The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday July 6, 2022 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4

18 Caleb, Hezron’s son, had children with his wife Azubah, and with Jerioth. These were her sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19 After Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, who gave birth to Hur for him. 20 Hur was the father of Uri, and Uri was the father of Bezalel. 21 Later, Hezron had sexual relations with the daughter of Machir, Gilead’s father, whom he married when he was 60 years old, and she gave birth to Segub for him. 22 Segub was the father of Jair, who owned twenty-three towns in the land of Gilead, 23 but Geshur and Aram took Havvoth-jair from them, as well as Kenath and its villages, sixty towns.

All these were descendants of Machir, Gilead’s father. 24 After Hezron’s death, Caleb went to Ephrath.[a] Abijah, Hezron’s wife, bore him Ashhur, Tekoa’s father.

25 The family of Jerahmeel, Hezron’s oldest son: Ram his oldest, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah. 26 Jerahmeel had another wife named Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.

27 The family of Ram, Jerahmeel’s oldest son: Maaz, Jamin, and Eker.

28 Onam’s family: Shammai and Jada.

Shammai’s family: Nadab and Abishur. 29 Abishur’s wife’s name was Abihail, and she gave birth to Ahban and Molid for him.

30 Nadab’s family: Seled and Appaim, but Seled died without children.

31 Appaim’s family: Ishi.

Ishi’s family: Sheshan.

Sheshan’s family: Ahlai.

32 The family of Jada, Shammai’s brother: Jether and Jonathan, but Jether died without children.

33 Jonathan’s family: Peleth and Zaza. These were Jerahmeel’s descendants.

34 Sheshan had no sons, only daughters; but Sheshan had an Egyptian servant whose name was Jarha. 35 Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to Jarha his servant, and she gave birth to Attai for him.

36 Attai was the father of Nathan, Nathan was the father of Zabad, 37 Zabad was the father of Ephlal, Ephlal was the father of Obed, 38 Obed was the father of Jehu, Jehu was the father of Azariah, 39 Azariah was the father of Helez, Helez was the father of Eleasah, 40 Eleasah was the father of Sismai, Sismai was the father of Shallum, 41 Shallum was the father of Jekamiah, and Jekamiah was the father of Elishama.

42 The family of Caleb, Jerahmeel’s brother: Mesha his oldest son and Ziph’s father; and his second son[b] Mareshah, Hebron’s father.

43 Hebron’s family: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema. 44 Shema was the father of Raham, Jorkeam’s father; and Rekem was the father of Shammai.

45 Shammai’s son: Maon; Maon was Beth-zur’s father. 46 Ephah, Caleb’s secondary wife, gave birth to Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran was the father of Gazez.

47 Jahdai’s family: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph. 48 Maacah, Caleb’s secondary wife, gave birth to Sheber and Tirhanah. 49 She also gave birth to Shaaph, Madmannah’s father; and to Sheva, Machbenah and Gibea’s father. Caleb’s daughter was Achsah. 50 These were Caleb’s descendants.

The family of Hur, Ephrathah’s oldest son: Shobal, Kiriath-jearim’s father; 51 Salma, Bethlehem’s father; and Hareph, Beth-gader’s father.

52 Shobal, Kiriath-jearim’s father, had a family: Haroeh, and the ancestor of half of the Menuhoth.[c] 53 Kiriath-jearim’s clans: the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites. From these came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites.

54 The family of Salma, Bethlehem’s father:[d] the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab, half of the Manahathites, and the Zorites.

55 The clans of the scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and the Sucathites. They were Kenites who descended from Hammath, Beth-rechab’s father.

David’s line

This is David’s family born to him in Hebron: the oldest Amnon, with Ahinoam the Jezreelite; the second Daniel, with Abigail the Carmelite; the third Absalom son of Maacah, the daughter of Geshur’s King Talmai; the fourth Adonijah, Haggith’s son; the fifth Shephatiah, with Abital; the sixth Ithream, with his wife Eglah. Six were born to him in Hebron, where he reigned for seven and a half years. He also reigned in Jerusalem for thirty-three years. These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon—four from Bath-shua, Ammiel’s daughter; Ibhar, Eli-shama, Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet—nine in all. This was all of David’s family, except for his secondary wives’ children. Tamar was their sister.

10 The descendants[e] of Solomon: Rehoboam, his son Abijah, his son Asa, his son Jehoshaphat, 11 his son Joram, his son Ahaziah, his son Joash, 12 his son Amaziah, his son Azariah, his son Jotham, 13 his son Ahaz, his son Hezekiah, his son Manasseh, 14 his son Amon, and his son Josiah.

15 Josiah’s family: the oldest Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, and the fourth Shallum.

16 Jehoiakim’s family: his son Jeconiah and his son Zedekiah.

17 The family of Jeconiah the prisoner: Shealtiel his son; 18 Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.

19 Pedaiah’s family: Zerubbabel and Shimei.

Zerubbabel’s family:[f] Meshullam, Hananiah, and their sister Shelomith; 20 Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-hesed—these five also.

21 Hananiah’s family:[g] Pelatiah, Jeshaiah, Rephaiah’s family, Arnan’s family, Obadiah’s family, and Shecaniah’s family.

22 Shecaniah’s family: Shemaiah and his family, Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat—six in all.

23 Neariah’s family: Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam—three in all.

24 Elioenai’s family: Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani—seven in all.

Judah’s line

Judah’s family: Perez, Hezron, Caleb,[h] Hur, and Shobal.

Shobal’s son Reaiah was Jahath’s father, and Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the Zorathite clans.

This was Etam’s family:[i] Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash. Their sister’s name was Hazzelelponi. Penuel was Gedor’s father, and Ezer was Hushah’s father.

This was the family of Hur the oldest son of Ephrathah, Bethlehem’s father:

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 2:24 LXX, Vulg; MT in Caleb-ephrathah
  2. 1 Chronicles 2:42 Or the family of
  3. 1 Chronicles 2:52 Heb lacks the ancestor of.
  4. 1 Chronicles 2:54 Cf 2:51; Heb lacks father.
  5. 1 Chronicles 3:10 LXX, Syr; MT son
  6. 1 Chronicles 3:19 LXX, Syr; MT son
  7. 1 Chronicles 3:21 LXX, Syr, Tg; MT son
  8. 1 Chronicles 4:1 Cf 1 Chron 2:19; MT Carmi
  9. 1 Chronicles 4:3 LXX; MT father
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Acts 24

Paul’s trial before Felix

24 Five days later the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a lawyer named Tertullus. They pressed charges against Paul before the governor. After the governor summoned Paul, Tertullus began to make his case against him. He declared, “Under your leadership, we have experienced substantial peace, and your administration has brought reforms to our nation. Always and everywhere, most honorable Felix, we acknowledge this with deep gratitude. I don’t want to take too much of your time, so I ask that you listen with your usual courtesy to our brief statement of the facts. We have found this man to be a troublemaker who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the empire. He’s a ringleader of the Nazarene faction and even tried to defile the temple. That’s when we arrested him.[a] By examining him yourself, you will be able to verify the allegations we are bringing against him.” The Jews reinforced the action against Paul, affirming the truth of these accusations.

10 The governor nodded at Paul, giving him permission to speak.

He responded, “I know that you have been judge over this nation for many years, so I gladly offer my own defense. 11 You can verify that I went up to worship in Jerusalem no more than twelve days ago. 12 They didn’t find me arguing with anyone in the temple or stirring up a crowd, whether in the synagogue or anywhere else in the city. 13 Nor can they prove to you the allegations they are now bringing against me. 14 I do admit this to you, that I am a follower of the Way, which they call a faction. Accordingly, I worship the God of our ancestors and believe everything set out in the Law and written in the Prophets. 15 The hope I have in God I also share with my accusers, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. 16 On account of this, I have committed myself to maintaining a clear conscience before God and with all people. 17 After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring gifts for the poor of my nation and to offer sacrifices. 18 When they found me in the temple, I was ritually pure. There was no crowd and no disturbance. 19 But there were some Jews from the province of Asia. They should be here making their accusations, if indeed they have something against me. 20 In their absence, have these people who are here declare what crime they found when I stood before the Jerusalem Council. 21 Perhaps it concerns this one statement that I blurted out when I was with them: ‘I am on trial before you today because of the resurrection of the dead.’”

22 Felix, who had an accurate understanding of the Way, adjourned the meeting. He said, “When Lysias the commander arrives from Jerusalem, I will decide this case.” 23 He arranged for a centurion to guard Paul. He was to give Paul some freedom, and his friends were not to be hindered in their efforts to provide for him.

Paul in custody

24 After several days, Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and summoned Paul. He listened to him talk about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 When he spoke about upright behavior, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became fearful and said, “Go away for now! When I have time, I’ll send for you.” 26 At the same time, he was hoping that Paul would offer him some money, so he often sent for him and talked with him.

27 When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. Since Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 24:6 Critical editions of the Gk New Testament do not include We wanted to put him on trial according to our Law, but Lysias the commander arrived and took him from our hands with great force. Then he ordered his accusers to appear before you.
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Psalm 4

Psalm 4

For the music leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me when I cry out, my righteous God!
Set me free from my troubles!
Have mercy on me!
Listen to my prayer!

How long, you people,
will my reputation be insulted?
How long will you continue
to love what is worthless
and go after lies? Selah
Know this: the Lord takes
personal care of the faithful.
The Lord will hear me
when I cry out to him.
So be afraid, and don’t sin!
Think hard about it in your bed
and weep over it! Selah
Bring righteous offerings,
and trust the Lord!

Many people say,
“We can’t find goodness anywhere.
The light of your face has left us, Lord!”[a]
But you have filled my heart with more joy
than when their wheat and wine are everywhere!
I will lie down and fall asleep in peace
because you alone, Lord, let me live in safety.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 4:6 Correction; MT Shine the light of your face on us, Lord!
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Proverbs 18:16-18

16 A gift opens the way
for access to important people.
17 The first person to testify seems innocent,
until the other comes and cross-examines him.
18 The dice settle conflicts
and keep strong opponents apart.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday July 5, 2022 (NIV)

1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17

Adam to Israel

Adam, Seth, Enosh; Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared; Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech; Noah; Noah’s family:[a] Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Japheth’s family: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.

Gomer’s family: Ashkenaz, Riphath,[b] and Togarmah.

Javan’s family: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.

Ham’s family: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan.

Cush’s family: Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raama, and Sabteca.

Raamah’s family: Sheba and Dedan.

10 Cush was the father of Nimrod, the first warrior in the land.

11 Egypt was the father of Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 12 Pathrusim, Casluhim, from whom the Philistines came, and Caphtorim.

13 Canaan was the father of Sidon his oldest son, Heth, 14 the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 15 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 16 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites.

17 Shem’s family: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram.

Aram’s family:[c] Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech.

18 Arpachshad was Shelah’s father, and Shelah was Eber’s father. 19 Two sons were born to Eber: one was named Peleg,[d] because in his days the land was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

20 Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22 Ebal, Abimael, Sheba, 23 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were Joktan’s family.

24 Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah; 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu; 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah; 27 and Abram, that is, Abraham.

28 Abraham’s family: Isaac and Ishmael. 29 These were their descendants. Ishmael’s oldest son was Nebaioth, then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 30 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, 31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. This was Ishmael’s family. 32 Abraham’s secondary wife Keturah’s family: she gave birth to Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.

Jokshan’s family: Sheba and Dedan.

33 Midian’s family: Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were members of Keturah’s family.

34 Abraham was Isaac’s father. Isaac’s family: Esau and Israel.

35 Esau’s family: Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah.

36 Eliphaz’s family: Teman, Omar, Zephi, Gatam, Kenaz, Timna, and Amalek.

37 Reuel’s family: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

38 Seir’s family: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan.

39 Lotan’s family: Hori and Homam; Lotan’s sister was Timna.

40 Shobal’s family: Alian, Manahath, Ebal, Shephi, and Onam.

Zibeon’s family: Aiah and Anah.

41 Anah’s family: Dishon.

Dishon’s family: Hamran, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran.

42 Ezer’s family: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Jaakan.

Dishan’s family:[e] Uz and Aran.

43 These were the kings who ruled in the land of Edom before any king ruled over the Israelites: Bela, Beor’s son, whose city was called Dinhabah. 44 When Bela died, Jobab, Zerah’s son from Bozrah, succeeded him. 45 When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him. 46 When Husham died, Hadad, Bedad’s son who defeated Midian in the Moabite countryside, succeeded him; his city was called Avith. 47 When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him. 48 When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him. 49 When Shaul died, Baal-hanan, Achbor’s son, succeeded him. 50 When Baal-hanan died, Hadad succeeded him; his city was called Pai. His wife’s name was Mehetabel, Matred’s daughter and Me-zahab’s granddaughter. 51 When Hadad died, Edom’s tribal chiefs were: Chief Timna, Chief Aliah, Chief Jetheth, 52 Chief Oholibamah, Chief Elah, Chief Pinon, 53 Chief Kenaz, Chief Teman, Chief Mibzar, 54 Chief Magdiel, and Chief Iram. These were Edom’s tribal chiefs.

This was Israel’s family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

Judah’s line

Judah’s family: Er, Onan, and Shelah. These three were born to him with Bath-shua the Canaanite. Although Er was Judah’s oldest, the Lord considered him wicked and put him to death. His daughter-in-law Tamar bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all.

Perez’s family: Hezron and Hamul.

Zerah’s family: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Darda[f]—five in all.

Carmi’s family: Achar, who made trouble for Israel by disobeying the law dedicating war spoils to God.

Ethan’s family: Azariah.

Hezron’s family, who were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai. 10 Ram was the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab was the father of Nahshon, tribal chief of the Judeans. 11 Nahshon was the father of Salma, Salma was the father of Boaz, 12 Boaz was the father of Obed, and Obed was the father of Jesse. 13 Jesse was the father of Eliab his oldest son, Abinadab his second, Shimea his third, 14 Nethanel his fourth, Raddai his fifth, 15 Ozem his sixth, and David his seventh. 16 Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail.

Zeruiah’s family: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel—three in all. 17 Abigail gave birth to Amasa, whose father was Jether the Ishmaelite.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 1:4 LXX; MT lacks Noah’s family.
  2. 1 Chronicles 1:6 LXX; MT Diphath
  3. 1 Chronicles 1:17 LXX; MT lacks Aram’s family.
  4. 1 Chronicles 1:19 Or division
  5. 1 Chronicles 1:42 Cf 1:38; or Dishon’s family
  6. 1 Chronicles 2:6 LXX, Syr; MT Dara
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Acts 23:11-35

11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Be encouraged! Just as you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so too you must testify in Rome.”

A murder plot discovered

12 The next morning some Jewish leaders formulated a plot and solemnly promised that they wouldn’t eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 More than forty people were involved in the conspiracy. 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have solemnly promised to eat nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 You and the council must explain to the commander that you need Paul brought down to you. Pretend that you want to examine his case more closely. We’re prepared to kill him before he arrives.”

16 Paul’s sister had a son who heard about the ambush and he came to the military headquarters and reported it to Paul. 17 Paul called for one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander because he has something to report to him.”

18 He took him to the commander and said, “The prisoner Paul asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to tell you.”

19 The commander took him by the hand and withdrew to a place where they could speak privately. He asked, “What do you have to report to me?”

20 He replied, “The Jewish leaders have conspired to ask that you bring Paul down to the council tomorrow. They will pretend that they want to investigate his case more closely. 21 Don’t fall for it! More than forty of them are waiting to ambush him. They have solemnly promised not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, awaiting your consent.”

22 The commander dismissed the young man, ordering him, “Don’t tell anyone that you brought this to my attention.”

23 The commander called two centurions and said, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to leave for Caesarea at nine o’clock tonight. 24 Have horses ready for Paul to ride, so they may take him safely to Governor Felix.” 25 He wrote the following letter:

26 Claudius Lysias, to the most honorable Governor Felix: Greetings. 27 This man was seized by the Jews and was almost killed by them. I was nearby with a unit of soldiers, and I rescued him when I discovered that he was a Roman citizen. 28 I wanted to find out why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their council. 29 I discovered that they were accusing him about questions related to their Law. I found no charge deserving of death or imprisonment. 30 When I was informed of a conspiracy against his life, I sent him to you at once and ordered his accusers to bring their case against him before you.

31 Following their orders, the soldiers took Paul during the night and brought him to Antipatris. 32 The following day they let the horsemen continue on with Paul while they returned to the military headquarters in Jerusalem. 33 The horsemen entered Caesarea, delivered the letter to the governor, and brought Paul before him. 34 After he read the letter, he asked Paul about his home province. When he learned that he was from Cilicia, 35 the governor said, “I will hear your case when your accusers arrive.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept in custody in Herod’s palace.

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Psalm 3

Psalm 3

A psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, I have so many enemies!
So many are standing against me.
So many are talking about me:
“Even God won’t help him.” Selah[a]
But you, Lord, are my shield!
You are my glory!
You are the one who restores me.
I cry out loud to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain. Selah
I lie down, sleep, and wake up
because the Lord helps me.
I won’t be afraid of thousands of people
surrounding me on all sides.

Stand up, Lord!
Save me, my God!
In fact, hit all my enemies on the jaw;
shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Rescue comes from the Lord!
May your blessing be on your people! Selah

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 3:2 Heb uncertain; probably a musical term
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Proverbs 18:14-15

14 The human spirit sustains a sick person,
but who can bear a broken spirit?
15 An understanding mind gains knowledge;
the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday July 4, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 23:31-25:30

Jehoahaz rules Judah

31 Jehoahaz was 23 years old when he became king, and he ruled for three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal; she was Jeremiah’s daughter and was from Libnah. 32 He did what was evil in the Lord’s eyes, just as all his ancestors had done. 33 Pharaoh Neco made Jehoahaz a prisoner at Riblah in the land of Hamath, ending his rule in Jerusalem. Pharaoh Neco imposed a fine on the land totaling one hundred kikkars of silver and one kikkar of gold.

Jehoiakim rules Judah

34 Pharaoh Neco made Eliakim, Josiah’s son, king after his father Josiah. Neco changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim. Neco took Jehoahaz away; he later died in Egypt. 35 Jehoiakim gave Pharaoh the silver and gold, but he taxed the land in order to meet Pharaoh’s financial demands. Each person was taxed appropriately. Jehoiakim exacted silver and the gold from the land’s people in order to give it to Pharaoh Neco. 36 Jehoiakim was 25 years old when he became king, and he ruled for eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zebidah; she was Pedaiah’s daughter and was from Rumah. 37 He did what was evil in the Lord’s eyes, just as all his ancestors had done.

24 In Jehoiakim’s days, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked. Jehoiakim had submitted to him for three years, but then Jehoiakim changed his mind and rebelled against him. The Lord sent Chaldean, Aramean, Moabite, and Ammonite raiding parties against Jehoiakim, sending them against Judah in order to destroy it. This was in agreement with the word that the Lord had spoken through his servants the prophets. Indeed, this happened to Judah because the Lord commanded them to be removed from his presence on account of all the sins that Manasseh had committed and because of the innocent blood that he had spilled. Manasseh had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord didn’t want to forgive that.

The rest of Jehoiakim’s deeds and all that he accomplished, aren’t they written in the official records of Judah’s kings? Jehoiakim lay down with his ancestors. His son Jehoiachin succeeded him as king.

The Egyptian king never left his country again because the Babylonian king had taken over all the territory that had previously belonged to him—from the border of Egypt to the Euphrates River.

Jehoiachin rules Judah

Jehoiachin was 18 years old when he became king, and he ruled for three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Nehushta; she was Elnathan’s daughter and was from Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the Lord’s eyes, just as all his ancestors had done. 10 At that time, the officers of Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem and laid siege to the city. 11 Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar himself arrived at the city while his officers were blockading it. 12 Judah’s King Jehoiachin, along with his mother, his servants, his officers, and his officials, came out to surrender to the Babylonian king. The Babylonian king took Jehoiachin prisoner in the eighth year of Jehoiachin’s rule.

13 Nebuchadnezzar also took away all the treasures of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace. He cut into pieces all the gold objects that Israel’s King Solomon had made for the Lord’s temple, which is exactly what the Lord said would happen. 14 Then Nebuchadnezzar exiled all of Jerusalem: all the officials, all the military leaders—ten thousand exiles—as well as all the skilled workers and metalworkers. No one was left behind except the poorest of the land’s people. 15 Nebuchadnezzar exiled Jehoiachin to Babylon; he also exiled the queen mother, the king’s wives, the officials, and the land’s elite leaders from Jerusalem to Babylon. 16 The Babylonian king also exiled seven thousand warriors—each one a hero trained for battle—as well as a thousand skilled workers and metalworkers to Babylon. 17 Then the Babylonian king made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, succeed Jehoiachin as king. Nebuchadnezzar changed Mattaniah’s name to Zedekiah.

Zedekiah rules Judah

18 Zedekiah was 21 years old when he became king, and he ruled for eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal; she was Jeremiah’s daughter and was from Libnah. 19 He did what was evil in the Lord’s eyes, just as Jehoiakim had done. 20 It was precisely because the Lord was angry with Jerusalem and Judah that he thrust them out of his presence.

The southern kingdom falls

Now Zedekiah rebelled against the Babylonian king. 25 So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s rule, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem with his entire army. He camped beside the city and built a siege wall all around it. The city was under attack until King Zedekiah’s eleventh year. On the ninth day of the month, the famine in the city got so bad that no food remained for the common people. Then the enemy broke into the city. All the soldiers fled[a] by night using the gate between the two walls near the King’s Garden. The Chaldeans were surrounding the city, so the soldiers ran toward the desert plain. But the Chaldean army chased King Zedekiah and caught up with him in the Jericho plains. His entire army deserted him. So the Chaldeans captured the king and brought him back to the Babylonian king, who was at Riblah. There his punishment was determined. Zedekiah’s sons were slaughtered right before his eyes. Then he was blinded, put in bronze chains, and taken off to Babylon.

On the seventh day of the fifth month in the nineteenth year of Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan arrived at Jerusalem. He was the commander of the guard and an official of the Babylonian king. He burned down the Lord’s temple, the royal palace, and all of Jerusalem’s houses. He burned down every important building. 10 The whole Chaldean army under the commander of the guard tore down the walls surrounding Jerusalem. 11 Then Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard exiled the people who were left in the city, those who had already surrendered to Babylon’s king, and the rest of the population. 12 The commander of the guard left some of the land’s poor people behind to work the vineyards and be farmers. 13 The Chaldeans shattered the bronze columns, the stands, and the bronze Sea that were in the Lord’s temple. They carried the bronze off to Babylon. 14 They also took the pots, the shovels, the wick trimmers, the dishes, and all the bronze items that had been used in the temple. 15 The commander of the guard took the fire pans and the sprinkling bowls, which were made of pure gold and pure silver. 16 The bronze in all these objects—the two pillars, the Sea, and the stands that Solomon had made for the Lord’s temple—was too heavy to weigh. 17 Each pillar was twenty-seven feet high. The bronze capital on top of the first pillar was four and a half feet high. Decorative lattices and pomegranates, all made from bronze, were around the capital. And the second pillar was decorated with lattices just like the first.

18 The commander of the guard also took away Seraiah the chief priest, Zephaniah the priest next in rank, and the three doorkeepers. 19 Of those still left in the city, Nebuzaradan took away an officer who was in charge of the army and five royal advisors who were discovered in the city. He also took away the secretary of the officer responsible for drafting the land’s people to fight, as well as sixty people who were discovered in the city. 20 Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard took all of these people and brought them to the Babylonian king at Riblah. 21 The king of Babylon struck them down, killing them in Riblah in the land of Hamath.

So Judah was exiled from its land.

Gedaliah governs Judah

22 Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar put Gedaliah, Ahikam’s son and Shaphan’s grandson, in charge of the people he had left behind in the land of Judah. 23 All the army officers and their soldiers heard that the Babylonian king had appointed Gedaliah as governor, so they came with their men to Gedaliah at Mizpah. The officers were Ishmael, Nethaniah’s son; Johanan, Kareah’s son; Seraiah, Tanhumeth’s son who was a Netophathite; and Jaazaniah, Maacathite’s son. 24 Gedaliah made a solemn pledge to them and their soldiers, telling them, “Don’t be afraid of the Chaldean officials. Stay in the land and serve the Babylonian king, and things will go well for you.”

25 But in the seventh month, Ishmael, Nethaniah’s son and Elishama’s grandson, who was from the royal family, came with ten soldiers, and they struck Gedaliah, and he died. They also killed the Judeans and the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah. 26 Then all the people, young and old, along with the army officers, departed for Egypt because they were afraid of the Chaldeans.

Jehoiachin in Babylon

27 In the year that Awil-merodach[b] became king of Babylon, he released Judah’s King Jehoiachin from prison. This happened in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of King Jehoiachin, on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month. 28 Awil-merodach spoke kindly to Jehoiachin and seated him above the other kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 So Jehoiachin took off his prisoner clothes and ate regularly in the king’s presence for the rest of his life. 30 At the king’s command, a regular food allowance was given to him every day for the rest of his life.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 25:4 LXX, cf Jer 52:7; MT lacks fled.
  2. 2 Kings 25:27 Awil-merodach means Man of Marduk in Akkadian.
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Acts 22:17-23:10

17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I had a visionary experience. 18 I saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Hurry!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem at once because they won’t accept your testimony about me.’ 19 I responded, ‘Lord, these people know I used to go from one synagogue to the next, beating those who believe in you and throwing them into prison. 20 When Stephen your witness was being killed, I stood there giving my approval, even watching the clothes that belonged to those who were killing him.’ 21 Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go! I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”

22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they shouted, “Away with this man! He’s not fit to live!” 23 As they were screaming, throwing off their garments, and flinging dust into the air, 24 the commander directed that Paul be taken into the military headquarters. He ordered that Paul be questioned under the whip so that he could find out why they were shouting at him like this.

25 As they were stretching him out and tying him down with straps, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Can you legally whip a Roman citizen who hasn’t been found guilty in court?”

26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. He asked, “What are you about to do? This man is a Roman citizen!”

27 The commander went to Paul and demanded, “Tell me! Are you a Roman citizen?”

He said, “Yes.”

28 The commander replied, “It cost me a lot of money to buy my citizenship.”

Paul said, “I’m a citizen by birth.” 29 At once those who were about to examine him stepped away. The commander was alarmed when he realized he had bound a Roman citizen.

Paul appears before the Jewish council

30 The commander still wanted to know the truth about why Paul was being accused by the Jews. Therefore, the next day he ordered the chief priests and the entire Jerusalem Council to assemble. Then he took Paul out of prison and had him stand before them.

23 Paul stared at the council and said, “Brothers, I have lived my life with an altogether clear conscience right up to this very day.” The high priest Ananias ordered those standing beside Paul to strike him in the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is about to strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit and judge me according to the Law, yet disobey the Law by ordering that I be struck.”

Those standing near him asked, “You dare to insult God’s high priest?”

Paul replied, “Brothers, I wasn’t aware that he was the high priest. It is written, You will not speak evil about a ruler of your people.”[a]

Knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, Paul exclaimed in the council, “Brothers, I’m a Pharisee and a descendant of Pharisees. I am on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead!”

These words aroused a dispute between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. This is because Sadducees say that there’s no resurrection, angel, or spirit, but Pharisees affirm them all. Council members were shouting loudly. Some Pharisees who were legal experts stood up and insisted forcefully, “We find nothing wrong with this man! What if a spirit or angel has spoken to him?” 10 The dispute became so heated that the commander feared they might tear Paul to pieces. He ordered soldiers to go down and remove him by force from their midst. Then they took him back to the military headquarters.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 23:5 Exod 22:28
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Psalm 2

Psalm 2

Why do the nations rant?
Why do the peoples rave uselessly?
The earth’s rulers take their stand;
the leaders scheme together
against the Lord and
against his anointed one.
“Come!” they say.
“We will tear off their ropes
and throw off their chains!”
The one who rules in heaven laughs;
my Lord makes fun of them.
But then God speaks to them angrily;
then he terrifies them with his fury:
“I hereby appoint my king on Zion,
my holy mountain!”

I will announce the Lord’s decision:
He said to me, “You are my son,
today I have become your father.
Just ask me,
and I will make the nations your possession;
the far corners of the earth will be your property.
You will smash them with an iron rod;
you will shatter them like a pottery jar.”

10 So kings, wise up!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the Lord reverently—
trembling, 12 kiss his feet[a]
or else he will become angry,
and your way will be destroyed
because his anger ignites in an instant.

But all who take refuge in the Lord are truly happy!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 2:12 Correction; Heb uncertain; MT rejoice with trembling, kiss the son (but with son in Aram, not Heb)
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Proverbs 18:13

13 Those who answer before they listen
are foolish and disgraceful.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday July 3, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 22:3-23:30

In the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s rule, he sent the secretary Shaphan, Azaliah’s son and Meshullam’s grandson, to the Lord’s temple with the following orders: “Go to the high priest Hilkiah. Have him carefully count[a] the money that has been brought to the Lord’s temple and that has been collected from the people by the doorkeepers. It should be given to the supervisors in charge of the Lord’s temple, who in turn should pay it to those who are in the Lord’s temple, repairing the temple— the carpenters, the builders, and the masons. It should be used to pay for lumber and quarried stone to repair the temple. But there’s no need to check on them regarding the money they receive, because they are honest workers.”

The high priest Hilkiah told Shaphan the secretary: “I have found the Instruction scroll in the Lord’s temple.” Then Hilkiah turned the scroll over to Shaphan, who read it.

Shaphan the secretary then went to the king and reported this to him: “Your officials have released the money that was found in the temple and have handed it over to those who supervise the work in the Lord’s temple.” 10 Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll,” and he read it out loud before the king.

11 As soon as the king heard what the Instruction scroll said, he ripped his clothes. 12 The king ordered the priest Hilkiah, Shaphan’s son Ahikam, Micaiah’s son Achbor, Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the royal officer as follows: 13 “Go and ask the Lord on my behalf, and on behalf of the people, and on behalf of all Judah concerning the contents of this scroll that has been found. The Lord must be furious with us because our ancestors failed to obey the words of this scroll and do everything written in it about us.”

14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the prophetess Huldah. She was married to Shallum, Tikvah’s son and Harhas’ grandson, who was in charge of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem in the second district. When they spoke to her, 15 she replied, “This is what the Lord, Israel’s God, says: Tell this to the man who sent you to me: 16 This is what the Lord says: I am about to bring disaster on this place and its citizens—all the words in the scroll that Judah’s king has read! 17 My anger burns against this place, never to be quenched, because they’ve deserted me and have burned incense to other gods, angering me by everything they have done.[b] 18 But also say this to the king of Judah, who sent you to question the Lord: This is what the Lord, Israel’s God, says about the message you’ve just heard: 19 Because your heart was broken and you submitted before the Lord when you heard what I said about this place and its citizens—that they will become a horror and a curse—and because you ripped your clothes and cried before me, I have listened to you, declares the Lord. 20 That’s why I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will go to your grave in peace. You won’t experience the disaster I am about to bring on this place.”

Josiah’s reform

When they reported Huldah’s words to the king, 23 the king sent a message, and all of Judah’s and Jerusalem’s elders gathered before him. Then the king went up to the Lord’s temple, together with all the people of Judah and all the citizens of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets, and all the people, young and old alike. There the king read out loud all the words of the covenant scroll that had been found in the Lord’s temple. The king stood beside the pillar and made a covenant with the Lord that he would follow the Lord by keeping his commandments, his laws, and his regulations with all his heart and all his being in order to fulfill the words of this covenant that were written in this scroll. All of the people accepted the covenant.

The king then commanded the high priest Hilkiah, the second-order priests, and the doorkeepers to remove from the Lord’s temple all the religious objects made for Baal, Asherah, and all the heavenly bodies. The king burned them outside Jerusalem in the Kidron fields and took the ashes to Bethel. He got rid of the pagan priests that the Judean kings had appointed to burn incense at the shrines in Judah’s cities and the areas around Jerusalem. He did the same to those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations, and to all the heavenly bodies. He removed the Asherah image[c] from the Lord’s temple, taking it to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem. There he burned it, ground it to dust, and threw the dust on the public graveyard. The king tore down the shrines for the consecrated workers[d] that were in the Lord’s temple, where women made woven coverings[e] for Asherah.

Then Josiah brought all the priests out of Judah’s cities. From Geba to Beer-sheba, he defiled the shrines where the priests had been burning incense. He also tore down the shrines at the gates at the entrance to the gate of Joshua the city’s governor, which were on the left as one entered the city gate. Although the priests of these shrines didn’t go up on the Lord’s altar in Jerusalem, they did eat unleavened bread with their fellow priests.

10 Josiah defiled the Topheth in the Ben-hinnom Valley so no one could burn their child alive in honor of the god Molech. 11 He did away with the horses that Judah’s kings had dedicated to the sun. They were kept at the entrance to the Lord’s temple near a room in the annex[f] that belonged to an official named Nathan-melech. Josiah set fire to the chariots that were dedicated to the sun. 12 The king also tore down the altars that were on the roof of Ahaz’s upper story, which had been made by the Judean kings, and he did the same with the altars that Manasseh had built in the two courtyards of the Lord’s temple. He broke them up there[g] and threw their dust into the Kidron Valley. 13 The king then defiled the shrines facing Jerusalem, south of the Mountain of Destruction. Solomon the king of Israel had built these for Ashtoreth, the monstrous Sidonian god, for Chemosh, the monstrous Moabite god, and for Milcom, the detestable Ammonite god. 14 He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the sacred poles,[h] filling the places where they had been with human bones.

15 Josiah also tore down the altar that was in Bethel. That was the shrine made by Jeroboam, Nebat’s son, who caused Israel to sin. Josiah tore down that altar and its shrine. He burned the shrine, grinding it into dust. Then he burned its sacred pole.[i] 16 When Josiah turned around, he noticed tombs up on the hillside. So he ordered the bones to be taken out of the tombs. He then burned them on the altar, desecrating it. (This was in agreement with the word that the Lord announced by the man of God when Jeroboam stood by the altar at the festival.) Josiah then turned and saw the tomb of the man of God[j] who had predicted these things. 17 “What’s this gravestone I see?” Josiah asked.

The people of the city replied, “That tomb belongs to the man of God who came from Judah and announced what you would do to the altar of Bethel.”

18 “Let it be,” Josiah said. “No one should disturb his bones.” So they left his bones untouched, along with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria.

19 Moreover, Josiah removed all the shrines on the high hills that the Israelite kings had constructed throughout the cities of Samaria. These had made the Lord angry. Josiah did to them just what he did at Bethel. 20 He actually slaughtered on those altars all the priests of the shrines who were there, and he burned human bones on them. Then Josiah returned to Jerusalem.

21 The king commanded all the people, “Celebrate a Passover to the Lord your God following what is instructed in this scroll containing the covenant.” 22 A Passover like this hadn’t been celebrated since the days when the judges judged Israel; neither had it been celebrated during all the days of the Israelite and Judean kings. 23 But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s rule, this Passover was celebrated to the Lord in Jerusalem.

24 Josiah burned those who consulted dead spirits and the mediums, the household gods and the worthless idols—all the monstrous things that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. In this way Josiah fulfilled the words of the Instruction written in the scroll that the priest Hilkiah found in the Lord’s temple. 25 There’s never been a king like Josiah, whether before or after him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, all his being, and all his strength, in agreement with everything in the Instruction from Moses.

26 Even so, the Lord didn’t turn away from the great rage that burned against Judah on account of all that Manasseh had done to make him angry. 27 The Lord said, “I will remove Judah from my presence just as I removed Israel. I will reject this city, Jerusalem, which I chose, and this temple where I promised my name would reside.”

28 The rest of Josiah’s deeds and all that he accomplished, aren’t they written in the official records of Judah’s kings? 29 In his days, the Egyptian king Pharaoh Neco marched against the Assyrian king at the Euphrates River. King Josiah marched out to intercept him. But when Neco encountered Josiah in Megiddo, he killed the king. 30 Josiah’s servants took his body from Megiddo in a chariot. They brought him to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. The people of the land took Jehoahaz, Josiah’s son, anointed him, and made him king after his father.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 22:4 Heb uncertain
  2. 2 Kings 22:17 Or made
  3. 2 Kings 23:6 Heb lacks image; perhaps a pole dedicated to the goddess.
  4. 2 Kings 23:7 Traditionally cultic prostitutes
  5. 2 Kings 23:7 Heb uncertain
  6. 2 Kings 23:11 Heb uncertain
  7. 2 Kings 23:12 Correction; MT removed them quickly or ran from there
  8. 2 Kings 23:14 Heb asherim, perhaps objects devoted to the goddess Asherah
  9. 2 Kings 23:15 Heb asherah, perhaps an object devoted to the goddess Asherah
  10. 2 Kings 23:16 LXX; MT lacks when Jeroboam stood by the altar at the festival. Josiah then turned and saw the tomb of the man of God.
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Acts 21:37-22:16

37 As Paul was about to be taken into the military headquarters, he asked the commander, “May I speak with you?”

He answered, “Do you know Greek? 38 Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists into the desert some time ago?”

39 Paul replied, “I’m a Jew from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city. Please, let me speak to the people.” 40 With the commander’s permission, Paul stood on the steps and gestured to the people. When they were quiet, he addressed them in Aramaic.

Paul’s defense before his accusers

22 “Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.” When they heard him address them in Aramaic, they became even more quiet. Paul continued, “I’m a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia but raised in this city. Under Gamaliel’s instruction, I was trained in the strict interpretation of our ancestral Law. I am passionately loyal to God, just like you who are gathered here today. I harassed those who followed this Way to their death, arresting and delivering both men and women into prison. The high priest and the whole Jerusalem Council can testify about me. I received letters from them, addressed to our associates in Damascus, then went there to bring those who were arrested to Jerusalem so they could be punished.

“During that journey, about noon, as I approached Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven encircled me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice asking me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you harassing me?’ I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are harassing,’ he replied. My traveling companions saw the light, but they didn’t hear the voice of the one who spoke to me. 10 I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?’ ‘Get up,’ the Lord replied, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told everything you have been appointed to do.’ 11 I couldn’t see because of the brightness of that light, so my companions led me by the hand into Damascus.

12 “There was a certain man named Ananias. According to the standards of the Law, he was a pious man who enjoyed the respect of all the Jews living there. 13 He came and stood beside me. ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ he said. Instantly, I regained my sight and I could see him. 14 He said, ‘The God of our ancestors has selected you to know his will, to see the righteous one, and to hear his voice. 15 You will be his witness to everyone concerning what you have seen and heard. 16 What are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash away your sins as you call on his name.’

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Psalm 1

BOOK I

(Psalms 1–41)

Psalm 1

The truly happy person
doesn’t follow wicked advice,
doesn’t stand on the road of sinners,
and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful.
Instead of doing those things,
these persons love the Lord’s Instruction,
and they recite God’s Instruction day and night!
They are like a tree replanted by streams of water,
which bears fruit at just the right time
and whose leaves don’t fade.
Whatever they do succeeds.

That’s not true for the wicked!
They are like dust that the wind blows away.
And that’s why the wicked will have no standing in the court of justice—
neither will sinners
in the assembly of the righteous.
The Lord is intimately acquainted
with the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked is destroyed.

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Proverbs 18:11-12

11 The riches of the wealthy are a strong city
and like a high wall in their imagination.
12 Pride comes before a disaster,
but humility comes before respect.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday July 2, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 20:1-22:2

Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery

20 In those days(A) Hezekiah became terminally ill.(B) The prophet Isaiah(C) son of Amoz came and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Set your house in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.’”(D)

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall(E) and prayed to the Lord, “Please, Lord, remember(F) how I have walked before you faithfully and wholeheartedly and have done what pleases you.”[a](G) And Hezekiah wept bitterly.(H)

Isaiah had not yet gone out of the inner courtyard when the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader(I) of my people, ‘This is what the Lord God of your ancestor David says: I have heard your prayer;(J) I have seen your tears. Look, I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the Lord’s temple. I will add fifteen years to your life. I will rescue you and this city from the grasp of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”(K)

Then Isaiah said, “Bring a lump of pressed figs.” So they brought it and applied it to his infected skin, and he recovered.(L)

Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What is the sign(M) that the Lord will heal me and that I will go up to the Lord’s temple on the third day?”

Isaiah said, “This is the sign(N) to you from the Lord that he will do what he has promised: Should the shadow go ahead ten steps or go back ten steps?”

10 Then Hezekiah answered, “It’s easy for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. No, let the shadow go back ten steps.” 11 So the prophet Isaiah called out to the Lord, and he brought the shadow[b] back the ten steps it had descended on the stairway of Ahaz.[c](O)

Hezekiah’s Folly

12 At that time(P) Merodach-baladan[d] son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah since he heard that he had been sick. 13 Hezekiah listened to the letters and showed the envoys his whole treasure house—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil—and his armory, and everything that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his palace and in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.(Q)

14 Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and asked him, “Where did these men come from and what did they say to you?”

Hezekiah replied, “They came from a distant country, from Babylon.”

15 Isaiah asked, “What have they seen in your palace?”

Hezekiah answered, “They have seen everything in my palace. There isn’t anything in my treasuries that I didn’t show them.”

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: 17 ‘Look, the days are coming when everything in your palace and all that your predecessors have stored up until today will be carried off to Babylon; nothing will be left,’(R) says the Lord. 18 ‘Some of your descendants—who come from you, whom you father—will be taken away,(S) and they will become eunuchs[e] in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”(T)

19 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good,”(U) for he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security during my lifetime?”

Hezekiah’s Death

20 The rest of the events of Hezekiah’s reign, along with all his might and how he made the pool(V) and the tunnel and brought water into the city,(W) are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(X) 21 Hezekiah rested with his ancestors, and his son Manasseh became king in his place.(Y)

Judah’s King Manasseh

21 Manasseh(Z) was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah.(AA) He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight,(AB) imitating the detestable practices of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.(AC) He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed(AD) and reestablished the altars for Baal. He made an Asherah,(AE) as King Ahab of Israel had done;(AF) he also bowed in worship to all the stars in the sky(AG) and served them. He built altars in the Lord’s temple,(AH) where the Lord had said, “Jerusalem is where I will put my name.”(AI) He built altars to all the stars in the sky(AJ) in both courtyards of the Lord’s temple.(AK) He sacrificed his son in the fire,[f](AL) practiced witchcraft and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists.(AM) He did a huge amount of evil in the Lord’s sight, angering him.(AN)

Manasseh set up the carved image of Asherah, which he made, in the temple that the Lord had spoken about to David and his son Solomon: “I will establish my name forever in this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.(AO) I will never again cause the feet of the Israelites to wander from the land I gave to their ancestors if only they will be careful to do all I have commanded them—the whole law that my servant Moses commanded them.”(AP) But they did not listen; Manasseh caused them to stray so that they did worse evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.(AQ)

10 The Lord said through his servants the prophets, 11 “Since King Manasseh of Judah has committed all these detestable acts(AR)—worse evil than the Amorites(AS) who preceded him had done—and by means of his idols has also caused Judah to sin, 12 this is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I am about to bring such a disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that everyone who hears about it will shudder.[g](AT) 13 I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line used on Samaria and the mason’s level used on the house of Ahab,(AU) and I will wipe(AV) Jerusalem clean as one wipes a bowl—wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 I will abandon the remnant(AW) of my inheritance and hand them over to their enemies. They will become plunder and spoil to all their enemies, 15 because they have done what is evil in my sight and have angered me from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until today.’”(AX)

16 Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem with it from one end to another.(AY) This was in addition to his sin that he caused Judah to commit, so that they did what was evil in the Lord’s sight.

Manasseh’s Death

17 The rest(AZ) of the events of Manasseh’s reign, along with all his accomplishments and the sin that he committed, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(BA) 18 Manasseh rested with his ancestors and was buried in the garden of his own house, the garden of Uzza. His son Amon became king in his place.

Judah’s King Amon

19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king,(BB) and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz; she was from Jotbah. 20 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as his father Manasseh had done.(BC) 21 He walked in all the ways his father had walked; he served the idols his father had served, and he bowed in worship to them.(BD) 22 He abandoned the Lord God of his ancestors(BE) and did not walk in the ways of the Lord.(BF)

23 Amon’s servants conspired against him and put the king to death in his own house.(BG) 24 The common people[h] killed(BH) all who had conspired against King Amon, and they made his son Josiah(BI) king in his place.

25 The rest of the events of Amon’s reign, along with his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. 26 He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza, and his son Josiah became king in his place.

Judah’s King Josiah

22 Josiah(BJ) was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath.(BK) He did what was right in the Lord’s sight and walked in all the ways of his ancestor David;(BL) he did not turn to the right or the left.(BM)

Footnotes:

  1. 20:3 Lit what is good in your eyes
  2. 20:11 Lit shadow on the steps
  3. 20:11 Tg, Vg; DSS read on the steps of Ahaz’s roof chamber; Is 38:8
  4. 20:12 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg, some Vg mss, Is 39:1; other Hb mss read Berodach-baladan
  5. 20:18 Or court officials
  6. 21:6 Lit He made his son pass through the fire
  7. 21:12 Lit about it, his two ears will tingle; Hb obscure
  8. 21:24 Lit The people of the land
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Acts 21:18-36

18 The following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.(A) 19 After greeting them, he reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.(B)

20 When they heard it, they glorified God and said, “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous(C) for the law. 21 But they have been informed about you—that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or to live according to our customs.(D) 22 So what is to be done?[a] They will certainly hear that you’ve come. 23 Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have made a vow. 24 Take these men, purify yourself along with them, and pay for them to get their heads shaved. Then everyone will know that what they were told about you amounts to nothing, but that you yourself are also careful about observing the law.(E) 25 With regard to the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter containing our decision that[b] they should keep themselves from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what is strangled, and from sexual immorality.”

The Riot in the Temple

26 So the next day, Paul took the men, having purified himself along with them, and entered the temple, announcing the completion of the purification days when the offering would be made for each of them.(F) 27 When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd, and seized him,(G) 28 shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people, our law, and this place. What’s more, he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”(H) 29 For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.(I)

30 The whole city was stirred up, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul, dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut.(J)

31 As they were trying to kill him, word went up to the commander of the regiment that all Jerusalem was in chaos. 32 Taking along soldiers and centurions, he immediately ran down to them. Seeing the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33 Then the commander approached, took him into custody, and ordered him to be bound with two chains.(K) He asked who he was and what he had done. 34 Some in the crowd were shouting one thing and some another. Since he was not able to get reliable information because of the uproar, he ordered him to be taken into the barracks.(L) 35 When Paul got to the steps, he had to be carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd, 36 for the mass of people followed, yelling, “Get rid of him!” (M)

Footnotes:

  1. 21:22 Other mss add A multitude has to come together, since
  2. 21:25 Other mss add they should observe no such thing, except that
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Psalm 150

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord

Hallelujah!
Praise God in his sanctuary.
Praise him in his mighty expanse.(A)
Praise him for his powerful acts;(B)
praise him for his abundant greatness.(C)

Praise him with the blast of a ram’s horn;(D)
praise him with harp and lyre.(E)
Praise him with tambourine and dance;(F)
praise him with strings and flute.(G)
Praise him with resounding cymbals;
praise him with clashing cymbals.(H)

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.(I)
Hallelujah!

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Proverbs 18:9-10

The one who is lazy in his work
is brother to a vandal.[a](A)

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;(B)
the righteous run to it and are protected.[b](C)

Footnotes:

  1. 18:9 Lit master of destruction
  2. 18:10 Lit raised high
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday July 1, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 18:13-19:37

Sennacherib’s Invasion

13 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Assyria’s King Sennacherib attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.(A) 14 So King Hezekiah of Judah sent word to the king of Assyria at Lachish:(B) “I have done wrong;(C) withdraw from me. Whatever you demand from me, I will pay.” The king of Assyria demanded eleven tons[a] of silver and one ton[b] of gold from King Hezekiah of Judah. 15 So Hezekiah gave him all the silver found in the Lord’s temple and in the treasuries of the king’s palace.

16 At that time Hezekiah stripped the gold from the doors of the Lord’s sanctuary and from the doorposts he had overlaid and gave it to the king of Assyria.(D)

17 Then the king of Assyria sent the field marshal,(E) the chief of staff, and his royal spokesman, along with a massive army, from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem.(F) They advanced and came to Jerusalem, and[c] they took their position by the aqueduct of the upper pool, by the road to the Launderer’s Field.(G) 18 They called for the king, but Eliakim(H) son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, Shebnah(I) the court secretary, and Joah son of Asaph, the court historian, came out to them.(J)

The Royal Spokesman’s Speech

19 Then(K) the royal spokesman said to them, “Tell Hezekiah this is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: ‘What are you relying on?[d](L) 20 You think mere words are strategy and strength for war. Who are you now relying on so that you have rebelled against me?(M) 21 Now look, you are relying on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff(N) that will pierce the hand of anyone who grabs it and leans on it.(O) This is what Pharaoh king of Egypt is to all who rely on him. 22 Suppose you say to me, “We rely on the Lord our God.” Isn’t he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed,(P) saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You must worship at this altar in Jerusalem”?’

23 “So now, make a bargain with my master the king of Assyria. I’ll give you two thousand horses if you’re able to supply riders for them! 24 How then can you drive back a single officer(Q) among the least of my master’s servants? How can you rely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? 25 Now, have I attacked this place to destroy it without the Lord’s approval?(R) The Lord said to me, ‘Attack this land and destroy it.’”

26 Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, Shebnah, and Joah said to the royal spokesman, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic,(S) since we understand it. Don’t speak with us in Hebrew[e] within earshot of the people on the wall.”

27 But the royal spokesman said to them, “Has my master sent me to speak these words only to your master and to you? Hasn’t he also sent me to the men who sit on the wall, destined with you to eat their own excrement and drink their own urine?” (T)

28 The royal spokesman stood and called out loudly in Hebrew: “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria. 29 This is what the king says: ‘Don’t let Hezekiah deceive(U) you; he can’t rescue you from my power.(V) 30 Don’t let Hezekiah persuade you to rely on the Lord by saying, “Certainly the Lord will rescue us! This city will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.”’(W)

31 “Don’t listen to Hezekiah, for this is what the king of Assyria says: ‘Make peace[f] with me and surrender to me. Then each of you may eat from his own vine and his own fig tree,(X) and each may drink water from his own cistern 32 until I come and take you away to a land like your own land—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey(Y)—so that you may live(Z) and not die. But don’t listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you, saying, “The Lord will rescue us.” 33 Has any of the gods of the nations ever rescued(AA) his land from the power of the king of Assyria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?[g] Have they rescued Samaria from my power?(AB) 35 Who among all the gods of the lands has rescued his land from my power? So will the Lord rescue Jerusalem from my power?’” (AC)

36 But the people kept silent; they did not answer him at all, for the king’s command was, “Don’t answer him.” 37 Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the court secretary, and Joah son of Asaph, the court historian,(AD) came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn(AE) and reported to him the words of the royal spokesman.

Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Counsel

19 When King Hezekiah heard their report, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth,(AF) and went into the Lord’s temple.(AG) He sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the court secretary,(AH) and the leading priests, who were covered with sackcloth,(AI) to the prophet Isaiah(AJ) son of Amoz. They said to him, “This is what Hezekiah says: ‘Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace, for children have come to the point of birth,(AK) but there is no strength to deliver them. Perhaps the Lord your God(AL) will hear(AM) all the words of the royal spokesman, whom his master the king of Assyria sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke(AN) him for the words that the Lord your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for the surviving remnant.’”(AO)

So the servants of King Hezekiah went to Isaiah, who said to them, “Tell your master, ‘The Lord says this: Don’t be afraid(AP) because of the words you have heard, with which the king of Assyria’s attendants(AQ) have blasphemed(AR) me. I am about to put a spirit in him, and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land,(AS) where I will cause him to fall by the sword.’”(AT)

Sennacherib’s Departing Threat

When(AU) the royal spokesman heard that the king of Assyria had pulled out of Lachish,(AV) he left and found him fighting against Libnah.(AW) The king had heard concerning King Tirhakah of Cush, “Look, he has set out to fight against you.” So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Say this to King Hezekiah of Judah: ‘Don’t let your God, on whom you rely,(AX) deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.(AY) 11 Look, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries: They completely destroyed them. Will you be rescued? 12 Did the gods of the nations(AZ) that my predecessors destroyed rescue them—nations such as Gozan,(BA) Haran,(BB) Rezeph, and the Edenites(BC) in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of[h] Sepharvaim, Hena, or Ivvah?’” (BD)

Hezekiah’s Prayer

14 Hezekiah took(BE) the letter(BF) from the messengers’ hands, read it, then went up to the Lord’s temple, and spread it out before the Lord.(BG) 15 Then Hezekiah prayed before the Lord:

Lord God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim,(BH) you are God—you alone—of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth.(BI) 16 Listen closely, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see.(BJ) Hear the words that Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God.(BK) 17 Lord, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands.(BL) 18 They have thrown their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but made by human hands—wood and stone.(BM) So they have destroyed them. 19 Now, Lord our God, please save us from his power so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are God—you alone.(BN)

God’s Answer through Isaiah

20 Then(BO) Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: “The Lord, the God of Israel says, ‘I have heard your prayer(BP) to me about King Sennacherib of Assyria.’(BQ) 21 This is the word the Lord has spoken against him:

Virgin Daughter Zion(BR)
despises you and scorns you;
Daughter Jerusalem
shakes her head behind your back.(BS)
22 Who is it you mocked and blasphemed?(BT)
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes in pride?
Against the Holy One of Israel!(BU)
23 You have mocked the Lord[i] through[j] your messengers.(BV)
You have said, ‘With my many chariots(BW)
I have gone up to the heights of the mountains,
to the far recesses of Lebanon.
I cut down its tallest cedars,
its choice cypress trees.
I came to its farthest outpost,
its densest forest.
24 I dug wells
and drank water in foreign lands.
I dried up all the streams of Egypt(BX)
with the soles of my feet.’

25 Have you not heard?(BY)
I designed it long ago;
I planned it in days gone by.
I have now brought it to pass,(BZ)
and you have crushed fortified cities
into piles of rubble.
26 Their inhabitants have become powerless,
dismayed, and ashamed.
They are plants of the field,
tender grass,
grass on the rooftops,(CA)
blasted by the east wind.[k]

27 But I know your sitting down,(CB)
your going out and your coming in,
and your raging against me.
28 Because your raging against me
and your arrogance have reached my ears,
I will put my hook in your nose(CC)
and my bit in your mouth;
I will make you go back
the way you came.

29 “This will be the sign(CD) for you: This year you will eat what grows on its own, and in the second year what grows from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 30 The surviving remnant(CE) of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 31 For a remnant will go out from Jerusalem, and survivors, from Mount Zion.(CF) The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.(CG)

32 Therefore, this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria:
He will not enter this city,
shoot an arrow here,
come before it with a shield,
or build up a siege ramp against it.(CH)
33 He will go back
the way he came,
and he will not enter this city.

This is the Lord’s declaration.

34 I will defend this city and rescue it
for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.”(CI)

Defeat and Death of Sennacherib

35 That night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down one hundred eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!(CJ) 36 So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and left. He returned home and lived in Nineveh.(CK)

37 One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech(CL) and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and escaped to the land of Ararat.(CM) Then his son Esar-haddon(CN) became king in his place.

Footnotes:

  1. 18:14 Lit 300 talents
  2. 18:14 Lit 30 talents
  3. 18:17 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads and came and
  4. 18:19 Lit ‘What is this trust which you trust
  5. 18:26 Lit Judahite, also in v. 28
  6. 18:31 Lit a blessing
  7. 18:34 Some LXX mss, Old Lat read Sepharvaim? Where are the gods of the land of Samaria?
  8. 19:13 Or king of Lair,
  9. 19:23 Many mss read Lord
  10. 19:23 Lit by the hand of
  11. 19:26 DSS; MT reads blasted before standing grain; Is 37:27

Cross references:

  1. 18:13 : 2Ch 32:1; Is 36:1
  2. 18:14 : 2Kg 19:8
  3. 18:14 : Is 24:5; 33:8
  4. 18:15–16 : 2Kg 12:18; 16:8; 2Ch 16:2
  5. 18:17 : Is 20:1
  6. 18:17 : 2Ch 32:9
  7. 18:17 : 2Kg 20:20; Is 7:3
  8. 18:18 : 2Kg 19:2; Is 22:20
  9. 18:18 : Is 22:15
  10. 18:17–18 : Is 36:2–3
  11. 18:19–37 : Is 36:4–22
  12. 18:19 : 2Kg 18:5; 2Ch 32:10
  13. 18:20 : 2Kg 18:7
  14. 18:21 : Is 30:2–3,7
  15. 18:21 : Ezk 29:6–7
  16. 18:22 : 2Kg 18:4; 2Ch 31:1; 32:11–12
  17. 18:24 : Is 10:8
  18. 18:25 : 2Kg 19:6,22; 24:3; 2Ch 35:21
  19. 18:26 : Ezr 4:7; Dn 2:4
  20. 18:26–27 : Is 36:11–12
  21. 18:29 : 2Kg 19:10
  22. 18:29 : 2Ch 32:15
  23. 18:30 : 2Ch 32:18
  24. 18:31 : 1Kg 4:25
  25. 18:32 : Dt 8:7–9; 11:12
  26. 18:32 : Dt 30:19
  27. 18:33 : 2Kg 19:12; Is 10:10–11
  28. 18:34 : 2Kg 17:24; 19:13
  29. 18:35 : 2Ch 32:14; Ps 2:1–4; Dn 3:15
  30. 18:37 : 2Kg 18:26; 19:2
  31. 18:37 : 2Kg 6:30; Is 33:7
  32. 19:1 : 1Kg 21:27; 2Kg 18:37; Ps 69:11
  33. 19:1 : 2Ch 32:20; Is 37:1
  34. 19:2 : 2Kg 18:26,37
  35. 19:2 : 2Sm 3:31
  36. 19:2 : Is 1:1; 2:1
  37. 19:3 : Hs 13:13
  38. 19:4 : 1Sm 17:26; 2Kg 18:35
  39. 19:4 : Jos 14:12; 2Sm 16:12
  40. 19:4 : Ps 50:21
  41. 19:4 : 2Kg 19:30; Is 1:9
  42. 19:6 : Is 37:6
  43. 19:6 : 2Kg 18:17
  44. 19:6 : 2Kg 18:22–25,30,35
  45. 19:7 : 2Kg 7:6
  46. 19:7 : 2Kg 19:35–37
  47. 19:8–13 : Is 37:8–13
  48. 19:8 : 2Kg 18:14
  49. 19:8 : Jos 10:29
  50. 19:10 : 2Kg 18:5
  51. 19:10 : 2Kg 18:29–30
  52. 19:12 : 2Kg 18:33,35
  53. 19:12 : 2Kg 17:6
  54. 19:12 : Gn 11:31
  55. 19:12 : Is 37:12
  56. 19:13 : 2Kg 18:34
  57. 19:14–19 : Is 37:14–20
  58. 19:14 : 2Kg 5:7
  59. 19:14 : Is 37:14
  60. 19:15 : Ex 25:22
  61. 19:15 : Gn 1:1; 2Kg 5:15; Is 44:6
  62. 19:16 : 1Kg 8:28–29; Ps 115:4–6; Dn 9:18
  63. 19:16 : 2Kg 19:4; Ps 31:2; Is 37:17
  64. 19:17 : 2Kg 18:34
  65. 19:18 : Is 44:9–20; Jr 10:3–5; Ac 17:29
  66. 19:19 : 1Kg 8:42–43; Is 43:10–11
  67. 19:20–34 : Is 37:21–35
  68. 19:20 : 2Kg 20:5
  69. 19:20 : Is 37:21
  70. 19:21 : Jr 14:17; Lm 2:13
  71. 19:21 : Ps 22:7–8; 109:25; Mt 27:39
  72. 19:22 : 2Kg 19:4,6
  73. 19:22 : Is 5:24; 30:11–15; Jr 51:5
  74. 19:23 : 2Kg 18:17; 19:4
  75. 19:23 : Ps 20:7; Jr 50:37
  76. 19:24 : Is 19:6
  77. 19:25 : Is 40:21; 45:7
  78. 19:25 : Is 10:5
  79. 19:26 : Ps 129:6
  80. 19:27 : Ps 139:1–2
  81. 19:28 : Ezk 19:9; 29:4; 38:4
  82. 19:29 : Ex 3:14; 2Kg 20:8–9; Is 7:14
  83. 19:30 : 2Kg 19:4; 2Ch 32:22–23
  84. 19:31 : Is 10:20
  85. 19:31 : Is 9:7
  86. 19:32 : Is 8:7–10
  87. 19:34 : 1Kg 11:12–13; 2Kg 20:6; Is 31:5
  88. 19:35 : 2Ch 32:21; Is 37:36
  89. 19:36 : Jnh 1:2
  90. 19:37 : 2Kg 17:31
  91. 19:37 : Gn 8:4; Jr 51:27
  92. 19:37 : Gn 10:11; Ezr 4:2
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Acts 21:1-17

Warnings on the Journey to Jerusalem

21 After(A) we tore ourselves away from them, we set sail straight for Cos, the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. Finding a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we boarded and set sail. After we sighted Cyprus, passing to the south of it,[a] we sailed on to Syria and arrived at Tyre, since the ship was to unload its cargo there. We sought out the disciples and stayed there seven days. Through the Spirit they told Paul not to go to Jerusalem.(B) When our time had come to an end, we left to continue our journey, while all of them, with their wives and children, accompanied us out of the city. After kneeling down on the beach to pray, we said farewell to one another and boarded the ship, and they returned home.

When we completed our voyage[b] from Tyre, we reached Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed with them for a day.(C) The next day we left and came to Caesarea, where we entered the house of Philip(D) the evangelist,(E) who was one of the Seven, and stayed with him. This man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.(F)

10 After we had been there for several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 He came to us, took Paul’s belt, tied his own feet and hands, and said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him over to the Gentiles.’”(G) 12 When we heard this, both we and the local people pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.

13 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”(H)

14 Since he would not be persuaded, we said no more except, “The Lord’s will be done.”(I)

Conflict over the Gentile Mission

15 After this we got ready and went up to Jerusalem. 16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea also went with us and brought us to Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to stay.(J)

17 When we reached Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters welcomed us warmly.(K)

Footnotes:

  1. 21:3 Lit leaving it on the left
  2. 21:7 Or As we continued our voyage
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Psalm 149

Psalm 149

Praise for God’s Triumph

Hallelujah!
Sing to the Lord a new song,(A)
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.(B)
Let Israel celebrate its Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.(C)
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music to him with tambourine and lyre.(D)
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;(E)
he adorns the humble with salvation.(F)
Let the faithful celebrate in triumphal glory;
let them shout for joy on their beds.(G)

Let the exaltation of God be in their mouths[a]
and a double-edged sword in their hands,(H)
inflicting vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples,(I)
binding their kings with chains
and their dignitaries with iron shackles,(J)
carrying out the judgment decreed against them.
This honor is for all his faithful people.(K)
Hallelujah!

Footnotes:

  1. 149:6 Lit throat
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Proverbs 18:8

A gossip’s words are like choice food
that goes down to one’s innermost being.[a](A)

Footnotes:

  1. 18:8 Lit to the chambers of the belly

Cross references:

  1. 18:8 : Pr 26:22
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday June 30, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 17:1-18:12

Israel’s King Hoshea

17 In the twelfth year of Judah’s King Ahaz, Hoshea(A) son of Elah became king over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned nine years. He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, but not like the kings of Israel who preceded him.(B)

King Shalmaneser(C) of Assyria attacked him,(D) and Hoshea became his vassal and paid him tribute. But the king of Assyria caught Hoshea in a conspiracy: He had sent envoys to So king of Egypt(E) and had not paid tribute to the king of Assyria as in previous years.[a] Therefore the king of Assyria arrested him and put him in prison. The king of Assyria invaded the whole land, marched up to Samaria, and besieged it for three years.(F)

The Fall of Samaria

In the ninth year of Hoshea,(G) the king of Assyria captured Samaria. He deported(H) the Israelites to Assyria and settled them in Halah, along the Habor (Gozan’s river), and in the cities of the Medes.(I)

Why Israel Fell

This disaster happened because the people of Israel sinned against the Lord their God who had brought them out of the land of Egypt from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt(J) and because they worshiped[b] other gods.(K) They lived according to the customs of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites(L) and according to what the kings of Israel did.(M) The Israelites secretly did things[c] against the Lord their God that were not right. They built high places in all their towns from watchtower(N) to fortified city. 10 They set up for themselves sacred pillars(O) and Asherah poles(P) on every high hill and under every green tree.(Q) 11 They burned incense there on all the high places just like the nations that the Lord had driven out before them had done. They did evil things, angering the Lord. 12 They served idols, although the Lord had told them, “You must not do this.”(R) 13 Still, the Lord warned(S) Israel and Judah through every prophet and every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep my commands and statutes according to the whole law I commanded your ancestors and sent to you through my servants the prophets.”(T)

14 But they would not listen. Instead they became obstinate like[d] their ancestors who did not believe the Lord their God.(U) 15 They rejected his statutes and his covenant he had made with their ancestors(V) and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves,(W) following the surrounding nations the Lord had commanded them not to imitate.(X)

16 They abandoned all the commands of the Lord their God. They made cast images(Y) for themselves, two calves, and an Asherah pole.(Z) They bowed in worship to all the stars in the sky(AA) and served Baal.(AB) 17 They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire[e](AC) and practiced divination and interpreted omens.(AD) They devoted themselves to do what was evil in the Lord’s sight and angered him.(AE)

18 Therefore, the Lord was very angry with Israel, and he removed them from his presence.(AF) Only the tribe of Judah remained.(AG) 19 Even Judah did not keep the commands of the Lord their God(AH) but lived according to the customs Israel had practiced.(AI) 20 So the Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel, punished them, and handed them over to plunderers until he had banished them from his presence.(AJ)

Summary of Israel’s History

21 When the Lord tore(AK) Israel from the house of David, Israel made Jeroboam son of Nebat king.(AL) Then Jeroboam led Israel away from following the Lord and caused them to commit grave sin. 22 The Israelites persisted in all the sins that Jeroboam committed and did not turn away from them.(AM) 23 Finally, the Lord removed Israel from his presence just as he had declared through all his servants the prophets. So Israel has been exiled to Assyria from their homeland to this very day.(AN)

Foreign Refugees in Israel

24 Then the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim and settled them in place of the Israelites in the cities of Samaria. The settlers took possession of Samaria and lived in its cities.(AO) 25 When they first lived there, they did not fear the Lord. So the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them.(AP) 26 The settlers said to the king of Assyria, “The nations that you have deported and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the requirements of the god of the land. Therefore he has sent lions among them that are killing them because the people don’t know the requirements of the god of the land.”

27 Then the king of Assyria issued a command: “Send back one of the priests you deported.(AQ) Have him go and live there so he can teach them the requirements of the god of the land.” 28 So one of the priests they had deported came and lived in Bethel,(AR) and he began to teach them how they should fear the Lord.

29 But the people of each nation were still making their own gods in the cities where they lived and putting them in the shrines of the high places that the people of Samaria had made.(AS) 30 The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima, 31 the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire(AT) to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. 32 They feared the Lord, but they also made from their ranks priests for the high places, who were working for them at the shrines of the high places.(AU) 33 They feared the Lord, but they also worshiped their own gods(AV) according to the practice of the nations from which they had been deported.

34 They are still observing the former practices to this day. None of them fear the Lord or observe the statutes and ordinances, the law and commandments that the Lord had commanded the descendants of Jacob, whom he had given the name Israel.(AW) 35 The Lord made a covenant with Jacob’s descendants and commanded them, “Do not fear other gods; do not bow in worship to them;(AX) do not serve them; do not sacrifice to them.(AY) 36 Instead fear the Lord, who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power(AZ) and an outstretched arm.(BA) You are to bow down to him, and you are to sacrifice to him. 37 You are to be careful always(BB) to observe the statutes, the ordinances, the law, and the commandments he wrote for you; do not fear other gods. 38 Do not forget the covenant that I have made with you.(BC) Do not fear other gods, 39 but fear the Lord your God, and he will rescue you from all your enemies.”(BD)

40 However, these nations would not listen but continued observing their former practices. 41 They feared the Lord but also served their idols. Still today, their children and grandchildren continue doing as their ancestors did.(BE)

Judah’s King Hezekiah

18 In the third year of Israel’s King Hoshea(BF) son of Elah, Hezekiah(BG) son of Ahaz became king of Judah. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abi[f] daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the Lord’s sight just as his ancestor David had done.(BH) He removed the high places, shattered the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles.(BI) He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made,(BJ) for until then the Israelites were burning incense to it. It was called Nehushtan.[g]

Hezekiah relied on the Lord God of Israel;(BK) not one of the kings of Judah was like him, either before him or after him.(BL) He remained faithful to the Lord(BM) and did not turn from following him but kept the commands the Lord had commanded Moses.

The Lord was with him, and wherever he went he prospered.(BN) He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.(BO) He defeated the Philistines as far as Gaza and its borders,(BP) from watchtower(BQ) to fortified city.

Review of Israel’s Fall

In the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Israel’s King Hoshea son of Elah, Assyria’s King Shalmaneser marched against Samaria and besieged it.(BR) 10 The Assyrians captured it at the end of three years. In the sixth year of Hezekiah, which was the ninth year of Israel’s King Hoshea, Samaria was captured. 11 The king of Assyria deported the Israelites to Assyria and put them in Halah, along the Habor (Gozan’s river), and in the cities of the Medes,(BS) 12 because they did not listen to the Lord their God but violated his covenant—all he had commanded Moses the servant of the Lord. They did not listen, and they did not obey.(BT)

Footnotes:

  1. 17:4 Lit as year by year
  2. 17:7 Lit feared
  3. 17:9 Or Israelites spoke words
  4. 17:14 Lit they stiffened their neck like the neck of
  5. 17:17 Lit They made their sons and daughters pass through the fire
  6. 18:2 = Abijah in 2Ch 29:1
  7. 18:4 = A Bronze Thing

Cross references:

  1. 17:1 : 2Kg 15:30
  2. 17:2 : 2Kg 15:24,28
  3. 17:3 : Hs 10:14
  4. 17:3 : 2Kg 18:9–12
  5. 17:4 : Is 31:1
  6. 17:5 : 2Kg 18:9–10; Hs 13:16
  7. 17:6 : Hs 1:4; 13:16
  8. 17:6 : Dt 28:64; 29:27–28
  9. 17:6 : 1Ch 5:26
  10. 17:7 : Jos 24:5–7
  11. 17:7 : Jdg 6:10
  12. 17:8 : Lv 18:3; Dt 18:9
  13. 17:8 : 2Kg 16:3; 17:19
  14. 17:9 : 2Kg 18:8
  15. 17:10 : Ex 23:24
  16. 17:10 : 1Kg 14:15,23; 15:13; 2Kg 18:4
  17. 17:10 : Dt 12:2
  18. 17:12 : Ex 20:4–5
  19. 17:13 : Neh 9:29–30
  20. 17:13 : 1Kg 9:6–9; 18:18–21
  21. 17:14 : Ex 32:9; 33:3; Nm 14:11
  22. 17:15 : Ex 24:6–8
  23. 17:15 : Jr 2:5; Rm 1:21–23
  24. 17:15 : Dt 12:30–31
  25. 17:16 : 1Kg 12:28
  26. 17:16 : 1Kg 14:15,23
  27. 17:16 : 2Kg 21:3
  28. 17:16 : 1Kg 16:31–33; Am 5:26; Zph 1:5
  29. 17:17 : 2Kg 16:3
  30. 17:17 : Lv 19:26; Dt 18:10–12; 2Kg 16:3
  31. 17:17 : 1Kg 21:20
  32. 17:18 : 2Kg 17:6
  33. 17:18 : 1Kg 11:13,32,36
  34. 17:19 : 1Kg 14:22–23
  35. 17:19 : 2Kg 16:3
  36. 17:20 : 2Kg 15:29; 17:6
  37. 17:21 : 1Kg 11:11,31
  38. 17:21 : 1Kg 12:20
  39. 17:21–22 : 1Kg 12:28–33
  40. 17:23 : 2Kg 17:6,13
  41. 17:24 : Ezr 4:10
  42. 17:25 : 1Kg 13:24
  43. 17:27 : 2Kg 17:6
  44. 17:28 : 1Kg 12:29,32–33
  45. 17:29 : 1Kg 12:31; 13:32
  46. 17:31 : 2Kg 17:17
  47. 17:32 : Jdg 17:5–13; 1Kg 12:31; 13:33
  48. 17:33 : Zph 1:5
  49. 17:34 : Gn 32:28; 35:10
  50. 17:35 : Ex 20:5; Dt 5:9; Jdg 6:10
  51. 17:35 : Dt 5:9
  52. 17:36 : Ex 14:15–30
  53. 17:36 : Ex 6:6; 9:15
  54. 17:37 : Dt 5:32
  55. 17:38 : Dt 4:23; 6:12
  56. 17:39 : Ex 23:22; Dt 20:1–4; 23:14
  57. 17:41 : 1Kg 18:21; Ezr 4:2; Mt 6:24
  58. 18:1 : 2Kg 17:1
  59. 18:1 : 2Ch 28:27
  60. 18:2–3 : 2Ch 29:1–2
  61. 18:4 : 2Kg 17:10; 18:22; 2Ch 31:1
  62. 18:4 : Nm 21:5–9
  63. 18:5 : 2Kg 19:10
  64. 18:5 : 1Kg 3:12; 2Kg 23:25
  65. 18:6 : Dt 10:20; Jos 23:8
  66. 18:7 : Gn 39:2–3; 1Sm 18:14
  67. 18:7 : 2Kg 16:7
  68. 18:8 : 2Ch 28:18; Is 14:29
  69. 18:8 : 2Kg 17:9
  70. 18:9 : 2Kg 17:3–7
  71. 18:10–11 : 2Kg 17:6; 1Ch 5:26
  72. 18:12 : 1Kg 9:6; 2Kg 17:7–18; Dn 9:6,10
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Acts 20

Paul in Macedonia

20 After the uproar was over, Paul sent for the disciples, encouraged them, and after saying farewell, departed to go to Macedonia.(A) And when he had passed through those areas and offered them many words of encouragement, he came to Greece and stayed three months. The Jews plotted against him when he was about to set sail for Syria, and so he decided to go back through Macedonia.(B) He was accompanied[a] by Sopater son of Pyrrhus[b] from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy,(C) and Tychicus(D) and Trophimus(E) from the province of Asia. These men went on ahead and waited for us in Troas,(F) but we sailed away from Philippi after the Festival of Unleavened Bread.(G) In five days we reached them at Troas, where we spent seven days.

Eutychus Revived at Troas

On the first day of the week, we assembled to break bread.(H) Paul spoke to them, and since he was about to depart the next day, he kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were assembled, and a young man named Eutychus was sitting on a window sill and sank into a deep sleep as Paul kept on talking. When he was overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 But Paul went down, bent over him, embraced him, and said, “Don’t be alarmed, because he’s alive.”(I) 11 After going upstairs, breaking the bread, and eating, Paul talked a long time until dawn. Then he left. 12 They brought the boy home alive and were greatly comforted.

From Troas to Miletus

13 We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul on board, because these were his instructions, since he himself was going by land. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went on to Mitylene. 15 Sailing from there, the next day we arrived off Chios. The following day we crossed over to Samos, and[c] the day after, we came to Miletus.(J) 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, because he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible, for the day of Pentecost.(K)

Farewell Address to the Ephesian Elders

17 Now from Miletus, he sent to Ephesus and summoned the elders of the church. 18 When they came to him, he said to them, “You know, from the first day I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time,(L) 19 serving the Lord with all humility, with tears, and during the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews.(M) 20 You know that I did not hesitate to proclaim anything to you that was profitable and to teach you publicly and from house to house. 21 I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God(N) and faith in our Lord Jesus.(O)

22 “And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, compelled by the Spirit,[d] not knowing what I will encounter there,(P) 23 except that in every town the Holy Spirit warns me that chains and afflictions are waiting for me.(Q) 24 But I consider my life of no value to myself; my purpose is to finish my course[e] and the ministry(R) I received from the Lord Jesus,(S) to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.

25 “And now I know that none of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will ever see me again. 26 Therefore I declare to you this day that I am innocent[f] of the blood of all of you,(T) 27 because I did not avoid declaring to you the whole plan of God.(U) 28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock(V) of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers,(W) to shepherd the church of God,[g] which he purchased with his own blood.(X) 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Men will rise up even from your own number and distort the truth to lure the disciples into following them.(Y) 31 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I never stopped warning each one of you with tears.(Z)

32 “And now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace,(AA) which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance(AB) among all who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.(AC) 34 You yourselves know that I worked with my own hands to support myself and those who are with me.(AD) 35 In every way I’ve shown you that it is necessary to help the weak by laboring like this and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, because he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

36 After he said this, he knelt down and prayed with all of them.(AE) 37 There were many tears shed by everyone. They embraced Paul and kissed him, 38 grieving most of all over his statement that they would never see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.(AF)

Footnotes:

  1. 20:4 Other mss add to Asia
  2. 20:4 Other mss omit son of Pyrrhus
  3. 20:15 Other mss add after staying at Trogyllium
  4. 20:22 Or in my spirit
  5. 20:24 Other mss add with joy
  6. 20:26 Lit clean
  7. 20:28 Some mss read church of the Lord; other mss read church of the Lord and God
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Psalm 148

Psalm 148

Creation’s Praise of the Lord

Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.(A)
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly armies.(B)
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.(C)
Praise him, highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.(D)
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded, and they were created.(E)
He set them in position forever and ever;
he gave an order that will never pass away.(F)

Praise the Lord from the earth,
all sea monsters and ocean depths,(G)
lightning[a] and hail, snow and cloud,
stormy wind that executes his command,(H)
mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,(I)
10 wild animals and all cattle,
creatures that crawl and flying birds,(J)
11 kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all judges of the earth,(K)
12 young men as well as young women,
old and young together.(L)
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted.
His majesty covers heaven and earth.(M)
14 He has raised up a horn for his people,
resulting in praise to all his faithful ones,
to the Israelites, the people close to him.(N)
Hallelujah!

Footnotes:

  1. 148:8 Or fire
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Proverbs 18:6-7

A fool’s lips lead to strife,
and his mouth provokes a beating.(A)

A fool’s mouth is his devastation,
and his lips are a trap for his life.(B)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday June 29, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 15-16

Judah’s King Azariah

15 In the twenty-seventh year of Israel’s King Jeroboam, Azariah[a](A) son of Amaziah became king of Judah.(B) He was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah; she was from Jerusalem. Azariah did what was right in the Lord’s sight(C) just as his father Amaziah had done. Yet the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.(D)

The Lord afflicted the king, and he had a serious skin disease until the day of his death.(E) He lived in quarantine,[b](F) while Jotham,(G) the king’s son, was over the household governing the people of the land.(H)

The rest of the events of Azariah’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(I) Azariah rested with his ancestors and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His son Jotham became king in his place.(J)

Israel’s King Zechariah

In the thirty-eighth year of Judah’s King Azariah, Zechariah(K) son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria for six months. He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight as his predecessors had done.(L) He did not turn away from the sins Jeroboam son of Nebat had caused Israel to commit.(M)

10 Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against Zechariah. He struck him down publicly,[c] killed him, and became king in his place.(N) 11 As for the rest of the events of Zechariah’s reign, they are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings.(O) 12 The word of the Lord that he spoke to Jehu was, “Four generations of your sons will sit on the throne of Israel,”(P) and it was so.

Israel’s King Shallum

13 In the thirty-ninth year of Judah’s King Uzziah,[d] Shallum son of Jabesh became king; he reigned in Samaria(Q) a full month. 14 Then Menahem son of Gadi came up from Tirzah(R) to Samaria and struck down Shallum son of Jabesh there. He killed him and became king in his place. 15 As for the rest of the events of Shallum’s reign, along with the conspiracy that he formed, they are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings.

Israel’s King Menahem

16 At that time, starting from Tirzah, Menahem attacked Tiphsah,(S) all who were in it, and its territory because they wouldn’t surrender.(T) He ripped open all the pregnant women.(U)

17 In the thirty-ninth year of Judah’s King Azariah, Menahem son of Gadi became king over Israel, and he reigned ten years in Samaria. 18 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. Throughout his reign, he did not turn away from the sins Jeroboam son of Nebat had caused Israel to commit.(V)

19 King Pul[e](W) of Assyria invaded the land, so Menahem gave Pul seventy-five thousand pounds[f] of silver so that Pul would support him to strengthen his grasp on the kingdom.(X) 20 Then Menahem exacted twenty ounces[g] of silver from each of the prominent men of Israel to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria withdrew and did not stay there in the land.(Y)

21 The rest of the events of Menahem’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings. 22 Menahem rested with his ancestors, and his son Pekahiah became king in his place.(Z)

Israel’s King Pekahiah

23 In the fiftieth year of Judah’s King Azariah, Pekahiah son of Menahem became king over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned two years. 24 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight and did not turn away from the sins Jeroboam son of Nebat had caused Israel to commit.(AA)

25 Then his officer, Pekah(AB) son of Remaliah, conspired against him(AC) and struck him down in Samaria at the citadel of the king’s palace(AD)—with Argob and Arieh.[h] There were fifty Gileadite men with Pekah. He killed Pekahiah and became king in his place.

26 As for the rest of the events of Pekahiah’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, they are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings.

Israel’s King Pekah

27 In the fifty-second year of Judah’s King Azariah, Pekah son of Remaliah became king over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned twenty years. 28 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. He did not turn away from the sins Jeroboam son of Nebat had caused Israel to commit.

29 In the days of King Pekah of Israel, King Tiglath-pileser(AE) of Assyria came and captured Ijon,(AF) Abel-beth-maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee—all the land of Naphtali(AG)—and deported the people to Assyria.(AH)

30 Then Hoshea(AI) son of Elah organized a conspiracy against Pekah son of Remaliah. He attacked him, killed him,(AJ) and became king in his place in the twentieth year of Jotham son of Uzziah.

31 As for the rest of the events of Pekah’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, they are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings.

Judah’s King Jotham

32 In the second year of Israel’s King Pekah son of Remaliah, Jotham(AK) son of Uzziah became king of Judah. 33 He was twenty-five years old when he became king,(AL) and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerusha daughter of Zadok. 34 He did what was right in the Lord’s sight just as his father Uzziah had done.(AM) 35 Yet the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

Jotham built the Upper Gate of the Lord’s temple.(AN) 36 The rest(AO) of the events of Jotham’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(AP) 37 In those days the Lord began sending Aram’s King Rezin and Pekah son of Remaliah against Judah.(AQ) 38 Jotham rested with his ancestors and was buried with his ancestors in the city of his ancestor David.(AR) His son Ahaz became king in his place.

Judah’s King Ahaz

16 In the seventeenth year of Pekah son of Remaliah,(AS) Ahaz(AT) son of Jotham became king of Judah. Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. He did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord his God like his ancestor David(AU) but walked in the ways of the kings of Israel.(AV) He even sacrificed his son in the fire,[i] imitating the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.(AW) He sacrificed and burned incense(AX) on the high places, on the hills, and under every green tree.(AY)

Then(AZ) Aram’s King Rezin and Israel’s King Pekah son of Remaliah came to wage war against Jerusalem. They besieged Ahaz but were not able to conquer him.(BA) At that time Aram’s King Rezin recovered Elath for Aram and expelled the Judahites from Elath.(BB) Then the Arameans came to Elath, and they still live there today.(BC)

So Ahaz sent messengers(BD) to King Tiglath-pileser(BE) of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son. March up and save me from the grasp of the king of Aram and of the king of Israel, who are rising up against me.” Ahaz also took the silver and gold found in the Lord’s temple and in the treasuries of the king’s palace and sent them to the king of Assyria as a bribe.(BF) So the king of Assyria listened to him(BG) and marched up to Damascus and captured it.(BH) He deported its people to Kir(BI) but put Rezin to death.

Ahaz’s Idolatry

10 King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet King Tiglath-pileser(BJ) of Assyria. When he saw the altar that was in Damascus, King Ahaz sent a model of the altar and complete plans for its construction to the priest Uriah.(BK) 11 Uriah built the altar according to all the instructions King Ahaz sent from Damascus. Therefore, by the time King Ahaz came back from Damascus, the priest Uriah had completed it. 12 When the king came back from Damascus, he saw the altar. Then he approached the altar(BL) and ascended it.[j] 13 He offered his burnt offering(BM) and his grain offering, poured out his drink offering, and splattered the blood of his fellowship offerings(BN) on the altar. 14 He took the bronze altar(BO) that was before the Lord in front of the temple between his altar and the Lord’s temple, and put it on the north side of his altar.

15 Then King Ahaz commanded the priest Uriah, “Offer on the great altar the morning burnt offering, the evening grain offering, and the king’s burnt offering and his grain offering. Also offer the burnt offering of all the people of the land, their grain offering, and their drink offerings. Splatter on the altar all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of sacrifice. The bronze altar will be for me to seek guidance.”[k] 16 The priest Uriah did everything King Ahaz commanded.

17 Then King Ahaz cut off the frames of the water carts[l](BP) and removed the bronze basin from each of them. He took the basin[m](BQ) from the bronze oxen that were under it and put it on a stone pavement. 18 To satisfy the king of Assyria, he removed from the Lord’s temple the Sabbath canopy they had built in the palace, and he closed the outer entrance for the king.

Ahaz’s Death

19 The rest(BR) of the events of Ahaz’s reign, along with his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(BS) 20 Ahaz rested with his ancestors(BT) and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David, and his son Hezekiah became king in his place.

Footnotes:

  1. 15:1 = Uzziah in 2Ch 26:3
  2. 15:5 Lit in a house of exemption from duty
  3. 15:10 Some LXX mss read down at Ibleam; Hb uncertain
  4. 15:13 = Azariah, also in vv. 30,32,34
  5. 15:19 = Tiglath-pileser
  6. 15:19 Lit 1,000 talents
  7. 15:20 Lit 50 shekels
  8. 15:25 Hb obscure
  9. 16:3 Lit even made his son pass through the fire
  10. 16:12 Or and offered on it:
  11. 16:15 Hb obscure
  12. 16:17 Lit the stands
  13. 16:17 Lit sea

Cross references:

  1. 15:1 : 2Kg 14:21
  2. 15:1–3 : 2Ch 26:3–5
  3. 15:3 : 1Kg 14:8
  4. 15:4 : 2Kg 14:3–4
  5. 15:5 : 2Ch 26:16–21
  6. 15:5 : Lv 13:46
  7. 15:5 : 2Kg 15:32; 2Ch 27:1; Mc 1:1
  8. 15:5 : 2Ch 26:16–21
  9. 15:6 : 2Kg 14:18
  10. 15:6–7 : 2Ch 26:22–23
  11. 15:8 : 2Kg 14:29
  12. 15:9 : 2Kg 14:24
  13. 15:9 : 1Kg 12:28–33; 13:33–34
  14. 15:10 : 2Kg 12:20
  15. 15:11 : 2Kg 13:8
  16. 15:12 : 2Kg 10:30
  17. 15:13 : 1Kg 16:24
  18. 15:14 : 1Kg 14:17
  19. 15:16 : 1Kg 4:24
  20. 15:16 : Dt 20:11
  21. 15:16 : 2Kg 8:12; Hs 13:16; Am 1:13
  22. 15:18 : 1Kg 12:28–33; 15:26
  23. 15:19 : 1Ch 5:25–26
  24. 15:19 : 2Kg 14:5
  25. 15:20 : 2Kg 12:18
  26. 15:22 : 2Kg 14:29
  27. 15:24 : 1Kg 12:28–33
  28. 15:25 : 2Ch 28:6
  29. 15:25 : 2Kg 12:20
  30. 15:25 : 1Kg 16:8
  31. 15:29 : 1Ch 5:6,26
  32. 15:29 : 1Kg 15:29
  33. 15:29 : Jos 19:32–39
  34. 15:29 : 2Kg 17:6
  35. 15:30 : 2Kg 17:1
  36. 15:30 : 2Kg 12:20
  37. 15:32 : 2Kg 15:5,7
  38. 15:33–35 : 2Ch 27:1–3
  39. 15:34–35 : 2Kg 15:3–4
  40. 15:35 : 2Ch 27:3
  41. 15:36–38 : 2Ch 27:7–9
  42. 15:36 : 2Kg 14:18
  43. 15:37 : 2Kg 16:5; Is 7:1
  44. 15:38 : 2Kg 15:7
  45. 16:1–4 : 2Ch 28:1–4
  46. 16:1 : Is 1:1; 7:1
  47. 16:2 : 1Kg 14:8
  48. 16:3 : 2Kg 17:9–10
  49. 16:3 : Dt 18:10; 2Kg 21:6; 2Ch 33:6
  50. 16:4 : 1Kg 22:17
  51. 16:4 : Dt 12:2
  52. 16:5–6 : 2Ch 28:5–6; Is 7:1–9
  53. 16:5 : 2Kg 15:37; Is 7:1
  54. 16:6 : 1Kg 9:26
  55. 16:6 : 2Ch 26:2
  56. 16:7 : 2Ch 28:16
  57. 16:7 : 2Kg 15:29; 1Ch 5:26
  58. 16:8 : 1Kg 15:19; 2Kg 12:17–18; 18:15
  59. 16:9 : 2Ch 28:21
  60. 16:9 : Am 1:3–5
  61. 16:9 : Is 22:6; Am 9:7
  62. 16:10 : 2Kg 15:29
  63. 16:10 : Is 8:2
  64. 16:12 : 2Ch 26:16
  65. 16:13 : Ex 29:40
  66. 16:13 : Lv 7:11–21
  67. 16:14 : Ex 40:24
  68. 16:17 : 1Kg 7:27–28
  69. 16:17 : 1Kg 7:23–25
  70. 16:19–20 : 2Ch 28:26–27
  71. 16:19 : 2Kg 15:36
  72. 16:20 : Is 14:28
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Acts 19:13-41

13 Now some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists also attempted to pronounce the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I command you by the Jesus that Paul preaches!” (A) 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this. 15 The evil spirit answered them, “I know Jesus, and I recognize Paul—but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them, overpowered them all, and prevailed against them, so that they ran out of that house naked and wounded. 17 When this became known to everyone who lived in Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks, they became afraid, and the name of the Lord Jesus(B) was held in high esteem.(C)

18 And many who had become believers came confessing and disclosing their practices, 19 while many of those who had practiced magic(D) collected their books and burned them in front of everyone. So they calculated their value and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread and prevailed.(E)

The Riot in Ephesus

21 After these events, Paul resolved by the Spirit[a] to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem. “After I’ve been there,” he said, “It is necessary for me to see Rome as well.”(F) 22 After sending to Macedonia two of those who assisted him, Timothy and Erastus,(G) he himself stayed in Asia for a while.(H)

23 About that time there was a major disturbance about the Way.(I) 24 For a person named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, provided a great deal of business for the craftsmen. 25 When he had assembled them, as well as the workers engaged in this type of business, he said, “Men, you know that our prosperity is derived from this business. 26 You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this man Paul has persuaded and misled a considerable number of people by saying that gods made by hand are not gods.(J) 27 Not only do we run a risk that our business may be discredited, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be despised and her magnificence come to the verge of ruin—the very one all of Asia and the world worship.”

28 When they had heard this, they were filled with rage and began to cry out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 So the city was filled with confusion, and they rushed all together into the amphitheater, dragging along Gaius(K) and Aristarchus,(L) Macedonians who were Paul’s traveling companions. 30 Although Paul wanted to go in before the people, the disciples did not let him. 31 Even some of the provincial officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent word to him, pleading with him not to venture[b] into the amphitheater. 32 Some were shouting one thing and some another,(M) because the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together. 33 Some Jews in the crowd gave instructions to Alexander[c] after they pushed him to the front. Motioning with his hand, Alexander wanted to make his defense to the people.(N) 34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

35 When the city clerk had calmed the crowd down, he said, “People of Ephesus! What person is there who doesn’t know that the city of the Ephesians is the temple guardian of the great[d] Artemis, and of the image that fell from heaven? 36 Therefore, since these things are undeniable, you must keep calm and not do anything rash. 37 For you have brought these men here who are not temple robbers or blasphemers of our[e] goddess. 38 So if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a case against anyone, the courts are in session, and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another.(O) 39 But if you seek anything further, it must be decided in a legal assembly. 40 In fact, we run a risk of being charged with rioting(P) for what happened today, since there is no justification that we can give as a reason for this disturbance.” 41 After saying this, he dismissed the assembly.

Footnotes:

  1. 19:21 Or in his spirit
  2. 19:31 Lit not to give himself
  3. 19:33 Or thought it was about Alexander
  4. 19:35 Other mss add goddess
  5. 19:37 Other mss read your
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Psalm 147

Psalm 147

God Restores Jerusalem

Hallelujah!
How good it is to sing to our God,
for praise is pleasant and lovely.(A)

The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem;(B)
he gathers Israel’s exiled people.(C)
He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.(D)
He counts the number of the stars;
he gives names to all of them.(E)
Our Lord is great, vast in power;
his understanding is infinite.[a](F)
The Lord helps the oppressed
but brings the wicked to the ground.(G)

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
play the lyre to our God,(H)
who covers the sky with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
and causes grass to grow on the hills.(I)
He provides the animals with their food,
and the young ravens what they cry for.(J)

10 He is not impressed by the strength of a horse;
he does not value the power of a warrior.[b](K)
11 The Lord values those who fear him,
those who put their hope in his faithful love.(L)

12 Exalt the Lord, Jerusalem;
praise your God, Zion!(M)
13 For he strengthens the bars of your city gates
and blesses your children within you.(N)
14 He endows your territory with prosperity;[c](O)
he satisfies you with the finest wheat.(P)

15 He sends his command throughout the earth;
his word runs swiftly.(Q)
16 He spreads snow like wool;
he scatters frost like ashes;(R)
17 he throws his hailstones like crumbs.
Who can withstand his cold?(S)
18 He sends his word and melts them;
he unleashes his winds,[d] and the water flows.(T)

19 He declares his word to Jacob,
his statutes and judgments to Israel.(U)
20 He has not done this for every nation;
they do not know his judgments.(V)
Hallelujah!

Footnotes:

  1. 147:5 Lit understanding has no number
  2. 147:10 Lit the legs of the man
  3. 147:14 Or peace
  4. 147:18 Or breath
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Proverbs 18:4-5

The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters,(A)
a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.[a]

It is not good to show partiality to the guilty,(B)
denying an innocent person justice.(C)

Footnotes:

  1. 18:4 Or waters; a fountain of wisdom is a flowing river
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday June 28, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 13-14

Israel’s King Jehoahaz

13 In the twenty-third year of Judah’s King Joash(A) son of Ahaziah, Jehoahaz(B) son of Jehu became king over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years. He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight and followed the sins that Jeroboam son of Nebat had caused Israel to commit; he did not turn away from them.(C) So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel,(D) and he handed them over to King Hazael(E) of Aram and to his son Ben-hadad(F) during their reigns.

Then Jehoahaz sought the Lord’s favor, and the Lord heard him, for he saw the oppression the king of Aram inflicted on Israel.(G) Therefore, the Lord gave Israel a deliverer,(H) and they escaped from the power of the Arameans. Then the people of Israel returned to their former way of life,[a] but they didn’t turn away from the sins that the house of Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit. Jehoahaz continued them,(I) and the Asherah pole also remained standing in Samaria. Jehoahaz did not have an army left, except for fifty horsemen, ten chariots, and ten thousand foot soldiers, because the king of Aram had destroyed them,(J) making them like dust at threshing.(K)

The rest of the events of Jehoahaz’s reign, along with all his accomplishments and his might, are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings.(L) Jehoahaz rested with his ancestors, and he was buried in Samaria. His son Jehoash[b] became king in his place.

Israel’s King Jehoash

10 In the thirty-seventh year of Judah’s King Joash, Jehoash son of Jehoahaz became king over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned sixteen years. 11 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. He did not turn away from all the sins that Jeroboam son of Nebat had caused Israel to commit, but he continued them.(M)

12 The rest of the events of Jehoash’s reign, along with all his accomplishments and the power he had to wage war against Judah’s King Amaziah,(N) are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings. 13 Jehoash rested with his ancestors, and Jeroboam(O) sat on his throne. Jehoash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.

Elisha’s Death

14 When Elisha became sick with the illness from which he died, King Jehoash of Israel went down and wept over him and said, “My father, my father, the chariots and horsemen of Israel!” (P)

15 Elisha responded, “Get a bow and arrows.” So he got a bow and arrows.(Q) 16 Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Grasp the bow.” So the king grasped it, and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. 17 Elisha said, “Open the east window.” So he opened it. Elisha said, “Shoot!” So he shot.(R) Then Elisha said, “The Lord’s arrow of victory, yes, the arrow of victory over Aram. You are to strike down the Arameans in Aphek(S) until you have put an end to them.”

18 Then Elisha said, “Take the arrows!” So he took them. Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground!” So he struck the ground three times and stopped. 19 The man of God(T) was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times. Then you would have struck down Aram until you had put an end to them, but now you will strike down Aram only three times.” 20 Then Elisha died and was buried.(U)

Now Moabite raiders(V) used to come into the land in the spring of the year. 21 Once, as the Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a raiding party, so they threw the man into Elisha’s tomb. When he touched Elisha’s bones, the man revived and stood up!(W)

God’s Mercy on Israel

22 King Hazael(X) of Aram oppressed Israel throughout the reign of Jehoahaz, 23 but the Lord was gracious to them, had compassion on them,(Y) and turned toward them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.(Z) He was not willing to destroy them. Even now he has not banished them from his presence.(AA)

24 King Hazael of Aram died, and his son Ben-hadad(AB) became king in his place. 25 Then Jehoash son of Jehoahaz took back from Ben-hadad son of Hazael the cities that Hazael had taken in war from Jehoash’s father Jehoahaz. Jehoash defeated Ben-hadad three times and recovered the cities of Israel.(AC)

Judah’s King Amaziah

14 In(AD) the second year of Israel’s King Jehoash[c](AE) son of Jehoahaz,[d] Amaziah(AF) son of Joash became king of Judah. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan;[e] she was from Jerusalem. He did what was right in the Lord’s sight, but not like his ancestor David. He did everything his father Joash had done.(AG) Yet the high places were not taken away, and the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.(AH)

As soon as the kingdom was firmly in his grasp, Amaziah killed his servants who had killed his father the king.(AI) However, he did not put the children of the killers to death, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses where the Lord commanded, “Fathers are not to be put to death because of children, and children are not to be put to death because of fathers; instead, each one will be put to death for his own sin.”(AJ)

Amaziah killed ten thousand Edomites in Salt Valley.(AK) He took Sela(AL) in battle and called it Joktheel,(AM) which is still its name today. Amaziah then sent messengers to Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, son of Jehu, king of Israel, and challenged him: “Come, let’s meet face to face.”(AN)

King Jehoash of Israel sent word to King Amaziah of Judah, saying, “The thistle in Lebanon once sent a message to the cedar(AO) in Lebanon,(AP) saying, ‘Give your daughter to my son as a wife.’ Then a wild animal in Lebanon passed by and trampled the thistle. 10 You have indeed defeated Edom, and you have become overconfident.[f](AQ) Enjoy your glory and stay at home. Why should you stir up such trouble that you fall—you and Judah with you?”

11 But Amaziah would not listen, so King Jehoash of Israel advanced. He and King Amaziah of Judah met face to face at Beth-shemesh(AR) that belonged to Judah. 12 Judah was routed before Israel, and each man fled to his own tent.(AS) 13 King Jehoash of Israel captured Judah’s King Amaziah son of Joash,[g] son of Ahaziah, at Beth-shemesh. Then Jehoash went to Jerusalem and broke down two hundred yards[h] of Jerusalem’s wall from the Ephraim Gate(AT) to the Corner Gate.(AU) 14 He took all the gold and silver, all the articles found in the Lord’s temple and in the treasuries of the king’s palace, and some hostages.(AV) Then he returned to Samaria.

Jehoash’s Death

15 The rest of the events of Jehoash’s reign, along with his accomplishments, his might, and how he waged war against King Amaziah of Judah, are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings.(AW) 16 Jehoash rested with his ancestors, and he was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. His son Jeroboam became king in his place.

Amaziah’s Death

17 Judah’s King Amaziah son of Joash lived fifteen years after the death of Israel’s King Jehoash son of Jehoahaz.(AX) 18 The rest of the events of Amaziah’s reign are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(AY) 19 A conspiracy was formed against him in Jerusalem,(AZ) and he fled to Lachish.(BA) However, men were sent after him to Lachish, and they put him to death there. 20 They carried him back(BB) on horses, and he was buried in Jerusalem with his ancestors in the city of David.(BC)

21 Then all the people of Judah took Azariah,[i](BD) who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah. 22 After Amaziah the king rested with his ancestors, Azariah rebuilt Elath[j](BE) and restored it to Judah.

Israel’s King Jeroboam

23 In the fifteenth year of Judah’s King Amaziah son of Joash, Jeroboam(BF) son of Jehoash became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned forty-one years. 24 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. He did not turn away from all the sins Jeroboam son of Nebat had caused Israel to commit.(BG)

25 He restored Israel’s border(BH) from Lebo-hamath(BI) as far as the Sea of the Arabah,(BJ) according to the word the Lord, the God of Israel, had spoken through his servant, the prophet Jonah(BK) son of Amittai from Gath-hepher.(BL) 26 For the Lord saw that the affliction of Israel was very bitter(BM) for both slaves and free people.[k] There was no one to help Israel. 27 The Lord had not said he would blot out the name of Israel under heaven,(BN) so he delivered(BO) them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Jehoash.

28 The rest of the events of Jeroboam’s reign—along with all his accomplishments, the power he had to wage war, and how he recovered for Israel Damascus(BP) and Hamath,(BQ) which had belonged to Judah[l]—are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings.(BR) 29 Jeroboam rested with his ancestors, the kings of Israel. His son Zechariah became king in his place.(BS)

Footnotes:

  1. 13:5 Lit Israel dwelt in their tents as formerly
  2. 13:9 Lit Joash
  3. 14:1 Lit Joash, also in vv. 23,27
  4. 14:1 Lit Joahaz
  5. 14:2 Alt Hb tradition, some Hb mss, Syr, Tg, Vg, 2Ch 25:1; other Hb mss, LXX read Jehoaddin
  6. 14:10 Lit and your heart has lifted you
  7. 14:13 Lit Jehoash
  8. 14:13 Lit 400 cubits
  9. 14:21 = Uzziah in 2Ch 26:1
  10. 14:22 = Eloth in 2Ch 26:2
  11. 14:26 Hb obscure
  12. 14:28 Lit recovered Damascus and for Judah in Israel; Hb obscure

Cross references:

  1. 13:1 : 2Kg 12:1
  2. 13:1 : 2Kg 10:35
  3. 13:2 : 1Kg 12:26–33
  4. 13:3 : Dt 31:17; Jdg 2:14
  5. 13:3 : 2Kg 8:12; 12:17
  6. 13:3 : 2Kg 13:24–25
  7. 13:4 : Ex 3:7–9; Nm 21:7–9; 2Kg 14:26
  8. 13:5 : Jdg 2:18; 2Kg 13:25; 14:25,27
  9. 13:6 : 2Kg 13:2
  10. 13:7 : 2Kg 10:32–33
  11. 13:7 : Am 1:3
  12. 13:8–9 : 2Kg 1:17–18; 10:34–36
  13. 13:11 : 1Kg 12:28–33
  14. 13:12–13 : 2Kg 14:15–16
  15. 13:13 : 2Kg 14:23
  16. 13:14 : 2Kg 2:12
  17. 13:15 : 1Sm 20:20
  18. 13:17 : Jos 8:18
  19. 13:17 : 1Kg 20:26
  20. 13:19 : 2Kg 5:20
  21. 13:20 : 2Kg 2:1,11
  22. 13:20 : 2Kg 3:7; 24:2
  23. 13:21 : Mt 27:52
  24. 13:22 : 1Kg 19:17; 2Kg 8:12–13
  25. 13:23 : 1Kg 8:28
  26. 13:23 : Ex 2:24
  27. 13:23 : 2Kg 14:27
  28. 13:24 : 2Kg 13:3
  29. 13:25 : 2Kg 10:32
  30. 14:1–14 : 2Ch 25:1–24
  31. 14:1 : 2Ch 25:1
  32. 14:1 : 2Kg 13:10
  33. 14:3 : 2Kg 12:2
  34. 14:4 : 1Kg 3:3; 2Kg 12:3; 16:4
  35. 14:5 : 2Kg 12:20
  36. 14:6 : Dt 24:16; Jr 31:30; Ezk 18:4,20
  37. 14:7 : 2Sm 8:13
  38. 14:7 : Jdg 1:36
  39. 14:7 : Jos 15:38
  40. 14:8 : 2Sm 2:14–17
  41. 14:9 : 1Kg 4:33
  42. 14:9 : Jdg 9:8–15
  43. 14:10 : Dt 8:14; 2Ch 26:16; 34:25
  44. 14:11 : Jos 19:38; 21:16
  45. 14:12 : 2Sm 18:17; 1Kg 22:36
  46. 14:13 : Neh 8:16; 12:39
  47. 14:13 : 2Ch 25:23; Zch 14:10
  48. 14:14 : 1Kg 7:51; 14:26; 2Kg 12:18
  49. 14:15–16 : 2Kg 13:12–13
  50. 14:17 : 2Ch 25:25–28
  51. 14:18 : 2Kg 12:19
  52. 14:19 : 2Ch 25:27
  53. 14:19 : Jos 10:31; 2Kg 18:14
  54. 14:20 : 2Kg 9:28
  55. 14:20 : 2Kg 12:21
  56. 14:21 : 2Kg 15:13; 2Ch 26:1–2
  57. 14:22 : 1Kg 9:26; 2Kg 16:6
  58. 14:23 : 2Kg 13:13
  59. 14:24 : 1Kg 12:30; 15:30
  60. 14:25 : 2Kg 13:25
  61. 14:25 : 1Kg 8:65
  62. 14:25 : Nm 34:3–9
  63. 14:25 : Jnh 1:1; Mt 12:39
  64. 14:25 : Jos 19:13
  65. 14:26 : Ex 3:7–9; Dt 32:36; 2Kg 13:4
  66. 14:27 : Dt 29:20; 2Kg 13:3
  67. 14:27 : Jdg 6:14
  68. 14:28 : 2Sm 8:5; 1Kg 11:24
  69. 14:28 : 2Sm 8:9; 2Ch 8:3
  70. 14:28 : 2Kg 13:8
  71. 14:29 : 2Kg 13:12–13; 15:8
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Acts 18:23-19:12

23 After spending some time there, he set out, traveling through one place after another in the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.(A)

The Eloquent Apollos

24 Now a Jew named Apollos,(B) a native Alexandrian, an eloquent man who was competent in the use of the Scriptures, arrived in Ephesus. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit,[a] he was speaking and teaching accurately about Jesus, although he knew only John’s baptism.(C) 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. After Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside[b] and explained the way of God to him more accurately.(D) 27 When he wanted to cross over to Achaia, the brothers and sisters wrote to the disciples to welcome him. After he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.(E) 28 For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating through the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah.(F)

Twelve Disciples of John the Baptist

19 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples(G) and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (H)

“No,” they told him, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”(I)

“Into what then were you baptized?” he asked them.

“Into John’s baptism,” they replied.(J)

Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,(K) telling the people that they should believe in the one who would come after him, that is, in Jesus.”(L)

When they heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on(M) them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak in tongues[c] and to prophesy.(N) Now there were about twelve men in all.

In the Lecture Hall of Tyrannus

Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly over a period of three months, arguing and persuading them about the kingdom of God.(O) But when some became hardened and would not believe, slandering the Way in front of the crowd, he withdrew from them, taking the disciples, and conducted discussions every day in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.(P) 10 This went on for two years, so that all the residents of Asia, both Jews and Greeks,(Q) heard the word of the Lord.(R)

Demonism Defeated at Ephesus

11 God was performing extraordinary miracles by Paul’s hands, 12 so that even facecloths or aprons[d] that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, and the diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them.(S)

Footnotes:

  1. 18:25 Or in the Spirit
  2. 18:26 Lit they received him
  3. 19:6 Or other languages
  4. 19:12 Or sweat cloths
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Psalm 146

Psalm 146

The God of Compassion

Hallelujah!
My soul, praise the Lord.(A)
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing to my God as long as I live.(B)

Do not trust in nobles,
in a son of man,[a] who cannot save.(C)
When his breath[b] leaves him,
he returns to the ground;
on that day his plans die.(D)

Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,(E)
the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea and everything in them.(F)
He remains faithful forever,(G)
executing justice for the exploited
and giving food to the hungry.(H)
The Lord frees prisoners.(I)
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.(J)
The Lord raises up those who are oppressed.[c](K)
The Lord loves the righteous.(L)
The Lord protects resident aliens
and helps the fatherless and the widow,(M)
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.(N)

10 The Lord reigns forever;
Zion, your God reigns for all generations.(O)
Hallelujah!

Footnotes:

  1. 146:3 Or a mere mortal
  2. 146:4 Or spirit
  3. 146:8 Lit bowed down
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Proverbs 18:2-3

A fool does not delight in understanding,
but only wants to show off his opinions.[a](A)

When a wicked person comes, contempt also comes,
and along with dishonor, derision.

Footnotes:

  1. 18:2 Lit to uncover his heart

Cross references:

  1. 18:2 : Pr 12:23; 13:16; Ec 10:3
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday June 27, 2022 (NIV)

2 Kings 10:32-12:21

32 In those days the Lord began to reduce the size of Israel.(A) Hazael(B) defeated the Israelites throughout their territory 33 from the Jordan eastward: the whole land of Gilead—the Gadites, the Reubenites, and the Manassites—from Aroer(C) which is by the Arnon Valley(D) through Gilead to Bashan.[a]

34 The rest of the events of Jehu’s reign, along with all his accomplishments and all his might, are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings.(E) 35 Jehu rested with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. His son Jehoahaz(F) became king in his place. 36 The length of Jehu’s reign over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.(G)

Athaliah Usurps the Throne

11 When Athaliah,(H) Ahaziah’s mother,(I) saw that her son was dead,(J) she proceeded to annihilate all the royal heirs. Jehosheba,(K) who was King Jehoram’s daughter and Ahaziah’s(L) sister, secretly rescued Joash son of Ahaziah from among the king’s sons who were being killed and put him and the one who nursed him in a bedroom. So he was hidden from Athaliah and was not killed. Joash was in hiding with her in the Lord’s temple six years while Athaliah reigned over the land.

Athaliah Overthrown

In(M) the seventh year, Jehoiada(N) sent for the commanders of hundreds, the Carites, and the guards.(O) He had them come to him in the Lord’s temple, where he made a covenant with them and put them under oath. He showed them the king’s son and commanded them, “This is what you are to do: A third of you who come on duty on the Sabbath(P) are to provide protection for the king’s palace. A third are to be at the Foundation[b] Gate and a third at the gate behind the guards. You are to take turns providing protection for the palace.[c](Q)

“Your two divisions that go off duty on the Sabbath are to provide the king protection at the Lord’s temple. Completely surround the king with weapons in hand. Anyone who approaches the ranks is to be put to death. Be with the king in all his daily tasks.”[d](R)

So the commanders of hundreds did everything the priest Jehoiada commanded. They each brought their men—those coming on duty on the Sabbath and those going off duty—and came to the priest Jehoiada.(S) 10 The priest gave to the commanders of hundreds King David’s spears and shields(T) that were in the Lord’s temple. 11 Then the guards stood with their weapons in hand surrounding the king—from the right side of the temple to the left side, by the altar and by the temple.

12 Jehoiada brought out the king’s son, put the crown(U) on him, gave him the testimony,[e](V) and made him king. They anointed(W) him and clapped their hands and cried, “Long live the king!” (X)

13 When Athaliah(Y) heard the noise from the guard and the crowd, she went out to the people at the Lord’s temple.(Z) 14 She looked, and there was the king standing by the pillar(AA) according to the custom. The commanders and the trumpeters were by the king, and all the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets.(AB) Athaliah tore her clothes and screamed “Treason! Treason!” (AC)

15 Then the priest Jehoiada(AD) ordered the commanders of hundreds(AE) in charge of the army, “Take her out between the ranks, and put to death by the sword anyone who follows her,” for the priest had said, “She is not to be put to death in the Lord’s temple.”(AF) 16 So they arrested her, and she went through the horse entrance(AG) to the king’s palace, where she was put to death.(AH)

Jehoiada’s Reforms

17 Then(AI) Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord, the king, and the people that they would be the Lord’s people(AJ) and another covenant between the king and the people.[f](AK) 18 So all the people of the land went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed its altars and images to pieces,(AL) and they killed Mattan, the priest of Baal, at the altars.(AM)

Then Jehoiada the priest appointed guards for the Lord’s temple.(AN) 19 He took the commanders of hundreds, the Carites, the guards,(AO) and all the people of the land, and they brought the king from the Lord’s temple. They entered the king’s palace by way of the guards’ gate. Then Joash(AP) sat on the throne of the kings. 20 All the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet, for they had put Athaliah to death by the sword in the king’s palace.

Judah’s King Joash

21 Joash[g](AQ) was seven years old when he became king.(AR)

12 In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beer-sheba.(AS) Throughout the time the priest Jehoiada(AT) instructed(AU) him, Joash did what was right in the Lord’s sight.(AV) Yet the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.(AW)

Repairing the Temple

Then(AX) Joash said to the priests, “All the dedicated silver brought to the Lord’s temple,(AY) census silver,(AZ) silver from vows,(BA) and all silver voluntarily given(BB) for the Lord’s temple— each priest is to take it from his assessor[h] and repair whatever damage is found in the temple.”[i](BC)

But by the twenty-third year(BD) of the reign of King Joash, the priests had not repaired the damage[j] to the temple.(BE) So King Joash called the priest Jehoiada(BF) and the other priests and asked, “Why haven’t you repaired the temple’s damage? Since you haven’t, don’t take any silver from your assessors; instead, hand it over for the repair of the temple.” So the priests agreed that they would receive no silver from the people and would not be the ones to repair the temple’s damage.

Then the priest Jehoiada took a chest,(BG) bored a hole in its lid, and set it beside the altar on the right side as one enters the Lord’s temple; the priests who guarded the threshold put into the chest all the silver that was brought to the Lord’s temple.(BH) 10 Whenever they saw there was a large amount of silver in the chest, the king’s secretary(BI) and the high priest would go bag up and tally the silver found in the Lord’s temple.(BJ) 11 Then they would give the weighed silver to those doing the work—those who oversaw the Lord’s temple. They in turn would pay it out to those working on the Lord’s temple—the carpenters, the builders, 12 the masons, and the stonecutters—and would use it to buy timber and quarried stone to repair the damage to the Lord’s temple(BK) and for all expenses for temple repairs.

13 However, no silver bowls, wick trimmers, sprinkling basins, trumpets, or any articles of gold or silver(BL) were made for the Lord’s temple from the contributions[k] brought to the Lord’s temple. 14 Instead, it was given to those doing the work, and they repaired the Lord’s temple with it. 15 No accounting was required from the men who received the silver to pay those doing the work, since they worked with integrity.(BM) 16 The silver from the guilt offering and the sin offering was not brought to the Lord’s temple since it belonged to the priests.(BN)

Aramean Invasion of Judah

17 At that time King Hazael(BO) of Aram marched up and fought against Gath and captured it. Then he planned to attack Jerusalem.(BP) 18 So King Joash of Judah took all the items consecrated by himself and by his ancestors—Judah’s kings Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah—as well as all the gold found in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and in the king’s palace, and he sent them to King Hazael of Aram.(BQ) Then Hazael withdrew from Jerusalem.

Joash Assassinated

19 The rest of the events of Joash’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.(BR) 20 Joash’s servants conspired against him and attacked him(BS) at Beth-millo(BT) on the road that goes down to Silla. 21 It was his servants Jozabad[l] son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer who attacked him. He died(BU) and they buried him with his ancestors in the city of David, and his son Amaziah became king in his place.(BV)

Footnotes:

  1. 10:33 Lit Arnon Valley and Gilead and Bashan
  2. 11:6 See 2Ch 23:5; MT here reads Sur
  3. 11:6 Hb obscure
  4. 11:8 Lit king when he goes out and when he comes in
  5. 11:12 Or him the copy of the covenant, or him a diadem, or him jewels
  6. 11:17 Some Gk versions, 2Ch 23:16 omit and another covenant between the king and the people
  7. 11:21 = The Lord Has Bestowed
  8. 12:5 Hb obscure
  9. 12:5 Lit repair the breach of the temple wherever there is found a breach
  10. 12:6 Lit breach in 2Kg 12:5–12
  11. 12:13 Lit silver
  12. 12:21 Some Hb mss, LXX read Jozacar; 2Ch 24:26 reads Zabad

Cross references:

  1. 10:32 : 2Kg 13:25
  2. 10:32 : 1Kg 19:17; 2Kg 8:12
  3. 10:33 : Dt 2:36; Jdg 11:26
  4. 10:33 : Nm 21:13
  5. 10:34 : 2Kg 1:18
  6. 10:35 : 2Kg 13:1
  7. 10:36 : 2Kg 1:17
  8. 11:1 : 2Ch 22:10
  9. 11:1 : 2Kg 8:26
  10. 11:1 : 2Kg 9:27
  11. 11:2 : 2Kg 11:21; 12:1
  12. 11:2 : 2Kg 8:25
  13. 11:4–16 : 2Ch 23:1–15
  14. 11:4 : 2Kg 11:15,17
  15. 11:4 : 2Kg 11:19
  16. 11:5 : 1Ch 9:25
  17. 11:4–6 : 2Ch 23:1–2
  18. 11:8 : Nm 27:16–17
  19. 11:9 : 2Ch 23:8
  20. 11:10 : 2Sm 8:7; 1Ch 18:7
  21. 11:12 : 2Sm 1:10
  22. 11:12 : Ex 31:18; 2Kg 23:3
  23. 11:12 : 1Kg 1:39
  24. 11:12 : 1Sm 10:24
  25. 11:13 : 2Kg 11:1
  26. 11:13 : 2Ch 23:12
  27. 11:14 : 2Kg 23:3; 2Ch 34:31
  28. 11:14 : Nm 10:7–10; 1Kg 1:39–40
  29. 11:14 : 2Kg 9:23
  30. 11:15 : 2Kg 11:4
  31. 11:15 : 1Kg 11:4; 2Ch 23:1
  32. 11:15 : 1Kg 2:30
  33. 11:16 : Neh 3:28
  34. 11:16 : Gn 9:6; Lv 24:17; 2Kg 11:1
  35. 11:17–20 : 2Ch 23:16–21
  36. 11:17 : Jos 24:25; 2Ch 34:31
  37. 11:17 : 1Sm 10:25; 2Sm 5:3
  38. 11:18 : Dt 12:2–3; 2Kg 10:26–27
  39. 11:18 : 1Kg 18:40
  40. 11:18 : 2Ch 23:18
  41. 11:19 : 2Kg 11:4,6
  42. 11:19 : 2Kg 11:2–3,12
  43. 11:21–12:3 : 2Ch 24:1–4
  44. 11:21 : 2Kg 11:2
  45. 12:1 : 2Kg 11:2,21; 2Ch 24:1
  46. 12:2 : 2Kg 11:4,17
  47. 12:2 : Mal 2:6–7
  48. 12:2 : Dt 12:25; 2Sm 8:15
  49. 12:3 : 1Kg 3:3; 2Kg 14:4; 15:35
  50. 12:4–12 : 2Ch 24:5–12
  51. 12:4 : 2Kg 22:4
  52. 12:4 : Ex 30:13–16
  53. 12:4 : Lv 27:2–28
  54. 12:4 : Ex 35:5
  55. 12:5 : 2Kg 22:5
  56. 12:6 : 2Kg 11:21
  57. 12:6 : 2Ch 24:5
  58. 12:7–8 : 2Kg 11:4–6
  59. 12:9 : 2Ch 23:1; 24:8
  60. 12:9 : Mk 12:41; Lk 21:1
  61. 12:10 : 2Sm 8:17; 2Kg 19:2
  62. 12:10 : 2Ch 24:11
  63. 12:11–12 : 2Kg 22:5–6; 2Ch 24:11–12
  64. 12:13 : 1Kg 7:48,50–51; 2Ch 24:14
  65. 12:15 : 2Kg 22:7; 2Ch 34:12
  66. 12:16 : Lv 4:24,29; 5:15–18; 7:7
  67. 12:17 : 1Kg 19:17; 2Kg 8:12; 10:32
  68. 12:17–21 : 2Ch 24:23–27
  69. 12:18 : 2Kg 16:8; 18:15–16
  70. 12:19 : 1Kg 22:45
  71. 12:20 : 2Kg 14:5
  72. 12:20 : Jdg 9:6
  73. 12:21 : 2Ch 24:26
  74. 12:21 : 2Kg 14:1; 2Ch 24:27
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Acts 18:1-22

Founding the Corinthian Church

18 After this, he[a] left Athens and went to Corinth,(A) where he found a Jew named Aquila,(B) a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul came to them, and since they were of the same occupation, tentmakers by trade,(C) he stayed with them and worked. He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and tried to persuade both Jews and Greeks.(D)

When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself to preaching the word[b] and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah.(E) When they resisted and blasphemed,(F) he shook out his clothes(G) and told them, “Your blood is on your own heads!(H) I am innocent.[c] From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”(I) So he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, along with his whole household.(J) Many of the Corinthians, when they heard, believed and were baptized.

The Lord said to Paul in a night vision, “Don’t be afraid, but keep on speaking and don’t be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to hurt you, because I have many people in this city.”(K) 11 He stayed there a year and a half, teaching the word of God among them.

12 While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack against Paul and brought him to the tribunal.(L) 13 “This man,” they said, “is persuading people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.”

14 As Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or of a serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to put up with you Jews. 15 But if these are questions about words, names, and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of such things.”(M) 16 So he drove them from the tribunal. 17 And they all[d] seized Sosthenes,(N) the leader of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal, but none of these things mattered to Gallio.

The Return Trip to Antioch

18 After staying for some time, Paul said farewell to the brothers and sisters and sailed away to Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. He shaved his head at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.(O) 19 When they reached Ephesus(P) he left them there, but he himself entered the synagogue and debated with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay for a longer time, he declined, 21 but he said farewell and added,[e] “I’ll come back to you again, if God wills.”(Q) Then he set sail from Ephesus.

22 On landing at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church, then went down to Antioch.(R)

Footnotes:

  1. 18:1 Other mss read Paul
  2. 18:5 Other mss read was urged by the Spirit
  3. 18:6 Lit clean
  4. 18:17 Other mss read Then all the Greeks
  5. 18:21 Other mss add “By all means it is necessary to keep the coming festival in Jerusalem. But
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Psalm 145

Psalm 145

Praising God’s Greatness

A hymn of David.

I[a] exalt you, my God the King,
and bless your name forever and ever.(A)
I will bless you every day;
I will praise your name forever and ever.(B)

The Lord is great and is highly praised;(C)
his greatness is unsearchable.(D)
One generation will declare your works to the next
and will proclaim your mighty acts.(E)
I[b] will speak of your splendor and glorious majesty
and[c] your wondrous works.(F)
They will proclaim the power of your awe-inspiring acts,
and I will declare your greatness.[d](G)
They will give a testimony of your great goodness
and will joyfully sing of your righteousness.(H)

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and great in faithful love.(I)
The Lord is good to everyone;(J)
his compassion rests on all he has made.(K)
10 All you have made will thank you, Lord;
the[e] faithful will bless you.(L)
11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom
and will declare your might,(M)
12 informing all people of your mighty acts
and of the glorious splendor of your[f] kingdom.(N)
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
your rule is for all generations.(O)
The Lord is faithful in all his words
and gracious in all his actions.[g](P)

14 The Lord helps all who fall;
he raises up all who are oppressed.[h](Q)
15 All eyes look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.(R)
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.(S)

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all his acts.(T)
18 The Lord is near all who call out to him,
all who call out to him with integrity.(U)
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry for help and saves them.(V)
20 The Lord guards all those who love him,
but he destroys all the wicked.(W)
21 My mouth will declare the Lord’s praise;
let every living thing
bless his holy name forever and ever.(X)

Footnotes:

  1. 145:1 The lines of this poem form an acrostic.
  2. 145:5 LXX, Syr read They
  3. 145:5 LXX, Syr read and they will tell of
  4. 145:6 Alt Hb tradition, Jer read great deeds
  5. 145:10 Lit your
  6. 145:12 LXX, Syr, Jer; MT reads his
  7. 145:13 One Hb ms, DSS, LXX, Syr; other Hb mss omit The Lord is faithful in all his words and gracious in all his actions.
  8. 145:14 Lit bowed down
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Proverbs 18:1

18 One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;
he rebels against all sound wisdom.

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