The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday April 23, 2024 (NIV)

Judges 1:1-2:9

Judah’s Leadership against the Canaanites

After the death of Joshua,(A) the Israelites inquired of the Lord,(B) “Who will be the first to fight for us against the Canaanites?”

The Lord answered, “Judah(C) is to go.(D) I have handed the land over to him.”(E)

Judah said to his brother Simeon, “Come with me to my allotted territory, and let’s fight against the Canaanites. I will also go with you to your allotted territory.” So Simeon went with him.

When Judah attacked, the Lord handed the Canaanites and Perizzites(F) over to them. They struck down ten thousand men in Bezek.(G) They found Adoni-bezek in Bezek, fought against him, and struck down the Canaanites and Perizzites.

When Adoni-bezek fled, they pursued him, caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes.(H) Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off used to pick up scraps[a] under my table. God has repaid me for what I have done.” They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

The men of Judah fought against Jerusalem, captured it, put it to the sword, and set the city on fire. Afterward, the men of Judah marched down to fight against the Canaanites who were living in the hill country, the Negev, and the Judean foothills.[b] 10 Judah also marched against the Canaanites who were living in Hebron(I) (Hebron was formerly named Kiriath-arba(J)). They struck down Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai.(K) 11 From there they marched against the residents of Debir(L) (Debir was formerly named Kiriath-sepher).

12 Caleb(M) said, “Whoever attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher, I will give my daughter Achsah(N) to him as a wife.” 13 So Othniel(O) son of Kenaz, Caleb’s youngest brother, captured it, and Caleb gave his daughter Achsah to him as his wife.

14 When she arrived, she persuaded Othniel to ask her father for a field. As she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What do you want?” 15 She answered him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me land in the Negev,(P) give me springs also.” So Caleb gave her both the upper and lower springs.(Q)

16 The descendants of the Kenite, Moses’s father-in-law,(R) had gone up with the men of Judah from the City of Palms[c](S) to the Wilderness of Judah, which was in the Negev of Arad.(T) They went to live among the people.

17 Judah went with his brother Simeon, struck the Canaanites who were living in Zephath, and completely destroyed the town. So they named the town Hormah.(U) 18 Judah captured Gaza and its territory, Ashkelon and its territory, and Ekron and its territory. 19 The Lord was with(V) Judah and enabled them to take possession of the hill country, but they could not drive out(W) the people who were living in the plain because those people had iron chariots.(X)

20 Judah gave Hebron to Caleb, just as Moses had promised.(Y) Then Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak(Z) who lived there.

Benjamin’s Failure

21 At the same time the Benjaminites did not drive out the Jebusites who were living in Jerusalem. The Jebusites have lived among the Benjaminites in Jerusalem to this day.(AA)

Success of the House of Joseph

22 The house of Joseph also attacked Bethel, and the Lord was with(AB) them. 23 They sent spies to Bethel (the town was formerly named Luz(AC)). 24 The spies saw a man coming out of the town and said to him, “Please show us how to get into town, and we will show you kindness.”(AD) 25 When he showed them the way into the town, they put the town to the sword but released the man and his entire family. 26 Then the man went to the land of the Hittites, built a town, and named it Luz. That is its name still today.

Failure of the Other Tribes

27 At that time Manasseh failed to take possession of Beth-shean(AE) and Taanach(AF) and their surrounding villages, or the residents of Dor,(AG) Ibleam,(AH) and Megiddo(AI) and their surrounding villages; the Canaanites were determined to stay in this land.(AJ) 28 When Israel became stronger, they made the Canaanites serve as forced labor but never drove them out completely.(AK)

29 At that time Ephraim failed to drive out the Canaanites who were living in Gezer, so the Canaanites have lived among them in Gezer.(AL)

30 Zebulun failed to drive out the residents of Kitron or the residents of Nahalol,(AM) so the Canaanites lived among them and served as forced labor.

31 Asher failed to drive out the residents of Acco or of Sidon, or Ahlab, Achzib, Helbah, Aphik, or Rehob. 32 The Asherites lived among the Canaanites who were living in the land, because they failed to drive them out.

33 Naphtali did not drive out the residents of Beth-shemesh or the residents of Beth-anath. They lived among the Canaanites who were living in the land, but the residents of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath served as their forced labor.

34 The Amorites(AN) forced the Danites into the hill country and did not allow them to go down into the valley. 35 The Amorites were determined to stay in Har-heres, Aijalon,(AO) and Shaalbim. When the house of Joseph got the upper hand, the Amorites were made to serve as forced labor. 36 The territory of the Amorites extended from the Scorpions’ Ascent,(AP) that is from Sela(AQ) upward.

Pattern of Sin and Judgment

The angel of the Lord(AR) went up from Gilgal to Bochim and said, “I brought you out of Egypt and led you into the land(AS) I had promised to your ancestors.(AT) I also said: I will never break my covenant with you. You are not to make a covenant(AU) with the inhabitants of this land. You are to tear down their altars.(AV) But you have not obeyed me. What have you done? Therefore, I now say: I will not drive out these people before you.(AW) They will be thorns[d] in your sides,(AX) and their gods will be a trap for you.”(AY) When the angel of the Lord had spoken these words to all the Israelites, the people wept loudly. So they named that place Bochim[e] and offered sacrifices there to the Lord.

Joshua’s Death

Previously, when Joshua had sent the people away, the Israelites had gone to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance.(AZ) The people worshiped the Lord throughout Joshua’s lifetime and during the lifetimes of the elders who outlived Joshua. They had seen all the Lord’s great works(BA) he had done for Israel.

Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110. They buried him in the territory of his inheritance, in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim,(BB) north of Mount Gaash.


  1. 1:7 Lit toes cut off are gathering
  2. 1:9 Or the Shephelah
  3. 1:16 = Jericho; Dt 34:3; Jdg 3:13; 2Ch 28:15
  4. 2:3 Lit traps
  5. 2:5 Or Weeping

Cross references:

  1. 1:1 : Jos 1:1; 24:29–31
  2. 1:1 : Jdg 20:23,27; 1Sm 10:22; 23:2,4; 28:6
  3. 1:2 : Gn 29:35; 49:8–12
  4. 1:1–2 : Jdg 20:18
  5. 1:2 : Gn 35:12; Ex 6:8
  6. 1:4 : Gn 13:7; Dt 7:1; Jos 3:10; Ezr 9:1
  7. 1:4 : 1Sm 11:8
  8. 1:6 : 2Sm 4:12
  9. 1:10 : Gn 13:18; 23:2
  10. 1:10 : Gn 23:2; 35:27; Jos 14:15
  11. 1:10 : Nm 13:22; Jos 15:13–14
  12. 1:11 : Jos 10:38–39; 11:21; 15:7; 21:15; 1Ch 6:58
  13. 1:12 : Nm 13:6,13; 14:6,24,30,38; 26:65; 32:12
  14. 1:12 : 1Ch 2:49
  15. 1:13 : Jdg 3:9,11; 1Ch 4:13
  16. 1:15 : Gn 12:9; 13:1,3; Nm 13:17,22,29; 2Sm 24:7; Ps 126:4
  17. 1:11–15 : Jos 15:15–19
  18. 1:16 : Ex 2:18; 3:1; 4:18; 18:1–12; Nm 10:29
  19. 1:16 : Dt 34:3; Jdg 3:13; 2Ch 28:15
  20. 1:16 : Nm 21:1; 33:40; Jos 12:14
  21. 1:17 : Nm 21:3; Dt 1:44
  22. 1:19 : Gn 39:2,21; Jos 6:27; Jdg 2:18; 1Sm 18:12
  23. 1:19 : Jos 15:63
  24. 1:19 : Jos 17:16,18; Jdg 4:3,13
  25. 1:20 : Dt 1:36; Jos 14:9
  26. 1:20 : Nm 13:22
  27. 1:21 : Jos 15:63
  28. 1:22 : Gn 39:2,21; Jos 6:27; Jdg 2:18; 1Sm 18:12
  29. 1:23 : Gn 28:19; 35:6; 48:3
  30. 1:24 : Jos 2:12,14; 2Sm 9:1,3,7
  31. 1:27 : Jos 17:11,16; 1Sm 31:10,12; 2Sm 21:12
  32. 1:27 : Jos 21:25; Jdg 5:19
  33. 1:27 : Jos 11:2; 12:23; 17:11; 1Kg 4:11
  34. 1:27 : Jos 17:11; 2Kg 9:27
  35. 1:27 : Jdg 5:19; 1Kg 9:15; 2Kg 23:29–30
  36. 1:27 : Jdg 1:35; Hs 5:11
  37. 1:27–28 : Jos 17:12–13
  38. 1:29 : Jos 16:10
  39. 1:30 : Jos 19:15; 21:35
  40. 1:34 : Ex 3:8; Nm 13:29; 21:31; Jos 2:10
  41. 1:35 : Jos 10:12; 1Sm 14:31; 1Ch 8:13; 2Ch 28:18
  42. 1:36 : Nm 34:4; Jos 15:3
  43. 1:36 : 2Kg 14:7; Is 16:1
  44. 2:1 : Gn 22:11; Ex 3:2; Ps 34:7; 35:5–6
  45. 2:1 : Ex 6:8; Nm 14:3,8; Ezk 20:15
  46. 2:1 : Nm 14:23; Dt 6:10,23; 10:11; Jos 1:6
  47. 2:2 : Ex 23:32; Dt 7:2
  48. 2:2 : Ex 34:13; Dt 7:5; 12:3; Jdg 6:30–32; 2Ch 34:7
  49. 2:3 : Ex 23:29
  50. 2:3 : Nm 33:55
  51. 2:3 : Ex 23:33; 34:12; Dt 7:16; Jos 23:13
  52. 2:6 : Dt 9:4; 11:31; Jos 1:11; 18:3; Jdg 18:9; Neh 9:15
  53. 2:7 : Dt 11:7
  54. 2:9 : Jos 19:50; 1Sm 1:1; 14:22; 1Ch 6:67
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Luke 21:29-22:13

The Parable of the Fig Tree

29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they put out leaves you can see for yourselves and recognize that summer is already near. 31 In the same way, when you see these things happening, recognize[a] that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all things take place.(A) 33 Heaven and earth will pass away,(B) but my words will never pass away.(C)

The Need for Watchfulness

34 “Be on your guard,(D) so that your minds are not dulled[b] from carousing,[c] drunkenness,(E) and worries of life,(F) or that day will come on you unexpectedly(G) 35 like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 But be alert at all times,(H) praying that you may have strength[d] to escape(I) all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 During(J) the day, he was teaching in the temple,(K) but in the evening he would go out and spend the night on what is called the Mount of Olives.(L) 38 Then all the people would come early in the morning to hear him in the temple.(M)

The Plot to Kill Jesus

22 The(N) Festival of Unleavened Bread,(O) which is called Passover,(P) was approaching. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put him to death,(Q) because they were afraid of the people.(R)

Then(S) Satan entered Judas,(T) called Iscariot,(U) who was numbered among the Twelve. He went away and discussed with the chief priests and temple police(V) how he could hand him over(W) to them. They were glad and agreed to give him silver.[e] So he accepted the offer and started looking for a good opportunity to betray him to them when the crowd was not present.

Preparation for Passover

Then(X) the Day of Unleavened Bread came when the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.(Y) Jesus sent Peter and John,(Z) saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

“Where do you want us to prepare it?” they asked him.

10 “Listen,” he said to them, “when you’ve entered the city, a man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him into the house he enters. 11 Tell the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished room upstairs.(AA) Make the preparations there.”

13 So they went and found it just as he had told them,(AB) and they prepared the Passover.


  1. 21:31 Or you know
  2. 21:34 Lit your hearts are not weighed down
  3. 21:34 Or hangovers
  4. 21:36 Other mss read you may be counted worthy
  5. 22:5 Or money
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Psalm 90-91


(Psalms 90–106)

Psalm 90

Eternal God and Mortal Man

A prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, you have been our refuge[a]
in every generation.(A)
Before the mountains were born,
before you gave birth to the earth and the world,
from eternity to eternity, you are God.(B)

You return mankind to the dust,
saying, “Return, descendants of Adam.”(C)
For in your sight a thousand years
are like yesterday that passes by,
like a few hours of the night.(D)
You end their lives;[b] they sleep.(E)
They are like grass that grows in the morning—
in the morning it sprouts and grows;
by evening it withers and dries up.(F)

For we are consumed by your anger;
we are terrified by your wrath.(G)
You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.(H)
For all our days ebb away under your wrath;
we end our years like a sigh.(I)
10 Our lives last[c] seventy years
or, if we are strong, eighty years.
Even the best of them are[d] struggle and sorrow;
indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.(J)
11 Who understands the power of your anger?
Your wrath matches the fear that is due you.(K)
12 Teach us to number our days carefully
so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.[e](L)

13 Lord—how long?
Turn and have compassion on your servants.(M)
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your faithful love
so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days.(N)
15 Make us rejoice for as many days as you have humbled us,
for as many years as we have seen adversity.(O)
16 Let your work be seen by your servants,
and your splendor by their children.(P)
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us;
establish for us the work of our hands—
establish the work of our hands!(Q)

Psalm 91

The Protection of the Most High

The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.(R)

I will say[f] concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and my fortress,
my God in whom I trust:(S)
He himself will rescue you from the bird trap,(T)
from the destructive plague.
He will cover you with his feathers;
you will take refuge under his wings.(U)
His faithfulness will be a protective shield.(V)
You will not fear the terror of the night,
the arrow that flies by day,(W)
the plague that stalks in darkness,
or the pestilence that ravages at noon.(X)
Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand,
the pestilence will not reach you.(Y)
You will only see it with your eyes
and witness the punishment of the wicked.(Z)

Because you have made the Lord—my refuge,(AA)
the Most High—your dwelling place,(AB)
10 no harm will come to you;
no plague will come near your tent.(AC)
11 For he will give his angels orders concerning you,
to protect you in all your ways.(AD)
12 They will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.(AE)
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the young lion and the serpent.(AF)

14 Because he has his heart set on me,
I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he knows my name.(AG)
15 When he calls out to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble.
I will rescue him and give him honor.(AH)
16 I will satisfy him with a long life(AI)
and show him my salvation.(AJ)


  1. 90:1 Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read dwelling place
  2. 90:5 Or You overwhelm them; Hb obscure
  3. 90:10 Lit The days of our years in them
  4. 90:10 LXX, Tg, Syr, Vg read Even their span is; Hb obscure
  5. 90:12 Or develop a heart of wisdom
  6. 91:1–2 LXX, Syr, Jer read Almighty, saying, or Almighty, he will say
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Proverbs 13:24-25

24 The one who will not use the rod hates his son,(A)
but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.(B)

25 A righteous person eats until he is satisfied,
but the stomach of the wicked is empty.(C)

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