wants to keep the promise he made to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

When Israel Made an Idol

(Exodus 32)

Moses said to Israel:

Don't ever forget how you kept rebelling and making the Lord angry the whole time you were in the desert. You rebelled from the day you left Egypt until the day you arrived here.

At Mount Sinai[b] you made the Lord so angry that he was going to destroy you. 9-11 (A) It happened during those 40 days and nights that I was on the mountain, without anything to eat or drink. He had told me to come up there so he could give me the agreement he made with us. And this agreement was actually the same Ten Commandments[c] he had announced to you when he spoke from the fire on the mountain. The Lord had written them on two flat stones with his own hand. But after giving me the two stones, 12 he said:

Moses, hurry down the mountain to those people you led out of Egypt. They have already disobeyed me and committed the terrible sin of making an idol.

13 I've been watching the Israelites, and I've seen how stubborn and rebellious they are. 14 So don't try to stop me! I am going to wipe them out, and no one on earth will remember they ever lived. Then I will let your descendants become an even bigger and more powerful nation than Israel.

Moses said:

15 Fire was raging on the mountaintop as I went back down, carrying the two stones with the commandments on them. 16 I saw how quickly you had sinned and disobeyed the Lord your God. There you were, worshiping the metal idol you had made in the shape of a calf. 17 So I threw down the two stones and smashed them before your very eyes.

18-20 I bowed down at the place of worship and prayed to the Lord, without eating or drinking for 40 days and nights. You had committed a terrible sin by making that idol, and the Lord hated what you had done. He was angry enough to destroy all of you and Aaron as well. So I prayed for you and Aaron as I had done before, and this time the Lord answered my prayers.[d]

21 It was a sin for you to make that idol, so I threw it into the fire to melt it down. Then I took the lump of gold, ground it into powder, and threw the powder into the stream flowing down the mountain.

22 (B) You also made the Lord angry when you were staying at Taberah,[e] at Massah,[f] and at Kibroth-Hattaavah.[g] 23 (C) Then at Kadesh-Barnea the Lord said, “I am giving you the land, so go ahead and take it!” But since you didn't trust the Lord, you rebelled and disobeyed his command.[h] 24 In fact, you've rebelled against the Lord for as long as he has[i] known you.

25 After you had made the idol in the shape of a calf, the Lord said he was going to destroy you. So I lay face down in front of the Lord for 40 days and nights 26 and prayed:

Our Lord, please don't wipe out your people. You used your great power to rescue them from Egypt and to make them your very own. 27 Israel's ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob obeyed you faithfully. Think about them, and not about Israel's stubbornness, evil, and sin. 28 If you destroy your people, the Egyptians will say, “The Lord promised to give Israel land, but he wasn't powerful enough to keep his promise. In fact, he hated them so much that he took them into the desert and killed them.” 29 But you, our Lord, chose the people of Israel to be your own, and with your mighty power you rescued them from Egypt.

The Second Set of Commandments

(Exodus 34.1-10)

Moses said to the people:

10 The Lord told me to chisel out two flat stones, just like the ones he had given me earlier. He also commanded me to make a wooden chest, then come up the mountain and meet with him. He told me that he would write on the new stones the same words he had written on the ones I broke, and that I could put these stones in this sacred chest.

So I made a chest out of acacia wood, and I chiseled two flat stones like the ones I broke. Then I carried the stones up the mountain, where the Lord wrote the Ten Commandments on them, just as he had done the first time. The commandments were exactly what he had announced from the fire, when you were gathered at the mountain.

After the Lord returned the stones to me, I took them down the mountainside and put them in the chest, just as he had commanded. And they are still there.

Aaron Died

(Numbers 20.22-29)

Moses said to Israel:

(D) Later we set up camp at the wells belonging to the descendants of Jaakan.[j] Then we moved on and camped at Moserah, where Aaron died and was buried, and his son Eleazar became the priest. Next, we camped at Gudgodah and then at Jotbathah, where there are flowing streams.

The Levites Were Appointed To Carry the Chest

Moses said to Israel:

(E) After I put the two stones in the sacred chest,[k] the Lord chose the tribe of Levi, not only to carry the chest, but also to serve as his priests at the place of worship and to bless the other tribes in his name. And they still do these things. The Lord promised that he would always provide for the tribe of Levi, and that's why he won't give them any land, when he divides it among the other tribes.

The Lord Answered the Prayers of Moses

(Exodus 34.9,10,27-29)

Moses said to Israel:

10 (F) When I had taken the second set of stones up the mountain, I spent 40 days and nights there, just as I had done before. Once again, the Lord answered my prayer and did not destroy you. 11 Instead, he told me, “Moses, get ready to lead the people into the land that I promised their ancestors.”[l]

What the Lord Wants

Moses said:

12 People of Israel, what does the Lord your God want from you? The Lord wants you to respect and follow him, to love and serve him with all your heart and soul, 13 and to obey his laws and teachings that I am giving you today. Do this, and all will go well for you.

14 Everything belongs to the Lord your God, not only the earth and everything on it, but also the sky and the highest heavens. 15 Yet the Lord loved your ancestors and wanted them to belong to him. So he chose them and their descendants rather than any other nation, and today you are still his people.

16 Remember your agreement with the Lord and stop being so stubborn. 17 (G) The Lord your God is more powerful than all other gods and lords, and his tremendous power is to be feared. His decisions are always fair, and you cannot bribe him to change his mind. 18 (H) The Lord defends the rights of orphans and widows. He cares for foreigners and gives them food and clothing. 19 And you should also care for them, because you were foreigners in Egypt.

20 Respect the Lord your God, be faithful, and serve only him, making promises in his name. 21 Offer your praises to him, because you have seen him work such terrifying miracles for you.

22 (I) When your ancestors went to live in Egypt, there were only 70 of them. But the Lord has blessed you, and now there are more of you than there are stars in the sky.


  1. 9.2 Anakim: See the note at 2.10,11.
  2. 9.8 Mount Sinai: See the note at 1.1-5.
  3. 9.9-11 Ten Commandments: Hebrew “commandments.”
  4. 9.18-20 as I had done before … prayers: This may refer to Moses' praying for Israel before he came down from the mountain (see Exodus 32.11-14).
  5. 9.22 Taberah: See Numbers 11.1-3.
  6. 9.22 Massah: See the note at 6.16.
  7. 9.22 Kibroth-Hattaavah: See Numbers 11.31-34.
  8. 9.23 Kadesh-Barnea … you rebelled and disobeyed his command: See Numbers 13; 14.
  9. 9.24 he has: The Samaritan Hebrew Text and one ancient translation; the Standard Hebrew Text “I have.”
  10. 10.6 the wells … Jaakan: Or “Beeroth Bene-Jaakan.”
  11. 10.8 After … chest: Or “After Israel reached Jotbathah.”
  12. 10.11 lead … ancestors: The Lord would later tell Moses that he would not be allowed to enter the land (see 1.37; 3.23-28; Numbers 20.10-12).
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Luke 8:4-21

A Story about a Farmer

(Matthew 13.1-9; Mark 4.1-9)

When a large crowd from several towns had gathered around Jesus, he told them this story:

A farmer went out to scatter seed in a field. While the farmer was doing this, some of the seeds fell along the road and were stepped on or eaten by birds. Other seeds fell on rocky ground and started growing. But the plants did not have enough water and soon dried up. Some other seeds fell where thornbushes grew up and choked the plants. The rest of the seeds fell on good ground where they grew and produced a hundred times as many seeds.

When Jesus had finished speaking, he said, “If you have ears, pay attention!”

Why Jesus Used Stories

(Matthew 13.10-17; Mark 4.10-12)

Jesus' disciples asked him what the story meant. 10 (A) So he answered:

I have explained the secrets about God's kingdom to you. But for others I use stories, so they will look, but not see, and they will hear, but not understand.

Jesus Explains the Story about a Farmer

(Matthew 13.18-23; Mark 4.13-20)

11 This is what the story means: The seed is God's message, 12 and the seeds that fell along the road are the people who hear the message. But the devil comes and snatches the message out of their hearts, so they will not believe and be saved. 13 The seeds that fell on rocky ground are the people who gladly hear the message and accept it. But they don't have deep roots, and they believe only for a little while. As soon as life gets hard, they give up.

14 The seeds that fell among the thornbushes are also people who hear the message. But they are so eager for riches and pleasures that they never produce anything. 15 Those seeds that fell on good ground are the people who listen to the message and keep it in good and honest hearts. They last and produce a harvest.


(Mark 4.21-25)

16 (B) No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl or under a bed. A lamp is always put on a lampstand, so people who come into a house will see the light. 17 (C) There is nothing hidden that will not be found. There is no secret that will not be well known. 18 (D) Pay attention to how you listen! Everyone who has something will be given more, but people who have nothing will lose what little they think they have.

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

(Matthew 12.46-50; Mark 3.31-35)

19 Jesus' mother and brothers went to see him, but because of the crowd they could not get near him. 20 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.”

21 Jesus answered, “My mother and my brothers are those people who hear and obey God's message.”

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Psalm 69:19-36

19 You know how I am insulted,
mocked, and disgraced;
you know every one
of my enemies.
20 I am crushed by insults,
and I feel sick.
I had hoped for mercy and pity,
but there was none.
21 (A) Enemies poisoned my food,
and when I was thirsty,
they gave me vinegar.

22 (B) Make their table a trap
for them and their friends.
23 Blind them with darkness
and make them tremble.
24 Show them how angry you are!
Be furious and catch them.
25 (C) Destroy their camp
and don't let anyone live
in their tents.

26 They cause trouble for people
you have already punished;
their gossip hurts those
you have wounded.
27 Make them guiltier than ever
and don't forgive them.
28 (D) Wipe their names from the book
of the living;
remove them from the list
of the innocent.
29 I am mistreated and in pain.
Protect me, God,
and keep me safe!

30 I will praise the Lord God
with a song
and a thankful heart.
31 This will please the Lord
better than offering an ox
or a full-grown bull.
32 When those in need see this,
they will be happy,
and the Lord's worshipers
will be encouraged.
33 The Lord will listen
when the homeless cry out,
and he will never forget
his people in prison.

34 Heaven and earth
will praise our God,
and so will the oceans
and everything in them.
35 God will rescue Jerusalem,
and he will rebuild
the towns of Judah.
His people will live there
on their own land,
36 and when the time comes,
their children will inherit
the land.
Then everyone who loves God
will also settle there.

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Proverbs 12:2-3

The Lord likes everyone
who lives right,
but he punishes everyone
who makes evil plans.
Sin cannot offer security!
But if you live right,
you will be as secure
as a tree with deep roots.

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03/28/2023 DAB Transcript

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22, Luke 8:4-21, Psalms 69:19-36, Proverbs 12:2-3

Today is the 28th day of March welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian and it’s great to be here with you today as we move forward, kind of making our last push in these last few days of this third month of the year. I guess we’ll be moving into a new month before this week is out. But that is a few days in front of us. It is so nice to be here right now today around the Global Campfire together with you as we take the next step forward. And that next step leads us back into the book of Deuteronomy, the last book of the Torah, the last discourses of Moses to the children of Israel before he becomes a part of history, and we move forward with new leaders. And, so, let’s go back out with the children of Israel and a mighty throng as Moses says all the things that he needs to say. Today Deuteronomy chapters 9 and 10.


Okay. So, as we pass through the book of Deuteronomy in these final discourses of Moses there’s a bunch of review involved. And if we just stop and think about it we’ve been learning about the rules, like the establishment of this people, and the law and the rules and the statutes and the holidays, we’ve been learning about is stuff for a long time and there’s a lot to it. A lot to keep in mind. In fact, it’s forming a culture and so it becomes the way of the culture so that it’s just embedded into the tapestry of the culture. If we had to remember all this stuff it would take a good amount of effort to be sure and that can lead us to just wonder what are…so…what are the rules now, then? So, we have this Mosaic law, but we’re told that we don’t have to obey the Mosaic law. We’re told us this in the New Testament, that we’re at least free from the curse of the law. And then Jesus gives commandments in the New Testament and so what are we…like how does this work? How would you know? What are the rules? Like how can you know thank you moving in the right direction? Because there’s so much to remember. But in our reading from Deuteronomy today Moses consolidated it down into a way that we can all understand. And he said, “so now Israel, what is the Lord your God asking of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes that I’m commanding you today for your own good.” And it’s that “for your own good part” we need to pay attention to. We have read a lot of rules and rituals and customs and observances. We’ve read the whole law, and we’ve been told many many times to not forget. And, so, once again we have to step back and ask ourselves because it feels a lot of times when we get into a religious system that there are all kinds of rules and regulations and a lot of things to remember and a lot of situations and situational things to remember and it can seem like a lot, but if you start peeling it back, peeling back the layers watching how this story unfolded, what we realize is that God gave the law as a framework from which the people could live in safety and in blessing before God. These were the outer boundaries. This was God laying down an awareness for people that there are limits to what you can do before you start to destroy yourself. And if you step beyond these boundaries you are headed in that direction. God didn’t free his children from Egyptian slavery simply to re-enslave them because He’s a complete control freak. He didn’t do that because He’s not interested in creating this game or this set of rules to dominate over people and enslave people that He had just set free. What God is interested in is a relationship with us and He told the ancient ones that He wanted a relationship with them and He told them you must be holy because I am holy. This is how we relate to one another, which helps us when we’re considering the rules in the Old Testament or the commands in the New Testament. If we think about this through the lens of relationship, we realize that every relationship we have is governed by rules. Let’s just look at our marriages. We may not think of them as rules, but there are things that if we step outside the boundary of what we have agreed to, that that is going to destroy our marriage, destroy our family, and ultimately destroy us. We know that. And I guess we could live our lives in fear of that each and every day or we could realize I love my wife, I love my husband, it is that love that makes me aware of the boundaries that I will not step beyond. Spiritually, the way that Moses is laying this out is the same. If we love the Lord with all of our heart, and all our strength, and all of our mind then we become unwilling to betray that love. God has certainly demonstrated in vivid clarity that He is unwilling to betray His love for us and that He is unwilling to surrender us even when we are the betrayer. The rules aren’t to make our lives boring. The rules haven’t been given to put us in a cage. We have simply been given the parameters that will lead us into life and an awareness that outside those parameters is destruction and we have been given the opportunity to choose life.


Father, we thank You for that. And when we try to make it a list of things that we gotta tic off every day, things that we have to do, well then we have some kind of transactional thing going on, that if we do this then You have to do that. And love doesn’t work like that. You have loved us and have withheld nothing from us. It’s crazy for us to think that You’re trying to cage us or put us in a box or keep us from doing fun things when You have withheld nothing from us, including the breath of life, including Jesus Your Son. You have come for us and are inviting us to live inside of a relationship, and there are things that we should and things that we should not do in a relationship, and we are learning. And as we become more and more in love with You, Your desires and Your will become more and more apparent to us because we know You and You know us, otherwise known as a relationship. And, so, come Holy Spirit and lead us deeper into this relationship this very day and every day we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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3/27/2023 DAB Transcript

Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20, Luke 7:36-8:3, Psalm 69:1-18, Proverbs 12:1

Today is the 27th day of March, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian, it is wonderful to be here with you today as we do what we do, come around the Global Campfire, find our place and take the next step forward together. And our next step is leading us back into the Book of Deuteronomy, we are working our way through Deuteronomy, the last things that Moses has to say to the children of Israel before he, be…before he becomes a part of history, and a new leader leads the children of Israel forward. And so, let’s go back and pick up where we left off. Deuteronomy chapters 7 and 8 today.


Okay so, in the Book of Deuteronomy Moses, is of course, giving his final discourses to the children of Israel before, well before we move on without Moses into what comes next. So, Moses is leaving nothing unsaid, he’s doing a lot of review. He’s talking to an emerging generation that is about to come under new leadership and cross the Jordan into the Promised Land. He’s making sure everyone’s on the same page, at least as far as his leadership is concerned, nothing has been left unsaid. And so, as he’s describing today, their posture as they go into this Promised Land and displace people that the Lord has deemed, that what they’re doing is beyond evil, Moses then gives them counsel for what happens after that and it leads us to a place where, where we need to consider what happens when the struggle we are facing right now ends. What happens when we get what we wanted? What happens when the struggle is over? So, let me just quote a few sentences from Deuteronomy today, because Moses is describing for them what happens next when they get all that they were wanting and all that they were seeking, and the struggle is over. So, Moses tells them that you will eat, and you will be filled, and you will praise the Lord your God for the good land that He is given you. Be very careful so that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and ordinances and His statutes that I am commanding you today. When you eat and are satisfied you build nice houses and move into them your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold increase, and everything that you have prospers, and let’s just stop there for a second. I mean, isn’t that basically the general goal, right. Eat and be satisfied, build a nice house, move into it, have plenty of stuff, herds and flocks, have plenty of increasing assets. Your silver and your gold, your money increases and everything that you have prospers. Like, if we just had to write it down isn’t that sort of like the unspoken goal that we are all in some sort of way, because our culture is pulling us in this way trying to achieve. This was going on thousands of years ago, so let’s just get that out of the way. This was going on thousands of years ago, so this is part of the human story and Moses says when that happens, watch out so that your heart does not become arrogant and forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt where you were slaves. Do not forget the Lord who led you in the great and terrifying wilderness where there were venomous snakes and scorpions, where the thirsty ground had no water, but the Lord made water come out of a flint rock for you. Do not forget the Lord who in the wilderness fed you mana, which your father’s had not known before, to humble you and to test you so that it would be good for you later on. You might say in your heart, my ability and the power of my hand of earned this wealth for me. But then you are to remember that the Lord your God is the one who gives you the ability to produce wealth, to confirm his covenant, that He promised to your fathers with an oath as He does to this day. So, what is the point here? What is Moses trying to tell them and what is the Bible trying to tell us? Certainly, when we find ourselves in the wilderness portion of our story. Certainly, when we are facing obstacle. Certainly, when we are having to endure. It is those times, that we find ourselves walking intimately, deeply, trusting in God to show us the way that we should go. And then, so often, when He does, and we have navigated through this season and He has shown us the way that we should go, and has led us to the place where we experience the relief of not having to face the struggle anymore. Then it’s so easy for us to just move on our own way. It’s like God is the God of the difficulty. God is the God of the hard times. God is the God of the wilderness but when everything else is going right, God is the God of nothing. We need him when we’re in trouble. And this is what’s being shown here thousands of years ago, this has been going on all along. Moses is saying, when everything is going good, that’s the time you find yourself endangered and there is something very important that you have to do in those times. Do not forget the Lord. He repeats that over and over. Do not forget the Lord who led you in the great and terrifying wilderness. Do not forget the Lord, who in the wilderness fed you mana. Do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commands and ordinances. Watch out so that your heart does not become arrogant and forget the Lord your God who brought you out of slavery. You might say in your heart that your ability and power of your hand have earned the wealth for you, but then you are to remember, do not forget, remember that the Lord your God is the one who gives you the ability to produce wealth. This is actually one of the greatest, most impactful, most important lessons for life that we can receive from the Scriptures. Do not for the Lord your God. Do not forget what He has brought you through. Do not forget how you got here, if you do, and I might as well read that from Deuteronomy to, if you ever do forget the Lord your God and you follow other gods and if you serve them and bow down to them, Moses says, I testify against you today that you will certainly perish. I’m pretty sure that a good majority of us within the sound of my voice today, know that’s true. When we forget the Lord our God, it is only bad news. The children of Israel are about to leave the wilderness. We have been in the wilderness with them for a long time. They’re about to leave the wilderness and this is the warning or the council that they are being given as they moved into the next season. And the council is, do not forget the Lord. Do not forget how you got here. Remember, which is, which is a theme that is throughout the Scriptures, not forgetting, remembering. And so, we talk about this, we talk about this in terms of like what would a modern version of this be? It would be to write it down or in some way document what God is doing in your life on a regular basis, so that when the fog comes in and we start thinking that it’s our own ingenuity, that it’s our own power that…that we are our own God. That we can turn back to the pages of our lives and remember. Not so much. I’m not my own God. I have navigated my cells, myself into terrible wilderness seasons and it was God. It was God who did delivered me. It was God who got me out. It was God who has brought me into this place. I must not forget. Cause it’s easy to remember when you’re struggling. It’s much, much more difficult to navigate when things are going your way. So, the children of Israel are being counseled now. Hey, you have to cross the Jordan, there is a lot of activity in front of you, but when that is over you will be prosperous and at peace, and that is a very pivotal moment for you. Because you could start down a new path where you make yourself your own sovereign. And you simply start the circle over again. Or you could remember how you got here and go somewhere new, where God is making all things new. Let’s remember this, as we continue to navigate forward into this new year that we’re well underway, by this point. But this year, the rest of this year, the rest of the story of this year and may we take to heart what remembering looks like and maybe insert some kind of practice into our lives, whether that be journaling. And we have all the stuff for journaling in the Daily Audio Bible Shop, because we do, we do this, we believe this. To not forget what God is doing in the here and now. But it can be anything, any kind of practice, anything that will make you remember, what does that look like for you. Let’s give that some thought today.


And Holy Spirit, we invite You into that and we confess we…we understand the truth that’s being spoken today. We understand that in our most difficult times we are clinging to you for dear life. And then when things seem like they’re all going our way, that’s when we slip and slide and wander and navigate ourselves back into hardship again. What would it look like if we didn’t do that? What would it look like if we went somewhere new with you? Not forgetting how we’ve gotten here. Come, Holy Spirit, give us vision for what life would look like and help us to walk straight in that direction, we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Hello DAB Family, this is my first time calling. Call me Lost and In Search of Hope. I’m just calling about financial burdens on our life, both business and personal. I pray that God would lead a way. That He would help us to find the answer and illuminate the path that we are to follow. That He would grant wisdom so that, we can stop making the same mistakes. And be able to grow and be successful and bring honor to His name in these successes. This is my first time calling in and I’m a little nervous, but I know that when many gather, they, He will listen. So, here I am. Thank you DAB Family.

Morning, this is Early Riser on my way to work. I’m about a week behind on the podcast. Sparky yesterday encouraged people to call in so I’ll just make a request for my son. He’s in college, he’s an athlete and he last year at this time, got injured and eventually recovered and then, probably about a couple weeks ago really did well, went to the National, National Tournament. Really did well and he did amazing. Well, last night I got a text that he injured his other ankle. And so, it’s just discouraging when you have an injury and you’re 21 and you’re invincible and you’re, he’s also not arrogant. He’s, he’s a good kid. And he still has plenty of the season left, he’s a track athlete and still has plenty of the season left and has to sit for two weeks. And was invited to a couple big invitationals and now he’s just discouraged. So, if you could just say a prayer for him. I call him my Man Cub, if you could just pray for the Man Cub. And then pray for me, his family, as we just be the hands and feet of Jesus to him and bring comfort.

Good evening, Prayer Warriors, DAB all over this world. Thank you, Brian, for the opportunity for us to pray for one another, to share your wisdom, encouragement and to lift up praises before prayers answered. This is Libby in Texas. I’m calling to ask for prayer for my son-in-law. He is 58 years old; my daughter is 55, my grandson is 15 months old. He needs a liver transplant and they have found one to transplant but he has refused it and now he is refusing all medications. He’s not eating or drinking anything, and he just wants to go to Hospice. I just you to offer up prayers for him. I don’t know that he believes in Christ. I know my daughter does. She’s a prayer warrior. So, please pray for Mark Bernstein, my daughter Katie Bernstein, my 15-month-old Duncan Graham Bernstein. God’s will be done. But I just know the Lord works miracles, I also pray for His will. Not mine or anyone else’s. It’s in His hands. Thank you for praying for my family. And I pray for all of you. I hear your voices. I don’t call in often. I hear your prayers. And I lift them up every day to our Lord Jesus Christ. So, thank you for being a part of this community, for sharing and…

Good morning, DAB Family. I’ve been enjoying listening to this podcast at work. But I thought I would call in and ask for some prayer for myself. I’m currently looking for another jobs, one that will provide more money for me. So far, things have been mostly okay, God has been providing more and more and I have been enjoying my job more and more. But I pray for something that I would truly enjoy, not just something to scrap by with. I pray for encouragement, and I pray I would be able to make some more friends.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday March 27, 2023 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 7-8

A Chosen People

“When the (A)Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, (B)the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations (C)more numerous and mightier than you, (D)and when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must (E)devote them to complete destruction.[a] (F)You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them. (G)You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. (H)Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you (I)quickly. But thus shall you deal with them: (J)you shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their (K)pillars and chop down their (L)Asherim and (M)burn their carved images with fire.

“For (N)you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be (O)a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but (P)it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping (Q)the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, (R)the faithful God (S)who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, 10 and (T)repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. (U)He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face. 11 (V)You shall therefore be careful to do the commandment and the statutes and the rules that I command you today.

12 (W)“And because you listen to these rules and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you (X)the covenant and the steadfast love that he swore to your fathers. 13 He will (Y)love you, bless you, and multiply you. (Z)He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock, in the land that he swore to your fathers to give you. 14 You shall be blessed above all peoples. (AA)There shall not be male or female barren among you or among your livestock. 15 And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil (AB)diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you. 16 And (AC)you shall consume all the peoples that the Lord your God will give over to you. (AD)Your eye shall not pity them, neither shall you serve their gods, for that would be (AE)a snare to you.

17 “If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?’ 18 (AF)you shall not be afraid of them but you shall (AG)remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, 19 the great trials that your eyes saw, (AH)the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out. So will the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. 20 Moreover, (AI)the Lord your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed. 21 You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is (AJ)in your midst, (AK)a great and awesome God. 22 (AL)The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once,[b] lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you. 23 (AM)But the Lord your God will give them over to you and throw them into great confusion, until they are destroyed. 24 And (AN)he will give their kings into your hand, and you shall (AO)make their name perish from under heaven. (AP)No one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them. 25 The carved images of their gods (AQ)you shall burn with fire. You (AR)shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be (AS)ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. 26 And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction[c] like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, (AT)for it is devoted to destruction.

Remember the Lord Your God

“The whole commandment that I command you today (AU)you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you (AV)these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, (AW)testing you (AX)to know what was in your heart, (AY)whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and (AZ)let you hunger and (BA)fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that (BB)man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word[d] that comes from the mouth of the Lord. (BC)Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, (BD)as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, (BE)a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, (BF)of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

11 “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 (BG)lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 (BH)then your heart be lifted up, and you (BI)forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15 who (BJ)led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, (BK)with its fiery serpents and scorpions (BL)and thirsty ground where there was no water, (BM)who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16 who fed you in the wilderness with (BN)manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, (BO)to do you good in the end. 17 Beware (BP)lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for (BQ)it is he who gives you power to get wealth, (BR)that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 And if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, (BS)I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. 20 Like the nations that the Lord makes to perish before you, (BT)so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God.


  1. Deuteronomy 7:2 That is, set apart (devote) as an offering to the Lord (for destruction)
  2. Deuteronomy 7:22 Or quickly
  3. Deuteronomy 7:26 That is, set apart (devoted) as an offering to the Lord (for destruction); twice in this verse
  4. Deuteronomy 8:3 Hebrew by all

Cross references:

  1. Deuteronomy 7:1 : ch. 31:3; Ps. 44:2, 3
  2. Deuteronomy 7:1 : See Ex. 23:23
  3. Deuteronomy 7:1 : ch. 4:38; 9:1; 11:23
  4. Deuteronomy 7:2 : ver. 23; ch. 23:14
  5. Deuteronomy 7:2 : ch. 20:17; Ex. 22:20; Lev. 27:29; Num. 21:2, 3
  6. Deuteronomy 7:2 : Ex. 23:32; 34:12; Judg. 2:2; [ch. 20:10; Josh. 2:14; 9:18; Judg. 1:24]
  7. Deuteronomy 7:3 : Ex. 34:16; Josh. 23:12, 13; 1 Kgs. 11:2; [Ezra 9:2]
  8. Deuteronomy 7:4 : ch. 6:15
  9. Deuteronomy 7:4 : [ch. 4:26; 28:20]
  10. Deuteronomy 7:5 : See Ex. 34:13
  11. Deuteronomy 7:5 : See Ex. 34:13
  12. Deuteronomy 7:5 : See Ex. 34:13
  13. Deuteronomy 7:5 : ver. 25
  14. Deuteronomy 7:6 : ch. 14:2; 26:19; 28:9; Ex. 19:6; 22:31; Jer. 2:3; Amos 3:2; 1 Pet. 2:9; See Ex. 19:5
  15. Deuteronomy 7:6 : ch. 14:2; 26:19; 28:9; Ex. 19:6; 22:31; Jer. 2:3; Amos 3:2; 1 Pet. 2:9; See Ex. 19:5
  16. Deuteronomy 7:8 : ch. 10:15; Isa. 43:4; 63:9; Jer. 31:3; Hos. 11:1; Mal. 1:2
  17. Deuteronomy 7:8 : Ex. 32:13; Ps. 105:9-11; Luke 1:72, 73
  18. Deuteronomy 7:9 : Isa. 49:7; 1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; 2 Cor. 1:18; 1 Thess. 5:24; 2 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 2:13; Heb. 10:23; 1 John 1:9
  19. Deuteronomy 7:9 : ch. 5:10; Ex. 20:6; 2 Chr. 6:14; Neh. 1:5; 9:32; Dan. 9:4
  20. Deuteronomy 7:10 : Job 34:11; Isa. 59:18; Nah. 1:2, 3
  21. Deuteronomy 7:10 : [2 Pet. 3:9]
  22. Deuteronomy 7:11 : ch. 10:13
  23. Deuteronomy 7:12 : For ver. 12-16, see ch. 28:1-14; Lev. 26:3-13
  24. Deuteronomy 7:12 : Ps. 105:8; Luke 1:55, 72
  25. Deuteronomy 7:13 : [John 14:21]
  26. Deuteronomy 7:13 : ch. 30:9
  27. Deuteronomy 7:14 : Ex. 23:26
  28. Deuteronomy 7:15 : ch. 28:27, 60; Ex. 9:14; 15:26
  29. Deuteronomy 7:16 : ver. 2
  30. Deuteronomy 7:16 : ch. 13:8; 19:13, 21; 25:12
  31. Deuteronomy 7:16 : ver. 25; ch. 12:30; Judg. 8:27; See Ex. 23:33
  32. Deuteronomy 7:18 : ch. 1:29; 31:6
  33. Deuteronomy 7:18 : Ps. 77:11; 105:5
  34. Deuteronomy 7:19 : ch. 6:22; 11:3
  35. Deuteronomy 7:20 : Ex. 23:28; Josh. 24:12
  36. Deuteronomy 7:21 : ch. 6:15; Num. 11:20; 14:14; Josh. 3:10
  37. Deuteronomy 7:21 : ch. 10:17; Neh. 1:5; 4:14; 9:32; [ch. 28:58]
  38. Deuteronomy 7:22 : Ex. 23:29, 30
  39. Deuteronomy 7:23 : ver. 2
  40. Deuteronomy 7:24 : Josh. 10:24, 42; 11:12; See Josh. 12:1
  41. Deuteronomy 7:24 : See ch. 9:14
  42. Deuteronomy 7:24 : ch. 11:25; Josh. 1:5; 10:8; 23:9
  43. Deuteronomy 7:25 : ver. 5; ch. 12:3; [Ex. 32:20; 1 Chr. 14:12]
  44. Deuteronomy 7:25 : [Josh. 7:1, 21]
  45. Deuteronomy 7:25 : See ver. 16
  46. Deuteronomy 7:26 : ch. 13:17; Lev. 27:28; Josh. 6:17, 18; 7:1; [Mic. 4:13]
  47. Deuteronomy 8:1 : ch. 4:1; 5:32, 33; 6:1-3
  48. Deuteronomy 8:2 : ch. 1:3; 2:7; 29:5; Amos 2:10
  49. Deuteronomy 8:2 : ver. 16; Ex. 15:25
  50. Deuteronomy 8:2 : [2 Chr. 32:31]
  51. Deuteronomy 8:2 : [Ex. 16:4; Judg. 3:4]
  52. Deuteronomy 8:3 : Ex. 16:2, 3
  53. Deuteronomy 8:3 : Ex. 16:12, 14, 15, 35; [Num. 11:6-9; 21:5]
  54. Deuteronomy 8:3 : Cited Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:4; [John 6:49-51]
  55. Deuteronomy 8:4 : ch. 29:5; Neh. 9:21
  56. Deuteronomy 8:5 : Prov. 3:12; Heb. 12:5, 6; [2 Sam. 7:14; Prov. 29:17; Hos. 10:10; Rev. 3:19]
  57. Deuteronomy 8:7 : ch. 11:10-12
  58. Deuteronomy 8:8 : [Num. 20:5]
  59. Deuteronomy 8:12 : ch. 6:11, 12; 28:47; 32:15; Prov. 30:9; Hos. 13:6
  60. Deuteronomy 8:14 : [1 Cor. 4:7]
  61. Deuteronomy 8:14 : Ps. 78:11; 106:21
  62. Deuteronomy 8:15 : See ch. 1:19
  63. Deuteronomy 8:15 : Num. 21:6; Isa. 30:6
  64. Deuteronomy 8:15 : Hos. 13:5
  65. Deuteronomy 8:15 : Ex. 17:6; Num. 20:11; Ps. 78:15; 114:8; [ch. 32:13]
  66. Deuteronomy 8:16 : ver. 3; Ex. 16:15
  67. Deuteronomy 8:16 : [Jer. 24:5-7; Heb. 12:11]
  68. Deuteronomy 8:17 : [ch. 9:4]
  69. Deuteronomy 8:18 : [Prov. 10:22; Hos. 2:8]
  70. Deuteronomy 8:18 : ch. 7:8, 12
  71. Deuteronomy 8:19 : [ch. 4:26; 30:18]
  72. Deuteronomy 8:20 : [Dan. 9:11, 12]
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Luke 7:36-8:3

A Sinful Woman Forgiven

36 (A)One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at table. 37 (B)And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and (C)wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If (D)this man were (E)a prophet, he (F)would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred (G)denarii, and the other fifty. 42 (H)When they could not pay, he (I)cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; (J)you gave me no water for my feet, but (K)she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 (L)You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to (M)kiss my feet. 46 (N)You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, (O)which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, (P)“Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among[a] themselves, (Q)“Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, (R)“Your faith has saved you; (S)go in peace.”

Women Accompanying Jesus

Soon afterward he went on (T)through cities and villages, proclaiming and (U)bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also (V)some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: (W)Mary, called Magdalene, (X)from whom seven demons had gone out, and (Y)Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them[b] out of their means.


  1. Luke 7:49 Or to
  2. Luke 8:3 Some manuscripts him
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Psalm 69:1-18

Save Me, O God

To the choirmaster: according to (A)Lilies. Of David.

69 Save me, O God!
For (B)the waters have come up to my neck.[a]
I sink in deep (C)mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood (D)sweeps over me.
(E)I am weary with my crying out;
(F)my throat is parched.
(G)My eyes grow dim
with (H)waiting for my God.

(I)More in number than the hairs of my head
are (J)those who hate me (K)without cause;
mighty are those who would destroy me,
(L)those who attack me with lies.
What I did not steal
must I now restore?
O God, you know my folly;
the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

Let not those who hope in you (M)be put to shame through me,
O Lord God of hosts;
let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,
O God of Israel.
For it is (N)for your sake that I have borne reproach,
that dishonor has covered my face.
I have become (O)a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my mother's sons.

For (P)zeal for your house has consumed me,
and (Q)the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
10 When I wept and humbled[b] my soul with fasting,
it became my reproach.
11 When I made (R)sackcloth my clothing,
I became (S)a byword to them.
12 I am the talk of those who (T)sit in the gate,
and the drunkards make (U)songs about me.

13 But as for me, my (V)prayer is to you, O Lord.
At (W)an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
14 Deliver me
from sinking in (X)the mire;
(Y)let me be delivered from my enemies
and from (Z)the deep waters.
15 Let not the flood sweep over me,
or the deep swallow me up,
or (AA)the pit close (AB)its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, O Lord, for your (AC)steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant (AD)mercy, (AE)turn to me.
17 (AF)Hide not your face from your servant,
(AG)for I am in distress; (AH)make haste to answer me.
18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me;
ransom me because of my enemies!


  1. Psalm 69:1 Or waters threaten my life
  2. Psalm 69:10 Hebrew lacks and humbled
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Proverbs 12:1

12 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who (A)hates reproof is (B)stupid.

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03/26/2023 DAB Transcript

Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25, Luke 7:11-35, Psalms 68:19-35, Proverbs 11:29-31

Today is the 26th day of March welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we greet a brand-new shiny sparkly week out in front of us. Excited to step into it together as we continue to navigate forward. And this is the last week of the month. So, before this week is out, we will be transitioning into a brand-new month, but that’s before this week is out and not today. So, let’s step into this new week together. We will read from the Evangelical Heritage Version this week and we’ll pick up the story in the book of Deuteronomy. Today chapters 5 and 6.


Father, we thank You for this brand-new shiny sparkly week out in front of us, a week that transitions us into a new month and we…we begin to transition into a new season, and we move toward the grand celebration of Your resurrection. All of these things out in front of us, and we look forward to that. And, so, as we walk through this week, we ask Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide us and awaken us to new life, we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

Community Prayer and Praise:

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